MR. CHI PIG: “Hurt” b/w “Painful Reminder”: 7”

I have never hid my love for the legendary Edmonton/Vancouver band SNFU. They were incredibly influential on me at a young age and continue to be today. Ken Chinn (aka Mr. Chi Pig) and I have been friends for the better part of thirty years. I don’t get to see him or talk to him often, but I am always thinking about him and worrying about his well being. Imagine my surprise when this record came onto my radar. A few of his friends in Vancouver helped him to put out this two-song single and it really is a thing of magical proportions. First and foremost, this is not the flying through the air Chi Pig of days gone past. He is older now and has lived particularly hard. The music here is simple accompaniment of piano, cello, violin, and guitar and result is haunting. The A-side is a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” (a song that Chi has been making his own at punk rock karaoke in Vancouver for ages) and the flip is a reworking of the SNFU classic “Painful Reminder.” I cry when I listen to this record. I am thankful that he has friends out there doing their best to help him continue to create art. There aren’t very many of these out there, but I highly recommend getting a copy if you can. Hail to the Pig! –Ty Stranglehold (Golden Age Collectibles)