The Internet doesn't seem to know a whole lot about Somerset anarcho-punks Thatcher on Acid. (Can you think of a band name that more specifically places a band in time, place, and genre? I sure can't.) One thing I appreciate about this gig is that these posts often serve as a way to add to the knowledge base of obscure bands of yore, but I'm afraid this particular installment is light on actual information. What it does serve up is a nice bit of snarky in-fighting and some barbed joshing about local heroes Young Fresh Fellows. (Which led me to realize I have somehow not covered a Young Fresh Fellows record in my decade on this beat. For shame! Next stop: The local section.)
What the Internet has provided, however, is a full stream of the album in question, which seems to be a very fine slice of angry political commentary in response to a terrifying, heartless right-wing government - something we could use more of these days, I think.
"Yea, remember these guys well. Here's an LP and a concept one at that. Some good rockin workouts some reggae ala clash and folky sort of stuff. Good presentation here that takes a look at the social situation in the U.K."
"A good record that could grow legs. M."
"Don't play the red dot but you can play the yellow dots after 10pm w/out disclaiming. I like this record."
"Yes, grow legs & kick those listless 'Fellows' out of H, where this belongs."
"Don't be narrow damn it."
"Asking Mark not to be narrow is like asking a giraffe to have a short neck . . ."
"Cut the vicious insults Gooch. He didn't insult you this time."
"Yessir, Mr. Referee. Sorry sir."
"I bet the band members are [stewing in their Irish homes? Sorry, I can't quite decipher this comment] over the fact that dear Maggie is about to get another term. Can't say that I am too happy about it. This disc would do very well in H."
"Oh Marsh, you're just a 'Young Fresh Fellow.'"
"Thank you, sir Kaiser. As for Dave, he obviously does not know a joke when he sees one."
Okay, buckle up you guys. This is where I usually write a few words to introduce the album at hand, but our friends at KCMU had a lot to say on this particular album, so I don't want to take up too much space - and by "on this album" I don't mean in any way relevant to the album, I mean they wrot...
People have strong opinions about things they love, and college radio DJs are no exception. Just ask KEXP blogger Levi Fuller. For the last ten years, Fuller has transcribed comments and conversations hashed out by DJs at KCMU -- KEXP's old call letters -- on the covers of LPs from the station's ...