SUPREME COURT (Glenn Phillips & Jeff Calder) Goes Electric (1994) + Advance Listen To Their New Album

Goes Electric (1994)
The Glenn Phillips/Jeff Calder Band

Guitar great Glenn Phillips, once part of Col. Hampton’s freak menagerie, and Jeff Calder, vocalist/guitarist of The Swimming Pool Q’s (a personal favorite), joined forces for this 1994 debut, Goes Electric. Supreme Court, as the union was named, seemed designed to be a one-off gathering, even though Calder & Phillips had known and worked together for decades. Neither artist had really cracked the masses’ consciousness,  so putting them together probably wasn’t going to bust down any commercial barriers. But, fans of the respective artists knew what to expect, even if the album itself doesn’t adhere to any set principles. Since the emphasis is on Jeff Calder’s songs, it’s always sounded like a solo album of sorts, as Calder’s edgy, new wave blues mixed with odd, sing-along songs tends to dominate the focus. Over the years, Calder’s style has managed to make fanatics out of fans… but, has also made walkouts out of potential customers. His writing is wildly inconsistent and he’s never seemed to fully decide if he’s a serious blues punk or a seriously funny blues punk. I love it, but many have consistently shown they don’t, which is their loss. Phillips fans may be disappointed as well, as Glenn’s presence seems limited to (highly entertaining) solo outbursts. The pair even reprises “Stingray,” their joint 45 composition from 1982. Check out the weirdly wired white blues of “Hurt Somebody.” Amazon’s got it for a penny HERE.

Children Sleeping (3:48)
Hurt Somebody (3:28)
Bound To Be Bound (3:55)
King Fried Jackass (4:32)
Hot Potato (2:39)
Just Another Town (3:48)
I Can’t Please You (3:02)
Oblivion Is For Jokers (4:02)
Underground Hit (3:12)
Pony To Ride (3:17)
Stingray (4:14)
Upstairs (2:41)

Sun Hex (2011)
Surprise of surprises, out of the blue comes a new Supreme Court album – 17 years after the first. Sun Hex is stylistically similar to Goes Electric, but the tone here is somewhat calmer compared to the debut. I haven’t spent much time with it yet, so don’t go by me. We can’t put this up for download, but you can hear the brutally cool “CIA ’66,” below. Didn’t see a hard disc at Amazon HERE, but the download is available there.

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  • Willard
    July 28, 2011 - 11:57 | Permalink

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