Last but not least we have Wet Picnic off of Unicorn Records in Santa Monica. The synth on this album is what really sold me, goofy but fun throughout. It starts off with Cocktailed Sky, a nice track about alcoholism(maybe). Occasionally the vocals feel a bit overproduced, but the goofy new wave jams that pop up keep it on the right course. And if new wave isn't your thing, Tensions sounds like a sci-fi soundtrack being layered over a folk balad that goes awry.
Wet Picnic - Balls Up (1982)
1. Cocktailed Sky
2. She Don't Care
3. Are You In Touch
5. He Believes
Second for today we have Stained Rug Theory's Innocence LP from 85. Art schoolers making art rock. A chaotic record ranging from just talking over a guitar to post punk jams. Somewhat novel with tracks like Young Beautiful & Depressed, I am Communist, and Genetalia(how they spell it). Surprisingly good even with the comedic nature of the lyrical content but if this isn't tongue and cheek we might have a problem. You can thank RISD for this one. They went on to make quite a few music videos which can be seen online.
Stained Rug Theory - Innocence (1985)
1. Go Gentle
2. Young, Beautiful & Depressed
5. Bleed For You
7. Maybe We Should
8. I am Communist
Three posts coming up today. First we have Surreal Estate with their 12" EP out of the UK. This release opens with the track Without which makes one thing you might be listening to the best of Sarah Records comp. The whole EP is drenched with that Smiths-esque/Twee vibe in all the right ways. Peppermint and Ivory Towers is the guaranteed heart breaker, with vocals at the end that would feel more at home in a post punk band. But before it ends Curtain Call brings it all back to the Sarah vibes.
Surreal Estate - Curtain Call (1986)
2. Peppermint and Ivory Towers
3. Curtain Call