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Big Black Dome: Atomizer vs. Songs about fucking

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The record I like better:

Atomizer
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Songs about fucking
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Big Black Dome: Atomizer vs. Songs about fucking

Postby Marsupialized on Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:42 am

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Postby SecondEdition on Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:49 am

Easy. Atomizer. Better songs and better sound. Not as ear-piercingly trebly and more consistent. Lyrics are not as good as Songs about Fucking, though.

Still, it's Atomizer by Cyrano's nose for me.
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Postby gjp on Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:27 am

Both are fucking ace, but I'd have to go with Atomizer.
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Postby tommydski on Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:21 am

Fucking.
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Postby Adam I on Thu Nov 13, 2008 4:47 am

'Songs about fucking', easily. I don't even really like the other records.

I will never forget the first time I played 'SaF', having bought it on a whim - I experienced something closer to terror than any other record has inspired.

As much as I don't really give a fig for the other BB records, 'SaF' is a record I truly adore.
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Postby sunlore on Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:33 am

Songs About Fucking is the perfect Big Black record.

The other one, while good, is not quite there.
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Postby AnthonyVillalobos on Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:08 am

Atomizer.

That record makes me feel nervous in a 'I might get shot in the head and robbed at this stop light' kinda way.
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Postby emmanuelle cunt on Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:38 am

Songs. Better album as a whole, although first half of Atomizer is pretty much flawless in my opinion.

But Songs has "Tiny, King of the Jews". I was overlooking this song nearly completely and when I listened to that album for the first time in years it struck me as one of the best of Big Black songs, like top 5 best.
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Postby mrdfnle on Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:38 am

Atomizer for Jordan alone. Ahh.
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Postby FuzzBob on Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:49 am

"Jordan" and "Kerosene" are the songs that got me into Big Black.
So, Atomizer it is.
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Postby DrAwkward on Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:51 am

Atomizer: "Jordan, Minnesota," "Kerosene," "Bazooka Joe."

Fucking: "Bad Penny," "Fish Fry," "The Model," "He's a Whore"

Shit. It's almost too close to call for me. I think whichever one i'd pick would depend on which one i felt like listening to that day. Today, i'll go with Fucking, but tomorrow my vote could swing the other way.
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Postby Mark Lansing on Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:56 am

Songs About Fucking doesn't have "Kerosene" or "Jordan, Minnesota." But it also doesn't have "Strange Things," which is just filler and the band seemed to know it (notice something missing on The Rich Man's Eight-Track Tape?). And while Atomizer is more sinister, the anti-social behavior on Songs About Fucking sounds more realistic and more honestly threatening. And for me Songs About Fucking rocks harder. SAB wins in a photo-finish.
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Postby geezerjpj on Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:40 am

Songs 'Bout Fuckin'....The Power of Independent Trucking.
Atomizer....Fists of Love
I love 'em both.
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Postby Minotaur029 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:47 am

Atomizer. The high points on that record still sound almost alien in 2008.
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Postby Jeremy B on Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:49 am

For me it has to be Atomizer. Nothing else sounded/(s) as truly threatening and dark as that record. I still remember my initial 13 year old reaction. One of my favorites of all time.

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Postby Graham Hick on Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:13 pm

I like Bulldozer better than both.
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Postby Marsupialized on Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:00 pm

I think I'll go Atomizer, but it's real close.
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Postby owen on Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:27 pm

fucking. it was the first one i heard fully and left a big impression.

that said i have been listening to atomizer a shit ton these last two weeks
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Postby Model Citizen on Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:47 pm

It's a really close one for me but I'll go for Atomizer because it's the first one I heard and so made the biggest impact on me, they really inspired me to make my own music - such a great feeling to that record, I love it.

But both are ace.
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Postby Mr. Chimp on Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:04 pm

There was a cassette floating around early high school, easily on its fourth generation of dubbing that brought my ears to the Minutemen, Firehose, Meat Puppets, Butthole Surfers, and Big Black.

The Big Black songs were "Big Money" and "Passing Complexion", there may have been one other, oh yes, "Bad Penny".

I bought the cassette of Atomizer from a mall music store shortly thereafter.

Ladies and Gentlemen, when I mention the song title "Kerosene" you know what I mean,

and you have a pretty good idea what this meant to a musically inclined sophomore in high school bookworm

who wasn't in a band yet, who couldn't drive, and who had a buddy who passed away.


G-DD@MN. That song was like perfect anti-matter to the outer edge of adolescent self-destructive mope tendencies. Both fuel and balm.

A real "f- this. Let's do something" catalyst. And not just that song, the whole record, but typified by that song.


I wore out that casstte. Thank you Big Black.


I do love the last record as well.

It's a fragmentary bomb of grind and speed and shriek.

But Atomizer,

Atomizer is a concussion grenade.

Thank you Big Black.


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A year and a half later I bought Two Nuns and a Pack Mule from the same mall store.

That was an anchor for the back nine of high school.
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