Vicious Beatniks: Special Four Song Sampler, 1990

Vicious Beatniks: Special Four Song Sampler, 1990

PERSONNEL:
Dave Portolano: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Brian Lindgren: Guitars, E-bow, vocals
Drew Schmitt: Bass
Paul Wilson: Drums

Recorded at Legend Studios, Central Islip, NY
Engineered by Paul Umbach
Produced by Steve Sabella and the Gumby Brothers
Thanks to Bea and Harry for the use of the basement; thanks to Honey and Kathy and everyone else who helped keep us sane.

TRACK LISTING:
Slices Of Life (Lindgren/Portolano)
Two Crazy Four Words (Lindgren/Portolano)
Much Happiness (Lindgren)
Without Love (Portolano)

Led by guitarists Dave Portolano and Brian Lindgren, with various rhythm sections, Vicious Beatniks played raw, wordy rock with one foot in the revolutionary ’60s, the other in the no-future ’80s. Trash can drums and sometimes shaky bass playing do not detract from these bleak and bitter songs about suburban love gone wrong. “If we didn’t have each other/Where would we be?/Drinking alone somewhere until we can’t see.” The sound of Suffolk County, 1990.

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