Thursday, August 17, 2017

Codeine / The Cocktails - Split 7'' (Simple Machines, 1993)

Codeine / The Cocktails
Split 7''
Simple Machines

Rating: 7 log games out of 10

This appears to be the March 1993 entry of a monthly seven inch series that Simple Machines was doing at the time.  For the kids out there, Simple Machines was one of the best indie labels of the Mid-Atlantic area in the early nineties, back when communication dictated labels be pretty highly regional - these cats, Teenbeat and Merge all did a great job of documenting the scene between North Carolina and DC (with a few outlying bands mixed in there).  

Of course, after all that regional talk, this slab is a split between NYC (Codeine) and Chicago (The Cocktails).  My overall point still stands though, your honor!  The Codeine song "Ides" would later be featured on their best album, "The White Birch" - as you might guess from the word "best," I'm a fan of this jam.  The b-side from the Cocktails is a bit of sillyness called "Working Holiday," which is also the name of the seven inch series.  It does have a loung/kitsch vibe, but not the same sort of lounge/kitsch vibe the Cocktails were famous for.  Not terrible, but slightly off. 

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