Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Reactions - Cracked Marbles ep (1986, Homestead)

Cleveland's Cracked Marbles weren't the biggest contenders in the Homestead Records stable. Not by a longshot in fact, but that didn't stop them from creating this wholly admirable ep, exuding a fevered, guitar-centric palette falling somewhere between the Feelies and the Smithereens. The trio's bio humorously opines:

In an era where dogshit REM-alike tunes are flooding our turntables, the Reactions have already clocked in with two of the ‘80s coolest indie singles, in “Tomorrows Time Today” and “I Want You” (the later is included here).
The Reactions indeed were not REM sound-alikes, but not completely removed from those sonic environs either. Six very strong cuts with nary a dud in the bunch. Would love to know if there's anything else floating around by these fellas aside from this record and the aforementioned singles.
01. Cracked Marbles
02. I Want You
03. Flowers and Tears
04. Don’t You Care
05. Tell Me
06. Don’t Look Back

9 comments:

Mr. Nez said...

I am friends with the bassist in who played in the Reactions (he's the fella on the right from the cover)
I've sent him the post to see if he can answer your question about any remaining output.

Great blog, by the way!

Mr. Nez said...

I am friends with the bassist in who played in the Reactions (he's the fella on the right from the cover)
I've sent him the post to see if he can answer your question about any remaining output.

Great blog, by the way!

Brushback said...

Wasn't really a big Reactions fan, but "Don't Look Back" is a great song. Always liked that one.

I don't know if they had any other vinyl besides what you mentioned, but Dave Swanson played with Death of Samantha and Cobra Verde.

Leslie M. Basalla said...

Reactions reissues are coming out soon on Get Hip records with added unreleased and live tracks. Brian McCafferty the bass player (who is, incidentally, standing next to me as I write this) and Dave Swanson continue to play music of a similar stripe together in Rainy Day Saints. You can check their stuff out at rainydaysaints.com or myspace.com/rainydaysaints.
Thanks Pete.

spavid said...

Excellent. Thanks for chiming in folks.

Neilantman said...

Thanks

Monkey Flinging Poo said...

I was music director for a campus station when this came out and I've listened to "Flowers and Tears" probably a million times since those days. Nice.

bill said...

Didn't Brian also play in Beatnik Termites after the Reactions?

Stathis said...

Hello

how are you?

I found this EP into your blog
but, unfortunately the link is dead.
Can you please repost it?

Thank you very much
Efstathiou Stathis