GRUDGE: When Christine Comes Around: 7”

Demented little single here from 1973. The title track is a happy-sounding pop ditty about beating up someone and making her “sorry she’s been living.” The flip, “I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In,” is a happy-sounding pop ditty about… well, I’m sure you can guess by the title. It’s all done very tongue-in-cheek and, being old enough to remember that general era, I’m sure this was likely a reaction to all the groovy post-hippie love songs that saturated the radio waves then. Problem is it ain’t 1973 anymore and, though it’s not hard to frame it as a proto-punk curio of its time, the “humor” of beating up women and smashing their faces in isn’t funny nearly fifty years later. –Jimmy Alvarado (Almost Ready)