Monday, May 25, 2009
The Villains - Go Crazy & Life of Crime
There was an old vaudevillian joke that wasn't funny to begin with and can now be found in numerous joke books for kids that goes:
"I can show you something that has never been seen before and, after I show you, will never be seen again!"
At that point the comedian will either peel a banana or crack open a nut and then eat it.
I feel the same applies to this cassette I just bought. It is by the Villains. Their "Life of Crime" EP is well known as a classic ska contribution, but this "Go Crazy" album falls short in so many ways.
The cassette I just purchased was still sealed in its original shrink wrap from 1984. This particular tape was never heard by anyone ever. I bought it for $2.
I think that after hearing it you'll see why it shouldn't be heard ever again.
I'll be honest - there are a couple of good moments, but overall this is not the sort of recording that a band such as the Villains should have ever made.
Even still, being completely unplayed for 26 years the tape has developed a hiss problem that I cannot get rid of. To be honest - the album isn't good enough that you'll want to listen to it more than a time or two so the hiss shouldn't really be a problem.
I know this sounds like I'm making fun of the band, but I'm really not. I love the "Life of Crime" EP and I have included it in this download so that you can see the difference yourself.