earthman supersmell

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This is something of a momentous occasion. After last week\’s post featuring a live version of \”Sand\” from 1993\’s \”The Lid\” EP, I finally managed to track down an out of print copy of Alabama Kids\’ magnificent second album, \”Earthman Supersmell\”, released on the Schemer label – a subsidiary of Semaphore – in 1991.

Magnificent is not a word I use lightly. Of course, you are entitled to disagree. Some already have.

Not a lot of information is available on the Kids. From Eindhoven, they were touted as the Dutch Dinosaur Jr. and built their reputation on sprawling live performances attended by a small hardcore in and around the Netherlands in the early 90s. As a guitar band – think Neil Young snagging picks and overstepping licks with Peter Laughner; an uneasy alliance somewhere between Cleveland and the other side of Lake Michigan – the J Mascis comparisons are certainly valid, and to my ears Alabama Kids should have been truly huge.

\’Stadium\’ rock played out in countless church halls connected by equally endless stretches of anonymous motorway; and not a stadium in sight.

Flatlands and Skunk. Crates of Amstel.

Throughout the brief period I lived in nearby Breda (birthplace of alleged murderer, Colonel Tom Parker) – within spitting distance of one of the world\’s first panopticon prisons – this LP was very much part of the soundtrack to a difficult period. Some close acquaintances lost their four year old son to meningitis during this time. And though I fully intended to purchase this LP as a reminder of both the good and bad, somehow I never quite got round to it.

It\’s taken me nearly sixteen years to get this back. And I\’m glad to finally underline their name with a shaky fluorescent pen, at last.

Michel Boekhoudt: bass; Jacco Van Rooy: drums ; Rob Geerings, Stefan Vermeeren: guitar; Djie Han Thung: guitar, vocals.

Mixed by Pidah; recorded by Pieter Kloos.

All songs written by Alabama Kids. Shout-outs to Wim and Brushback.

ALABAMA KIDS: CAN\”T GET BACK NOW from \”Earthman Supersmell\” LP/CD (Schemer) 1991 (NL)

ALABAMA KIDS: SAND from \”Earthman Supersmell\” LP/CD (Schemer) 1991 (NL)



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