Like any good radio station, we here at Review Revue love to take requests. So when reader Damon Creed (who comments on these blog posts occasionally, but whose comments as a KCMU DJ are featured on a large proportion of the records I pull out for the blog) suggested I look into the output of the band Smersh, I was very happy to comply. I ended up picking this album, 1987’s The Part of the Animal That People Don’t Like, due its high volume of comments (and the lovely ballpoint-pen art of the first comment) — three of which, it turns out, are by Mr. Creed himself.
I don’t know much about Smersh, and their recorded output is hard to find in print these days, but if you look hard enough you can find all sorts of information (and full albums!) about them online. If you’re interested in things Smershy, this video interview from 1988 is probably well worth your time.
“Trance inducing electro-beat-industro-stuff from New Jersey. I like ‘em, these sounds.”
“Lots of influences but plenty of imagination, too.”
“Runs roughshod over your face, don’t it?”
“Finally, something more on the bizarre side. (In ‘H’ please.)”
“Brings ya back to your primal caveperson days (mating urges). This record is GRREAT.”
“This has some real bite to it. Really good.”
“Smersh were the bad guys in Ian Fleming’s J.B. Novels before Spectre came on the scene. – The Trivia King” [It seems, or at least Wikipedia claims, that SMERSH was an actual Soviet intelligence agency, as well.]
“I keep thinking of Smurfs. But that’s [illegible], isn’t it? Like Slap. Like Severed Heads and other heavy-handed dance stomps. I’ll jump on the bandwagon.”
“Sounds like the microphones had gauze on ‘em when this was recorded.”