Category: Scrawl

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.

Scrawl – Plus, Also, Too

ARTIST: Scrawl          R-2466344-1288123511.jpeg

TITLE:  Plus, Also, Too

YEAR RELEASED: 1987

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe in Ohio, on college radio.

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

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Feminist punk-pop pioneers first album gets the band some notice, but now it seems flat and a bit same-y

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It was definitely a novel concept in the mid-80’s, especially in a town like Columbus, Ohio. Three women playing punk and power pop songs? Unheard of! But here was Scrawl, who had a nice underground following before recording this album.

While there are some signs of spark and a way with some feminist themes (pre-Bikini Kill, they took back the word ‘slut’), the production is cheap (they didn’t have much money, I get that) and it just seems a bit of 10 songs all sounding the same. That’s probably exacerbated by the muddy production.

Scrawl would gain a larger following thanks to their touring and future albums. This is just one to have if you need them all.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first gig was opening for the Meat Puppets in 1985.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: They have a CD pressing with this album and the second.

GRADE: C+: Just not feeling it. I think I’m going to exile it.