1/ Mephiskapheles (Mephiskapheles) 4.57 2/ Satanic Debris (Cherry,Nightmare) 4.16 3/ Bad John (Tween,Nightmare) 3.24 4/ Centre of the... (Reich,UP,Nightmare) 2.50 5/ Hard Times (McCabe,Nightmare) 3.24 6/ Doomsday (Tween,Nightmare) 3.15 7/ Rank & File (Reich,Martin) 2.05 8/ Eskamo (Reich,Martin,Doris) 4.01 9/ Saba (Tween,Satan) 5.59 10/ The Ballad of Admiral Stockdale (Robinson) 2.40 11/ Dance Me Not (Cherry,Nightmare) 4.01 12/ Finnigan Froth (Martin) 2.12 13/ The Bumble Bee Tuna Song (Nightmare,D’Debil) 5.29 Recorded at Avalon Studios, Little Neck, Queens, New York Engineer: Bob Stander Mix engineer: Robert Musso at Greenpoint Studio, New York Produced by Bill Laswell and Bob Musso Associate Producer: Tracy McKnight Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk, New YorkThe Nubian Nightmare: lead vocal; Brendog: the guitarist; Mikal "The Virgin" Reich: the drummerist; "Underpants" Martin: the organist; Alexander McCabe: the organist; Osho "Hollywood" Endo: the trumpet/ flugal hornest; Greg Robinson: the trombonist; Michael Bitz: the upright bassist.
1994 - Pass the Virgin/Moon Records (USA), MR666 (CD)
NW (courtesy of the Splendid Ezine website)
It was bound to happen. Satanic ska may not be the most prevalent of musical styles, but darn it if it shouldn't be. Granted, Mephiskapheles have firmly planted their collective forked tongues in cheek, but they are a more than competent ska band with a handfull of pretty darned good songs. Generally their ska is a bit slower paced than a lot of the punk-ska types with a generous supply of horns. Their sense of melody and catchiness is firmly intact, especially in the sock-hoppin' "Rank & File" or the apocalyptic "Doomsday". Moreover, you know there is humor at work with a song title such as "The Ballad of Admiral Stockdale", an instrumental paying homage to Ross Perot's bizarre 1992 choice for a running mate in the presidential election. As with a lot of ska albums, the fun starts to wear a bit thin by album's end and Mephiskapheles run into that problem. However, the general good feel, hilarious imagery of evilness, and overall catchiness of a lot of these songs make God Bless Satan a pretty good time. [1/00]
John Chedsey (courtesy of Satan Stole My Teddybear website)