Sunday, February 22, 2009

You Can't Make Us Shut Up Just Because You Say We Stink



I'm not a total Parasites expert, obviously, seeing as they've got about two million records out and I only own about two or three. One thing Dave "Nikki" Parasite is known for is being able to write a really good pop-punk hook, which is definitely born out on the a-side here-- although the song does go on for a bit too long, thanks to the Fastbacks' Kurt Bloch, who enters the Guinness Book of World Records for longest guitar solo on a punk record, I think.

The b-side is a hopped-up cover of Charlie Chesterman's pre-Scruffy The Cat band, The Law, and even though it's a darn good cover, I won't be running off to listen to any Scruffy The Cat anytime soon.


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Parasites -

"Letdown"

"Reason For Treason"

(these files are now listen-only)


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9 comments:

It's Just Me said...

Came through your blog through an older post you did - I guess I could say you got googled. I thought I'd leave a note letting you know I was here.

Brushback said...

Ummm, gee thanks, I guess?

Brushback said...

I'm so used to getting a bunch of extra traffic from, say, a message board thread, with a ton of people visiting and not one of them leaving a comment, that when one random person leaves a comment it throws me off a bit.

Bruce said...

I go way back with "Nikki" AKA Dave...he was just another Jersey yob with a ramones fixation before he reinvented himself. Oddly enough, I believe I have a poster for the TV show, SWAT...that he gave me.

Brushback said...

Yeah, it's sort of weird to think of the Parasites as starting out on Mutha Records.

Sean said...

I forgot that Kurt Bloch had anything to do with them! There's a fairly maddening but decent account of the Parasites here:
http://www.dancofer.com/parasites.html
I love first-hand accounts that strip any delusions of grandeur from the poorly-oiled machine of "punk as a vocation", but still make me want to quit my job and sleep in a van again.

Brushback said...

The mp3 files on this post are now listen-only (non-downloadable) files. TOUGH LUCK, CHARLIE! No, actually, for those of you who missed the boat, I will do my best to respond to any e-mailed requests for the original files.

signs of heart attack said...

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Brushback said...

^^
dubious