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