TITLE: Plus, Also, Too
YEAR RELEASED: 1987
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe in Ohio, on college radio.
LINEUP: Marcy Mays, Sue Harsche, Carolyn O’Leary
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Feminist punk-pop pioneers first album gets the band some notice, but now it seems flat and a bit same-y
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It was definitely a novel concept in the mid-80’s, especially in a town like Columbus, Ohio. Three women playing punk and power pop songs? Unheard of! But here was Scrawl, who had a nice underground following before recording this album.
While there are some signs of spark and a way with some feminist themes (pre-Bikini Kill, they took back the word ‘slut’), the production is cheap (they didn’t have much money, I get that) and it just seems a bit of 10 songs all sounding the same. That’s probably exacerbated by the muddy production.
Scrawl would gain a larger following thanks to their touring and future albums. This is just one to have if you need them all.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first gig was opening for the Meat Puppets in 1985.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: They have a CD pressing with this album and the second.
GRADE: C+: Just not feeling it. I think I’m going to exile it.