Underground Soldier Unearthed
:: Underground Soldier – Headaches ::
:: Underground Soldier – Riot At Safeway ::
I picked this album up as a youngster for two reasons: it had Ian Mackaye’s name on the back as the producer, and a Philly label, Speed of Sound, put it out. There was a point in my life where, even if I wasn’t old enough to schlep around Philly at night on Septa to see shows, I would try to buy up Philly-related music (though some bands never garnered my support). Underground Soldier wasn’t a Philly band, however, they were from D.C., which, with Mackaye producing, makes it odd that they weren’t on Dischord.
As far as I can tell, this 1984 release, “fun before profit!” is the only album they put out. It’s a shame, because this is a decent collection of tunes and more would have been a good thing. The album cover would lead you to think that music inside is brutal, but they really turn out some melodic stuff. They even do a cover of Golden Earring’s “Radar Love”, credited as “Raid. R. Luv.” I can’t bear to hear that classic rock radio staple anymore, but it’s enjoyable here with vocalist Helen Danicki’s voice singing it out (‘cause, you know, female vocals always makes things better). You guys don’t want to hear a cover though, so check out my favorite song from the album, “Headaches.”