If you passed on "We're Not So Smart" when I posted it back in February, here's one more chance to check out the greatness that is Couch Flambeau. And it's not just "They rock!!" or "They have a song called 'Satan's Buddies'!!", it's "They rock and they have a song called 'Satan's Buddies'!!" Or something like that.
I know, a band from a Midwestern cow town overrun by Norwegians, playing non-ironic hard rock behind a guy with an annoying voice half-speaking instead of singing really does sound like a misplaced concept, but "Models" is ten times better than "Slapped Actress" and "Song With a Message" is way better at name dropping. I mean, when it gets to the part about the Dummy Club ("they're good, though-- best demo we got this fall, or whatever") and the guy named Gerard, I'm totally mesmerized, really. Plus Jay Tiller is on speaking terms with Satan! Stick that,
This record originally came with a sticker on the front of some blurbs from sub-par mags like Forced Exposure, Wam, and Sound Choice ("How it must perturb them to see Couch Flambeau take the music they take so seriously and toss it around like a psychopathic kitten with a ball of Play-Doh"), which must've fallen off my copy.
Couch Flambeau -
"Song With a Message"
(these files are now listen-only)