Clinic – Internal Wrangler

ARTIST: Clinic 220px-ClinicInternalWrangler
TITLE: Internal Wrangler
SINGLES: The Return of Evil Bill (#70 UK), Distortions (#81 UK), The Second Line (#56 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No. Stritcly a UK thing.
LINEUP: Ade Blackburn, Brian Campbell, Jonathan Hartley, Carl Turney
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First full length from the twister-of-songs-and-motifs band – still with the cheap sounding equipment and distorted vocals. It doesn’t work as well over a full album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Clinic’s record of getting their songs on TV commericals in the UK continues, as “The Second Line” was used in an ad and propelled this full length to the charts.

However, it’s NOT commercial (neither were their EPs) and the distorted vocals, weird and old keyboards and overdriven instruments can wear on you after a time. They do have catchy hooks, which may be one reason they got played and were used in ads, but it’s not like Clinic is putting out normal pop songs. Heck, I don’t know what you’d call it.

Most of this is good for a catalog that goes on random, because it is clever and pretty decent in short doses. But it’s hard to sit through all at once.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: This release has 13 songs, but on CD there were 14 tracks. I guess the band has a thing about the number 13, so they put in a blank track for four seconds on the CD.


GRADE: B-: Fine in short doses but the noise gets a botherin’ me.

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