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Hammer Party [CASSETTE] [Import]

Big Black Audio Cassette
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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

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  • Audio Cassette (27 Nov 1992)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019IW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Steelworker
2. Live in a Hole
3. Dead Billy
4. I Can Be Killed
5. Crack
6. RIP
7. Cables
8. Pigeon Kill
9. I'm a Mess
10. Texas
11. Seth
12. Jump the Climb
13. Racer X
14. Shotgun
15. Ugly American
16. Deep Six
17. Sleep!
18. Big Payback

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to Grind your Soul into Ecstasy 10 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Back in the mid-80s I was listening to Sonic Youth, Husker Du and their ilk, when I stumbled across the Racer X e.p. I wore it out, slamming into the walls of my room in an attempt to do it justice. This is hardcore, with biting rythms that Steve Albini never quite matched in his Rapeman years - possibility this had something to do with the rest of the band. It led me into their LPs, with great tracks such as Kerosene and Jordan,Minnesota. It you like uncompromising music that will grind your soul, this is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sketchbook 10 April 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is Steve Albini's sketchbook allowing him to construct an escape route from the tedium of filling in the dots on beauty models, thereby contributing to the ad man's dream of selling tack to a guillible public.

Daytime he whitened teeth, erased spots and sculpted cheek bones to chiselled perfection as a photo technician. Night time he crept home and turned into an alternative ego; Mr. Disgusted with the world around him. The daytime job, paying for the electric he consumed scraping together the body parts to assemble and make this record. His day job sucked his life energy but also fuelled his disgust and rage. Like any artist at a crossroads Steve made the ultimate decision. He jumped away from corporate tedium into the uncertainty of art.

These tracks are the skeletons yet to be made flesh. Here he is revving up the industrial jackhammer guitar sound, lyrically and sonically pulverising the concrete facade of the self constructed barriers and searching for the meaning beyond. Steve Albini as Buddha. Armed with a guitar, drum machine, voice and a will, he smashed deep into the basement of double morality and then kept on penetrating.

This record is anger incarnate. Whilst Neubauten questionned sanity with their kango inspired 1st album, it also included quieter self retrospection. Steve eschewed quiet interludes for full frontal disharmonic attack.

Songs about fking may have hit a brick wall, or alternatively he may have just smashed and burrowed deeper into the earths hardened crust. What cannot be disputed is his soundscapes captured the imagination of the world as Nirvana took up his will to change.

This album is part of the portrait of a man. It is disturbing in the right kind of way.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of their time... 9 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
It all seems such a long time ago... this lot exploded on a stagnant music scene, burned brightly for a couple of years and then quit at the height of their powers. Perfect. They fused Industrial, Hardcore and Punk seamlessly. They also had a far harder and more violent drum machine than the poxy Sisters of Mercy! Without this band, you would have no grunge, alternative or nu-metal scene. Bear in mind, that Steve Albini was responsible for producing some of the seminal albums of all time. "Surfer Rosa" by the Pixies, "Dustbowl" by Head of David, "In Utero" by Nirvana, the list is endless... This album shows them at their earliest and incendiary best. It now seems almost impossible to get your hands on their recordings, so get this while you can, if only for "Cables" and "Steelworker".... you won't regret it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Good Policeman is a Dead One 25 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Big Black were unquestionably one of the finest independent rock bands of the '80s. They were loud, crushing, intense and best of all, uncompromising, not giving a flying fudge how they came off to anyone else. Hence, this caused extreme, uninhibited, great art. At the same time, lyrically, the band was like a well-oiled machine that took people's false perceptions of America, chewed them up and spit them out, exposing its dark side for all to see. For virgins of the band, "The Hammer Party" is a fine place to start. Many feel that the first EP, "Lungs" is not the band's best by a long shot, but I still love the quirky charms of this ameturish first record. "Steelworker" and "Dead Billy" are Big Black classics worth a listen. The next EP featured might be the best one the band ever churned out, "Bulldozer." There is no denying the brillance of tracks like "Cables" and "Pigeon Kill" which mock white trash mentalities and combine social commentary with crushing pounding riffs. Finally, the CD also includes the "Racer X" EP, which includes the humorous title track based on the evil twin of "Speed Racer" and a lyrically quintessential song, "The Ugly American." Throughout this disc, one may hear hints of industrial music, but this is mainly due to the use of a drum machine, which was an integral part of the band's assault. This music is bleak, depressing, and ugly (also great if you are angry), but hey, that was the point. Big Black knew what they wanted to do and they accomplished it well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Pretty Picture 9 Sep 2005
By riot67 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whether or not you believed Albini's rants or whether or not you despised him is really secondary to one thing---he and Big Black affected you one way or another. You could not listen to a Big Black record and not come away thinking "what the hell was that?" And to some degree that was the point. Big Black was a machine of distruction with one goal in mind---piss people off. If you liked it then great--if you didn't then who the expletive cares. Albini and co. were probably more punk than 99% of the bands of their time who claimed they were punk and lets face facts--most punks probably did'nt get Big Black anyhow. Sure at times they sounded like an audio parody of a John Waters movie but most of the time Albini's twisted version of middle America sounded very disturbing and to this day no one has equaled it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammered 22 Dec 2002
By Melissa Mortellaro-Laws - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was first intrigued by the mystique surrounding Steve Albini,and his place on the musical map.That is how i came to Big Black,and The Hammer Party.
This album is blunt and unapologetic,and if one wants to apply the punk tag to anything this is the kind of album it fits like a glove.If you cant stand to be reminded of the sometimes cruel realities that occur in our world it may be an idea to approach this album with caution.Yes it paints disturbing pictures,and bangs them into your skull like a drill,but it has an addictive quality,that makes you want to go back and interpret the songs for yourself.As Steve Albini says the records there we hope you like it.Standout mention from my perspective goes to the RacerX Ep section ,it is infectious right from the title song.
I also believe that it is a collection of songs that fit into any time in music's landscape,mostly because it really is alternative.I would recommend Hammer Party,then you will understand what it is that i have been stumbling along trying to put into words.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not-so easy listening at it's best! 11 Feb 2000
By Christopher Kingman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
pop music has become digital and sweet lately, but am i ready for the alternative? hell yes! this album is amazing! sure it's a lot rougher than their later work, but it's still genius. some of the guitar sounds are even more amazing and mysterious (check out the guitar on "i can be killed," it sounds like a keyboard!) than the later big black, especially on the first six tracks which are the most primal and raw. maybe it's a little hard to listen to, but i love how the honesty and purity shines through in the barely competent production. plus, this album rocks harder than most albums you own. this album is proof that it doesn't take a big recording budget to make a great album, and that anyone with their heart in it can make great music. this album is a daily inspiration to me.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prepare for some not-so-easy listening 19 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After spinning "Songs About F*cking" about 50 times you may be seething to own every lovely Big Black gem ever created, but damn, this diamond's pretty rough. Complaining about how digital and sweet pop music has become is fair enough, but are you ready for the alternative? Here it is: a totally unpolished, unbalanced low-tech marvel. You can almost hear Steve Albini finding out what works and what doesn't on each track, leaving you wishing that he could have re-done all this later after he learned how to rock. The liner notes are almost as cool as the CD itself. You might groove on this piece of Big Black's history, but it's not exactly an awe-inspiring piece of music.
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