Bulldozer (EP)

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EP by Big Black
Released 1983
Recorded 1983
Genre Noise punk, post-hardcore
Length 15:36
Label Ruthless, Touch and Go
Producer Iain Burgess
Big Black chronology
Steel Sleeve from first 200 copies
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Bulldozer is the second EP by Chicago post-hardcore band Big Black, released in 1983. It was their first release to feature an actual band performing, including Pat Byrne from Urge Overkill playing drums on some of the songs. On Bulldozer, Big Black's founder and frontman Steve Albini achieved a signature "clanky" sound with his guitar by using metal guitar picks notched with sheet metal clips, creating the effect of two guitar picks at once. The Bulldozer EP was recorded with engineer Iain Burgess and released in December 1983, with the first two hundred copies packaged in a galvanized sheet metal sleeve in homage to Public Image Ltd.'s Metal Box.[3][4] Many of the EP's lyrics depicted scenarios drawn from Albini's midwest upbringing, such as "Cables", which described the slaughtering of cows at a Montana abattoir, and "Pigeon Kill", about a rural Indiana town that dealt with an overpopulation of pigeons by feeding them poisoned corn.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cables" - 2:40
  2. "Pigeon Kill" - 1:47
  3. "I'm a Mess" - 1:56
  4. "Texas" - 4:02
  5. "Seth" - 3:32
  6. "Jump the Climb" - 2:59



  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "allmusic ((( Bulldozer > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Big Black". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 69, cited March 17, 2010
  3. ^ Deming, Mark. "Big Black Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Big Black: Info". Touch and Go Records. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  5. ^ Azerrad, Michael (2001). Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981–1991. New York: Little, Brown and Company. p. 314. ISBN 0-316-78753-1.