It’s hot. I mean, seriously hot. Like August hot and it’s only July. Obnoxiously hot. It’s so hot that in fact I’ve already passed out and I don’t even know what I’m typing anymore. Here in the scenic, urine-stank Northeast, we’re mired in a permanent-seeming cloud of humidity the only action against which one can take is to rock and roll as loudly as possible and hopefully sweat enough to cool down. To that end, for the next few weeks, I thought we’d have a series of posts: “The Album of the Summer of the Week.”
We’ll do a few of them until my inevitable death from dehydration. For the first, I couldn’t think of a better start than Fu Manchu‘s classic third album, In Search Of… A record that turned 15 last year, it was the last Fu Manchu outing to feature the guitar of Eddie Glass and Ruben Romano‘s drumming before they left to form Nebula, and there’s something about the über-fuzz of “Missing Link” that feels like a refreshing jump in the ocean. Guitarist/vocalist Scott Hill (who spoke about playing the album live front to back in an interview last year) and bassist Brad Davis turn in classic performances, and aside from being one of heavy rock’s most landmark albums, it also goes great with a sunny day.
You could probably say the same for most of Fu Manchu‘s discography, but In Search Of… is pretty much the archetype they’re working from, so whether it’s the psych guitar on “Supershooter,” the motor-ready groove and Davis‘ boogie bassline in “Regal Begal,” or the none-more-stoned leads of “Strato-Streak,” it’s about as necessary for your summer as a cold beverage and lawn furniture. In case you’re so overheated that you can’t get up and go get the album off your shelf — because you and I both know you already own it — I’ve included the video below for “Asphalt Risin’.” All you gotta do is lift a finger to click play:
Tags: Album of the Summer of the Week 2012, California, Fu Manchu, Fu Manchu In Search Of