Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Fooking Killer Debuts
The recent postings on Top5 lists (albums & movies) certainly generated plenty of good natured debate & discussion as well as opening a few new vistas to check out. So me, like the anal-retentive characters in Hi-Fidelity & their neverending lists, decided to narrow the spectrum a bit.
Now me wants all you music addicts out there to scratch yer collective skulls to think of the five debut long players that fooking shook yer world like no other! As you can see from me list, a number of great/classic bands are not featured simply because their first audio outings were less than vintage. Hence, no Black Sabbath, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Misfits or Black Flag.
What the list is supposed to highlight is exceptional & fooking groundbreaking work by a band first time out. The sorta album that has you going 'what the fook is this?' & holding yer head in utter disbelief at the sheer brilliance of it all. Sorta like a young pre-afro Jermaine Pennant scoring a hattrick on his league debut fer the gooners v southampton. Well, maybe not quite the best analogy but you get me drift.
Again, the whole exercise is meant to be fun but not easy as you struggle to cram in yer fave debut albums into a minuscule list of five. So no cheating please, keep yer list to strictly five & look forward to reading yer recommendations. The weirder, the better!
Long live rock n roll! (Azer (http://www.subjected2subjectivity.blogspot.com/) & Nick Mun (http://23psi.blogspot.com/), you've been tagged, be a sport, do the piece & tag another two bloggers, ok?)
Me own selection (from top to bottom pix):
Rage Against The Machine: Rage Against The Machine (1992)
You could literally smell the incendiary fumes of revolution on this mighty debut. From the smouldering artwork featuring famed pix of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk serene in meditation despite being engulfed in flames (the monk's self-immolation was in protest against then President Ngo's oppression of Buddhism) to guitarist Tom Morello's far-out guitar effect, RATM is the sound of guerrilla warfare.
The first breakthrough artist to successfully meld metal & hip hop, the album had also thrown up a surprise when the single 'Killing In The Name' with its decidedly anti-social rallying call of "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" hit the charts. Listen to this today & you'll realise that without RATM, there would have been no rapcore & its Linkin Parks, Limp Bizkits etc. Still sounds fooking dangerous after all these years.
ps: Me was lucky enough to catch this incredible outfit on its first UK tour & they played Liverpool the day after me exams finished!!! Suffice to say, t'was mind-fooking-blowing!
Scum: Napalm Death (1987)
Me recently burned this album fer a couple of unsuspecting victims. It was with mischievous delight me heard their complaints as they recovered from tinnitus! "What is this shit?" & "You can't hear anything" were the common grouses from one victim who didn't make it past track number two (Gavin, how's yer hearing?).
Thrash metal had reached its nadir with Slayer's Reign In Blood but Napalm Death took the shit to a whole new level. A revolving line up managed to fooking cram 28 "songs" in under 33 minutes of playing time. Grindcore was born. From the riffage to the sheer demented vocals, everything about Scum screams 'extreme'. And to think Side A of the album was apparently recorded on a budget of 50 quid!!! The sonic assault is fooking unbelievable.
The late great John Peel (BBC1 & hardcore Kopite) said in the same way Nirvana's Nevermind was the sound of the 90s, Napalm's Scum was the sound of the 80s. How fooking true . . .
Kill 'Em All: Metallica (1983)
Forget bout the Black album. Throw away Load & Re-Load. Bin St Anger. This album from quarter a century ago (yes, they have been around that long) is how best to remember Metallica & thrash metal. Full of urgency, energy & a rawness that makes this an essential listen fer all fooking metalheads.
I have lost count the number of times me has gotten whiplash after listening to this fantastic debut. Tunes such as 'Hit The Lights', 'Four Horsemen' & 'Seek & Destroy' ensure there is a nary a dull moment throughout this disc. This may have been the starting point of their trajectory but fer me this was as good as it got fer Bay Area thrash metal.
Just as it says on the sleeve:'"Bang That Head That Doesn't Bang"!!!
ps: The fact that so many ignoramus dickheads think the Black album is their first outing shows just how far down Metallica has slid. They used to be the people's band, now they are just a bunch of corporate cock suckers dishing out shite albums for posers.
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (1968)
The perfect synthesis of blues & heavy rock. The reason why me rates this so highly is that it wears its blues influences proudly on its sleeve (Willie Dixon has three songs covered here!). Plus heavy fooking metal's original carbon footprint probably began here. From the experimental 'Dazed & Confused' (the live & jam sessions of this song would form the template fer many future Zep classics) to the primal howl of 'You Shook Me', Led Zeppelin tore the competition apart (aside from Sabbath that is).
The majesty of rock n roll & the hammer of Thor indeed!
Ramones: Ramones (1975)
1-2-3-4 Gabba Gabba Hey Gabba Hey! Simple 50s rock n roll given a whole new twist of life with three chords, breakneck speed & a generous dash of Noo Yawk attitude. This was the ground zero fer punk. From opener 'Blitzkrieg Bop' to 'Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World', listeners found themselves induced into a state of pogo-mayhem. Fun, bubbly but yet inexplicably tunes from another world.
More than anything, Ramones taught generations of kids that with the right attitude (plus the right leather jackets & bowl haircuts, you could actually be in a band! The fakers will form boy bands while those with soul & passion will be cult legends (long after they have passed away) . . .
Who says the 70s was all about Disco? (And thanx to Previn fer getting the re-mastered & bonus track edition of this fer me b'day some years back. Cheers!)
ps: Sorry fer long posting. Look forward to seeing yer delicious debuts soon!