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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001MZX4ZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,427,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'Teenage Snuff Film the Original Soundtrack' was originally recorded in 1998 and picked up a few years later by Cooking Vinyl. I was one of many who found a lot of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' albums fairly unrewarding - 'Henry's Dream', 'Let Love In', 'Murder Ballads' & 'No More Shall We Part' were all patchy - the kicks I needed were found more in Birthday Party records. 'Teenage Snuff Film' is probably the kind of album you wish Nick Cave would make, though there was some vigour in the recent double-set from the Bad Seeds...but this was more like it!
Reuniting Boys Next Door/Birthday Party members Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey is great stuff - the former's post-Birthday Party work with Those Immortal Souls, Crime & the City Solution & Lydia Lunch seems particularly overlooked - this is his best work thus far. Harvey is back in his late Birthday Party role on drums, as well as cntributing organ and some guitar- Brian Hooper contributes bass and there are guest appearances from Andrew Entsch, Genevieve McGuckin & Steve Boyle. Harvey's non Bad Seeds work (notably with Go-Between Robert Forster, his Gainsbourg-covers album 'Intoxicated Man' & P.J. Harvey) is frequently more rewarding that the Bad Seeds stuff ('The Boatman's Call' was great though!)
I'm really surprised people didn't make a bigger deal over this record, it's an album I play frequently - Howard's vocals perfect melancholic non-singer style like former cohort Cave and Leonard Cohen.
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Roland S Howard has created a brilliant collection of songs that capture the inevitable heartbreak of existence. Sounds like heavy stuff? It is. Howard demonstrates just how much he has matured as a songwriter and musician since his days with the Birthday Party (featuring frontman Nick Cave) and he was no slouch then. The inclusion of Mick Harvey (an erstwhile Bad Seed with the aforementioned Cave) on tubs and The Hoopster (known for his work with the Beasts of Bourbon and Kim Salmon) on bass, provides Howard with the perfect backdrop for the dark journey he takes the listener on. Each track is about the dark side of love, even the cover of pop-punkster Billy Idol's "White Wedding" is rendered as a cynical dirge. But the album is not limited to lyrical brilliance, Howard is first and foremost a guitarist and this is his finest work to date. If you like the Beasts of Bourbon's "The Low Road" or Kim Salmon & the Surrealists "Sin Factory", then I suggest you buy this immediately. If you haven't heard them but you just broke up with your girl, then I suggest you buy all three...
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By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2011
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Well worth an effort to engage and immerse within a bleak noir world as Rowlands trademark reverb slash, rips through waves of feedback, Phil Spector drums, bring out the panorama backed by bass and strings, to detail his overgrown personal darkness - a blues noir album.

It is not a lite or light music. Always imbued with a sneer and doused in a bucket of pathos, made more distinct after he died - this reeks of an echoing sadness of someone standing on the ledge speaking an internal dialogue.

Meanwhile he bites his lyrics over the top of the music operating as a twin hydra to Nick's internal displays.

In comparison it is neither better or worse than Nick, but for those who want to journey beyond "The Good Son" this is is a piece of unpolished hard carbon neither better or worse in its trajectory - it has a realm of its own. Within the songs are a heavy bag of morose emotional power. Sung off key, he was never Sinatra, but Rowland could deliver his peculiar vocal style with charismatic sneer power.

Heavy on the echoes, it opens up wide panoramic spaces done in the 1960's. "White Wedding" is now undertaken in full black funereality, roped along with Shangri La's "She Cried," two beaters walking to a vale of tears. Each enwrapped to the other as Rowland wails its meaningless.

If you like Nick, Lydia, BP. Gun Club and their ilk, this is part of the night pack, who each shut out of a black nigh. Strung together, it is uplifting in its descent
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HASH(0x9c4f10b4) out of 5 stars CRIME NOT TO PICK THIS UP 30 Jan. 2013
By K. H. Orton - Published on
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For the unfamiliar, Rowland S. Howard is best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter in the trailblazing Birthday Party. But there was plenty of life left after the Party burnt itself out. Despite an impressive resume of collaborators Howard only stepped into the spotlight for 2 brilliant albums before succumbing to cancer in 2009. The 2nd being Pop Crimes.

