It's somewhat shocking that I haven't covered this collection in the first ten years of this series. Not only is it perhaps the most Review Revue-friendly album ever (if you count Ministry, whose Al Jourgensen produced the album and its interstitial material, Animal Liberation features five different artists featured in this series over the years - including both Nina Hagen and Lene Lovich!), but as an industrial-ish (ding!) compilation (ding ding!) of songs about animal rights (ding ding ding!), this really dings a lot of bells for me personally. And yet here I am, 30 years after its release, still never having heard it.
As you might expect for an industrial-ish compilation of songs about animal rights, the KCMU crowd were divided on the merits of Animal Liberation, both as a musical statement and a political one. As you might also expect for anything touching on the idea that maybe we shouldn't be eating animals at quite the voluminous rate we are, at least a couple folks could not resist throwing down with some really hilarious, cutting-edge humor about how yummy meat is. Man, that stuff never gets old!
Anyway, this one also seems tailor-made for one Mr. Kevin Cole. Why not drop him a line this afternoon and request "Silent Cry"?
"Some exclusive tracks here. The inbetween tracks are disturbing. Oriented musically around dancefloors, the cause anything but."
"'Three Big-Macs Please' This borders on the mediocre-to-lame."
"Choke on 'em!"
"May this be D. Leterman's writing?"
"Hey folks! Captain Sensible's on this!!!!!!"
"Don't be fooled. This came out in England a coupla years ago. [Not as far as I can tell. It seems to have been released at the same time in the UK and US.] If you want a more compelling listen, try the b-side to 'Wot! No Meat?' ('A Meat Sandwich'). P.S. I'll have mine on traditional french bread with the works."
"A million cheers for these artists - let's not overlook the purpose of this album."
"C+C [Chris and Cosey]'s 'Silent Cry' is a happening thing."
"I agree, so is the album & the concept."
Yet again, I come to you on this Thursday somewhat surprised. I've covered the first two Television albums, plus Richard Lloyd's Field of Fire, but this is my first time bringing you one of Television guitar genius Tom Verlaine's own solo albums. Cover was certainly well-loved in the halls of KCM...
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...