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Huggy Bear

Huggy Bear: Weaponry Listens To LoveWeaponry Listens To Love (1994)
Kill Rock Stars

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Contributed by: JanelleJJanelleJ
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Ok friends, brace yourself - 'Weaponry Listens To Love' is one of my all-time favorite records and get this, it's not street punk. Ohhhhh (sarcasm for the know-it-alls around here). Rather, this, the only proper full-length from Huggy Bear, is raw, amateurish, disjointed, often dissonant and unmel.
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Ok friends, brace yourself - 'Weaponry Listens To Love' is one of my all-time favorite records and get this, it's not street punk. Ohhhhh (sarcasm for the know-it-alls around here). Rather, this, the only proper full-length from Huggy Bear, is raw, amateurish, disjointed, often dissonant and unmelodic noise-punk in the vein of Bikini Kill, Pussy Galore, Frumpies, Free Kitten (members of Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore, Pavement, and Boredoms), and Deep Lust. All right, all right, for those of you who are still with me upon reading that first reference I commend you. Yes, this band is the quintessential British riot grrrl band and I came across this act when I was in my own riot grrrl phase, which has since passed, yet my love for this LP has not - mostly because of the lack of slick production, the utter shoddiness of the finished product (it sounds like it was recorded in a basement on a 4-track), and the lack of time signatures, the manic sense of immediacy. That's initially what lured me into the whole movement. In the early '90s, this was new to me…and I liked it. I still have a penchant for the murky, sludgy sound, but that's enough about that.

Formed in 1991, Huggy Bear released this album in 1994 and disbanded shortly thereafter. During the band's brief lifetime, they played gigs with Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth, and Pavement. Comprised of both male and female members, their rallying cry was "Boy girl revolution now!" Like other bands in the genre/movement, the politics are at the forefront while the music is secondary, as witnessed by their messy instrumentation (though it's complex at the same time - I'd like to see someone try to transcribe this album) and in their messages and political manifestos, a sample of which is featured in the liner notes.

The bulk of the vocals are male, but some songs primarily feature female vocals like the rape/sexual violence commentary "Facedown" and "16 & Suicide". Usually there is great dueling going on with the mixed vocals as well, as on the superb "For Insecure Offenders". The band's messages of equality are spewed through intense, sometimes yelled, but always impassioned vocals that relay confrontational lyrics against established gender roles, standard sexual orientation beliefs, image/appearance, and the like. Don't ask me to decipher all the lyrics on 'Weaponry', though: many are hard to interpret and the meanings elusive. However, their power and urgency is never questioned. Take, for instance, the rebellious lines from "Local Arrogance": "Never accept it of me/To blend with their dead theory/For a valiant vocabulary I know there is this need," and the downright frightening "Facedown", with alternating vulnerable/disgusted female vocals spouting out lines like "Can't say I like it now, it's making me sick/Fiction to fiction turns to agony quick/When I said push, I didn't mean kill me/When I said push I didn't mean break my back."

Whereas many people seem to prefer the band's collection of early material released in 1993 (I believe) entitled 'Taking The Rough With The Smooch' and consider 'Weaponry' somewhat of a letdown, there's just something about this record I simply cannot shake. Best songs (although it's mighty hard…) are the opener "Immature Adolescence", "Fuck Yr Heart", "On the Wolves' Tip", "Erotic Bleeding", and "For Insecure Offenders", but they're really all noteworthy. Basically, if you're one of the guys who finds pleasure in putting me down because I'm a female, fuck off. Just don't bother. For those who could care less about the political side and don't pay attention to lyrics, but do like great low-fi indie/punk you might actually enjoy this…I know I'm going to get shit for this, but I think it's an excellent album and hopefully some of you who haven't heard of Huggy Bear will look into it.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

i just like the thought of you speaking like a bitch from the ghetto...talk some more.
-Janelle

GreenVandal (December 15, 2003)

Yeah, I roll with gangs. Yeah, I do drugs.

