Monday, August 14, 2006
Sloggy - Need for Speed
Sloggy Need for Speed 7" (Hell on Wheels, 2000)
If you'd have thrown this in front of me and said, "Here, buy," I, upon looking at the sleeve, would've snarfed. I admit that it would have been a slightly elitist snarf, one that roughly translates to, "Jesus Christ, there's a fucking race car on the cover. Do you see me wearing a fucking flame shirt? Am I sporting mutton chops? Are my forearms inked with flaming dice?" Lucky me that I bought this sight unseen, tipped by a Carolyn Keddy review in Maximum Rocknroll. I don't recall what the review said, but CK is one of the few reliable tipsters at that rag and on this one she was right.
Sloggy is a brother/sister act before such things were both chic and faked. They are obsessed with race cars, particularly dirt track racing, and they are from Luxembourg. By that description, you might think, hell, I don't know what you might think. That is not a combo of things that you are likely to encounter anywhere else but in Sloggy-land.
And what is Sloggy land? It is the tip of the second generation of drum machine/electro punk, re-pioneered by Euros like Lili Z., Nazis from Mars, and this duo. If you need any convincing, point and click Grand National and you will hear one great intro, if you want to call that awesome lurch forward an intro. A great hollowed out/Chrome-style guitar anchors it, some cool vocals and a restrained scream of a guitar lead sits atop. Rather than treat you to another great original, instead you get a faithful but great cover of the Dave Starky 5's Hey Everybody, the original comped on a later Back from the Grave. - Scott S.
SLOGGY did release their own records for years now, including a great CD which has all their singles, and is a great start for their stuff. Get it. Hell on Wheels is their label.
That norwegian label is DULL CITY Rec. which did that weird Cosmic Psychos comp.