Thursday, 18 March 2010

Straitjacket Fits - Hail (1987)

Straitjacket Fits were from Dunedin in New Zealand and played a noisy indie-pop that swoons with adolescent trauma. I never liked them as much as The Chills (whose great album Brave Words was produced by the legendary Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola) or Snapper, but I was still excited to find this in a local charity shop. She Speeds is a bit lovely, if you like this kind of shimmering, melancholic bedroom pop:


01 Dialling A Prayer
02 All That That Brings
03 Hail
04 Sparkle That Shines
05 She Speeds
06 So Long Marianne
07 Grate
08 Fabulous Things
09 Life Is One Chord
10 This Taste Delight

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Anonymous said...

You might find this interesting.

We refer to it as "Analog Music from a Lost World" -- previously unreleased post-punk experimental rock from 1981, unlike anything else recorded before or after.

"It's amazing!" -- Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

“Here’s something lovely and odd from the Free Music Archive: the Karen Cooper Complex.” -- No Rock and Roll

"...some hefty grooves, and plenty of 'holy shit" moments'. It's a spacious but highly rewarding listen, and I wouldn't be surprised if some label makes an effort to press this on vinyl in the near future." --

Jason Sigal, Managing Director at WFMU said:
"This is amazing stuff and we would be honored to feature it in wfmu's curated portal on the free music archive. I'm very sorry for our slow response, we have a lot of stuff to wade through to find gems like these."

Mr Tear said...

Hey! Thanks for posting the links to this Karen Cooper Complex album. Just played it through the FreeMusicArchive player and enjoyed it immensely! Odd, odd sounds, but funky in a twisted way.

Chris said...

This Straitjacket Fits record is a good find. I've found their albums easier to listen to than The Chills who have some undeniably great singles.

I actually found your blog as anonymous emailed me and your comment was quoted as a review and linked back to your blog.

Viagra Online said...

really I don't like to be unpolite, but in this case for disgrace I have to, the music of this people are a total waste of time and money, in personal opionion, is totally worthless.

Viagra Online without prescription said...

Excellent post, I think it's an important album and I will do my best to find it across the Web. To many people love this music, it's all about good rhythm and its lyrics aren't bad enough. I've heard "So Long Marianne" and it was the nicest one, in my opinion you should write-down something regarding this song.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting some great finds from New Zealand (Snapper, Chills, and Strtjckt Fits).

DL still works.

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