Tuesday, March 27, 2007

made in canada:

Where to begin with this one? Hmmm....This is a record that changed my life, let's put it that way. During my "formative" years (haha...will that phase ever pass?), growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, I didn't have much chance to be exposed to scads of new bands or even much music at all. Somehow, I found my way to the college radio show hosted late nights on one of the local stations. Those of you who remember the "glory days" of college radio know exactly what I'm talking about. It seems like every night I was getting turned on to more bands that really excited me and got me heavily interested in music...not just alternative stuff...but music of all genres.

One of the bands whom the DJ played quite regularly was Canada's almighty NOMEANSNO. Right from the start, i dug their name...but hearing their songs on my tiny little bedroom radio really inspired me. When I first heard the title track from this 1988 album "Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed", I thought it was the most insane thing I had ever heard at the time! From ultra-tight precision drumming, to strangely poppy chord workouts...then veering into creepy/humorous chanting, and back again to some funk-fueled punk sludge nerd rock. Another track from this disc that I loved as a kid was the awesome dark plod of "Victory." Wow..intense! Needless to say, this band was waaaay ahead of their time; and their paranoid observations show an intelligence that was rarely voiced on the same level within rock music back then in those "glory days."



kar4agin said...

thanx a lot!!!

Martin Marceau said...

Thank you very much, that's incredible.

Toxxy said...

Just "found" your blog thanks to Mister Happy over at...


...great site you have! Cheers indeed for this one!

R3000 said...

Great great band - and a great great record. It was my first encounter with them, too. Good to spread it !

And always remember:
"Nonsense is better than no sense at all !"


dgen said...

awesome band, my first encounter with NMN, was skating.. we used to listen to MDC, NMN, and like.. youth of today,judge,gorilla biscuits... after hearing them i was hooked.. but i had a different album..one I cant find.

waterloo eh? i went to college in forest city..

Anonymous said...

Man, that was totally my experience too...college radio in the eighties was out there. Thank God, because it brought NMN to my attention. This was the album that did it. Speaking of which, please check the link, it's dead and needs to be reupped.