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Band: Cherubs

Postby SecondEdition on Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:40 pm

There was a Cows v. Cherubs thunderdome, and a "Where is Heroin Man?" thread, but no C/NC for these masters of completely wrong heaviness and noise. (At least, I think there wasn't.)

"Stag Party" is possibly one of the best opening tracks of all time. It is indisputably the best use of a dialtone ever in a song. "Baby Huey" does the same thing with a bizarro loop of a drum-machine beat, a whistle and a little kid grunting.

For Heroin Man at least, an easy Not Crap. Their other albums are kind of hit and miss, but Heroin Man is a masterpiece of stomach-churning dread and sludgy, fucked-over riffage, right down to the gutpunch cover of an OD'ed corpse in a bathtub.

I was always surprised that this band was not on AmRep, but reasoned that they were better than, charitably, half of those bands. (They were not better than the Cows.)

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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby RSMurphy on Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:59 pm

There is no way this C/NC hasn't been already done.

Not crap, obviously. Heroin Man can rival any Cows record and definitely outshines the first two. I can do without "Example Maiden Japan/Devil's Food," though. I wish someone could distill that visceral thrill you get from hearing this queasy, psychedelic squall of shitrock and put it into a pill. I want to feel that way all of the time.

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SecondEdition wrote:"Stag Party" is possibly one of the best opening tracks of all time. It is ndisputably the best use of a dialtone ever in a song.


FYI: it's not a dialtone, it's a disconnection signal. kids don't know about those today with their cell phones and whatnot [/pedantic assbag]
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby RBoyer on Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:30 pm

An emphatic not crap. You either love them or haven't heard them yet.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby SecondEdition on Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:51 pm

RSMurphy wrote:There is no way this C/NC hasn't been already done.

Not crap, obviously. Heroin Man can rival any Cows record and definitely outshines the first two.


Daddy Has a Tail! is my second favorite Cows record (the first side is perfection). So I don't quite agree.

SecondEdition wrote:"Stag Party" is possibly one of the best opening tracks of all time. It is ndisputably the best use of a dialtone ever in a song.


FYI: it's not a dialtone, it's a disconnection signal. kids don't know about those today with their cell phones and whatnot [/pedantic assbag]


Goddammit, I did know that...

It's been a while since I've heard it.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Jodi S. on Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:21 pm

One of my favorite Record Mojo <tm>* moments was when, at the WFMU Record Fair, I found a copy of the "Carjack Fairy" single for an absurdly cheap price.

I sent it to Sleepkid, because he rules.


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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Richard on Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:53 pm

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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Buttcakefred on Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:01 pm

Richard wrote:BLACKHOUSE
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Steals the riff from load king by Hammerhead.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Sam on Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:29 am

Favorite band on Trance/helped change the way i think about writing basslines mmmm not crap

i chatted with Spot at Trailer Space about em, he said they considered a reunion but one of them just wasn't down with it. so it goes.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby RBoyer on Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:45 am

Jodi S. wrote:One of my favorite Record Mojo <tm>* moments was when, at the WFMU Record Fair, I found a copy of the "Carjack Fairy" single for an absurdly cheap price.

I sent it to Sleepkid, because he rules.


* Record Mojo <tm> is how my pal Mark and I refer to our astounding fortune whilst looking for certain records. On occasion, all we have to do is just say to one another "I'm looking for blahdeeblahblah" and one of us will find it.

I believe that because I often "pay it forward", I am rewarded by the fulfillment of my own personal "want" list.


Jodi -- I welcome you to pay it forward (to me) if you find an absurdly cheap copy of the "Heroin Man" LP. Or even a reasonably priced copy. You will be rewarded with the cost of the LP, the shipping, a care-package from the Boyer Estate, and a pallet of good karma (still sealed, first edition).
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby SecondEdition on Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:05 pm

You know you're listening to a great album when a gentle ballad that sounds like it was recorded on the wrong speed and keeps schizophrenically switching between major and minor chords is the scariest song on an album full of toxic sludge.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby eephour on Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:12 pm

Venus Flytrap makes me want to go into a Pier 1 and smash everything in sight.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby SecondEdition on Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:20 pm

eephour wrote:Venus Flytrap makes me want to go into a Pier 1 and smash everything in sight.


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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Model Citizen on Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:42 pm

Not Crap

Only heard Heroin Man though and I don't have a copy anymore.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Evin Relocation on Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:27 pm

Bought the first record Icing, at a CD shop in Montreal. Terrible record.

Heroin Man though... fuck my eyes awesome.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby LBx on Fri Jan 21, 2011 5:40 pm

Evin Relocation wrote:Bought the first record Icing, at a CD shop in Montreal. Terrible record.
Only listened to it the one time, but ya, not that great.

Evin Relocation wrote:Heroin Man though... fuck my eyes awesome.
With you on this. Listen to it all the time. Would luuurve an actual copy...

The singles compilation is mostly great too.


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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby RBoyer on Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:44 pm

LBx wrote:The singles compilation is mostly great too.


The Cherub's cover of "I Want Candy" (from the split w/FuckEmos) is awesome.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby RSMurphy on Fri Jan 21, 2011 10:14 pm

Evin Relocation wrote:Bought the first record Icing, at a CD shop in Montreal. Terrible record.


El Protoolio has this record. He played it for me when my old band was touring through Oregon; before he got all-Hollywood and moved to Hollywood. Yeah, I remember being sorely disappointed with it. Such a great album cover, though!
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby SR-1 on Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:06 am

RSMurphy wrote:I wish someone could distill that visceral thrill you get from hearing this queasy, psychedelic squall of shitrock and put it into a pill. I want to feel that way all of the time.


Not a pill but a goofball is pretty much exactly the same as listening to "Orange Julius".

Can someone confirm something for me - my version of the Pink Party Desert 7" really thuds and distorts on the kick. Problem with the rip or is this a recording quirk of the original?
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby SecondEdition on Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:31 pm

After listening to this again, I think that "Example Maiden Japan/Devil's Food" really is the only way Heroin Man can go out - on a nine-minute orgy of sickening sludge noise.

What an album. And what a band.
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Re: Band: Cherubs

Postby Jeremy B on Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:33 pm

At one point Trance Syndicate had Bedhead, Cherubs, Windsor For The Derby, Sweet Pea and Sixteen Deluxe (c'mon that first record kick's ass), and was distributing Emperor Jones. I was actually stoked to see what would happen with this record label from Texas, I thought it would be the next T&G

Anyway, everyone knows what happened, but man, what a run. Those Cherubs records were a huge part of it.

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