|Album:||Battle Of Bosworth Terrace, The||Collection:||General|
|Artist:||Spies, The||Added:||Aug 2014|
|Add Date:||2014-09-26||Pull Date:||2014-11-28|
|Week Ending:||Nov 23||Oct 26||Oct 19|
|1.||Nov 18, 2014:||Eclectic Erudition Fall '14 Week 08
Keeper Of The Flame, Vintage Moth
|4.||Sep 01, 2014:||In The Year 1000, 8000
Collided And Collected
|2.||Oct 23, 2014:||Meow
Collided And Collected
|5.||Aug 26, 2014:||Eclectic Erudition week 09
Collided And Collected
|3.||Oct 16, 2014:||Meow
Egyptian Bird Song
As far as the music goes, the majority of the tracks are very raw home recordings, and sound like it: with often indecipherable, highly distorted, sometimes yelled vocals. Kooky, varied, chaotic – sound quality and coherence not its strong suit, as you can imagine from the tale above. I guess I could describe it as pre-grunge, stringent, erratic, like the Doors’ ill-advised demo home recording while on a bad, incoherent trip. Guitars, organ, drums, even clarinet. Mostly male vox, some fem. Some of the more air-friendly tracks are 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17-*21. FCC WARNINGS: 5, 10, 14, 16 - no other discernable FCCs, but it’s largely incoherent – I tried my best!
SIDE ONE (Vinyl)
1.*”Egyptian Bird Song” (1:49) Kooky organ with minimal guitar picking and gentle, fuzzy fem vox. Ends hymn-like on a major chord – don’t fade. One of the most air-playable tracks on the album.
2.*“Collided and Collected” (2:31) Faster song w/vox from the start, more punk feel – raw, straightforward. Interesting underlying organ/synth with Middle Eastern feel and a guitar solo. Fuzzy male vox. Kind of pre-grunge feel to it – ends on a yell.
3.“Wait Don’t Wait” (3:20) Definitely a home-recorded jam on this one. Erratic male vox, some spoken, some sung, some yelled, most indecipherable. Minimal instrumentation, not much of a melody. Ends with staticky guitar noise.
4.”Teenage Lightning” (2:59) Starts strong with somber, driving verse w/distorted male vox that breaks down into a strange, discordant jam of clarinet and guitar.
5.”Lose Dat Beat” (1:59) FCC WARNING (F*ck, F*cking) Bass line followed by low, fuzzy male vox – does follow a kind of melody. Very lazy, plodding song with an underlying riff that moves it forward.
6.“Star” (0:44) Again, very homemade sound – lots of random whistles, clicks and bangs, erratic male/fem vox. Short.
7.“No Mercy for a Cop” (1:42) Starts with more normal-ish guitar chords, then some weird percussion and the declaration: “This is a nice little safe song…” Then repetition of the title w/some scratchy strings, parodic voices. Not sure about FCC’s – they suddenly yell “They should all be **something yelled/muffled**” – so… Ends on beat cop parody.
8.“Nausea” (0:33) More melodic, playful, almost upbeat; fuzzy, high-pitched vox and drum/guitar interlude. Short.
9.“Lonely Lost Island” (2:19) Organ/bass, male vox and light percussion. Some guitar picking. Beat tries to pick up later on – very sudden transition to track 10
10. “All Full of Crap” (0:28) FCC WARNING – elitist “bullsh*t” Fast ditty about being “All full of crap,”
11. *“The King of China’s Daughter” (2:56) Slow-tempo, instrumental beginning with some guitar and organ, and a whole drum set – then male vox; one of the most melodic, coherent tracks. Guitar and organ solos. Something about silver panties? Vocals get very loud and distorted near the end.
SIDE TWO (Vinyl)
12. *“Vintage Moth” (2:39) Starts with some squealy sound distortion (DO NOT start too hot), then fem vox – made me think of Sonic Youth a bit. Noise, piano, changing voice levels – maybe some French at the beginning? Hard to tell. Little bit of a weird story in there, some clarinet, talking about singers and voice production. Probably the most interesting track to me.
13. *“Keeper of the Flame” (2:26) Start with bass and repetitive organ on two notes – then breaks into a kind of upbeat tune with male vox with a bit of fem vox background. Percussion from bongos? Pleasant little guitar-picked solo surprised me near the end.
14. “Skating” (2:04) FCC WARNING (Repeated “f*cking”) Pleasant, melodic organ and guitar with fem vox – but sadly unplayable.
*15. “A Half is Twice as Strong” (2:50) Somber start w/guitar and organ, transitions into more melodic moments – another pre-grunge track that evokes some of the more raw Nirvana moments for me.
16. “Father of Thousands” (1:42) FCC WARNING: (“Bullsh*t) Weird water gurgling and echoey spoken word (is that the toilet or a tub?). Then some distorted, squealy noise and siren.
17. *“Electro!” (2:36) Starts with noise-type percussion and erratic instrumentation, some playing with distortion and levels. As advertised. No vocals. Good if you’re doing a noise/experimental theme.
18. *“Surfin!” (1:33) Another exclamation! What I think is a parodic song about surf culture/music. Highly distorted, discordant, punky. Slight nod to surf guitar near the end. Very quick transition to next track.
19. “Laughing” (1:02) “Baby won’t you.. HA HA” As advertised. Bass and percussion heavy. Little guitar tune in there for good measure a ways in.
20. *“Keeper of the Flame (electric)” (2:47) Starts with siren sound over slow, low guitar chords – beat picks up with male vox, organ and percussion. Some fem vox later on. Reprises track 13.
21. *“The Star and Us” (2:33) Gentle, melodic, fem vox singing sweetly about stars and life. Uncharacteristically poppy, metaphoric and contemplative.
|1.||Egyptian Bird Song||11.||The King Of China's Daughter|
|2.||Collided And Collected||12.||Vintage Moth|
|3.||Wait Don't Wait||13.||Keeper Of The Flame|
|5.||Lose Dat Beat||15.||A Half Is Twice As Strong|
|6.||Star||16.||Father Of Thousands|
|7.||No Mercy For A Cop||17.||Electro!|
|9.||Lonely Lost Island||19.||Laughing|
|10.||All Full Of Crap||20.||Keeper Of The Flame (Electric)|
|21.||The Star And Us|