Alice Donut - Donut Comes Alive !
Alice Donut - Donut Comes Alive
Alternative Tentacles Records 1988 Lp
01. Green Pea Soup
01. Green Pea Soup
02. World Profit
03. Mason Reese
04. Great Big Big Big Head
05. Diet Cola Syringe
06. New Jersey Exit
07. American Lips
08. Windshield Of Love
09. Mad Dogs On A Bone
10. Joan Of Arc
12. Sunshine Superman
13. Love Is A Fickle Thing
14. Tipper Gore
Tomas Antona - Vocals
Stephen Moses - Drums, Trombone
Michael Jung - Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals
David Giffen - Guitar, Vocals
Ted Houghton - Bass, Vocals
"Donut Comes Alive" is Alice Donut's first studio album, released in 1988 on Alternative Tentacles Records. It was produced at Water Music.
Alice Donut comes fresh off the streets of NYC's Lower East Side to rock the underground. They do so with a solidly grounded rhythm section and a twin guitar attack that move together, lashing out high-voltage garage-charged melodies and short, well chosen licks and riffs that can hit hard, thrash and burn, or kick up a twangy/bluesy SoCal rootsy feel. The personality of the band, however, lies in their oft-sharp, oft-non sequiter, oft-critical, oft-comical, oft-scuzzy, oft-graphically twisted lyrics, as delivered by Tomas Antona (who looked like a homeless Smurf at a recent gig. At times Tomas just punkishly blurts and spews his words, at others he grunts, speaks and just plain sings 'em, but he's most effective when he climbs into the high register and hits the nasal shrill tones that Johnny Rotten or Geddy Lee couldn't pierce if they cut their noses off. Wondering what he sings about? Howzabout "Mason Reese" (the Underwood deviled ham kid), "Green Pea Soup" (about Linda Blair), "World Profit" (an attack on the corporate and TVangelical worlds), "Tipper Gore" (easy prey, and probably why Jello signed these guys to his label), a cover of Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and the S&M inspired "Bedpost," which contains the couplet "She might be the Marquis de Sade/But when she hits me I see God." Bring your own milk. (C.M.J. @ A.T.)
For eight straight years or so in the 80s/90s, Alice Donut spewed out barrels and barrels full of grotesquery that combined singer Tomas Antona's strange meditations on suicide, child abuse, tawdry sex, and Linda Blair with a strong double-guitar-driven hard rock/punk/grunge beat that just wouldn't let up!!!!! Then they suddenly slicked up and dumbed down their sound, and to hell with that. They started out as one of the most promising young bands on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, cleverly merging as they did the sundry styles of straight punk, country-western, indie rock, '70s funk, guitar pop and weird experimentation into an entertaining slop of creative mush, topped off with a salty dish of high-toned, sleaze-minded micman Tom. (Mark Prindle)
Nobody is neutral about Alice Donut. You’re either on board with them or you’re not, and the litmus test is how you react to Tom Antona’s vocals. They are androgynous and emotional, walking a tightrope between squealing vibrato and monstrous growls, often in the same song. I fell in love with the vocals the first time I heard them. For others it may be an acquired taste. And then there are those who just can’t get past them.
Donut Comes Alive (1988) is their debut album. It’s a studio album although the title is a parody of Peter Frampton’s "Frampton Comes Alive". This is one of Alice Donut’s strongest albums, although the album cover is one of their weakest. The lyrical subject matter is all over the place but usually with a darkly humorous pessimism, a trend that would continue throughout their career. “Green Pea Soup” is an homage to Linda Blair and the film The Exorcist, “American Lips” is a frightening look at the underside of American culture, teen suicide is the topic of “New Jersey Exit,” and amongst all of this is the unusual choice to cover Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.”
The music defies categorization, and it’s difficult to even guess what the musical influences are. Later on, Alice Donut would experiment with feedback, vocal distortion and the occasional trombone. (trackingforcevinyl)
Un premier album très prometteur malgré une production un tantinet faiblarde et les vocaux de Tom Antona qui sont plus aigus et nasillards que jamais, cela s'arrangera par la suite; cela dit, on aime ou on aime pas son timbre, çà agace ou on adore... je fais partie de la 2ème catégorie vous l'aurez compris.
Beaucoup d'humour noir, de pessimisme et de rock'n'roll bruyant mêlant toutes sortes d'influences pour des mélodies accrocheuses, une marque de fabrique qui ne fera qu'aller en se bonifiant avec les années. Deux morceaux supplémentaires sur la version CD de l'album, une version funèbre de "Windshield Of Love" et une parodie de James Brown mais on s'en fout, nous c'est le vinyle qu'on veut!
Difficile de classer Alice Donut dans un style musical, même s'ils furent assimilés au mouvement grunge en plein essort à ce moment là, un comble quand on vient de New York, non? Bref, à ceux qui auraient loupé ce groupe phare pour les années 90 de merde qui arrivaient à grands pas (le Hardcore était devenu une parodie de lui-même ou fusionnait metal ou encore se durcissait à la sauce NYHC... et le punk allait se décliner à presque autant de sauces que le métal, roulettes obligent), c'est le moment de combler vos lacunes et de tirer la chasse, plouf! On se jette à l'eau...
Vinyl quirkly ripped with dMC Auxiliary Input straight to Wave, each track edited with EAC then 224~320kbs VBR Mp3 encoded using db powerAMP (what else?)... tags & pics included, hey wait, I've got Jehova Witnesses knocking at my door!
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