ETHYL MEATPLOW – “HAPPY DAYS, web SWEETHEART” LP (1980)
Most people would call the sound on Ethyl Meatplow’s only album “industrial”, but in doing a fair amount of Google work, I found a better term: “dorkerotic”. Allmusic sez:
“Ethyl Meatplow was a short-lived, yet enormously accomplished, pseudo-industrial alternative/dance-rock outfit comprised of vocalist Carla Bozulich, guitarist Biff Barefoot Sanders, and drummer John Napier. Formed circa 1990, the group released three independent singles before their only album, 1993′s Happy Days Sweetheart. The group earned a reputation for their live shows, which combined samples and electronics with live instrumentation. Happy Days Sweetheart earned good reviews in alternative/underground magazines yet the band spilt soon after its release.“
There’s a lot from the ’90s that I’m coming onto for the first time, stuff which I probably should’ve been into at the time (but chose to fill my head with Rush and Yes instead). I’d much rather put this one on repeat than Nitzer Ebb, but then again, it’s not “industrial”. What makes this record stand out is the whacked vocal performance of Carla Bozulich (later of the Geraldine Fibbers and Scarnella), a raspy, syrupy, boyish drawl, kinda like if Bart Simpson grew pubes and wanted to fuck everything in sight.