It’s hard to believe this “deluxe” reissue of The Swimming Pool Q’s first album is over a decade old (and the original over 30). I still religiously pull this out 3 or 4 times a year for a listen, though… it’s tough to imagine what a newcomer might think these days. In SPQ’s early years, the late 70s/early 80s, they were a southern cult institution. Not big by any stretch, but their fan base was loyal to the Pool Rules and their live shows in dive clubs throughout Florida and Georgia were a hoot. There’s a seasoned blend in the music, made up of smirking blues punk, new wave jitters and a world view to make you laugh out loud. As I’ve mentioned before (Firing Squad For God, HERE), their energy and ideas can be pure theater, while vocalist/leader Jeff Calder has a knack for leaving mundane imagery behind in your psyche (“I’ve got a Stingray, made out of fiberglass”). Give a listen to the LP version of their first 45, “Rat Bait” (I still have the Chlorinated Records 45), and the uber-weird blues of “Stick In My Hand,” to get a sense of what a small gathering of drunken southerners have embraced for decades. This reissue is twice the size of the original LP. I’d recommend getting it at Amazon, HERE, but it’s going for big bucks these days.
Little Misfit (4:24)
Big Fat Tractor (3:16)
Stick In My Hand (5:54)
The A-Bomb Woke Me Up (3:03)
Rat Bait (2:36)
Restless Youth (2:53)
Stock Car Sin (3:16)
Walk Like A Chicken (2:05)
Black Bug (2:55)
I Like To Take Orders From You (2:45)
Model Trains (Are Better Than Rock & Roll) (3:41)
Tussle (I Wear Glasses) (3:59)
White Collar Drifter (2:42)
Working In The Nut Plant (4:51)
Walk Like A Chicken (2:20)
Going Through The Motions (3:32)
Short Stuff (4:13)
Building With A Clock On Top (4:00)
I’m A Q (2:53)
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