D.C. Beggars – You’re So Pretty EP 1991
I often wonder how some of these records end up in the bargain bins, all beaten up and cast aside. That’s certainly no way to treat this particular record! I found this little blue gem without any cover and only a scrap of a dust sleave to protect it, all shoved in amongst the dirty old Bette Midler 45’s and Debbie Gibson picture sleeves. What we have here is some sweet female-fronted heavy punk rock and roll action! Am I the only one who’se noticed that female punk singers are, on average, usually much better singers than their male counterparts? This record is just more proof. The singer has that great confident, swaggering Punk Rock and Roll voice, mixed with some of the classic British female punk vocal style, and even a little Jello Biafra, I must say.
This band was from Seattle, and this record was recorded in 1991, and you can tell. They definately have the Heavy Punk sound that became known as, well you know what it became known as. The title track on this disc is definately the hit. ‘You’re So Pretty (But You Make Me Sick)’ is, of course, an anti-beauty song with great snotty vocals and a totally excellent sing along chorus. The song ends with the sound of a toilet flushing, for those of you who collect that sort of thing. ‘Taken For A Fool’ is a ripping hardcore song about standing up for yourself. I think it’s my favorite track on this record. The guitar sound and drums during the thrash part in the middle of the song sound almost exactly like Reagan Youth, pretty gnarly. The next song is pretty good, but the last one isn’t that great. It is sung in German, apparently the singer is from Austria.