The Subhumans

Same Thoughts Different Day

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Unable to prove that they held the rights to their early recordings, Vancouver’s Subhumans experienced major difficulties trying to re-release a properly mastered version of their classic 1980 debut, Incorrect Thoughts. San Francisco label CD Presents claimed ownership and released the album on CD not long after the band broke up in the '80s, so rather than get into a legal battle, the reunited original members of the Subhumans set out to re-create their first album from scratch, song by song, for Same Thoughts Different Day. With the help of Alternative Tentacles, the production on the new version of the record is full and thick, in fashion with the pop-punk sound of 2010, but expectedly, 30 years after their prime, Brian Goble’s voice doesn’t have the urgency that it once did. Additionally, a grownup singing "Slave to My Dick" and rebelling against teachers and parents seems really, really odd. Incorrect Thoughts was groundbreaking. And even though Same Thoughts Different Day is not by any means a terrible album, it pales in comparison to the golden years. Sadly, even though the band won’t see any royalties from its purchase, the original album is the way to go. If you can't get a hold of that, the excellent Death Was Too Kind comp has better takes of many of these songs as well.

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