Monday, November 3, 2008

Now I Know You're Better Off Not Caring

The Liquor Giants are another band that I got all giggly over on my old blog (not gonna put up a link this time since I just did one in my last post so now it's played out), and if you were ever into Big Star/Badfinger-style guitar pop then this is a band for you.

The Liquor Giants is where Ward Dotson distilled the bar-band rock of the wicked great Pontiac Brothers into something that was way more power-pop, in the process coming up with as many impossibly stunning melodies as anyone ever has, including the aforementioned Chilton/Bell/Ham etc. Accordingly, "Play Along"/"Disgusted" is an amazing single; perhaps mastered a bit too loudly on the a-side, which is why I'm posting "Disgusted" first here, but no doubt these are two great songs (cool Art Chantry sleeve design, too).

For those keeping score at home: Spike Priggen, who played bass on this, was the frontman for one of Ct.'s first pop-punk bands, the TV Neats.

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Liquor Giants -


"Play Along"

(these files are now listen-only)


ib said...

Not bad; not bad at all. Actually, I can see this growing on me. It makes me want to post some Teenage Fanclub.

Moreover, that's a cheap trick (!) mentioning Big Star and Badfinger both in the introduction to a post. Works though.

And the guitar IS great. I'm listening to "Disgusted" as I type, which just about sums up the way I feel about things right now in light of all these Blogger deletions.

Don't forget to use your vote.

Brushback said...

Yeah, I figure the sleeve makes this post election-appropriate.

ib said...

Later tonight I fully intend on watching the results come in on my tv. God help you all - and the rest of the world - if its Batman and Robin.

Brushback said...

I submitted a write-in vote for Hong Kong Fooey, cuz that's my style.

ib said...

Ha! I like all this talk of postal votes; over here you have to be practically be disabled to qualify for the luxury of not having to queue up around the block.

"No 1. Super Guy"

Brushback said...

Well, oddly enough, I had to submit an "absentee ballot" (inside two envelopes-- I guess for security) because my voter registration didn't follow me the last time I moved, though it usually does.

Not only wasn't I registered with the town I used to live in, I had been taken off the list entirely; I was an unregistered voter, and the only way I could vote was by going to the town hall and dropping off a written ballot, which no doubt went straight into the dumpster.

ib said...

I am always convinced, too, that any vote I cast will go on to reside in the great void of 'spoiled' ballots.

Brushback said...

Of course, when they open my ballot and see that I wrote "Hong Kong Fooey", they're gonna throw it out anyway.


d. said...

This is really solid. This guy's voice reminds me a bit of Dave Pirner (did I spell that right?).

Brushback said...

Yes, you did spell Dave Pirner right. Surprised as I am that someone even remembers him.

Cookie said...


Spike Priggen here-
love to hook you up with my solo cds if you don't have 'em.

email me at bedazzled dot tv

thanks for the mention.

Brushback said...

Hello, Spike!!

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.