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707 snog . third mall from the sun . cd . september 1999

 

tracklist:

late twentieth century boy
*.ra
are you normal enough?
*.ra
real estate man
*.ra
slide into extinction
*.ra
is there no-one that can save us from today?
*.ra
the last diamond
*.ra
mind and purpose
*.ra
land of the bland
*.ra
the universe
*.ra
state rape
*.ra
business as usual
*.ra
the grey menace
*.ra
old atlantis
*.ra
third mall from the sun
*.ra
fanfare for the common man/woman
*.ra

snog - late twentieth century boy. video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od18XaOemlk

'third mall from the sun' is produced by snog. music personnel: david thrussell, john sellekaers, veruschka, josephine murdlem, francois tetaz, phil wales, spacecat, oscar carlos, fin, kathy shropshall, mitch, valdamar valerian, ikoba hirayama. mix police: david thrussell, francois tetaz, john sellekaers. recorded at elder manor and the intergalactic nudist ranch between august 1998 - may 1999.

original paintings by chris woods. snog is a member of m.a.c.o.s. (musicians against copyrighting of samples).

collector's note: dear cherished listener, we here at the international mind control corporation always strive for excellence. indeed, the finely-honed recorded product you currently hold is the very zenith of late twentieth century marketing and manufacturing technologies. as part of our on-going commitment to niche-building and customer-profiling, selected quality credit and lifestyle messages have been placed discretely into this musical programme. please feel free to enjoy and utilise this information at your leisure.

"....there is joy...
there is fun...
on the third mall from the sun...
we see the light...
and we try to buy it...
in that old familiar way...
it just gets worse every day...
and we're too numb to fight it..."

...making the revolution sexy


snog discography (09.99)
corporate slave, 1992, cd single / 12''. lies inc., 1992, cd album. shop, 1992, cd single / 12'' single. born to be mild, 1993, cd single. hey, christian god, 1993, cd single. cliché, 1994, cd single. dear valued customer, 1994, cd album. the future, 1995, cd single. remote control, 1996 (us edition). hooray!!, 1998, cd single. buy me... i'll change your life, 1998, cd album. the human germ, 1998, cd single. i snog; therefore i am..., 1999, 2cd album / lp (european edition incl. hooray!!, the human germ + mixes). third mall from the sun, 1999,cd.

 

seven

i wasn't really looking forward to this release after quite unusual lapse of d. thrussel on the previous album with its western influences (took me a while to appreciate some of the songs off that disk). but i was pleasantly surprised by this release. first of all - stellar artwork, funny as hell, then the music - old snog is back, but funky, diverse, changing and mutating. you will find guitar, noise, hip-hop, drum'n'bass, funny and weird samples, anti-corporate/anti-consumer society sarcastic lyrics - all melted together and overlayed with magnetic voice of d. thrussell. this album reminds me a lot of black lung - not as experimental and cold, but very diverse, constantly changing and unpredicateble. only snog can mix such hatred and sarcasm with grace and beauty and keep experimenting with different sounds while doing that. the disk begins with "late twentieth century boy" that starts out as warm danceable track; dreamy chimes and soft melody carries first minute of the song and then the vocals kicks in - recognizable firm voice backed by the bassline (reminding of the old snog we all know). the song flows, occasionally interrupted by swirling noisy samples - the melody collapses, but quickly reestablishes itself. lyrics is wonderful - accusing, demanding, and melancholic. it is one of the best songs on the album, a wonderful start. the disk continues with "are you normal enough" - colder song, soft ballad with mysterious atmosphere. it features sci-fi sounding parts with a funky sequence and cheesy sci-fi samples. "real estate man" is another catchy and almost danceable piece. the song starts out with simple beats and then the bassline kicks in. classical snog track with a bunch of samples and funky sounds thrown in. "is there no-one that can save us from today?" - a soft mellow melody interrupted by rough (almost drum'n'bass?) exploding rhythm and floating synths overlayed with thrussel's voice. it slowly evaporates and disappears at the end. "mind and purpose" - first thought: nick cave's murder ballads (!). it is graceful, melancholy and is backed by female vocals. the song is wonderfully orchestrated and both voices actually do sing. "land of the band" - starts out as a hip-hop (!) track and then suddenly changes into monumental track filled with strange noises, bleeps, slips and skips. quite entertaining. "business as usual" - mysterious atmosphere and twisted menacing voice, noises, breaking rhythms; scary and dark, weird and fascinating. overall - "third mall from the sun" is not as straightforward as previous stuff, but more a lot more "mature" release. all the songs are filled with wonderful unexpected sounds that make the atmosphere so rich and dense. this is snog's next step - and i like it.

auf abwegen, nr. 28, herbst `99

david thrussel schlägt wieder zu! diesmal mit frischen tracks und mit beißender kritik an großkapitalistischen institutionen wie z. b. macdonalds. snog fahren schwere geschütze auf: blecherne rhythmen, um untergrund wühlende sounds und immer wieder richtig zerstörte nummern zwischendrin. heuer gibt es z. b. wieder einen quasi-blues oder eine nach allen regeln der kunst aufgezogene crossover-nummer, die wohl in jede fahrschule als lehrbeispiel gehört. an dieser stelle nicht mehr zum superben album, da es in kürze ein ausführliches gespräch mit david thrussel geben wird, dessen ergebnisse dann in der nächsten ausgabe nachzulesen sein werden.

