NoMeansNo

Positively unclassifiable unless you count "weird".

Sex Mad/You Kill Me

(1987/1985)
  1. Sex Mad
  2. Dad
  3. Obsessed
  4. No Fgnuikc
  5. Love Thang
  6. Dead Bob
  7. Self Pity
  8. Long Days
  9. Metronome
  10. Revenge
  11. No Fkuicgn
  12. Hunt the She Beast
  13. Body Bag
  14. Stop It
  15. Some Bodies
  16. Manic Depression
  17. Paradise

Combination of two albums, Sex Mad (EP) and You Kill Me.

My thing with NoMeansNo is that I either really like or really dislike most of their songs. I like most of this CD but can't stand a couple songs.

I used to worry about getting speeding tickets when I'd listen to this album in my car that didn't have cruise control.

I liked Hendrix's "Manic Depression" until I heard this cover. Way, way cooler.

"So why don't you just stop? Stop. It's easy—you just... don't."

The Day Everything Became Isolated and Destroyed

(1988)
  1. The Day Everything Became Nothing
  2. Dead Souls
  3. Forget Your Life
  4. Beauty and the Beast
  5. Brother Rat/What Slayde Says
  6. Dark Ages
  7. Junk
  8. And That's Sad
  9. Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed
  10. Victory
  11. Teresa, Give Me That Knife
  12. Real Love
  13. Lonely

Another combo CD: The Day Everything Became Nothing (EP) plus Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed.

I don't listen to this one as often as I used to. It's good, but most or all of these songs that also appear on the live album are better there.

"'Slayde, you are a poet', I said, 'but what are you truly speaking of?'"

Wrong

(1989)
  1. It's Catching Up
  2. The Tower
  3. Brainless Wonder
  4. Tired of Waiting
  5. Stocktaking
  6. The End of All Things
  7. Big Dick
  8. Two Lips, Two Lungs, and One Tongue
  9. Rags and Bones
  10. Oh, No! Bruno!
  11. All Lies
  12. Life in Hell
  13. I Am Wrong

Great album. Another one that I need to listen to more, though I could do entirely without "Big Dick" and "Life in Hell".

I sure wouldn't have expected a band like NoMeansNo to drop a reference to playing cribbage into a song ("Bruno"). I didn't even notice the reference until once when I was playing my cousin and wound up on the pissed-off end of "30 for 6". I didn't have an ace in my hand, so it went exactly like in the song.

If I could play "Rags and Bones" on my guitar, I'd basically never stop.

"I got tired of waiting because I found out there's only a very, very fine line between biding one's time and wasting one's time... y'know what I mean?"

Live & Cuddly

(1991)
  1. It's Catching Up
  2. Two Lips, Two Lungs and One Tongue
  3. Rags and Bones
  4. Body Bag
  5. Brother Rat
  6. What Slayde Says
  7. Some Bodies
  8. Teresa, Give Me That Knife
  9. Victory
  10. Dark Ages
  11. The End of All Things
  12. The Day Everything Became Nothing
  13. Dead Souls
  14. Metronome
  15. No Fucking

Pretty good live album.

Guitarist Andy Kerr has fun screwing with the audience during the "Two Lips" solo. Really funny.

"Metronome" couldn't be better.

"What do you mean, 'let's go'?!"

0 + 2 = 1

(1991)
  1. Now
  2. The Fall
  3. 0 + 2 = 1
  4. Valley of the Blind
  5. Mary
  6. Everyday I Start to Ooze
  7. When Putting It All in Order Ain't Enough
  8. The Night Nothing Became Everything
  9. I Think You Know
  10. Ghosts
  11. Joyful Reunion

Not most NoMeansNo fans' favourite—not mine, either. But it still has some good stuff, except for track 7.

This was Andy Kerr's last album with NoMeansNo.

"Joyful Reunion" was another speeding-ticket-danger song for me.

"When the current is grounded, its circuitry hums, 'zero plus two equals one'"

Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?

(1993)

[album cover]

  1. The Land of the Living
  2. The River
  3. Machine
  4. Madness and Death
  5. Happy Bridge
  6. Kill Everyone Now
  7. I Need You
  8. Slowly Melting
  9. Lullaby
  10. Cats, Sex, and Nazis

So-so album. Not much guitar (other than bass guitar), as Andy Kerr hadn't been replaced yet, and bassist Rob Wright only overdubbed a few guitar lines in his stead.

