Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Oliver: Badgewearer - N'Alien Head (1 February 1992)
NOTE - The original video of N'Alien Head on this blog was taken down from YouTube a while ago. To hear it in the new video, go to 1:21. (8/7/17).
A feature of Peel's shows in January and February '92 were tracks by bands on the Gruff Wit Records label, operating out of Glasgow. We recently had a taste of a Gruff Wit signing on this blog. The label appears to have been a home for acts who were:
b) Punk influenced
c) Incredibly angry
d) Incredibly exciting to listen to.
Badgewearer show the label at its best. Starting out with a guitar riff that sounds like a hornet attacking a glass with a drill, this track piles on like Rage Against the Machine if they had a sense of economy. In fact, listening to this, I'm happily imagining a future where "He is another piece of cake" beats out "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" as a piece of 90s zeitgeist. It could have been Badgewearer soundtracking Bruno Brookes's most subversive act on Radio 1 or kicking Simon Cowell in the bollocks. I wish it had been.
Video courtesy of Myrna Minkoff.