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01 COLOUR REMOVAL [LIVE]
02 CIRCLING THE DRAIN [LIVE]
03 POLICE [LIVE]
04 COLOUR REMOVAL [ALTERNATIVE]
05 VIVIAN GIRLS [DEMO]
06 CBC FEUDS
07 THE LINE PART. I
08 THE LINE PART. II
10 SINCE YOU BEEN GONE [COVER]
11 TEENAGE PROBLEMS
12 NEAT PARTS [ALTERNATIVE]
13 MRR-KBOO INTERVIEW
14 LAZER ATTACK [COVER]
15 DAVID COMES TO LIFE [ALTERNATIVE]
16 DAVID CHRISTMAS [LIVE]
01 DAVID'S PLAN
02 COUPLE TRACKS
03 YEAR OF THE RAT [EXCERPT]
04 YEAR OF THE OX [EXCERPT]
05 NERVOUS BREAKDOWN [LIVE COVER]
06 MANQUELLER MAN [LIVE]
08 TRY A LITTLE TOGETHERNESS [COVER]
09 I'LL NEVER BE FRIENDS WITH YOU [COVER]
10 BLACK ALBINO BONES [LIVE]
11 Beowulf - 2CENTS / FUCKED UP QUEEN OF HEARTS [EXCERPT]
12 Mad Men - DO YOU WEAR SQUARE GLASSES
13 WALKING ON SUNSHINE [COVER EXCERPT]
14 Grain - LIGHT RAIN / THE HATEFUL COIL - BULL THUNDER [DAVID'S TOWN EXCERPT]
15 LOOKING FOR GOLD [EXCERPT]
Now I don’t actively listen to newer Fucked Up releases, though I still go out of my way to purchase them, in hopes they’re do a single that’s reminiscent of simpler times - and by that I mean their homage to The Undertones and power pop. Though Mike Haliechuk and Jonah Falco's other band SMARTBOYS are a homage to the Starjets another great First Wave Northern Ireland Punk band. So you're like me and you want something more like a 70s Irish influenced punk band check them out.
I recognize what Mike Haliechuk does, but fear the machine that he has built, he’s the rat king. He’s the Swami Svengali of Fucked Up, the Greg Ginn of Black Flag, the Rza of Wu Tang, the Randy Fitzsimmons [I know he's fake] of The Hives, the Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) behind the curtain [Singin' in the Rain - kids], the Karl Rove of the Bush Administration, the propaganda war machine behind the… well you get the idea. And if you still haven’t guessed who David Eliade is – it’s (mostly) Haliechuk or whoever the band claims to have made a bold decision.
One of the things I enjoy the most from Fucked Up is the misinformation or the suggestive deceptions, which is something Haliechuk has planned throughout the band’s entire career, though its slowed down a little – though an impressionable type or supposed music "journalist" who doesn't fact check, cos; “hey it’s the internet” Well it serves them right. Question art, its not the truth its only a 1/2 truth like everything else. [Enough diatribe]
So I consider Hidden World to be one of my all time favorite albums, but felt less so about The Chemistry of Common, despite it being "everyone's favorite" [hyperbole], and giving them the world essentially. I tried to like it but it just wasn't happening. So I moved on - no biggy.
Now David Comes To Life (the album not the song) should've been right in my wheelhouse; I thought it would continue the fictional David Eliade story, choosing suicide over life to avoid sin - great premises, very Divine Comedy, Dante's Inferno etc. Nope, they did rock opera about fictional a UK. It had one or two strong songs, but it failed to peak my interest past the initial concept of a new Fucked Up album. I was really hoping this would the next great album.
I recommend you check out Sham 69's - That's Life if you want a narrative by a punk band.
[Fucked up Presents:] David's Town Town - 11 Original Hits From Byrdesdale Spa, UK! i though was a much more successful batch of songs, than the actual supposed album it was tied to. So if you don't know what it is, its a fiction meta album to expand the fiction of the Byrdesdale. According to Haliechuk it was recorded with G-Beat over 6 months, randomly playing instrumentals for vocalists to perform on. Not a new thing but it works (kinda).
Another thing Fucked Up related I'm working on is a mixtape on their other bands (well stuff I can get my hands on); SMARTBOYS, Yacht Club, Terminal State, Career Suicide, Bergenfield Four, Pink eyes, Marvelous Darlings, Young Governor The Smegheads, Surplus Sons, etc.
Comment if you know anymore.