Reg Presley, the singer with The Troggs has sadly passed away. Proto heavy metal/punk and inspiration to numerous musicians from Iggy to Spinal Tap. As a tribute to Reg and the foul mouthed, here’s their infamous, priceless, studio argument… the Troggs Tapes… contains countless swears…
(1992, Homestead Records)
This was purchased after reading the review of the album in Melody Maker (by Everett True I think?).
The opening track Decatur sets the tone – a mix of grunge and ponderous shoegazing. At the time I remember the stand out track was the single Granny 9x and with a fresh listen, this remains the case. Rolling drums, dirty guitars and a crackling crescendo towards the end. The slower, brooding Feather is another highlight for me.
Headsparks was Seam’s debut album in a career that spanned from 1991 -1999 and included 4 albums. This is the only Seam record I own and listening to it in 2013, it reminds of one of my favourites – Husker Du and my brain is definitely recalling the more recent Silversun Pickups.
I’ve just listened to Rafael a later Seam track – as it’s the most popular of theirs on Spotify… it’s sharper and tighter but in the same vein… but has less clicks and pops than my listen of Headsparks!
Headsparks Track listing:
2. Sky City
4. Pins and Needles
7. King Rice
8. New Year’s
10. Granny 9x