While Howard's signature guitar & influence on "Post Punk" Rock has never been in question, his songwriting tends to be overshadowed by brothers-in-arms like Nick Cave. But trust me, Howard's originals are just as blistering and arresting as anything wrought by his contemporaries. Or by his Fender Jaguar guitar. In fact beneath the "Gloom and Doom" lies a pure Pop sensibility cut with back alley wit and gutter poet edge. And unlike so many formidable ax-men of yore, his vocals are as listenable and signature as his playing.

The brooding Dead Radio sets the tone for storms to come with the line, "you're bad for me like cigarettes". Throughout he takes the theme of love gone bad and drags it bloody through the bushes, across the lawn before finally looking it deep in the eyes marveling and its lack of ability to die. From Silver Chains to Breakdowns and Burnt Clothes, the ghost just keeps haunting back for more.

"Autoluminescent" is one of the finest ballads he's cut since the old gem "Shivers". Lines like, ""Into the darkness, I gave away myself" are delivered in Rowland's oddly vulnerable snarl and accompanied by slow burning guitars and organ. The restless "Sleep Alone" builds to frenzy and ends it all on an almost mystical note. The 2 covers of The Shangri La's "[S]he Cried" and Billy Idol's "White Wedding" turns kitsch into bitter lament.

From atmospheric surf rock blues dirges to sonic maelstroms of angst, this is Howard's finest hour. You'd be a fool not to pick it up. The man is an Indie Rock legend for good reason. If you can't find it on vinyl or cd, at the very least download it before it disappears.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4f1108) out of 5 stars why did we have to wait so long.... 25 Feb. 2000
By O. Z. ONE - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD has re-affirmed my belief the Rowland S. Howard is the best guitar player on the planet. From the Birthday Party to Crime and the City Solution to These Immortal Souls, this guy takes his wacked blend of country and blues and creates superb music. Sadly, it seemed to have taken a lifetime for him to come out with this CD. That being said, when I ripped open the package I prayed he hadn't lost his edge.... my prayers were answered. Anyone reading this review should stop and click buy! If Rowland is reading it, stop and get back into the recording studio before we both turn 60! All the best R.S.H., you deserve it. I haven't forgotten M. Harvey, G. McGuckin and the rest, all you guys/gal rock. What is it about Melbourne that has produced such incredibly talented muscians?
HASH(0x9cc13018) out of 5 stars One of Howard's Two precious solo albums 20 July 2015
By Sebastian Gerber - Published on
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Only one of two solo albums by the late, amazingly talented, Rowland S. Howard, this (his first), is, like 'Pop Crimes', all killer-no-filler.

Howard's guitar work, songwriting and charismatic vocals combine to create a masterwork.

Highly recommended!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cc15b34) out of 5 stars stunning 27 Sept. 2011
By Furry Man of the Midwest - Published on
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i can't say much that would add to what has already been said by other reviewers. all i can say is don't wait around trying to track down a vinyl copy - the last three copies on eBay (circa June 2011) sold for $720, $520, and $500 US!

simply buy the CD version as soon as you have the funds (pick up his second and last album, pop crimes, as well - it's just as good). if you are a fan of other bands that mr. howard has played in, such as the birthday party, these immortal souls, crime and the city solution, or are a fan of other aussie bands, such as the drones, beasts of bourbon, the scientists, et al., this album is a must-have that holds up as well, if not better, than any release from any of the bands mentioned - rock-solid and inspired from start to finish.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4f1c30) out of 5 stars Rowland resurfaces 22 Feb. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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When I first bought this record I was rather excited by it, so I played it to my friend Poppet. She went out to buy it, played it to her friend, and in the space of two days there was not a Teenage Snuff Film to be found anywhere in Wellington. These are songs about the other end of love, cruelty and passion, all underpinned by Rowland's washes of bluesy guitar & the occasional burst of distortion. Pulling the puppet strings is Mick Harvey, an old pal of Rowlands from the Birthday Party days. You may also know him as the musical genius behind Nick Cave. Anyway, this album is a gem
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