X - Aspirations - 1979 Australia Early Punk Post Punk - 180 Grm LP
X - Aspirations
Label:Ugly Pop Records UP054
Format:180 Grm Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Notes:Recorded in 1979.
Includes insert with biographical and song notes.
Pressed By uncredited, identified by runout etchings
Released:16 Sep 2014
Style:Alternative Rock, Early Punk, Post Punk
A1 Suck Suck
A3 Simulated Lovers
A6 Turn My Head
A7 Good On Ya Baby
B1 Delinquent Cars
B2 I Don't Wanna Go Out
B4 It Must Be Me
B5 Coat Of Green
Pressed By Rainbo Records S-91290
Pressed By Rainbo Records S-91291
Recorded At Trafalgar Studios
Bass, Vocals Ian Rilen
Coordinator [Co-Ordination] Bob Nimmo
Drums Steve Cafiero
Engineer Ian Grey*
Lacquer Cut By Paul Bryant (2)
Lead Vocals, Guitar Stephen Lucas
Liner Notes The Barman
Mastered By Paul Bryant (2)
Producer Lobby Loyde
Written-By Ian Krahe (tracks: A7, B5), Ian Rilen, Stephen Lucas
unknown to each other, a punk band called X also existed in Australia, and would turn out to be quite influential (mainly in Australia, but also elsewhere). Aussie punk & post-punk,
the result is perhaps what the Coloured Balls might have sounded like, had they emerged at this time and not in 1972, and I know one guy with good taste who thinks its the best Australian rock record ever, end of story. I wouldnt go that far, but its up there mixing with the greats. However, if you class it only up against other Aussie stuff of the same general style of music, ie. raw punk rock, it comes out as a clear winner. That said, class it against stuff of this kind from any country and it still floats up around the top with the best.
You cant over-analyze stuff like this, you really have to just listen to it and jump around, but Ill try to give you a general idea of whats on offer. The things that stand about about the sound are firstly Rilens bass he plays it really hard, making every note drive the whole thing along rhythmically and melodically. Its said he used to string his bass with piano wire for the sound and increased strength, and it doesnt surprise me given the way he played, ie. with gusto. The next thing is Lucass vocals, which are just so right for this kind of raw punk rock, and without pretensions or adopted accents [as so many Australian musicians sing with an American accent, because thats just the done thing]. The guy sounds like hes gargling cement half the time, and not to any detriment, as well as being so unhinged I can imagine him half-crazed and gyrating deliriously with a toilet roll on his head, no clothes on bar some filthy y-fronts, and a six-pack of beer in one hand while sings into the microphone with the other, and enjoying every second of it. The last thing that stands out is Lucass guitar style, which makes the most out of simplicity, and is both direct and raw with the chords, as well as having a more angular, experimental tendency that comes out here and there in place of conventional guitar solos.
Suck Suck begins the album with furiously strummed bass, simple razor guitar slashes, and pounding, relentless drums. Its about what you gotta do to suck suck suck suck-seed, a venomous punk splatter thats very clear about not wanting to do any of those things.
Present follows a similar fastnfurious tack, whereas Simulated Lovers has more of a mid-tempo bounce with a catchy chorus line that all reminds me of some of the songs on the first Swell Maps album [minus the Faustian experimentalism].
Police has a funky bass riff that gives it an almost reggae feel, but this is still more of a punk thing than The Clashs Police and Thieves, which was more reggae than punk. Yet again, very cool stuff, and its clear these guys had a great knack for songwriting, turning something thats pretty simple on paper into something thats deceptively multi-faceted and creative. This segues nay, slams straight into ...
Revolution, a barnstorming fastnhard burst of ferocity thats like a cross between the MC5 and the Stooges. Stick it up your revolution, dont you know the time is near rocknroll may be no solution, but thats what I wanna hear goes the roaring chorus, and fuck yeah is all I can say!
Turn My Head is yet another ripper, but hard to describe actually, reminds me a bit of very early Pere Ubu with its jerky guitar and ropey bass riff.
Good On Ya Baby that follows is for me and my wife THE X song, and its just so strutting and balls-out well, dick out as well, pants around your ankles while youre at it, and pump your fist in the air and eminently lovable, not only for its very Aussie punk pummelling riffage that really swings both punches and hips but also for Lucas totally snotty but unpretentious couldnt-give-a-fuck gravel-gargling vocals.
Delinquent Cars is a little pedestrian and plodding, but still a good track, with interesting guitar wrenching going on in the background from Lucas.
I Dont Wanna Go Out features a wicked lurching off-kilter funky bass riff underpinning a song thats about just wanting to stay in and not go to the disco or the pool hall, with weird tape-warpings being used on some of the vocals to great comic and musical effect.
Lipstick is like a punk hangover of a 50s rock and roll ballad, nothing much special until the chorus bits, both lyrically and musically; it features an amusing relationship insight in the lines I know what I am to you... Im your dipstick, Im not your lipstick, Im your dipstick... and I dont mind.
It Must Be Me swings between an uptight metronomic beat with angular guitar and speedy gonzales punk blowouts, before segueing straight into Coat Of Green without notice, again a number with traces of 50s rock and roll and r&b, like Bo Diddley flattened through a punk rock pressing machine to create something quite different from its roots.
Waiting is a slow, grinding death dirge that makes me think of some Black Flag and maybe Killing Joke [have to re-visit Killing Joke, my comparison may be way off there]. Batman finishes the album with a fast, jangly injection of something more fun, like a blast of Ramones done by Aussie cavemen and no, its not the Batman theme, its just about him.
The only complaint I have with this album is that its a bit short at 33 minutes, but at the same time its a great compact album, and with 14 great songs you could also say the length is just right.
X - suck suck
begins the album with furiously strummed bass, simple razor guitar slashes, and pounding, relentless drums. Its about what you gotta do to suck suck suck suck-seed, a venomous punk splatter thats very clear about not wanting to do any of those things.
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X (Australia) - Turn My Head/Good On ya Ba
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X - Delinquent Cars
still a good track, with interesting guitar wrenching going on in the background from Lucas.
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X - I Don't Wanna Go Out
features a wicked lurching off-kilter funky bass riff underpinning a song thats about just wanting to stay in and not go to the disco or the pool hall, with weird tape-warpings being used on some of the vocals to great comic and musical effect.
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|Format||LP, 180 Gram|
|Label||Ugly Pop Records|