60. One Bad Pig: Swine Flew

(Myrrh, 1990)
(Myrrh, 1990)

This may have been the most eagerly anticipated record of my youth (and I’m not alone!). I mean, after listening to Smash, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on One Band Pig’s follow-up record. And I had absolutely loved Smash, which featured an awesome blend of punk and thrash metal and left me begging for me. So when Swine Flew hit store shelves, it was off to the city with a friend to purchase the new record. Within minutes, See Me Sweat was blasting through the car speakers and all was well in the world.

Yup, Swine Flew was good. It thrashed harder, it was better produced and really, I don’t think any hardened One Bad Pig fan could have asked for anything more. It had it all: all out thrash metal (Hey Punk, Bowl of Wrath), rap (Desperation), covers (Larry Norman’s Christmas Time and Petra’s Judas’ Kiss), alternative rock (Red River) and something awful close to a ballad (When Your Love Died). And it was all delivered in classic One Bad Pig style, with loads of humor and a dose of sober spirituality.

In retrospect, this is probably the best of lot from One Bad Pig, and Swine Flew remains an absolute delight to listen to. Sure, some of the lyrics are juvenile at times, but that is part of the schtick. The record’s variety is truly amazing and the mix of fun and seriousness works.

TRACK LISTING:

1. “See Me Sweat: (2:38)
2. “Altar Ego” (4:09)
3. “Hey Punk” (1:40)
4. “Red River” (5:04)
5. “Bowl of Wrath” (2:15)
6. “Big Stomach” (3:39)
7. “Christmas Time” (4:15)
8. “Judas’ Kiss” (3:24)
9. “Desperation” (4:38)
10. “Thrash Against Sin” (1:31)
11. “Swine Flew” (3:33)
12. “When Your Love Died” (5:29)
13. “We Want You” (3:55)

LISTEN HERE:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Swine+Flew/4467695

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