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Hammer Party (1986)

Artist: Big Black
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Format: CD
Sku: 60033028
UPC: 036172079223
UPC 14: 00036172079223
Release Date: 10/19/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Steelworker ~ Big Black
2. Live In A Hole ~ Big Black
3. Dead Billy ~ Big Black
4. I Can Be Killed ~ Big Black
5. Crack ~ Big Black
6. Rip ~ Big Black
7. Cables ~ Big Black
8. Pigeon Kill ~ Big Black
9. I'm A Mess ~ Big Black
10. Texas ~ Big Black
11. Seth ~ Big Black
12. Jump The Climb ~ Big Black
13. Racer X ~ Big Black
14. Shotgun ~ Big Black
15. Ugly American, The ~ Big Black
16. Deep Six ~ Big Black
17. Sleep! ~ Big Black
18. Big Payback, The ~ Big Black

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The HAMMER PARTY CD contains the first three Big Black EPs - LUNG, BULLDOZER, and RACER X.
Muze PNote Big Black: Steve Albini (vocals, guitar); Santiago Durango (guitar); John Bohnen (saxophone); Jeff Pezzati (bass); Pat Byrne (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Mark Hayes (background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded in Chicago, Illinois in 1982 and 1983. Includes liner notes by Steve Albini.
Muze PNote Personnel: Steve Albini (vocals, guitar, drum programming); Mark Hayes (vocals); Santiago Durango (guitar).
Muze PNote Recording information: Chicago, IL.
Muze PNote Photographer: Gail Butensky.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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."

Engineer: Iain Burgess

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.

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/27/1992
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1986
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 92
Music Label Name Label : Touch & Go (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00036172079223

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..."

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