Thursday, July 03, 2008

by Brian Andrew Marek #11

Velvet Monkeys "Rotting Corpse au Go-Go"
[w/bonus materials]





















The Velvet Monkeys were an early '80's Washington, DC band that I find hard to classify but easy to love. The ominous synthesizers suggest goth, the uncertain snarl of the vocals and the buzzsaw guitars lay claim to punk, one may even catch a whiff of the coming paisley underground, but the indelible melodies and simple but effective song structures show their allegiance to lasting pop traditions. Sometimes they drop the trappings entirely and give you a straight dose of infectiously fractured British invasion pop, like on opener "All the Same". Leader Don Fleming later went on to record for Columbia with Gumball.

"Rotting Corpse au Go-Go" was a compilation put out by Shimmy-Disc sometime in the late '80's, with the cassette version boasting some 40 additional minutes of unreleased material. The whole shebang is enclosed here; the basic album was ripped from the vinyl and the bonus tracks from the tape. This was actually one of my first ever ripping projects some five years ago!

BaM

2 Comments:

Blogger Ratatoskyr said...

I appreciate variety as much as the next person, and stuff like this probably should be posted on the web somewhere. But why "Time Has Told Me"? Not really a good fit, is it? As on very frequent viewer, I'd prefer if posts are more on track with the theme of the blog.

04 July, 2008 04:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great blog! As far as requests - Bruce Cockburn's first album would be great.

10 July, 2008 22:40  

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