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Unrest

Malcolm X Park

SIDE ONE

Malcolm X Park
Can't Sit Still (acoustic)
Strutter
Dago Red
Ben's Chili Bowl
Lucifer Rising
The Gas Chair
Ragged (Cltd Hsbnd)


SIDE TWO

Oils
Dalmations
Stranger in My Own Hometown
Oh Yeah C'Mon
Disko Magic
Christina
Castro 59
The Hill


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UNREST Tink of SE album
UNREST station wagon
UNREST Catchpellet EP 7-inch 45 vinyl single
UNREST Mark E poster
UNREST Invoking Osiris tee-shirt
UNREST Kustom Karnal Blackxploitation album
UNREST Fuck Pussy Galore album
UNREST Imperial ffrr album
UNREST Malcolm X Park album
UNREST
Malcolm X Park
cover, front
UNREST Molly Burnham at Noise New York studio
Molly Burnham at the Noise New York recording session
UNREST Dave Park, Phil Krauth, West Broadway subway station New York City
Dave and Phil [L to R] in the West Broadway subway station near West Broadway's Noise New York

LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Phil Krauth, drums, bass, vocals, tambourine, claps, backing vocals, wood block, shimmy vision x


Tim Moran, right synth on "The Hill"


Dave Park, bass, guitar, paper, acoustic guitar, slide guitar


Mark Robinson, vocals, guitar, bass, piano, acoustic guitar, drums, backing vocals, tambourine, left synth, tabla, tamboura, claps


GUEST PLAYERS

Molly Burnham,
trumpet on "Stranger in My Own Hometown"


RECORDED BY

Kramer,

at Noise N.Y., New York, USA, July 1988


COVER ILLUSTRATION

Scott Larson


BACK COVER PHOTOGRAPHS

Kharyn Aronson,

Lynn Robinson,

Mark Robinson


COVER DESIGN

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


MALCOLM X PARK VIDEO


STARRING

Phil Krauth,

Dave Park,

Mark Robinson


GUEST-STARRING

Melissa Berkoff


DIRECTED BY

Dave Park,

at Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill Park),

and Food for Though restaurant,

Washington, D.C., USA




ET CETERA

"How did he lose part of his finger? He took his sword and cut off his own finger. That really impressed the Japanese" -from "Dago Red" lyric printed on the back cover.

"Thank you: Terry Tolkin, Jack Sheehy, 13th Street Beat Generation, d.c. space, Kramer, Tim Moran, the real WMUC-FM, Lawrence + Bells Of..., Chris Thomson, Mr. + Mrs. Krauth, Bill Hanky, Bastro, Scott Larson, Calvin Johnson, No. 6 Records, West End Cafe, and all our friends........"

The cover art was one of the hundreds of one-of-a-kind covers created for Unrest's debut vinyl LP [Teen-Beat 14].

In a photo on the innersleeve, Mark's grandmother, Christine Ferrer, is holding Shimmy-Disc release 'Car Radio Jerome' by Rev. Fred Lane.

Noise N.Y. was located on West Broadway. Band photos were taken at the West Broadway subway station.

Percy Mayfield wrote and recorded 'Stranger in My Own Hometown'. It was made popular by Elvis Presley.

Kiss' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons originally wrote and recorded 'Strutter' in 1973.

An image of (Mark Robinson's then roomate) Gina Pala's eyes in a rear-view mirror is on the bottom right-hand corner of the back cover.

Mark paternal grandfather, Edwin Allin Robinson, is pictured with a fireman's helmet on the innersleeve.


REVIEW

At one point in recent history, they were the archetypal indie rock band. Toeing the line between sloppy noise screes and sincere pop beauty, they peppered their songs with cryptic subculture references and served them up with huge ironic smirks. Sound familiar? Nope, I'm not talking about Pavement; before Slanted and Enchanted was even a gleam in Steve Malkmus' flinty eye, there was Unrest and their veritable cavalcade of self-released cassettes and 7"s that reeked of proto-slacker chic, punkish energy and collector geek enthusiasm.

Malcolm X Park is their second proper full-length, originally released on Caroline in 1988 and now seeing re-release through No. 6/Teenbeat. It's a far cry from the classic Unrest of 1992's Imperial f.f.r.r. and 1993's Perfect Teeth, but if you squint just right, their metamorphosis from jokey garage band to love-pop crooners makes intuitive sense.

