Goblin Cock – Bagged and Boarded (Absolutely Kosher Records)


I really wanted this album to be bad so I could ignore it. After all, it’s got one of the most ridiculous band names ever…and don’t even get me started on the album cover. Unfortunately it’s not bad, in fact it’s damn good, and now I have to go through the embarrassment of telling people “I got this great new album by a band called Goblin Cock.” Thanks guys. Thanks a lot.

The band is yet another side-project from Rob Crow who devises new musical guises as often as other people write songs (he’s been part of Pinback, Heavy Vegetable, Thingy, Optiganally Yours, Alpha Males, Fantasy Mission Force, and Team Sleep). This time out he’s tackling a spacey heavy metal sound that recalls the sludgy down-tuned riffs of Black Sabbath filtered through modern acts like Monster Magnet and Queens Of The Stone Age. There’s also a sense of humor at work here with titles like “Kehgrah The Dragon Killer”, “Winky Dinkey Donkey”, and “Snuffy” which is an ode to Sesame Street’s Snuffalufagus.

Just as strong as the bands warped sense of humor is their sense of songwriting and melody, and that’s what makes Bagged and Boarded a great listen. “Stumped”, “Ichiro’s Dilemma”, “Childproof” and “Black Black” are heavy as hell, but also have an underlying pop sensibility that makes Goblin Cock a name worth remembering.

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