Bitch Magnet - Valmead

Given that David Grubbs slid from Bastro into a world of different ideas ... and played with Bitch Magnet and (basically) the backing band for the second track is Codeine ... it made sense to segue into this. I had some conflicted feelings about them at the time and still do to be honest. They had loads of that underground Bastro tornado style but you can hear glimpses of the themes that led to the year that punk broke. Yeah, for me that was when people that I knew were arseholes started to pretend they were really into it and always had been. Inverted snob and proud of it. Don't get me wrong there are some brilliant things within the Magnet canon and I was going to post a few of the things that I bought at the time. In preparing those posts I realised that in 2011, Temporary Residence released a triple CD / LP set that remasters pretty much everything they ever did and includes some unreleased stuff. It's still for sale. I've listened back to it and it sounds pretty immense. As a taster, here's this:

12" released on Glitterhouse Records in 1990.



Anonymous,  30 May 2020 at 18:10  

you beauty.

3 of these tracks aren't on that box set.

and why 'ben hur' isn't mentioned in the same breath as fucking 'spiderland' i've no idea.

badgerstump 30 May 2020 at 18:53  

there's a band called "dis"

they are truly stunning and almost nobody seems to know about them. i love Slint but i think dis are better ... they will be coming soon.

Anonymous,  30 May 2020 at 19:03  

i love slint too, but there's too much reverence and bullshit about them.

i didn't really need to watch a film showing the quarry where they took that pic.

but like a cunt i watched it anyway.

badgerstump 30 May 2020 at 19:13  

... that makes us a pair of