Intended to be released before the Make-Up
's final studio album, Save Yourself
, but inexplicably misplaced for years, Untouchable Sound -- Live!
actually makes more sense as the band's swan song. After all, their incendiary debut album, Destination: Love
, was recorded in concert, and as good as their studio albums were, nothing beat seeing the band live -- preferably in the tiniest, seediest hole-in-the-wall club possible, much like Washington, D.C.'s the Black Cat, where this concert took place. Untouchable Sound -- Live!
's recording is of significantly better quality than Destination: Love
, but since it's the Make-Up
, it's the farthest thing from polished. Capturing the band in its final lineup with guitarist Alex Minoff
, the set includes classic Make-Up
tracks like "They Live by Night," Save Yourself
tracks like "I Am the Pentagon" and "White Belts," singles like "Born on the Floor" and "Every Baby Cries the Same" -- and, of course, lots of breathless testifying in between songs from Ian Svenonius
. Although Save Yourself
was the band's most subdued album, all of the songs from it sizzle here, while "Hey! Orpheus" and a slow-burning rendition of "Wade in the Water" bring the furious live energy that the band made its reputation on. Untouchable Sound -- Live!
is a great audio snapshot of one of the '90s' most exciting underground rock bands in its element.