sideline, november/dezember/januar 2000

opening with the new hymn of the international mind control sorporation, you will sure soon be singing along in no time, "late twentieth century boy" is snog`s new pop anthem! "third mall from the sun tm" has any way far more to offer, being not only snog`s new splendid album, but surely snog`s most open and varied album ever. "are you normal enough?" or yet the more chaotic "real estate man" reveal a more complex type of sound with these typical subversive bleeps mutated in carrying melodies and both bring back memories to the good old "dear valued customers" era. but we then enter a more angry type of x-industrial world with angry vocals, creaking guitars and upbeat rhythm (check "the universe" for eg.). the bubbling synths then calm down for a short moment to come back to the spaghetti electronic sound david thrussel introduced on the planet with his previous album featuring environmental e-noises and acoustic guitars on the sonsumption battle field. "wind and purpose" changes again the route of the album towards these so sensual desert-ballads only snog is able to compose, featuring minimal electronic backgrounds with acoustic and flenged guitars giving the rhythm to the perfect male & female vocal duo. but david constantly returns to his inner needs of experimenting with machine sounds and noises, deconstructing and reconstructing with the justified helping hands of famous manipulators john n. sellekaers (xingu hill, etc.) and francois tetaz. if the artwork of this new product clearly points at the ambience and ironic lyrics of this new snog album, musically, david thrussel avoids all categorisation and manages with this chaotic and ordered album that is overflowing with quirk effects and revolutionary texts to offer you memorable tunes and restrained growled choruses for a truly triumphat release. snog accomplish more on this cd than some artists in a lifetime...

d2000 11/99 & zillo, 11/99

mal ehrlich, wie oft hieß es, band xy mache den sound für das nächste jahrtausend und im grunde war es dann doch wieder der zigste 08/15-electro-aufguß der marke "man nehme stampfrhythmus, verzerre "ich bin böse"-vocals und fertig". glücklicherweise gibt es da band wie die australier snog, die seit jahren vielschichtige, kreative elektronik-kost servieren und stets überraschende momente für sich gepachtet haben. das neue album ist da keine ausnahme. trippige unterwelt-exkursionen mit süßlichen, bizarren melodien welchseln sich ab mit orchestral inszeniertem movie-electro, akustischen einlagen, einem wahren meer von surrealen samples und david thrussels vocals, die zwischen dunkel verfremdet, vocoderhaft und natürlich pendeln. da tauchen plötzlich harte gitarren oder glocken auf, da steht man auf einmel vor orgel-sounds, da wandert man zwischen melancholie, bedrohlicher coolness und pulsierenden räumlichkeiten. klang-alchimist thrussel und seine truppe haben in der weiten galaxie der elektronischen musik gefahndet, beeindruckend viele möglichkeiten ausgelotet und ein schillerndes, dichtes feuerwerk kreiert.

spectrum, issue 3

clever, ingenious, humorous, insidious, thought provoking, insightfull, ... are just some of the words flying around in my head when listening to this. david thrussel as snog (aka: black lung & soma) has come up with a massive album which i would be astounded if it did not receive some sort of wider recognition that purely in underground circles and "those in the know". most people probably have at least an idea if what musical genre snog inhabit - being industrial/techno hybrid of sorts. decidedly more polished and commercial sounding than the plethora of other releases here within, this may not appeal to all, but the philosophy behind it has parallels with much of the anti-establishment sentiments in the wider experimental music scene. glitched techno, snippet voices, driving samples, spaghetti western sentiments, big beat electronica, dark undertones, grating guitars, classical orechestrations etc. make up the many diverse sounds which still retain a level of flow and coherence. the utterance of the trademark husky/croaking vocals are included in most tracks acting as a focal point for the dissemination of ideals against modern corporate society (& those who are a slave to it) and the constant struggle against these elements by the non conformist/individual. other sampled vocals segments further enhance what is being said throughout the lyrics and shine light on what people should be commonly aware of - but choose to be blissfully oblivious. the artwork is ironic in one sense yet quite dark and disturbing on a totally different level. it even seemed that the australian licensed version nearly did not get released due to the potential legal implications related to the cover art. there is no point in highlighting the best tracks given the amount of fantastic moments throughout the 16 track 75 minute journey. to finish up, i will simly say that this album has been on high rotation in the dying weeks before this issue finally went to print.

spectrum, issue 3

anyone familiar with the more techno/industrial side of ant-zen (namenly the hymen label) should have a good idea of what is encompassed on this double-cd set. housed in a slimline double cd-case the sleeve is impressively simple with textured/stamped grey card. a good majority of the tracks contain techno/glitch/beat/noise sounds ranging from straight forward non commercial industrial dance to other tracks inter pread with darker undercurrents. on the first disc great tracks are provided from the likes of orphx (dark & driving yet somewhat subdued beats), imminent starvation (all out noise/rhythmic pummellings), synapscape (fantastic beat/noise/groove combo), p.a.l (glitched beat/noise), lustmord vs. metal beast (beat/groove oriented cavernous dark ambience) & seekness (noise/beat atmospheres). the other artists featured on disc one include the likes of: black lung, monolith, icon zero & vromb (among others). in terms of disc two much the same territory is covered with worthwhile tracks from: architect (hypnotic & cenematic breakbeats), beefcake (soaring cinematic glitched dark techno), somatic responses (indutral strength factory noise & beats), it (harsh groove beats), snog (techno/guitar warfare) & hypnoskull (power/speed hyper techno). other groups on disc two include (selected): oil 10, bochumwelt, elsplendor geometrico, winterkälte & silk saw. a release which is a good representation of the sound and direction of this ant-zen side-label and likewise a great introduction tool if you are not familiar with many of the above mentioned groups.

