Short Sharp Shocked [Remaster]

Performers Michelle Shocked

Mercury | May 12, 2009 | Compact Disc

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Michelle Shocked is asked in the song "Anchorage," "What's it like to be a skateboard punk rocker?" Perhaps it takes a flashback like Short Sharp Shocked to answer fully the more interesting question, "How did you get there?" The album finds Shocked taking a semi-fond trip back to an East Texas childhood, and all of the defined roles, limited expectations, claustrophobia, and ultimate rebellion coming from that environment. Musically, she tackles the spectrum of rootsy folk in a warm way that shows not only a love for but also a great deal of knowledge of the forms (producer Pete Anderson added a Nashville gloss to the recordings that shouldn't go unnoticed). The songs have a very personal, almost diary feel, but at the same time they speak a universal language -- none so poignant as the album's centerpiece, "Anchorage," a touching letter from an old friend. The cover photo, which shows Shocked restrained by police officers during a protest, indicates little about the music found within (save for the uncredited album closer, the hardcore punk workup of "Fog Town" featuring MDC), but the music certainly reveals much about the protester. [The 2003 Mighty Sound reissue featured an entire second disc, and included live material and cover songs.] ~ Chris Woodstra

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 12, 2009

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1988

Label Name: Mercury

UPC: 820692100426

Found in: Folk Rock

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Short Sharp Shocked [Remaster]

Performers Michelle Shocked
Producer Pete Anderson
Engineer Peter Doell

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: May 12, 2009

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 2

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1988

Label Name: Mercury

UPC: 820692100426


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.When I Grow Up --
2.Hello Hopeville --
3.Memories Of East Texas --
4.Gladewater --
5.Graffiti Limbo --
6.If Love Was A Train --
7.Anchorage --
8.L + N, The --
9.V.F.D. --
10.Black Widow --
11.Fogtown --
0.DISC 2: --
1.When I Grow Up --
2.Memories Of East Texas --
3.Yamboree Queen --
4.Strawberry Jam --
5.Graffiti Limbo --
6.If Love Was A Train --
7.Anchorage --
8.L+N, The --
9.V.F.D. --
10.Black Widow --
11.Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight --
12.Disoriented --
13.Silence (Lovely Rita) --
14.Ballad of Penny Evans, The --
15.Remodeling The Pentagon --
16.Fred's Winter Song --
17.Prince Of Darkness --
18.One Piece At A Time --
19.Silence (5 AM In Amsterdam) --
20.Campus Crusade --
21.Goodnight Irene --

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Michelle Shocked is asked in the song "Anchorage," "What's it like to be a skateboard punk rocker?" Perhaps it takes a flashback like Short Sharp Shocked to answer fully the more interesting question, "How did you get there?" The album finds Shocked taking a semi-fond trip back to an East Texas childhood, and all of the defined roles, limited expectations, claustrophobia, and ultimate rebellion coming from that environment. Musically, she tackles the spectrum of rootsy folk in a warm way that shows not only a love for but also a great deal of knowledge of the forms (producer Pete Anderson added a Nashville gloss to the recordings that shouldn't go unnoticed). The songs have a very personal, almost diary feel, but at the same time they speak a universal language -- none so poignant as the album's centerpiece, "Anchorage," a touching letter from an old friend. The cover photo, which shows Shocked restrained by police officers during a protest, indicates little about the music found within (save for the uncredited album closer, the hardcore punk workup of "Fog Town" featuring MDC), but the music certainly reveals much about the protester. [The 2003 Mighty Sound reissue featured an entire second disc, and included live material and cover songs.] ~ Chris Woodstra
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