Thursday, March 5, 2009

The secret of John Bigley lies on Amphetamine Reptile

In a past post I've declared myself a big fan (I don't know if these were the exact words) of Amphetamine releases. Everything started when I heard the Smells Like Smoked Sausage compilation, and you might think everything started from a Dope, Guns and Fucking ...but no. Helios Creed, God Bullies, Surgery, Cows, Helmet (and I hate it when people call it a grunge band)...were my introduction in the street level post punk, dirty/noisy/sludgy whatever. My second wave was actually the Dope, Guns, and Fucking compilations, which, for my surprise made my day with some Seattle bands too. I remember that in the same period I was also into Crawlpappy's Deluxe and some Lonely Moans. Anyway, anyhow, anywho the very first song from the compilation that got stock on my mind after the first listening was The Crows Capital Hillbillies.

I've allways considered Bigley one of the strangest frontmen in Seattle, and I knew from the first U-Men single I've listened to that I would enjoy every musical project of his..but the Crows would be his last one and wouldn't make much of a record history.So, The U-Men broke up...I don't know if it happened before they throw up a song on the famous compilation, Bad Little Woman, and Tom Price left too form Kings of Rock with Haye, Don Blackstone and Dan "Reno" Ryan(Charlie Ryan's little brother).John Bigley and the drummer Charlie Ryan along with the guitarist Garth Brandenburg and the bassist Greg Stumph formed the Crows in 1991. The Crows released only on Amphetamine Rep: Crow Bar / Low Brow 7'' (1991) and The Crows LP (1994). Also Capitol Hillbillies on Dope-Guns'-N-Fucking In The Streets Volume Six and Go Look In The Crisper on Dope Guns & Fucking Up Your Video Deck Volume 2 . In '94 the band called it quits and the hole Seattle scene kind of faded away. Greg, Charley along with Tom Price and David Duet (former Cat Butt singer) formed Bottle of Smoke, and John Bigley I think he owns a restaurant or something. I’ve once read, I don't remember exactly where, that The Crows sounds like a slower and bluesy version of The U-Men.So, do you agree?

Oh, yes...and please be my guests in leaving comments...

The U-Men - Bad Little Woman
The Crows - Capitol Hillbillies
The Crows - Crow Bar

9 comments:

Luiz said...

Hello there! Well I found both bands very similar, as well both bands great! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Bigley died in University District, Seattle on November 27 1998, heroin related and not a pretty circumstance generally, I'm afraid, according to reports close to the time.

Anonymous said...

Bullshit, bigley is alive and well and not a junkie. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Strange, John never did drugs. I don't even remember him drinking. I am pretty sure he is very much alive and doing very well.

diane said...

I was at a Lushy show around Christmas time at the Royal Room and John was there!

Anonymous said...

He's such an underated vocalist, some kinda punk version of a cross between early Birthday Party-era Nick Cave and Troutmask Beefheart! The Crows are actually pretty good! They pick up pretty much where the U-men left off...

Anonymous said...

Loved the U-Men and their many bassists. All those guys are true gentlemen. Awesome shows and such a great joy to watch live. Remember the burning of the waters at Seattle Center? Good times!

Jeff Smith said...

Saw him when we played Seattle in2010. Still the smiling, nice cat I remembered from their legendary Texas shows in the mid-80's.

Anonymous said...

I really want to listen to the full album of the crows, I am big fan of U-men already. But can find it no where... help me