The Cramps-Songs The Lord Taught Us (1980)

My Rating: 59% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 59% (D+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. TV Set
  2. Rock On The Moon
  3. Garbageman
  4. I Was A Teenage Werewolf
  5. Sunglasses After Dark
  6. The Mad Daddy
  7. Mystery Plane
  8. Zombie Dance
  9. What’s Behind The Mask
  10. Strychnine
  11. I’m Cramped
  12. Tear It Up
  13. Fever
  14. I Was A Teenage Werewolf (With False Start)
  15. Mystery Plane
  16. Twist & Shout
  17. I’m Cramped
  18. The Mad Daddy

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Needing some 80’s in your life.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Hilarious I like it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not this one.

Final Thoughts:

The Cramps are on a list of 1001 Albums to Listen to Before You Die, and honestly their album Songs The Lord Taught Us didn’t do a lot for me. I understand that there might be some influential merit here, but to me it just sounded like a mix between Elvis and Aerosmith and those have never been guys I’m that into. I personally gravitate towards The Clash when it comes to my old school rock, so hearing these guys just sounded watered down or weak. Ultimately The Cramps didn’t do a lot for me, I wouldn’t have included them on the 1001 list but that’s just from preference and not education.

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Patti Smith-Horses (1975)

My Rating: 78% (B)

Pitchfork Rating: 94%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 86%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Gloria
  2. Redondo Beach
  3. Birdland
  4. Free Money
  5. Kimberly
  6. Break It Up
  7. Land of Horses/Land of a Thousand Dances/La Mer (De)
  8. Elegie
  9. My Generation

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting to hear the beginnings of punk music.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Iconic. It’s one of those covers that bands want to recreate, but never will.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really, it’s fine on my shuffle, not really going to sit down and listen to the whole album again.

Final Thoughts:

I’m glad I sat down and experienced the Horses album as a whole. It was a unique experience. But not one that I’ll jump at going through again. Sure there are some wonderful tunes on this album, but there are other songs that are 10 minutes or so long that I was okay listening to the one time. Iconic? Sure. But vocally she got under my skin at times, especially when it got really trembly. Just not the kinda punk I rock to for the most part.

Death From Above 1979-The Physical World (2014)

My Rating:  59% (D+)

Pitchfork Rating: 70%

Rolling Stone Rating: 60%

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Cheap Talk
  2. Right On, Frankenstein!
  3. Virgins
  4. Always On
  5. Crystal Ball
  6. White Is Red
  7. Trainwreck 1979
  8. Nothing Left
  9. Government Trash
  10. Gemini
  11. The Physical World

Favourite Song on Album:


Listen to This Album When You’re:

In the mood for some pop punk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Love it! Their marketing is probably the best part of their band.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Nah.

Final Thoughts:

Death From Above 1979 has this kind of Where’s Fluffy (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) mystique about them. When I first moved to Vancouver all I could see was posters with this album cover on it, I had no idea what it was. Finally I sat down and listened to The Physical World, and after all these years I can say that it’s kind of a big bowl of meh. I like some songs but overall their marketing is just way better than their actual music. I wish I could go back to living in the bubble, but part of being an adult is seeing things as they are. Oh well their album covers are still rad.

White Lung-Paradise (2016)

My Rating: 90% (A)

Pitchfork Rating: 84%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 87%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Dead Weight
  2. Narcoleptic
  3. Below
  4. Kiss Me When I Bleed
  5. Demented
  6. Sister
  7. Hungry
  8. I Beg You
  9. Vegas
  10. Paradise

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

You want some badass punk by some badass Canadian women.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s pretty rad, reminds me a lot of the album covers you’d see in the 60’s.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Yeah for sure.

Final Thoughts:

White Lung really caught me off guard, I originally found them through Amoeba’s youtube series: what’s in my bag. I loved their choices for vinyl and decided to give them a shot, and I’m really happy I did, they sound somewhat familiar, but I can’t quite put my finger to who it sounds like. Regardless you’d be at a loss to miss this album, you should 100% check it out!

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