THE CYNICS Sixteen Flights Up (1988/1990)

Sixteen Flights Up (1988/1990)
Fun With 60s Fuzz

Won’t take you long to suss these guys out. The Cynics’ second is pure psych/fuzz garage rock, buoyed by marvelously cheesy organ work and hooky Sunset Strip simplicity, just reeking of The Seeds and Standells. Basic pop chops are fleshed out with an authentic sounding teenage impudence, this, despite the band’s advanced age and veteran status in Pittsburgh. You’ll hear familiar genre-twisting here; L.A. folk rock, Iggy’s pre-punk, even textbook Monkees beats. First released in 1988 as Twelve Flights Up before the CD reissue added 4 more tracks. Find it at Amazon, HERE.


Creepin (2:53)
Yeah! (3:15)
I Know (2:22)
Took Her Hand (2:45)
I Never Loved Her (2:58)
Erica (4:52)
A Basket Of Flowers (2:09)
Abba (3:14)
Nothin (3:03)
Useless (2:13)
Gloria’s Dream (2:33)
I’m In Pittsburgh And It’s Raining (2:10)
Smoke Rings (2:33)
Little Girl (3:26)
Cat And Mouse (2:06)
But Now I Find (2:27)

 

5 Comments

  • 1
    Festus
    December 18, 2009 - 16:45 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard! Been wanting to hear this one!

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    December 18, 2009 - 15:29 | Permalink

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  • 3
    RevolutionaryBum
    December 19, 2009 - 00:59 | Permalink

    Beautiful ! My favorite blend of FuzzyPsychRock… Shake well and pour… nice find and tips of the hat to you Sir. Once again you bring great new music to my attention ! Thanks Willard…
    "Did You know that IF is the middle word in Life?"

  • 4
    Ray
    December 19, 2009 - 16:21 | Permalink

    How neat! Brings back memories — I went to college w/ Bill VanHagen, who drummed for the cynics. He was part of a semi-dada group at Pitt. What wonders discovering the pop world, damaging it, then remaking it into something that felt real. Those were the days!

  • 5
    December 31, 2011 - 03:24 | Permalink

    Thanx, CW!

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