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Horse Of The Dog

Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00006JXZI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Clocking in a 25 minutes and 22 seconds, Horse of the Dog--the debut album from Brighton noiseniks The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster--is the very definition of a short, sharp shock: 10 tracks of violent gutter-blues punk-rock that steams in with the raw, primal power of the Birthday Party or the Cramps, and steams out without outstaying its welcome. Although lumped in with their peers the Parkinsons and Ikara Colt, if anything, The Eighties Matchbox peddle an even more extreme, gruesome brand of rock music.

All the same, there's much to recommend here: frontman Guy McKnight's sinister preacher-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown vocals; crude guitar roar that sounds like a chainsaw snagging on jagged bone; and a purple-velvet swing that belies the band's terrifying volume. Thematically, the songs encompass oppressive sexual relationships, unnatural family ties, a contempt for arrogant rock star attitude, and a peculiar fascination with--or is it revulsion of?--raw meat. But when the tunes come--and they do, on the sordid "Celebrate Your Mother" and the snake-hipped "Morning Has Broken"--everything falls nastily into place. --Louis Pattison

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Proper Rock Battering 9 Jan 2003
By Rob
Format:Audio CD
There simply isn't enough good to say about this record. If you are getting a little tired of the poppy nu metal and generally softer rock that the USA produces so well, then get your listening gear around this and let the Brighton based rockers show you how it is done.
From the first bars of 'Celebrate your Mother' the band carry you off on a twisted tour of everything you never expect but come to miss immediately the record finishes. At only 25 minutes long it seems like a bit of short changing has occoured, but rest assured you will listen again & again.
Should you be thinking twice about paying for it, then don't. If you want to have your soul shaken by rock, buy it now. Right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loud, mean and full of energy 23 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's not background music. You must play this album up LOUD. It rocks it's heart out and makes the blood flow faster and harder. Don't listen if you've got high blood pressure, this could be all it takes to throw you over the edge.
Fast and furious. Head shaking mental music that makes me feel ALIVE and briliant.
I love it. It's an essential for anyones CD collection - even if you aren't into harder music - you should still own it - as a conversation piece - to help open your mind to the limitless possibilities there are in music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noel Fielding sez... 9 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
via Twitter Jan 8 2010: noelfielding11 Horse of the dog the best album of the last decade hands down. Nothing comes close.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out on its own 4 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion this is a genre defining classic, not only is completely original it is also a damn good listen. The only way for me to describe the music is like some sort of Rockabilly on amphetamines mixed with goth and a dash of thrash.

The bass work and drumming gives the music it's Rockabilly sound. The guitar work is thrilling which gives the music its adrenaline buzz. The vocals are gothic but he can also scream all to good affect.

The sound of this band is totally unique and this is why, in my opinion, they haven't started a whole new genre. If Queens of the Stone Age rate them highly then they deserve respect and a should be given a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure filth and sleaze 10 Nov 2006
Format:Audio CD
An almost ridiculous barrage of mental, short and filthy tales wrapped in rock `n' roll that lasts for a glorious 22 minutes, the extravagantly named pull off the extravagantly basic and repulsively beautiful.

There is a lot of memorable blurts from the clubsinger-meets-Misfits style vocalist, with more `Owww!'s and screams than you can shake a stick at, as guitars slice through with menacing and sometimes American southern-rock substance. The goodness `Horse of the Dog' supplies is inexpressible as the blend within the music just works and has obviously just appeared without a second thought as to what it consisted of.

They show that there still a light of the well-used rock `n' roll tunnel, and it is they who are bearing the torch, aiding those hard-edged newcomers to follow.

But: how is this band British when everything reeks of U.S swagger?
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5.0 out of 5 stars CRAZY BRILLIANCE 6 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I heard 'giant bones' on a free kerrang cd and thought id investigate further. I had deliberated whether to buy this album although after i purchased it i was so glad i did. The music is kind of 50s rockabilly mixed with gothic tendancies. I must add that this is like proper gothic music (i.e people who live in coffins and not the teenagers wearing cradle of filth t-shirts)The music is very heavy and schizophrenic and very uncommercialised. (I feel that the follow up was good but weaker.) This is a great album and i felt much displeasure when i heard System of a Down fans booing 80s matchbox when they supported SOAD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a genre of their own 24 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant. Offensive. Violent.
Surf-blues-metal? deathabilly? only an NME journo could box this band. buy it- it'll blow your world up
chicken is the ultimate poker song
charge the guns is the best song ever about the 1st world war.
psychosis safari is possibly the best song for doing 32 in a 30 zone i've heard in a long while.
celebrate your mother is just a great song.
if you're a moronic system of a down fan who booed them, you should listen to their album, then headbutt a wall for being such a fool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album 28 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing, I saw them twice before I had the album and think it's brilliant.If you like The Doors, Queens of the Stoneage, The Pixies, or any old skool rock you'll love this. The album has classics like Celebrate Your Mother and Chicken on it, but it's the other tracks like Fishfingers that i like the best.
I like alot of music but it's not often a new band this good comes along!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great and undiscovered
Discovered this band during the worlds championchip 2012, being in a Nike commercial. Even though never heard of the before, bought the album and ended up as one of my faves of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Allan Grauenkær
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten songs. Twenty-five minutes. Two exploded speakers.
If you're anything like me, then you're always a little wary when listening to a great album for the first time. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2007 by Cid Highwind is dead
4.0 out of 5 stars Still ringing in my ears...
A very good album, with guitars being mauled, violent drumming and some pretty good screaming by Guy McKnight. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2005 by James Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but a bit short
I love all the songs on this album, although it only lasts 25 minutes. 10 songs sounds like a reasonably sized album, however the fact that most of the songs are under 3 minutes... Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2004 by "deadterror"
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Excellent
I have had this album for months and have yet to tire of it. It is a truly unique album mixing Rockabilly guitars and Goth vocals with metal and punk. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bands in Britain
I saw the 80s matchbox play reading festival in 2002 and they were amazing. The album is short (around 25 minuites) but its so full and fast that it dosnt matter. Read more
Published on 12 May 2004 by sam green
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Rock Albums In Years
Now in the states recording their next album which is gonna be excellent (buy the new single 'Mister Mental'which also includes fantastic B-Sides) this is their first album, and it... Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2004 by Mrs. Blanche S. Robinson
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