- Audio CD (1 April 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Too Pure
- ASIN: B00005UD03
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Mclusky Do Dallas
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If you're tired of punk rock bands scraping clean the stupid barrel to land the lowest common denominator belly-laugh, McLusky Do Dallas might be just the album you're looking for. An incendiary British rock trio that invites comparisons with everyone from Nirvana to the Fall, McLusky specialise in the short, sharp shock: songs that clock in around two minutes in length, but go some way to reinventing the very viscera of punk rock while they're at it. The opening "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" is a case in point: an explosion of shattered cymbals and nodule-inducing vocal ferocity that sounds something like post-hardcore merchants Shellac discovering the notion of catchy pop hooks--so perhaps it's no coincidence that Shellac frontman and legendary alternative producer Steve Albini is credited on production duties. But McLusky's strike rate here is literally jaw-dropping: raw, fearless rock songs like "To Hell with Good Intentions" and "Dethink to Survive" landing with a terrifying consistency. But perhaps the most fascinating track is "Fuck This Band", a quiet interlude on the nature of rock music, laced with no mean seam of irony: "Fuck this band / Because they swear too much / It's a obvious ploy / And irresponsible". Equal parts brains, brawn and pure righteous intent, McLusky Do Dallas sounds absolutely unstoppable. --Louis Pattison
In an age where Johnny Rotten not only guests on Richard and Judy, but turns up sober and doesn't swear, some would fear that the lewdness of punk is fading. Mclusky have taken it upon themselves to change all that: the forthcoming album "Mclusky Do Dallas" is the second offering from this vibrant Welsh three piece, and teems with refreshingly impertinent punk rock.
Never overunning the 3 minute mark, they have an unpolished sound, which, in the looming shadow of Nu Metal's cold technical proficiency, is most welcome.
Steve Albini produced the album, and there is a definite Pixies influence, with the fantastically pervasive clattering of Matt Harding's drums, and dark guitar chords veering out of tune.
ButMclusky often lack the Pixies' skill for dynamics. The savage screeching of lead vocalist Andy Falkous drives their ferocity but can become tedious in its relentlessness. We are rarely given the opportunity to enjoy a build up to the frenzy, and emphasis can be lost in Falkous' ceaseless larynx tearing squeals.
At best the staccato anthemic chanting of some of the choruses is reminiscent of Billy Bragg or Weller in his Jam days. Cheeky guitar riffs make for a catchy sound, whilst often hilarious lyrics stick in the mind.
The latter half of the album reveals Mclusky's capacity for writing well crafted songs. Their first single from the album, the infectious industrial "To Hell with Good Intentions" has been in the shops since 11th March. The album comes out in April, and in the meantime Mclusky are doing a nation-wide tour; I have no doubt they impress live.
We may have to wait a few years before they are the consummate recording band that they have the potential to be, but let us hope that the industry nourishes their talent to its fruition. To quote one of Falkous' lyrics "If they [Mclusky] split up you're responsible". --Jack Smith
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Top Customer Reviews
This album has a nice line in punky thrashes with catchy guitar hooks (reminiscent of Nirvana), frantic cracked vocals (the only similarity to Pixies as far as I'm concerned) and great lyrics. Stand out tracks for me are -Collagen Rock, What We've Learned, To Hell With Good Intentions, Alan Is A Cowboy Killer and Gareth Brown Says, which features the best opening lines ever of 'All of your friends are c**ts, your mother is a ball point pen thief'...
Produced by Steve Albini, as was the Pixies' debut Surfer Rosa, this album sounds just as frightening sonically speaking - the drums seem to be in the same room when you play this record and every track bar 'F*ck This Band' has it's bass distorted. It really has everything; speed rock thrills, songs about doing drugs and having sex in a burning barn (!) and a real sense of tongue-in-cheek humour running all the way through it like a stick of Blackpool rock. In a way, bands like this (ie the Pixies) cannot be lampooned because EVERYONE who hears them likes them. A true classic. 10/10.
Standout tracks - 'Dethink To Survive', 'To Hell With Good Intentions', 'Alan Is A Cowboy Killer', 'Gareth Brown Says', 'Whoyouknow'.
'Mclusky Do Dallas' then, is the snarling love-child of Big Black and The Pixies....a 36-minute noise-punk slab that doesn't give a damn about the consequenses. It starts with possibly one of the catchiest songs of the last 5 years 'Lightsabre C*cksucing Blues' with the derranged cries of 'Are You Coming?' echoing over the most frantic playing since 1977. The album hurdles on, pausing briefly for an introspective 'F**k This Band', which, despite the title is one of the nicest songs Mclusky ever wrote, along with 'Flysmoke' of their 1st album.
Just when you think that they're being too nice, 'To Hell With Good Intentions' kicks off, and it feels so right! To put it simply, you NEED this band...in YOUR life!
buy this album, you'll love it.....violently.
Loud guitars, jerky rhythms, hilarious lyrics,
recorded by Steve Albini. What else could you ask for?
The second album picks up the torch well. It could have gone either way. We are treated to a focused blast of early Husker Du sound stabbing F*** You and Pixies riffage.
Lean and mean, they are at their most focused on this record, everything sounds tight, together and as it should be. The excursions aren't as original as earlier work, but the visceral thrill remains.
There in the problem lies. To my mind, the ramshackle, ad hoc bits and bobs soundscape of the first album is what kept it edgy and spot on the mark. This album sounds too clean and too together, without the raggedy arsed charm of My Pain.
Still heads and shoulders above 99.9% of the music out there that purports to be both 'punky' and 'alternative' (they are ironic apostrophes), this is ultimately satisfying, but kinda familiar too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album used to be difficult to get hold of. I think there was some drama with the rights to the recordings. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dan
It's genius this. I've had this album for years & it's still a favourite. The lyrics are hilarious and after you've had a few shandies the furniture is in peril. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2012 by B. Philipson
At times Mclusky sound like the World's best Pixies tribute band playing unreleased PiL songs. I can think of no higher praise.Published on 13 Feb. 2003 by Sean Jones
if you buy this because of all the pixies comparisons, then be warned. true, it takes the ferocity of certain pixies songs, ie "tame", "crackity jones", "something against you",... Read morePublished on 6 May 2002