01 THE STEMS - 'Tears Me In Two' / 'Can't Resist' (Citadel CIT 013) 11/1985
Well, here's my number 1 after taking seven weeks of writing and uploading various covers, pics and sometimes an MP3s to get to this point. I've enjoyed every minute because it's given me a reason to raid all of my record boxes marked neo garage and revivalism.
The Stems were an incredible band and couldn't really fail with the songwriting skills of leader Dom Mariani. They were short-lived but I think they were correct to break up the band when they did. Many groups go on far too long and become jaded. Others of course would never have the skill or talent to record an albums worth of material but never the less did so.
Anyway, back to this disc. This was The Stems second 45 on the collectable Citadel label outta Darlinghurst, Australia. ( a friend of mine managed to somehow obtain a Citadel T-shirt back in the late 80s...very envious of that item I can tell you)...
Saleswise, 'Tears Me In Two' sold out and got to Number 1 in the Australian Indie charts. It reached the shores of Britain in 1986 but only as an import from a few shops in London.
It's notable for it's constant fuzz attack and Richard Lane's opening scream introducing one of the very best garage punk songs of the 80s. Everything is RIGHT about this record, even down to the simplistic art pop picture cover.
There's a promo video of The Stems performing 'Tears Me In Two' looking every inch 'The Knights Of Fuzz'....
The flip 'Can't Resist' is a fast tempo fuzz rocker, this time sung by Mariani.
I'll sum this 45 up in one word....ESSENTIAL!.....
The above Stems band shots have been taken from The Stems illustrated biography by George Matzkov titled 'Let Your Head Rest'...this is now long gone.