Album Review

Afflicted Man – “I’m Off Me ‘Ead” – [Permanent Records]

jacksoil   8/14/2013   12-inch, A Library

As reissues go, sometimes, you’ve got that feeling of like, shit, no one is doing anything new, so the record companies are just going back and re-issuing good records because it’s been long enough and maybe, just maybe, there is a new audience waiting for said re-issue. For KFJC, those re-issue just are not that exciting (in many cases, we’ve got the fucking original anyhow!). Then, on the other hand, you’ve got re-issues like the Steve Hall‘s (originally just known as Afflicted) Afflicted Man‘s I’m Off Me ‘Ead that is definitely old enough and not heard enough that it is like a god send to add to your collection. So, that’s the deal; rare, unheard, addict sourced unexpected “mind blowing” psych punk blues from the very early 80’s. Imagine the vibe in the recording studio; these guys are jamming out blues based psych riffs but with the added ingredient of a twisted lo-fi diy outsider punk attitude and just plain wonky feedback drenched fucked up sloppiness; oh, and let’s also have the vocals sound like they’re being run through a not very powerful bullhorn or coming from the back corner of the room or something – the rambling vox, (kinda Brother JT stylee in a way if you want comparisons), are there and are as important as any other instrument. Drop the needle anyplace and enjoy. You gotta know this band had to be the shit in it’s little Oxford Street scene at the time, and then just many great things in the past and in the future, it dried up and blew away; this re-issue is what a re-issue should be. Afflicted Man have some other reissues too, that are worth your attention, like the Rock Toilet’s re-issue of High Speed & the Afflicted Man Get Stoned Ezy– again, same guy, changing it up enough to keep us all on our toes as well a keeping it “interesting”.This is one of those records, that when you hear it and don’t know what it is, you’re gonna ask, “what is this?”



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