Punk Retrospective

Deja Voodoo

I recently saw a copy of Swamp of Love at gemm.com for $35.00 and wished again that I'd purchased it when I first heard it. This groundbreaking Canadian recording from 1986 is simple, humorous, out-of-print and amazing! If it weren't for all the other great music coming out at the time, this would have been the only album I listened to.

When we recorded the album "Squatters' Inc." in 1995, I asked Todd, our drummer, to rarely play the cymbals, if at all, and I myself only used the top three strings of my guitar...I had no idea we were following in Deja Voodoos' footsteps, but it all makes sense now. Their sound has all the growling distortion I love, and my tinnitus isn't bothered, because all the percussion is on the low end, too.

I didn't keep up with their other releases, either, always thinking there was no way the band could surpass the greatness of "Swamp of Love". I now realize I was wrong, partially. I found a copy of 1983's "Gumbo" cassette online over at the O Canadarm! blog, and also listened to a copy of "Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die" and find the same charm, although, without the same. Still, a song like "Cheese and Crackers", [play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Misc./Garage/05%20-%20Cheese%20And%20Crackers.mp3] Link source,
hearing it for the first time, can make beer squirt out your nose. Their humor is outstanding, this is not a novelty act, they rock!

So, all that said, Deja Voodoo are another one of those pioneering bands that pushed music forward, not only in Canada, but worldwide, and their DIY ethic is evidenced by the creation of their own zine and label, and several challenging tours.

Get ready to Blast Off!!

Check this shit out:
[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Misc./11.%20Three%20Men%2C%20One%20Coffin.mp3] Deja Voodoo - Three Men, One Coffin Link source

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Misc./21.%20Don%27t%20Let%20No%20Ning%20Heads%20in%20Your%20Home.mp3] Deja Voodoo - Don't Let No Ning Heads in Your Home Link source

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Misc./Garage/16.%20Bad%20Book.mp3] Deja Voodoo - Bad Book Link source

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Misc./10.%20Coelecanth.mp3] Deja Voodoo - Coelecanth (sic) Link source

You should check out their MySpace page, because they certainly don't.

Here's the cover:Deja Voodoo - Swamp Of Love
It looks like all of their LP's are currently available at gemm.com, if you've got the money.

• Cemetery (1984) (Og Music)
• Too Cool to Live, Too Smart to Die (1985) (Og Music)
• Swamp of Love (1986) (Og Music)
• The Worst of Deja Voodoo (1987) (Og Music)
• Big Pile of Mud (1988) (Og Music)
• Live at The Backstage Club, Helsinki Finland (1990) (Og Music)

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