Remember That Yerself Is Steam - Mercury Rev Poll

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and of course it don't mind, chasing a bee inside a jar

Poll Results

OptionVotes
6 Frittering 8:48 6
1 Chasing a Bee 7:11 5
2 Syringe Mouth 4:04 1
3 Coney Island Cyclone 2:37 1
4 Blue and Black 6:00 1
5 Sweet Oddysee of a Cancer Cell T' Th' Center of Yer Heart 7:41 1
7 Continuous Trucks and Thunder Under a Mother's Smile 0:43 0
8 Very Sleepy Rivers 12:15 0


Zeno, Saturday, 17 January 2009 01:04 (twelve years ago) link

i always preferred the demo of 'bee' from the carwash hair single and frittering was always immense live so i'm going with that

Cooking From A Stovetop (electricsound), Saturday, 17 January 2009 01:11 (twelve years ago) link

No "Car Wash Hair".

Alex in SF, Saturday, 17 January 2009 01:13 (twelve years ago) link

oops

Zeno, Saturday, 17 January 2009 01:19 (twelve years ago) link

frittering

single-issue white nonhipster (country matters), Saturday, 17 January 2009 01:25 (twelve years ago) link

"Car Wash Hair" was a single, separate from the album, which was tacked on to the end of the US 1992 reissue of the album. So yeah, it doesn't count.

This is one of my most treasured records, as I discovered it early on, when I was a wee teenager, & (along with Loveless, Disintegration, Ocean Rain, Technique, etc. etc.) it has had a lasting, formative impression on my psyche. "Chasing a Bee" vs. "Frittering" I'll have to listen to it a couple times this weekend, & then decide.

Pillboxxx/The Lol Belol (Pillbox), Saturday, 17 January 2009 01:59 (twelve years ago) link

I remember getting this on the American Rough Trade imprint, which was just about to die, so about a year there I felt I was the only one in my corner of the world who even knew this thing existed until the late fall 92 reissue (with all the extra stuff etc.) Like Pillbox sez it was one of 'those' records for me.

My favorite track from that era in the end might well be the unlisted half-hour collage insanity that's the bonus track on the "Car Wash Hair" single, but if forced to pick one song, "Frittering." It defines a melancholia perfectly, the more so because it's about the only song of the era that made being a wastrel slacker actually seem elegant and epic.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 17 January 2009 02:09 (twelve years ago) link

Me thinking about it ten years back. I haven't listened to it much at all since, but I don't think I have to any more.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 17 January 2009 02:10 (twelve years ago) link

the more so because it's about the only song of the era that made being a wastrel slacker actually seem elegant and epic

Gonna have to have a think about this one.

Also, you're quite right, that half-hour collage is absolutely brilliant. Will give it another listen soon.

single-issue white nonhipster (country matters), Saturday, 17 January 2009 02:15 (twelve years ago) link

frittering is fucking huge

cutty, Saturday, 17 January 2009 02:22 (twelve years ago) link

voted syringe mouth but boces is way better

congratulations (n/a), Saturday, 17 January 2009 02:22 (twelve years ago) link

and i think i just voted syringe mouth because of positive associations with snorry mouth

congratulations (n/a), Saturday, 17 January 2009 02:23 (twelve years ago) link

I prefer Boces too; "Meth Of A Rockette's Kick" is the pinnacle of all things Rev IMO (closely followed by the rest of the album, "Girlfren" excepted)

Actually if you took the last 3 tracks of Boces out (and I do really like Hi-Speed Boats but...) and replaced them with the last 3 tracks of Yerself Is Steam you'd have a MOTHERFUCKING album

single-issue white nonhipster (country matters), Saturday, 17 January 2009 03:07 (twelve years ago) link

I remember getting this on tape, with the free tape attached, which had that excellent version of 'If You Want Me To Stay' on it. Both albums I absolutely adored - if anything, and if my memory serves, the live version of Frittering is even better than the album version.

I never bought anything by them again. Odd. Anyway, erm, Frittering/Chasing in Bee... Frittering I think.

GamalielRatsey, Saturday, 17 January 2009 08:02 (twelve years ago) link

"Like Pillbox sez it was one of 'those' records for me."

surprised you like it so much and Animal Collective's - not so.

Feels, for example has lots of Steam on it.(among other things)

Zeno, Saturday, 17 January 2009 10:36 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 22 January 2009 00:01 (twelve years ago) link

six years pass...

A full overview of the album by all involved -- including Baker!

http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2015/08/19/magnet-classics-mercury-revs-yrself-is-steam/#more-182655

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:08 (five years ago) link

I was at their first London show in 1991 - Baker and Donahue pretty much got into a punch-up before they'd played a note (to the bemusement of the audience), Baker then spent the entire set sitting cross-legged on the stage strumming a guitar that wasn't plugged in, and when they came back out for the encore they were high-fiving / all friends again. It wouldn't have worked for most bands, but with them it seemed to fit at the time.

めんどくさかった (Matt #2), Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:17 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

Was listening to this today - first time in years - and I'm ready to make a case that this could be the Amer-Indie (sorry!) Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 15 December 2017 08:36 (three years ago) link

Interesting Magnet piece above. I haven't listened in a long while to this. I think maybe the better parts of Boces and See You on the Other Side seem like a fuller realisation of what they were trying to get at back then, but who's to really know.

Freedom, Friday, 15 December 2017 12:57 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

best album ever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Thursday, 1 April 2021 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

yes

imago, Thursday, 1 April 2021 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

It's pretty damn good.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Thursday, 1 April 2021 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

Poll results are 100% correct.

pomenitul, Thursday, 1 April 2021 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

nah VSR is incredible

imago, Thursday, 1 April 2021 14:43 (two weeks ago) link

Boces is the best album ever, this one is pretty good though. :)

I stumbled across this the other day, was pretty fun to listen to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbr_lFcRLAo

cwkiii, Friday, 2 April 2021 01:54 (one week ago) link

i've actually never heard boces so this is a good inspiration

i remember blissing out to yerself is steam constantly in college

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 2 April 2021 13:22 (one week ago) link

it's too bad this band put out two amazing albums and one pretty good album and then immediately broke up and never put anything else out

na (NA), Friday, 2 April 2021 13:27 (one week ago) link

i've actually never heard boces so this is a good inspiration


Oh you’re in for a treat.

pomenitul, Friday, 2 April 2021 13:31 (one week ago) link

yeah i rate it right with YIS, maybe a bit higher tbh. 'girlfren' is my favorite album closer of theirs

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 2 April 2021 14:43 (one week ago) link


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