By today's rather conservative musical standards, Malcolm X Park is way too amateurish and scattershot to be taken seriously, but it possesses a certain endearing anything-goes vibe that causes it to grow on you in ways that would make fungi jealous. More importantly, Unrest can actually pull off the dozen or so costume changes they make during Malcolm X Park's 17-track marathon, never allowing you to forget that behind all the noise, they're still just skinny white kids from the D.C. suburbs.

Unrest run themselves ragged through punk-flavored riffs, screams and snarls on the title track and "Castro 59;" they goof relentlessly on old-time rock 'n' roll on "Ben's Chili Bowl" and "Stranger in My Own Hometown;" they make it clear they dig Kiss the most direct way they know how-- by covering "Strutter" and quoting "I Wanna Rock and Roll All Night" at the end of "Disko Magic." After all this, they still have time to toss off pretty pop songs like "Can't Sit Still" and "Christina," as well as delicate instrumentals like "Dalmations" and the album's closer, "The Hill."

Unrest's greatest and most frustrating asset is their lyrical obscurity; they drop enough hints throughout their music that you get the feeling they must be referring to something specific, but it's impossible to figure it out for sure unless you're seriously in the know. I got the Kenneth Anger reference in "Lucifer Rising," but still have no clue as to what the fuck Mark Robinson is talking about during "Castro 59" or "Dago Red."

But this band's motives have always been somewhat unclear; the most sensible explanation is that they simply wanted to catalog their own personal obsessions without explicit explanation. Listening to Malcolm X Park now, a staggering 12 years after its original release, the mystery has diminished a bit. In the end, Malcolm X Park has its advantages and disadvantages; not being in on the joke won't necessarily detract from the enjoyment of hearing a young, inspired Mark Robinson at his strangest.

- Nick Mirov, Pitchfork


UNREST Mark Robinson, Phil Krauth at Noise New York studio

RELEASE DATE

October 31, 1988


FORMAT

vinyl L.P.

cassette


LENGTH

37 minutes

16 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 21


DETAILS

Full-color printed jacket.
Black and white innersleeve.


Mastered and pressed by
Trutone, Haworth, New Jersey.


Manufactured and distributed by Caroline Records.

DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Unrest
Catch of the Day
Catchpellet
Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl
Cherry Cherry
A Factory Record
Isabel Bishop
Bavarian Mods and Other Hits
West Coast Love Affair
So Sick / Vibe Out!
Cath Carroll
split single with Underground Lovers
Angel I'll Walk You Home
split tour single with Stereolab
Make Out Club
Make Out Club (Re-Mix)
Light Command
split single with Heidi Berry
Animal Park


ALBUMS

Unrest
Lisa Carol Freemont [L.C.F.]
Tink of S.E. [and numerous other titles]
Malcolm X Park
Twister
Kustom Karnal Blackxploitation
Chocolate City Cherry
Fuck Pussy Galore (and all Her Friends)
An Imperial Full Frequency Range Recording
Perfect Teeth
B.P.M.
Newcastle, August 2, 1993
Washington, DC, February 24, 2005
England, 1992


COMPILATIONS

Extremism...
The Trouble with Harry
Magic Ribbons, Volume One
The Pre-Moon Syndrome
Rutles Highway Revisited
Teriyaki Asthma Volume VI
Teen-Beat Fifty
Afternoon Delight!
Fortune Cookie Prize
Teen-Beat 100
Inclined Plane
Soluble Fish
Lollapalooza '93
International Hip Swing
The 13 Year Itch
Trademark Of Quality
Buy This Used Compact Disc
Play Free Music
Mai Pen Rai
The Machines 1990-1993
The Bob No.47
All Virgos Are Mad
Wakefield: Volume 2
Wakefield: Volume 3
Wakefield: Volume 4
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2003
Teen-Beat 20th Commemorative
Süddeutsche Zeitung Diskothek 1992
Speed Dating
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler
Teen-Beat Holiday Card 2010/2011


SOUNTRACKS

Girls Town
Mod Fuck Explosion
Passenger Side


ALSO

Unrest station wagon(s)
Unrest metal jewel box
Unrest, Mark E. poster
Invoking Osiris tee-shirt
Teen-Beat's Fifth Anniversary
Live at the Tube Bar tee-shirt
Unrest tee-shirt
Cherry Cream On video shoot
Imperial f.f.r.r. coffee mug
Unrest and Teen-Beat agreement with 4AD
Perfect Hairdo comb & Perfect Teeth toothbrush
Perfect Teeth coffee mug
Malcolm X Park [compact disc]
Kustom Karnal Blackxploitation [compact disc]
Teen-Beat 20th Anniversary Celebrations
The production of "Imperial f.f.r.r." Deluxe Edition
Teen-Beat Graphica Exhibition
UNREST: Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary
UNREST: Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary badges
Unrest 2010


