Roman Gods (album)

Roman Gods is the first album by The Fleshtones. The album was produced by Richard Mazda and largely recorded at Skyline Studios in New York City in June 1981, with the exception of one track ("The World Has Changed"), which was recorded at RKO Studios in London in February 1981. The record sleeve was designed by lead singer Peter Zaremba.

Roman Gods
The Fleshtones - Roman Gods.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 7, 1982
RecordedSkyline Studios NYC, June 1981 (except "The World Has Changed", RKO Studios, London, February 1981)
GenrePunk rock, garage rock
Length34:00
LabelIRS
ProducerRichard Mazda
The Fleshtones chronology
Up-Front EP
(1980)
Roman Gods
(1982)
Hexbreaker!
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Record Mirror4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits8/10[5]

Trouser Press called Roman Gods a "big leap forward" from the band's debut EP Up-Front, noting that it adds "new personality and passion to the beat".[6]

The song "Shadow-line (to J. Conrad)" was performed by The Fleshtones in the concert film Urgh! A Music War.

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Dreg (Fleshtone-77)"Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba3:17
2."I've Gotta Change My Life"Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba2:32
3."Stop Fooling Around!"Peter Zaremba4:06
4."Hope Come Back"Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba2:25
5."The World Has Changed"Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba3:10
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."R-I-G-H-T-S"Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba2:32
2."Let's See the Sun"Peter Zaremba2:40
3."Shadow-line (to J. Conrad)"Keith Streng, Peter Zaremba3:13
4."Chinese Kitchen"Keith Streng, Gordon Spaeth2:12
5."Ride Your Pony"N. Neville3:21
6."Roman Gods"The Fleshtones4:40

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Position
1982 The Billboard 200 174

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Roman Gods/Ride Your Pony" Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Roman Gods – The Fleshtones". AllMusic. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1990). "Fleshtones: Roman Gods". Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s. Pantheon Books. ISBN 0-679-73015-X. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  3. ^ de Whalley, Chas (May 15, 1982). "The Fleshtones: Roman Gods". Record Mirror. p. 18.
  4. ^ Carson, Tom (April 29, 1982). "The Fleshtones: Roman Gods". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Black, Johnny (March 4–17, 1982). "Fleshtones: Roman Gods". Smash Hits. Vol. 4 no. 5. p. 29.
  6. ^ Young, Jon; Robbins, Ira. "Fleshtones". Trouser Press. Retrieved November 30, 2020.