Song of the Week: “Better Ways” by 1000 Homo DJs

by Douglas Cowie on 4 May 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Better Ways” by 1000 Homo DJs:

Last weekend I went to see Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax Records, a really wonderful documentary film about Wax Trax record store in Denver, which became Wax Trax record store in Chicago, which also became Wax Trax Records, a record label that released all kinds of heavy, noisy bands in the 1980s and 1990s. The film, by Julia Nash, serves as a loving portrait of Wax Trax itself, but also of the founders of the store and label, Jim Nash (Julia’s father) and Dannie Flesher, and of their relationship as well.

Wax Trax was kind of a legendary place and label for a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. My friend Rob was really into the kind of music they put out, and I spent a lot of time at his house (and other friends’ houses, but especially Rob’s) listening to KMFDM and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and Revolting Cocks and Ministry and and and and and and and and.  I also remember one of my classmates, Nathan, coming to school one day with both a new, better, discman (16 bit? I can’t remember) and a copy of a 1000 Homo DJs album he’d just gotten, and basically slapping the headphones on me before I could say anything and telling me I both had to hear how much better the sound was than on other discmans (discmen?) and also, more importantly, how mindblowingly awesome the song “Hey Asshole” was. Nathan was right about 1000 Homo DJs and “Hey Asshole”. My mind was blown.

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