Review Revue: Crisis Party – Rude Awakening

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Crisis Party is yet another band I had never heard of before venturing into the stacks of KEXP for this here blog, but wow — this album has everything! The cliché album title, the hair, the bandannas, the torn jeans, the graffiti, the brick wall band photo… wow. Maybe in 1989 this wasn’t as ridiculous as it is today, but looking back almost 20 years later, it’s hard to suppress a snicker. This is, of course, saying nothing about the music of Crisis Party, which I haven’t been able to listen to yet (such song titles as “Voodoo Sex Doll” definitely intrigue). Let’s go to the KCMU folks for their take, shall we?

“‘Come bite ze apple’? This seems to have as much of a ‘generic Seattle sound’ as anything I’ve heard recently. A tad monotonous, but hey, it rocks.”

“Hey, Neil Sussman got a thank you on the back of this LP.”

“They ROCK! Original? Well no, but well worth a spin.”

“DUMB!”

“I went to school with the drummer.”

Well, there you have it, folks. Crisis Party: they rock, yet in an unoriginal, monotonous manner; they are dumb, yet at least their drummer has some education.

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13 Comments

  1. Maggie
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    Tommy Hansen, the guitar player, was in the Fartz

  2. R L C
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    Who wrote this review? You couldn’t find any more Death Crap for Cutie to gawk over?
    Look man, although 1989 brought more than enough repetitive pre-grunge records from brand-name indie label Sub-Pop, this Metal Blade release from Crisis Party is pretty fucking HONEST. There’s alot more cliche’ in your Franz records right now, than this will ever have. This band was actually considered distinctively novel at the time, so yes,memorable indeed. Who’s gonna give a god damn about Band of Horses twenty years from now? We still talk about Crisis party shows today. These guys recorded this record for some change, your bands spend 100k and they still don’t rock!! Cheers,

  3. JTV
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Talking smack about bands that recorded a couple decades ago is lame and makes you sound like a freshman poseur. Crisis Party, a band from our own fucking city, did their part for the early Seattle music scene and played with bands that ended up becoming THE grunge bands that the world recognized as relevant and competent music. Someday, when the hair, torn jeans and bandannas come back in style and pre-grunge is appreciated, I bet you’ll be there, acting as if you were the first to discover it.

  4. CML
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Must be nice to spew sanctimonious drivel to make yourself sound informed. I suppose 20 years later you’d be saying the same thing about Appetite For Destruction had it never broke in the main stream. Next time blog about something you know. Whatever that is. Or at least have a listen and form your own opinion.

  5. Levi
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Hi there, RLC, JTV and CML – thanks for reading. Apparently I touched a nerve with this piece. I’m not going to go into my feelings about Death Cab for Cutie, or Franz Ferdinand, or Band of Horses, or how much the bands I like spend recording albums (certainly not 100k), as I don’t really think that’s relevant.

    I just want to clarify that the quotes in this piece were written around 20 years ago by volunteer DJs/music lovers here in Seattle who certainly were more familiar with the music of Crisis Party and whatever was going on here at the time.

    I did add my commentary on the aesthetics of the band/album art, because some times it’s fun to look back and poke fun at ourselves and others. If I could find a picture of myself in 1989 I’m sure I would certainly make some disparaging comments along the “what was I thinking?” line. I would hope the members of Crisis Party would feel the same and have a sense of humor about it, but again, sorry if I ruffled any feathers.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting.

  6. CML
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Then why don’t you post a picture of yourself from that era and poke fun of it, rather than doing it at the expense of others who have put themselves forth and contributed. Judging the merit of others art 20 years later is banal. What you wrote yesterday was cowardly and your justification for it is as well. What, are you 9?

  7. KMS
    Posted February 6, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    It sad and pathetic to be pawning this piece off as a review. You didn’t listen to Rude Awakening. You based the review on what other people said, and on the cover photo.

    Crisis Party was a band that helped create the scene, making it possible for other Seattle bands to receive national radio-exposure and to make it big. Without hard rocking bands like Crisis Party there would have been no “Seattle Scene” and therefore no “Seattle Sound”.

  8. JAK
    Posted March 29, 2009 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    You have no idea what was going on or how important this band was. Have you looked at a picture of Andy Wood? The cover was shot at what was to become a yuppie store but at the time it was a chop shop. I can remember rebuilding a pickup in the place because we didn’t have a garage and my girlfriend asking me why they were cutting up new cars in the place.

    I can remember being at a CP show at Squid Row where they knocked out the front windows not to mention that Whiskey Ward’s mom had long rock history in Seattle. At the time this was the Seattle band.

    These guys along with the K9 Ranch were a significant part of the Seattle music seen in the mid eighties.

  9. Mattia
    Posted June 18, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    best album I bought in ’89
    Matt from Italy

  10. Michelle Skweerl
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Remember the free show these guys did at that store (Luna?) on Broadway? Classic ! Real Seattle before all these mother-flockers flocked here

  11. rock fan
    Posted December 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Little known fact: Kevin Whitworth played bass on the album (he’s the one in the middle)
    before forming Love Battery, where he played guitar.

  12. J.R.
    Posted July 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Levi: Rude Awakening is the trashrock record of its day, produced by Terry Date with great songs by Tommy Hanson and Kenny D. You really should listen to “Voodoo Sex Doll”–it’s a great song!

    Hint: If you mock a band while admitting you didn’t bother to listen to the music, most music fans are going to assume that you’re a moron.

  13. Yeti
    Posted July 11, 2012 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Such a good, trashy ROCK record with a seamy, nasty little dark groove running all the way through it. The pre-“Seattle” sound. Earthy and mean and BAD, man! Still one of my favorite Seattle albums of all time.

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