Rocket from the Tombs

Life Stinks

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Life Stinks Review

by John Dougan

This bootleg recording of demos and radio performances is about the best (and only, that I'm aware of) collection of recordings by Rocket from the Tombs. Many of the songs included on this LP (plus single) will be immediately recognized by anyone owning copies of Pere Ubu's The Modern Dance and the Dead Boys' Young, Loud, and Snotty. The versions are better on those records (especially the Ubu songs), but here, there is a scuzzy and dark charm that the lo-fi recording brings to the fore. Best track is the chilling Laughner-penned ode to nihilism, "Ain't It Fun," a song that was sadly accurate when it came to predicting Laughner's brief future. And he sings it like he knew it, too. It also became the only song written by Laughner to be recorded by the Dead Boys and Guns N' Roses. Very difficult to find, the vinyl pressing of this was limited to less than a thousand, which means it's ready to get the CD reissue treatment.

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