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Squares Blot out the Sun
     

Squares Blot out the Sun

 
Originally planned for release in 1984, the DB Records compilation Squares Blot Out the Sun didn't actually make it onto shelves until 1990. The delay makes it a rather schizophrenic compilation, since it covers material from as far back as 1978 ("Y.O.U. Mistake," a doomy, new wave-ish bedroom demo by Tom Gray of

Overview

Originally planned for release in 1984, the DB Records compilation Squares Blot Out the Sun didn't actually make it onto shelves until 1990. The delay makes it a rather schizophrenic compilation, since it covers material from as far back as 1978 ("Y.O.U. Mistake," a doomy, new wave-ish bedroom demo by Tom Gray of the Brains and Alfredo Villar of the Fans) and as recently as 1989 (the mournful banjo-and-melodica-based "Talked About It" by ex-Windbreakers co-leader Tim Lee). Although the proto-alt country later material sounds pretty good, with the Reivers' "Bidin' My Time" a particular standout, it's the rarities from the late '70s and early '80s that are particularly fascinating. Although mostly remembered only as the scene that spawned the B-52's and R.E.M., Georgia had one of the most vibrant music communities of the post-punk era, and Squares Blot Out the Sun gathers rare songs from that period, showing the Athens and Atlanta scenes in all their multi-faceted glory. From the straight-up power pop of the Fans' "True," a classic 1979 single, to the irreverent, herky-jerky pair of covers by Jack Heard (featuring ex-Method Actor David Gamble, Atlanta scene stalwart Kevin Dunn and, of all people, British synth pop whiz Thomas Dolby, who shared a U.K. label with the Method Actors), DB Records covered all the bases. It's the live material that's most illuminating, since Athens in particular was primarily known as a club town and the best Athens bands were those that could deliver on-stage. Oh OK's "Random," a bouncy tune not on either of their EPs, shows how far a band could go with just voice, bass, and drums. "Party Zone," the encore from Pylon's 1983 farewell show, captures that legendary band at their art-dance peak, with singer Vanessa Briscoe wordlessly shrieking as the three-piece band blends the Gang of Four and Dick Dale into a frenzied sound that was all their own. Although it's more for completists than anyone else, and the sound occasionally approaches bootleg quality, Squares Blot Out the Sun unearths some hidden treasures.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/1994
Label:
DB RECORDS
UPC:
0032431007228
catalogNumber:
72

Tracks

  1. Cool  -  Pylon
  2. True  -  Fans
  3. Sex Machine @@Jack Heard
  4. Bidin' Time  -  Reivers
  5. Talked About It  - Tim Lee
  6. Neat in the Street  -  Side Effect
  7. Party Zone  -  Pylon
  8. Home-In  -  Swimming Pool Q's
  9. Burnin' Love @@Jack Heard
  10. High Noon  -  Skeeters
  11. Random  -  Oh-OK
  12. Richard Cory  -  Coolies
  13. Quick with Your Lip  -  Brains
  14. Y.O.U. Mistake
  15. I've Got Gold  -  Buzz of Delight
  16. Roadhouse Blues @@Wheel Of Cheese
  17. Gimme a Room  - Anne Richmond Boston

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anne Richmond Boston   Vocals
Pylon   Track Performer
Reivers   Track Performer
Matthew Sweet   Guitar,Vocals
Coolies   Track Performer
Tim Lee   Banjo,Track Performer
Skeeters   Track Performer
Swimming Pool Q's   Track Performer
Brains   Track Performer
Jim Ellison   Guitar,Vocals
Rob Gal   Guitar
David Hyde Pierce   Drums
Bryan Smithwick   Bass
Alfredo Villar   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Wolff   Drums
Squares   Track Performer
Oh-OK   Track Performer
Linda Hopper   Vocals
Bryan Lilje   Bass
Lynda Stipe   Bass,Vocals
Robert Schmid   Drums
Pete Jarkunas   Bongos
Robin Sutliff   Tambourine,Melodica
Billy Jones   Bass
Fans   Track Performer
Tom Gray   Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Rick Price   Guitar,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Matthew Sweet   Engineer
Tim Lee   Producer
John Anthony   Producer
Bruce Baxter   Producer
Peter Buck   Producer
George Davidson   Art Direction
David Hyde Pierce   Engineer

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