Fucking Ocean, The / Le Main Rouge
Album: Le Main Rouge   Collection:General
Artist:Fucking Ocean, The   Added:Nov 2006
Label:Double Negative Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-11-12 Pull Date: 2007-01-14
Week Ending: Jan 14 Jan 7 Dec 31 Dec 24 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 3 Nov 26
Airplays: 4 1 2 1 2 2 5 7

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 04, 2015: Breakaway Bluff
Bombs In The Underground
4. Oct 23, 2010: Scatterbrain Radio
Invisible Line
2. Dec 18, 2010: Scatterbrain Radio
5. Oct 09, 2010: Scatterbrain Radio
Invisible Line
3. Dec 04, 2010: Scatterbrain Radio
It's True
6. May 29, 2010: Scatterbrain Radio
Literacy Test

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-11-14
Adrenalized guitar rock... angular, dynamic, dark, insistent, new-wavey, and no-wavey, with nods to Krautrock & ‘60s spy-rock! Male and female vocals, yelled more often than sung. 11 tracks that zip by in 26 minutes. Debut LP from local four piece includes two KZSU DJs/Stanford students. Their eponymous debut EP had a nice run in our top 10 in Feb 2006. Great production & sound thanks to SF’s Tiny Telephone studios, with prominent bass reminiscent of Young Marble Giants and Bush Tetras. Songs mid-fast, end cold unless marked. (The band’s name is a mishearing of a drug-baked Lou Reed singing the words “foggy notion.” On air say “effing ocean.”) Play with Mika Miko, James Chance & The Contortions, The Slits, Erase Errata, DNA, The Bush Tetras, Electrelane, & fast songs by Joy Division. All GREAT. Start with 4, 5, 7, 9. FCC clean.

1. Jumpy, angular no-wave fun! Starts like a no-wave/classic-rock orchestra tuning up. Ends on an extended synth chord.
2. Driving new wave/Krautrock hybrid. Starts with guitar and drum. Ends on “That’s true.”
3. Mid-tempo. A poignant no-wave ballad, I think. Starts with drums & then bass. Picks up energy at end.
==> 4. Incredibly catchy dance rock with cheerleader vox. Starts with guitar and cheerleading. Female/male lead vox. (Reminds me of a kid’s goth halloween costume I saw named “The cheerless leader.”)
==> 5. ‘60s spy-rock references! Very dynamic. Trippy 4/4 mixed with 5/4 time signatures. Male/female lead vox... actually sung this time. Starts with full band.
6. Dark, intense, and repetitive. Works well if you play it continuously with next song. Starts with full band.
==> 7. More ‘60s references (guitar figure reminiscent of the theme to TV show Hawaii Five-0). Works well played continuously from previous song. Ends with twin guitars and drums.
8. Gosh... sounds like Yo La Tengo to start. Did TFO have a good day? Ah, not to worry... gets very dark and intense. This one fades on a guitar note.
9. Pissed off, tribal diatribe against... uh, whatever. Starts with percussive guitar. Ends especially cold.
10. Thematic near-instrumental with French monotone vocals mixed low. Like Electrelane on a very dark and wired day. From TFO’s debut EP. Starts with guitar notes. Ends with multiple false climaxes, then stops.
11. Very dynamic and musically prosaic... this is what no-wave prog would (does) sound like. Yelled vox at end remind me of Grant Hart (drummer for Husker Du). Wonderful closer for a wonderful album.

Track Listing
1. Literacy Test   6. The First Thing Is First
2. It's True   7. Invisible Line
3. Monster M.D.   8. Bombs In The Underground
4. Adam   9. Franny & Zooey
5. Multiply!   10. Elias (Has Been Waiting For An Hour)
  11. Song For Anthony Soltero