When I read Part One of Sal's review of "Go To School" I knew it was going to be good and downloaded the album, and while I was at it, their ep "Brothers Of Destruction".
I didn't listen to it before reading Part Two, and commented:
"I had exactly the same introduction to The Lemon Twigs,
and was equally disappointed with "Do Hollywood".
I adopted a "wait and see attitude" policy on the band
until they transcended their talent, and wrote some actual fucking songs."
I'd shared that late night clip with so many people I was embarrassed the rest of the album didn't live up to expectations. A lot of parts, and clever arranging that didn't add up.
I confess only listening to it once, but I wasn't just disappointed, it made me mad, so I didn't go back. If that's the best they've got, I'm out.
When Sal wrote something positive about "Brother's Of Destruction", I didn't bite. An ep wasn't going to rehabilitate them over here.
I'd just seen a review of "Go To School", where I eventually downloaded, but it wasn't exactly a rave.
I watched "The Fire" on YouTube, which I kinda liked, but decided to pass, disliking the album cover and doubting the story line more.
I listened in the car at a considerable volume.
Halfway through the opener, "Never in My Arms Always in My Heart",
I knew I'd being playing the album again.
Which I did immediately.
After the 3rd time through I wrote Sal:
"It's a fucking masterpiece. It's like they heard every one of my complaints.
I love the vocals. I don't hear any 'broadway musical' vocals, but I hear people singing who've had training.
"Queen Of My School" is the deadest of Big Star ringers.
It is more "Big Star" than "In Space".
I grew up listening to a lot of Kinks, so 'music hall' is familiar territory.
The story is better than "Tommy".
"Brothers Of Destruction" is the best psychedelic ep since "25 O'Clock".
"You should leave all that as a comment on the post."
"Never in My Arms Always in My Heart" starts like the Dolls, but the verse recalls Billy Joel for a line or two, goes elsewhere, wait there's a telecaster lick Dead Flowers Keef'd be proud of, and it just goes on like that. They reference a lot of music I happen to love.
It would be a joke or worse if they seriously didn't pull it off.
The Brothers Of Destruction are a Wrecking Crew in their own right.
The theatrical vocals which seem to stick in some craws just sound "glam" to me.
Like they're really getting their "Bowie" on.
They make the story work somehow.
"Bothers of Destruction" is just as good.
I'd recently wondered in a comment somewhere if Rock was dead.
I'll be busy playing this to death and wondering what's next.