highlights from "See Me Smile":
AN 11 SONG, 40 MINUTE DOWNLOADABLE ALBUM STRAIGHT OUTTA 1977!!!
THE SCENICS BASH OUT THE STONES AND MODERN LOVERS AT THEIR FIRST GIG
AN UNRELEASED SUNSHINE WORLD OUT-TAKE/ 2 SONGS FROM SUNSHINE WORLD REHEARSALS
PREVIOUSLY UNHEARD, "IN PROGRESS" VERSION OF KEN BADGER'S CLASSIC "NOT DEAD YET"
AN UNRELEASED SCENICS CLASSIC ("CHILLS"), AN OBSCURITY WE HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT (JAUNTY CASTRO)- AND MORE!
Punk history needs to be reconsidered in the light of The Scenics'70's work. "Punk haiku #2: See Me Smile" is full of their arty, hypnotic songs, that draw as much from Pere Ubu as from Television. There is also a Gang of Four feel to "O Boy," a lo-fi dignity to the more abstract "I Have You" and "New Part in Town." "See Me Smile" and sounds like early Who with Tom Verlaine on vocals.
Truly stunning are a run of songs-"Scenic Caves, "Have You Seen Your Mother," "Jaunty Castro" and "I'm Hurt," which cover so much of what was to come after them, from DNA to feedtime, minutemen to Huskers...
This music... is amazing, and only places The Scenics higher on the list of important first/second wave punk bands. "Punk haiku #2: See Me Smile" is beyond essential, and is probably the most revelatory of all the band's recent retrospectives." musicemissons.com
See Me Smile is the collected audio from chapters 5-10 of The Scenics' memoir blog, PUNK HAIKU. It is album 2 in a series that will be continued in the spring of 2011.
Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, on SEE ME SMILE: ”More original, under-recorded 1976-1981 art rockers/punks should open their vaults like these Toronto trailblazers have... 1977 tunes from demos, rehearsals, and gigs amazingly preserved... covers of The Rolling Stones and Modern Lovers show new takes on old ground. Try the unreleased Chills (well named) and a fervent early rehearsal take of Sunshine World’s O Boy, among others”