Agony Shorthand

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
THE SILVER : “DO YOU WANNA DANCE? / POPPER” 45….A lost D.I.Y. experimentalist rocker from god-knows-when – I think late 70s or 1980-ish, and I know that some of you know the truth -- now bootlegged up in an edition of 500 and ready for consumption. These Finnish folks spring from the same retard tundra genius that gave birth to LIIMANARINA and the bizarre Bad Vugum stable, and it’s nice to hear something so perplexingly and genuinely wacked for a change. “Do You Wanna Dance” is a foaming-at-the-mouth, ultra-homemade take on the Beach Boys/Ramones “classic”, with what sounds like children being horribly crucified at the end. In fact I’d swear one of the two vocalists here is an 11-year old girl. Poor lamb! The feel is not unlike the pleasurable discomfort produced by Florida’s TEDDY & THE FRAT GIRLS a few years later – and if you don’t like it as first, you’ll learn to love it. “Popper” is just ribald experimentation gone awry, but eminently listenable – somewhere lost in a crevice between simplistic 1-chord punk and full-overload noise panic. If you’ve got an interest in picking one of these up, I know a guy who has some -- and he takes Paypal. E-mail him directly by clicking here.