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Leatherface: Razor Blades and Aspirin: 1990-1993 [Slipcase] *

Track List

>New York State
>Razor Blades and Aspirin
>Speak in Tongues
>Peasant in Paradise
>Bastards Can't Dance, The
>Our Father
>Colorado Joe/Leningrad Vlad [Razor Blades & Aspirin Single]
>Postwar Product of a Fat Man's Wallet [Razor Blades & Aspirin Single]
>How Lonely [Smokey Joe EP]
>You Wanted Everything [Smokey Joe EP]
>Trenchfoot [Smokey Joe EP]
>Scheme of Things [Smokey Joe EP], The
>Ideal World [Smokey Joe EP]
>I Want the Moon
>How Lonely
>I Don't Want to Be the One to Say It
>Pandora's Box
>Not a Day Goes By
>Not Superstitious
>In the Real World
>Baked Potato
>Bowl of Flies
>Dead Industrial Atmosphere
>Message in a Bottle [Not Superstitious 7"]
>Trenchfoot [Not Superstitious 7"]
>You Are My Sunshine [I Want the Moon 7"]
>Dreaming [I Want the Moon 7"]
>Fat, Earthy, Flirt
>Do the Right Thing
>Evil That Men Do
>Heaven Sent
>Don't Work
>Sad Day Indeed, A
>Skin Deep
>Dustbin Modo
>Cartoon, A (With the Pain)
>Pale Moonlight
>I Can't Help Falling in Love with You [From Limited 7"]
>Dreaming [Compact and Bijou EP]
>Cabbage Case [Do the Right Thing EP]
>Not Superstitious [Do the Right Thing EP]
>Games [Compact and Bijou EP]
>Live for You [Compact and Bijou EP]
>Talkin' Bout a Revolution [Compact and Bijou EP]

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Jack Rabid.

Recording information: Project UK. (05/1991); Ram Shakle Inc. Studios, Sunderland (05/1991); The Greenhouse, London (05/1991); Project UK. (12/1992); Ram Shakle Inc. Studios, Sunderland (12/1992); The Greenhouse, London (12/1992); Project UK. (1990-03-17&1990-03-18_1990-); Ram Shakle Inc. Studios, Sunderland (1990-03-17&1990-03-18_1990-); The Greenhouse, London (1990-03-17&1990-03-18_1990-).

Cult act Leatherface are a melodious U.K. punk band with soul-searching lyrics, and while that may sound just like the Stranglers, this late crew launched in 1988 with much more of a buzzsaw guitar and Hüsker Dü-like compression in its mix. Besides that, leader Frankie Stubbs is a growling, gruff singer with power to spare, coming from the Bob Mould or Jake Burns school with the same solid hold over his audience. Stubbs has been the band's only constant, and his use of the Leatherface name has certainly slowed since 2010, but the Razor Blades and Aspirin set focuses on the band's early days, covering the years 1990-1993 when they were signed to the Roughneck Recording Company. Three albums are featured in their entirety, beginning with the sophomore and short Fill Your Boots, which includes the box set's great title cut. The classic album Mush and the difficult, but fantastic, breakup album Minx are also here, along with numerous bonus tracks from various EPs and singles. Writer Jack Rabid adds informative and interesting liner notes, and with all these out of print greats put together in one compact package, Razor Blades and Aspirin ends up being just what the (obscure punk aficionado) doctor ordered. ~ David Jeffries


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