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CDs in the Car: Deadguy – Fixation on a Coworker

March 6, 2014

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There’s this trailer for the new Muppets movie in which Ricky Gervais shows some muppets his ID and it reads “Dominic Badguy’ and he explains that its pronounced ‘Badgee’ because its a French name. I thought of that today while listening to Deadguy. Deadgee.

I felt lucky to have found this among the mess of CDs in the car today– I wanted something aggressive. It’s a copy, but I know I have the real version somewhere. It’s probably in Miami, in my mom’s garage. I always loved that insane layout. I also have the LP somewhere.

Fixation on a Coworker is an old favorite of mine from highschool. I remember Deadguy appearing on the Victory Records roster and all the hardcore kids making all kinds of weird assumptions and categorizations at the time. We called Deadguy stupid things like ‘evilcore’ and I think I was a bit afraid of them. They weren’t like other hardcore bands. They didn’t seem nice, they weren’t straight edge or at all positive. There were no youth crew chants.

Like all things dubbed evil, I eventually gravitated to them and after hearing them on a Victory Records sampler. I loved this band. I loved Kiss it Goodbye, too. This CDR also has an Engine Down album on it. I remember putting the whole Deadguy record on whatever empty space was left on the disc just in case I didn’t like the Engine Down album (I did). I must have made this CD over a decade ago.

I don’t know what to say about the record. People called this noisecore. 19 years later, It holds up. Its one of the funnest records in my collection. Its so gleefully dark and heavy. 

Albums We Own: Avail – Over the James

March 5, 2014

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I can’t believe I’d never listened to this.

I’ve done this for years. I get albums from bands I love and then its like I’m afraid of listening to them in case they won’t live up their previous work. (I do this with Neurosis every time– it takes me weeks to listen to their new records even though I usually pick them up as soon as they’re released. They still haven’t lived up to what they did in Times of Grace) In the case of Over the James and 4am Friday, its been years. A few years ago Jade Tree repressed some Avail records and I picked up a couple because Dixie is one if my favorite albums of all time. I filed them away I’m finally listening to Over the James this week.

I blasted this in the car on the way to and from work with my coworker in the car and he had nothing to say about it. He only likes Rob Zombie. Avail is still one of the great bands of my lifetime. Over the James proves it. I miss them. I’m so lucky I got to see them in Ft. Lauderdale with Hot Water Music when I was a teenager. They were so, so much fun.

I saw Tim Barry a couple of years ago at El Corazon in Seattle and while I’m sad Avail isn’t around anymore, he put on one of the best shows I saw while I lived there.

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