Pussy Galore -- do they really sound better on vinyl?

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I'm especially wondering whether I should get "Live: In the Red" on vinyl or CD.

heruda, Monday, 26 July 2004 05:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it was made for vinyl, man

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 26 July 2004 05:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Well, yeah, i know it was. But I mean, does it really sound THAT much different? I've already got some of their other albums on CD and would like to continue the trend unless the sound is truly better on vinyl.

heruda, Monday, 26 July 2004 05:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

well, the way those Matador cds are mastered, they do still retain the grime. I'm sure the difference is negligible unless you're fussy. I kinda like the sound of the needle on the record, though

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 26 July 2004 05:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Alright, thanks. You were truly helpful, unlike most people on message boards.

I know what you mean about vinyl, and I would get ALL Pussy Galore albums on vinyl if I could find the fuckers. But I already have Dial M for Motherfucker and Right Now on CD, and like I said, I'd like to continue the trend with Live: In the Red unless the vinyl is truly a lot better.

Also, parts of Corpse Love sound fucking great compared to most of the lo-fi Pussy Galore. Weird, considering I usually read about how bad early Pussy Galore sounds.

heruda, Monday, 26 July 2004 05:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, i have no idea what they did to that stuff, but even the Exile stuff, like "Ventilator Blues" sounds great on that CD. Weird.

i only have Right Now! on tape and its always sounded ok to me!

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 26 July 2004 05:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I know that it isn't the cool thing, if I was... I mean, I am super into records. Today I got the first Pussy Galore record for $50 from Final Vinyl, which I've been looking for for so fucking long. So I get cool records. But if I wasn't me, I probably wouldn't be like, "Dude, you have to check out this record, Gold, it kicks ass." But then again, if I write songs like that, I think I better put them on a record. I would be full of shit if I were to just do insane art-rock. That just wouldn't be me.

ry6n 6d6ms, Monday, 26 July 2004 05:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

and then...The Finger....

roger adultery (roger adultery), Monday, 26 July 2004 05:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Sound better" is a relative term with PG, of course. I couldn't tell any difference. When I first heard Right Now! I just knew that it sounded EXACTLY like how Lester Bangs must've imagined Count V's Carburetor Dung sounded like.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Monday, 26 July 2004 06:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

There was a Pussy Galore 'Groovy Hate Fuck' LP going for about 75 pounds in Intoxica on Portobello Road. Guess who sold his for about 1.50...

I don't think they sound better on vinyl, but I'm sure the experience is enhanced.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Monday, 26 July 2004 07:56 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The best part about the PG In the Red vinyl record is the picture of Neil Hagerty at Elvis Presley's grave on the label. You don't get that on the cd.

Mike Dixon (Mike Dixon), Monday, 26 July 2004 10:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I have Live: In the Red on vinyl, and that's the only way I've ever heard it, so I can't compare the formats, but I agree with the statement "It was made for vinyl". To back this up, I point to the vinyl only live albums In the Red has released by the Knoxville Girls and forthcoming one by the Country Teasers. Why would you want digital clarity?

That said, I have the Groovy Hate Fuck (Feel Good About Your Body) LP and Corpse Love CD, and the Matador vinyl reissues and sampler CD they put out prior to the reissues, and there's not a huge sonic difference (the track they mastered, Crypt-style, from vinyl on Corpse Love obviously sounds better on vinyl, though).

I would get ALL Pussy Galore albums on vinyl if I could find the fuckers.

You can order them thru Matador on vinyl. $8 each for the 2 you already have on CD, $7 for Sugarshit Sharp. Each come with posters, if that matters to you.

Vic Funk, Monday, 26 July 2004 11:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

I've had a Caroline CD of Dial M forever, and every once in a while I wonder if the Matador reissue got remastered? The original CD is kinda low on the volume side of things...

dlp9001, Saturday, 21 November 2009 03:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

everything is louder now. if you want to know how loud your cd is, check the date of when it was made. this is due to the expansion of the universe, because there is now more space between molucules for the sound to resonate in.

a dimension you can only access through self-immolation (contenderizer), Saturday, 21 November 2009 05:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

but fuck a pussy galore cd rly

a dimension you can only access through self-immolation (contenderizer), Saturday, 21 November 2009 05:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^ and then ^^ but lest we forget ^^

bamcquern, Saturday, 21 November 2009 06:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh, if it helps I bought it on vinyl (with poster) back when it came out. In my old age, I choose convenience and volume.

dlp9001, Saturday, 21 November 2009 16:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...




