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 week brings us some good old fashioned vitriolic snark (with a side order of anti-Canadian bias) — along with a half-hearted rebuttal on behalf of a defenseless Canadian rock band unaware (until now) of the abuses being heaped upon it. Shanghai Dog were a relatively short-lived project, made up of some members of a band called the Subhumans (but not the Subhumans you're thinking of) and frontman Doug Andrew. Doug is still playing and singing — his current band is called The Circus in Flames — and I don't think he sounds at all like Geddy Lee with a lisp.
"Somethin' 'bout Cana-Duh I don't like. This LP sums it up. Overly serious lyrics over boring wimpsid musak (pretends to be intense & urgent like someone threatening to throw a feather at yo with all his/her might). The singer sounds like Geddy Lee with a listp. A Treat indeed."
"Come on, Mark, they aren't that bad! You make it sound like Triumph, for crissakes!! So they don't thrash as sloppily as they ought to . . ."
"Hey, this is not a thrash band. It is a new music rock band. As far as that goes, they sound pretty good."
"C'mon Niel, there's NOTHING new about this tripe."
This week's Review Revue spotlights the Screaming Trees album Even If and Especially When. See what KCMU DJs thought back in the day.