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Tag Archives: 1991

Soundgarden – Drawing Flies

RIP Chris Cornell.

Soundgarden – Slaves and Bulldozers

A band called Grunge who, here at least, were delivering straight up heavy Metal as Black Sabbath first imagined. Slow and heavy, and touching on Doom, this track is a real slice of audio fire.

Fishbone – Junkies Prayer

Brilliant track that stands apart from the usual early 90’s Crossover thang that they were known for (and undoubtedly good at). This is far more in the realms of The Last Poets; visceral, unflinching, and spiky. From their 1991 album ‘The Reality Of My Surroundings’, which was probably their very finest and, definitely, their most diverse.

Slint – Breadcrumb Trail

The opening track from Slint’s classic debut 1991 album ‘Spiderland’. A precursor to the American strand of Post-Rock epitomised by the likes of Tortoise, Ui, et al , which wasn’t too much of a surprise due to the fact that Slint guitarist Dave Pajo was also in Tortoise; and was a central figure within the burgeoning Post-Rock scene. Influences such as Hardcore and  Americana rub together on this track; as well as the album in general.

Blake Baxter – Vision Of Truth

Blake Baxter with a track from his 1991 EP ‘The Prince Of Techno’. Where a track like ‘When A Thought Becomes You’ demonstrates the beautiful, lilting side of the machine Soul of Detroit Techno, this flips it and delivers a more driving, tough, and abstract side. Wonderful stuff from a fantastic era.

Blake Baxter – When A Thought Becomes U

From his 1991 EP on Underground Resistance ‘The Prince Of Techno’, Baxter gives us some beautiful, sensual Techno that hits the heart as much as the feet; as all true (Detroit) Techno does. Sublime.

Fishbone – Everyday Sunshine

Some Soul/Ska crossover from this LA band; delivering a genuinely lovely song that should have been a bigger ‘hit’. From the band’s sprawling 1991 album ‘The Reality Of My Surroundings’.

Butthole Surfers – Hurdy Gurdy Man

The Surfers take on Donovan’s 1968 hit ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’; which ended up on their 1991 album ‘Piouhgd’.

Mr. Bungle – Love Is A Fist

Soul, Funk, Metal and Ska tussle for attention on a typical crossover effort from Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle. This is from their 1991 debut album, also titled ‘Mr. Bungle’. Mr. Bungle, and Mike Patton in general, can polarise audiences, and it has to be stated that there is a certain amount of whimsy within his music that doesn’t always go down well. However, there is something for everyone on a Mr. Bungle album, even if that something is fleeting.

Coil – Love’s Secret Domain

Title track from their 1991 album, and the excesses of clubbing was influencing the bands own music. They did sparse Techno with tracks such as ‘The Snow’, and elements of dance music permeated much of the remaining album. On this track you get the feeling that this is what the Madchester scene could have sounded like if it was spearheaded by gay psychedelic warriors with a real love for William Blake. Blake’s ‘The Sick Rose’ get’s quoted in the song, as does Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’. Great piece of groovy mania from the boys here.

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