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This Is My Drug Hell

My Drug HellAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ulg Records
  • ASIN: B000005QZG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Don't Say Goodbye
2. 2AM
3. You Were Right, I Was Wrong
4. Girl At The Bus Stop
5. Maybe We Could Fly
6. Jinx's Hole
7. For Your Eyes
8. She Locked My Heart Up (And Swallowed The Keys)
9. Teen Psycho Nightmare No 99
10. She Flies So High

Editorial Reviews

A Brit trio with the stripped-down, skeletal punch of The Velvets, and the fervent clang and melodic strum of the Go-Betweens. In other words, this is good stuff. More than '60s smiley pop revivalists like Oasis or Kula Shaker, My Drug Hell can mix that happy-go-lucky jangle with contempo "love has burned me again" lyrics as on the Doors-like swing of "You Were Right, I Was Wrong." It's not all glower and gloom as the lads bust out the tambourines on the catchy, "Girl at the Bus Stop" which builds like The McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy" without falling into a charging chorus; here, the girl stays at the bus stop, and vocalist Tim Briffa just keeps on walking. Briffa keeps himself at a distance, mostly moping, yet the songs bristle with edge and urgency, sometimes even breaking into a dancey, latter-day Jam/Weller groove as in "For Your Eyes." While it may sounds like My Drug Hell are all over the map, their sound is consistent and infectiously their own. --John Chandler

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Euphoria. October 12, 1998
Format:Audio CD
The full sound that comes from this trio is remarkable! Tim Briffa's guitar is superb throughout the entire album. My favorite is the wa-wa and funkiness on "For Your Eyes". While most people love "Girl at the Bus Stop", the band's tale of finding love via public transportation, it by no means exemplifies the versatility of this group. "She Flies So High" is the perfect album closer, almost easing one back into the real world after giving oneself over to the band. The band also pays homage to vinyl on the CD version with the sound of a runout groove with the crackle of vinyl before the bonus track.(And a very good hidden bonus track at that!) My Drug Hell also promises an added treat for the people who purchase the vinyl version. The only thing better than listening to My Drug Hell play on this CD is seeing them live! (Which I've done!) But if they can't be in your favorite hometown venue, they should at least be in your living room. _This is My Drug Hell_ is a MUST-HAVE for anyone who appreciates great music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare gem June 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It is strange that an album of such brilliance has failed to see the light of day. This is my Drug Hell is one of the finest gems that I discovered. It has become a cult fave amongst my small group of friends. The album, which brings little in the way of modern sound,proves that simplicity can be a good thing. Buy it, it will remain at the top of your CD pile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Criminally Neglected Album December 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't know if it's the 80s cover, the weird band name or the record label that makes this a relatively unknown recording, but one thing is for sure, it's no fault of the music. These tunes are FINE. Looking at the cover, you'd probably think this was either punk or something crazy like Mr. Bungle or Mighty John Henry, but it's not like that at all. This music is something very special. After my brother first played this album for me, I thought it could have been any one of a number of obscure bands from the 60s. It blew my mind when I found out this is from 1995. It has a special aura about it that only great albums have. It's seasoned just like an old favorite, but bubbling with the spices of 90s garage rock. Sometimes the music reminds of The Stones, at other times a little like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Cream often comes to mind as well. But no matter who they may remind me of, I'm sure they'll sound pleasing to you. These songs are just so inexplicably great. They're very catchy but not that poppy, and at times dark, but not overly dreary or dramatic. Everything is worked to perfection on This Is My Drug Hell. Like the other reviewers, I recommend this to everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Purchases I've Ever Made December 21, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely stunning is the only way to describe this album and artist. I was in a dollar store two or three years ago, of all places, and I stumbled across their album in a bin. Something about it made me want to take it home and I'm sure glad I did. 60's vibe reinvented in a somehow creative way. It's not even like they are trying to mimic the sounds of bands that surely influenced them. I've come across that many many times, especially with today's indie scene. This album is a unique medley of everything good in the world of 60's, 70's, and 80's rock. It baffles me why these guys are not world-famous. I wish them luck in the future, as they surely deserve praise.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 times ***** is a bit much... August 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was in the process of listening to my old vinyl copy of this very album (yes, Kristen, it has a bonus two-track 7" single) and while contemplating to sell it, I did a bit of research on the Web, only to find these three five star reviews of the set.
Well, I am not as enthusiastic.
I don't see any Rolling Stones, Cream (but I never cared much about Cream, past 'Sunshine Of Your Love') or RHCP in this album. Musically, one clear reference spot is early Love or, at a push, early Doors. But only rawer and without any organ. And without any Arthur Lee or Jim Morrison.
It is a pleasant enough album and I dare say opener 'Don't Say Goodbye' awaits for the fourth installment in Rhino Records' "Nuggets" series. But I would hardly call it "a criminally neglected album" or "a rare gem". A "neglected gem", perhaps?
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