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A Day Off for the Conscience
A Day Off for the Conscience
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get it for god's sake!, 1 Jun. 2002
my mate persuaded me to go to the recent spunge/bowling for soup/farse/gash show and oh my god. four great bands and one that has stuck in my memory...
this band is pretty much pure energetic punk with enough originality to make u want to listen again. being the proud owner of many many punk albums i can class this (and it's predecessor 'virgin on the rediculous', as supplied in this edition [hense two cds]) as a complete classic. the tracks range from simple, melodic 1-2 min blasts of energy, to fairly complex tracks exceeding 5 mins. this is refreshing as from experience short tracks can often lose the impact that they desire in their abrupt nature.
the lyrics included in this album are also quite accomplished. although occasionally brash and accusatory, they manage to be both introspective and socially aware in equal parts.
the only real downside to this band is an occasional similarity to a few bands... i have spotted a the intro to filthy phil philanthropist by nofx and many no use for a name similarities guitarwise. however this is not always a bad thing... it could sound like greenday....
also, this package is worth getting entirely for the track townie, a kick in the balls to all the kappa track-suit wearing 'crew' who have been giving select people (u know who u are) grief over many years. u must hear this track.
being local and recently signed to golf, this band will soon become much bigger. if u live anywhere near birmingham make sure u catch them on a one off bill with consumed on a sunday afternoon very soon. ohand also get the badge. it's very stylish :>


Favorite Noise
Favorite Noise
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this album followed by their previous releases, 6 Mar. 2002
This review is from: Favorite Noise (Audio CD)
To put it simply, you must own this record, if only as a taster of this band's catalogue. See it as an aid as to which album to buy first..
Over the space of the last year or so i have has the pleasure of seeing these guys twice; once at wolverhampton with the amaizing pignut and lubby nugget, and then secondly on the concrete jungle stage. i can totally agree with one of the other reviewers and NME (for the first time probably) that they were one of the best bands of the weekend (maybe beaten by the fabulous mad caddies).
Best tracks.... i have to say that she has a girlfriend now is brilliant, catchy, upbeat fun at its best, while beer is just as energetic but with a semi-serious side.
support the ska scene! by buying main-stream-ish albums like this, it will only help to improve the status of them many great and unpopular punk and ska bands around at the minute. to quickly name a few, if you liek this stuff, you must get at least one album from the following; lubby nugget, mad caddies, big d and the kid's table, pignut, save ferris and of coarse the obvious fat wreck and epitaph bands.


See This Through And Leave
See This Through And Leave
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, but so so rewarding, 21 Feb. 2002
Put simply, anyone who is into guitar music and has an open mind should own this amaizing debut. It combines traditional indie with metal, pop, punk, and regularly electronica in a way that is just astounding.
The first track of the album at first was a huge disapointment. I found it difficult to find a consistant melody, and thought the harsh, raw sound was maybe a little too visceral. However, i stuck it and after the record had played through twice, i have not removed it from my player. The harsh melodies soon start to make sense and continue to grow into classics with each listening.
In all honesty, i don't feel that it is fair to pick out favourite tracks as the record clearly has to be listened to all the way through for a complete grasp of the music. However, this does not detract from the pleasure of listening to the three bonus studio tracks (easily good enough for album release in my opinion)and the 2 amaizingly well performed and recorded live tracks.
Special comments must be made for the videos supplied on the cd. All 3 videos are of a very high standard, each a continuation of another.
Everyone should own this record, and most people will love it if they give it a few listenings to. A great record, and even greater when it is considered in its context as a debut in a time of half arsed poppy domination.


Plays - One : French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Harlequinade
Plays - One : French Without Tears, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Harlequinade
by Terence Rattigan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant dramatic effect throughout..., 21 Oct. 2001
At first, the idea of reading a piece of literature designed to be seen on stage confused me. How can such emotions be expressed through a line of text?
Well, all the answers are held within this volume. Every single play is stuningly written in a simplistic but very effective way, from the comic 'French Without Tears', the triumphant-confused 'The Winslow Boy', the most emotive and inspiring play ever composed 'The Browning Version' (also a brilliant film adaptation [also all based in one scene]), and finally the ammusing mockery of tradition in theatre, 'Harlequinade'.
As is clear from my above comments, i have never been so moved by a singular piece of literature as i have with 'The Browning Version'. The climax of this volume (in my humble opinion) is easily the twisted attack of Millie upon the Crock's emotional reaction to Taplow's gift, which then provokes Andrew to make his final decision regarding his wife, offering a glimpse of hope at the end of a disasterous life.
Quite simply, anyone who apreciates literature of any kind must buy this volume.
A 17 year old A-Level student


Cara Massimina
Cara Massimina
by Tim Parks
Edition: Paperback

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dark, horrible, funny, the list goes on..., 19 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Cara Massimina (Paperback)
never have i had so many emotions fly from me than when i was reading this book. the dark comedy is always underlined with an almost sadistic edge. the only novel in my collection where i have despised the narrator, but carried on reading to discover his next atrocity! read this book. i did. and now i wish to take over the world....... muhhahahahha


Too Much Too Young
Too Much Too Young
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good introduction to the ways of old skool ska, 18 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Too Much Too Young (Audio CD)
i have liked the specials for a while now after hearing Ghost Town on TV and being completely engrosed. this album is kind of a best of record with a lot of strong and catchy song that make you want to shout 'rude boyz' at the top of your voice :) if you like modern ska/punk, then find out where it came from by listening to these guys.


Relationship of Command
Relationship of Command
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a guitar master-piece, 18 Aug. 2001
This review is from: Relationship of Command (Audio CD)
i have to say first of all that this album is superb, catchy (if not immediately) and with a very, very long life span. BUT my main point is that every budding guitarist out there (like myself) who feel they are stuck in a box or shape, listen to this record for inspiration. what sounds fairly tuneless to start with soon becomes addictive and greatly enjoyable. the lead guitarists small expressions often verge on bluesey in feel and then reduce to visceral squeals the next. you have to hear it to believe it. trust me :)


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