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Darn Floor - Big Bite

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1. "Return of the Beat Menace" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 2:56 2. "Strange Animals" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 3:11 3. "Darn Floor - Big Bite" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 4:22 4. "Earth Household" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 3:49 5. "Safety Net" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 3:28 6. "Pictures of the Gone World" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 2:47 7. "Divine Instant" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 3:51 8. "Half Light, Epoch and Phase" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 4:15 9. "The Unattainable Earth" (Words by Taylor, Music by Taylor, Flesch, Chandler) - 3:42 10. "The Shape of Air" (Taylor) - 3:25
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Label: Frontline Records
  • ASIN: B00025G1H4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I saw the two prior reviews, and, while I'm not much of a reviewer, I thought this album deserved more. So here it goes....
First, the title of this review is not an overstatement. Darn Floor - Big Bite is really one of the best albums ever recorded. No lie. No kidding.
OK, now what is it? It's mid-to-late 1980's new wave...well, sort of. Really, it's much more than that. It's a mix of experimental rock, 1960's pop-rock and 1980's new wave that, for the most part, sounds surprisingly fresh today. Much of it was many years (decades?) ahead of its time. And it was performed by some great musicians.
The album is almost completely guitar, drums and bass. There's some pan flute and a small amount of keyboards on "Earth Household" and accordion on "Pictures of the Gone World." The rest of the effects you hear are guitar.
Terry Taylor is right up there with Bob Dylan as one of the great songwriters of our time. And, really, he was at the pinnacle of his writing on this album. The songs on Darn Floor - Big Bite were inspired by several great and often obscure poets (and a "talking" gorrila). If you like deep and sometimes puzzling (in a good way) lyrics, look no further.
Greg Flesch is maybe the must underrated guitarists in the business. He's not what you'd call a "technical" player (although he does have the sensibility of a technical player), but more of a pioneer, inventing new ways to make noise. In a lot of ways, this album (musically) was his.
Tim Chandler is one of the top bass players in rock 'n' roll. He does things most won't and somehow makes it work.
Ed McTaggart is Charlie Watts. Well, not literally, of course, but, figuratively, yes.
And Terry Taylor. I've already talked about how amazing his songwriting skills are. But he's also a good singer.
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The masters of genre-jumping are at it again!
It would be very difficult for any band to follow up the four incredible DA albums in the Alarma Chronicles (Volume 1 - Alarma! Volume 2 - Doppelganger, Volume 3 - Vox Humana, Volume 4 - Fearful Symmetry, released in 1981, 1983, 1984, and 1986), but Darn Floor, Big Bite (1987) slightly edges out these gems as my own personal DA favorite.
As the album notes tell, "Darn Floor, Big Bite" is the description of an earthquake, given by Koko the famous gorilla that uses sign language and word symbols. I'm sure that this is a "concept album" but, as with many of DA's other projects, most of Terry Taylor's coded meanings go a few levels deeper than what I can interpret.
The album is kind of a mix of heavy guitars, punk / new wave, driving beat, and beautiful ethereal music (think somewhere along the lines of Enya's music) - it's amazing how DA combines these styles together and totally makes it all work! Stylistically, there is cohesion throughout the album, and Taylor uses a different vocal style ("new wave voice?") than on most of his other songs.
Favorites are "The Shape of Air" ("I can sit and stare 'til it's almost clear," a reference to God?), "Safety Net" ("You fall, you get, caught in the safety net." This one's not too hard to figure out, as it also starts with a reference to the "cradle of grace."), and Pictures of the Gone World.
I've often heard references to Terry Scott Taylor's "creative genius," and it is at full throttle on this album - I just wish he would explain more of the deeper meanings of his lyrics. Sad to say, but this album has been in and out of print, and is currently out.
You can find more information about Daniel Amos, their many offshoots (bands and solo), and their music at their great website (easily found with a search or a little imagination).
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I remember my college days, when I lived with a sponsored surfer named Rob, and Darn Floor Big Bite had the honor of most played cassette. Why? I don't know. I liked that the title was from a gorilla describing an earthquake. Rob liked the energy it gave him to surf. We had followed Terry Taylor's quirky journey and inventive writing from the four volume Alarma! records, and now here. The Band known as Daniel Amos was now streamlined to DA, and there were so many other Taylor-made projects, with the Swirling Eddies, and later the Lost Dogs, and Terry's great songs most would never hear, like "Kingdom Come" on Canadian rocker Carson Cole's rare debut.

DA made great music, but it was 1988 and there was so much great music around. Only now, reading the extensive liner notes in the 20 page booklet in this 20th anniversary retro CD edition did I find out that Terry was inspired from reading Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz. As an English major, I would have relished that thought-- I loved to trace ancient ideas into modern rock: Pascal in the 77s, St. Augustine in Randy Stonehill. Larry Norman seemed to read voraciously and be inspired by everyone.

But I didn't know all that then, and you wouldn't need to, because there was the music. Darn Floor had a sort of stripped down, minimally produced sound, but so many electronic effects were being introduced at the time, I wondered if it was a gimmicky sound that couldn't be reproduced live. The second "bonus" disc in this set put those fears to rest, as it features four live performances at Chicago's Cornerstone festival in 1988 and 2000. There's also a 22 minute interview with Terry Taylor (divided into six sections) by Tom Gulotta, who also penned the insightful blurb in the back of the booklet.
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