CLEAN, THE: Oddities: 2 x LP

One of those times where I came upon some gold in the review box here at the Razorcake bunker. I’m thumbing through, picking out stuff to review, and I see this gem. Thought for a couple minutes Alan Funt might come out and tell me I was on Candid Camera or something. Grabbed this, and soon as I came home, put it on the stereo and was blown away. Originally released on cassette in 1982, and now on vinyl in 2012 via 540 Records. This stuff is B-sides and other odds and ends recorded between 1980 and ‘82. The sound quality is not that rough when you think about where it came from and what it is. Stuff like “Thumbs Off” and “Getting Older” is classic. “Mudchucker Blues” pre-dates bands Pussy Galore and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and comes out of left field in comparison to the more poppy flavored songs here. Some of the material towards the end is more fragmented and sounds like they were working out some ideas. However, it’s all worth spending many afternoons with. Packaged in a gatefold cover, with flyer art on the inside. A must-have for purveyors of fine music.

 –M.Avrg (540, [email protected], chaosintejas.com/540/index)