Posted: Feb 14, 2008 12:15 pm
Street Hassle's almost the one for me, but loses points because I'd seen Lou perform some of these songs live and the record just didn't deliver on the promise - the studio version of "Dirt" was a let down, "I Wanna Be Black" made sense as a "fuck ya" interlude in performance, but was a dumb joke on record, and maybe I liked the band more (I can't remember, were they different?). I've always thought I'd say Blue Mask because it's really really good and I've never tired of it, plus it's got some of Bob Quine's finest moments. But, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say "The Bells" because the title song still gives me the chills - Disco Mystic? what the fuck!? hell, the whole album is like being trapped in an apartment full of drugged out strangers. Yet there's moments of real beauty, Lou almost sounds sincere, and I still find it compelling whenever I put it on. And I do listen to it more than a lot of his catalogue. I don't have a single friend that shares in this, though.