Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Closing Out The Decade: Mclusky Do Dallas (2002)

I wrested with the idea of coming up with a list for the AGP's favorite releases of the last 10 years. After some serious back and forth, I made the decision that the last thing we need is another list. Instead we will feature some of the albums that have made a lasting impact on us. These are the albums that we told our friends to buy, annoyed our spouses with, and ultimately inspired us to launch this blog.

From now until the end of December The AGP will feature our favorite albums of the decade. Each week we will feature posts highlighting our favorite albums of the 00's. We will even have a few contributions from the AGP's extended family. We invite your comments, we want to know why you agree with us or perhaps why you think we're off our collective rockers.

We hope you'll join us as we take a look back at the albums that shaped the past 3,653 days our lives.
Mclusky are dead, but from 1998-2005 they were responsible for some of the most vitriolic, spite ridden rock, these ear have ever heard, and I loved them for it. McClusky formed in Cardiff, Wales in 1998 and released their debut album My Pain and Sadness is More Sad and Painful Than Your in 2000 on Fuzzbox Records before hooking up with Too Pure for Mclusky Do Dallas in 2002 and The Difference Between Me and You is I'm not on Fire in 2004. Unfortunately in January of 2005 Andy Falkous issued a statement via the bands web site that Mclusky had broken up, and just like that it was over.

It was in the fall of 2002 that I was introduced to Mclusky through a fellow music obsessive, as I recall, the conversation went something like this:
Him: have you heard Mclusky?
Me: No who's Mclusky?
Him: Go buy their new album Mcluslky Do Dallas, you're gonna shit man!

Of course I went out the next day and tracked down the album and you know what? My foul mouthed friend was right on with his prediction, if anything it was understated. Since then I've bought all of the bands records, but Do Dallas remains a favorite and frequent listen. From the opening notes of Lightsabre CockSucker Blues to To Hell With Good Intentions to Alan Is A Cowboy Killer, on Mclusky Do Dallas the welsh trio deliver viscous two minute buzz saw punk that I still can't get enough of. Mclusky laid down the majority of the tracks on the album with the assistance of sound engineer Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in the spring of 2001. Talk about a band custom made for Albini's recording approach, the results more than speak for themselves. Andy Falkous anchors the record with a notebook full of smart ass lyrics to match the 36 minute sonic assault that awaits you with, Mclusky Do Dallas. In the words of Falkous, Fuck This band.

Buy Mclusky Do Dallas

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