Monday, November 26, 2007

Listening Post

Back in 1994 I was lucky enough to interview what at that time was an up-and-coming young electronic/alternative band called God Lives Underwater. They had recently been signed by Rick Rubin to American Recordings and were in Miami to support the release of their first full-length album Empty.

The band was basically the brainchild of two musicians, David Reilly and Jeff Turzo -- both of whom eventually went on to not only record their own material but to help produce and remix stuff for bands like Skinny Puppy.

Reilly and Turzo struck me as genuinely good guys: they were smart, personable and the music they were cranking out at the time showed tremendous promise.

Unfortunately, right after the release of GLU's 2004 album Up Off the Floor, Reilly fell into a coma -- the result of pain medication for an abscessed tooth -- and died.

Jeff Turzo however went on to join a new band with a friend of his, Matt Mahaffey. They formed Wired All Wrong, whose debut album Break Out the Battle Tapes was released in September of last year. It's quite honestly one of the most infectious, kick-ass party albums your likely to ever hear.

So, let's follow the lineage.

First up, from the 1998 album Life in the So-Called Space Age, this is God Lives Underwater with From Your Mouth.

Then, putting to good use the versatile and thorougly surreal video for the disco classic Apache, here's Wired All Wrong's Nothing at All.

Do yourself, and by proxy decent music lovers everywhere, a favor and pick up the Wired All Wrong album. You won't regret it, or my name isn't Belvedere Jehosephat.


Bibliolatrist said...

Gah. Empty is such a great cd, and rarely do I find anyone who has heard of it, much less likes it.

You've just reminded me to put this cd on my ipod.

brent said...

Chez, I read your blog off and on (mostly off....sorry) but this post means I need to check you out more often. I stole a copy of GLU's 6-song EP from my college radio station while I worked there. I've been in love with this band ever since. If I were smarter, I'd link to the myspace message I posted when David Reilly passed away. I've got everything they ever made as GLU (including the unreleased last album, Up Off the Floor) and I'll forever say that they're the most criminally underrated band of the 90s.

Thanks a million for this post.