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And so indeed it was -- eight songs recorded at a 1982 Portland show, initially self-released and then re-released almost two decades later on CD. The band already had an EP and a couple of compilation appearances under their collective belt by the time of this particular show, and as a snapshot of a young group exploring sounds both fashionable and waiting to be rediscovered, it's an enjoyable listen indeed. The major difference between this release and nearly everything that followed was the absence of Steve Fisk -- though he mixed and produced the release, he didn't join until the following year, so this is the group as a trio, though already defiantly and solely instrumental. Robert Beerman and Greg Freeman are audibly on board and already doing a great job as a rhythm section thinking as one mind. While there's a connection to no wave and post-punk on many cuts -- opener "Spanner" sounds like a merrier take on a Metal Box composition, "Shirts and Skins" at points more intensely so -- the deeper Krautrock roots already come to the fore. Still, the sound is often bright and open and reliant on sudden tempo changes in favor of mesmerizing jams la Can or Neu!, while "Estacada" breaks into a full-on disco funk effort -- with whistles. That the group has a value for on-the-money, tight performing is audible throughout -- there's nothing sloppy about the various songs, and everything from the exploratory riffing to the sharp rhythm jams feels both well-rehearsed and immediately alive. There are enough hints of a new wave context to place the group in their time and place -- especially in some of the Andy Summers-style guitar riffs -- but though the group only had the three members, this isn't a Police cover band or anything of the sort (thank goodness). ~ Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spanner
  2. Some Things We Do For Fun
  3. Dad's Top Drawer
  4. Shirts And Skins
  5. Estacada
  6. Food, Clothing And Shelter
  7. Almost Happy
  8. All This And More


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Starlight Furniture
  • ASIN: B0000589BY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,666 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on January 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A fiery, arty instrumental trio that actually grooved. Bill Owen's slinky guitar lines bouncing off of Bob Beerman's innovative drum beats. I used to see them in Portland around the time this was recorded. I always thought they lost something after they moved to San Francisco and changed members. This is their best recording. I'm glad it's available again.
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Energetic performance of quirky grooves from the unusual group in early form is a giddy punk intellectual's best night out. The songs are smart, though in a primitive way, and do have their limitations, functioning much as curious exercise over involved piece, but providing stimulate nonetheless.
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