black 17.

dies ist das erste offiziell in deutschland erhältliche album von snog seit jahren und es ist dem hymen-label mehr als hoch anzurechnen, sich nach den jahren der "dürre" für dieses stilübergreifende projekt einzusetzen. für jene, welche sich auch noch nach 1995 bzw. dem letzten minialbum "the future" bei zoth ommog via umständlichen importweg über snog auf dem laufenden gehalten haben, wird das neue album kaum überraschen. so könnte "third mall from the sun" als perfekte mischung aus dem eher country & western-inspirierten "by me... i'll change your life"-album und der technoiden remixkopplung "i snog; therefore i am..." durchgehen bzw. einfach typisch nach snog klingen. das der australier, veganer, nudist, anti-kapitalist und -imperialist david thrussel, ein witziger und interessanter mensch bzw. musiker ist, durften ja die black-leser im letzten heft schon anhand eines ausführlichen interviews erfahren und wenn ich ganz ehrlich bin, ist er mir nicht so ganz geheuer. kürzlich ist mir nämlich bewußt geworden, daß david thrussel auffallend viele parallelen mit rodney orpheus von cassandra complex aufweist, die dann im einzelnen wären: *lange und lockige haare *der drang zum sich entkleiden *vegetarische ernährung *häufiger gebrauch des wortes sex *fast gleichzeitiges verschwinden von cassandra complex und auftauchen von snog... nur eben die musik ist wesentlich besser! mysteriös allemal und das ist der sound von snog auch - man stelle sich nick cave, lee hazlewood und nancy sinatra über rauschig-brüchigen und groovigen electrobeats vor, abgeschmeckt mit strangen samples, garniert mit einer prise morricone und versehen mit sehr gesellschaftskritischen texten bzw. aussagen. thematisch (vor allem graphisch) haben es snog diesmal besonders auf mc donalds abgesehen und dies soll mir nur mehr als recht sein. auf jeden fall sind snog mit diesem rund 70 minutigen album sehr vielschichtig und vor allem kurzweilig, aber das sind sie ja schon seit 1992 immer! (m.f.)

dj quesako (ascolta - strasbourg). www.b-product.com/speaklouder/disc.phtml

cet album, qu'on pourrait qualifier de cyber - pop - rock, est vraiment très accessible. au point qu'il pourrait même plaire aux personnes les plus lobotomisées par notre société de consommation. mais ces morceaux semblent avoir été composés dans le but d'ouvrir les yeux à ceux qui se laissent berner par les valeurs superficielles véhiculées par les médias et qui n'ont plus la volonté de vivre selon leurs convictions propres, se contentant d'avaler indifféremment tubes préfabriqués du top 50, junk-drink et junk-food 100 % amerloque. la pochette de ce vinyl est d'ailleurs très explicite. l'immense dégoût ou mélancolie que l'on peut ressentir en étant (aux yeux de beaucoup) parano à ce point, est parfaitement retranscrite dans les morceaux "land of the bland" ou encore "is there no one that can save us from today ?".


