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CD SOUL ASYLUM NO FUN INTENDED EP REVIEW

SOUL ASYLUM

NO FUN INTENDED (EP)

2013

 

 

BETTER THAN THIS

 

 

OK I get the ‘covers album’ I get the need to reinterpret songs and even though most of the time it’s disappointing sometimes it’s pure gold. But a three-track EP? Why? What’s the point in taking just three songs, covering them and putting them out as your latest release? (We’ll get to the ‘Is it any good’ question shortly).

 

Of course you’re right, its marketing – a series of EPs that will be available only online whose songs have particular meaning for the band. Starting out with ‘Attacking the Beast’ by a band I’ve never heard of before called The Suicide Commandoes (sound like a punk band to me even before hearing them) as it turns out it is a punk band from Minneapolis who weren’t particularly big back in the day, and you can sort of see why – if this is the most memorable of their songs it’s just not a very good. I mean it’s played well enough, but at less than a minute and a half long you’ll feel really short changed if you buy that one online.

 

I’ve never heard a great version of a Joy Division song…. until now. Never as big a fan of Joy Division as people are meant to be (in my opinion they were a decent band with some decent ideas but no better than many alternative UK bands at the time I could mention) even a casual observer knows this is their best song by a long way. Pirner’s treatment is actually pretty faithful but yet he somehow makes it feel rather uplifting rather than a song to end it all to. You’d certainly find me playing this again.

 

The final track is a cover of MC5’s ‘Shakin’ Street’ now I of course love MC5, but again they are one of those bands that have somewhat benefitted from hindsight as to their influence. ‘Shakin’ street’ isn’t their best by a long way and this is a rather perfunctory cover.

 

Back in the day I was a big Soul Asylum fan – no not just for ‘Grave Dancer;s Union’ – I mean the real cool stuff like ‘Hang Time’ and ‘The Horse They Rode in On’. Someone should cover a song from one of those albums – maybe ‘Cartoon’? The next EP will hopefully be better than this…   

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD SOUL ASYLUM NO FUN INTENDED EP REVIEW 2013