Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Wendys - Gobbledygook

The Wendy's were a post-punk band from Scotland in the late 80's and early 90's. After opening a show for Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder's dad told them to send a demo tape to Factory Records. Factory loved the demo tape and decided to sign The Wendy's releasing this record in 1991. It's unfortunate that this band signed to Factory when they did (the label was nearing its demise), but it doesn't take anything away from how genius of a record it is. Every song is catchy with post-punk guitar riffs and great lyrics. Any fan of Factory Records and post-punk bands will love this record. Hopefully someday this band will catch on with people. But for now, they remain in the shadow of their far more well known label mates.

The Wendy's - Gobbledygook

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Meters - The Meters

I have been listening to The Meters' first record a lot lately. What strikes me the most is their ability to weave in elements of jazz, blues, and funk perfectly. They are also remarkable in that this is primarily a funk/blues record with no lyrics that still has some of the catchiest songs I've heard of those genre's. Their story goes like this: Art Neville performed as a solo artist as early as his high school years around New Orleans. He met up with George Porter, Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste, and Leo Nocentelli and they became The Meters. They were the house band for the famous producer and musician Allen Toussaint and played as the back-up band for Dr. John along with recording their own records. Their self-titled debut came out in 1969. It was and is one of the premier funk records ever released. Those that have never heard them have probably heard the song "Cissy Strut" from movies or commercials. The rest of the record matches that song in greatness minute after minute. This funky record will be enjoyed for years to come.

The Meters - The Meters