The track breaks on the CD are not well-aligned with some of the song breaks, particularly on both ends of "Madness and Death". It's way off between "Happy Bridge" and "Kill Everyone Now", but they're essentially one song anyway.

Now you know why they call me Mr. Happy.

"Well, I guess they'll be breastfeeding in space soon!"

Mr. Right and Mr. Wrong: One Down and Two To Go

(1994)
  1. Intro
  2. Red on Red
  3. Who Fucked Who?
  4. Pigs and Dogs
  5. Widget
  6. More ICBMs
  7. Blinding Light
  8. I'm Doing Well
  9. This Wound Will Never Heal
  10. Real Love
  11. Remember
  12. Baldwang Must Die
  13. Victoria
  14. Sitting on Top of the World
  15. Canada Is Pissed
  16. Burn

Kind of a "closet-cleaning" album with only a couple new songs and some old stuff recorded by the brothers Wright before they formed NoMeansNo. I'm not sure that this technically counts as a NoMeansNo album, but it's close enough for me.

"Real Love" is a cover of the NoMeansNo song by Swell Prod.; "Victoria" is performed by the Hanson Brothers (the band, not the hockey guys).

"Are you dead? Are you blind or just stupid?"

The Worldhood of the World (As Such)

(1995)

[album cover]

  1. Joy
  2. Humans
  3. Angel or Devil
  4. He Learned How to Bleed
  5. I've Got a Gun
  6. My Politics
  7. Lost
  8. Predators
  9. Wiggly Worm
  10. Tuck It Away
  11. Victim's Choice
  12. State of Grace
  13. The Jungle

Not too bad. First album with new guitarist Tom Holliston. Tracks 3-5 were this album's speeding songs for me.

"Well, I don't trust that voice in my head! It's not mine—it's the voice of the dead!"

Would We Be Alive?

(unknown year)
  1. Would We Be Alive?
  2. The River
  3. Rise
  4. Big Dick

OK EP, but In the Fishtank is a better deal and a better mastering. This one isn't worth it for just "Rise".

In the Fishtank

(1997)
  1. Would We Be Alive?
  2. The River
  3. Joy
  4. You Are Not One
  5. Big Dick

Excellent EP. Tracks 1, 2, and 5 were also on Would We Be Alive? but this disc has better audio quality. There were two drummers on all the tracks.

"Would We Be Alive?" is a cover of a song by the Residents.

"The River" particularly benefits from the addition of Tom Holliston and the extra drummer. This rendition of it still blows me away.

Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie

(1998)
  1. This Story Must Be Told
  2. Going Nowhere
  3. I'm an Asshole
  4. Disappear
  5. Dance of the Headless Bourgeoisie
  6. The World Wasn't Built in a Day
  7. I Can't Stop Talking
  8. The Rape
  9. Give Me The Push
  10. One Fine Day

Not bad, not great. Tracks 5 and 8 do nothing for me aside from making me skip to the next song.

One

(2000)
  1. The Graveyard Shift
  2. Under the Sea
  3. Our Town
  4. A Little Too High
  5. Hello/Goodbye
  6. The Phone Call
  7. Bitch's Brew
  8. Beat on the Brat

Decent.

So is this album called One or No One? Nobody seems to know for sure.

"Bitch's Brew" is a cover of Miles Davis's song; "Beat on the Brat" is a cover of the Ramones' song; "Hello/Goodbye" is not a cover of the Beatles' song.

Did the band go back in time and record the "Phone Call" interlude with Black Sabbath? That could just about have been on Paranoid. Not that I'm complaining, of course.

"Turn left, turn right... and look for the neon sign!"

Generic Shame

(2001)
  1. Sex Is Philosophy
  2. No Big Surprise
  3. I Get Up in the Morning

Cool EP, though the first song isn't for me. Good to hear drummer John Wright take lead vocals on a song ("I Get Up") for the first time in a while.

"My brain thinks, and my bowels move!"

All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt

(2006)
  1. Wake Up
  2. In Her Eyes
  3. Mr. In Between
  4. I See a Mansion in the Sky
  5. Ashes
  6. So Low
  7. Faith
  8. Heaven is the Dust Beneath My Shoes
  9. Mondo Nihilissimo 2000
  10. The Hawk Killed the Punk
  11. I'm Dreaming and I Can't Wake Up
  12. 'Til I Die
  13. Slugs Are Burning
  14. (Untitled)

Yeah, pretty good. The good songs seem better than usual, but the not-as-good songs seem a little lacking somehow.

"I'm going to shovel this snow 'til I die!" Was that verse written just for me?

"You rise... You shine."


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