A while ago, Tad singer and guitarist Tad Doyle tweeted something about how a snare drum should sound like an ominous thunder clap. I like my snare sound tight and fast, so I didn’t really get it even though Tad is one of my favorite bands. Now that I’ve gone back to listen to this collection of some of their earlier work I get it. A big part of Tad’s sound is the pummeling of a snare drum that sounds almost like an extra punchy tom.
Salt Lick/God’s Balls, as its name suggests, combines two earlier Tad releases on Sub Pop. The first six songs are the Salt Lick EP and the last seven are culled from the ten songs that made up the God’s Balls LP. In between the two you’ve got the “Loser” single. Yes, that’s the inspiration for the Sub Pop “LOSER” shirts.
Somewhat surprisingly, this mash up works really well as a whole. The sequencing isn’t quite right, for obvious reasons (you could probably have a superior experience just putting it on shuffle), but conceptually and sonically it all works together. One thing that doesn’t make sense about this release is how it’s missing three tracks from God’s Balls. This came out in 1990 on CD and cassette only, so it would have been no problem to fit those in.
Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, especially the former, are often held up as the metal sides of the grunge scene. Tad’s there, too, but in more of a dirty, grimy, Cookie Monster-vocal kind of way as opposed to the arena-friendly sustained chords and melodically hooky guitars of the other two. Tad’s kind of like Sex Pistols meets Melvins. This collection could use a few more hooks, but that’s asking something of them that they’re not. This is a fantastic set of music.
Mixers: “Wood Goblins,” “Potlach,” “Loser,” “Satan’s Chainsaw”
– “Axe To Grind,” “High On The Hog,” “Glue Machine,” “Behemoth,” “Pork Chop,” “Helot,” “Sex God Missy,” “Cyanide Bath,” “Boiler Room”
Filed Between: T-Ride (T-Ride) and Tad’s 8-Way Santa
Song Notes: After the jump
Salt Lick EP
- Axe To Grind –
- High On The Hog – “My girls taught me how to drink/My girl taught me how to smoke”
- Wood Goblins –
- Hibernation –
- Glue Machine – Love the guitar sound. Like a siren.
- Potlatch –
- Loser –
Seven of the ten songs on the God’s Balls album
- Behemoth – “You will fall down/Behemoth/Motherfucker”
- Pork Chop – “I don’t want to give you my disease/I’m just your pork chop, baby/That’s all I’ll ever be.” Doesn’t Green River have a song called “Pork Chop”?
- Helot –
- Sex God Missy –
- Cyanide Bath – too long
- Boiler Room –
- Satan’s Chainsaw –