Scrawl – He’s Drunk

ARTIST: Scrawl                  scrawlhesdrunk

TITLE: He’s Drunk

YEAR RELEASED: 1988

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I sincerely doubt it, but they cover Rocky Top

LINEUP: Marcy Mays, Sue Harsche, Carolyn O’Leary

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album for the Ohio trio, this time on Rough Trade, ups the key components, but still is a somewhat acquired taste.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The production is better, the songs are better, the playing is better, and they seem to have a little sense of humor (“Let It All Hang Out”). So this is an improvement for Scrawl.

While they toured constantly, their comfort in the studio still isn’t quite there, and that leaves to some tentative harmonies, and a few times where it seems they’re not quite sure of what’s to come next. Even though they were at Paisley Park for the recording, it still was a low budget affair and sometimes shows it.

Scrawl was becoming an important female voice in alternative and punk circles – which was sorely needed in 1988. It’s just not fully evident on record.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Rough Trade was going through some cash problems, and by 1990 this was out of print due to their bankruptcy.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: B-: A better effort and one that points toward their reputation as the premier female band of the late 80’s.

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