Sunday, September 4, 2011

You Don't Have To Be A Dick About It



One of my favorite parts of any M.O.T.O. song is the neat little Beatles rip that starts off the cassette version of "Dick About It"-- something that isn't as apparent on the 7" version, which disappointed me a bit when I first heard it, in like 1988 or whenever it was. The original version also has a fine speck of a guitar lead that Paul ended up turning into an entire song, "Blast of Silence", decades later. He tends to be resourceful like that.

When M.O.T.O. played at Cafe Nine a few weeks ago, Paul began the set by playing "I Like Fucking" solo, without the backing band; the place was pretty still at the time (hardly anyone was there anyway, as it was a Wednesday), so hearing the chorus as it reverberated around the room was pretty funny. The opening band then hopped up on stage to back Paul up after that, and they seemed to know the songs pretty well, or at least better than the drummer that Paul had borrowed the last time he played in New Haven. M.O.T.O. ran through a few songs from the new "Pack Your Troubles In Dreams" album, as well as a bunch of hits -- "Fucking Job", "Primeval", "Dance Dance Dance", "Crystallize", etc -- at one point even doing "I Won't Give It Up Until You're Mine" as a duet with the Ham Steak guy, with whom Paul did a split 7" once. Then when the band left the stage, Paul played one more song, "Ghosts", by himself. (I heard Tommy Perkins got to hop on the drums for a bit a couple of nights before, when M.O.T.O. played Philadelphia.)

Besides the original "Dick About It" from "Bolt!", here's also the original 4-track version of "It Tastes Just Like a Milkshake" (from 1993-- covered by Nobunny in 2010).


M.O.T.O. -

"Dick About It"

"It Tastes Just Like a Milkshake"



8 comments:

spavid said...

I absolutely love "Dick About It," almost as much as "Gagging on the Edge of Love" and "Choking on Your Insides." When M.O.T.O. played Buffalo about six years ago, I spoke to Paul, and told him how much the band in their live setting reminded me of the Misfits. I even suggested they make a record of Misfits covers, to which Paul replied, "I think the Misfits should cover us, we need the money more!" They never came back here, no doubt do to pitfully low attendence than night. Thanks for the post.

jeffen said...

Count me among the most-recently converted "Dick About It" is fucking amazing. Thanks.
Can anyone suggest an entry point into their ludicrously convoluted discography.

spavid said...

The Single File singles compilation CD is a good place to start, as is Kill M.O.T.O. which contains the songs I mentioned in my previous comments. They sell really packed cd-rs of demos and such through their website too.

Brushback said...

"Raw Power" is the best thing M.O.T.O.'s ever released, in my opinion. "Ampeg Stud" (which has the original versions of "Choking on Your Insides" and "Gagging on The Edge of Love") is the best tape.

vampyreverdi said...

Fine work Sir, not heard these versions before, pleased I have now.

Brushback said...

ha ha - "you're welcome!" to everyone!

Nazz Nomad said...

thats a bitchin' song. imma gonna have to repost it.

Brushback said...

Cool!