The Micronotz – Smash! (Fresh Sounds) 1983. Does anyone remember The Micronotz? Their records were everywhere in St Louis in the 80′s. They were another one of those super-great punk/alt/whatever bands from the midwest. They were contemporaries of The Embarrassment in the Lawrence, KS scene but they weren’t as self-consciously “arty” as the Embros. Basically, thier career in rock had two phases. One was with original singer Dean Lubensky. The second phase was with second vocalist Jay Hauptli. I am more a fan of the Dean years myself. I never felt Jay’s gruff vocals matched the music which got increasingly Husker Du-ish with each release.
The Micronotz released quite a bit of material:
MORTAL MICRONOTZ LP (Fresh Sounds, 1982) – I bought a sealed copy of this a few years back. I think it sucks. The one good song on it is “Old Lady Sloan” which was written by William Burroughs. Yes…the Exterminator himself spent out his twilight years in Lawrence, KS. I don’t know how much he was in to teen punk but I do know from reading his books how much he was in to teen boys.
SMASH 12″ (Fresh Sounds, 1983) – An absolutely brilliant followup. Thier high-water mark in my opinion. Amazingly enough, this one is listed on The Nation as a “desert-island disc”. Which is funny because I don’t think it was ever released as a CD. Hope you got your record player with ya on that desert island Frank.
VIDEO SOUNDTRACK 7″ (Fresh Sounds, 1984) – This is great too.
THE BEAST THAT DEVOURED ITSELF LP (Fresh Sounds, 1985)- Beginning of the “Jay-era”. Good stuff marred by Jay’s gruff vocals.
40 FINGERS LP (Homestead, 1986)- Final LP. Increasingly melodic and husker-ish.
They were also on the We Got Power 2 Comp LP on Mystic with Born To Kick Ass.
As alluded to earlier, Malfeitor posted the Video Soundtrack about a year ago on his great and now (sadly) defunct blog Dressed For The H-Bomb. If you are interested in the Micronotz, I urge you to read the comments in his post as they are very informative.
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