Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Music Review: Volcano Suns - The Bright Orange Years/All-Night Lotus Party (***/**1/2)



(As has been pointed out in the comments, I misread the sticker on the jewel case. The Volcano Suns actually labeled themselves "the only band that NEVER mattered". Sorry for the confusion - J)

"Of all the bands to be posthumously slapped with the Clash’s “the only band that mattered” tag, Boston’s Volcano Suns may be the oddest recipients. I don’t mean this at all as a negative, as this band had quite a good run in the mid 80s, and put out at least one record (if not more) worth your consideration. The group existed from roughly 1984 to 1991 and even during their peak early years, they honestly couldn’t be considered the only band that mattered, not with Hüsker Dü, Dinosaur Jr. and The Replacements (to name just a few off the top of my head) all at their artistic apexes as well. Even the initial members of Volcano Suns had been or would go on to be in bands a little more worthy of the label, particularly front man Peter Prescott’s former band, the legendary Mission of Burma. All this aside - and, to be fair, I’m sure it was Merge’s idea to slap the slogan on the jewel case Volcano Suns were always at the very least worthy of taking their music into the digital age. Yet prior to these long overdue reissues, neither of the band’s first two albums had ever been released on CD." [Continue Reading]

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

you totally misread the sticker-it's actually making fun of clash and the pomposity of their statement.

Jordan Minnesota said...

I considered it from that angle as well, and I have no doubt that you're right on the money with your assessment. I do wonder however - since I was only a child at the time of these records' release - was this a slogan the band utilized at the time to take the piss out of The Clash, or is this a tongue-in-cheek promotion from Merge for these reissues? If anyone happens to know, I'd love to find out.

Jordan Minnesota said...

For those wondering, the question was answered on the InRO comments of this review (click he link above). The very scant info on the career of the Volcano Suns made this a difficult one to track down. Thankfully there are long time fans out there to help clear things up.

It's too late now to change my first couple of sentences up there, though this has no effect on the status of these albums. Both good works from an underrated band. Listen to 'em.

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Jordan Minnesota said...

If your sole purpose is to come around here and insult people, then you can take your anonymous comments elsewhere. The first poster cordially pointed out my mistake, which I've apologized for and have hopefully corrected. I mean, we're talking about a fucking sticker here, right? It was an honest mistake that had no effect on how I rated these two solid albums.