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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Chain Link Fence - Fireworks ep & Positive ep (1985/86, Throbbing Lobster)
Here are two highly promising eps from a Massachusetts quartet that failed to survive past the '80s. Fireworks is filled with ebullient, spunky riff-pop along the lines of the first couple of Joe Jackson albums. Well written and well executed, this is a model example of what power pop acts of Chain Link Fence's era should have been striving for (and luckily, many succeeded at doing just that). 1986's Positive ep carries with it quite a bit of development - more assured playing, sassier attitude, and increasingly sophisticated songwriting chops. More rhythmically aware than the first record as well. I swear there are some horns and sax on here, but the credits don't make mention of them (maybe it's the keyboards)?
For purely trivial reasons, I'll inform you that frontman Billy Barrett is the older brother of Mighty Mighty Bosstones Dickie Barrett. Also, copies of Fireworks might still be available here.
Fireworks ep (1985)
03. Next Stop, Please
05. This Mourning
06. Need No Experience
Positive ep (1986)
04. Goodbye Game
06. Upstairs, Downstairs