Friday, February 26, 2010


Although we in the Bay Area are quite lucky when it comes to our weather, that isn’t to say that we haven’t been without our cold and dreary days in the past couple of months. But spring will be upon us in a few weeks, which brings nicer weather, housecleaning, and strawberries. It also brings horrendous allergies into my life, but that’s a different story. The point being is that we need an upbeat soundtrack to welcome us into the springtime and prepare for what will hopefully be an awesome summer. Spring is a time for action, and Fu Manchu’s getting some with their 1997 album The Action is Go.

Fu Manchu originated in the mid ‘80s as a Black Flag-influenced hardcore band called Virulence. They released an album on Alchemy that I’ll post sometime unless one of my friends’ blogs beats me to it. I like to think that the reason they changed their name to Fu Manchu is because the members of Virulence realized that intoxicated fans might have a hard time pronouncing their name. Of course, Virulence also sounds like the name of that suburban garage metal band from down the street that sucks, so there’s another good reason. Anyway, Fu Manchu released a so-so seven-inch on Slap a Ham and eventually weaned themselves off the whole hardcore thing for the most part.

Like many bands influenced by the mighty Flag, Fu Manchu explored ‘70s stoner rock and liked the results. But unlike the stoner/doom bands that gain more recognition amongst people I know, Fu Manchu doesn’t evoke images of drug-assisted suicide. Instead, I think of sunny days, smoking weed, and hot girls. A much more upbeat approach to these tunes that I personally find preferable to the doom and gloom. Plus, this album opens with a song called “Evil Eye” and closes with an SSD cover that makes complete sense. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing to dislike here. You might not agree, but you probably listen to fashionably-depressed music to fit in anyway.

Fuck that noise. This post implores you to get out of the house and get some fresh air. Enjoy the upcoming sunny days. Eat some succulent strawberries and get to know somebody special, if you know what I mean. The Action is Go!

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