Label: Sympathy for the Record Industry
Price paid: $2
Purchased at: Square Records, Akron OH
You lied to me,
now I can hear you say
You’re a dick,
you’re a dick
And I could care less
The Muffs at its heart is songer/songwriter Kim Shattuck, formerly of the 80s neo-pshychedelic garage band The Pandoras. Although they have a similar sassy/irreverent attitude and sound as many contemporary Indie acts of the Riot Grrrl movement there is no direct connection.
Kim’s voice is quite unique- all at once taunting, whiny, gravely, and sarcastic; words are spat from her mouth like moist caustic marbles.
‘I’m a Dick’ was released on the Sympathy label, although it would later appear on the LP ‘Happy Birthday to Me’ on Reprise Records. The song is simple and short (1:38!) but oh-so-sweet, typical Muffs fare that goes down like candy-coated bile.
The sleeve art is unexceptional for the period. Bright and cheerful, the use of generic (and probably copyright-free) 50’s-60’s advertising images serves as a quick basic template ripe for infusion with irony through its juxtaposition with the rough/edgy music. The art could be switched out with a dozen different sleeves from as many Indie 90’s bands and it would make little difference, as it’s not uniquely expressive of the song nor group as such…