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Call The Doctor

4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Aug. 26 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chainsaw Records
  • ASIN: B00000219M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Call The Doctor
2. Hubcap
3. Little Mouth
4. Anonymous
5. Stay Where You Are
6. Good Things
7. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
8. Taking Me Home
9. Taste Test
10. My Stuff
11. I'm Not Waiting
12. Heart Attack

Product Description

Sleater-Kinney's musical manifesto is a wake-up call to not only the old boy network, but to young women who find themselves increasingly at odds with it. Helmed by Corin Tucker (Heaven's To Betsy) and Carrie Brownstein (Excuse 17), this trio is not only furious and formidable, but genuinely significant. On a musical landscape populated by open sewers like The 7 Mary Bush Pilots Idiot-Grunge Revival or Hootie's Home for the Terminally Bland and Sensitive, Tucker's spine-shivering voice shrieking "I wanna be your Joey Ramone / Pictures of me on your bedroom door" cracks through the narcotic haze of mediocrity like a rat tail on a bare bottom. When she declares herself "The Queen of Rock & Roll," I'm inclined to smile and think "If only." Cultural importance aside, this rocks. Their eerily dead-on Sonic Youth snippet in "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone" had me checking the credits for a Kim Gordon cameo, while "Little Mouth," "Stay Where You Are" and the incendiary title track are some of the most raging chunks of punk found around these parts since Greg Sage shook the rain off his rubbers. More than recommended: required. --John Chandler

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Format: Audio CD
Believe all the hype--if you're into "punk", if you can't go a week without listening to Babes in Toyland's "Spanking Machine" (like myself), or if you just need something that is guaranteed to make you jump around no matter where you are or who you're with--BUY THIS. Sure, SPIN puts "Dig Me Out" in their 90 Best of the 90's, but this one is way more consistent, way more focused--way more, period! "Little Mouth" is a minimalist dream that still feels absolutely full of history and painfully conflicting emotions. "Hubcap" builds so much tension with the gaps between the notes in the verses that when that big power chord kicks in (but notice too the little guitar flourish just beforehand!) in the chorus you're so desperate for the release you don't even notice how basic it is. The background vocals in the chorus of "Stay Where You Are" are just perfect ("Fire! Fire!"--I hate to say it, but this feels like a Beavis and Butthead spoof to me--any chance we could get them to offer a review?), as are the dueling guitars (one free-falling, the other riffing like there's no tomorrow). If I had any criticism of this, it's that the lyrics are overall sort of high-schoolish (i.e., "I'm Not Waiting"--I get the point, but can't help feeling a little hit over the head with it by the middle of the song) and vague.Read more ›
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One of the best recordings in the twenty-odd year history of punk. Raw, dense and howling, these twelve tunes crawl out of your speakers and destroy your soul and your living room. Energy-packed and angst-ridden, this CD would have been a smash hit if it was released in the '70s, '80s or '90s. There are no formulas here, but great songs and yes - even melodies. Courtney Love just wishes she had the talent of Tucker, Kinney and Macfarlane. The gals wax sensitive on "good things" but create a melodic punk tornado on "call the doctor", "little mouth" and "i wanna be your joey ramone". "i'm not waiting" is an evocative anthem with some little distorted Butthole Surfer vocals thrown in the mix for good measure. A band of immense songwriting talent, to be revered and worshipped for all time. You must have this experience in your life.
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By A Customer on April 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
1. Call the Doctor (An "Okay" song.).
2. Hubcap (I love this song. They did a really good job on they're high notes.).
3. Little Mouth (Corin is just screaming in this song.).
4. Anonymous (A very fun song. Nothing you wanna hear before you go to bed.).
5. Stay Where You Are (An nice song if you wanna hear all three of them sing.).
6. Good Things (I really like this song "It's A Dumb Song, But I'll Right It Anyway".).
7. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (They screamed a lot in this one too "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah".).
8. Taking Me Home (This song is a very fun song.).
9. Taste Test (I like the really light voice"Where are you now?".).
10. My Stuff (I can never hear what they're saying "Leave me without a god without belief without a cause
without a path that I should take
without a choice that I should make
such an easy thought and now I had it but I lost it
I guess I need your help and now I
guess I need your help and now I" .).
11. I'm Not Waiting (This song is Okay. Not they're best, but who cares?).
12. Heart Attack (A really light song. Very nice sounding.).
Altogether it's an Okay album.
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Format: Audio CD
Before I begin, I must let you know where I am coming from, I am a gay African-American male, very much into punk/alternative/whateva it's called these days. My introduction to SK came at a time when I was invovled in a BAD relationship and I happened to hear some talk about how good it was, so I decided to check it out.
IT IS BETTER THAN GOOD! It's EXCELLENT! From the stanza of "Call The Docotor" ... "they want to socialize you....dignify, analyze, terrorize you" I was hooked! Who wouldn't be? SK personifies all the emotions of any under-dog of society (or so they make us out to be), no matter who they may be (female, abused, ethinic, etc.) and screams, plays and ROCKS them into a complete fruition of being. This band should have gotten a Grammy for this fine example of punk rock agression mixed with sympathetic/empathetic emotion.
Then I heard "Good Things" and my world transformed. I instantly related the song to my current state and found the strength to move on to something more productive and healthy besides a messed up (I'm being quite tame) realtionship. "Getting better, worse, I cannot tell..." says it all. "Why do good things never want to stay?", well, I guess I will never know the answer to that, but thanks to SK I know that even the bad has an alternate side that will sometimes purge itself out. "This time I wiil be alright, this time I will be ok..." are words that I will take with me to my grave.
This band was able to transcend pure enlightment to me in the course of a I need to say more? Did I mention the other songs? I don't even need too.
Just buy it! It's well worth it!
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