Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Computer Cougar - Computer Cougar

(Gern Blandsten, 1998)

I received this as a toss-in with an order from Spirit Of Orr a few years back, assumed it was jive, and stashed the thing away without playing. Too bad for me! Both sides are tight with Wire-style jaggedness and discomfort, guitar aggression that lurches instead of swaggers. The vocal squawking on the more violent B (sides are labeled only with the number of beats per minute… no song titles) is a bit over the top and threatens to ruin an otherwise fine track, but the A gets it together just right with its terse, sweaty dance-punk that’s more about paranoia than partying. Bust out the latter in order to impress your rock buddies the next time you find yourself in charge of a turntable.

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