Girl Trouble

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays

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After the uncharacteristically long gap of five years, Girl Trouble returned with their fourth long-player, Tuesdays Thursdays & Sundays, in 1998. The recording, released on their own Wig Out label, just may be their most personal yet. First there's the title, a reference to the Tacoma quartet's practice schedule for the past 15 years. Then there's the cover photograph, which depicts their groovy practice space (and is filled with all the kitschy ephemera one would expect). Then there are the pictures included with the disc, photos of the band from 1983 to 1997, and a vintage shot of "Grandpa Henderson" from 1939 (their space was once his shed). Musically the band hasn't changed much since 1983 -- they've just gotten better at what they do. Party anthem "Go Metropolitan," which opens the set, and British Invasion homage "Mr. Thackeray's Day Off," which ends it, rank with some of their best work, like 1989's stop 'n' start toe-tapper "When Opposites Attract." "Strother Martin" (the actor who portrayed the sadistic prison captain in Cool Hand Luke) and "Scorpio 9" are a couple of instrumentals that serve as welcome showcases for Kahuna's surf-meets-garage guitar rockin', Bon's solid, no-fuss drumming, and Dale's steady-as-she-goes bass playing, whereas "Common Law Loners" gives K.P. the chance to mold his deep, slightly twangy vocals into a sadder, more bluesy shape (a little like latter-period Elvis, but without the schmaltz). "The Track" was also released as a single on Bellingham's Estrus in 1996 (with "Scorpio 9" as the B-side).

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