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Big Black, songs about dark side of America - interview + 10 free CD download

ab016Big Black, was his big-ass vicious noise delivery system; they ruled the ‘80s US post-punk underground, releasing seminal records, pissing off everyone, and horrifying crowds both at home and abroad. Albini was an incredibly active and savvy guy. Besides being the brains behind the three-headed beast of Big Black, he also ran a label, built a studio and recorded bands on a budget.


They successfully translated their twisted, juvenile glee, their fascination with fear and shock, into live punk rock as evocative, musical art. Everyone’s huge hang-up about Big Black, positive or negative, is Albini’s lyrics, which are plainly audible on studio versions of their songs. Albini has frequently stated that the band had vocals only out of necessity and to provide rhythmic accompaniment, and they’re downplayed in the live setting. The notable exception is the right-on-the-money take on “Jordan, Minnesota,” which communicates Albini’s mocking indulgence in feigned clichés of angst and a fearless unwillingness to take things seriously. In all other cases, the “singing” is for the most part presented as secondary, granting the truly bizarre music total sonic precedence. In fact, perhaps the most entertaining vocal deliveries here are Albini’s between-song ad-libbing, his anthropological commentary, dick jokes and crowd-baiting.


Beyond that, the band’s renowned misanthropy and pitch-black humor are on full display, all the way down to the back cover of the album—it offers the viewer a series of twelve transcribed exchanges between air-traffic controllers and pilots during the final moments before plane wrecks.


Big Black, dark side of America.

The subject matter of Big Black, I don't really identify it too closely with the band, I identify it more with my personality and the personalities in the band. I was thinking more in stylistic terms when I wrote that. Nowadays, not only is it not uncommon, it is also required for a band to write songs about unpleasant goings on. When we were doing it, it seemed a little bit out of character.


BB influenced people through the lyrics.

Nobody can ever control. . . there is something that was quoted from some famous son of a bitch, or whatever "You can never control who your audience is going to be, you can only control your creative output', so I never felt very responsible for people who have misinterpreted what we have done or who have taken it as a kind of stylistic raincoat that they can put on, to me that was never my responsibility. There are some bands that were inspired by the climate of music during that period that Big Black was active, which was a very fertile period of American music, there were bands like KillDozer, Big Black, Sonic Youth and other smaller bands that people probably wouldn't be familiar with that were equally inspirational and there are a lot of bands that took their inspiration from that era and have gone on to do things that are equally noteworthy. They are not necessarily inspired by Big Black, they are inspired by the climate of music that was generated during the period that Big Black was active.


What about the current music climate.

I think it sucks. I think we are in the weakest period of Rock Music since the early seventies. I think right now it about 1973 to be honest.



Big Black - Did it end timely?

I think Big Black finished at a point that had we continued we would have begun to deteriorate, I think we finished at the top of the arc. Rapeman was on its way up when we broke up, I think if we had stuck it out for another year or two we would have been a truly outstanding band, as it was we were still in the developmental stages when we broke up.


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http://www.obsolete.com
http://www.cokemachineglow.com
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