Volume 90, Issue 81

Tuesday, February 18, 1997



Soundwaves: Music granny loves... to hate

Black Eye

It seems the riot grrl scene has quieted down, possibly with very little to be disgruntled or intense about anymore. Of course, soon we will see a surge of new albums from the likes of L7, Hole and others who will either be royally pissed or satisfied with their new fame, achieved through a popularity which emerged only a few short years ago – though the kind of music that would emerge in the latter case would be pretty scary.

British music steered clear of this scene, instead moving towards a pop route musically and flaunting androgyny instead of considering the views of specific sexes. That was in the pre-Fluffy days, at least. Fluffy's debut album, Black Eye, has finally found its way across the ocean after receiving mainly positive acclaim from most British press and such lush reviews are warranted.

Keep in mind, Fluffy is more or less a straight ahead punk act with raunchy vocals. To its credit, the band uses a bit of diversity in the musical flow and creates more melodic songs than most other punk or riot grrl acts. As for the content of the songs, the themes therein are not made fluffy by the band, which instead turns to more in-your-face commentary on various topics.

"I Wanna Be Your Lush" considers a woman who turns to her boyfriend for support and is more or less his toy for pleasure. The un-feminist lines prove this, as singer Amanda Roots sings, "Tie me down honey/ Make me feel secure."

Unfortunately, songs such as this may lessen the impact of some more meaningful tracks like "Crossdresser," which looks at women with a drinking problem, and "Nothing," a song dealing with the inability to handle the problems life offers.

For fans of Hole, Black Eye should be considered a pleasant release – it takes the harder edge of rock yet displays it melodically and fills it with catchy and ironically, radio-friendly music. . . similar to Courtney Love's band.

Of course, Fluffy's more unstoppable "slut-rock" may surprise fans who are not used to such outspoken musicians. This quartet chooses to push forward on openly vocal issues, which may not seem overly serious to many, but are considered important to the act itself. Either way, Black Eye makes for a great piece of music while fans await the next Hole release.

–Jonathan Hale

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