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Godz, The - 1979 Nothing Is Sacred

ARTIST: Godz, The
ALBUM: Nothing Is Sacred
LABEL: RCA, Casablanca
SERIAL: XL 13072, NBLP7134
YEAR: 1979


LINEUP: Eric Moore - vocals, bass * Bob Hill - guitar, keyboards, vocals * Mark Chatfield - guitars, vocals * Glen Cataline - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gotta Muv * 02 Festyvul Season * 03 Rock Yer Sox Auf * 04 I'll Bi Yer Luv * 05 Luv Kage * 06 He's A Fool * 07 714 * 08 Hey Mama * 09 Snakin' * 10 I Don't Wanna Go Home


We have a few Godz supporters here at GDM. Their 1978 debut is a classic in its own right, and deservedly got a Rock Candy reissue not long ago. I don't think the same plaudits will be flowing for this their second effort 'Nothing Is Sacred'. I'm not really quite sure what happened between 1978 and 1979, but whatever went down, it surely affected the quality of the resulting record. I would have to say that 'Nothing Is Sacred' would rate as one of the worst follow-up records in all of hard rock. If anyone can think of anything worse, please feel free to drop me a line.

The Songs
I'm not sure what to make of the opener 'Gotta Muv', which sounds like something out of the Sha Na Na back catalogue. Oh dear. Not what I was expected. The funtime rollicking continues on 'Festyvul Seasun', a boogie oriented tune that eeks out some raucous solos. Sort of like a white boys version of Chuck Berry. 'Rock Yer Sox Auf' sounds a bit like some alleycat hard rock mixed with some hound dog blues. 'I'll Be Yer Luv' has a slight Rolling Stones vibe, or perhaps The Hounds. What the heck a synth solo is doing in the middle of this song I'll be buggered if I know. 'Luv Kage' is some stomping hard rock more akin with this bands reputation. The stomping backbeat is prevalent all the way through. 'He's A Fool' is annoyingly simple with the female backing vocals to add some class (or sleaze, whichever way you look at it). The guitars rough up for '714', a sort of heavy handed sound, same too with the vocals, caught somewhere between Ramjam and BTO. I like the boogie of 'Hey Mama' while the rolling drums and swampy rock of 'Snakin' are the sort of thing easily found south of the Mason/Dixon line. The Godz plod through a 'sort-of' ballad called 'I Don't Wanna Go Home', and come to think of it after listening to this, I DO wanna go home and hide my head.

In Summary
Putting it mildly, 'Nothing Is Sacred' is a pretty poor follow-up to the self-titled debut. Apart from one or two boogie tunes, the album falls flat on its face. It's like a different band altogether. Best to kick this into touch and move on to the rest of their discography. Err yeah.. err hmmm..

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#1 | reyno-roxx on April 29 2013 19:22:33
The reason for why this album turned out the way it did is referenced in the great liner notes by Steve E. Ojane for the CD release 'Eric Moore And The Godz: Twenty-Five Moore Years.

The Millennium label folded in 1979 and Casablanca picked up The Godz to fulfill a contractual obligation but had no real interest in them.

Don Brewer was supposed to produce the second record. Eric Moore states that Brewer did start the second album but "we lost him three days into the deal". Moore was given responsibility for producing the record but admits that he's not a producer. "All I know is straight ahead rock'n'roll, so we made it straight ahead rock'n'roll".

To make matters worse, Eric was laid up after a bad motorcycle accident which caused a good deal of delay and loss of momentum too.
#2 | Eric on April 29 2013 22:58:37
Like the debut, never 'got' The Godz ham-fisted/ biker/ bar band hard rock and this album was even worse. My god what a disaster.
#3 | Nick C on April 30 2013 14:41:44
I was mega let down by this and initially sold it - but ended up rebuying it cheap at a record fair later. As the years have gone on I don't dislike it as much as I did when I first heard it - Luv Kage and 714 still shine and I don't mind Gotta Muv, Festyvul Season and Roc Yer Sox Auf. In all honesty I can listen to the album from start to end these days but this would be the last Godz album I would ever recommend to anyone wanting to know what the band is about.
#4 | sabace on April 30 2013 15:12:06
I have to say I love this lp - the production ain't great but the lp is full of great rock n roll!these songs really come alive in the live setting . this always reminds me of KISS ' dressed to kill lp - great songs poor production! as for the other releases by the band mongolians is as good a hard rock lp as anything by aerosmith
#5 | tompa on April 30 2013 17:53:51
With the exception of the wonderful "Under The Table", I don't hear anything special on the first album and, in the words of Eric, this is even worse.
#6 | rkbluez on May 01 2013 11:16:31
I agree with Eric and Tommy here...I did this one from vinyl because of all the hype...and wasn't to be honest there were so many better bands IMO operating around this period who were much better but get no recognition on CD reissue.
#7 | gdazegod on May 01 2013 12:24:44
'Under The Table', 'Cross Country' and 'Candy's Going Bad' are all exceptional from the first album.
#8 | gdazegod on May 01 2013 12:25:19
Sabace, that must've been you that voted this a 9.. lol!
#9 | sabace on May 01 2013 13:27:05
I thought 10/10 might have been pushing it!
#10 | rostoned on May 10 2013 14:30:24
I agree with G. this was a really awful follow up to a mega classic. thumbs down
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