November's Heat (CD only)

by Certain General

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    A recently found stash of the extremely rare 1999 out of print CD pressing on Alive Records. This is the classic 1984 essential post-punk album from Certain General and was the album that established the band as popular in France. Named 1985's "rock album of the year" by Liberation (Paris, France). With the essential mid-1980s band lineup including Parker Dulany, Phil Gammage, Marcy Saddy, and Joe Lupo.

    Remastered and reissued on Alive Records (Black Keys, etc.). The album was originally released 1984 vinyl only on I.A.S. Records (France). Exclusive liner notes by Marc Jeffrey (Band of Outsiders) with rare photos.

    "New York City bands in the early 80's were overshadowed on the club scene by the visiting overseas and out of town next big things. But there was still life in the local scene. Following in the footsteps of the Contortions, Raybeats, and Bush Tetras, Certain General took the skronky/jazzy rhythms of the first, the art/surf pyschedelia of the second and the skanky semifunk of the latter to create a pop/postpunk hybrid that spoke as much of the garage as it did of the tenement atmosphere of NYC's lower east side. The album moves from sultry surf/slow dance groove of "Service" to frenetic jackhammer pychedelic dance floor grooves of "Jack In the Heart" to the wide open vistas of Americana in "Sympathy" and "Maximum G" to pure crazed pounding of "Voodoo Taxi" while all the time carrying a consistent group identity and continuity that belies the potporri of stylistic innovations. Throughout it all lead singer Parker Dulany's poetic vision - think of the Jim Morrison/Patti Smith lineage dances in time with drummer extradonaire Marcy Saddy's funky, yet conversational rhythym patterns. Lead guitarist Phil Gammage unleashes torrents of scattershot, feedback laced riffs, whilst alternating with a Link Ray meets Dick Dale surfadelic party. Certain General were contemporaneous with the Raybeats, Fleshtones, Bush Tetras, Swans and Sonic Youth, playing gigs with all of them plus sharing stages with the Cure, Gang of Four, New Order, REM, and Mission of Burma, to name but just a few. Originally recorded in 1983, this 1999 reissue is the first time November's Heat is available as an American Release. It is an indispensible document of a time and place that didn't get it's due at the time, but still sounds fresh and vital today."
    ~ Stephen Graziano / at Amazon

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released November 3, 2019



Phil Gammage New York, New York

NYC based singer-songwriter and sometimes guitar slinger whose new album is "It's All Real Good".

“Under wrought darkish Americana echoing Nick Cave’s fascinations minus the melodrama… might well make Phil this generation’s Hank Williams.”
~ Trouser Press

“He has the brooding intensity of a Johnny Cash circa Rick Rubin added to post-punk circa 1980 smarts.
~ Rock NYC Live & Recorded
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