January 12, 2005

You Got Your Sex God, I've Got Mine Too

It’s 1993 all over again. In that year--or thereabouts at least, my memory is getting bad with age--I had a pretty brief love affair with Teenbeat Records, and in particular 3 of their bands: Unrest, Versus and Tuscadero. Recently, I found out that Teenbeat is having a 20th Anniversary Concert over two evenings at the Black Cat, and chances are very high that I will be there.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll get to all three of these bands, but for now I’m going to start with Unrest. Unrest worked its way through a few incarnations, but the one I am most familiar with—and that I listened to back then—is the poppy, disjointed and angular sounds that I found on the Isabel Bishop EP, which is the first Unrest release that I picked up.

The songs:

Isabel – A reworking of the ode to the painter that originally appeared on Imperial f.f.r.r.

Winona Ryder (XX version) – The Unrest contribution to the Simple Machines series.

Teenage Suicide – Also from the Isabel Bishop E.P., this was Unrest’s take on the tiny snippet ("teenage suicide, don't do it") of Teenage Suicide that you hear Christian Slater play on the radio during Heathers.

Hua over at Sticker Shock just posted Cath Carroll from Unrest’s Perfect Teeth LP, so you should get over there and snag a copy of that as well.

Posted by Drew at January 12, 2005 07:14 PM

Oh man, "teenage suicide: don't do it!" Very nice.

Posted by: Dave Adams at January 12, 2005 10:25 PM

Teenage suicide? Yes, I can!

Posted by: Drew at January 12, 2005 11:01 PM