re:mote induction. www.remoteinduction.com

i snog, therefore i am is a collection of the singles hooray and the human germ by snog. these have been previously available separately as australian and american versions, but gathered here primarily for the european market, where only the import versions had been available. this release also marks the start of the relationship between thrussel and the german label hymen. gathered on two cds i snog, therefore i am features mixes of several tracks from their buy me, i'll change your life album. hooray at 7 versions and human germ with 3 versions, but also make the little flowers grow with 3 versions and the ballad with 2. there are a mix of live and other tracks - though my version has a track listing which doesn't match the actual music, so i am less than sure about the full make-up of this release. the mixes are provided by black lung (of course), fellow australians shinjuku filth, severed heads and space cat, along with influential bands like haujobb and atom heart. as well as xingu hill who collaborated with black lung and feature on the new snog album. how much interest remix releases are is usually down to the individual, and as i've said before i, unlike some, am not compulsive about mixes and at times remain unconvinced. but in saying that, i can say that the mixes featured have a definite diversity and the release matches well, overall, with the "sound" of the label. this does not hold as well with 3rd mall from the suntm, which is snog's second release on hymen, and the european version of the new album. with 3rd mall from the suntm snog embrace the iconography of the capitalist culture they have critiqued though their previous releases. the press that goes with the album and its packaging are steeped in dense imagery and sloganeering. attempting the ultimate irony with their commercialisation - hopefully drawing your attention to the way things work. though whether this has worked i am not totally convinced of, verging on hypocrisy and perhaps becoming a cliché of themselves. maybe i've been here too long, but i do not find the same level of satisfaction with this release. though as i go through it, there are actually only a couple of tracks i have real problems with, but the memory of those certainly taints my thoughts on 3rd mall from the suntm. in some ways with 3rd mall from the suntm there is an attempt to experiment more. each track featuring additional material at its start and finish. the success of this varies, as some points need more development to allow enjoyment and others just irritate. starting with late twentieth century boy we have something of a more traditional snog - more electronic, as is much of the album, than buy me, but still featuring a little of that twang. are you normal enough is also enjoyable, as is real estate man with its moments of melody and majestic orchestral rumblings. however slide into extinction is one of the tracks that sticks out - forming something of a love/hate impression. it has some nice bits, but some really irritating shit. with each time i hear the whining voice sample and guitar sounds the balance shifts negatively. while i find is there no one that can save us from today? a decent track i wonder about its message. its the same story as snog usually tell us, but now they refer to music as being a form of control - to what degree does this include their own work? i have heard their message on each of their releases, but with this release they are at their most image heavy. while i have not always agreed i find myself with greatest doubts here, thoughts of hypocrisy enter my head. the last diamond which follows is a little of the same old, same old - decent but indistinguishable, well other than another sample at its start which i don't like. mind and purpose has similarities to some of the material from buy me - the country/ballad stuff with mixed male/female vocals. it works for me, not "typical" and is enjoyable. which leads us to my biggest problem with the this release - while finding all but track 4 okay so far decent to enjoyable, land of the bland instils a sense of loathing. its structure annoys me, the added voice-sample effect grates on my nerves and i am prepared to hit "next track"! which is a pity as its "bridge" section, leading to the classic universe, is one of the best to be found here. the universes reminding more of the strong, upbeat sounds of dear valued customer. guitar samples are featured again, but work here in this anthemic track. though is this a trick by snog to use their soothing music to make think properly? having passed land of the bland my negativity towards this release is reduced and i actually enjoy the remainder of the tracks. state rape features a few quirks and definite elements of the more electronic sound. business as usual is in two halves, the first mixing some nice sounds into a subtle track. this slows down and strips off layers to quite nice effect - slow beat and repetition of title through vocoded effect. continuing, the grey menace builds nice string and techno potential. contrasting old atlantis is a melancholic, melodic ballad, snog style. wave your lighter in the air, so you can burn it all down again. present throughout are sneaking corruptions, which work well for me. as does the build of the slight electronic melody of the title track. which is full of digital sounds and transmissions - rising to a triumph - before being drawn out to a bleeping conclusion. a conclusion that leads to the final track in the form of a fanfare for the common man/woman. a sampled dialogue for summation and the finishing theme tune plays. roll credits


kortex webzine : http://kortex.n3.net

j'adore cet album. je me le suis procuré il y a quelques mois après une période marquée par de mauvais achats, et il m'a réellement impressionné. si les textes de david thrussel ne réussissent pas à vous toucher, vous devrez tout de même admettre à quel point ils sont véridiques : l'humanité se laisse dicter sa place dans un monde ou nous sommes tellement pressés de prendre notre part du gâteau que nous devenons insensibles aux dommages que nous causons aux gens et aux choses qui nous entourent. des titres tels "is there no-one that can save us from today" en disent long sur ce que david thrussel a à dire. de plus, third mall from the sun contient les meilleures illustrations que j'ai vu depuis un bon moment dans un livret de cd, traitant toutes de la glorification populaire des corporations. point de vue musical, on laisse le western de côté et on se dirige plutôt vers une musique qui mélange électro traditionnel et idm minimaliste, ajoutant de la mélodie au passage : bref un nouveau niveau de complexité pour snog. thrussel quand à lui utilise encore sa voix gutturale pour lancer le même genre de textes sarcastiques qu'à l'habitude. les albums de snog sont parmi les mieux reçus et on n`a pas de difficulté à comprendre pourquoi lorsqu'on écoute third mall from the sun. les pièces qui méritent le plus votre attention sont "real estate man", "slide into extinction", "land of the bland" et "last diamond". si vous aimez snog, alors vous adorerez. si vous ne connaissez pas, third mall from the sun est définitivement un bon endroit pour commencer. erek tinker


wet-works electrozine. http://wetworks.cjb.net/


snog has never seemed to disappoint me. david thrussel actually makes me look at our material world differently, with his political and decisive lyrics. with his latest release, "third mall from the sun," he expands where his last release, "buy me... i'll change your life," left off. you still find hints of his new western/country style but with many patterns that "dear valued customer" had, and of course, his great, dry vocals. the opening song, "late twentieth century boy," is typical snog with his rhythmic beats and high cymbals. it has much of a "hey christian god" sound. the next track (slide into extinction) has more of cliché sound, with expanding bass lines and piano in the background. the next few tracks have more of a bass emphasis, which drive the songs. snog even included a couple tracks with fast-looped guitar riffs much like those found on a few remixed tracks on the "remote control" album. but don't worry, it's not overwhelming. after that, the tracks start getting a little slower, but are still great. track 13, "old atlantis," (my personal favorite) is more slow and harmonic, driven by his voice. the last two tracks are instrumentals, but still pleasing. he fills them in with a quite a few more samples. over all, if you're a great snog fan, don't miss this album. even if you're not you might want to look into it, but check out his earlier stuff first.

