- October, 2000
Automatics "Walking With The Radio On" CD
Automatics were a punk/pop band in England around 1977. This, to the best
of my knowledge, is the album that was never released. It was recorded
in London circa 1978 but it sounds just as fresh and vital as today's
recordings. The Automatics sound like a mix of the Newtown Neurotics and
the Ramones. With the exception of a few maturer tunes, this is classic
70's punk and worthy of a release. There are 14 tracks including, "When
The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again", "Stab It Back", and
"British Beat." This CD won't be easy to find since it was put
out on a subsidiary of Mangrove, but try www.theautomatics.com. (JD)
Candy Pants "S/T" CD/LP
Pants!! Oh God, what was Sympathy thinking! Maybe they want to jump on
the whole Brittany Spears bandwagon because that's what this little waif
sounds like! Whos gonna take this bitch seriously? Yeah, I guess
if you like girlie brat pop that gets right under your skin and makes
you wanna shred your ears to pieces you will just have to pick
this record up! Oh fuck Toni Basil and fuck you! (JD)
Clusterfux "S/T" LP
record is definitely for someone with a social conscience. The Clusterfux,
now thats punk, are a hardcore crust punk band with dueling "vokillz"
and fantastically tight drumming. These overly aggressive rockers are
on the battlefield and waging war with all who oppose em! So take
some initiative and check them out. Therere 11 songs including,
"Everyone Dies", "Charlie Dont Surf", and "Dot.Com."
Datsons "See!" CD
Montreal band really screams nostalgia. The Datsons stand and deliver
a trashy, soulful mixture of brit mod-punk, 60s garage, soul, and
power pop. In listening to this, I hear hints of The Whos early
R&B-stomp, The (early) Clash and The Jams late 70s mod-punk,
the stones-esque crank of Chocolate Watchband and the prettiness of the
Velvet Underground all wrapped up into one really great album. It clocks
in pretty long (13 songs in just over 45 minutes), but it never dulls
one step along the way. Easily one of the most original and interesting
records Ive heard in a long, long time. Might not tickle the fancy
of all the Blank Generation readers out there, but its surely shaping
up to be a top 5 album this year. (SA)
"Demons" " Come Burst!ng Out!" CD/LP
"Demons", thats how they spell their name, are a loud,
brazen, and punk à rock n roll group. Anybody willing to skip
work to catch the Snatchers show should look these boys up. Theyve
got a hard-on for guitar solos so be prepared to wank out! This record
is a bit pricey for only 6 tracks, but if youre heading to hell
you might as well enjoy the ride. (JD)
Diodes "Tired Of Walking Up Tired" CD
of the best re-issues of the last few years (I think it came out in 98).
The Diodes were a punk/power pop/new wave band from Toronto that spanned
from 1976 to some point in the early 80s. These guys did the whole
Undertones/Buzzcocks/Rezillos brit-pop thing. But get this; they actually
pre-date all of those bands in recorded material. It kinda makes you wonder
who really influenced whom
OK, granted The Diodes do not approach
the same levels of "amazingness" that the aforementioned bands
reached at their peek, but they are certainly one of the many forgotten
greats of their era and fans of those bands will definitely need to have
this disc. TW, it has 25 songs and spans from 1977 to 1979. Good Rockin
Dontcares "Keep Em Rolling" 7"
your hotrod gassed up cause this hunk of vinyl is gonna leave you in the
dust! The Dontcares are an extremely fast rock n roll group
and this 4-song 7" clocks in at about 7 minutes. With a little more
time and a lot more heroin the Dontcares may even be able challenge the
almighty ZEKE to their throne. (JD)
Dumbell "Skinned" 7"
certainly has been a lot of people in this band, six total. Basically
these boys sound exactly like the Candy Snatchers, exactly. Dumbell plays
punk rock n roll with boisterous and inexhaustible guitar
strummin merged with violent screams of damnation. So yeah, its
pretty rockin shit. There are four songs including, "TV Set"
and "Evil." (JD)
Evolutions "Hail Fucked Up R&B!" 7"
who is fuckin cool knows about the Evolutions! These cats are ornery
little bastards with souls as black as coal. This time the Evolutions
get the royal treatment by Yakisakana Records in France. I hope the smooth
mat finish and colored paper doesnt go to their heads. If you think
you know a thing or two about garage punk get this 7" and prepare
to be schooled! Ok Roy, enough with the 45s, I wanna hear a long player!
Exploders "Electric Power" 7"
Rip Off Records has another potential hit on their hands. The Exploders
are an amazing punk outfit with a Damned and Stallions (NYC) direction.
They keep it short and sweet with kick ass guitars and heavy hitting bass
lines. Who knew Canada could rock this much! An apparent keeper! (JD)
Firestarter "S/T" CD/LP
Firestarter album has just been released in Japan and I already have copy!
Arigato Masao, for all your help! Now, most of you should know by now
that Firestarter features Fink, Fifi, and Sammy of Teengenerate and Jimbo
of the Titans. Firestarter performs radiant power pop with a shot of late
70s punk. The beats are very infectious and revved up for rock n
roll! If you listen to a lot of Big Star and The Beat you will fall in
love with Firestarter. There are 14 tracks including, "Youre
Too Late", "Bop All Away", and "Majors Are Lesser."