Formed in 1985 by Jon Spencer and Julie Cafritz in Washington DC, Pussy Galore drew upon the bloated hardcore scene, totally rejecting the same while embracing 60's garage punk and R'n'B, industrial noise acts like Einsturzende Neubauten, and plenty of bad vibes and badder attitude. After a relocation to New York City in '86, the band quickly rose to prominence and infamy. Sold-out concerts and record releases were celebrated and debated in the pages of the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, and Art Forum. Pussy Galore toured across North America and throughout Europe, even making it to Japan before the band finally imploded.

Now this seminal and influential punk band's catalog is back in print, many of it available as digital download for the first time ever. Each release has been remastered under the supervision of Jon Spencer himself, vinyl masters are cut directly from the original tapes, all-analog. The classic 1987 album, 'Right Now', is available now on vinyl through Shove. This, along with 1988's 'SugarShit Sharp' EP and 1989's 'Dial M For Motherfucker' LP are available for download. Vinyl of SSS and Dial M will follow shortly and, as a special added bonus, a limited edition vinyl re-press of the original Pussy Galore debut 7" record, the' Feel Good About Your Body' EP, will be available for Record Store Day, also through Shove. America, get ready to feel good again!

On December 23rd of last year, Pussy Galore played an unannounced 15 song, 30 minute set at Maxwell's to a packed house, as part of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah festival benefit. This one off 'secret' show would serve notice that one of New York City's great bands still has meaning for today. There are no further shows planned at this time.

"Pussy Galore revolutionized rock music forever....every other band sucks in comparison and the drummer is hot." Bob Bert

Kevin John Bozelka, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:40 (five years ago) Permalink

altho I have that 7" as part of the UK Groovy Hate Fuck reish I would probably still buy it, pretty cool.

had no idea they did a reunion gig, I assume w/o Hagerty

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 03:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Loved this band a good five or so years. Associate Right Now! with good times in Austin.

*tera, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 06:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Checked these out via Spotify on the best quality download, and they sound really great. It's weird to talk about hearing new stuff on a PG remaster, but I do, so whatever.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 21:32 (five years ago) Permalink

i dunno, i've been listening to right now and dial m for a quarter century on vinyl. they sound not the way they're "supposed to sound", but they way they actually do sound, the way they've always sounded, like what they are. have never had any complaints with or heard any complaints about the sound. it's not like they're raw power or the first BOC album, something that always needed a tweak. dgi.

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

for comparison, new day rising could probably use a remaster. (i dunno, maybe it's already had one)

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 21:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I'd guess that a lot of reviewers will agree, and I definitely agree that New Day Rising would be a more critical patient.

But...I've had them on vinyl and on CD (Caroline), and while there was never anything exactly *wrong* with them, I've always felt like Dial M (more than Right Now) could benefit from a sonic upgrade. Still feel like Dial M is one of those albums that's way better than the band should have ever been able to produce. Totally weird song structures, noise interludes that work, and some pretty memorable drum and guitar parts for a bunch of people pretending to be untalented scumbags. It's such a sonically weird record that I want to hear it as clearly (and loudly) as possible. New version seems to acheive that. I'm pretty happy with it...

dlp9001, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 22:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Asking for a sonic upgrade on Pussy Galore is missing the point entirely

#yolo contendere (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:08 (five years ago) Permalink

no hag = no me

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 5 April 2012 01:26 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This is kind of weird: the remasters showed up on Spotify. Then, today, I was going to listen to them, and most of the songs were no longer available (this is in the US). On 'Dial M' only three remain, and all three are different versions than what's on the original album, but I have no idea where they're from. Undertaker, Dick Johnson, 1 Hour Later. Right Now has only two songs left, Wretch and New Breed. Anyone know where the "new" versions are from? I hear slight crowd noise in the background? Kind of strange...

dlp9001, Monday, 30 April 2012 03:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh never mind. Spotify is pulling in tracks from In The Red without noting it. Annoying.

dlp9001, Monday, 30 April 2012 03:42 (five years ago) Permalink

so many reasons to hate Spotify these days

got the 7" EP for Record Store Day, very nice.

sleeve, Monday, 30 April 2012 06:48 (five years ago) Permalink

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