Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I Remember Falling Up My Driveway

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Something sinister is happening to the guy in "Ashtray", exactly what I haven't figured out yet. On top of that the song doesn't really have a chorus, just three verses and then a neat guitar part (almost like a hardcore mosh part) where the chorus should be... and then it ends with a wicked ear-splitting guitar solo.

If there's a Pipe record out there that isn't totally the friggin' balls, then I haven't heard it. With "Warsaw" they even manage to make Joy Division listenable, which is somewhat of a first.

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gabbagabbahey said...

this is a great 7", thanks!

especially the neat guitar part - although I think there are several, not sure which one exactly you are referring to! I don't have much reference points for this kind of punk/hc, but 'Ashtray' reminded me a bit of listening to Ignition era Offspring, with a large amount of straight-up hardcore thrown in...

'Warsaw' - it's a first for this band, by a year, but Swing Kids did the exact same song in 1994. Was this Joy Division song particularly in favour amongst American punks c.1993?

I hadn't listened to Joy Division ('Love Will Tear Us Apart' excepted) previous to hearing the Swing Kids - so when I heard the original, it was a matter of "why... is... this song so slow... and not... spazzy?"!

Mind you, Unknown Pleasures is a beautiful album.

gabbagabbahey said...

uh, another smart-ass remark...

props on the Merge catalog - nice touch. That Drive Like Jehu 'Bullet Train to Vegas' 7" looks nice, eh?

I remark because I bought a Grant Hart 10" EP (2541) second-hand in a shop in Dublin recently, and it came with the original SST catalogue. Ironically, with the (then) latest Dinosaur Jr. album, Bug prominently displayed, and which I had just bought the reissue of elsewhere!

Brushback said...

I think it's funny to look at old catalog sheets, and see the records that were generic everyday $3 purchases back then, but are on peoples' wish lists for $50 now.

I owned a couple of Joy Division records back in the early 80's, but I could never really get into them. When I was a hardcore punk kid, bands like The Cure and The Smiths and Joy Division were the enemy. Now they're revered...

Here's a list of some bands who've covered Warsaw (from

The Black Halos (Sub Pop 2001)
Definitive Gaze (Vox Pop 1989)
Desert Storm (Virgin 1995)
The Fuses (Morphius 2000)
Hero Dishonest (If Society 2004)
New Order 2006
Penal Colony (Cleopatra 1994)
Pipe (Merge 1993)
Poison 13 (Sub Pop 1994)
Trent Reznor 2006
Seaweed (Merge 1999)
Sofa Glue (Ransom Note 1997)
Swing Kids (Three One G 2 1994)
White Flag (Tutl 2002)

I've never heard the Hero Dishonest version, but I bet it's cool...

Brushback said...

The mp3 files on this post are now listen-only (non-downloadable) files. For those of you who missed the boat, I will do my best to respond to any e-mailed requests for the original files. MAYBE