8/16/15

Bastards - Monticello (1989)



Thanks to the visitor who asked me to re-up this one. Time to get out of this nostalgic 70's shit to get a little bit of nostalgic 90's shit. And among the fantastic number of great noise bands, the Bastards (and then Janitor Joe) was one of my favorite. And in particular this album that has always been in Top-100 list since then. The title track is, like I wrote in the original post, something of an experience that I never forgot. And when I'm in a state of fury, this is the song that comes to my head. Catch this masterpiece here.

Don't ask me why I post this LP. I got no real explanation except that I really felt the need to listen to it today. As often with this record, it was a kind of intense necessity. Listening to "Monticello", the song, is like washing your brain from the shit that other humans defecated in it. I can't imagine an other piece of sound so efficient to do it and Joachim Breuer would be a hero for me, even if he had only composed this song. I talked about him in the Janitor Joe post so no need to write the same compliments here. Monticello is the only LP the Bastards recorded before disbanding, and it's a hell of an album for sure. With Unsane, the Bastards were for me the greatest band issued from the noise movement (Jesus Lizard and Today is the Day were my favorites, but they were no totally noisy in fact). I will post their singles later on. This album is not strictly belonging to the forgotten songs category. It's a cult album among all those who love real heavy rock (I don't mean this stupid post Zeppelin mixed with Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and the Faces that most of journalists try to sell us as true rock). But since "Monticello" is for me more important than "Kashmir" or "Free Bird", I consider it's a forgotten classic and that's why I put it as the streaming oral pain of the day. On the back of the cover, there was this hilarious wo-man dressed in latex and looking honestly as pathetic as is generally all this fetishit folklore. A perfect picture for the music that I encourage you (if you don't know it) to enjoy. PS. I must confess that this is a rip from Velvety Sheath, Glistening Sword.


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7 comments:

Jean Rhume said...

Really thank you for this one because I want to hear it since so many times mais je vais écrire en français car je suis nul en anglais.

dk said...

Peut être you are nul en anglais but I have tout compris.

Jean Rhume said...

It is le be good !

Anonymous said...

Fuckin' badass song.... We will be covering this song. Thanks....

Anonymous said...

Can you please send me this?
Thanks so much

bigbuyerlost@yahoo.com

I can't find it anywhere

Anonymous said...

Merci beaucoup dk,
La première fois que j'ai pris cet album en pleine poire remonte à ta chronique sur le hors série x-croads (1987-1999).
Un beau matin dans un kiosque avant de prendre mon train train quotidien, voilà que je tombe sur ces hors-séries : A prendre et à laisser (normal ! question de goût)... mais en chemin, je vois apparaître des albums hors sentier battu (Jesus Lizard, big black, du sludge, doom et j'en passe) Mais merde, c'est qui ce mec ? DK ! En voilà un qui a du culot ! Je pourrai continuer en louange pour ce fabuleux passeur que tu es, je me retiens donc. Un grand merci DK et heureux d'avoir retrouvé ta trace sur ce blog.
PS. Peux-tu remettre un lien à ces singles de Bastards, merci
Xavier

dkelvin said...

Thanks for the usually English speaking visitors but I think it's less ridiculous to answer to the above comment in our both natural language.
Merci Xavier pour ce commentaire, qui contribue à me donner envie de continuer ce travail un peu vain de perpétuer le souvenir des musiques que je préfère et qui, pour certaines, en France, ont été escamotées par une des critiques rocks les plus dénouées de goût de la planète (et amoureuse des postures plus qu'autre chose). Oui, ces hors séries, je tenais à les saturer de chroniques pour y faire apparaître enfin des albums sublimes qui n'apparaissaient jamais nulle part, en particulier en France, dans ce genre de compilations convenues où l'on trouvait à peu près toujours les mêmes scies.
A ce propos, récemment je me suis remis à rédiger quelques chroniques pour la version web de Xroads (mais en fait c'est Brazil) et je case là aussi des albums récents qu'on ne verra jamais la plupart du temps dans la presse rock mainstream http://brazil3point0.com/mag/musique-2/.
Pas de souci pour mettre les singles des Bastards mais je profite généralement des re-up pour améliorer la qualité sonore (modestement, avec MP3 DocPro) des singles rippés directement du vinyl et ça prend un peu de temps parfois. J'ai mis les singles de Janitor Joe tout récemment et ça vaut le coup pour sûr.
Thanks again for your comment :-)
dk