Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Glass Eye - Christine ep (1988, Bar None)

Nine years ago I wasn't expecting such a fevered reaction to two records I shared by an old school Austin, TX outfit, Glass Eye.  Those releases, the Marlo ep from 1985, and 1986 full length follow-up, Huge saw gazillions of downloads and at least two or three rounds of refreshed links.  Amazingly, the band's official website is still intact, and evidently interest in Glass Eye is still palpable.  I didn't realize it at the time I procured it a couple years ago, but the 1988 Christine ep was an appetizer of sorts for the quartet's second LP, Bent By Nature.   The dynamic title piece is intermittently disciplined and wiry and one of the single most effective songs in their catalog.  A traipse through Paul Simon's "Cecila" absorbs a full two minutes of it's precious 150 seconds building up to it's frenzied crescendo, albeit still gratifying.  Christine winds things out with the sardonic country rendering, "The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln," a song bearing, shall I say, schizophrenic tendencies.

01. Christine
02. Cecila
03. Perder La Guerra
04. Comeback
05. The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln

http://www97.zippyshare.com/v/YnwJrGba/file.html

7 comments:

Andrew said...

Much gratitude to you for sharing this gem. I remember this from my college radio days and haven't seen or heard it since then (yep, around 1988). I cannot thank you enough!

Unknown said...

Please re-up Marlo!

spavid said...

Glad I was able to help Andrew. Link to Marlo has been updated.

Unknown said...

Thank you!

Robert Nagle said...

Thanks for the additional Glass Eye album. Their version of Cecilia is pretty radical. BTW, I'm a big fan of the Dead Dog Eyeball album, released in the early 90s by Glass Eye singer Kathy McCarty. (That's probably the best album). She sort of disappeared for a decade, then reappeared with an album " Another Day In The Sun" which is performed by her and the other Glass Eye personnel.

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Robert Nagle said...

For what it's worth, I reviewed one of her comeback concerts a decade ago .