Repercussion

Repercussion

[ree-per-kuhsh-uhn, rep-er-]

Repercussion is the second album by The dB's. Like its predecessor, Stands for Decibels, the album was commercially unsuccessful but has since developed a cult following and is now arguably regarded as just as much of a classic as Stands for Decibels by both fans of power pop and rock fans in general.

The band began recording the album after a brief tour in May, 1981. Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple, the band's singers/guitarists, had enough material almost immediately to begin a new album. Stamey and Holsapple each ended up contributing six songs each on the album. As was the case on the last album, Stamey's songs veered towards more experimental melodies and rhythms, while Holsapple's songs were more traditionally in a pop vein.

The album was, like its predecessor, very modestly produced, but there was some evidence of growth in The dBs' recorded sound. The first track, Holsapple's "Living a Lie", featured a horn section (The Rumour Brass) and sounded not unlike an old soul record (a surprise given that power pop was not normally thought to be a particularly soulful genre). The album was produced by Scott Litt (who would later become famous for his association with the band R.E.M. and for remixing Nirvana's album In Utero), who gave the album a slightly deeper sound, utilizing things like reverb on the drums that weren't present in their debut. Lyrically, the album was also a bit more unorthodox. Stamey's song "Ask for Jill", for instance, was apparently about the process of mastering an album

Holsapple's rockabilly-inflected composition "Amplifier" (which is about a suicidal man reflecting on how his significant other left him and took all his belongings, save for the titular object) became the band's lead single and also their first video. "Amplifier" would also show up on the dB's next album, Like This, because of the video.

LP track listing

Side one

  1. "Happenstance" – 4:07 (Chris Stamey)
  2. "We Were Happy There" – 2:39 (Peter Holsapple)
  3. "Living a Lie" – 3:26 (Holsapple)
  4. "From a Window to a Screen" – 2:34 (Stamey)
  5. "Ask for Jill" - 2:33 (Stamey)
  6. "Amplifier" - 3:08 (Holsapple) lyrics

Side two

  1. "Neverland" - 2:46 (Holsapple)
  2. "Storm Warning" – 2:32 (Holsapple)
  3. "Ups and Downs" – 3:03 (Stamey)
  4. "Nothing Is Wrong" - 4:16 (Holsapple)
  5. "In Spain" – 3:02 (Stamey)
  6. "I Feel Good (Today)" - 4:28 (Stamey)

Different versions of the album have been reissued on CD with different bonus tracks, usually either Holsapple's instrumental B-side "PH Factor" or Stamey's "Soul Kiss".

Personnel

Additional Musicians

  • Andy Clark - Additional keyboards
  • The Rumour Brass:
    • Chris Gower - Trombone
    • Dick Hansen - Trumpet
    • John "Irish" Earle - Saxes

Trivia

  • This would be the last album with the original lineup. Stamey would leave in early April 1982. Stamey would rejoin the band in 2005 to tour and record a new album.
  • The track "Amplifier" was included on Rhino Records' box set Left of the Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground.

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