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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pleasure Forever - Bodies Need Rest

posted by on June 13 at 12:05 PM


Pleasure Forever, briefly known as Slaves, formed from the remains of forward-thinking San Francisco synth punks VSS. Pleasure Forever abandoned the noisy, Screamers-inspired discord of the VSS, replacing it with moody, gothic piano balladry more reminiscent of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. They released two full-lengths on Sub Pop, Pleasure Forever and Alter, before going on “indefinite hiatus.” When Pleasure Forever was active, I was pining for the VSS, and I never really got into them. But looking back now, I can better appreciate their nuance and more tempered weirdness. Conspiracy Records has released a posthumous collection of their rarities and b-sides, titled Bodies Need Rest, that should serve as a good refresher course on the oft-overlooked band.

Pleasure Forever - “Miles Underneath”

Pleasure Forever - “The Bars (Black Flag Cover)”

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I filmed the one and maybe only VSS show at the Velvet Elvis back in 1997/8? I have to download it to You Tube one of these days. This show changed my life. Does anybody know how to convert camcorder vhs tape to digital... Anyways, maybe one night after Ruff Gemz we'll dust off my nerdy video collection and watch it... Good times.

Posted by dj paco | June 13, 2007 1:57 PM

Their second record was called "Alter," not "The Devil's Pleasures." Great band though. I saw them open for Dead Low Tide at the old Paradox in the U-District.

Posted by Erik R | June 14, 2007 1:52 AM
3 Don't know how I fucked that up. Sorry, though. Fixed.

Posted by Eric Grandy | June 14, 2007 2:17 AM

I am seeking video footage of the VSS. dj paco please contact me.

Posted by Lord Oak | June 24, 2007 9:46 AM

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