Sunday, August 27, 2006

(1986) The Joke's On You
Label: Caroline
Covers: Yes
Size: 56,14 mb (.zip)
HHA Rating: 10 EXCELENT !!!
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Excel flowered into bandhood smack-dab in the middle of the the "crossover" movement (Discharge circa 1982, meet Black Sabbath circa 1975. Black Sabbath, meet Discharge) that happened in the mid-1980s. Their first album, Split Image, is a crossover classic, though it wasn't what you would call a "wildly successful" record, even by 'punk' standards. As the 1980s drew to a close, the crossover movement began to fade a bit, as is evident on this, the follow up. The Joke's On You was actually recorded in two sessions. Side 1 of the LP was recorded in 1988, and originally intended to be an EP. The songs on side 2 were recorded a year later, to round out an entire album. (It was released in 1989, not 1986. Split Image was released in 1987.) While not sounding too drastically different from the first album, these songs contain LETHAL doses of "groove" and "boogie". It's still metallic and very hard, but it's also definitely a more mature sound. These guys are all seriously talented musicians, and Randy Burns' production was spot on as always. Get it. California, hardcore with trash influences, adrenaline in the veins, so speed, so incendiary, total madness...
(song list)
1. Drive
2. Shadow Winds
3. Fired (You're a Fine Girl)
4. Tapping into the Emotional Void
5. Affection Blends With Resentment
6. Seeing Insane
7. My Thoughts
8. I Never Denied
9. Message in a Bottle
10. Given Question
11. Stranger
12. Blaze Some Hate

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great cd great band, can you also up Split Image?

Greetings from Holland