EASY MONEY: Self-titled: LP

Aug 16, 2017

Obscure power-poppers from Victoria BC active at the End of the Century (1980, duh), this collection of Easy Money’s two singles and numerous practice room demos is an intriguing if uneven license to speculate on contenderships what mighta been. Although no recording data is provided, it appears that each side starts with two songs off the 1981 singles (the two A-sides start side 1 and the B-sides start side 2, nice touch, very Buzzcocks), then works its way backwards through time, devolving Easy Money from the somewhat clinical, Code Blue-ish precision of their later moments (“Getting Lost”) back to their surprisingly KBD-ish roots (“Young and Overequipped”), kinda like a March of Progress poster in reverse and with Canadians. “No Stranger to Danger” and “It Keeps Me Living” sound like what Dirty Looks and the Neighborhoods were doing one country to the south and a continent’s width over, so the potential to Do Great Things was certainly there (even though their attempts at cut-time fast stuff like “You Could Be Me” come off as so rinky-dink as to give the impression their instruments are being played by very clean mice). If they were putting out their own 45s at the time they were playing early racket like “Young and Overequipped” and the timetable accelerated to the point where the stuff that was on their singles was actually on their second album, their legacy might have been weighty indeed. As it stands, this album never sits still long enough to hold one coherent thought, but as a patchwork collection of rarities, I approve. BEST SONG: “It Keeps Me Living.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Young and Overequipped.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Packaging includes press clippings from celebrated bastion of culture, the Oak Bay Star. ¬–Rev. Nørb (Hosehead / Neon Taste)