8. Big Black – Songs About Fucking

Big Black was the band that Therapy? first bonded over. There was something in the repetition and sound that was unlike anything we’d heard before. The whole thing about them was like a big, ugly, sarcastic punch line without a care if there was a joke preceding it. Being from East Antrim which can be a weird, agricultural part of Ulster we could relate to some of the narrative in the songs. I think this album is nearly even poppy in places but in a very distorted way. ‘Bad Penny’, ‘Fishfry’, great slabs of frustration and rage. Other people go for Atomizer but Songs About Fucking has a punch to it that’s difficult to ignore.




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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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