RELATED

Air Miami
Bridget / Kathi / Doug
Clarence
Cotton Candy
Flin Flon
Flowers of Discipline
Maybe It's Reno
Mark Robinson
Fred & Ginger
Phil Krauth
Pigeons
Tone
Velocity Girl
William & Vivian


SONGS

Afternoon Train
Angel I'll Walk You Home
Bavarian Mods
Ben's Chili Bowl
Between Us
Black Power Dynamo
Breathe In
Breather X.O.X.O.
Breather X.X.X.
Buckley Hugo
Butch Willis is a Psychopath
Caitlinbums
Can't Sit Still
Can't Sit Still (acoustic)
Capezio Bowler
Capitalist Joyride
Castro 59
Cath Carroll
Cath Carroll (10cc Mix)
Cats
Champion Nines
The Chastity Ballad
Cherry Cherry
Cherry Cream On
Chick Chelsea Delux
Christina
Click Click
Come Sail Away
Coming Hot and Proud
Communist Tart
Dago Red
Dago Rising
Dalmations
Deaf
Disco Magick
Do it Now
Electrico
Enola Gay
Equator 77
Eyeball from the Socket of Davis
Feeling Good Fixation
Firecracker
Fly to France
Folklore
Food and Drink Synthesizer
Four Foot High Stone Wall
The Foxey Playground
Frutti Column
Fuck You G.I.
Full Frequency
Future History
The Gas Chair
Give Me Yr Eyes
God Gave Rock & Roll to You III
Goodbye
Green
Die Grunen
Gustave
Happy Birthday
Headringer
Hey Hey Halifax
Hey London! (London's Theme)
The Hill
The Hill, part two
Hi-Tec Theme
Holiday in Berlin, part 1
Holiday in Berlin, part 2
Hope
Hydro
Hydrofoil
Hydrofoil One
Hydrofoil No.3
Hydroplane
I Do Believe You Are Blushing
I Hate Ms. Toivanen/Wshingtn
I Love Calvin
Imperial
In the Garden
International Nautical Miles
Invoking the Godhead
I've Come for Your Daughters
Isabel
Isabel (7" Version)
Islands
Iwo Jima
Judy Says, part I
Judy says, part II
June
Kill Whitey
Konfusion
Lady Chatterly
Laughter
Light Command
Live on a Hot August Night
Lord Shiva
Los Desasosiego
Love to Know
Loyola
Lucifer Rising
Make Out Club
Malcolm X Park
Manhattan
Man Hole Burn
Midnight for Two
Mod Fuck Explosion Theme
Nation Writer
Neal We Love You
91st Century Schizoid Man
Northwest Territory
Nova Scotia
Obliteration
Oh Yeah C'Mon
Oils
Oily
OK
Over the Life
A Picnic at Hanging Rock (The Hill, part three)
Plastic Film
Ragged (Cltd Hsbnd)
Ragged (nkd t)
Range Recording
Real Enemy
Rigormortis
The 'S' Street Shuffle with a Beat
Scorpio Rising
Scott & Zelda
Sex Machine
Shag
She Makes Me Shake Like a Soul Machine
She is Today
Six Layer Cake
So Sick
So So Sick
So So So Sick
So You Want To Be a Movie Star
So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star
Solid State
Soon It Is Going to Rain
Straight Edge
Stranger in My Own Hometown
Strutter
Stylized Ampersand
Sugarshack
Suki
Sweet Home Alaska
Sweet Wakefield
Teen Bt
Teenbeat Part 65
Teenbeat Theme 1991
Teenage Suicide
Time
The Tundra
Twist 66
U.F.O.
[Unrest Incidental Piece]
Usually on Fridays, a Hamburger
Velvet Spit
Vibe Out!
Vibe Out! / Hydrofoil (medley)
Volume Reference Tone
Wednesday and Proud
West Coast Love Affair
Wharton Hockey Club
When It All Comes Down
Where Are All Those Puerto Rican Boys?
Wild Thang
Winona Ryder (XY Version)
Winona Ryder (XX Version)
Woody Allen
Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl
Zim-Zum