Monday, February 25, 2008
SOOTHSAYER - Have A Good Time ('89)
Quebec's Soothsayer were one of the most original, energetic, fun and underrated crossover thrash bands of the 80's; definitely one of my favorites. Think for a sec about Metallica's "Kill Em All", Gammacide's "Victims Of Science", DRI's "Crossover" and everything Suicidal Tendencies did in the 80's, throw that all in a blender and up the speed and quirkiness factor times a few and you sort of have Soothsayer's debut full length. This is hard for me to write about because even though you can hear elements of all of those in their sound, there's so much they put into this album that I struggle to do them justice. There's songs about violence at shows, world peace, zits, flies, baseball, ET (yes, Spielberg's ET) and everything under the sun - they didn't take themselves too seriously, which was both a blessing and a hindrance, because they sounded awesome when they got down to their game. Their English also wasn't top notch, but I think it added to their quirkiness.
There's still so much I could say about this album - I'm going to instead mention that Soothsayer played a reunion show in Montreal in August 07 and did not miss a single beat - they broke up shortly after the release of this album, and after all these years came back and played a perfect set - the singer sprinted from one end of the stage to the other as I took part in one of the greatest circle pits I've ever been in. Great, great times.
Their 1986 "To Be A Real Terrorist" demo is at least as well regarded, and is faster and more raw than the album in question, but I chose not to review it as it doesn't match this album's personality and memorability. In '86 Pleasure To Kill press shoots, you can see one of the Kreator guys wearing a Soothsayer shirt - so you could say it was influential.
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1. Free Violence
3. Buzz Fly
4. The Game I
6. Go Team Go
8. The Game II
9. Pimple Sprayer
10. Together To Make A World
12. Rock'N'Roll Forever
"Look now there's some bad guys trying to take control
Maybe it's just to be like a great macho,
Please don't pay attention
Just stay away from them
They'll feel so stupid alone, feel so frustrated inside
And we'll still have a good time"