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Had only heard "Squirrel song" (which btw has to be one of the funniest songs I have ever heard) I downloaded 1000 hurts and "Prayer to god" is also awesome, the rest I'm not so sure about. Seems a little bland on first listen.

So, are Shellac any good or what?

Marc-, Saturday, 1 October 2005 23:13 (fourteen years ago) link

tastes like chicken on second listen.

cutty (mcutt), Saturday, 1 October 2005 23:24 (fourteen years ago) link

They're assholes.

Roxymuzak, Mrs. Carbohydrate (roxymuzak), Saturday, 1 October 2005 23:24 (fourteen years ago) link

How are they assholes, just out of curiosity? I enjoy many of their excellent rock and roll songs.

xero (xero), Saturday, 1 October 2005 23:27 (fourteen years ago) link

At Action Park is their best by far, check that out. some of their stuff drags a little bit but all their albums have their highlights and Action Park is by far the most consistently rocking. Their singles and Peel sessions are also pretty sweet, try and find those.

tonyD (noiseyrock), Sunday, 2 October 2005 00:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Big Black's Songs About Fucking is the best place to start.

Whiney G. Weingarten (whineyg), Sunday, 2 October 2005 00:51 (fourteen years ago) link

They're assholes.

YAY ILM!

donut hallivallerieburtonelli omg lol (donut), Sunday, 2 October 2005 01:05 (fourteen years ago) link

The Uranus 7" single which features the songs Wingwalker and Doris blew my mind when it came out. Those are two of their best songs and I like them both better than some of the stuff on At Action Park.

Earl Nash (earlnash), Sunday, 2 October 2005 01:41 (fourteen years ago) link

See them live and hear for yourself. They've awoken from their slumber and have played several shows this year. I imagine a new album is coming. I too love their singles and At Action Park. I have lots of great memories of their shows at unusual venues, like a comedy club with clowns and Rainbo Roller Rink with Fugazi, and a show in Logan Square Auditorium where they dressed in baseball outfits and cracked weird jokes about Canada. Assholes or not, they're actually pretty funny -- they even did some Three Stooges style comedy, dragging Trainer away from his kit while he strained to continue beating on something.

Fastnbulbous (Fastnbulbous), Sunday, 2 October 2005 01:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah they're pretty incredible live, song-wise they play all their shit pretty spot on, but the stage banter, Q+A, and general performance is pretty amazing. Just watching Todd Trainer play drums is completely hypnotic.

tonyD (noiseyrock), Sunday, 2 October 2005 14:57 (fourteen years ago) link

is there really a bootleg of them playing sex pistols covers with david yow on vocals? the idea is kinda amazing but I've never found it on slsk.

haitch (haitch), Sunday, 2 October 2005 15:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I think they are awesome live. Only they should just not do the Q&A thingie in between songs as they came across as twats. ;-)

nathalie, a bum like you (stevie nixed), Sunday, 2 October 2005 15:01 (fourteen years ago) link

is there really a bootleg of them playing sex pistols covers with david yow on vocals? the idea is kinda amazing but I've never found it on slsk.

I've seen it often on there but never actually downloaded it myself yet.

Last Of The Famous International Pfunkboys (Kerr), Sunday, 2 October 2005 15:24 (fourteen years ago) link

I've heard that bootleg, it's fun. I got it on Slsk.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Sunday, 2 October 2005 16:29 (fourteen years ago) link

I find their first two albums (never heard the singles, never heard the third album) extremely constricted and boring in a way that Big Black and even Rapeman never were.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Sunday, 2 October 2005 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link

blues rock.
arguably not as good as nomeansno

bob snoom, Friday, 7 October 2005 13:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Marc, your description of 1,000 Hurts is pretty spot on, part of why I've only listened to it all the way through maybe 10 times since it came out. Yeah, get At Action Park -- every full length since has been a shadow of it.

I haven't bothered with the singles as I don't have a turntable, but I'd LOVE to hear them.

Raymond Cummings (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

In order of essentialness:

At Action Park
1000 Hurts
Uranus
The Rude Gesture
Terraform
Split 7" w/ Mule
Varied OOP 7"s
The Futurist (the band effectively disown this, at least as a tangible product, but there are some really good riffs on it between all the radio static and flotsam)

They are possibly the only band I deem fit to be an obnoxious fanboy about on here or pretty much any other public forum for that matter.

