Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.
This is one of those weeks when I realize I'm jumping into the middle of the story that many people know much more about than I do (OK, that's pretty much every week). The Vancouver band known as Slow is new to me, yet anyone devouring music in the Pacific Northwest in the 1980s would probably get a little thrill just at the memory of this short-lived — and recently reunited — group. Contrary to their name, it seems Slow flashed very briefly and brightly, releasing just a single and this EP in their original run before flaming out spectacularly. Honestly, just read this Georgia Straight article for the full story, and for an update on where the band is now (or was a year and change ago).
As you can see below, the KCMU DJs weren't all necessarily on the same page, but the general consensus seems to have been that this was a band worth hearing and seeing. And perhaps we'll get a chance again.
"Brutal's the word. Wow!"
"Iggy meets Lynrd Skynrd. Belch."
"Ya mean Iggy meets Green River?"
"This Iggy thing gotta stop."
"Rocking country-punk. Raw vocals. 'Have Not Been the Same.'"
quot;Sound more like Motorhead."
"Since I wasn't here to comment when this came out - I'll add now - this band is one of the best ever + blows any other NW band totally away - Tom Anselmi is God."
"Best Rockin' Roll record in the world."
This week's Review Revue spotlights the album False Accusations by The Robert Cray Band. See what KCMU DJs thought back in the day.