SIt back for a minute and think about the fact that the singer for Scratch Acid could have been the guy who went on to co-write songs for Kylie Minogue and be half of house music DJ duo Brothers in Rhythm.
Until singer Steve Anderson was kicked out of the band sometime before Acid recorded its first EP in July 1984, David Yow was just the bass player. When Yow dropped his bass and switched to vocals, this freed up Yow’s hands, allowing him to drink more beer faster, then stage dive into the void, vaguely hoping enough people were in attendance to catch him. The other magic ingredient was David Wm. Sims switching from guitar to bass and instantly becoming a bass GOD.
You don’t hear enough about Brett Bradford, who basically went nowhere after Scratch Acid. But it’s his guitar playing, that Midwest tinge, that sets Acid apart from the later Jesus Lizard. He’s never as in your face as Yow or drummer Rey Washam, but he’s constantly laying down walls of cascading noise.
Submitted for your approval, “Moron’s Moron”: Scratch Acid at its finest, from 1987′s flawless “Berserker” EP, my first sober drug experience.