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Sun City Girls

You're Never Alone With a Cigarette

Singles Volume 1

(Abduction; US: 4 Mar 2008; UK: 10 Mar 2008)

The press release for You’re Never Alone With a Cigarette uses the term “ethno freakout”—and it couldn’t be more appropriate. For the uninitiated, the Sun City Girls are a splatter-rock band, best-known for its Mothers of Invention-affected avant-jams, best exhibited on their 1990 album Torch of the Mystics. Following the death of drummer Charlie Gocher last year, the band—under their own Abduction label—decided to revisit the past with this collection of demos and rarities from the Mystics sessions. Unfortunately for the band, there was a reason why these songs didn’t make the original recording: with sprawling, directionless 12-minute epics (“The Fine-Tuned Machines of Lemuria”) and jam sessions where it seems that every musician is doing their own thing without regard to the others (“Plaster Cupids Falling From the Ceiling”), Cigarette is a grating, difficult listening experience. Unsurprisingly, the songs that actually have structures (“Wild World of Animals”, “The Beauty of Benghazi”) prove to the best showcases for the bands fantastic instrumental ability. The rest? Worth leaving Alone.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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