KMA1261 Watchmen – Slomotion

I’ve already raved about the Watchmen in these pages. What a band, I love ’em! So when I picked up this 2CD set in the 3 For $10 bin on my trip to Toronto with Mike this year, it seemed a no-brainer that this would be awesome!

I was half-right.

For CD1, which is 8 new songs and a remix of their hit song Stereo, they’d lost their drummer, Sammy Kohn. Allow me to quote Wiki about what happened for this portion:

The loss of their drummer and original member would alter the band’s songwriting and sound. With Kohn gone, the various Watchmen hooked up their Macintosh computers with Pro Tools software and began experimenting with samples, backbeats and tape loops to create a collection of electronic tracks shot through with the band’s trademark melodies. This change in direction divided fans and critics.

I’m looking at my notes, made as I listened to this, and after Holiday, track 1, I wrote “Um, guys?” And after track 2, Absolutely Anytime which was the single, I wrote THIS IS NOT DADDY’S WATCHMEN.

OK, OK. That’s harsh. It’s still interesting enough, and their trademark melodies are there, but as for the drum machines I say NO THANKS!


For CD2, all was forgotten as I got 9 tracks of hits spanning their first four studio albums. Fuck yeah! Kinda sad, isn’t it, when I’m way more excited about a CD of songs I already have and know that I love?

All respect to the Watchmen, they are/were one of Canada’s hardest-working, most-deserving-of-success bands, and their albums up til this point (2001) kicked all kinds of ass. But a drum machine? I think NOT! How hard would it have been to find another drumer, in this country? Fuck, I would’ve done it for you! For FREE!

Posted on December 10, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. So that second CD, is it the old hits newly recorded? Or is it the original hits?

    I’m well on record as NOT being a fan of music made by machines. Tesla used to have a slogan on all their albums. Maybe they still do? NO MACHINES! That was on every album.


  2. Oh God, I remember this. Absolutely Anytime. I heard that on the radio, and my fickle ears went NEXT! Harsh, but I’m with you. Sammy has such a great sound on the skins. To replace him with an effn machine was a shame. And that AbsAnytime was not their finest hour, imo.


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