SCREAMIN’ MEE-MEES, THE: Live From the Basement 1975-1996: LP

Mid-‘70s proto/pre/post-punks from St. Louis, these divinely-inspired louts—best known for 1977’s “Hot Sody,” an ode to quaffing solarly-heated cans of pop—were sort of bridge builders between the era of “Willie the Wild One” and the Keggs and what-not, and the era of “Inside My Brain” and the Urinals and what-not. And, while the cultural significance of two guys thudding around in a St. Louis basement singing songs like “Pigs” in 1975 probably can’t be understated ((or can it?)), and i do enjoy the Meat Puppets-meets-King-Usniewicz charms of the more focused numbers, i spend a fair amount of time looking at my metaphorical watch during this record and remembering how much i dislike that Fuckin’ Flyin’ A-Heads 45. Hang on, i think i need to go stick another can of Tab™ in the microwave. BEST SONG: “Struckout” BEST SONG TITLE: “Arthritis Today” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This is almost surely the only record i own that features the phrase “No! That’s not arthritic enough!”

 –norb (Vulcher/Hate)