BN.com Gift Guide

Barfly

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's rather unusual that a band would form in 1974 and not get around to recording a proper debut album until 2010, but nothing about Rocket from the Tombs was ever ordinary. A pack of smart, angry misfits who gathered in Cleveland, Ohio to make tough, noisy, but arty rock & roll, Rocket from the Tombs was largely the brainchild of songwriter and guitarist Peter Laughner and vocalist David Thomas, and when the group split up after a little less than a year, two members Cheetah Chrome and John Madansky, aka Johnny Blitz would go on to form the Dead Boys, while Laughner and Thomas would launch the first lineup of Pere Ubu. Rocket from the Tombs became a legend among ...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (2) from $13.89   
  • New (2) from $13.89   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It's rather unusual that a band would form in 1974 and not get around to recording a proper debut album until 2010, but nothing about Rocket from the Tombs was ever ordinary. A pack of smart, angry misfits who gathered in Cleveland, Ohio to make tough, noisy, but arty rock & roll, Rocket from the Tombs was largely the brainchild of songwriter and guitarist Peter Laughner and vocalist David Thomas, and when the group split up after a little less than a year, two members Cheetah Chrome and John Madansky, aka Johnny Blitz would go on to form the Dead Boys, while Laughner and Thomas would launch the first lineup of Pere Ubu. Rocket from the Tombs became a legend among scholars of punk history especially after Laughner died in 1977, though hardly anyone knew what they actually sounded like until an archival collection of live recordings and rehearsal tapes, The Day the Earth Met the Rocket from The Tombs, was released in 2002. Thomas assembled a reunited version of RFTT for a single show in 2003, with Richard Lloyd of Television subbing for Laughner. The parties involved were pleased enough to stage a tour, and the new edition of RFTT ducked into a studio and recut the old songs for a disc called Rocket Redux. In 2010, RFTT reconvened in Cleveland for recording sessions, and Barfly is, remarkably, the group's first-ever album of new material. Most any band would have a hard time figuring out how to balance that much history, and this lineup of Rocket from the Tombs doesn't trouble itself with that; Barfly doesn't sound much like the huge, rumbling beast on the 1974 tapes, but doesn't resemble the cleaner but hotwired sound on Rocket Redux, either. Instead, an open, casual tone dominates, and while Richard Lloyd and Cheetah Chrome are a potent guitar team, this album doesn't leave room for rave-ups, and bassist Craig Bell and drummer Steve Mehlman sound muscular without landing their punches too hard. Rocket Redux proved this quintet could rock fiendishly hard, but despite a few fiery numbers like "I Sell Soul," "Anna," and "Sister Love Train" they must have loved the latter, since they play it twice in a row, Barfly is not the work of guys determined to rock or to threaten. Ultimately, Rocket from the Tombs in 2011 sound more like Pere Ubu than their 1974 incarnation, but with some crucial differences -- Thomas' vocals show his age, but his lyrics are direct and forceful here in a way that haven't been on a Pere Ubu set in years, and the musicians juggle Ubu's artier impulses with an unpretentious drive. It would have been foolish to expect that Barfly would sound like Rocket from the Tombs circa 1974, but it doesn't sound like RFTT circa 2003, either; it's a curious creature with habits of its own, though the results suggest they shouldn't end this grand experiment just yet.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Fire Records
  • UPC: 809236119728
  • Catalog Number: 197
  • Sales rank: 104,270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sell Soul (3:03)
  2. 2 Birth Day (3:44)
  3. 3 Anna (2:29)
  4. 4 Butcherhouse 4 (3:36)
  5. 5 Romeo & Juliet (4:47)
  6. 6 Sister Love Train (3:38)
  7. 7 Love Train Express (3:08)
  8. 8 Good Times Never Roll (2:37)
  9. 9 Six and Two (4:54)
  10. 10 Maelstrom (2:16)
  11. 11 Pretty (3:01)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rocket from the Tombs Primary Artist
David Thomas Vocals, Group Member
Richard Lloyd Guitar, Group Member
Cheetah Chrome Guitar, Piano, Group Member
Andy Diagram Trumpet
Steve Mehlman Organ, Drums, Group Member
Craig Bell Bass, Group Member
The Snot-Ettes Background Vocals
Technical Credits
David Thomas Producer
Paul Hamann Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously