The Flaming Stars - A Walk on the Wired Side

The Flaming Stars - A Walk on the Wired Side
Recording Date:
August 5, 2000 - August 20, 2000
Release Date:
March 13, 2001
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Garage Punk
Recording Location:
Sweet Georgia Brown's
A Walk on the Wired Side

For those who find words like "maturity" and "sophistication" to be despicable anathemas, fear not -- the beloved Flaming Stars are still every bit the trashy sleaze & roll band that they ever were. But there is something slightly different about a A Walk on the Wired Side, even compared to 1999's wonderful Pathway -- it's better.

Head Flaming Star Max Decharne is guiding the band to a more singular place, where the band's vision seems to borrow less from antecedents ('60s garage rock, Nick Cave, Gallon Drunk) and now occupies its own slice of whiskey-besotted heaven. Perhaps part of the reason is that Decharne is now allowing his bandmates more of a stake in the songwriting; guitarist Mark Hosking is responsible for half of the Eastern-tinged, pummeling rocker "Over and Done" as well as the shadowy, grim ballad "Out of the Past," and guitarist Huck Whitney lends a hand with the commanding, surf-in-hell opener "Right Face Right Time." Almost every song is a stunner, and not surprisingly, the band sounds more relaxed than ever; there is an undeniable ease, grace, and effortlessness to their music. But as they haven't changed their overall aesthetic -- this is dirty, live-in-the-studio rock & roll, after all -- it's not like the passing of time has dulled their more aggressive instincts. The full-throttle instrumental "Grabber George" is a clear testament to that. Decharne is still very much in charge, and the way he careens from post-punk anthems ("You Don't Always Want What You Get") to sexy, sultry numbers ("Absent Without Leave," "She Says She Says"), one would think he's composing music for a yet-to-be-made film. Speaking of movies, if the Flaming Stars keep this up, it's only a matter of time before they join their brothers the Bad Seeds and Tindersticks in providing songs and scores for smart independent films.

Right Face Right Time / Huck WhitneyThe Flaming Stars3:08
You Don't Always Want What You GetThe Flaming Stars4:01
Grabber GeorgeThe Flaming Stars3:04
Absent Without LeaveThe Flaming Stars2:51
Action, Crime and Vision / Joe WhitneyThe Flaming Stars2:45
Some Things You Don't Forget / Paul Dempsey / Mark HoskingThe Flaming Stars3:12
She Says She SaysThe Flaming Stars2:59
The Villain / Joe WhitneyThe Flaming Stars2:05
Out of the Past / Mark HoskingThe Flaming Stars2:38
Over and Done / Mark HoskingThe Flaming Stars3:09
Meet the Guvnor / Paul Dempsey / Mark HoskingThe Flaming Stars2:54
Leaving TownThe Flaming Stars2:00
Sleepless NightsThe Flaming Stars3:19
The Dead Don't Care / Huck WhitneyThe Flaming Stars3:16
More Than EnoughThe Flaming Stars2:32
Tinnitus Blues / Joe WhitneyThe Flaming Stars2:24
Another Shade of BlueThe Flaming Stars3:24
Swimming the Length of This BarThe Flaming Stars2:38

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