Category Archives: Review Revue

Review Revue: Alice Donut – Mule

The KCMU reaction to this 1990 album by New York punks Alice Donut is, as often happens in college-radio-land, quite varied, from “their best yet” to “a step back.” For what it’s worth, the historical record, as far as my quick survey has revealed, seems to lean toward the opinion that Mule, the band’s thirdRead more…

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Review Revue: Peter Hammill and the K Group – The Margin

Every so often (OK, fairly regularly) I pull out a record with a name that seems vaguely familiar only to realize that I am way out of my depth. Peter Hammill has a long, storied, and critically acclaimed career that is pretty much the reason they invented things like Wikipedia and I mean, youRead more…

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Review Revue: AC/DC – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

Sometimes, even when you’re an ever-so-independently-minded DJ at a fancy college radio station in the ’80s, you just want some AC/DC. I like to think that whoever brought this little gem – the band’s first live album, and the sixth album they released between 1975 and 1978 – into the station grinned maniacally at theRead more…

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Review Revue: Hard-Ons – Love Is a Battlefield of Wounded Hearts

I could have a whole sub-category of this series called “why didn’t I listen to this band in high school?” If I did, this record by the Hard-Ons (Or is it just “Hard-Ons”? a quick survey of Internet usage is inconclusive.) would most certainly be part of it. Loud, fast, guitar-driven songs ping-ponging between sincereRead more…

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Review Revue: John Wesley Harding – Here Comes the Groom

You’ve got to admire the chutzpah of a British singer-songwriter who names himself after a song and album by one of the most revered American singer-songwriters of the 20th century. (And I suppose you have to admire the chutzpah of an American singer-songwriter who names his song and album after a legendary gunslinger and misspellsRead more…

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Review Revue: Alien Sex Fiend – Who’s Been Sleeping in My Brain?

The lively 1984 discussion that took place among the KCMU DJ-erati on the cover of the first LP by Alien Sex Fiend might just take the prize for greatest number of words with the least to do with the music at hand. It definitely has the most anagrams I’ve ever come across in my yearsRead more…

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Review Revue: Happy Mondays – “Step On” (Single)

Despite the many, many hours in the late ’80s and early ’90s I spent immersing myself in the sounds of Manchester (both contemporary and historical), for some reason the Happy Mondays never really clicked with me. Maybe they were just a bit too fun and dancey for my mopey teenaged self, who knows. But itRead more…

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Review Revue: Adult Net – Waking Up in the Sun

Brix Smith seems to have led a fascinating existence. Perhaps having been a member of the Fall isn’t a huge claim to fame (not many bands have Wikipedia pages specifically dedicated to listing their past members, after all). But how many people can say they’ve played with the Fall, the Bangles, and Hole? Can’t beRead more…

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Review Revue: A.C. Marias – One of Our Girls

Angela Conway, the force behind A.C. Marias, doesn’t seem to have been particularly prolific as an artist, but what she lacked in quantity she more than made up for in quality – as evidenced by the KCMU gang’s high regard for One of Our Girls, the sole A.C. Marias full-length. Conway collaborated extensively with Wire’sRead more…

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Review Revue: Altered Images – Bite

I didn’t realize that I was familiar with Altered Images when I pulled out this record, but it turns out I know two of their songs (and I’m sure you know at least one, if not both): the title track from their debut album, Happy Birthday (which is exactly the one you think of whenRead more…

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