My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic
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Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the legendary Frantix! Their unique sound and chaotic live show transfixed the early 1980s Colorado punk scene and these are all of the band's studio tracks, along with rare, unreleased and great sounding live and demo songs. They evolved into the equally legendary grunge band The Fluid, who were one of Sub Pop's first non-Seattle bands back in 1988.
In the short time they were together, Frantix released just two 7-inch records, collected together in this reissue with previously unreleased tracks. They were never "just" hardcore, and you can hear it from the very first recordings from 1980: beneath the amphetamine stutter and sonic tachycardia of the songs are strands of Rock n Roll DNA belonging to Johnny Thunders and Keith Richards. As they progressed, they veered into a one-of-a-kind blend of Detroit, 60's Garage Rock, and Flipper.
On "Dancin' to Punk" and "FM Ear" you find lipstick traces of the Modern Lovers. The classic "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic" is punk as fuck, but at the same time, not just punk. It's equal parts Black Flag and Flipper with a touch of the New York Dolls. "Drunk Prick" with it's simple but unforgettable bass riff and sing a-long chorus, was a local favorite that grew to national underground prominence after its original release.
Who should notice, but the budding grunge scene in Seattle, culminating in Mudhoney's well-known cover of "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic"! Most people think this is Mudhoney's song, but this is the original KBD classic!
The mix of Ricky Kulwicki's unstoppable lava-flow guitar, Matt Bischoff's droning carpet-bombing bass, Davey Stewart's insanely counterpoint train-wreck drums, and Marc Deaton's teenage zombie vocals creates something not just greater then its parts, it creates something down right legendary. Frantix would share the stage with national acts and punk legends like Black Flag, T.S.O.L., Circle Jerks, and Dead Kennedys.
The Frantix later took their unique sound one step further, merging with the other main Denver HC band, White Trash, and morphing into The Fluid, who helped lead Sub Pop's grunge invasion of the music mainstream.
Collecting 23 tracks together for the first time on one album, this reissue of "My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic" includes both 1982's Face Reality 7" and the original 1983 My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic 7", along with 7 previously unreleased demo tracks and 8 previously unreleased live tracks. Parts of this were released as a CD-only Australian release in the early 2000s.
Frantix's "Face Reality" opens with a thick, mashing, rusty sounding chord while frontman Marc Deaton howls out nearly indistinguishable words before the song launches into an overdrive the rivals D-beat charging. The whole thing sounds like it takes place in the middle of a downpour. That opening moment sets the tone for the band's comprehensive compilation My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic and shows why despite anguishing in obscurity, Frantix was foolishly overlooked.
Existing in Colorado for just a few years in the early 80's before breaking up and reforming as the more college-rocky The Fluid, Frantix were something of a mid-west anomaly. Throughout the discography, the band builds on the lumbering, edged smash of Flipper, rooting their music in crushing, tribal drums and a lurking bass. However, just as the band builds a circular groove with their music, forming the basis for the early Amphetamine Reptile sound, the band randomly launches forward in full throttle hardcore attack....
...Frantix had a very short lifespan, but within the time period, they create some of the most vicious, yet most rocking, punk rock of the day. Perhaps they knew they only had a short time together or maybe the reason they broke up so quickly was because they were such a volatile group. Luckily for us, they were able to catch that in a bottle before the whole thing went kablooie.
A long lost gem. Highly recommended."
-John G Punknews.org
"23 track retrospective of this early 80s band that lurched outta Aurora, Colorado. The band only released two singles: 'Face Reality' in 1982 and 'My Dad's...' the following year. Both were four trackers, but this baby is filled out with a 1983 seven track demo and a surprisingly excellent sounding unreleased live recording from the '80s. FLIPPER is an unavoidable comparison, if mixed with a 'Damaged'-era BLACK FLAG blast as the EPs prove, be it the excellent 'Face Reality' or the sludge-fest that is 'Sharin' Sharon'. 'My Dad's A Fuckin' Alcoholic' was often covered by MUDHONEY and is a clear highlight. The live recording is vastly superior to the EPs in clarity; the fuzz-drenched guitar is sharp enough to cut glass while the bass hits with a crisp punch instead of a weighted elbow. The demo tapes adds at bit of GEARS like Garage goo in 'Dancin' To Punk' and 'FM Ear'. Good fact-filled and photo-laden booklet too. A most welcome and recommended addition to Alternative Tentacles' 'Reissues of Necessity' series. Fact fans maybe interested to know that some of the band went on to be in early Grunge sensations, THE FLUID."