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 Girl Trouble's second LP, Thrillsphere, a delightfully entertaining slab o' wax that had (most of) the KCMU DJ crew boppin' in their seats - at least, as far as I can tell from the comments. Just a glance at the album credits reveals that this is a perfect little slice of 1990 Seattle (okay, Tacoma) rock history: released by PopLlama records, recorded at Egg studios by Steve Fisk . . . oh, and there's a song called "Coffee Mama." I'm sold.
"One of those records that I wanted to play again and again and again and . . . H on the strength of 1-1 & 1-2 alone!"
"Fuck me, this is wondrous. All those mysterious songs they've been playing instead of 'Hit It or Quit It' stuff."
"Rhis gets better & better every time I hear it. 'Coffee Mama' has a great groove. Yeah, Girl Trouble!"
"They're better at being the Cramps than the Cramps are these days."
"Marie LaVeau a great live staple. Sounds great on the record too. Most listenable thru-out girl trouble LP. Even Kahuna's '13 Women' is great. H Yea."<
"This has been in H far too long."
"Great live but recorded something is missing."