The Flesh Eaters - No Questions Asked !
The Flesh Eaters - No Questions Asked
Upsetter Records 1980 / Goodfellas + Spittle Records 2012 Reissue LP
01. Sleeping Sickness
02. Jesus Don't Come Through The Cotton
03. Police Gun Jitters
04. Dynamite Hemorrhage
05. Ten Inch Razor
06. Kiss On My Cheek
07. Suicide Saddle
08. Cry Baby Killer
10. Crazy Boy
11. The Child Comes First
12. Home Of The Brave
13. Impossible Crime
14. No Questions Asked
As I said in the post of 4th and great album 'A Hard Road To Follow', about 5 months ago, db definitely needed to pay homage to yet another great figure of L.A. punk rock, the Flesh Eaters.
So here we start off with their first album (Richard Meltzer's favourite), a pure gem in garage punk rock, raw and super catchy from start to end.
Guilty pleasure dressed in dark, moody junk rock with a touch of what they used to call "death rock."
One definite blessing for fans of bands like The Controllers, Alley Cats, The Plugz, The Weirdos, the Gun Club.
Enjoy and be back soon for second opus!
Enjoy and be back soon for second opus!
Of all the great bands that the L.A. underground produced in the 70s, none were more corrosively poetic, more explosively visionary than the Germs and The Flesh Eaters. The major early recordings of the Flesh Eaters have been unavailable for many years; a cultural wrong finally being righted by this excellent package (CD Reissue). The lyrics are bleeding collages of B-movie dementia, Mexican Catholicism & Dionysian punk-spurt poetics. The vocals are powerful cat-scratched patterns of night-ripping fear, huge bursts of raunch-vomit, and cascades of pure and toxic love. Just as The Birthday Party took basic punk dynamics into new corridors of rhythmic/dynamic gloom, so do the Flesh Eaters. This is the meat that lies at the beginning of the Flesh Eaters' trail. Lap at its essence. Revel in its power. And rejoice! (~ Byron Coley @ Atavistic)
The sound is sharp, static bursts of punk heat, dressed up with Chris’ phantasmagoric visions of plagues, hemorrhages and rabid cops. The sound is best represented on tracks like "Impossible Crime", "Dominoes" and "Police Gun Jitters" ... It’s worth noting that Desjardins’s tales were repeatedly inspired by B-movies (the name of the band being a prime example ...), with a ghoulishness particularly heard in the lyrics of this LP. No Questions Asked marked the end of the first wave of the Flesh Eaters, and gave birth to the all-star roots/voodoo combo of 1981’s A Minute to Pray, A Second To Die." (~ Jay Hinman @ Perfect Sound Forever)
The Flesh Eaters have been the outlet for vocalist, filmmaker, poet, and lyricist Chris D. (Desjardins) for over 20 years. The band's official releases have been sporadic at best, but never a letdown. With D. at the helm spewing out his distinctively morbid lyrics, his revolving musical cast blasts out a mixture of cowpunk, reggae, and, as is the case here, noisy garage punk that embraces both the Seeds and the Germs. (~ Al Campbell @ AllMusic)
This album was recorded and released in 1980, also on Upsetter Records. This was the band's debut full length. There is not a cohesive band throughout the entire album, different people play on different songs. Featured throughout the album are Joe Ramirez (of the Eyes and Black Randy's band), Pat Garrett (of the Randoms, the Dils, and co-founder of Dangerhosue Records), John Richey (of the Eyes), John Doe (of X), "Maddog" Karla Barrett (of the Controllers), Joe Nanini (of the Eyes), DJ Bonebrake (of X), and Judith Bell (writer/artist who also did the album cover for the Gun Club's Fire of Love album). The album has fast, spastic punk songs (like "Police Gun Jitters" and "Jesus Don't Come Through the Cotton"), more straight ahead, mid-tempo, melodic punk songs ("Suicide Saddle" and "Crazy Boy"), and Chris D. and co. even dabble in reggae with "Cry Baby Killer" which clocks in at 4 minutes and 20 second, at least twice as long as any other song on the album. Every song, even the ones which are more reminiscent of what was going on around them in the L.A. punk scene, has that specific Flesh Eaters feel, with weird rhythms, weird melodies, and those signature Chris D. vocals. Considering the entire album is played by musicians with their own bands, sometimes playing with the other musicians from their other bands, to keep such a distinct sound throughout the entire album is nothing short of amazing. (James Kelly @ NewJerseyNoise)
Comme promis il y a 5 mois avec le post de leur 4ème et sublime album 'A Hard Road To Follow', on entame enfin chronologiquement la série magique de petits chefs d’œuvres rock/punk/blues bien crades et salvateurs des Flesh Eaters.
Ce premier album 'No Questions Asked' est paru en 1980 sur le label de Chris Desjardins nommé Upsetter (en hommage à Lee Perry).
Plutôt qu'un groupe à proprement parler, The Flesh Eaters est une sorte de supergroupe au départ, réunissant pas mal de beau monde au gré des morceaux enregistrés: Joe Ramirez (de the Eyes et du groupe à Black Randy), Pat Garrett (des Randoms, the Dils, et co-foundateur du label Dangerhouse Records), John Richey (de the Eyes), John Doe (de X), Karla "Maddog" Barrett (des Controllers), Joe Nanini (de the Eyes), DJ Bonebrake (de X).
A noter que dans la réédition CD de 2004 sur Atavista, sont inclus le premier 7'', les morceaux de la compile 'Tooth & Nail' ainsi que la demo de 78 enregistrée avec Tito Larriva avant qu'il ne forme les Plugz. Peut-être bientôt dans ces pages, si vous êtes sages!
En attendant, la réédition vinyle italienne de 2012 ripée ici est superbe, et elle fait danser les glaçons dans ton verre, foi d'alcoolique!
Consommez donc sans aucune modération ce trésor de noisy garage punk teint de cowpunk et même de reggae ("Cry Baby Killer")... et titubez de plaisir!
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