There's not a lot out there in Internet-land about Third Circle - or even about their label, Rouska - despite the fact that pretty much everybody at KCMU in 1986 seemed to agree that their debut release was some version of "good." Discogs and this one other blog post agree that Third Circle was mostly a guy named Martin Kelly, who was also part of Rouska head Richard Paddison (aka Rouska)'s project W.M.T.I.D. (Which I'm sure stands for something.)
But hey, sometimes we're just shedding a tiny bit of light on a relatively forgotten recording and seeing how many ways college radio DJs can find to call something good. Enjoy!
"2.2 is live and is very good. The two studio cuts are devastating. Hard, driving pop with an enormous drum sound. Go Rouska!! Medium. I repeat - big fucking drums."
"Pot very, very low!!"
"No big drums here. They're just mixed way up front. [Correct.] Very good, nonetheless."
"This is good."
"You couldn't tell that from the raucous sound of this album." [Written on the bottom half of a label way off in the bottom right corner of the album. Maybe a comment on the title? Or response to someone else's missing comment? We may never know.]
Ah, it's time for another dip into the "Bands Levi Really Should Have Been Paying Attention to at the Time" file. I can't tell you how many Red Lorry Yellow Lorry records I flipped past in my teenaged record-store-digging days, and I'm sure I heard them on one of our fine local college radio stat...
I've probably said this before, but this is kind of the perfect Review Revue album. Released on RR favorites Shimmy Disc (see also here and here and here and here and oh yes, over here), featuring members of Half Japanese, partially recorded at Inner Ear studios (okay, that's more of a me thing),...