The Day the Earth Met RFTT
- What surprised me about this collection of demos and live tracks is how
well it hangs together as an album. It's a treat to hear raw versions of
future Ubu and Dead Boys nuggets like "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Sonic
Reducer" (which sounds like metal Ubu here). Between this and the Laughner
collection _Take the Guitar Player for a Ride_, Laughner contributed to
over two hours of excellent (if a wee derivivative of Lou Reed) recordings
despite never making a proper album.
Since Steve played a Wire track, I should mention that they recorded a new
EP with Steve Albini. I think it's only available via mail order & is
supposedly a return to two guitars-bass-drums rock & away from Swim-style
> *Rocket From The Tombs/Ain't It Fun/The Day The Earth Met The Rocket
> From The Tombs/Smog Veil
> [My favorite reissue of 2002 so far. Maybe my favorite CD. It's not
> really a reissue technically since this material has never been
> officially released before. RFTT were a Cleveland pre-punk band from
> 1974/1975 that influenced a lot of future bands in the area. When
> they broke up members formed the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu.
> Peter Laughner, who sings lead on this song, was perhaps one
> of the most feverent supports of the Cleveland music scene.
> Unfortunately, he was dead by the age of 25 due to alcohol
> and drug abuse.]