THE SWIMMING POOL Q’s The Firing Squad For God (EP 1987) – UPGRADED!

The Firing Squad For God (1987)
The Roots Of The Q’s Wiry New Wave Blues

UPGRADED TO 320 (NOW at the proper speed).
I used to see these guys in the late 70s when they frequented long-gone Southern dives like the legendary Buffalo Roadhouse. They were a guaranteed riot on stage (in the early days) and The Firing Squad For God – a 12″ EP with 5 tracks of hellfire, new wave blues & Beefheartian weirdness (recorded between 1982 & 1987) – was a return to that early, manic form. The title track (hear it below) features thinly disguised audio tapes of famed Nixonian TV evangelist Robert Tilton… speaking in tongues (“If Newsweek calls, say I’m in a meetin‘”), while the lead guitar/harmonica duet near the end is from another planet. Angular guitars are all over the place, and some of the imagery is pure theatre. A 15 minute blast of The Q’s as a stripped down new wave/blues combo, echoing their debut 1979 single, “Rat Bait.” Find the band’s brilliant debut, The Deep End, in the archives (HERE), as well as the debut from The Supreme Court, featuring guitarist Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band) and Q’s leader, Jeff Calder (HERE). Get The Firing Squad For God at Amazon, HERE. It’s vinyl-only, of course, as this EP has never been on CD.

The Firing Squad for God (4:25)
El Presidenté (1:46)
Working In The Nut Plant (4:41)
Hip-Hype (2:30)
Reprisidenté (1:58)


  • 1
    December 13, 2010 - 20:37 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    October 3, 2011 - 15:26 | Permalink

    Always been a fan of the Q’s. Their Royal Academy of Reality is a great overlooked prog-rock album. Any idea what Jeff is up to these days?
    Thanks for this.

    • 3
      October 3, 2011 - 17:46 | Permalink

      Still at it. He’s reissuing Q’s material and releasing new stuff too (search for their web site). He also released a second Supreme Court album (with Glenn Phillips), which we have a sample of, along with their debut, Goes Electric, in the archives – HERE.

  • 4
    December 30, 2014 - 12:10 | Permalink

    Thanks for the awesome post.

  • 5
    December 30, 2014 - 19:28 | Permalink

    The Q’s played the Avondale Estates Autumnfest in October. It was a blast. They did a two hour set for a couple of hundred people.

    • 6
      December 30, 2014 - 19:37 | Permalink

      I’m green. Why does the crowd size not surprise me?

  • 7
    jon hope
    January 5, 2015 - 13:39 | Permalink

    Somehow “El Presidente” and “Represidente” didn’t unzip as mp3’s. My wife took piano lessons from Anne Richmond Boston way back in the day.

    • 8
      January 5, 2015 - 13:59 | Permalink

      They shouldn’t be any different in any way, so I’m not sure what to say. You can try downloading it again (make sure you delete your old copy first) or… you might try just adding .mp3 at the end of the files to see if that successfully turns them into MP3s. That works with .zip files sometimes when they come down without a suffix. There also haven’t been any other complaints about the files after hundreds of d/ls, so it’s hopefully just a bad d/l.

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