Check out Bob Weston in the photo above, wearing one of the "I Hate The Bait" t-shirts that I just mentioned in the Bastro post, one post down from this one. The picture was taken after "Bumper Crop" came out, which explains why the Suns put plastic sunflowers on the mic stands in order to enhance their stage presence. It was either that or expensive pyro, and we all know what can happen when that shit screws up.
I can remember back when I began weaning myself off hardcore (a process that would take years to finish), and the first few records in my box of singles were all from Homestead, and bands like Dinosaur, Big Black, Phantom Tollbooth, and Volcano Suns. "Sea Cruise" came out in 1986, but neither song ended up on the album that followed ("All Night Lotus Party"), as you'll note by the "Shinin' The Purple Helmet" reference on the back of the 45 sleeve. There's plenty of in-jokes to spare here; "Drink Fight and Fuck", scrawled on the runout groove of the a-side, is a G.G. Allin song that the Suns used to cover way back when.
This is a great single, obviously, and it showcases the two sides of Volcano Suns: the poppy, hook-happy side ("Sea Cruise"), and the crunching, noise-driven side ("Greasy Spine").
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