Tracklist: 1. Rules And Regulations 2. Love Is the Slug 3. XX Sex 4. Jackie 5. Wait And See 6. What’s The Point? 7. Spirit In The Sky 8. Pink Sunshine 9. International Rescue 10. Fast Forward Futurama 11. Self! 12. Do You Know? 13. Irish Bride 14. Beauty 15. Pop Muzik (M Cover)
“Love Is The Slug” by We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It was a perfect musical stop-gap between the genesis of female punk groups such as Runaways, early Slits, Kleenex, etc. and Riot Grrl groups in the 90s. This is the Bargainous Longerer Mix, produced by Martin Rushent, from the 12" single released in 1986.
I stress the word “musical” in the last sentence. The aforementioned groups from the late 70s were fiercely independent in their approaches to their music, which is why we thankfully still talk about them today. In the 90s, not only were the initial wave of Riot Grrl bands fiercely independent, but just plain fierce, on and off the stage. The latter left a stronger imprint in regards to succinctly wrapping punk rock and feminism – primarily thanks to Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Team Dresch, and others.
As fun as Fuzzbox (shorthand) were, they had nothing in relation to female bands on either side. Judging from their looks, they seemed like they formed as a reaction to Cyndi Lauper’s “She Bop”, which was an international hit the previous year; and they didn’t feel “She Bop”’s rock volume matched the dirtiness of the lyrics.
Still, it’s hard to imagine an intro that’s as pounding on the toms as “Love Is The Slug”’s. The fuzz-psych punk that’s wrapped around what sounds like an old rockabilly pop song combined with four women that are trying to affect Adam Ant still manages to evoke glee to this day. That and this song, admittedly, is a pretty damn close predecessor to Le Tigre’s “Deceptacon”