equinoxe ausgabe 11

snog stellen auf ihrem neuen album 'third mall from the sun' erneut unter beweis, dass sie jenseits der gegenwärtigen elektroschubladen ein terrain besetzen, an das wohl so schnell niemand sonst besitzansprüche stellen wird. ein potpourri genialer ideen, samples, melodien, disharmonien, beats, sequenzen... das alles verschmilzt zu einem kaleidoskop elektronischer einzigartigkeit. das alles obendrein noch visuell perfekt anhand eines genialen booklets umgesetzt - snog realisieren die zukunft elektronischer musik im hier und jetzt. ‚third mall from the sun' hat etwas, das über die musik hinausverweist, das diese cd in einen kontext stellt, der im avanciertem sinne ‚kunst' genannt werden könnte. gleichzeitig bleiben snog aber konsumierbar und populär - der perfekte postmoderne soundtrack also! meine definitive weihnachtsempfehlung nr.1. (2xr)

last sigh www.lastsigh.com

david thrussell, the vigilant super-power behind snog and the mastermind of such politically-correct songs such as corporate slave and born to be mild has once again unleashed a product of genius onto the masses. third mall from the sun continues in snog's tradition of delivering to us what would happen if corporations continued to dominate our way of life. within this album, the lyrics speak for themselves while still retaining that industrial flavor to help propel snog's declaration of independence from the corporate world. here is a sampling of what to find on this album:"yes...brother and sisters, for here it is...a labour of love, a thing of beauty, musics spun from the golden thread by teams of dedicated crafts people deep inside saline bunkers and high atop misty mountain precipes. rejoice...for though they scream it from their towers, you are not alone. indeed..you...who are a victim of the modern age...you...who just wasn't made for these times, despair not. the songs contained herein are sure to warm even the dankest passageways of your heart. dug from the rarest of earths and polished by the most loving of hands, grown and nurtured tenderly amongst isolated villages of cerebral nudists, you hold a gift from our soul to yours...." -the international mind control corporation staff robot jq 217/b. the first track has a hip-hop beat with a bit of snog flavour added to the mix which more than complements the song. a bass is added into the song for good measure to create a funky, ethereal feel. also added are bits of generic sample bits like those from the days when colecovision was the current trend. the next track has a groovy feel in that it has a spacey background with breakbeats. david's vocals resonate through the song as if a cybernetic version of death was speaking. track three combines david's voice with robotic reverb to make this song sound like a cybernetic thrill-ride. the music itself resmbles an almost kraftwerk-ian sound to it. slide into extinction has a rock tone to it. with crushing guitar sampling and breakbeats, it almost presents itself as a kmfdm song if it were not for the atari teenage riot-ish disruptions usual found within the songs. why at the end of the song, we are treated to a "hallelujah!" chorus. track five is an acoustic guitar track with some harsh sonic percussion mixed in. an organ grinds in the background while an evil wedding takes place. the last diamond begins with a funny sample about tarzan not being able to read. for some reason this track sounds like a mix between the beastie boys and beck. it must be the robotic voice that was found on that beastie song, intergalactic. track seven has a bossa-nova sound with a bit of western lounge thrown in. it features a duet with a female vocalist and mellows throughout the song. the next track begins on a noisey and distorted path, but then sounds almost like born to be mild, and then returns to it's distortion. the samples sound like they were taken from insane clown posse! the universe explodes right away with the ebm sound. with guitar in the background, it sounds well executed to dance to. perhaps this is another club classic, but is not as boot stomping as corporate slave! state rape returns to david's use of hip-hop influenced beats mixed with groove electronics. the outcome is a head-bobbing experience that will also make you pull out glow sticks to the eerie screeches. the next track also has a hip-hop beat, but is added with a deep bass line. both help bring about the message of business as usual being, well, business as usual! track twelve contains an electronic sitar mixed with dramatic synth to create a middle eastern influenced electronic sound. also included is a tasty sample of a man describing frog gourmet. yummy! it melds perfectly into the next track which mellows a bit, but still has bits of broken electronics. on old atlantis, david sings the song like johnny cash. his deep mellow voice flows through the prairies of the world now dominated by corporations. as third mall from the sun begins, it is almost like being hauled away on a subway to that glamourous outlet of chain stores. it has an eerie sound that makes you want to close your eyes and envision yourself walking aimlessly through a mall. manipulated and brainwashed, you are forced into buying all of these glamorous products that are fed to your mind. trying so desperately escape, soda cans and designer sneakers follow in your footsteps with their marching chant of, "buy me! buy me!" the last track is a message from the international mind control corporation(imcc). with that familiar song which can usually be heard in brochure videos, it has a classic nuevo feel to it. while you were listening to this album, you were actually being brainwashed. the imcc had you in their grip all along. with all that nonsense aside, third mall from the sun is well executed. although i found a few gripes with the disruptions and distortions, i had an enjoyable time listening to this recording. although presented in a humorous fashion, the message of snog has truth to it's tales. with corporate mergers taking place and the standard of living increasing, the fate of our lives is controlled by these major conglomerates. our entire society is based on their products, and there is no escape from them. if you can't beat them, join them and remember to shop at the third mall from the sun. thank you and we appreciate your business

