Saturday Night Music Byte
Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…
Bad Brains I Against I – “Secret 77” and “House Of Suffering” (1986)
This Washington D.C. foursome had seismic and overnight impact — its thrashy super fast speed-punk attack, paired with melodies drawn from reggae and dub, was unlike anything else in hardcore. While most punks were lucky to lurch to the end of a song together, this rhythm section, which got its start playing jazz, turned out keyed-up music loaded with jolting and abrupt switchbacks.
Several of these tunes, notably “Secret 77” are almost featherweight pop. The regular element flourishes on the anti-violence title track and the chilling spiritual “House Of Suffering”. Bridging the abrasive energy of punk and the blissed out tones of reggae in ways much more aggressive than such British acts such as The Specials, Bad Brains put forth an idea that was radical in punk then, and remains that way now: that a sound of relentless harshness could carry expressions of great sensitivity.
“House Of Suffering”