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Mood Swing

The Nails

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Album Review

While this album will always be remembered for its one novelty hit, Mood Swing is a remarkably consistent and confident debut. The band sounds a bit like a cross between the Damned and Jim Carroll in their best moments, with all that implies — powerful musicianship, dark and occasionally shocking lyrics leavened with a sense of humor, and a powerful frontman. Marc Campbell is certainly that, his huge baritone voice going from a tense whisper to a tuneful bellow and sounding great all the way through. There is a touch of Wall of Voodoo's Stan Ridgway in his occasional ironic phrasings, including the gleeful "Let It All Hang Out" and "88 Lines About 44 Women." The latter is, of course, the song that brought the Nails their moment of fame and airplay, but it is by no means typical of the rest of this album, or anything else the band ever did. A better example would be "Every Time I Touch You," a riveting song about being lost in a mix of love an lust, or "Home of the Brave," a surreal paean on the hectic madness of city living. The Nails were an uncommonly sophisticated rock band with a rollicking brass backup and an extraordinarily talented singer and lyricist, and on this album they got everything right.

Customer Reviews

THIS IS IT! The Classic TAU Chapter DELTA TAU DELTA circ. '85 PARTY MUSIC!

Love this album. Love the memories associated with this album. The Nails still sound good. "Let it All Hang Out"! The Hit: "88 Lines About 44 Women" The Anthem: "Let It All Hang Out" Stand Outs: "Every Time I Touch You", "Home of the Brave" If your a fan of the era [or getting reacquainted], the rest of the album is just as fun and satisfying. Thank-you iTunes and Marc Campbell for making this classic album available. It's good to have Marc Campbell [and The Nails] back home again. THE NAILS ROCK!!!

Home of the Brave

The offerings of songs that the Nails gave us are adequate.The song "Home of the Brave" well than makes up for listening thru all the other selections.

I cried all night

It was 1987 and my truck was broken into. they stole my tape case that had this tape in it. Now I have it back!!!!! this was one of the greatest tapes I ever had. Every song is great. Dont get it for just "88" get it for all the other songs your going to dig.

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