Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Johnny and the G-Rays - Every Twist Reminds (1980, Basement)

My initial glance at this strangely iconic sleeve suggested that I could appropriately sandwich this album between my 20/20 and Shoes LPs, if not, next to the Feelies or Talking Heads at the very least. Not so in fact. Toronto's Johnny and the G-Rays to a certain extent predicted such rootsy purveyors as The Del Fuegos and Green on Red, who would follow in the ensuing years. Frontman Johnny MacLeod works out his inner Tom Verlaine, on the opening, and furthermore standout cut, "Trying to Chew My Head," but the quartet's Television-cum-Velvets dabblings are the exception not the rule on Every Twist Reminds. On the other side of the coin, Johnny and the boys aren't wont to be tethered to a bar stool either (though they kick up some serious dust on rockabilly-ish hoe downs like "It Can't Be Right" and "Who Scared John"). Definitely not a band to judge by their jacket sleeve.

Every Twist... was released on Basement Records, a relative of the Attic label that issued the Numbers Add Up LP around the same time. Axe handler Harri Palm and skinsman Bent Rasmussen would eventually materialize in the Diodes. Click the hyperlink in the introduction for a detailed and fun filled biography on Johnny and Co. According to Palm's Myspace page, Every Twist... was remastered last year, and available for purchase on CD via Palm.  You can message the band via Facebook for ordering info.
 
Update:  You can now buy the reissue of Every Twist... on Bandcamp.

7 comments:

mjlauf said...

problem with link??

spavid said...

I've had 31 downloads so far. Let me know if you're still having trouble.

mjlauf said...

hmmm,not sure why it's not working for me, other stuff from your blog has always dl'd fine. oh well. thanks for your efforts. enjoy yr stuff very much. cheers.

spavid said...

I'll try to get an alternate upload on Rapidshare sometime soon. Sorry!

mjlauf said...

link is working now--thanks!

Seamus said...

Thanks a lot for this, I've been looking for it for a bit.

Michael said...

Not mentioned is that this album cover was the lowest budgeted album jacket I have ever done. Basement Records (sub company of Attic Records) talked me into it. (When given lemons make lemonade) However the music as well as the cover photo have stood the test of time and are considered classic by everyone.I've done over 40 album covers,countless band promos shoots and been nominated twice in the album graphics sector of the Juno Awards.