Tom Troccoli’s Dog

  • Tom Troccoli's Dog
  • Tom Troccoli's Dog (SST) 1985 
  • October Faction
  • The October Faction (SST) 1985 
  • The Second Factionalization (SST) 1986 

Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn produced and played bass for Tom Troccoli’s Dog, a trio whose low-key, Neil Youngish album (cover drawn by D. Boon) includes everything from a politely acoustic “Girl From the North Country” to occasionally anarchic meltdowns like “Suicide,” “Slow Dancing” and “Davo’s Boogie.”

Something of an SST house-party, October Faction is an occasional and meaningless Ginn self-indulgence. October Faction was recorded live in San Francisco in 1984 and features guitarist Joe Baiza, Chuck Dukowski, Troccoli and even Henry Rollins wailing away on seven tuneless songs.

The second record has much the same lineup but doesn’t bother cutting the formless guitar-rock improvisations into individual pieces. Instead, it contains only an appalling Baiza-Ginn guitar duel, “Sam,” and “Pocohontas,” which runs for 20 minutes on one side and continues for 13 more on the back.

[Ira Robbins]