Plastic Idols -Singles Demos and Live CD (Hotbox Review Records) 2007. I received this little gem from Bill Loner, the bass player from The Plastic Idols and I have been listening to it relentlessly. For those of you who haven’t been to Killed By Death Records, The Plastic Idols were Texas’ best contribution to the world of art-punk. That’s a bold statement I know, but I am prepared to back it up with the facts. They released two amazing singles in their brief time together and one track on the Are We To Late For The Trend compilation. Their crowning achievement was the A Side of their first 45 called I.U.D. which was comped on the Bloodstains Across Texas site. A better explanation of white, middle-class, male angst trying to cope full-on with the sexual revolution, you will not find. And the riff…it’s noodly. It wedges its way in the brain and never leaves. Yep, I.U.D. was one of those tracks that make buying kbd comps worthwhile. The B-Side was no slouch either. Sophistication-ah!
The Plastic Idols lost a key member after this first single I believe but they soldiered on. The next release, a 3 song EP was real good. Not as good as I.U.D. but why make that argument? It is still better than 99.9 percent of the dog-shit you have been forced to hear in your life. The comp track, well Peter likes it more than me.
The rest of the CD is made up of demos and live tracks. What you will rapidly find upon listening to The Plastic Idols CD is that this was yet another band, that given the right access to recording equipment and a little dough, could have released an amazing album. Instead, we’ll just have to settle for this awesome posthumous release from, yep I’m saying it again, the greatest art-punk band from Texas.
I’m Already Dead
No One There
Think That I’m Insane, You’re Crazy!
You’re Gonna Die
Doesn’t Matter To Me (Live)
Dangerous Drama (Live)
Yellow Stains (Live)
Organ Instrument (Live)
Siamese Love (Live)
She Knows (Live)
Night Before (Live)
I’ll Call You If I Need To (Live)