Monday, June 15, 2009

Crumbsuckers-Life of dreams and Beast on my back

Long Island's Crumbsuckers formed in 1982 and slowly rose through the club scene over the next few years. They released "Life of dreams" in 1986. This is highly regarded hardcore/crossover album as well it should be. The cover features the fine artwork of Sean Taggart who also did work for Agnostic Front. I love the different images and they all work well.
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Fast forward over a year and their highly anticipated follow-up Beast on my back (often referred to as B.O.M.B) was originally slated for a Fall, 1987 release, but was pushed back until early 1988.
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Oh,wait did I post the back cover or an inner sleeve perhaps? No, indeed this is the front cover. Good thing no one smiled or else I would have thought they looked like an AOR band. The guy on the right cocked his head to the side so we would know this was a hardcore act. What a brilliant idea on his part. It's difficult to pull of the group shot album cover. Even more difficult if the colors, lighting and band logo add nothing to the cover.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Egg Hunt

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This 7 inch was recorded back in 1986 with former Minor Threat members Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson. According to the Dischord records site the name was chosen since it was recorded over Easter weekend. I had always thought it they derived the name from the fact that Ian MacKaye's head was shaped like an egg, but I guess I was wrong.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

English Dogs-Where legend began

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I have always liked this cover, I guess because the open doors are like inviting you into a new and different world. That's the way I wish all albums would make me feel.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Angry Samoans-Yesterday started tomorrow

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Southern California band the Angry Samoans had been churning out high powered punk rock for nearly a decade when they changed directions in 1986 with this release. It's far more of a garage rock sound, but it's really good and the rough vocals and simple approach just add to the charm of it.
Now the cover has always had me curious because the dude is wearing a pig mask on his head and he has his cereal with him, but I guess in a public place. A library? A bus station? I don't know and I am not sure if it matters or not.

Am I commiting a crime by mentioning cereal on two consecutive posts? Maybe I need to go eat breakfast.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Ozzy Osbourne-The Ultimate Sin

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Everything comes back it seems. Seasons come back, Indiana Jones comes back, Ozzy's brain cells...okay, maybe not everything comes back. However, our blog is back for better or worse. So hold on tight because here we go again. I was like 15 when this one came out and I remember staring at Boris Vallejo's rendering of Ozzy as a monster and the witch in full mid-80's metal chick garb. I liked it back then, but now it's a bit busy I think. I always look at the background and think of a pot of boiling spaghetti sauce instead of the big end of the world event I think they were shooting for. I am not sure why they made the decision to have a painting done instead of having Ozzy in some silly spot like they did in every previous cover.

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