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THE FLESH EATERS - I USED TO BE PRETTY (Yep Roc Records)

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Here is a treat for fans of the West Coast (San Francisco) late 1970s - 1980s punk scene. Music if it combined numerous elements it was all loud and performed in a hurry. With an odd ballad of sorts thrown in for good measure you have The Flesh Eaters. The last time the line up found here of lead vocalist and songwriter John D (Desjardins), John Doe (bass), Dave Alvin(electric guitar), long time Los Lobos act Steve Berlin (sax), D J Bonebrake (Mirimba, percussion) and Bill Bateman (drums) appeared together on an album was in 1981 (plus you have on five tracks, vocalist Julie Christensen). A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then; John Doe and Dave Alvin both have released a number of fine albums. While Berlin has done a ton of recordings with Los Lobos and other sessions too. Alvin likewise has been most active. Apart from his solo Americana singer-songwriter blues, folk rock and country records he has quite recently made two duo records with brother, Phil Alvin (they were also in the famed 1980s band, The Blasters). His latest release is with seasoned Texas singer-songwriter, and founder member of Texas band The Flatlanders, fellow singer-songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore. While I enjoy, greatly, most of Alvins’ work this association was one I won’t be placing among my all-time favourites. 

John D’s lead vocals like the hard punching production took time to settle, even then they lay uneasy on more songs than not. He is best heard on My Life To Live and Miss Muetre (two of the album’s six remakes) that enjoys cutting lead vocals as sax, guitar and percussion are plentiful. Keeping them close company you have energy filled Cinderella and the funky sounding House Amid The Thicket and undoubtedly the best song on the record She’s Like Heroin To Me. Edging out in the process the dramatic punk flavours shrouding the infectious sounding Pony Dress. 

If you like highly charged, raucous and aggressive playing you will find this in abundance as Alvin, Berlin, Bateman, Bonebrake and Doe get behind vocalists John D (who alone enjoys a strong cult following). 

Maurice Hope

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January 2018Month
Last
Month
Points Artist / Album Title / Label / * Album of the Month of… (reporter)
1 63
HAYES CARLL / What It Is / Dualtone *RK, *JB,*HB,
2 61
PHIL LEE / The Horse He Rode In On / Palookaville Records *BH, *PvG,
*FB, *PK
3 60
THE DELINES/ Imperial / El Cortez *PK, *FCe, *LK
4 51
VICKY EMERSON / Steady Heart / Independent *MW, *ML
5 42
LULA WILES / What Will We Do / Smithsonian Folkways *MM, *MF
6 34
SUZANNE JARVIE / In The Clear / Wolfe Island *BP
7 29
JESSE DAYTON / On Fire In Nashville / Blue Elan *SZ
8 27
KIERAN GOSS & ANNIE KINSELLA / Oh, The Starlings / Independent
27
CARSON McHONE / Carousel / Loose Music
27
TINY LEGS TIM / Elsewhere Bound / Independent *TV, *FC,
11 26
MANDOLIN ORANGE / Tides of a Teardrop / Yep Roc *BM
12 22
LEYLA McCALLA / Capitalist Blues / Jazz Village *DH
13 21
ROB HERON & THE TEA PAD ORCHESTRA / Soul Of My City *HBr
14 21
SIX MILE GROVE / Million Birds / Independent
15 19
BOB SUMNER / Wasted love songs /Self-released *MG
19
STEVE GUNN / The Unseen in Between / Matador
19
ROBERT ELLIS / Texas Piano Man / New West *CVL, *DHo
18 19
JOSHUA RAY WALKER / Wish you were here / State Fair *MA
19 18
CAM PENNER / At War With Reason / Self-released *LM
20 15
CHARLEY CROCKETT / Lil G.L.'S Blue / Bonanza
21 14
JARED DECK / Bully Pulpit / Self-released *AN, *AL
14
MICHAEL CHAPMAN / True North / Paradise of Bachelors
23 13
INA FORSMAN / Been Meaning To Tell You / RUF *EZ
24 12
KAYLAN FAY / Good Company / Horton
12
RICHARD DOBSON / I Hear Singing / Brambus *JJC
ALBUMS OF THE MONTH (NOT IN TOP 25)
DILLON CARMICHAEL / Hell On An Angel / Riser House *PHe
SELECT CAPTAIN / Off To Save The World / Soundchest *JJ
BRANDON ISAAK / Rise N Shine / Independent *RW
EINAR FLA / Silent String / Grappa *MB
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE / Sixpack / Self-released *PJ
JAMIE LEE WILSON / Jumping Over Rocks / Self-released *HdB
DALE WATSON / Call Me Lucky / Red House *RH
JEFF TWEEDY / Warm / DBPM *JS
WEST OF EDEN / Flat Earth Society / West Of Music *PH
JODYMOON / A Love Brand New / Self-Released *JF
ANDREW COMBS / Worried Man (Deluxe Edition) / Loose Music *GF
HALDEN WOFFORD & THE HI BEANS / Hard Core Broken Heart /
Independent *MP
JONATHAN BYRD / Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys/ *JH
BILL SHANLEY / Midnight Mission / Cauldron Music *NC
MICKEY GALYEAN & CULLEN’s BRIDGE / Songs From The Blue Ridge /
Rebel *HD
JOE JACKSON / Fool / EarMusic *KG
WESTERN YOUTH / WESTERN YOUTH / Independent *BK
TIP JAR / Onward / Independent *FS
KC GROVES / Happy Little Trees / Self-released *JH
TIMBER / The Family / Cornelius Chapel *

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