Various – The Ecstasy Of The Agony

(Alternative Tentacles Virus 252)

Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative
Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000
Organization: Bzangy Groink

This is another AT comp featuring 30 tracks for about a fiver, depending where you buy it (it’s got ‘Pay no more than $5.99’ on the front).

There’s a wide mix of artists and genres on here and along with the songs there’s spoken-word excerpts from heroes of mine like anarcho-syndicalist Noam Chomsky, Black Panther Angela Davies, Mumia Abu-Jamal and other notables. I personally love these interludes but if you’re not a lefty, they’ll probably just annoy the crap out of you. As for bands, well, you get tracks from NoMeansNo (the fab ‘Hello-Goodbye’), Pitchshifter, Jad Fair, Pachinko, the Dicks, Victim’s Family, Half Japanese and loads more.

Really, at this price you can’t go wrong if you’ve ever vaguely liked any guitar music – there’ll be enough on here to justify the price. There’s even a track by Ant Chapman favourite, Wesley Willis, ‘Termites Ate My House Up.’ Now I’ve heard him, I think I’ll be buying more šŸ™‚

Buy this album if you’re dead stingy and want to have a load of happenin’ new music to listen to for very little. Don’t buy this album if you hate lefty preaching.