Friday, February 28, 2014

Mecca Normal - "Strong White Male" 7"

Mecca Normal – “Strong White Male” 7”
K, 1987
Acquired: K Records Mail Order, New, 2009
Price: $1
More sparse, avant-punk from Vancouver duo Mecca Normal. Here we have the band’s pro-feminist agenda on full display and these three songs play more like performance art than pop. It’s much weirder than the other 7” of theirs I own—the “From the Surface” 7”—but this one comes from the beginning of their career whereas the other one comes from the latter days. Here, Jean Smith’s vocals oscillate between grating and Calvin Johnson-esque baritone and while I’ll probably never put this one on for pleasure, in 1987 this must have been exceedingly cool.  

"Strong White Male"

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