Christmas is always a busy time at the Lamestain household. Our Yuletide tradition of dressing up like Michael Anderson of Blood Circus (dressed up like Santa, of course) and handing out Yummy singles to the neighborhood children brought much joy and laughter, and we can’t wait to do it again next year. Plenty of eggnog was consumed, holiday ham was enjoyed, gay grunge apparel was donned, and Tad songs were caroled. Plus there were gifts! And we are saving your gift, which is also the best gift, for last: the U-Men Step on a Bug: The Red Toad Speaks record.
Produced by John Nelson and the U-Men at Crow Studios, Step on a Bug was released by Black Label records in 1988. Also released on cassette tape, this and the Hellcows LP were the only full-lengths on Black Label. Tupelo Recording Company also released this on vinyl, though I think they mostly handled overseas pressings. You can check out our earlier U-Men posting for more info and junk here.
We were also lucky enough to see the debut performance of the Tom Price Desert Classic a few weeks back at Fantagraphics Bookstore’s 1-year anniversary party. Tom fronted the band, and was joined by ex-Huffers, Don Blackstone and Matt Wright, Joe Kilbourne (the Derelicts), and Martin Bland (Bloodloss, Lubricated Goat, Monkeywrench, and our recent record discovery, Bushpig!) The band sounded great, and a great time was had by all.
We can't wait to open your gifts now.
-- tom the xmas elf