NoMeansNo - Live and Cuddly !
NoMeansNo - Live and Cuddly
(Double LP/CD Alternative Tentacles, 1991)
Record 1: It's Catching Up / Two Lips, Two Lungs and One Tongue / Rags and Bones / Body Bag / Brother Rat, What Slayde Says / Some Bodies / Teresa, Give Me The Knife
Record 2: Victory / Dark Ages / The End Of All Things / The Everything Became Nothing / Dead Souls / Metronome/ No Fucking
Taken from a few shows recorded in the Netherlands during their 1990 tour, Live + Cuddly offers a good selection of songs from Sex Mad/You Kill Me (4), The Day Everything Became Isolated and Destroyed (7) and Wrong (4), and luckily almost all of them were highlight on the respective albums. But more than a nice selection, the live release proves the band is really blessed with an awe-inspiring stage presence. Because no matter how good your studio efforts may sound, I’m one of those people who have to see it on a stage as well. Way too many bands that knocked together fine sounding albums in a studio just aren’t capable of pulling it off on a stage, and turn in sloppy performances or rely on gimmicks that should distract the spectator’s attention from the music itself. Not here though, as the live versions of the songs still contain the original songs’ variety, complexity and furious energy. The first time I saw this band play live was almost seven or eight years after these recordings, so they already had a larger catalogue to choose from, but the conviction, humor and precision apparently has been a constant factor during their concerts.
It’s not easy to point out highlights from the set, as many of my favorites are gathered here, but if I have to, the version of “Two Lips, Two Lungs and One Tongue,” with its stage chatter during the break (Kerr asking the crowd whether they listened to too many violent acts such as M.O.D. and S.O.D.) begs to be mentioned. Even more intense (yes, it’s possible) than their studio counterparts are “Rags and Bones” and “What Slayde Says,” while the one that improves the most (with a much more forceful sound here) is “Dark Ages.” Also special to me is the fact that “The Day Everything Became Nothing” is announced in Dutch (“De dag dat alles in niets opging”) and the inclusion of the a capella “No Fucking.” So, there you got it: of course it doesn’t replace the real experience and of course it won’t change your life (and I’m still not that impressed by “Body Bag” and “Metronome”), but if you wanna have an idea of what the band sounds like on stage, but you’re too lazy to leave your house/apartment/shack/cardboard box, at least do me a favor by buying this great live album, cranking up the volume and enjoying (?) the excellent music of one of the most powerful trios rock music has ever had.
NOMEANSNO define post-modernist hardcore. In a word (or several), they are intelligent, articulate, studied, thoughtful, violent, passionate, intense, and playful. Acclaimed by peers and adored by fans, this musically adept trio has consistently thrilled sweaty crowds around the world. The band is a punk rock success story, albeit on their own terms, well hidden beneath the radar of the music industry.
NOMEANSNO formed in the heady days of late 70's punk. Rob Wright, then a dishwasher at a campus cafeteria, witnessed an early performance by DOA. With a burst of inspiration, he formed a duo with his brother, John. In the early 80¹s, after adding a guitar player, NOMEANSNO began to tour in earnest, captivating audiences with their live performances.