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In A Dog House

Throwing Muses Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B00000I2D1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,138 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Call Me 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Green 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hate My Way 4:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vicky's Box 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rabbits Dying 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. America (She Can't Say No) 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fear 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Stand Up 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Soul Soldier 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Delicate Cutters 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Finished 3:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Reel 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Snail Head 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cry Baby Cry 4:230.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Call Me (Doghouse Cassette Version) 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sinkhole (Doghouse Cassette Version) 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Green (Doghouse Cassette Version) 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hate My Way (Doghouse Cassette Version) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Vicky's Box (Doghouse Cassette version) 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. America (She Can't Say No) (Doghouse Cassette version) 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Fear (Doghouse Cassette Version) 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Raise The Roses (Doghouse Cassette Version) 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. And A She-wolf After The War (Doghouse Cassette Version) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fish (Doghouse Cassette Version) 4:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Catch 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Lizzie Sage 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Clear And Great 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Doghouse 1:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. People 2:250.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description


One of the best bands of the 1980s and the first American band to be signed to the prestigious British record label 4AD, the Throwing Muses' 1986 self-titled debut and their follow-up EP, Chains Changed, were never released in the United States. Consequently, the Muses early influence on the burgeoning alternative-rock scene was felt in ripples rather than waves. Rereleased and repackaged by Rykodisc in 1998, In a Doghouse compiles the stunning glory and horror of Throwing Muses, Chains Changed, the group's self-released demo tape, Doghouse and new recordings of five early songs by guiding muse Kristin Hersh. Furious, potent and raw, these recordings showcase Hersh's unique musical vision filtered through a lens of motherhood and mania. In a Doghouse also features songwriting contributions from Hersh's half-sister, Tanya Donelly, who quit the Muses to join the Breeders and then formed her own band, Belly. Both songwriters utilised unsettling time signatures, anxious lyrics and airtight performances from their band mates to create the sound of teenage girls bursting into womanhood. A must-have album for fans of Hole, Sleater-Kinney and even Fiona Apple. --Shawn Stewart

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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely astonishing! 18 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
When the famous critic Lester Bangs reviewed Captain Beefheart's, 'Trout Mask Repica', for Rolling Stone, he claimed that the album, ' shattered my skull, made me nervous; it hit like a bomb'. I first heard Throwing Muses' debut album at the age of 14. It was winter, and being a teenager I was miserable for a lot of dubious reasons that seem pointless now. But the impact of the record when I heard it hit still like a bomb.
From the beginning of the album to the end, every song sounded vital. The music changed time signature so quickly, but magestically; songs became three songs in one, and still sounded so fresh and focused. I still haven't heard any album that can rival this, or come close to it for a reference.
The punk ethic is there. The music breaks down boundaries, but there is also a great deal of beauty that lies within the harmonies of Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly. The music makes me want to weep.
The lyrics are also very impressive; They are either extremely oddball, ('Why don't you do to my insight what you do to my insides', 'A kitchen is a place where you prepare, and clean up'), or they speak to every alienated adolescent in the world, ('I'm lonely at night, time on my hands, I feel sad in the day. Here I am, what a loser, waiting for years to go by').
But it was really the track, 'Hate my Way', that really got to me and changed the way that I thought about music for the rest of my life. Hersh's banshee like primal scream on this is unforgettable as she lets go and screams through the petty reasons why she hates the world and herself, ('A slug. I'm T.V. I can't find the ice'), then lists the problems other people experience, (A boy was tangled in his bike forever, a girl was missing two fingers).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Throwing Muses came to the attention of listeners in the UK when they were the first US band to be signed to the British label 4AD. I first heard of them from interviews in the NME and Melody Maker. The band sounded intriguing, and I snapped up the eponymous debut album (the centrepiece of this CD) as soon as I found it.

I listened to it again the other day for the first time in years. What got me the first time around was the strange intimacy and directness of the music. As a (male) teenager I also responded to the confusion and anxiety that were so powerfully expressed in the music. Tanya Donelly's songs were slightly more 'beautiful', Kristin Hersh's songs were more full-throated and anguished, but there was still an organic band at work - they sounded like they were both singing and playing about the same sorts of experience. The rhythm section (Leslie Langston on bass and David Narcizo on drums) were powerful and primal. The emotional range was huge. The songs careered crazily all over the place. Sometimes, like Donelly's 'Green', they were reflective and almost seductive. Hersh's songs, like the jittery 'America' and menacing 'Stand Up', were usually more aggressive (although the forlorn 'Call Me' might have been written by either of them) and some songs, like 'Hate My Way', were taut with a despair so real it was painful to listen to. The heart of the album for me is 'Vicky's Box', a tense study of self-loathing that begins in the third person and ends in the first. It starts unassumingly, with loping bass and guitar lines a bit like early Talking Heads, but as Hersh circles warily around the story of a man scared to ride in cars because of the way they remind him of his own homosexuality, it slowly becomes more and more obsessive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Melodies and Beautiful Rythms 27 Oct 2011
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Trying to describe Throwing Muses is almost impossible. When you hear them you'll either be confused and stimulated into listening more or you may be confused and in too much of a hurry to take the time to try to figure them out. They are not quite like anything else out there and their music is totally intoxicating. Song after song springs out at you with killer lines that hit where it hurts. This album is fantastic value for both yout soul and your wallet.
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