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- Shotgun Wedding by Lydia Lunch / Rowland S. Howard
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 17 September 2014
A welcome reissue this week for this 1991 collaboration between vocalist/poet/motivational speaker Lydia Lunch of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks/Lydia Lunch fame and the late great guitarist Rowland S. Howard of The Birthday Party infamy, made all the more exciting by the presence of JG "Foetus" Thirlwell on production duties.
It wasn't the pair's first collaboration - after some improvised live performances together they put out the 'Some Velvet Morning' EP together in '82 (whose titular Hazlewood cover is shoehorned in at the close of this reissue) and the entire Birthday Party took part in Lunch's '87 LP 'Honeymoon In Red' (although Cave and Harvey were so unhappy with the final mixes that they insisted on not being credited).
It is, however, their most complete collaboration, a full LP of jagged, chugging repetition and Lunch's distinctively spat vocals. While the comparisons are easily come by, it's quite a lot more restrained than either of their former bands, generally sticking to a sharply stalking mid-paced strut rather than the smacked-up and feral sounds you might expect. My favourite moments are the more overtly sexual, hip-driven numbers like 'Pigeon Town' and 'Cisco Sunset' on side B, and the squalling deconstruction of Alice Cooper's 'Black Juju' that closes the disc (save for the bonus track) is a tensely sarcastic noise-groove monster that's worth the price of admission on its own. It's not a perfect record, but even without the big-name appeal it'd still be worthy.
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