electroage http://electroage.lowlife.com

snog always means a witty and fun-filled romp through all that is wrong with the world; from the title alone, and the brilliantly satirical cover art by roberto marchetti, it is apparent that this is album is going to tear a little more off the corporate culture mentality. every lyric and sample is a mini-diatribe against what it is to be "normal"… that is a consumer, or a drone (as are you normal enough gleefully points out); this is an effort which will make all but the most extreme of us uncomfortable. one must realize here that david thrussell is not making guidelines as to how to live, he is making fun of all of us, himself included. were he to follow his own advice, he would be unable to make this album, let alone release it to us… the dreaded, loathed consumer. once that is understood, his songs simply help us to be better able to deal with the inanities of daily life with a greater sense of humour, of clarity and, sure, mockery. lyrically, of course thrussell is clever, amusing, intelligent; one could dwell on his words for pages, analysing his meanings, analogies and humour. a sample appearing at the end of the grey menace sums up the ideas presented in the songs perfectly "there is an old story that says you cannot kill a frog by dropping him in boiling water. he reacts so quickly to the sudden heat, that he jumps out before he is hurt. but if you put him in cold water, and them warm it up gradually, he never decides to jump, until it's too late, and by then… he's cooked". musically, one could expect either soma, black lung, or more of the weird electro-folk of buy me… i'll change your life. what is here, however, is none of those, and all of them. some dark percussion and texture of soma, some rapid beats and twisting whirls of radio frequency distortion of black lung, and the acoustic oddities and ghost-town ambience of the previous snog cd. all mixed with new characteristics, as in the hard-hitting punch and crunch of slide into extinction, one of the weaker tracks. the other great thing about this cd, is the wealth of samples, vocal and musical. there are droves of familiar, yet not quite obvious snips of music and straight out rips from old favourites. the most obvious of the latter are the universe, which boldly opens with a direct theft of kmfdm's live version of disgust, which the entirety of this song is built solidly on. also, mind and purpose echoes far too clearly of nick cave's weeping song. not that either of these are a bad thing, it's great to recognize them; in the latter case, one of the best songs on 3rd mall is made, and the addition of female backing vocals really helps. the aforementioned dialogue samples are plentiful, direct and indicative of the theme of ideas. where he found them, one can barely guess! thrussell is able to, thankfully, temper his diatribes with ingeniously constructed music that easily support his ideas and at the same time makes it all a great farce. land of the bland, for example, is a fabulous drum & bass epic techno-folk cut-up collage, that maintains an air of solid assuredness of belief, and a great patton-like mockery of a soap-box preacher. a perfect mockery. after changing our lives (buy me... i'll change your life) and giving two excellent singles (hooray!! and the human germ), mr.thrussell and his i.m.c.c. crew are back with a real masterpiece and certainly one's of their best effort to date: third mall fom the sun. more electronic and experimental than is predecessor, third mall... sounds like a bomb only few seconds after you put it in your cd player. on this album, the sound of snog is more trippy, weird and hypnotic filled with well placed and manipulated samples. beautiful and melodic, late twentieth century boy start the album with common addictive david's vocals filled with fabulous keyboards along with some western-spaghetti oriented guitars. are you normal enough? is an amalgam of pure electronic sounds, piano with a wonderful minimalist rhythm. real estate man shows the soma sideproject side of snog, a simple beat almost taken from a beat box filled with old keyboards along computerize vocals... addictive. is there no-one that can save us from today? is a beautiful acoustic guitar track with an harsh and noisy rhythm in the back. the last diamond is a funky trip-hop oriented with a lounge feeling with pretty nice lyrics; a sort of snog's statement for all his years of anti-capitalism theme... mind and purpose is a sort of sequel of the ballad from buy me..., a superb ballad with an old vinyl noise along with gorgeous female vocals and nice lyrics. state rape sounds like hiroshima in your own house, an powerful track filled with an hard hip-hop oriented beat and an hypnotic layering of keyboards. the title track, third mall from the sun, is certainly one's of the best track of the album, instrumental; this track "shows" us the end; the end of what? who? we don't really know... a dark melody with a computerize voice repeating "thrid mall from the sun" constantly, saturated by computers and cell phones samples representing perfectly our fin-de-siecle... overall, third mall... is one's of the most complete album i've heard this year, a statement for our society and a pure electronic masterpiece... highly recommended.

wet-works www.wetworksezine.com

snog has never seemed to disappoint me. david thrussell actually makes me look at our material world differently, with his political and decisive lyrics. with his latest release, "third mall from the sun," he expands where his last release, "buy me... i'll change your life," left off. you still find hints of his new western/country style but with many patterns that "dear valued customer" had, and of course, his great, dry vocals. the opening song, "late twentieth century boy," is typical snog with his rhythmic beats and high cymbals. it has much of a "hey christian god" sound. the next track (slide into extinction) has more of cliché sound, with expanding bass lines and piano in the background. the next few tracks have more of a bass emphasis, which drive the songs. snog even included a couple tracks with fast-looped guitar riffs much like those found on a few remixed tracks on the "remote control" album. but don't worry, it's not overwhelming. after that, the tracks start getting a little slower, but are still great. track 13, "old atlantis," (my personal favorite) is more slow and harmonic, driven by his voice. the last two tracks are instrumentals, but still pleasing. he fills them in with a quite a few more samples. over all, if you're a great snog fan, don't miss this album. even if you're not you might want to look into it, but check out his earlier stuff first. you can always preview a few tracks of this and other albums at metropolis' homepage. (final man)

