gullbuy music review

May 21, 2002

  • The Bad Forms

    The Bad Form

    7inch / 'Bleeding Fool' & 'No Dinner' b-w ''Its Gonna Rain' & 'Sell Yourself' / Youth Attack! Records

    Great, noisy, sloppy punk. Sorta reminds of the late '70s/early '80s when punk was gearing up for hardcore but wasn't quite there yet.
    [read more] ---Peter

  • DAT Politics

    DAT Politics

    CD / Plugs Plus / Chicks On Speed Records

    Yes - there are many collaborators. Does the music have any continuity with all these hands in the pie? With DAT Politics continuity is irrelevant. The sound this trio make is not music in a conventional sense anyway. Is it satisfying? Choosing a song and playing it alone - yes. Playing the CD in a single listen - maybe not. It does not have much for you to hold on to. There is little structure. It is the anti-electronica.
    [read more] ---Carl

  • Do The Pop

    Do The Pop!

    2xCD / various / Shock Records

    Do the Pop - a chronological 2 disc set - documents the cream of the Australian punk/indie crop, spanning 10 years of the down under scene from the late 70s to late 80s. The booklet has lots of essential info about the bands and spinoffs.'
    [read more] ---Tina Glyptis

  • Generation X

    Generation X

    CD / Valley Of The Dolls / Chrysalis UK

    In 1979 'power pop' started: Generation X's new sound was similar to The Rich Kids, the band Glen Matlock started after being booted from the Pistols. Stateside, The Mumps, The Speedies, The Dots, and The Boyfriends mastered the new sound with excellent singles. Generation X were just developing in the direction they were meant to go. In many ways 'Valley of the Dolls' is similar to Dead Boys 'We Have Come For Your Children' LP. Both records saw the bands getting way cleaner (commercial) in sound, with great songs that held you in the new attention deficit world of punk.
    [read more] ---Carl

  • Happy Supply

    Happy Supply

    7inch / 'Theme Song' & 'Grinning Song' b-w 'Ha Ha Ha' (Flipper cover) / Dutch Courage Records

    Cutesy boy-girl duo from Chicago plays nice pop ditties with cheap rhythm box, keyboard and guitar.
    [read more] ---Peter

  • Lydia Lunch with Anubian Lights

    Lydia Lunch with the Anubian Lights

    10inch / Champagne, Cocaine, and Nicotine Stains / Crippled Dick Hot Wax!

    The Los Angeles beat/lounge/pop nouveau act Anubian Lights have gotten Lydia Lunch to collaborate with them on a 5 song EP in the same style as her 1980 'Queen of Siam' LP. The results are better than you might expect. Three of the five songs are great. Lydia's voice is suitably trashed. At times she has the rasp of Marianne Faithful or Nina Hagen, while at other times she sounds pure vintage Lydia.
    [read more] ---Carl