Rhythm Pigs - 1 + Choke On This !
Rhythm Pigs - 1 + Choke On This
Mordam 1986/87 Lps. Cruz Records 1992 CD
01. Conditional Love [3:09]
02. Harley [1:27]
03. Break New Ground [1:57]
04. Human Drama [2:41]
05. Six [2:17]
06. Machine Are In [1:42]
07. Peanuts [1:10]
08. Break Or We'll Breal Your Face [3:17]
09. Taxi Cab [4:00]
10. Searchin' For Myself. [4:16]
11. Conscience Song [2:50]
12. Electric World [5:10]
13. Road Machine [3:27]
14. Censorshit [3:03]
15. Can't Change The World [1:56]
16. Feedback [2:16]
17. Elegy [2:15]
18. Good For Life [1:50]
19. Little Brother [3:25]
20. Arkansas [2:11]
21. Arkansas (Slight Return) [2:14]
22. Choke On This [1:44]
23. Marlboro Man [2:27]
24. Too High [3:22]
25. Bad Reactor [3:58]
26. Hooligan Bitch [2:00]
27. Fire [2:24]
28. Thanks For Coming [3:46]
El Paso expats the Rhythm Pigs' first two albums are collected for this archival compact disc release.
Applying the lessons of hardcore (breakneck speed, stop-start rhythms, lefty politics) to funk-based rock, the trio scores an equal number of hits and misses among the 28 tracks, but the strongest material still stands years later. The first 13 songs come from the self-titled debut and are plagued by cheap production and ambitious arrangements that the band sometimes struggles to execute.
A jangly post-punk cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" (the recognizable theme from numerous Peanuts television specials) aside, much of Rhythm Pigs is repetitive and the songs are washed in enough guitar flange to obliterate any identifiable qualities.
The more assured Choke on This follows the same blueprint, but a dynamic sound, tighter playing, and better songwriting results in a minor classic.
The Rhythm Pigs have issues with censorship, nuclear carelessness, and American manifest destiny, common complaints all, but they tackle these serious issues with a down-to-earth maturity and humor that many of their contemporaries lacked.
An exception is "Little Brother," a tirade against hardcore fanzine Maximumrocknroll; though the song rocks hard, its petulant lyric concerns inter-scene politics that few will care about, outside of a small circle of friends (whatever the problem was, it must have been real important at the time).
Regardless, the band sounds great on Choke on This, flying through the set with an airy velocity and negotiating lurching changes in rhythm and texture with aplomb.
Vocalist and bassist Ed Ivey's voice is stronger than on their debut, and guitarist Greg Adams' acoustic instrumental "Arkansas" soars (the song returns in full electric flower as "Arkansas [Slight Return]").
Punk fans won't find pure thrash here, but the energy level is high and the Rhythm Pigs' mid-'8Os work anticipates the funk-metal-hardcore crossovers that proliferated several years later, though intellect is accentuated here rather than aggression. (Fred Beldin)
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* An American Activity 1984. 6 song 7" EP unclean records
* The Rhythm Pigs, 1986 LP Mordam Records
* Choke on this, 1987 LP Mordam Records
* I'm not crazy, I'm an airplane. 1988 LP Konkurrel. Recorded live at Donkiesjot (Don Quixote) Sittard Holland Nov 1987)
* El Paso 1994. CD Westworld Enterprises
* Baby Falcon Getaway. 1996 CD Cool Beans Records
* 1st LP: Jay Smith, Greg Adams, Ed Ivey
* 2nd LP: Kenny Craun, Greg Adams, Ed Ivey (Don Holmes, "Main Man", LP engineered by Spot)
* I'm not crazy... Bill Atwell from th'Inbred replaces Kenny on drums.
* El Paso: Jay Smith, Greg Adams, Ed Ivey
* Baby Falcon... Shmeckie, Greg Adams, Ed Ivey
Ed Ivey currently plays sousaphone in San Francisco's Brass Monkey Brass Band.