tentacles http://www.yip.org/squid/reviews/snog/index.html

my name is barb, and i'm a snogaholic. i haven't had any snog for almost 10 months; since the release of human germ. but now, i've had a relapse. third mall from the sun proved to be irresistible. all i had to do was look at the cover, and i started getting chills. i needed my anti-capitalism fix. i wanted to be told of the evils of corporations. i eagerly anticipated being re-aquatinted with the true pointlessness of life. i craved dark humour and b-movie sound effects. this album satisfied my yearnings, and mocked them. i've listened to it again and again! i've told all my friends about it! i can't stop! i am not normal enough!! the universe does have a place for me!!! there is no-one that can save us from today!!!! ahhhhh..... (collapses into a contented heap) - barb (08/24/99). after changing our lives (buy me... i'll change your life) and giving two excellent singles (hooray!! and the human germ), mr.thrussell and his i.m.c.c. crew are back with a real masterpiece and certainly one's of their best effort to date: third mall from the sun. more electronic and experimental than the predecessor, third mall... sounds like a bomb only few seconds after you put it in your cd player. on this album, the sound of snog is more trippy, weird and hypnotic filled with well placed and manipulated samples. beautiful and melodic, late twentieth century boy start the album with common addictive david's vocals filled with fabulous keyboards along with some western-spaghetti oriented guitars. are you normal enough? is an amalgam of pure electronic sounds, piano with a wonderful minimalist rhythm. real estate man shows the soma side project side of snog, a simple beat almost taken from a beat box filled with old keyboards along computerize vocals... addictive. is there no-one that can save us from today? is a beautiful acoustic guitar track with an harsh and noisy rhythm in the back. the last diamond is a funky trip-hop oriented with a lounge feeling with pretty nice lyrics; a sort of snog's statement for all his years of anti-capitalism theme... mind and purpose is a sort of sequel of the ballad from buy me..., a superb ballad with an old vinyl noise along with gorgeous female vocals and nice lyrics. state rape sounds like hiroshima in your own house, an powerful track filled with an hard hip-hop oriented beat and an hypnotic layering of keyboards. the title track, third mall from the sun, is certainly one's of the best track of the album, instrumental; this track "shows" us the end; the end of what? who? we don't really know... a dark melody with a computerize voice repeating "third mall from the sun" constantly, saturated by computers and cell phones samples representing perfectly our fin-de-siecle...
overall, third mall... is one's of the most complete album i've heard this year, a statement for our society and a pure electronic masterpiece... highly recommended. (final man)

snog always means a witty and fun-filled romp through all that is wrong with the world; from the title alone, and the brilliantly satirical cover art by roberto marchetti, it is apparent that this is album is going to tear a little more off the corporate culture mentality. every lyric and sample is a mini-diatribe against what it is to be "normal", that is a consumer, or a drone (as are you normal enough gleefully points out); this is an effort which will make all but the most extreme of us uncomfortable. one must realize here that david thrussell is not making guidelines as to how to live, he is making fun of all of us, himself included. were he to follow his own advice, he would be unable to make this album, let alone release it to us the dreaded, loathed consumer. once that is understood, his songs simply help us to be better able to deal with the inanities of daily life with a greater sense of humour, of clarity and, sure, mockery. lyrically, of course thrussell is clever, amusing, intelligent; one could dwell on his words for pages, analyzing his meanings, analogies and humour. a sample appearing at the end of the grey menace sums up the ideas presented in the songs perfectly "there is an old story that says you cannot kill a frog by dropping him in boiling water. he reacts so quickly to the sudden heat, that he jumps out before he is hurt. but if you put him in cold water, and them warm it up gradually, he never decides to jump, until it's too late, and by then he's cooked". musically, one could expect either soma, black lung, or more of the weird electro-folk of buy me i'll change your life. what is here, however, is none of those, and all of them. some dark percussion and texture of soma, some rapid beats and twisting whirls of radio frequency distortion of black lung, and the acoustic oddities and ghost-town ambience of the previous snog cd. all mixed with new characteristics, as in the hard-hitting punch and crunch of slide into extinction, one of the weaker tracks. the other great thing about this cd, is the wealth of samples, vocal and musical. there are droves of familiar, yet not quite obvious snips of music and straight out rips from old favourites. the most obvious of the latter are the universe, which boldly opens with a direct theft of kmfdm's live version of disgust, which the entirety of this song is built solidly on. also, mind and purpose echoes far too clearly of nick cave's weeping song. not that either of these are a bad thing, it's great to recognize them; in the latter case, one of the best songs on 3rd mall is made, and the addition of female backing vocals really helps. the aforementioned dialogue samples are plentiful, direct and indicative of the theme of ideas. where he found them, one can barely guess! thrussell is able to, thankfully, temper his diatribes with ingeniously constructed music that easily support his ideas and at the same time makes it all a great farce. land of the bland, for example, is a fabulous drum and bass epic techno-folk cut-up collage, that maintains an air of solid assuredness of belief, and a great patton-like mockery of a soap-box preacher. a perfect mockery. (phosphor)

surface www.surfacemagazin.de

fast ein jahr haben sich david thrussell und die zahlreichen mitarbeiter für dieses album zeit gelassen. zweifellos ist ein phantastisches album entstanden, das in seiner musikalischen freiheit und innovation einmalig ist. songs wie "late twentieth century boy" oder "real estate man" begeistern auch nach 30 maligen hören noch. diesmal hat man auch ein geniales cover-artwork hingezaubert, voller (teilweise) versteckter attacken gegen den konsum und die größten vertreter des gleichen. snog sind mitglied einer vereinigung gegen das urheberrechtliche schützen von samples und dessen hat man auch hier regen gebrauch gemacht und sich gut mit samples aus anderen songs bedient und sie hier eingebaut, aber das haben snog schon bei ihrem ersten album getan. nach dem grandiosen debüt von 1992 "lies inc.) und einiger eher unauffälliger veröffentlichungen haben snog wieder an alte qualitäten angeknüpft und klingen dennoch moderner als je zuvor. "third mall from..." ist in meinen ohren die beste snog-cd überhaupt und der sur-face top tip schlechthin.

