The Flesh Eaters “A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die”

I bought this record in 1981, when it came out, for my record store. I never heard of The Flesh Eaters. I was ordering records and called Slash Records in LA, and I THINK I was talking to Chris D., or a guy who led me to believe that’s who he was. He sold me on this record, I guess, which is the only Flesh Eaters record I’ve ever heard. This is Chris D’s band, which is essentially members of X and The Blasters, and heavy on sax and percussion. The songs are good, interesting, and ambitious, very repetitious and somewhat droning, with a lot of personality, particularly Chris D’s vocals.

This is one of those bands that’s really “good on paper” but I can’t figure out why I don’t like them more. That’s the musical question. Too over-determined, maybe. I mean, I like the record a lot, but it’s not one of my favorites. Plus, it’s a bit uneven. I love a few of the songs, and kind of never want to hear a few of them ever again. Also, it’s kind of interesting that while Chris D wrote all the songs but one, the one that John Doe wrote, “Cyrano de Berger’s Back,” is the best song on the album.

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