It’s my last week of “Iron Build” before I begin my all-haloed taper, and the whole shebang begins with running another 9.47k worth of 300m (10x) intervals. Well, okay, I did swim 3600m this morning, but this is the workout that I dread the most.
God help me.
This afternoon’s soundtrack speedy anthem is the ‘I See Good Spirits & I See Bad Spirits‘ by My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult.
The first full-length album from the Groovie Mann and Buzz McCoy-led performance art/film/music collective, ‘I See Good Spirits & I See Bad Spirits‘ came out just after the group’s self-titled EP in December of 1988.
A somewhat mixed affair, this Wax Trax! offering still had an impact on house dancefloors and college radio play lists with its pulsing beats and nihilistic messages of religious and cultural waste and universal darkness. Because, hey, who doesn’t love dancing to an amalgam of heavy dance rhythms, horror film sampling, and quasi-Satanic imagery?
Or running for that matter?
On tracks like ‘Gateway to Hell‘ and ‘…And Is What the Devil Does‘, TKK trademark ornaments like obscure film samples and sneering vocals establish what would become the bands sonic calling card.
While not quite as bold or successful as groundbreaking releases like ‘Sexplosion!‘ or ‘Kooler Than Jesus‘ (report inevitably coming soon to a blog near you), this album is nonetheless an important early release from one of the most respected and artistic quasi-industrial outfits of the ’80s and ’90s.
Today’s run went rather well. Well in the fact that it’s wasn’t stupid hot and humid out, although the westerly wind made the last few intervals suck more than they needed to. ‘Ol Thunder n’ Lightning feel pretty good and I could console myself when they didn’t by rationalizing to myself that this was my last speed workout.
That’s right bitches, no more stupid intervals or 30 second sprints or whatever. Unless it’s for the bar at last call or, maybe to the bathroom after one too many morning coffee and eggs.
How’s that for “seeing good spirits”?