Artist: L. Pierre & Notes (Arab Strap)
Title: I Hate T-Shirts That Say 1977
Format: 12" Picture Disc
Catalogue Number: MELO032
Year of Release: 2005
A1 I Hate T-Shirts That Say 1977
A3 Black Disco Vista
Side B plays exactly the same, and I've been wondering whether it costs more to leave it blank. I know very little about the vagaries of record production and pricing, maybe someone could let me know. As an aside, I intend to press a record myself this year (as a kind of promotional item/Christmas present), so I'll probably find out eventually.
And would you just look at the packaging of this beauty of a record. Done up to look like a CD-R, those clever, clever people. There should be an award for this kind of thing. The idea was extended to the CD release, but I think in that format the joke is lost, akin to hanging Duchamp's fountain in a public toilet, but as a 12" single I think it's a fabulous idea.
The music doesn't disappoint either. These are all tracks that didn't make the Touchpool album, and you can see why, being crazily upbeat, danceable numbers all. The title track features Texan rapper Notes, and I haven't the foggiest what he's banging on about, but he says "One", "Nine" and "Seven" a lot, and with a certain panache, over the top of pounding rhythms and swirling, stirring string samples. Lovely cowbell too, never a bad thing.
Biblebash! is hilarious. Incongruously fast piano playing over another great drum track, and when you're just kind of getting the church-y feel of it all and great organ sound drops in to hammer it home. You think it can't get any sillier, but that sampled choral 'Hallelujah!" that comes in towards the end had me in stitches.
The final track changes the mood completely, being a long, dark, brooding, techno number, reminiscent of early Underworld, but without the mumbled lyrics. Smacks of quality production. I'm not normally a fan of techno (not any more, anyway) but this was thoroughly enjoyable.
This record is still available on Boomkat's site, along with a rather more colourful review than mine... caution may be required if you are of a nervous disposition, or a minor, before reading.