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Amazing band! why are they so overlooked?

A Nairn, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Janitor is a catchy as hell all time great. I'm guessing that's their best known song and they were pigeonholed as novelty new wavers on the basis of the goofy lyrics and the 'oh my genitals' refrain. The two other songs I've heard weren't up to much. I remember reading that the singer (Sue Tissue?) had a cameo in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild one of my fave films, but I'm not sure what she did. They're almost entirely unknown in Britain - were they rated, at all, by anyone? And was that a fake German accent she used in Janitor, or is it real?!

Graham C, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

She was one of the organizers of the class reunion in Something Wild. Straight black hair and a perpetually pained expression on her face. I didn't hear "Janitor" as German accented, just sung in a clipped fashion. I have the Suburban Lawns LP, but it's been so long I don't recall any song except Janitor.

nickn, Thursday, 21 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

two years pass...
An amazing band! Why ARE THEY OVERLOOKED?

I am happy as a clam since I found this band. Like early B-52's with a twist all their own. And the reggae backbone of the Police thrown in. One of the songs reminded me of English Beat. Not to mention early Fashion. Love it love it love it.

Bimble (bimble), Sunday, 28 November 2004 07:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Greatest hit is GIDGET GOES TO HELL/MY BOYFRIEND. The first single.

....Flashing white teeth snap bloody bikini....

DR SCott, Sunday, 28 November 2004 20:08 (sixteen years ago) link

"Flavor Crystals" is a great song! (from the Baby EP)

donut christ (donut), Monday, 29 November 2004 06:38 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 18:03 (fourteen years ago) link

they used to play flavor crystals all the time on the college radio station where i lived growing up. i ran right out and bought that ep cuzza that song.

scott seward (scott seward), Tuesday, 12 September 2006 18:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Greatest hit is GIDGET GOES TO HELL/MY BOYFRIEND. The first single.

....Flashing white teeth snap bloody bikini....

-- DR SCott (DrScoT...), November 28th, 2004.


Pioneers and Janitor are good too.

and PappaWheelie, author of Have You Ever Been Poxy Fuled? (PappaWheelie 2), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 02:09 (fourteen years ago) link

never heard them but great band name.

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 02:24 (fourteen years ago) link

The video for Janitor (as opposed to their NWT appearence):

I'm waiting for their SNL appearence to show up on youtube.

Edward III (edward iii), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 02:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Google expedition indicates SNL showed the video of Janitor, they didn't play live. I preferred the NWT version as it contains more face time with art-damaged-librarian Su. That crazy squeaky voice she does on the "Who's your mother" line slays me; it reminds me of Minneapolis' Suburbs on "In Combo." What a killer riff.

You can get all the first album mp3s here:

I also really love "Unable." Who else sounds like this?

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 14:30 (fourteen years ago) link

Mea culpa. SNL showed a video for "Gidget...," supposedly directed by Jonathan Demme?!?!

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 14:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I love the fact that someone who posted here also likes the Suburbs. Cause every time I pull out Suburbs it's like "oh well, here's this Suburban Lawns while I'm at it - why not?"

Ficky Stingers (Bimble...), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 04:13 (fourteen years ago) link

nine years pass...


Thus Sang Freud, Saturday, 24 October 2015 00:48 (five years ago) link

you ever hear su tissue's solo album? so cool and beautiful. nothing like the lawns.

scott seward, Saturday, 24 October 2015 01:04 (five years ago) link

i will listen. thanks for that.

Thus Sang Freud, Saturday, 24 October 2015 01:16 (five years ago) link

that record gets a brief mention here:

Thus Sang Freud, Saturday, 24 October 2015 01:20 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

This rules. Between this and Gleaming Spires and the Units reissue and that lo-fi live Devo record, FUTURISMO is killing it as a label this year

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Thursday, 3 December 2015 11:03 (five years ago) link

Haven't listened to them in ages. Thanks for pointing out these reissues

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 December 2015 15:09 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

Someone posted Su's full album on YT

It's pretty cool! Not what I was expecting.

Puke and Other Poems (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:00 (three years ago) link

cool bookmarked

the ghost of lorax past (FlopsyDuck), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 19:53 (three years ago) link

she is in "something wild" and talks in the same weird voice that she sings in

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 19:56 (three years ago) link

sorry i said the same thing on there

na (NA), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:00 (three years ago) link

^ Been listening to that a lot recently.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 13:38 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Ok so now that we found what happened to Jonathan Demme discovery Q Lazarus, let's find Su!

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 22:07 (two years ago) link

Would love to see a reissue of Salon de Musique someday.

Master of Treacle, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 00:12 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

The Gidget video directed by Jonathan Demme. I had never seen it before tonight.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 01:04 (two weeks ago) link

I hadn’t seen that either. Has that corny new wave music feel

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

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