DOUBLE ALBUM SHOWDOWN: TFUL 282’s Mother of All Saints and Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk.


Hello. Tusk has a few tracks that predate introspective, 90’s indie rock. That’s Buckingham checking in with “Walk a Thin Line”….the obscenely catchy ballad that sounds like Built To Spill. Mother of All Saints also looked to the future, albeit a future that has yet to occur. Indie rock, or tastemaker rock, or cool shit, or whatever you want to call it, in 2007, SHOULD sound like Mother of All Saints. It doesn’t. Tusk has the ye olde photo of a pesky, perhaps feral dog tearing away at some unlucky chump’s trouser leg. Mother of All Saints has some mouth action, too, but it could pass for a Naked City cover or a later, “mature” offering from Suffocation. It must be noted that Thinking Fellers collectively had a much better sense of humor than John Zorn. Despite being one of the greatest (and weirdest) mainstream pop records of the payola era, the public felt otherwise and Tusk unwittingly helped to destroy the music industry as it was known in 1979. Its “ambitious” recording budget and efficient, non-stop journey from warehouse to cutout bin almost bankrupted Warner Brothers, and led to an industry-wide contract genocide that effectively ended many of the “careers” that resulted from the AOR signing frenzy of ’76 – ’79 (1). When I was nineteen, Mother of All Saints really alienated and disturbed the soon to be vanquished jam band acquaintances (2) that remained lurking in the tiers of my eight-count friend circle. Christ on a crutch, you’d think I was writing a 33 1/3 here, with all of the petty, “aw, me” nostalgia.

  1. Which gave us the Babysitter Rock of 707, New England, Hotel, Sharks, Starz, Stank Business, Horselips, Starcastle, The Tarney-Spencer Band, and Trooper, bless their forgotten hearts.

2. Yes, jam banders existed in 1992. It was their choices that were few: Phish, Widespread Panic, Spin Doctors, and the Dead.

4 thoughts on “DOUBLE ALBUM SHOWDOWN: TFUL 282’s Mother of All Saints and Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk.”

  1. Sleep well over there in MEM tonight knowing your old pal was at an after-after hours party not too long ago, drugs laying about on unsafe surfaces, when the hostess, a gorgeous wild metal chick woman from San Diego, completely made my night by busting out TFUL “Mother of All Saints” and we effectively drove the cokeheads to the back yard and to the various couches to crash. She sighed and said, “No one has ever understood me with this band. They fucking rule, dude.”

  2. redwhite&blue is a tool of the gods:::: in their reports the media ignored the reality of this molestation case:::He didin’t want to go home.
    Got a child therapists commentting consistant with her profession. Hey lady!!! You woud have gotten thousands of years had you not chosen this line of work!!!!
    Likely they were peaking him euphoircally homosexually, and they say when it happens young like that it means something unique.
    Possibility #2 is he found out his parents were sell-out whores and got the hell out. Dear ‘ole mom may have complied when asked to go to the grocery store and buy the products laced with the hormone growth poison, a way the gods justify their dictate to Artificial Intelligence.
    He made the right decision. “A lot of them leave because of that.” Reason for all the elder neglect/abuse as well.

    So, assuming foul play wasn’t an issue, the numbers would suggest:::::
    1. Most IF NOT ALL girls left because they found out their parents were sell-out whores who betrayed their children
    2. Boys potentially could be peaked euphorically, “We match them up.” So you told the child this man was the person so he went with him?

    What percentage is foul play an issue? 10%? 20%? Over half of the three-fourths of missing kids do the right thing by getting out??? Considering hormone growth poison in the grocery products will msake them gargantuon I’d argue they did.

    The girls end up with broken hearts, crushed by their own parents, after making some progress they arrange for a new home telepathically and the girls get out.
    It’s the best thing that could happen to them. They say (my family’s daughter) needs to get out of this enviornment or she won’t have a chance.
    Hopefully this is the ultimate goal for the majority of child abduction cases.

  3. I actually like Tusk. Coke-fuelled wife-swapping late seventies power pop might not sound like an appetizing recipe on its face, but Buckingham/Nicks et al. pull it off okay. Besides, the song “Tusk” has a marching band, and Lindsey does some really bizarre “vocalizing” in that one.

    That said, the Thinking Fellers were quite possibly the craziest, most brilliant experimental band of the nineties. They regularly achieved levels of freaked out genius lesser acts like The Animal Collective can still only dream about. And they never assumed stupid-cute animal psuedonyms while doing it.

    Tusk is a fine album, a pleasantly ambitious album, and underrated in its time. But the Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 were a band like no other. I’ve been listening to “Mother Of All Saints” for going on 10 years, and there are still parts I don’t get, still things I find challenging. That’s depth, people. And they acheived it while still having some amazingly poppy hooks. So I’m going with “Mother Of All Saints” in this showdown.

  4. I’m sure that you know that there is no “e” in Horslips. Nice try, Professor Throwback.

    and also.

    I keep a certain “vanity mirror” stored in my copy of Tusk.

    In Mother of All Saints, I store a petrified “party roach” and a well-thumbed zine by Brandan Kearney.

    You be the judge.

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