Dan Sartain 'Too Tough To Live'

Dan Sartain ‘Too Tough To Live’  – album review
Dan Sartain 'Too Tough To Live'

Dan Sartain ”ËœToo Tough To Live’ (One Little Indian TPLP 1117)
Available 30th January 2012

Alabama based Dan Sartain is clearly mixing in the right circles for on this his sixth full length album sees him add singer/ guitarist Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s as guest-star on ”ËœNow Now Now’ ”“ The Go-Gos were the recipients of a ”Ëœstar’ on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 2011.

Not that this caused either of them to bask in the indulgent glory of a single track over 2mins in length; what you get here are 13 tracks all delivered in under 19 minutes which might indicate along with the song titles that Dan is a little uppity about daily life; an itinerary of hassles – department stores, death, the unseeing eye, the all-seeing eye, heaven, hell, Vietnam, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays – and you, all fall into his sights.

”ËœToo Tough To Live’ sees Sartain takes a sideways step from his more usual rockabilly based material and plunge into hot-rod fuelled old school punk rock ”“ less Rocket From The Crypt more Ramones but with the benefits and production values offered by Lucky Cat Studios, San Francisco. The album is angry, impatient ”“ a full on adrenaline rush.
Despite the switch to an early punk sound the guitar licks remain recognisably Sartain, most noticeably on ”ËœI Wanna Join The Army’ .
”ËœFuck Friday’ is nihilist genius with its repeated ”ËœFuck Friday, Fuck Saturday, Fuck Sunday ”“ FUCK YOU!!’

Even the gap length between the tracks is kept to a minimum, you barely have time to catch your breath before we are off on another urgently delivered missive ”“ despite the brief timescales Sartain still manages to demonstrate intelligence and playfulness; he clearly enjoyed the making of this album.

If you’re looking for musical invention then you might be disappointed, but if you are looking for a record that will energise you then, that will reaffirm your belief in punk rock then ”ËœToo Tough To Live’ will do the trick.


1. Nam Vet
2. Now Now Now (with Jane Wiedlin)
3. I Wanna Join The Army
4. I’m Aware
5. Rona
6. Swap Meet
7. Boo Hoo Hoo
8. Indian Massacre
9. Fuck F*iday
10. I Got Insurance
11. I Can’t Go Home Now
12. Even At My Worst I’m Better Than You
13. In Death

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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