NoMeansNo - Sex Mad !
NoMeansNo - Sex Mad
(Alternative Tentacles, 1987)
1. Sex Mad
4. No Fgcnuik
5. Hunt The She Beast
6. Dead Bob
7. Long Days
Sex Mad makes for an edgy, thrashing release that shows the Canadians fully in charge of a frenetic post-punk style seemingly left for dead by many in the late '80s. "Sex Mad" itself calls up memories of everything from the Gang of Four to MX-80 Sound to the Minutemen and back again, and with that as a worthy combination to draw on indeed, the trio goes all out and doesn't stop.
It might be a stretch to say that Nomeansno are somehow Rush-influenced, but then again, considering that both sets of Canadians can readily demonstrate their way around sudden time changes (check the instrumental "Obsessed" or the six-minute character portrait "Dead Bob"), it might not be as crazy as all that! Other classic rock nods include a bit from "Sunshine of Your Love" at one point (meanwhile, the chorus of "Revenge" is perfectly anthemic stadium rock, and works on that level without a problem). Slightly more straight-up punk efforts crop up -- "Dad," one of the most powerful, sounds like what would happen if the scenario of Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" wasn't just about feeling petulant for lacking a Pepsi, to put it mildly. (Killer end touch -- the baldly delivered line "I'm seriously considering leaving home.")
The sometimes hoarse, higher-end singing sounds like what a less annoyed Henry Rollins would be been like in early Black Flag -- or at least, a Rollins one could talk to without immediately being beat on.
Thus, a song like "Self Pity," which manages the neat trick of addressing the titular topic without sounding like an example of same and by turning into a near-apocalyptic collage of power riff rage. (AllMusic)
Vinyl rip, don't rely on posted front/backcover!