Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ff - Lady Shoe (1995, Double Deuce)

Still trying to figure out why the Ffuck someone would dub their band Ff, but it happened and there ain't a goddamn thing any of us can do about it (though I suppose you could scroll down to the next entry, but in all seriousness, this is worth your time).  Brooklyn, NY is the place Ff called home, and something tells me they failed to garner adequate attention even on their home turf, which is a shame considering they had the chops to corner the power-punk market of their day.  I really commend them for sucessfully dodging either extremes of the "pop" and "aggro" spectrum of their genre of choice, though this album's decidedly dainty title belies it's rather vigorous paces.  The blistering opening salvo, "Horse Head" recalls the grunge-punk rawk of Lawrence, KS natives Paw (remember them?), but shades of New Day Rising-era Husker Du crop up on much of the remainder of Lady Shoe.  Ff were heavy hitters indeed, but not without some tuneful saving graces.  BTW, the track listing on the tray card omits "songs" 13-16, and justifiably so one could argue, as they amount to fragmentary afterhoughts that deviate entirely from the meat and potatoes of the rest of the album.  One Base on an Overthrow had a few words to expel on Lady Shoe a few years ago, albeit the song links have expired.

01. Horse Head
02. Please
03. Killing Me
04. New Song
05. Fog Head
06. Endless Confusion
07. Coattails
08. No Explanation
09. Disconsolate
10. Lost Hope
11. Brain
12. Today (Make Up Your Mind)
13. Plan B
14. Shirk Circus
15. Suck
16. Jerry

http://www42.zippyshare.com/v/JZdM86nQ/file.html

11 comments:

Brushback said...

Totally overlooked band, they've got that Black Flag thing going on with some of their riffs too.. back then they were always getting tagged with "sounds like Black Flag mixed with Husker Du". Really catchy songs, they should be a lot more well-known than they are.

spavid said...

It only occurred to me today, but a Bullet LaVolta comparison would be pretty spot-on as well. Check out the Ff single I just posted.

Brushback said...

Yeah, I went to download the 7" but the file host threw a 5-minute wait at me, so I gave up. I have the flipside ("Diseased") on a CD compilation that I've been meaning to post, I'm not sure if they're both the same recording.

Unknown said...

It would be great to see more of Ff's singles and their other disc We're #1 or anything by them up for perusal. The great Fat Fuck, writer, singer, guitarist and all around good guy Tom Price just died in Nov 2011 of a heart attack at 47. A superb band especially live, he and they will be greatly missed.

Unknown said...

It would be great to see more of Ff's singles and their other disc We're #1 or anything by them up for perusal. The great Fat Fuck, writer, singer, guitarist and all around good guy Tom Price just died in Nov 2011 of a heart attack at 47. A superb band especially live, he and they will be greatly missed.

Brushback said...

Wow, I didn't know he had died. I had "We're #1" posted for a while on my blog, but I've taken down the files since then. Literally no one listened to them while they were up, I think none of the mp3's got any more than 9 listens.

David Lindsay said...

Hey Brushback,
I'm Dave Lindsay I played guitar for Ff and found this blog on Google. It's good to find someone who dug what we did. I am starting to put together all the Ff stuff I can and put in one site online. There is a lot of music that never saw the light of day and I think there are some people out there who would like to hear it.
Like this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqAruCDnDBQ

Piko Utin said...

is there any chance to reupload this amazing and rare album? thanks in advance! :)

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Piko Utin said...

ooohhh sooo thank u man! and how fast you replied! sincereley i'm very grateful for sharing this beautiful album! :)

Piko Utin said...

and i thank u too for keeping alive this precious and unique blog on the hole internet! :)