Tuesday, August 17, 2010

All I Need Is Somewhere I Can Get Away

I first found out about Sperm Wails when Gerard Cosloy gave them a hefty push in an issue of Conflict; not long afterwards I stumbled upon this 7" at a record store in Waterbury, and snagged it right up. I don't remember what Gerard's line was about these guys anymore, but this was still two or three years before every other band started sounding just like this, so it was a lot easier to be impressed. If I were to describe Sperm Wails now (which I sorta have to), I'd probably say they sounded a lot like Head of David but with a sense of humor, or Pain Teens if they tried a set of all Brainbombs covers and then gave up.

Part of the appeal of this 7" is the oddly great packaging, since it includes a 24-page fanzine about the British "Carry On" movies, which apparently were a bunch of low-budget comedies back in the '60s. Oh, and the a-side is a locked groove, can't have too much of that ever.

Sperm Wails -

"The Golden Age of The Carry On"

"The Golden Age of The C.A.S.U.A.L."


Holly said...

If I'd owned this in '87, I would've played the sh*t out of it!

Brushback said...

Yeah, this is pretty good. They might've listened to a little Killing Joke, too.

Brushback said...

The mp3 files on this post are now inactive.

S-S Records has some sort of Sperm Wails re-issue due in 2011, so be on the lookout for that.

Lighthouse Keeper said...

Yep Lady Chatterley is out on SS and we've resurrected ourselves as Blowhole.Just released our first single -Experiment#1-be happy to mail you a copy if you're interested.Sperm Wails weren't Killing Joke fans,but cool you liked it!

Brushback said...

Sperm Wails were totally great --

I did end up buying the re-issue 7" on S.S. a few months back, nice that some other people are going to finally get to hear those songs.

I'l keep an eye out for Blowhole - I wouldn't make you send me a single all the way from overseas, that probably costs a bit...