Monday, November 23, 2009

HIT YOU WITH A LITTLE STRAP


Once part of DD's vinyl collection, now existing as ripped home CD.

Two minute long song, "Teacher," off Christ Child's Hard. Old citations via Chuck Eddy on I Love Music's Rolling Hard Rock chat thread:

Christgau's Record Guide:

Hard [Buddah, 1978]

This is not punk rock. This is an ambitious, anonymous bunch of heavy metal pros who thought it might be timely to use the words "punk" and "New Wave" on the back of their debut LP, and who are now really pissed at Johnny Rotten. Inspirational Verse: "Blow it up/Tear it down." C-

Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone Record Guide, Zero Stars:

"Inane attempt to cash in on punk by band that developed 'their expression in the hills of Malibu and Topanga Canyons,' according to the liner notes, which conclude, 'You will love it -- you will hate it -- but you will not ignore it!' We haven't, but it's our job. The rest of the world has, quite wisely, resisted more successfully. A truly putrid artifact."

Illustrating the two worst guys to write about Christ Child -- dudes with well-earned reputations for hating anything hard rock -- furnishing the gatekeeper quote on the subject. Which is the way things have almost always worked in music journalism.

PS: Actual lyric is, yes, "I'll whip you with a little strap."

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