Trail - 95.7FM
Castlegar - 90.3FM
Grand Forks - 103.3FM
Creston - AM 1340
Nelson - 106.9FM
Crawford Bay - 101FM
New Denver - 93.5FM
Kaslo - 95.3FM
Nakusp - 103.1FM

September 21, 1993
550 Music/Epic
Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Album Review

For the follow-up to the previous year's debut Flop and the Fall of the Mopsqueezer!, Seattle's Flop enlists sensational '70s punk-era producer Martin Rushent -- who did 99 percent of Buzzcocks' original works, as well as early Stranglers, 999, Generation X, and so on -- for what seems like a perfect marriage. But, in fact, Kurt Bloch's work on the first album sounds heavier. Without emasculating them, it seems Rushent has polished up the rougher surfaces and given the vocals more prominence in the mix (a common major-label malady, though it's not so bad here), making them seem bigger (more Pistols-ish in places) and more friendly if less mean. So it takes a few plays to get used to the subtle change, but it's worth it. Guitarist/leader and onetime Fastbacks drummer Rusty Willoughby's singing on the more amiable pop tunes makes Flop sound like a squeaky-clean cross between the Records, Cheap Trick, and the Bay City Rollers, crossing this otherwise punk-oriented, two-guitar barrage into more maudlin power pop territory (and on the more sassy numbers such as "En Route to the Unified Field Theory" and "A Fixed Point," they flirt with glam-ish camp); even then it's thick and zesty, and the band can't help but blasting out the next track. Each song takes pains to depart from its predecessor, altering the tempos, rhythms, swings, and feels (hooray for the lost art of variety!). While the late-'70s Buzzcocks remain the ultimate pairing of punk's wall-of-guitar onslaught and unbelievably catchy hooks, this hookup of their old producer and these Pac Northwest mavericks "produces" favorable results.
Jack Rabid, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. A. Wylie
  2. Regrets
  3. Julie Francavilla
  4. Pluto
  5. En Route to the Unified Field Theory
  6. A Fixed Point
  7. A Popular Donkey
  8. The Great Valediction
  9. Mendel's White Trash Laboratory
  10. Z² + C
  11. Sorry Henry Maartens
  12. Night of the Hunter
  13. Port Angeles
  14. Eat
  15. Woolworth
  16. Pts. 1 & 2
  17. Need Retrograde Orbit