toronto industrial kollektive
http://www.industrialkollective.org/reviews/snog/index.html

my name is barb, and i'm a snogaholic. i haven't had any snog for almost 10 months; since the release of human germ. but now, i've had a relapse. third mall from the sun proved to be irresistible. all i had to do was look at the cover, and i started getting chills. i needed my anti-capitalism fix. i wanted to be told of the evils of corporations. i eagerly anticipated being re-aquatinted with the true pointlessness of life. i craved dark humour and b-movie sound effects. this album satisfied my yearnings, and mocked them. i've listened to it again and again! i've told all my friends about it! i can't stop! i am not normal enough!! the universe does have a place for me!!! there is no-one that can save us from today!!!! ahhhhh..... (collapses into a contented heap) (barb)


after changing our lives (buy me... i'll change your life) and giving two excellent singles (hooray!! and the human germ), mr. thrussell and his i.m.c.c. crew are back with a real masterpiece and certainly one's of their best effort to date: third mall from the sun. more electronic and experimental than the predecessor, third mall... sounds like a bomb only a few seconds after you put it in your cd player. on this album, the sound of snog is more trippy, weird and hypnotic, filled with well placed and manipulated samples. beautiful and melodic, late twentieth century boy starts the album with common addictive david's vocals, filled with fabulous keyboards along with some western-spaghetti oriented guitars. are you normal enough? is an amalgam of pure electronic sounds, and piano with a wonderful minimalist rhythm. real estate man shows the soma side project side of snog, a simple beat almost taken from a beat box filled with old keyboards along computerized vocals... addictive. is there no-one that can save us from today? is a beautiful acoustic guitar track with an harsh and noisy rhythm in the back. the last diamond is a funky trip-hop oriented track with a lounge feeling and pretty nice lyrics; a sort of snog's statement for all these years of anti-capitalism theme. mind and purpose is a sort of sequel of the ballad from buy me..., a superb ballad with an old vinyl noise along with gorgeous female vocals and nice lyrics. state rape sounds like hiroshima in your own house, a powerful track filled with an hard hip-hop oriented beat and a hypnotic layering of keyboards. the title track, third mall from the sun, is certainly one's of the best track of the album, instrumental; this track "shows" us the end; the end of what? who? we don't really know... a dark melody with a computerized voice repeating "third mall from the sun" constantly, saturated by computers and cell phones samples representing perfectly our fin-de-siecle... overall, third mall... is one's of the most complete album i've heard this year, a statement for our society and a pure electronic masterpiece... highly recommended. (final man)


snog always means a witty and fun-filled romp through all that is wrong with the world; from the title alone, and the brilliantly satirical cover art by roberto marchetti, it is apparent that this is album is going to tear a little more off the corporate culture mentality. every lyric and sample is a mini-diatribe against what it is to be "normal", that is a consumer, or a drone (as are you normal enough gleefully points out); this is an effort which will make all but the most extreme of us uncomfortable. one must realize here that david thrussell is not making guidelines as to how to live, he is making fun of all of us, himself included. were he to follow his own advice, he would be unable to make this album, let alone release it to us the dreaded, loathed consumer. once that is understood, his songs simply help us to be better able to deal with the inanities of daily life with a greater sense of humour, of clarity and, sure, mockery. lyrically, of course thrussell is clever, amusing, intelligent; one could dwell on his words for pages, analyzing his meanings, analogies and humour. a sample appearing at the end of the grey menace sums up the ideas presented in the songs perfectly, "there is an old story that says you cannot kill a frog by dropping him in boiling water. he reacts so quickly to the sudden heat, that he jumps out before he is hurt. but if you put him in cold water, and them warm it up gradually, he never decides to jump, until it's too late, and by then he's cooked". musically, one could expect either soma, black lung, or more of the weird electro-folk of buy me i'll change your life. what is here, however, is none of those, and all of them. some dark percussion and texture of soma, some rapid beats and twisting whirls of radio frequency distortion of black lung, and the acoustic oddities and ghost-town ambience of the previous snog cd. all mixed with new characteristics, as in the hard-hitting punch and crunch of slide into extinction, one of the weaker tracks. the other great thing about this cd, is the wealth of samples, vocal and musical. there are droves of familiar, yet not quite obvious snips of music and straight out rips from old favourites. the most obvious of the latter are the universe, which boldly opens with a direct theft of kmfdm's live version of disgust, which the entirety of this song is built solidly on. also, mind and purpose echoes far too clearly of nick cave's weeping song. not that either of these are a bad thing, it's great to recognize them; in the latter case, one of the best songs on 3rd mall is made, and the addition of female backing vocals really helps. the aforementioned dialogue samples are plentiful, direct and indicative of the theme of ideas. where he found them, one can barely guess! thrussell is able to, thankfully, temper his diatribes with ingeniously constructed music that easily support his ideas and at the same time makes it all a great farce. land of the bland, for example, is a fabulous drum and bass epic techno-folk cut-up collage, that maintains an air of solid assuredness of belief, and a great patton-like mockery of a soap-box preacher. a perfect mockery. (phosphor)

 


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other releases of snog on hymen:
¥401 snog . third mall from the sun . 12" 33rpm . september 1999
¥704 snog . i snog, therefore i am... 2cd album . may 1999
¥015 snog . i snog therefore i am... 12" 33rpm . may 1999

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