This here is some amazing shit, and I know it seems like I say that about everything I post (except for maybe that Noiseville comp-- shit was terrible), but in this case I mean it. If "Strungout On Jargon" doesn't make it into my top ten records of all time, well, the competition's pretty fierce-- hell, it might not even make it into the top ten Homestead releases of 1986, if only because the Dogmatics record was just that friggin' good* (and I may never get back the $8.98 I spent on "Break It Up", either, I'm just starting to find out now).
But seriously, though, this is some amazing shit. I've yet to nail down John Petkovic's delivery, how he sounds like he's making up the words as he goes along (apparently Death of Samantha recorded this album live in six hours-- okay, sure) or else he's about ready to break into a croon at any minute, but that's half the party. It's hard not to chuckle when Petkovic shouts, "Hey, Jim Krane, check this one out!" as the intro to "Bed of Fire" (one of the tracks I've left off here, you'll have to own the album to hear it), or when he completes a line by actually saying "he completes the line" in "Simple as That". "Take this from simple soul", there's another one.
Petkovic may wander but he knows what he's doing, as all the songs here clock in at around a tidy three minutes or less, save "Couldn't Forget 'bout that (one item)", which is pretty great anyway. It all comes down to Doug Gillard's amazing guitar playing, and Steve-O's drumming, which at times can be suprisingly fluid and rock solid, I mean, for a guy who's probably wearing a muumuu. I might not have listened to enough Velvet Underground or Pere Ubu or Rocket From The Tombs growing up, but at least I knew what they sounded like, and besides, Death of Samantha came along and brought them all together, which saved me the trouble.
"Coca Cola & Licorice" and "Simple as That", the two lead-off tracks, also appeared as singles; I'd posted the "Coca Cola & Licorice" 45 a while ago, but the LP rip is better (the 45 crackles), so forget about the other one.
*that's a joke, son, The Dogmatics really sucked
Death of Samantha -
"Coca Cola & Licorice"
"Simple as That"
"Ham & Eggs 99c"
"Grapeland (I'm getting sick)"
"Couldn't Forget 'bout that (one item)"
(these files are now listen-only)