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:37 (fourteen years ago) link

They're assholes.
-- Roxymuzak, Mrs. Carbohydrate (emilysu...), October 2nd, 2005. (roxymuzak)

I met them once, and they were remarkably polite and nice.

Shellac is great...one of my fav bands ever.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Ooh, they were mean to me!

I still love them. A Shalleac shirt is one of the only band shirts I still wear.

Roxymuzak, Mrs. Carbohydrate (roxymuzak), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Shellac is made from beetles.

PappaWheelie B.C., Friday, 7 October 2005 14:52 (fourteen years ago) link

probably the nicest band i've ever had to deal with on a business/professional/otherwise level.

how were they mean to you, roxy?

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link

agreed, for being a band of their size/fame/infamy they are remarkably mellow and easy to deal w/

they are also an incredible rock band, "At Action Park" and the "Rude Gesture" 7" are two of my favorites

chris besinger (chris besinger), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:56 (fourteen years ago) link

roxy was drunkenly yelling for big black songs! ; )

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:58 (fourteen years ago) link

well that's almost as dumb as this one girl at my college who asked steve whether or not big black power tools was an "actual" company.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 7 October 2005 14:59 (fourteen years ago) link

I had a thought a wee while ago about the first 2 7"es (Uranaus and The rude gesture...). As far as I'm aware, these are still in print after coming out in 1993. I, and a couple of friends of mind, haven't been able to think of any other 7"es that are still in print and which have been available for longer.

hmmm (hmmm), Friday, 7 October 2005 15:08 (fourteen years ago) link

The Mule split was in print for ages, maybe it isn't now. The others are long gone. Should point out that hearing their cover of AC/DC's Jailbreak (on a Skingraft 7") is a fine experience

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Friday, 7 October 2005 15:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I totally agree.

hmmm (hmmm), Friday, 7 October 2005 15:20 (fourteen years ago) link

I snaffled that sex pistols covers show off slsk. it's hilarious!

haitch (haitch), Friday, 7 October 2005 16:13 (fourteen years ago) link

that AC/DC cover is awesome!

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 7 October 2005 16:20 (fourteen years ago) link

The 7" with Billiard Player Song is definitely essential. They played that when I saw them at the Scala last year.

I think the split with Mule is still in print, at least I bought it new for about $3 a few months ago, I think at Amoeba LA or Fingerprints in Long Beach.

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Friday, 7 October 2005 17:34 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...

sweet album, cheers JJ :)

I want sprinkles (country matters), Friday, 20 February 2009 02:10 (eleven years ago) link

the last one wasn't very good.

but 'at action park' was excellent. cuts straight to the chase and doesn't let up from there.

Charlie Howard, Friday, 20 February 2009 02:35 (eleven years ago) link

i mean "1000 hurts"

I want sprinkles (country matters), Friday, 20 February 2009 02:36 (eleven years ago) link

1000 hurts is sick.

devin harris with an appletini (call all destroyer), Friday, 20 February 2009 02:39 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, that one's good too.

Charlie Howard, Friday, 20 February 2009 02:46 (eleven years ago) link

Speak of the devil, they just showed up on Bottom Lounge's schedule for June 27 and 28.

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 28 February 2009 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

Don't know if it's still online, but the Peel Session from 2005 is terrific, especially the post-RIP-Peel version of "The End of Radio".

Eazy, Saturday, 28 February 2009 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

THIS IS A REAL FUCKIN' EMERGENCY!!

Noodle Vadge (country matters), Thursday, 21 May 2009 02:19 (ten years ago) link

*GODDAMN

Noodle Vadge (country matters), Thursday, 21 May 2009 02:22 (ten years ago) link

why i fluff line ;_;

Noodle Vadge (country matters), Thursday, 21 May 2009 02:22 (ten years ago) link

anyway yeah, that song. wow.

Noodle Vadge (country matters), Thursday, 21 May 2009 02:23 (ten years ago) link

Can you hear me now?

I just wish he hadn't adopted the "ilxor" moniker (ilxor), Thursday, 21 May 2009 04:33 (ten years ago) link

LET ME BE YOUR SPONSOR, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA

Noodle Vadge (country matters), Thursday, 21 May 2009 04:34 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

The David Yow Sex Pistols bootleg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzPDW1qkRxM

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 14 February 2020 10:06 (two weeks ago) link

wooooah thanks for posting

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 14 February 2020 13:37 (two weeks ago) link


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