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.
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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