Nasty Good Times

As a music writer, there are few forms of shorthand that I hate more than the old saw, “it’s like (band A) crossed with (band B)” – or, worse, “the bastard child of (band A) and (band B).” Not only does such writing seem plain lazy; but the formula is, more often than not, used to bludgeon readers with references to bands that they’re apparently not cool enough to recognize.

But, when listening to San Francisco band Chow Nasty, it’s hard to resist the temptation of the cliché form, if only because the band seems to be all about mating. The band’s one-sheet biography contains so many sexual references, it’s practically impossible to quote more than a few words in this family-friendly blog. The band’s latest album features song titles such as “A Tale of Two (rhymes with ‘cities’)” and “In the Bedroom.” We’ll not talk about the lyrics.

So in that spirit, I’ll indulge myself this once: Imagine the raw sexual energy of James Brown mated with the sonic intensity of AC/DC, and you have a pretty good idea what Chow Nasty sounds like. Seriously, the band totally rocks, the songs could make a nun dance, and singer Damon Harris hoots and squeals like a 16-year old watching “Porky’s.” If you don’t find yourself chanting along with the refrain of “Ungawa” by the end of the song, you have no soul. Check out the video (don’t worry moms and dads, this one is radio- and MTV-friendly):

 

For all these reasons, I’m thinking the band’s show – Tuesday, Mar. 4, at the Badlander – might be the best singles mixer of the season.

1 comment to Nasty Good Times

  • As a music writer, there are few forms of shorthand that I hate more than the old saw, “it’s like (band A) crossed with (band B)” – or, worse, “the bastard child of (band A) and (band B).” Not only does such writing seem plain lazy; but the formula is, more often than not, used to bludgeon readers with references to bands that they’re apparently not cool enough to recognize.

    Man, you nailed it right there. My wife and I were having a conversation about this very thing just a couple days ago. Now, in light of the bruhaha over Maxim Magazine reviewing an album the reviewer now admits he didn’t listen to (check it out HERE if you haven’t already heard about it), one wonders just to what depths of laziness unscrupulous music “writers” can stoop to top that!

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