Wednesday, July 09, 2014

RHYTHM PIGS (--1993--) El Paso (.fLaC)

The Rhythm Pigs were a punk band, originally from El Paso, Texas, later relocated to San Francisco. Their first two albums were among the first to be released by the influential independent Mordam Records label. Their first 7" EP is a classic example of early hardcore, welding driving rock and roll with broad melodies and varied tempos and hooks. Their first two studio albums showed more "big tent" punk, with varied musical styles (such as the foray into rap in "Break or We'll Break Your Face" on their self-titled LP) happily shoehorned into melodic punk songs.
Touring extensively throughout Europe and North America throughout the mid-1980s, the Rhythm Pigs were one of the most sophisticated and musically diverse hardcore bands, and remained so throughout the 1980s as hardcore became more and more musically conservative. That the wistful and melodic power-ballads of El Paso would not be considered punk by most adherents has as much to do with the shifting definition of punk as it does with the mellowing of the band's sound. Baby Falcon Getaway saw a return to a more raw, fast-paced hard rock sound (the three out-and-out hardcore songs on El Paso are collected into a single track titled "The Fast Three") combined with the more humorous tone seen on the first album. Baby Falcon Getaway included a hardcore cover of the Gordon Lightfoot classic "Sundown" and a furiously paced rendition of Charles Mingus's "Boogie Stop Shuffle," which recalled the Peanuts theme (Vince Guaraldi's Linus and Lucy) from the first album.

trACks:- 
1.Spun and Exploded
2.That's Life
3.Execution Style
4.Model T Ford
5.Cactus Pants
6.The Fast Three
7.Snuff Flicks
8.Rock and Roll Deejay
9.Nomad
10.Four Finger Lid
11.Brothers Fall
12.Mr. Rhinoceros
13.The Only Reason
14.Overheard

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2 comments:

Donut Duck (Your Punk Rawk Fonzie) said...

Thanks for that one! Do you have more by this fab band that you can post? Thanks a lot!

DD

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