Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bands I Love: Clutch - Part 2

So I love Clutch, and rather then write a long story about my love for them (which I will get to eventually) I am just going to post a list of my favorite songs of theirs. Now by favorite I mean about 40, they have so many amazing songs.
(The bolded songs are my choices)
By Album:
Pure Rock Fury
Pure Rock Fury continued on the path of their previous album, Jam Room, although with added success. It still holds onto the raw rock/metal sound, but is much better produced. Still in the vein of stoner rock, this album is the stepping stone to the groove-oriented band that they become with their next few releases. "Pure Rock Fury" is a balls-to-the-wall shout-at-the-top-of-your-lungs kind of song. "Open Up the Border" and the updated version of "Sinkemlow" are nice groove songs. "Careful With That Mic..." is Clutch's only(to date) rap song. It sounds odd to say, but it is actually quite good. It's all about how other bands rely on repeating lyrics and catchy gimmicks to make it big, while bands like Clutch are constantly re-inventing themselves. A very true statement, looking at the next three releases.

  1. "American Sleep" – 4:18
  2. "Pure Rock Fury" – 3:21
  3. "Open Up The Border" – 3:45
  4. "Careful With That Mic..." – 3:27
  5. "Red Horse Rainbow" – 5:58
  6. "The Great Outdoors!" – 3:47
  7. "Smoke Banshee" – 3:33
  8. "Frankenstein" – 5:41
  9. "Sinkemlow" – 3:55
  10. "Immortal" – 3:39
  11. "Brazenhead" – 6:28
  12. "Drink To The Dead" – 5:58
Blast Tyrant
Blast Tyrant was the first Clutch album to fully embrace rock and funk into it's sound. This is one of my favorite albums by them, as you can see almost every song is good. The entire album is in the same key and overall groove sound, and as such it is easy to pick out songs off of this album. Some stand-outs include "Profits of Doom," "The Mob Goes Wild,' "Cypress Grove," "The Regulator," and "Ghost." "The Regulator," and "Ghost" are in battle for my favorite Clutch song, each one is amazing. I love the opening tri-guitar riff in"The Regulator," and I love the lyrics in "Ghost." Too difficult to choose.
  1. "Mercury" – 3:00
  2. "Profits of Doom" – 3:12
  3. "The Mob Goes Wild" – 3:32
  4. "Cypress Grove" – 2:45
  5. "Promoter (of Earthbound Causes)" – 3:14
  6. "The Regulator" – 5:25
  7. "Worm Drink" – 3:13
  8. "Army of Bono" – 4:36
  9. "Spleen Merchant" – 2:38
  10. "(In the Wake of) The Swollen Goat" – 3:01
  11. "Weathermaker" – 0:47
  12. "Subtle Hustle" – 2:46
  13. "Ghost" – 4:37
  14. "(Notes from the Trial of) La Curandera" – 5:49
  15. "WYSIWYG" – 5:45
Robot Hive/Exodus
song I heard, thanks to my Dad's Robot Hive/Exodus was the first Clutch album that I owned, and the song "10001110101" was the very first song I heard, due to my Dad's Sirus Satellite Radio. And although this album has less memorable songs then Blast Tyrant, it is my favorite album by them. Listening to every song back-to-back is more of an experience then their other discs. Robot Hive/Exodus seems to be more religiously oriented than any other Clutch CD, with the songs "Burning Beard," "Gullah," and "Mice And Gods" touching on some sort of religion either explicitly or implicitly. This is also the first album that features keyboards, having added the instrument to the band. Because of this new instrument, the keyboards are very heavy in some of the songs, something that I think goes well with the subject matter on this album. "10001110101" is a whimsical song about nothing. All of the lyrics are random, and have no purpose. But it still is a great song.

  1. "The Incomparable Mr. Flannery" – 3:43
  2. "Burning Beard" – 4:00
  3. "Gullah" – 4:24
  4. "Mice and Gods" – 3:55
  5. "Pulaski Skyway" – 4:09
  6. "Never Be Moved" – 4:04
  7. "10001110101" – 5:00
  8. "Small Upsetters" – 2:38
  9. "Circus Maximus" – 3:42
  10. "Tripping The Alarm" – 2:25
  11. "10,000 Witnesses" – 3:29
  12. "Land Of Pleasant Living" – 4:06
  13. "Gravel Road" – 5:18
  14. "Who's Been Talking?" – 3:46
From Beale Street To Oblivion
Their most blues-oriented album, From Beale Street To Oblivion, was the first Clutch album to be released while I was a fan (the others being released prior to my knowing that the band existed). This album is my Dad's favorite (yes my Father is a Clutch fan too), because of the heavy blues lines and slower songs. While Robot Hive/Exodus favored the keyboard, From Beale Street To Oblivion favors the vocals. Many of the songs are stripped down to their bear minimum, with very little distortion on the guitars. The stand-out hit of the album, and also the first single, is "Electric Worry." This song reminds my Dad of Frank Zappa and The Mothers, with the deep vocals and the lone guitar-lick segments. I don't know much about Zappa, except for one or two of his albums, but I enjoy it for the song's music and lyrics. It's a love song of sorts, or a song after the love has ended.
  1. "You Can't Stop Progress" – 2:40
  2. "Power Player" – 3:06
  3. "The Devil & Me" – 3:57
  4. "White's Ferry" – 5:24
  5. "Child of the City" – 3:53
  6. "Electric Worry" – 5:14
  7. "One Eye Dollar" – 1:23
  8. "Rapture of Riddley Walker" – 4:09
  9. "When Vegans Attack" – 4:56
  10. "Opossum Minister" – 4:28
  11. "Black Umbrella" – 4:05
  12. "Mr. Shiny Cadillackness" – 5:11

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