Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Neon Rock Garden (NRg) - "Never Listen" 7" (1986, Critical Mass)

Throughout the better part of the '80s it would seem that Mitch Easter's every waking hour (outside of pursuing his meal-ticket, Let's Active) was spent producing/recording other bands.  From an audiophile's perspective this was a wizardly, and ultimately thoughtful move on Mitch's part, lending his acumen to scores of records that bear his name in the credits, including this beaut.  Neon Rock Garden were a co-ed trio based in the small North Carolina town of Hickory.  As of this writing I have yet to hear anything outside of these two NRg tracks, which offer a none-too-subtle wink and a nod to that aforementioned "meal-ticket."  Nevertheless they put their own spin on the New South trend-Du-jour, especially on the fevered "Don't Say Baboon," gushing forth a flurry of delirious, jagged arpeggios, and a guitar tone that nearly mimics the trademark leads of U2's The Edge.  The stuff of Wilfully Obscure ideals for sure.  The equally winsome A-side, "Never Listen" charts a slightly more contemplative trajectory.  I'm thoroughly rejoicing over this 45.  With any luck, in the weeks and months to come, I may have more NRg to share (that's right, keep your fingers crossed and I'll do the same).

A. Never Listen
B. Don't Say Baboon

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6 comments:

Moose said...

Hmmm... Now I see who my eBay "competition is! ;>)

spavid said...

Competition on Ebay is a bitch, especially for juicy morsels like this. Judging by my cerdit card balance I'd do well to steer clear of that site. Ixnay on the Ebay!

EdYarios80's said...

keep fingers crossed.
NRg "live" (later "Neon Rock Garden") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw1k4pmMwfQ&feature=relmfu

Thanks for sharing.

Steve said...

I remember NRG, I used to live with one of the members. They were a really good band, a staple in the early 80's Punk scene in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

Steve said...

I remember NRG, I used to live with one of the members. They were a really good band, a staple in the early 80's Punk scene in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

Paul Soud said...

Ha, I've actually got a copy of this single on vinyl. I didn't think anyone else had heard of it.