Saturday, 23 March 2013

LIfe Of Agony

Another record from the vaults here. I'll try and feature some of the new releases I've picked up recently at some point. It's cold and miserable here at the moment, it's been snowing for two days and I just wanna stay in and listen to music. This record I picked up last week is pretty suitable for the grey and bleak conditions outside.

This is one of those albums that I liked in my youth and will always hold in high regard. This came out back in '95 and I remember being blown away by it. Life of Agony were a strange band, they had a fairly unique sound with Keith Caputos distinct vocals and music that clearly had a foot in NYHC but also owed a lot to grunge and rock bands of the early 90's. I remember back then that people I knew either really liked or really disliked this band, there didn't seem to be a middle ground.

I still think Lost At 22 is a brilliant song so when I saw this on eBay I pounced on it. I have checked the Bay for this on and off over the last year or so and it doesn't seem to come up for sale that often so I'm pretty pleased with it.

The band would later have the guy out of Ugly Kid Joe sing for them and I lost all interest in the band but their first two records were great. Ironically the only time I have ever seen Life Of Agony live was minus Caputo at the first ever Ozz-fest in Milton Keynes. I don't think I even watched the whole set it was that bad.

Just standard black vinyl of course, I have no idea if it was released on any colour versions. For those that aren't familiar with Life Of Agony especially the more recent years their singer Keith Caputo In July 2011, after performing for more than twenty years as a man, announced plans to transition from male to female and is now known as Mina Caputo. This still continues to blow my mind, especially as LOA always appeared to be tough gritty Brooklyn boys

18 years on I still think this album rocks listening to it now.


  1. keith is mina now?! wow, didn't know that. i love 'river runs red' and reading through the lyrics i knew keith caputo wasn't fully balanced, but ok, if it makes him happy. never really listened to 'ugly' though. might give it a shot.

  2. Yeah I didn't know either till I was reading something about them a year or so ago and Keith was referred to as 'she'. I was like Huh?????

  3. I went to the last LOA show, found it odd it was in some festival in the Netherlands. But it was weird seeing a Mina/Keith mix on stage.

    A few years before that you could run across Keith busking in the streets of Amsterdam.