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Bent Outta Shape - Stray Dog Town (Cover Artwork)

Bent Outta Shape

Bent Outta Shape: Stray Dog TownStray Dog Town (2005)
Recess Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: 1234go1234go
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According to Recess Records, Bent Outta Shape is the "2005 equivalent of the Clash." There is only one conclusion I can draw from this statement: Todd from Recess has been kidnapped and we're supposed to decipher his odd band comparisons to reveal clues to his whereabouts and the kidnappers' identit.
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According to Recess Records, Bent Outta Shape is the "2005 equivalent of the Clash." There is only one conclusion I can draw from this statement: Todd from Recess has been kidnapped and we're supposed to decipher his odd band comparisons to reveal clues to his whereabouts and the kidnappers' identities. Which would make more sense and be more realistic than the statement at its face value.

You know I love the `76-`77 London neighborhood but if we have to do a band comparison thing I'm going to have to steer us away from there over to Minneapolis circa `82-`84 before arriving at our final destination of the tail end of 2005. Bent Outta Shape take the best elements of the unrepentant early `80s-era Replacements and get it good and liquored up with the modern hard-working, heartfelt, damn near poetic, memorable, currently basement-bound scene flourishing today. No boilersuits or Pearl Harbor backdrops behind a bunch of English cats jumping around giving you the business about the Sandinistas and the dole queue. Just a bunch of unassuming dudes swimming in booze singing songs that you could have written about your own life, heartbreak, that time you dated a girl from Kissimmee and your dissatisfaction with lethargic hipsters walking around like they built your town when all they did was buy a black members only jacket a size or two too small.

I have this whole diatribe worked out on my premonition or "real good feeling" about bands like Bent Outta Shape and a host of others including Drunken Boat, Snuggle, United States and Ringers signaling the start of the next wave of amazing honest music I can actually identify with....but Todd from Recess is out there somewhere and we don't have much time before the kidnappers start sending fingers to us to prove how serious they are. If you ever want to see Toys That Kill again, we have to crack his code. Paul Simonon is behind this...I just know it.

Recommended tracks:

  • I Don't Know
  • Rudes and Cheaps
  • Kissimmee
  • Stray Dog Town

 

 
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hurricanextina (July 22, 2008)

this album is one of my favorite albums! bums me to know that il never get to see em :(

Anonymous (May 21, 2007)

This album is way awesome. The review... Not so much.

TheMike (May 20, 2007)

Haven't heard this, but I like the cover art. It reminds me of Gillianimations, for some reason.

CCSummers (May 19, 2007)

i really like this review
havent heard the album, but i heard the song "i dont know" on the split 7" with LoC, F-Minus and Morning Glory. pretty cool song.

1234go (May 19, 2007)

whut whut?

RedScare (May 19, 2007)

huh?

Enemy_Will (May 18, 2007)

This album makes me sad because I'll never get to see them live.

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

this album fucking rules. It just rules.

1234go (May 18, 2007)

Wow I think I wrote and submitted this review almost two years ago. Some back log you gents have here haha

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

Awesome band name

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

yes! its about time this one got a review. great great record, really a grower. too bad they broke up

Anonymous (May 18, 2007)

sounds good but that song about a girl. ill check it out because of the label. skate for life todd.

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