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Big Black was started by Steve Albini in 1982 while he was living in Evanston, Illinois and attending Northwestern University. Contrary to popular belief, Big Black was not Steve’s first band. Prior to forming Big Black, Steve was in a band called Just Ducky, in Montana, a band called Small Irregular Pieces of Aluminum, in Chicago, and another band he is paying us not to ... Read more in Amazon's Big Black Store
This was one of the standout records of the 80's- a sometimes tuneful blend of guitar thrash & drum machine with lyrics beyond any taboo you could iamgine...'Jordan, Minnesota' is the vile opener, a town conspires to commit mass child abuse a la 'Salo'- the sleevenotes don't help. As don't Albini's breathy vocals, like your father through a bedsheet...'Passing Complexion' & 'Big Money' are strange slabs of noise- the latter a reference to a John Dos Passos book and a relative of the later classic, 'Pete,King of all Detectives'...'Kerosene' is probably BB's best song- the drum program similar/appropriate to Led Zep's 'When the Levee Breaks' (a regular hiphop sample). Arson & sex combine and combust with mindblowing sonic assaults...'Bad Houses' is a downbeat closer, a tribute to The Cure's '17 Seconds', it recalls their 'In Your House'and covers similar themes as the later 'Precious Thing'. In many ways BB's predecessors are Throbbing Gristle- anything can be said- and along with Scraping Foetus off the Wheel (circa-'Nail') provide the most extreme music EVER!!! 'Strange Things' is quite tuneful and a highlight in the darker climes of Side Two- 'Fists of Love' takes in fisting, while 'Bazooka Joe' evokes a White trash nutcase back from the 'great war'...'Stinking Drunk' could be a Fugazi style put-down of the non-sober (which I sometimes agree with). The final track is a live take of 'Cables'- the band as tight as a meathook in a slaughterhouse; if you like this track I reccomend 'Hammer Party'. A classic; if you believe in those sort of things.
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