Friday, September 23, 2011

Live For Today

A pair of panties was added to the provocative cover art on the reissue version of Uncle Sam's album Heaven or Hollywood, but that just makes the cover go from cool to corny. So what is the story on Uncle Sam? What kind of band with any real ambitions would choose a cover that was bound to cause a few problems? Well Uncle Sam were from Rochester, not Heaven, not Hollywood. But the sort of nihilist, sleazoid, bad boy, junkie rock that these fuckwits laid down does seem more akin to Hollywood. The band was fronted by a charismatic gent who sounds a bit like Alice Cooper at times and a bit like Eddie Tudor Pole at others. This is more artful and punk than say GnR or Ratt, shades of chequer-board power pop creep in. Heaven or Hollywood is a party but the kind with bad drugs and friends that will fuck you over. I like this album.

9 comments:

brandi said...

I've been to Rochester, it's filled with degenerates who aren't allowed to move down to the city.

the wizard said...

This is so much more awesome than the cover suggests.

elmer68 said...

Thanks for the post Aesop. As weirdness would have it, my first roommate (circa 1990) was Mark Cessna, brother of Scott Cessna or Scott C. Mark had the first Uncle Sam album (the one with the raunchy cover) on cassettee and used to play it on his boombox. Listening to the album now brings back memories and yes, I can now hear that they had quite a bit of Glam Punk in their sound

Zer said...

Zer!

Velkaarn said...

I appreciate anything with this provocative cover art. Though I suppose I better give it a listen first. Thank you.

Slobodan Burgher said...

I suppose one could also jerk off looking at this cover while listening to the record so it's a sure winner.

Sean said...

Sir, I find this cover distasteful to womyn and sexist to every self-castrated college crusty the world over...I'm reporting you to Profane Existence headquarters at ONCE for 40 tongue lashings and a round circle of 120 finger pointings.

sappersteen said...

Very Cooperish, NY dollsie, Stoogism. Gutter Rawk!! And ya can beat off to the cover ... GENIUS!
Thanks, MAN!

Semlohsa Moht said...

This cover also appeared in Playboy magazine, if I remember correctly.