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Songs About Fucking

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Editorial Reviews


1. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: The Power Of Independent Trucking
2. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: The Model
3. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Bad Penny
4. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: L Dopa
5. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Precious Thing
6. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Colombian Necktie
7. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Kitty Empire
8. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Ergot
9. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Kasimir S. Pulaski Day
10. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Fish Fry
11. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Pavement Saw
12. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Tiny, King Of The Jaws
13. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: Bombastic Intro
14. Happy Otter/Sad Otter: He's A Whore

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019GE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By "doctoraftershave" on January 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Big Black is one of the key creators of industrial music. over the years, i have read enough stories about them to go out and buy this album (as a import copy) at a record store. when i got home, i found out that it was only 30 minutes long. furious that i spent so much on a imported CD that was barely longer that a sitcom, i went and played it anyway. I WAS FLOORED. this was one of the most darkest, sickest albums i have ever heard. starting off with "The Power Of Independent Trucking", Albini takes off into songs that are truly sick and twisted, with him screaming lyrics over punishing guitar riffs and equaling damaging drum machine loops. and all this with a (as we record engineers call) "incorrect" mix of the songs, sounding like they're coming out of a transistor radio that you would hear over machine gunfire. the whole album sounds like what you would have if you could capture the moment of suicide across the length of a record. i can see where Trent Reznor got his ideals from, but this album makes Nine Inch Nails sound like Disney records. this album is a must-buy, but it is not for the weak. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on August 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If forced to pick one band that best exemplified the indie-rock aesthetic, one would be hard-pressed to find a better choice than Big Black. Many of the acts typically credited with bringing alternative music to the mainstream have, for better or worse, been little more than angry pop acts (Nirvana and Nine Inch Nails being prominent examples), and even many more underground acts such as Pixies, Sonic Youth, and the Jesus Lizard released some material that was palatable to the mainstream, as their major-label runs attest. Big Black, on the other hand, was the real deal, a band that lived out the indie philosophy in both their music and in their resolutely do-it-yourself business practices, and paid the commercial price for it. Songs About F***ing was the perfect distillation of leader Steve Albini's philosophy: an abrasive, confrontational album that contained no concessions to the mainstream and no pretensions to socially redeeming value. This is music at its most twisted and evil, acknowledging no taboos as it challenged listeners to take or leave its assaultive sound and unpleasant lyrical content.

The key to the lasting appeal of this release lies largely in its simplicity. Like fellow pioneering noise-merchants Godflesh, Big Black distilled rock music to its most basic elements: guitar, bass, and drum machine. In spite of this minimal approach, however, Songs About F***ing is hardly palatable or unchallenging. What emerges from this combination of rock's traditional elements is a barrage of scathing, disembowling noise that pummels eardrums with a mix of astringent guitar squalls and pulsating industrial beasts.
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63 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin D. Collins on October 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I went to the dentist to get some fillings and they put me under the gas at least forty-five minutes before even starting the operation. When I left the office I stumbled to my car and got inside. Although most of my face was numb I lit a cigarette. I put this album in for the first time and turned it up really loud. I sat there in the parking lot of the dentist, face numb, still coming down off the gas, listening to Big Black and smoking for a minute or two before deciding to drive to Barnes and Noble to buy birthday presents for my friend's son. It was amazing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janitor X on September 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Big Black was one of the best bands that evolved out of hardcore punk and they had an enormous influence on underground rock for the next decade. They sound like a New Wave band consisting of serial killers with broken instruments.

Although Big Black used a drum machine, they don't really sound like an Industrial band such as Skinny Puppy or Front 242 who made music that people could dance to. There are absolutely no dance beats in their music. Noise rock is the term that best describes their music.

Darkness is definitely the prevailing sound and theme in Big Black's music. No Death Metal or Goth band with their fake demonic growls or electronic dynamics could possibly convey the gritty darkness that Big Black did. Steve Albini's talking and screaming are exactly what you would imagine a real life serial killer's voice to sound like. When he sings about murder and rape in the first person, the picture is complete.

On "Songs About F*cking," they cover a large range of psychotic states. Songs like "The Model," "Bad Penny," and "Columbian Necktie" have a menacing energy to them. Other songs like "Precious Thing" and "Tiny, King of Jews" move along slowly in a Swans style pace.

So, forget about Albini's indie rock status and the many bands he produced and concentrate on some truly demented music. Even if it wasn't for his so called "indie ethics," this music would still be underground.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shotgun Method on June 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
First off, consider the packaging. The title SONGS ABOUT F--KING rendered in loving bold, and cover art that puts all "shock rockers" (that means you, Marilyn Manson) in their place. That alone makes it worth adding to your collection. Too bad this was the band's last release. Leave it to Steve to break a band up just as they were attracting an audience.

Big Black is pure nihilism in audio form. A young Steve Albini (pre-Shellac and before he was reduced to producing Bush albums) backed by a constantly pulsing drum machine named Roland and furiously feedback-driven guitar noise while ranting his stories of Midwest depravity and illness with an almost infectious glee. This is what happens when Kraftwerk goes to hell (they even cover that German duo's The Model here), or when a bunch of angry, drunk, baseball bat-wielding nerds start playing New Wave while setting a trailer park on fire. Though there have been faster bands, heavier bands, nobody has ever sounded so gritty and hateful as these guys do.

Ah.. enough hyperbole. So, why only four stars (actually 4.5)? Well, there's nothing as great as previous albums' Steelworker, Bad Houses, Kerosene, or Jordan, Minnesota--songs that are so definitive of Big Black's style. However, there are plenty of songs that come awful close: The poppy yet deliciously evil Bad Penny ("I think I f--ked your girlfriend once, maybe twice, I don't remember"), the demented almost-surf rock of Columbian Necktie, the eerie proto-industrial grind of Kitty Empire, the vicious Fish Fry, and the lovely free-floating hostility of Tiny, King Of The Jews. Also notable is a cover of Cheap Trick's He's A Whore that strips away the innuendo and leaves just the grimy sleaze.

Essential music for the misanthrope in all of us. Also recommended highly are fellow Touch & Go outfits The Jesus Lizard and Albini's later "supergroup" Rapeman.
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