Monday, October 27, 2008

Fight Like Apes - 'Jake Summers' and 'Lend Me Your Face' 7"s (+ videos)

'Lend Me Your Face'

'Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues'

These are the two 7" single releases featuring the re-recorded tracks from Fight Like Apes first EP, How Am I Supposed To Kill You When You Have All The Guns?, released along with the debut album, Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion. To be honest, the re-recorded versions (produced by John Goodmanson, who claims to "make records sound good by default") are pretty faithful to the originals, although maybe that's because I'm well used to them by now. The originals, particularly 'Lend Me Your Face', were what got me into the band in the first place, via the radio.

On the flip sides are unreleased instrumental track, 'Corey Pop' and the recorded version of their live stalwart, and Mclusky cover, 'Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues'. The first b-side is actually very good, in a catchy synth ditty kind of way. I'm pretty sure I remember it being played during one of their sets towards the end of last year or earlier this year, and it possibly feeds into the structure of some of the new songs on the album.

'Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues' I have, of course, a completely biased attitude towards. I was a Mclusky fan before I was a Fight Like Apes fan, and I'm still a fan of both, plus Future of the Left and Shooting at Unarmed Men (album of the year!). Honestly, I think it's more than equal to the original (which has always been, and will continue to be, utterly awesome). Unfortunately some folks over at the Future of the Left message boards are very unhappy with the cover - and also with the fact that the band were touring with the Ting Tings. I mean, they're not the most profound indie group ever (the Ting Tings, that is, not Fight Like Apes.... they're way deep in a superficial, b-movie kind of way) but there are plenty worse to be listening to so, sheesh, way to be elitist. The criticism of 'no bass' is pretty stupid, too.

Anyway, I'm quite excited to see Future of the Left upstairs at Whelans on November 14th. They're flogging a live album on the tour, and their live show was pretty impressive the last time round, even if I'm not a fan of all the parts of their music.

Future of the Left 7"s (from this previous post)

Fight Like Apes 7"s (from this post)

'Lend Me Your Face' (old version)

'Jake Summers' (new version)


Dave said...

I really dislike the new recording of 'Jake Summers.' The original's chorus had a huge oomph because of the basic arrangement, but here it all just blends together and it's eh. 'Lend Me Your Face' still slays in every conceivable manner.

gabbagabbahey said...

I won't disagree with you, but to me the difference seems quite subtle. doesn't bother me much!