EAT – timeless & unlauded

THE DEITIES OF POP-STARDOM MUST BE FICKLE CREATURES,  JUDGING FROM THE APPARENT RANDOMNESS AT WHICH THEY BESTOW  SUCCESS UPON BANDS (BASED ON SEEMINGLY MYSTERIOUS FACTORS OTHER THAN TALENT).

ONE SUCH EXAMPLE IS THE BAND EAT, WHO’S STUNNING DEBUT ALBUM SELL ME A GOD SHOULD HAVE GAINED THEM QUICK AND LASTING INTERNATIONAL ACCLAIM…….OR NOT, AS IT TURNED OUT.  RELEASED ON THE CURE’S FICTION LABEL IN 1989, THIS MIGHT BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT ROCK ALBUMS TO CATEGORIZE, FROM ANY DECADE. TIMELESS AND UNIQUE, EAT SIMPLY SOUND LIKE NO ONE ELSE, THEN OR NOW. SOME HAVE LABELED THE SOUND AS “SWAMP-POP”, WHICH IS CERTAINLY AS APPLICABLE A LABEL AS ANY, BEING A CHALLENGE TO CULMINATE THE VARIED APPROACHES ON THIS RECORD INTO A TIDY GENRE-BOX.  FROM COW-PUNK ROCKERS, FUNK-TINGED RANTS TO ATMOSPHERIC SPOKEN WORD PIECES, EAT SOMEHOW MANAGES TO ESCAPE SOUNDING SCHIZOPHRENIC.  HOW IT COULD ALL MAKE SENSE IS A PART OF THEIR UNDER-APPRECIATED TALENTS.

ANGE DOLITTLE’S IS VOICE IS SIMPLY AMAZING, THE GUITAR PLAYING OF THE BROTHERS PAUL AND MAX NOBLE IS AN INSPIRING COUNTERPOINT IN TEXTURE AND TECHNIQUE, THE RHYTHM SECTION (PETE HOWARD, DRUMS & TIM SEWELL, BASS) ARE ALWAYS SOLID, MUSICAL & SPOT ON.  IN SHORT, THESE GUYS ARE A GREAT BAND, SO WHAT HAPPENED?

VOLATILE BAND RELATIONSHIPS, DRUGS & A GENERAL LACK OF SUCCESS IN THE U.S. AS WE UNDERSTAND THE HISTORY OF THEIR QUICK IMPLOSION.  EVEN THOUGH THE LONDON-BASED GROUP HAD GAINED RECOGNITION IN THEIR NATIVE U.K., GOTTEN FAVORABLE PRESS AND TOURED WITH THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN THROUGH EUROPE, THEY COULDN’T HOLD IT TOGETHER AS A WORKING BAND.  PITY.  WE’VE PULLED SELL ME A GOD OUT OF THE STACKS CONTINUOUSLY OVER THE YEARS AND THOUGHT “THESE GUYS COULD’VE BEEN HUGE!”.  NOT EVEN THE REFORMATION OF THE BAND WITH DIFFERENT GUITARISTS, A HONED POP EDGE AND A SECOND ALBUM EPICURE COULD GIVE EAT THE SUCCESS THEY SHOULD HAVE EARNED.  

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT SELL ME A GOD IS STILL A GREAT ALBUM  AND STILL OUT THERE TO BE HEARD=

http://musicstore.orange.ch/eat/sell-me-a-god/aft10748184art843136 

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