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

ok bi-ya-tch
-Janelle

GreenVandal (December 14, 2003)

Wha-eva, I do what I want.

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

Yeah, whatever vandal...
-Janelle

Anonymous (December 11, 2003)

"Uh, is there a purpose to the "Hybrid Moments" lyrics posted a few posts down?"

Yes, hun

GreenVandal (December 11, 2003)

Just cuz we are cool now J, doesnt mean I should stop making fun of you.

notfeelingcreative (December 10, 2003)

Uh, is there a purpose to the "Hybrid Moments" lyrics posted a few posts down?

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

haha yeah man, im gunna have to include Far too. Im a big far fan.

notfeelingcreative (December 10, 2003)

Damn! I did forget Quicksand didn't I?

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

Jawbox was awsome, as was jawbreaker lest we forget quicksand
-god

notfeelingcreative (December 10, 2003)

Oh yeah and I wish I still had my copy of Belly's "star" and all my Superchunk's "Foolish"!

notfeelingcreative (December 10, 2003)

Okay the person who posted below about slant 6, Jawbreaker, J Church Nirvana etc. raises a question, has music gotten shittier or have I just gotten older? Even emo in those days was decent, Jawbreaker, Jawbox etc.!

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

if you're gonna scream, scream with me moments like this never last when do creatures rape your face hybrids opened up the door ooh baby when you cry your face is momentary

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

these bands are too cool for me

-god

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

ok people. i was planning on NEVER reading the posts here, figuring they would be predominantly stupid comments not unlike that of our friend twat, but i had to. anyway, thanks for the support some of you!
-Janelle
Vandal, i know you like me now stop like whoa.
And as for BSD - I tend to post reviews of albums I like here...just wait, the next one's not too flattering...

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

This was just a great time for music, this album fits right with my favorites from this period: Slant 6, Heavens to Betsy, Exuse 17, Unwound, J Church, Team Dresch, Jawbreaker, Nirvana !

Great Review !

Anonymous (December 10, 2003)

WHY DO YOU LIKE EVERYTHING YOU REVIEW? No, no. Good review.

-BSD

GreenVandal (December 10, 2003)

"1. I might be the fat kid (or so Twat says), but Twat is the guy who allienated all of his friends because his low self-esteem made him lash out at everyone. No one appreciates how punk he is, and that he had a mohawk way before anyone else at the mall."

hahahahahahaha

Twat, you are seriously going a wee bit overboard. Will you please stop, or die or something?

I will prolly never check this out as I hate pretty much anything to do with riot grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrl, but it was nicely written Janelle.

If you werent stupid like whoa I might even take my hat off to you.

hehehe

I also would like to say that this band has the best name ever.

notfeelingcreative (December 9, 2003)

I had this album back when I would listen to anything that got a decent review in Spin. I later traded it in for a Breeders album which I traded to a friend for Misfits Collection II, I miss my Breeders CD!

sk8punx4evr (December 9, 2003)

that comment tickled me, but here's how i would make it better:

1. hang myself

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

This website is cool, but here's how I would make it better:

1. Ban superdude.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

This review was good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. I might be the fat kid (or so Twat says), but Twat is the guy who allienated all of his friends because his low self-esteem made him lash out at everyone. No one appreciates how punk he is, and that he had a mohawk way before anyone else at the mall.

2. He is punk

3. If he got any more punk he'd move to Montreal and take up squeeging.

4. No thanks, I cleaned it this morning

boba_fett (December 9, 2003)

if i ever meet twat on the street im sure ill kill him.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Yeah. It took her nine years, Twat. Dummy.

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Janelle, you're telling us it took you 9 years to write that review? It wasn't even that great of a review anyway. Maybe if you took your fingers out of your cunt and onto the keyboard you'd write better stuff. By the way, what about that blow-job you promised me?
twat

Anonymous (December 9, 2003)

Can't say yet whether I'll check them out or not, but it was a very well done review. Your passion for this CD was present without being overwhelming. Nice job.

--Bing Crosby
P.S. Bjork kicks ass. Deal with that.

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