TTC 88138-1 Your Face My Fist
Produced by Keith Streng with Peter Buck (track 4) and J.A. Ball (track 10)
Released on 1988
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T his answered the musical question that everyone was asking in 1988: Whatever happened to The Fleshtones? Okay, well maybe not everyone. Keith Streng, Bill Milhizer and Gordon Spaeth reappeared in another F’in band, Full Time Men, and continued to churn out the psychedelic garage rock that their former band was known for with Your Face My Fist (love that title). The band’s first (and only) full-length album, it reprises the earlier song “I Got Wheels,” updates the track “One More Time,” and antes up another nine foggy, sleazy slices of psychedelic garage rock. It would be easy to dismiss this as a novelty record, except that The Fleshtones weren’t kidding to begin with: garage rock was their chosen milieu. That Full Time Men return to the same garage is no accident, and they didn’t engage Peter Zaremba and Peter Buck just for a lark. Your Face My Fist is a legitimate artifact, a fine addendum to the career of The Fleshtones. “I Got Wheels,” “One More Time (Encore),” “Full Time Men” (which reminds me of the theme to Futurama) and “Critical List” are as good as I’ve heard from The Fleshtones. True, vocals aren’t Keith Streng’s strength, but he does manage to evoke a beastly Eric Burdon, which is exactly what you’d expect to find creeping around in a garage. Since The Fleshtones were hardly a household name to begin with, Full Time Men was only a part-time proposition; like Monks of Doom, “cult” band splinter groups tend to become historical footnotes. Too bad, since Your Face My Fist is a fine garage rock party record, a nod to that serendipitous span of time when rock ‘n rollers didn’t wash their hair and didn’t watch the clock--they played till they got tired. This one is really due for a dusting off; in fact the whole Fleshtones experience is something we should revisit in the future.

TTC 88138-1 back cover
TTC 88138-1 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. NOTHING'S GONNA STOP OUR TRAIN    (Keith Streng)
  2. ONE MORE TIME (ENCORE)    (Keith Streng)
  3. SOUTHERN TWITCH    (Keith Streng/Peter Zaremba)
  4. I GOT WHEELS    (Keith Streng)
  5. FOUR DAY CREEP    (Ida Cox)
  6. FULL TIME MEN    (Keith Streng/Gordon Spaeth)
  7. CRITICAL LIST    (Keith Streng)
  8. WRECKIN' BALL    (Keith Streng/Robert Warren)
  9. MAKING TIME    (Kenny Pickett/Eddie Phillips)
  10. HIGH ON DRUGS    (Keith Streng/Peter Zaremba)
  11. BABY DON'T DO IT    (Holland/Dozier/Holland)

CREDITS

BILL MILHIZER -- drums, percussion, vocals
GORDON SPAETH -- saxophone, harmonica
KEITH STRENG -- lead vocals, guitar, lead guitar, tubular bells, sitar guitar, mixing
RICH THOMAS -- lead and slide guitar, vocals, 12-string guitar, mixing
ROBERT WARREN -- bass guitar, vocals, piano
Ann Arbor - -backing vocals
Stiv Bator -- backing vocal (10)
Peter Buck -- 6-string guitar, 12-string guitar, remixing
Chris Clements -- piano
Jeff Connolly -- lead vocal on 2nd verse and Hammond organ (11)
Deerfrance -- backing vocals
Pat Dinizio -- feedback guitar (10)
Dave Faulkner -- backing vocal and production assistance (10)
Kenny Fradley -- trumpet (7)
Pete Linzell -- tenor saxophone (7)
Phillip Stahl -- backing vocals
Michael Ullmann -- backing vocals
Peter Zaremba -- duet vocals
Mark Pawlowski -- engineer, mixing
J. Keene -- engineer, remixing (4)
Anita Verdun -- art direction and layout
Timothy Loftus -- back cover photograph
John Runnion -- typing and specs
Ann of Seven Graphic Arts -- typeset

return to FULL TIME MEN discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1988 Coyote LP/CS TTC 88138  
AUS'L 1988 Liberation LP LIB5169  
FRA 1988 New Rose LP ROSE149  

 

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