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Scratch or Stitch


  • 1. Plot in a Pot
    2. Scratch or Stitch
    3. Sick Zip Everywhere
    4. Disposable Weathercock
    5. Ten Dollars a Pile
    6. Ketchup-Mess
    7. Buzzer #P
    8. Rough Dogs Have Bumps
    9. Iguana in Trouble
    10. It's in the Pillcase
    11. Test: Ground 1
    12. Zoo, No Vacancy
    13. Finger to Hackle, A
    14. Type B for Me
    15. His Name Is Mickey (At Last She Got Him...)
    16. Back to the Womb
    17. I Hate It
    18. What Do You Slaughter Next?
    19. Eye-Q Trader
    20. Dig Out!
    21. Contortion Out of Confusion
    22. Pigeons on My Eyes (Go to Bed!!!)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34

  • Credits
    ProducerJim O'Rourke; Melt-Banana; Jim O'Rourke
    EngineerSteve Albini; Steve Albini

    Melt-Banana: Yasuko O. (vocals); Agata (guitar); Rika Mm' (bass); Toshiaki Sudoh (drums).
    Additional personnel: K.K. Null, Jim O'Rourke.
    Personnel: Yasuko O. (vocals); Agata (guitar); K.K. Null (keyboards); Sudoh Toshiaki (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jim O'Rourke.
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (07/1995-08/1995).
    Beware: Scratch or Stitch is the sort of Japanese noise rock that could prove highly unsettling. Imagine rampaging drums, guitars even more gnarled and noisy than those on Sonic Youth's Dirty, a female vocalist screeching in monotone, and bass a funk metal band could be proud of, and you're about halfway there. This may sound like a racket -- and it is -- but it's such a tight, organized, and intense racket that you can't help but be awed by it; the band tears through 22 brief songs without ever leaving highest gear, and the production assistance from Steve Albini and Jim O'Rourke really capture the insane energy of the group. (And trust me -- the "insane energy" you may imagine while reading this is nowhere close to what you'd hear on the album.) It's hard to imagine anyone sitting down and listening to this album in its entirety, but that certainly doesn't mean it's not good -- the thrill here is the same sort that comes from the Boredoms' more ridiculous romps and the cascades of noise Merzbow passes off as albums. Among Western audiences, Melt Banana requires a very unique type of listener -- they're a very unique sort of band. ~ Nitsuh Abebe

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (10/96, p.94) - 5 (out of 5) - "...Genre descriptions fall short...all of them [are] nothing more than failed attempts to ghettoize a sound that's so free, so urgent and bombastic it melts critical shackles....the sounds of furniture and grapefruit falling down the stairs at 400 miles per hour..."
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