Hammer Party CD (1992)

Artist: Big Black

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Label Touch & Go (exclusive)
SKU 60033028
UPC 036172079223
UPC 14 00036172079223
Format CD
Release Date 10/19/1992
Author Big Black
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Technical Info
Engineer Iain Burgess
CatalogID 92
Lable Name Touch & Go (Label)
Released 11/27/1992
Original Release 1986
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00036172079223
Album Notes and Credits
The HAMMER PARTY CD contains the first three Big Black EPs - LUNG, BULLDOZER, and RACER X.
Big Black: Steve Albini (vocals, guitar); Santiago Durango (guitar); John Bohnen (saxophone); Jeff Pezzati (bass); Pat Byrne (drums).
Additional personnel: Mark Hayes (background vocals).
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 1982 and 1983. Includes liner notes by Steve Albini.
Personnel: Steve Albini (vocals, guitar, drum programming); Mark Hayes (vocals); Santiago Durango (guitar).
Recording information: Chicago, IL.
Photographer: Gail Butensky.
The early '80s rock scene in Chicago seems to have been equally influenced by punk rock, industrial, and the decay of '70s cock rock. Out of this Petri dish came former writer Steve Albini and his band, Big Black. Starting as solo affair, Big Black combined these elements into a confrontational noisefest that lyrically addressed issues of concern to Chicago's largely blue-collar populace, from racism to driving trucks.
Combining the first three Big Black EPs, LUNGS, BULLDOZER, and RACER-X, HAMMER PARTY features punishing drums--sometimes played live, sometimes programmed--and dual guitars (distinguished by the liner notes as "knife" and "hammer"). Pealing and skittering across the surface of the songs, these guitars call to mind the sound of tension wires stretched to their breaking points. "Steelworker" and "Cables," an ode to hanging around slaughterhouses for fun, are among the best tracks. They show Albini at his most aggressive, spitting out such lines as "I'm a murderer, I kill what I eat" and "I don't know why I come here, guess I just like the bang" with amazing vitriol. The collection closes with a brutal take on James Brown's "The Big Payback."
Artist Overview
Led by famed engineer/producer Steve Albini, Big Black was one of the premier bands of the Chicago underground scene of the 1980s, creating a neo-industrial sound comprised of drum machine-generated beats and screaming, metallic guitars. Big Black's abrasive brand of noise rock was made all the more so by lyrics that dealt frankly with race, sex, and violence. Since the band's break-up in 1987, Steve Albini has gone on to form Rapeman and Shellac, and produce bands such as Nirvana, Bush, the Pixies, and Led Zeppelin.
Professional Reviews
NME (Magazine) (11/28/92, p.30) - 6 - Good - "...RACER X in particular hinted that Big Black was about to trash anyone's expectations of what three pissed-off Midwestern punk geeks could pull off with the help of a beat-box and too much beer..."
Disc 1
1 Steelworker
2 Live In A Hole
3 Dead Billy
4 I Can Be Killed
5 Crack
6 Rip
7 Cables
8 Pigeon Kill
9 I'm A Mess
10 Texas
11 Seth
12 Jump The Climb
13 Racer X
14 Shotgun
15 Ugly American, The
16 Deep Six
17 Sleep!
18 Big Payback, The

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