The Nation Of Ulysses – The Embassy Tapes

(Dischord 124)

Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000
Organization: Bzangy Groink

As it states on the back, this is a recording made at the NOU, er, Embassy in 1992 and it sounds pretty much like a live, room-reverby recording so don’t expect Limp Bizkit production values. But do expect noisy, pumping, shouty, unintelligible agit-prop from the Situationist pranksters. Sometimes, cos of the recording, even though they’re really going for it, the result is sadly a bit subdued compared to ‘Plays Pretty For Baby.’ But the songs are still the NOU gonzoid thumpers we’ve come to grow and love.

My fave is the 1.38min ‘Gimme Disaster’ cos I can *almost* singalong. Ten tracks for ten quid, all of them better than the shit that passes for punk nowadays. All the songs are about *something*, even if they are insane. Plus , you get a whole load of NOU mad rambling on the cover, full of needless Situationist CAPITALS for NO GODDAMN REASON whatSOever.

Buy this album if you’re an Ian MacKaye completist and believe that people should hammer their guitars hard enough to make their hands bleed. Don’t buy it if you’re looking for hi-fi friendly, corporate-punk air-punching anthems.