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Day Everything Became Nothing / Small Parts

NoMeansNoAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 24, 1992)
  • Label: Alternative Tentacles
  • ASIN: B00005YABT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Day Everything Became Nothing
2. Dead Souls
3. Forget Your Life
4. Beauty and the Beast
5. Brother Rat/
6. What Slayde Says
7. Dark Ages
8. And That's Sad
9. Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed
10. Victory
11. Teresa, Give Me That Knife
12. Real Love
13. Lonely

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Standout Classic! November 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
NMN's best album for me (most think 'Wrong'(!)) - mostly slow, ploddy, experimental, utterly superb - I have read that they latterly regarded the production as a little bit pretentious which presumably accounts for the excellent rawness of the subsequent 'Wrong'. However, this mix of the EP 'The Day Everything Became Nothing' and the LP 'Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed' is a perfect marriage and shows NMN at the height of their creativity and their early days obsession with social order and its many strands (`Metronome' on `Sex Mad' is a good example on a previous album). They made entire albums exploring this at the individual and macro level, epitomised by the wonderful opening line to `The Day..': `The day everything became nothing, I was standing underneath a street light, wishing I had a cigarette'. The totally incredible and the ultra normal in two great lines. The song is about a sudden loss of meaning (or at least the sudden realisation of a gradual loss of meaning) and is a big statement on modern living. The wonderful `Dark Ages' ponders the subtle control of an information-dominated society whilst `Junk' extends the idea to the human obsession of naming everything till there's so much junk (switch off your camcorder!). `And that's Sad' picks up on the "order" issue in a different way: we act the way in which is expected of us and we expect nothing more or less - And that's Sad! Then there's `Victory': easy to dismiss as a morbid song but perhaps should be seen as a realisation of personal blunders and ultimately growth - the final punch is positive ("We're a paaarrrsitive band" they self-mockingly say on `Live and Cuddly' but they mean it): "So maybe I should just tell you/what I hope and believe/For every defeat there will be a victory/../In defeat/Victory". Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album haunts me... July 24, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Actually a combination of "The Day Everything Became Nothing" and "Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed", this is one of the darker albums from the Brothers Wright. This album has a great many classics on it. "Forget Your Life" is dismal yet enticing, "Dark Ages" is bleak but bouncy, "And That's Sad" is scary (especially with the backing vocals), and everything in between is simply indescribable. Not what you'd listen to at a party, this is more of a personal experience that you'd probably listen to with headphones, in the dark. Party music this is not, but you'll dig it anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Its hard to describe this album. It sounds like Black Flag, Flipper, the Dead Kennedys, Funkadelic, and Theolinious Monk all gang banged some hooker behind a dumpster and all their sperm mixed together - this is what the child would be. A disgusting thought, but you get the point. This is hardcore punk but enough jazz and funk influence is brought to the table that your almost listening to progressive rock. This aint no Rush album, though. Its dark and dystopian while funny and energetic at the same time. If you like weird, offbeat punk rock like the Melvins, Butthole Surfers, Alice Donut, Flipper, etc don't pass this up. Also the bassist rivals Mike Watt as the best punk rock bassist in the world. Les Claypool? Pssshhhh yea right! Flea? Maybe if he were in a less crappy band. Ha! Check this out.......

ps - this also contains The Day Everything Became Nothing ep.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their strongest albums September 5, 2002
Format:Audio CD
An excellent album with a strong mix of styles and moods, ranging from the hardcore of "Dead Souls" and "Teresa, Give Me That Knife" to the dark and moody "Forget Your Life" and "Real Love." The music is challenging at times but still delivers a lot of energy and is a great emotional release.
Lyrically this album is fantastic and eminently quotable, e.g.: "I couldn't remember my name / so I called myself Bob / it's weird being a Bob / but I'll get used to it, I HAVE TO!"
Like many NoMeansNo albums the mixing leaves something to be desired - for example the drums are immersed in this annoying reverb that really detracts from the sound and performance. Not quite as bad as on 0+2=1 or Sex Mad though.
For a better introduction to NoMeansNo I highly recommend Wrong which IMO is their strongest recording. But if you're looking for the next one to get, definitely get this one.
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