Tuesday 11 March 2014

Church of Doug - I Hate This City and Everyone in It (1994)

The last few tapes from the James Muretich collection slingshot us from the early 80's into the mid 90's, but they're no less remarkable. Like this one an double-cassette (!!!) effort from former Sandwiches(Sandwichian?)/Golden Calgarian Doug Smith and his Church of Doug.

This is a great collection, which sounds like it was recorded to four-track with drum machines for, er, drums. While the first Church of Doug tape is heavily country-flavoured, this one spans from country rock to psychedelic pop to sludgy rock with Smith's amazing guitar work and wit at the centre. It's not just the double-cassette action that has left us impressed (although, that is as far as we know an only for a Calgary release), but also the title track, a sprawling, 20-minute track that almost feels like three songs (at least) in one. Plus, he nails it when he sings: "I've seen everything appear to change/I've seen everything stay exactly the same/I hate this city/I hate this city."

Needless to say, we're completely sucked in by the excess of this tape.

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