Saturday, May 10, 2008
Farm Life - Susie's Party/Simple Men 7", 1982
Here is another single on the Dining Out label, just like the Insex 7" I posted awhile back. This band don't sound anything like The Insex, though. I can't find any information about them online at all and I don't believe they released any other records. I get a kick out of this single, I think it's rather funny in its quirkiness. The A-side consists of a simple guitar line that sounds like the Byrds or something (maybe it's a Rickenbacker guitar) and a hilarious-sounding woozy synth noise that will remind you of what one of those 45's with a big hole in the center sounds like when it isn't centered and you try to play it. It gives you that same seasick feeling. But perhaps the funniest part is the lyrics, all about some poor girl who "had a party and no one came/since then she's never been the same". Anyway I don't want to give away too much more about this song, it has to be heard to be believed, I think. It's not goth at all - not even bad goth - it's just fun DIY silliness. The b-side has a much more typically post-punk guitar noise to it, sounds a bit like Wire. This is a more enjoyable single than most but I suspect there's no way these folks could have come up with a listenable album. It's odd that there's so many names on the back too - I can't see how that many people could have played on this!
p.s. I really can't be sure this single is from 1982, it could quite possibly be 1981 but I was forced to guess by looking at the releases on Dining Out that were before and after it. I will be posting more records on the Dining Out label later.