Unrest Classic or Dud?

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Unrest were great in Hoboken.

Evan, Sunday, 11 July 2010 06:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

a crucial influence on the transition of american indie aesthetics from B&W photocopies of skulls to colour photocopies of 70's airport lounges.

― fritz, Monday, February 18, 2002 5:00 PM (8 years ago) Bookmark

all time 2nd response HOF

good news if you wear cargo shorts (contenderizer), Sunday, 11 July 2010 06:53 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pals of mine who dj'd at the University of Maryland's WMUC and who hung out with Robinson in the mid to late 80s and early 90s shared Mark's interest in Factory Records. While such interest may not have been prominent as a musical theme in America at the time, it was not necessarily unusual.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 July 2010 16:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

Mark's lost a ton of weight.

kate78, Monday, 12 July 2010 02:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

I had not seen him in so long, I missed the heavy phase.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 July 2010 13:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I was trying to determine the best Unrest record.

the first one a little too juvenalia for my tastes, and perfect teeth never did it for me. a noble failure.

that leaves malcolm x park, kustom karnal, imperial. kustom karnal is great, but a little too genre-bound. imperial has their best songs, but

malcolm x park is their best record.

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 16:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

the pre-Imperial stuff I've heard seems half-formed to me. don't think I've ever listened to Malcolm X Park tho

Dr. Lol Evans (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 20 September 2010 16:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

you should check it out.

"pop" song highlights-- redo of can't sit still from their first lp. ]Christina, which is a tribute to lawrence hayward vox.

other highlights-- lucifer rising not sure if this references beausoleil/jimmy page origins, but it is fab. raucous cover of kiss' Strutter. Elvis Presley cover. Cramps-informed rockabilly workout. eloquent piano instrumental, recalling vin guaraldi high on lucy shwag, mondrian.

a brilliant mix of self-indulgence and hitting just the right notes for the crowd at each prompting to change over the record. i think large part involved regurgitating influences in a compelling way and not being confined by genre.

one of the best shows i ever saw involved a capella rendition of lord shiva from kustom karnal with his bandmates looking on like "ugh, i'm so embarrassed"

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 16:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

a brilliant mix of self-indulgence and hitting just the right notes for the crowd at each prompting to change over the record.

funny, i can't parse that sentence either.

what i mean, is after each song when you might be tempted to be "ugh", the next track totally switches gears.

i think their eclecticism played a large part in their genius. other big names falling under indie rock from that period, pavement, superchunk, whatever seem so stifled in comparison

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 16:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

can't get past how ugly the sleeve is tbh. from Imperial on all their stuff looks SO great.

Dr. Lol Evans (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 20 September 2010 16:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, maybe not the best artwork choice ever. i try not to pay too much attention to that stuff. i mean, "unrest" is sort of a ridiculous name for a band.

i agree, though. imperial + the singles around that time, bavarian mods, skinhead girl, etc., are perfect-looking

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 16:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

also, you should check out "headringer" from twister cassette. great early unrest song, man

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 18:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

if you like stuttering epiphones

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 18:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Drummer Phil Krauth is now my son's English teacher. They had some tough essays on Crime & Punishment.

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 September 2010 19:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

!!

that's so cool

Dr. Lol Evans (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 20 September 2010 19:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

yes!

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 19:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Just realized after 15 years of looking at them that the sleeve photos of B.P.M (1991-1994) are Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls (I've hung out on that overhang!), where Simon Le Bon stopped by and passively watched the band recording long enough to get a joke "producer" credit on Perfect Teeth. That album's first two songs sure stand up as something else (and very Duran Duran), I gotta say.

Pete Scholtes, Monday, 20 September 2010 21:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

have always wondered about that LeBon credit

Dr. Lol Evans (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 20 September 2010 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, me too!!

man "angel i will walk you home" is one hell of a song. the fast-strummy stuff is pretty obv the (deserving) focus of their late-oeuvre, but i looooove the slow pretty stuff a lot, too.

69, Monday, 20 September 2010 21:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^

never got all that much into malcolm x, but when i first heard it i was a huge imperial head so maybe i'd feel differently about it now

the groin transfer (electricsound), Monday, 20 September 2010 22:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

can't get past how ugly the sleeve is tbh. from Imperial on all their stuff looks SO great.

from imperial on their stuff looks great. and uptight, anal, entirely defined by conventional (mid-to-late 20th century) thinking about "good design" and "good taste".

malcolm X park cover art seems to come from a mirror universe wr2 those buttoned-down aesthetics. raw, sloppy, deliberately ugly, crude, badly designed. somewhat appealing on that level, and representative of the messy, homemade, splattery music within.

having taken an actual journalism class (contenderizer), Monday, 20 September 2010 22:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

as a record, i can't go with malcolm x park as their best. think they were still defining themselves at that point, working to find an individual voice within a whirl of then-current punk, post-punk, art & indie influences. the follow-up, kustom karnal blaxploitation, seemed like an attempt to align themselves with the likes of sonic youth (creepy tunings, "rock" posturing, dark subject matter), and a triumph within the band of their prog over their pop tendencies, but it's a failure, and a brilliant one in that they were so quickly able to learn from it. boring as it may be to say, imperial still stands as their masterpiece. it's their sound, not an approximation of anyone else's, and it never falters, doubts itself, breaks stride.

having taken an actual journalism class (contenderizer), Monday, 20 September 2010 22:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

great post. let me think about this.

yeah, i think kustom karnal is brilliant, defiantly so, maybe

as i said above, i think imperial is the best song-wise. during that time i was blown away by their singles run of cherry, skinhead girl, factory tribute, bavarian mods. maybe i'm just a sucker for contrarianism, but i loved that they went directly from kustom karnal to jangly pop songs. kinda like writing a sparkly almost radio-ready song like skinhead girl but dousing it in four-letter words, provocative subject matter

think i like mxp so much b/c it is brash in a clueless first album sort of way...enthusiasm trumping everything. lots of confidence, too many ideas. i realize it's not their first lp, but it has that vibe almost. and i feel like it's aged really well. 'fuck pussy galore' or whatever it's called is something of a mess, kustom feels strangulated somehow and maybe too much of a pose, imperial for all of its greatness sounds thin to me sometimes, and i never really got into p. teeth.

dude (del), Monday, 20 September 2010 23:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

entirely defined by conventional (mid-to-late 20th century) thinking about "good design" and "good taste".

yeah, especially the cover of the animal park 7"!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 00:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

well, almost entirely ;D

having taken an actual journalism class (contenderizer), Tuesday, 21 September 2010 16:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

imperial ffrr is nice for a hot summer day

van ingalls wilder (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 19:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yes.

Drummer Phil Krauth is now my son's English teacher. They had some tough essays on Crime & Punishment.

― curmudgeon, Monday, September 20, 2010 7:19 PM

He was a hard but fair 11th grade English teacher. A "B" for the year in an IB English class is not bad. I do not know if Mr. Krauth finds any time to drum these days.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I hope so! love his drumming

No Broehner (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

love everything about this band, really

No Broehner (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

did you lot hear the version of hydroplane that was on the recent codeine box?

acid in the style of tenpole tudor (NickB), Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

actually i'm making the assumption here that hydroplane was an unrest original or am i wrong?

acid in the style of tenpole tudor (NickB), Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

indeed it is

prissy relay switches (electricsound), Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

phew! far too good a song to waste on a b-side imo

acid in the style of tenpole tudor (NickB), Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

I jammed the 33-minute "Hydro" the other day, it RULED. Love this band so much, I kinda want to be a completist but it is expen$$$ive.

sleeve, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 23:46 (1 year ago) Permalink


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