Classic Royal Trux Box Reissued

 

Rarities collection
gets rescued from eBay purgatory.

 

By Fred Mills

 

The date was Nov. 4, 1997, and now the date is Nov. 8, 2011:
Singles, Live, Unreleased was a
32-song, 3-LP, deluxe box set odds ‘n’ sods collection from skronk-punk duo
Royal Trux, and now it returns from the grave courtesy Drag City after more
than a decade of being out of print. Loaded with rarities, including some
genuinely oddball covers (such sa the “M.A.S.H.” theme and a Grace Slick-penned
Jefferson Airplane tune), it was a twisted favorite among Trux aficionados and
collector-scum indie rock kids en route to becoming eBay catnip. Yours truly
was working in a record store at the time of its initial release and it
disappeared faster than the manager’s morning coffee.

 

The original tracklisting tells the tale:

 

Side
one

“Esso Dame” – 1:51

“Mercury” – 3:50

“No Fixed Address” – 3:29

“Red Tiger” – 5:12

“Lucy Peaupaux” – 3:44

 

Side
two

“June Night Afternoon” – 3:54

“Steal Your Face” – 3:10

“Back to School” – 4:12

“Faca Amolada” (Ronaldo Bastos/Milton Nascimento)
– 4:39

“Luminous Dolphin” – 3:16

“Spike Cyclone” – 3:59

 

Side
three

“Vile Child” – 3:44

“Law Man” (Grace Slick) – 2:53

“Shockwave Rider” (Mike Fellows/Hagerty/Herrema) –
3:59

“Chairman Blow” – 7:02

“Womban” (Larry Kessler) – 3:49

 

Side
four

“Cut You Loose” – 2:58

“Baghdad
Buzz” – 4:08

“Hero/Zero” – 2:28

“Statik Jakl” – 4:03

“Gett Off” – 2:41

“Teeth” – 4:21

 

Side
five

“Cleveland”
– 4:00

“Theme from M*A*S*H” (Johnny Mandel/Mike Altman) –
2:11

“Strawberry Soda” – 1:50

“Sunflavor” – 3:08

“Love Is…” – 3:00

 

Side
six

“Ratcreeps” – 4:47

“Hair
Beach” – 3:42

“Sometimes” – 1:33

“Signed, Confused” (Hagerty/Herrema/Rian Murphy)
– 5:56

“Aviator Blues” – 4:11

 

 

Get those credit cards ready, kids. As the label puts it
ever-so-eloquently:

 

You may never
understand unless you sit in a crouch for three days, on the balls of your feet
with the keens pointing out like arrows before you. And then MAYBE you’ll know
how it feels. Some people in this life have no choice, they’ve been Indians
since the day they were born. Others take it upon themselves. This was Royal Trux.

 

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