Killdozer - Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat !
Killdozer - Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Touch & Go Records 1994 CD
01. Final Market
02. Knuckles the Dog (Who Helps People)
03. Turkey Shoot
04. Grandma Smith Said a Curious Thing
05. Hot n' Nasty
06. Peach Pie
07. Enemy of the People
08. Earl Scheib
09. Das Kapital
10. The Pig Was Cool
11. Working Hard, or Hardly Working?
12. Hamburger Martyr
15. Hot n' Tot
16. One for the People
17. I'm Not Lisa
North Stoughton Young Socialists Basketball Team - Background Vocals on "Hot n' Nasty" and The Pig Was Cool". The Killdozer Ladies Brigade - Background Vocals on "Hot n' Nasty" and "The Pig Was Cool". Also includes "BURL"(TG17) 1986. Other [Liner Notes] - Michael "Che" Gerald. Producer, Mixed By - Brian "The Fixer" Paulson.
Bass, Vocals - Comrade Michael Gerald
Drums - Comrade Dan Hobson
Guitar - Comrade Paul Zagores
Piano - Butch Vig
This little red gem comes from mid to late period Killdozer, a time when their fascination with communist rhetoric and imagery mirrored my own fascination with all things Marx. Not only does the band pay lip service to tenants of socialist ideology via gruff, burly, thud-rock, but they also manage the most heart wrenching song of recent memory in the ode, "Knuckles The Dog (Who Helps People)". That's a double threat y'all.
This is the cd version which contains the Burl ep, originally released in 1986. It is less Leninist, and more backwoods stomp (Tad Doyle was taking copious notes no doubt), but nonetheless, I assume it champions the overthrow of the bourgeoisie. Just a hunch. (shinygreymonotone)
After nearly half a decade of silence on the recording front, Killdozer returned with a new guitarist, Paul Zagoras, a new producer, Brian Paulson (unsurprising given Butch Vig's overstuffed schedule at the time), and the same bad attitude.
Treating the triumph of the alternative rock empire with all the respect it deserved in the end -- not much -- Killdozer stuck to its guns with Uncompromising War, designed and marketed as a piece of Soviet propaganda.
Not just with the great, hilarious cover art -- Gerald (or Michael "Che" Gerald, as the liner notes say) thoughtfully explains every song in the context of radical Marxist analysis, making for a hilarious sucker punch against critics always searching for "meaning" in everything.
All that and the other trappings of the album aside, not to mention a love song of sorts, "Peach Pie," Uncompromising War doesn't really offer much in terms of honest surprise -- if one is already a fan, this will be enjoyed, if not, this won't convince the listener otherwise. Gerald's growled, barked singing stays strong, as the overall rhythm rumbles and blasts, while Zagoras, if not quite as inspired as Bill Hobson, keeps up the fractured blues/hard rock feedback sludge end well.
Indeed, he and Hobson appear to have similar post-punk roots -- a core guitar melody on "Knuckles the Dog" specifically sounds like the Sisters of Mercy's "Some Kind of Stranger," and there are similar spidery touches at other points.
Best song of the bunch was the pre-album single, "The Pig Was Cool," a witty series of tales about cops letting the misbehaving narrator and friends off the hook for their misdeeds (and in the case of one pot bust, smoking out with them). A pity the group's contemporaneous demolition of EMF's "Unbelievable" didn't make the cut here, but a battering of Black Oak Arkansas' "Hot N' Nasty" does. (Ned Raggett at AllMusic)
Killdozer speaks the truth, finally the horrible facts about Earl Scheib's death at the hands of Lee Iacocca are revealed. (Virginia Albanese at Amazon)
Six ans après leur "12 Point Buck", les méchants Killdozer reviennent nous marteller les oreilles avec un album haut en couleurs dans tous les sens du terme ainsi qu'un nouveau guitariste; et cerise sur le gateau, la version CD comprend le 12'' Ep "Burl" de 1986 qui conclut joliment cet album jamais lourd sur l'estomac, uniquement dans les enceintes. Allez répandre la bonne propagande maintenant, il faut reformater ces décérébrés de la conso à la manière d'un disque-dur qui aurait trop tourné sur un système de fichiers redondant et inégalitaire!
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