So what are your thoughts?
― Ned Raggett, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
The book, meanwhile -- just amazing, the details Karlen brings to the
fore. And also the various revelations -- for instance, that Lori
Barbero apparently was very unlucky in love and lust as people kept
trying to hit on Kat and Michelle in the early days instead. I *so*
don't get this -- Lori looks fantastic, thank you very much! And
sounds like from the book that she's the one you'd want to hang around
with as a friend anyway! Also deeply amusing -- and pure grist for the
mill for any Sonic Youth haters -- is the fact that Fontanelle
producer Lee Ranaldo comes across as a complete, utter and *total*
― Omar, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ron, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― David Gunnip, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
The weekend of the London 'Babes' show, my friend C from home (Mpls)
arrived and I showed her the advert for the gig, knowing nothing to be
amiss. C went WTF? because she'd seen Lori out the night before
arriving here and Lori mentioned NADA about being over at the same time
as C. So we called Lori in Mpls, who went apeshit, saying Kat had told
her it was a Katastrophy Wife tour. Kat is now in DEEP SHIT - I just
think of her as an unsuccessful version of Courtney.
― suzy, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― flannery culp, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― ethan, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
BiT: Good band, neither classic nor dud.
PS: I was at that show too Ned.
― http://gygax.pitas.com, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― electric sound of jim, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Ess Kay, Monday, 10 June 2002 00:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
Amazing there isn't more on Babes in Toyland on here - just listening to Fontanelle again, for the first time in quite a few years, a fantastic album, and it is not the only one. Hasn't aged at all, far less than their contemporaries.
Remember seeing them headlining a gig where Jacob's Mouse and Truman's Water supported and it still goes down as one of the best gigs I've seen.
― GamalielRatsey, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink
Jesus, that would have been a GREAT show to be at.
― Ned Raggett, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:16 (3 years ago) Permalink
A bit of digging around tells me it was September 93 at the Kentish Town Forum, which would mean I was 17 - it really blew me away, each successive band was better than the last, and although Truman's Water were perhaps my preference, there was no doubt Babes in Toyland took the laurels, they were awesome.
― GamalielRatsey, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink
I never saw them, but I got their first two albums. I got To Mother in the spring/summer of 1991 after hearing John Peel play some of the tracks - it turned out he'd got the name of every single song wrong because someone had put the labels on the wrong sides of his promo copy. I bought Spanking Machine later that year - it took me a while to track it down as it obviously wasn't a massive seller and had already been out for more than a year. I remember feeling quite embarrassed going into record shops, asking if they had 'Spanking Machine', and getting funny looks before being sent on my way empty handed. When I eventually got it, it was on purple vinyl, which is obviously A GOOD THING.
― Teh Movable Object (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:36 (3 years ago) Permalink
used to be really into this band in hs - saw them a few times - totally forgotten until just now!
checking out fontanelle as we speak
― ice cr?m, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:46 (3 years ago) Permalink
lol people trying hard to be so tough in the 90s - dunno abt all this
― ice cr?m, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:51 (3 years ago) Permalink
maybe ill try jesus lizard next
― ice cr?m, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:55 (3 years ago) Permalink
Pain In My Heart is so classic
― billstevejim, Sunday, 30 August 2009 16:57 (3 years ago) Permalink
I got Spanking Machine when it came out, that thing really packed a lot of wallop. Saw 'em live too, with Jacob's Mouse as well I think, but maybe in about '92?
― Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Sunday, 30 August 2009 18:27 (3 years ago) Permalink
Man, I was so into this band, and Fontanelle in particular, at the time. I hardly ever think about them now though, but when I do I dig out their albums. They still sound really great, but only in short bursts. I find it difficult to get through an entire album in one go anymore, for some reason. But god, I played Fontanelle to DEATH backintheday. And "Bruise Violet" is forever awesome imo.
― all you proper coppers... i'm zipper the slipper (DavidM), Sunday, 30 August 2009 20:00 (3 years ago) Permalink
I saw 'em at Reading festival, '93, '94 or something. I got crushed when the mosh pit toppled as one to the floor. Good times, great memories tbh.
― all you proper coppers... i'm zipper the slipper (DavidM), Sunday, 30 August 2009 20:03 (3 years ago) Permalink
Amazing band and veeeery under appreciated nowadays compared to some of their contemporaries
― Jamie_ATP, Sunday, 30 August 2009 20:31 (3 years ago) Permalink
i got to see these guys live back in the fontanelle period, got free tix off the radio. kat was impressive but the drummer far more so, i have never seen a drummer get quite so, er, physical with a kit
― king boy pamito (electricsound), Sunday, 30 August 2009 22:43 (3 years ago) Permalink
I wrote about 'Spanking Machine' for Devon Record Club. I still think it's a truly remarkable record. http://devonrecordclub.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/babes-in-toyland-spanking-machine-round-34-robs-choice
― Rob Mitchell, Saturday, 15 September 2012 20:20 (8 months ago) Permalink
"So, when Tom asked us to being a debut album, I immediately thought of first releases which..."
― Only milkmen burnley have (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 15 September 2012 20:34 (8 months ago) Permalink
Katastrophy Wife were pretty good, ah?
― nostormo, Saturday, 29 December 2012 14:14 (4 months ago) Permalink