Poison Summer

Danny & the Doorknobs

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Poison Summer Review

by Richard Foss

When Vitus Matare and Kjehl Johansen started this band, the idea was to release all their albums under the same name but change the name of the band every time. Someone who understood the effect that this strategy would have on the band's career talked them out of it, but not until after two records called Poison Summer had been released -- the first by Danny & the Doorknobs, the second by Trotsky Icepick. The latter is a better known and more mature work, but the former has its good points. Danny & the Doorknobs were a sophisticated and intelligent pop band with a few interestingly rough edges, and the music on this album has more of a raw live sound than any of the subsequent releases. John Frank's drums were recorded very high in the mix, and Matare's vocals had more power and less of the mocking, wry character that was the standard on later releases. The result was an energetic recording of innovative power pop, with more than a hint of the subtlety that the band would develop later. Note: this album was originally released on clear vinyl, and may have been re-released on black or colored vinyl. It was also re-released on CD by SST as Trotsky Icepick Presents Poison Summer by Danny & the Doorknobs.

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