Flotsam & Jetsam


No Place For Disgrace

Flotsam & Jetsam - No Place For Disgrace ©1988 Elektra
1. No Place For Disgrace
2. Dreams Of Death
3. N.E. Terror
4. Escape From Within
5. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
6. Hard On You
7. I Live You Die
8. Misguided Fortune
9. P.A.A.B.
10. The Jones

Flotsam & Jetsam is probably best known as the band who donated bassist Jason Newsted to Voivod (although it took him some time to actually join his heroes). However, his former band didn't skip a beat without their former bassist and recruited Troy Gregory, whom they eventually donated to Prong. Prong has presumably since donated Gregory to science.

Flotsam & Jetsam was in prime position in 1988 to get on board the thrash boat that was sailing fast through open waters. They had gained some attention with Newsted's defection and found themselves on a major label for their second release. Unfortunately, Flotsam & Jetsam had the utter misfortunate of being a very fairly uninteresting second tier thrash band, one of the many that the major labels rushed out to sign in the frenzy in the mid to late 80s. They didn't lack for chops as No Place for Disgrace is a well performed record. It just lacks many great songs. The album had plenty of the typical elements of thrash as well as a vocalist who could hit incredibly shrill, high notes that were sure to drive the kennel barking mad. But even when this album came out in 1988 (when I was a veritable thrash metal fiend who loved just about everything I could get my hands on), Flotsam & Jetsam came across as barely adequate as best. The album's opening title track was a teaser as it is by far the strongest tune on the record (followed up by a completely ripping cover of Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting") and the rest of the album flies by without nary a bit of great songwriting.

For the remainder of their career, Flotsam & Jetsam has lingered, putting out albums every couple of years or so. As No Place for Disgrace shows, the band was obviously hardworking and trying very hard to impress, but they simply didn't have what it took to penetrate the next level.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2003

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