The Work Slow Crimes LP (Woof, 1982)
Perhaps it is a bit late to slag New York's modern mutant disco scene, but, fuck that rehash. And find this album by The Work and you'll say fuck them twice again.
The Work was Tim Hodgkinson's band after he left Henry Cow and before he did a bunch of other arty stuff with other folks. They put out one LP and one 7", I Hate America. Both are great blends of art punk, no wave, post punk, and funk. The vocals are fey as hell and this borders on artfag hell BUT there are enough interesting things and rude/abrupt twists that it has held my interest for months. The guitars and noises take this to places all the rehashers can't even begin to to imagine that they imagine that they imagine. This is that far beyond such modern day nonsense.
I dragged this pup out of a great record store in Paris called Bimbo Tower, which I very much recommend you visit when in that nifty town. I bought because store co-owner (and member of the great kids music band, Dragibus) Franqo looked at me and said, "Hmmmm hmmmm, vou theenk vou know artfaag. Hmmmm hmmmm stupid American." Then he threw it on the store record player. Damned if I didn't know my artfaggotry! And damned if I didn't feel very stupid. Not wanting to be a seen as a stupid, artless, fagless American in the eyes of the French people, I bought the record.
I have a problem with using the term "Art Fag" for this record. art fag, to me, is more fey and fucking precious...while this is more ART FAGGOT, more of a threat, more abrasive.
were getting kinda stupidly semantic here, but Art Bears, although a bit precious, would be Art Faggots, due to their complexity and occasional dissonance. people find that more threatening than some fucking power chords being pounded out and some idiot flailing around screaming.
what is GLGT? gay lesbian gay transgendered?
I hate to explain a (failed) joke. Art Bear was a play on Art Fag, the "bear" part of Art Bear referring to hairy, burly gay men (as opposed to gym sculptured, waxed leather men). The question being are bears more threatening than leathermen? If so and if art faggots are more threatening than art fags and if the Art Bears are art faggots, than cant we simply just leave the fag/faggot distinction out of it and let the Art Bears be art bears? Sorry, I am a big fan of Edward Lear.