Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Wreckless Eric: Le Beat Group Electrique (1989)
Wreckless Eric (more HERE) has stuck to his guns. Those guns, his chugga-chugga guitar and his garbled vocals, are like old flintlock muskets: crude, noisy and deadly at close range.
Following the premature death of the Len Bright Trio, Wreckless Eric, by then dry and living in rural France, put out Le Beat Group Electrique with Catfish Truton (drums) and André Barreau (bass) in 1989. LBGE were almost as grimy and roughshod musically as the LBT but with less noise-for-noise’s-sake and more sharp song-writing. Eric sounds like a ramshackle Buddy Holly on tunes like "Tell Me I'm the Only One", while "Sarah" is Dylan-esque put-down that sounds somewhere between the early Beatles (hopped-up in Hamburg era) and Van Morrison (circa early Them). At one point, he channels Lou Reed on “Just For You” but not until putting a Wreckelss pop spin on mental illness, with the ironically chipper-sounding "Depression".
Listen to this whole album, all 32:17 of it, and you'll be struck by how fearless Eric is; how he remains unbowed and well-armed!
A1 Tell Me I'm The Only One 3:10
A2 Wishing My Life Away 4:02
A3 Depression 2:56
A4 It's A Sick Sick World 1:39
A5 Just For You 4:45
A6 Sarah 3:17
B1 The Sun Is Pouring Down 5:00
B2 I'm Not Going To Cry 2:08
B3 You Sweet Big Thing 3:50
B4 Fuck By Fuck 1:16
B5 Parallel Beds 4:05
B6 True Happiness 5:00
Hope you enjoyed the re-up and feel free to leave us a COMMENT! about Mr. Eric and LBGE!
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