The Raincoats – Odyshape

November 17, 2009

Question: Who says women can rock without sucking?

Answer: People who listen to Sleater-Kinney.

Wrong. Women who rock almost always suck. Yes, even Sleater-Kinney sucks. The Raincoats, on the other hand, never sucked. Their eponymous debut album from 1979 is heralded as highly as a post-punk album could be — the 1994 reissue on Rough Trade featured liner notes by Kurt Cobain. It’s got an awesome cover of “Lola,” and a mixture of punk, folk, and lo-fi garage that has won the hearts of many. Of course, always the contrarian, I prefer the group’s second album, Odyshape. It’s a slightly more difficult listen, but I think it is a much more accomplished album. Considering it came out so quickly after the self-titled album, Odyshape is a phenomenal follow-up that displays the girls’ marked growth. The album featured no singles (but I think “Only Loved At Night” has to be one of the best post-punk songs ever recorded). Richard Dudanski from This Heat makes a guest appearance. It’s so of-another-world, and so fucked up, it is a must-own album.

The Raincoats
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01. Shouting Out Loud
02. Family Tree
03. Only Loved At Night
04. Dancing In My Head
05. Odyshape
06. And Then It’s O.K.
07. Baby Song
08. Red Shoes
09. Go Away


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  2. bobby

    the poll wont let click both..

  3. Montag

    Wow, the fact you think Sleater-Kinney sucks, while you laud so much absolutely terrible dreck, indicates you’re even more of a mong than everyone suspected.

  4. ernest borgnine as dominic

    Heh. And this is where Mr. Fun-gus is trying to use his misogyny to make him “more marketable for future media interest.”

    Howard Stern Jr?

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    I wish I was as rich as Howard Stern. He’s a genius.

    As for misogyny…Electrelane rock! It’s not my fault Sleater-Kinney sucks.

    Clever user name, ernest…where’d you come up with that one?

  6. Timmy McTimmerson

    WTF is a mung?

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    One boring trainspotter style point. Richard Dudanski (PIL, 101er’s) wasn’t on this record,or in THis Heat. You are thinking of the great Charles Hayward, the billy cobham of squatland.

  8. Anonymous

    In response to Rusty: Dudanski was on this record (along with Hayward and Robert Wyatt)

  9. pinkie

    Sleater do not suck,you naughty person…The Raincoats are,however,my favourite of the two if you twist my arm – and Electrelane? I just love those girls..Brighton should be proud of ’em. Happy New Year btw

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