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Songs About Fucking

Big BlackAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was living in Evanston, Illinois and attending Northwestern University. Contrary to popular belief, Big Black was not Steve’s first band. Prior to forming Big Black, Steve was in a band called Just Ducky, in Montana, a band called Small Irregular Pieces of Aluminum, in Chicago, and another band he is paying us not to ... Read more in Amazon's Big Black Store

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  • 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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sounds like a suicide caught on tape 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
5.0 out of 5 stars You must own. NOW. 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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62 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Indie Rock 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The primal scream, courtesy of Steve Albini. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Dylan Coffee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great name
I really bought this album for the cover and the name.

It's really not that great.....of course, what the hell do I know.
Published 5 months ago by Clark Hale
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80's punk
Really love Big Black's DIY ethic and the true punk rock refusal to compromise their music. Perhaps not as good as their first album 'Atomizer' but definitely still gets the blood... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Niranjan Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Albini's Last GREAT Stand!
No doubt about it, this was Albini's LAST GREAT Statement, Rapeman was o.k., and he went down the toilet with Shellac. Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by Gary Sheputis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best...
This is not an album made for ipods and crap, except if you have a great set of headphones, which most people don't have. Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by Banjoman95
3.0 out of 5 stars Songs about Stupid Idiots
L Dopa is an awesome rock tune but it sits with some uselessly sadistic tunes attempting to be about the dark side of people. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by Bart Connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, but nonetheless damn good
It seems like a shame that these guys had to disband some 21 years ago (1988). I sometimes wonder what they would sound like with each new album release, had they not broken up. Read more
Published on December 7, 2009 by J. Tourettes
4.0 out of 5 stars Songs About F______
Big Black-Songs About F------ ****

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To be quite frank, Big Blacks' Songs About F------ is one of the, if not the greatest... Read more
Published on July 19, 2009 by Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear God, what is this behemoth?
This post-punk industrial noise rock will bend you over and have it's way with you.

buy it if you dare. Read more
Published on April 28, 2008 by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying
And yet...unlike anything I've ever heard before. While this may be the antithesis of easy listening, somehow it seems there's a master to all this rage and noise. Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by Josh L. Patrick-Riley
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