Saturday, May 30, 2009

regarding Fabulous Stains covers.

YACHT, whom I have never heard of until just now, is putting out a 7" of Fabulous Stains covers entitled Don't Put Out June 16. HECK YES. It'll feature "Waste of Time" and "Professionals" from the '80s cult film, Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains. "Waste of Time" is streaming via the link above. The band gives it a great tweaking, keeping the apathetic vocals but blending in a poppy disco groove. Given how sparse the original was with just rudimentary guitar, this cover is both faithful yet original. If I had money, I'd try to score one of the 1,000 copies pressed, but I'll prolly have to settle for the digital option.

Speaking of da Stains, check out Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains. It's a surprisingly smart punk flick (featuring a very young Diane Lane and Laura Dern) that predicts the riot grrl movement. It chronicles the rise and fall of Lane 'n' Dern's band, The Fabulous Stains, and the impact their violent feminist music has on America's lady-youth. At 87 minutes, it's not a perfect film - the rise/fall dynamic is forced and naive and there are some really stupid movie cliches - but the soundtrack, which blends glam rock, punk, and reggae is spot-on, perhaps helped by a bevy of icons, including but not limited to Paul Simonon from The Clash and Steve Jones and Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. Lane is affecting in one of her first film roles, playing fucked-up teenage orphan Corinne Burns with a mix of anger and fragility, determination and nihilism.

Basically, if you like punk rock and hate sexist pigs, check out the flick, then hit up YACHT's covers.

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