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Iron Chic - Spooky Action [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

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Iron Chic: Spooky Action [7-inch]Spooky Action [7-inch] (2013)
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For an "orgcore" band, Iron Chic have displayed some impressive self-control with their ironic song titling. This restraint makes their more preposterous song titles a bit more meaningful. As one of the strongest and one of the most peculiarly titled ("Spooky Action" is a reference to Albert Einstei.
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For an "orgcore" band, Iron Chic have displayed some impressive self-control with their ironic song titling. This restraint makes their more preposterous song titles a bit more meaningful. As one of the strongest and one of the most peculiarly titled ("Spooky Action" is a reference to Albert Einstein's skeptical assessment of Quantum Entanglement as "Spukhafte Fernwirkung" or "spooky action at a distance") tracks from 2013's The Constant One, "Spooky Action At A Distance" was an obvious candidate for the single treatment.

Many singles culled from LPs seem superfluous but the wealth of tracks on Spooky Action make it all worth while. The 7-inch kicks off with an alternate version of the title track. While the single version is missing the infectious chiptunes lead-in found on the album version, the song is just as hard-hitting. And it proves that Iron Chic doesn't need cheap gimmicks to make songs work.

Next up on side A is the non-album track, "Less Rest For The Restless." The track is just as good as anything off of The Constant One and is worth checking out for anyone hungry for more Iron Chic.

Side B is a lot of fun in that it contains two covers. The first of which is "Goofy's Concern," originally by Butthole Surfers. While the song is a fine BHS track, the lead riff, which remains intact for the Iron Chic version, does not quite fit in with the Iron Chic sound. It's a fun cover but does not feel like an Iron Chic song.

The next cover, on the other hand, has been adequately Iron Chic'd. "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg," one of The Ramones' few politically-charged tracks, works perfectly in the hands of the Chic gang. It works as an Iron Chic track while retaining its Ramones-ness.

Unless you're a 7-inch person, most 7-inches don't make sense buying, no matter how big of a fan you are. Spooky Action, however, serves not only as a supplement to "The Constant One," but it whets one's appetite for more.

 

 
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erik102 (April 14, 2014)

The Ramones cover is the best cover i have heard of that song

BarleyPat (April 12, 2014)

One more thing I forgot to mention - the b-side on the cassette is 8-bit versions of the full song of both originals - a nice bonus!

BarleyPat (April 11, 2014)

Oh yeah, and their Ramones cover is great.

BarleyPat (April 11, 2014)

The cassette with came with both covers. Pretty much rules that they have it on cassette - and I don't mean that in a hipster "look how retro I am" way. I just still have an old stereo in my garage that happens to still have a working tape deck (but the CD player is broken), and I never bothered selling off all my old tapes, so if I am grilling out or working in my garage, it's tapes all the way. This is the only thing I have out there that is less than about 20 years old, so it's awesome to have something fresh!

wallofyouth (April 10, 2014)

"Unless you're a 7-inch person, most 7-inches don't make sense buying, no matter how big of a fan you are."

UH

fattony (April 10, 2014)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the 7" only contains one of those covers. I think the US one has the Ramones cover, and the Euro version has the Butthole Surfers. Only the digital download comes with both.

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