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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Flesh Eaters - A Minute To Pray A Second To Die

Date Released : Dec.1981
Label : Ruby
Track Lenght : 34:11
Genre : Punk Rock

A classic album of trashy-noir darkness, seamy Hollywood dreck, campy blues horror, and Stax-influenced, stripped-down guitar punk, the Flesheaters' first release, A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die, truly delivers what it promises: simple, direct, roots-flavored early L.A. punk. However, calling this a punk album is reductive at best. Sure, it utilizes the less-is-more, low-rent attitude and musicianship, but Chris D. and crew -- and it's an exceptional crew, featuring former Blasters Dave Alvin and Bill Bateman (accomplished roots players in their own right), saxman Steve Berlin, who later played with Los Lobos, and John Doe and DJ Bonebrake of X -- succeed in creating a sonic pastiche of true American music. From blues to jazz to rock to rockabilly, the Flesheaters were able to accomplish all, and that is no more apparent in their catalog than on this debut, which captures the fire and directness of early Sun Studios recordings -- albeit with more self-consciousness. Later the band would devolve into campier, less invigorating rock, but songs like "See You in the Boneyard," "So Long," and "Digging My Grave" are enduring testaments to this lineup's power, simplicity, and prestige. Chris D., with his whine and shriek -- a bit like Darby Crash -- later formed the Divine Horsemen, as well.


1. Digging My Grave
2. Pray Til You Sweat
3. River Of Fever
4. Satan"s Stomp
5. See You In The Boneyard
6. So Long
7. Cyrano De Berger's Back
8. Divine Horseman


1 comment:

Wyatt Doyle said...

At New Texture, we've collected Chris D.'s complete lyrics, poetry, short stories, autobiographical notes and more in a book _also_ called A MINUTE TO PRAY, A SECOND TO DIE. Preface by Byron Coley, Foreword by John Doe, Afterword by Lydia Lunch.

It's easily found on Amazon or via our website.

...And Happy Birthday, Chris D.!