Thursday, 20 October 2016

Great Lost Songs - The Revolting Cocks - 'Beers, Steers and Queers'





YEEEHAWWWW

What a way to start a track.

At Leeds University there existed a sub culture (remember those) of ex goths whose tastes had turned towards hardcore. Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Foetus, Big Black were their heroes and I hated them. All their music seemed so bereft of joy, listening to Nine Inch Nails was for me akin to a night in  with Heathcliff post Cathy's death. I just didn't get it. Why so glum? I'd had goth friends and they weren't this miserable, there was always some humour under the black.....

Then this.

Undoubtedly an unrecognised pointer to big beat, just listen to that rhythm pattern, funky, clever, sarcastic, political, it was everything that all the rest of the scene were not. It took me some time to accept that this was made by those glum types from Ministry and Front 242 (pre internet you couldn't just find something in seconds) yet it had the secondary affect of making me go back to those bands and reassees which is never a bad thing.

it also was a handy way out as a DJ when some black leather jacketed, parabooted, Lard T-shirt wearing type approached me on a Friday night demanding less Roses and more industrial. A rare track that could keep the serious music types happy but let the party kids carry on dancing. For that alone it derserves to be remembered and revered.

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