Special Kiss

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wilson Neate
Having collaborated on projects like B.A.L.L. and Velvet Monkeys, Don Fleming and Jay Spiegel recruited bass player Eric Vermillion and set about recording under the Gumball moniker. With the onus still very much on charging rhythms and searing guitars, the trio's 1991 debut album displayed a certain amount of continuity with Fleming and Spiegel's work on the final B.A.L.L. release, Four Hardball. Tracks like "Summer Days" and "High or Low" sound as if, in another life, they might have been melodic bubblegum pop
ock, only to be reincarnated here as distorted and scuffed-up, beat-driven guitar fests. But although Special Kiss is, for the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Wilson Neate
Having collaborated on projects like B.A.L.L. and Velvet Monkeys, Don Fleming and Jay Spiegel recruited bass player Eric Vermillion and set about recording under the Gumball moniker. With the onus still very much on charging rhythms and searing guitars, the trio's 1991 debut album displayed a certain amount of continuity with Fleming and Spiegel's work on the final B.A.L.L. release, Four Hardball. Tracks like "Summer Days" and "High or Low" sound as if, in another life, they might have been melodic bubblegum pop
ock, only to be reincarnated here as distorted and scuffed-up, beat-driven guitar fests. But although Special Kiss is, for the most part, the sound of the pop song ripped up, stamped on, and fed through a grungey wringer, there are some variations on the theme of guitar noise in Gumball's repertoire. With its shouty vocals and one-two staccato beat, "Alternate Feed" has an almost vintage hardcore sound for its short and not-so-sweet 55 seconds, whereas "You Know" -- co-written and performed with Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub -- has an anthemic, singalong feel that's somewhere between glam and punk, in a Damned sort of way. The ghost of Sonic Youth can be heard lurking throughout Special Kiss, especially on "Yellow Pants" and on the eerie, droning "Restless." That specter makes its presence felt more directly amid the sludgey, dense textures of the jam-like "Gettysburg" as Thurston Moore contributes keyboards and brings another layer of disorder to the album. Even more shambolic is the almost free-form avant-garde cacophony of "Pre," an instrumental number largely comprising bursts of machine-gun drumming and spiraling guitar noise that give the proceedings the feel of an every-man-for-himself outro to a live song. The trio would reconvene with Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and producer Butch Vig for 1993's Super Tasty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1991
  • Label: PRIMO SCREE
  • UPC: 017046270328
  • Catalog Number: 3

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Town
  2. 2 All the Time
  3. 3 Window Pain
  4. 4 Wake Up
  5. 5 Summer Days
  6. 6 Yellow Pants
  7. 7 Restless
  8. 8 Gone Too Far
  9. 9 Gettysburg
  10. 10 Alternate Feed
  11. 11 You Know
  12. 12 Pre
  13. 13 High or Low
  14. 14 Gettysburg
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gumball Primary Artist
Paul Chisholm Bass
Don Fleming Guitar, Vocals
Gerard Love Background Vocals
Raymond McGinley Guitar, Background Vocals
Thurston Moore Keyboards
Brendan O'Hare Drums, Background Vocals
Jay Spiegel Drums, Vocals
Eric Vermillion Bass, Vocals
Norman Blake Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Eddie Rabbitt Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Jim Morrison Composer
Ray Manzarek Composer
John Densmore Composer
Don Fleming Composer, Producer
David Malloy Composer
Jay Spiegel Composer
Even Stevens Composer
Wharton Tiers Engineer
Eric Vermillion Composer
Jim Waters Engineer
James Kavoussi Engineer
Robby Krieger Composer
W. Jeffery Composer
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