Label: Stiff Records - GET 3 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Test Pressing • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: New Wave, Pop Rock
For years this was one of those records I'd repeatedly read about and 'run across' via other albums in my collection Jane Aire, The Bizarros, The Rubber City Rebelsbut never actually encountered.
Thanks to a local flea market I finally scored a copy this past summer. As far Love Is Making Me Bleed - Various - The Akron Compilation compilations go this one's pretty entertaining. Released Heartland - Simone Felice - Strangers the British Stiff label, the album was also famous make that infamous for the scratch and sniff sleeve - scratch the cover and as a homage to the city of Akron you were rewarded with the scent of rubber.
Unfortunately the song sounded like it was recorded in a bathroom stall - major distance and echo effects here. No denying that the brief 'Chinese Circus' was one of their poppier song yes I'm using that word in a broad sensebut the Alvin and the Chipmunk speeded up vocals were totally lost on me Far rawer than anything on her albums and her voice didn't seem as big here. Those weren't actually bad characteristics. They've always come off as power poppers on those releases.
Kicks along with quite a bit of energy, though the cymbals are kind of irritating. Not sure what the atonal mid-section was about. Nice slinky rocker with Chris Butler handled the leads. Imagine an American version of Kate Bush, complete with weird time signatures and you'll have a feel for the song. Nice horn solo to boot. Why not. Unfortunately the album entitled "Miami" which is where they recorded it sat on a shelf for 25 years before being released by the trio on their small Chi Pig label in Chi Pig catalog number Imagine early Bs Love Is Making Me Bleed - Various - The Akron Compilation that the Talking Heads had the key to life in their world music explorations.
Yeah, that didn't come within a country mile of describing the song.
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