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Album Review

It was a pretty big deal in the underground rock community when fIREHOSE made the jump from an independent record label to a major one (Columbia) with their fourth full-length record, 1991's Flyin' the Flannel. But fans shouldn't have worried; the trio didn't change its sound to fit its new label, although the songwriting did become more succinct, which only improved the album's outstanding 16 tracks (resulting in fIREHOSE's finest album). The album-opening anthem, "Down With the Bass," is a Mike Watt tribute to his beloved four-string, while the band rocks out throughout the album: "Up Finnegan's Ladder," "Can't Believe," the title track, "O'er the Town of Pedro," "The First Cuss," "Anti-Misogyny Maneuver," and "Town' the Line" are all standouts. Like all fIREHOSE albums, Flyin' the Flannel includes its share of soothing moments, such as "Toolin'," "Walking the Cow," the downtrodden album closer "Losers, Boozers, and Heroes," and perhaps the best song on the album, the swirling jazz of "Epoxy, for Example." Flyin' the Flannel is one of the great lost rock gems of the '90s. Super highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

Still Flyin'

While Watt and Ed and George toured before this album, I thought of how hard it would be to cram the energy and thrash of their show into a thin little CD. Nothing is going to come close to a live fIREHOSE show for me, but with If'n and Ragin', Flyin' the Flannel is as close as you get. Watt is full and puchy, George's drumming is minimalist genius and if you were ever able to let d. RIP, Ed does some amazing guitar work in his own right. Go and get all of the 'HOSE CDs and you'll see. You won't be able to leave them alone as they always seem to float to the top of my CD pile and my iPod lists. Flyin' wriggles and slashes and smashes into your DNA and has been doing so for me, since they hit the Indie scene. No problems converting to the big label BS that oft kills lesser bands. This record is the bg FU to naysayers who thought the move to Columbia would bring their demise.

Classic

This is a classic!

great album

a classic, just a plain old good record. Buy it to lighten up and take a load off.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in San Pedro, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

In 1985, after D Boon's tragic death at age 27 signalled the end of the Minutemen, bassist Mike Watt and drummer George Hurley threw in their lot with then-22-year-old former Ohio State University student, guitar player, and Minutemen fanatic Ed Crawford to form fIREHOSE. Taking their group name from a line in Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues," fIREHOSE continued in the Minutemen tradition of breathtaking musicianship combined with caustic lyrical fusillades inspired by the writing of the...
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