This should be easier to find than the now out of print "S/T"
7" on Target Earth; it has all of Firestaters songs off of
that record anyway. Happy hunting! (JD)
Forgotten "Keep The Corpses Quiet" CD/LP
havent been interested in these dudes since the 1st 7".
What the fuck could they possibly do that's better than their TKO single?
Well, listening to this record it appears nothing. Again the Forgotten
continue to disappoint me with their pallid performance and lack of enthusiasm
toward punk rock. Its as if they said, "lets drop this
Rancid thing that was doing so well for us before and be like every other
82 UK punk band." Fuck this shit, the kids will resist, they
Hellride "Shitfaced and Pissed Off" 7"
who just cant get enough of that Glucifer/ZEKE sound-age will want
to check out this rock/punk/metal group. This is the type of band that
I would love to see in a dingy bar with an ice-cold beer. I dont
know about this 2 songer, but an album would be good. (JD)
Kamikazes "All-Night Cram Session" 7"
came out last year, but I thought Id review it anyway since their
new 7 incher on Alien Snatch is getting good feedback
originally came out, I sorta dismissed it as your typical Montreal 70s
rock n roll revival disc (there are quite a few bands from around
here doing this sorta stuff, like Tricky Woo, Demolition and Smash Up
Derby to name a few), but to be honest with you, this is a whole lot better
than I originally thought it was. They borrow heavily from the Devil Dogs
on here (as opposed to their recent, more power-pop influenced stuff),
but mix it up with the overdrive buzz-saw guitar sound and snotty vocals
of The Brides and come out sounding a whole lot better than most bands
in the genre today. 4 cool songs on red vinyl, so check it out. (SA)
Les Viperes/Sux Evulsors "Split" 7"
vous francais? Oui! Les Viperes are akin to the likes of the TV Killers
and Killer Klown. They like the guitars cranked up really high for maximum
excitement. Les Viperes are a garage punk band that appreciates a good
party! Now Sux Evulsors are another story all together. This cantankerous
lot has all the energy and hate of a well-known Texas band called the
Motards. Yeah, if the Motards ever had a little brat this is what theyd
sound like. There are only 500 of these bad boys so act now, and dont
whine to me about finding a copy later, cause you aint getting mine!
Go to undergroundmedicine.com and maybe, just maybe Jim'll get you a copy.
Lightning Beat-Man "Apartment Wrestling" 7"
One Man Band! Wow, the first thing I really liked about this record is
the fabulous packaging! Its a fuckin pop-out 7" sleeve
for cryin out loud! That is very cool, however, musically this record
is nothing more than a novelty. Therere 8 songs including, "Fuck
You" and "Let Me Fuck Your Butt." (JD)
Maggots "Apeman 2000" 7"
Yeah! Thanks to Bad Afro Ive caught wind of this magnificent band!
Like I said before, anyone into the Makers will totally adore this group!
The Maggots are just fuckin outstanding garage punk! I command you
to get all of their records! (JD)
Mud City Manglers "Heart Full of Hate" CD
Zeke Rock. Yeah, the heavy punk n roll can be a bit tiresome
at times. The MCMs dont really do anything wrong, but I cant
hear anything that sets them apart from the rest of those Sweds; wait
a minute, theyre from Pittsburgh! Yeah, thatll do. (JD)
Onyas "Admission of a Lifestyle" 7"
Onyas are a hard punk n roll oufit that never really thrilled
my ears. I dont know, this record aint too bad. Its
got a lot of grit and spirit, but I cant interpret what they are
trying to say to me. Youll have to give it a listen to see if they
make you bounce. (JD)
Peeps "Talk of the Neighborhood" 7"
Peeps are a total Bobbyteens rip off! Now thats not exactly a bad
thing. Anyone into girlie garage with tons of attitude and boys on the
brain will have to check these kittens out. (JD)
Psychotic Reaction "S/T" CD
boys are an accelerated, rude, good old 80s styled punk rock band.
Think early Nobodys, but with more balls. I am especially fond of the
DIY recording and pressing for this CDR. Psychotic Reaction is an angst-ridden
group for the media generation. There are 12 tracks including, "I
Hate You", "Secret Sam", and "I Shot Bambis
Rabby Feeder "Disposable Zeros of Rock" CD
had my doubts about this band with the bizarre cover art for their CD,
but fuck if I aint an asshole. These boys fuckin rock! I might
be going out on a limb here but just bear with me alright? Do you like
the Zero Boys? I should hope so. Ok, now think of their more poppy tunes
like, "Civilizations Dying" and "Trying Harder." Ok,
combine those snot-nosed punk songs with the fantastic song writing ability
of those Boston rockers the Johnnies! Its an odd combo I know, but
lend an ear to these rock n rollers for sweet satisfaction.
Red Planet "Revolution 33" CD/LP
of the main qualities I look for in a pop record is, does it interest
me? Red Planet give it their all on this record, that I know. There is
a heavy drawing from bands like the Cars and the Real Kids. However, after
all of Red Planets effort, they still cant
enliven me with
most of their songs. This modern version of power pop doesnt win
me over with its ultra slick production and computer enhanced sounds.
If you are a follower of sappy pop like the Yum Yums youll probably
like this shit, wussy. (JD)
Secrets "Teenage Rampage" CD/LP
total waste of space on the re-release rack. The Secrets were a Toronto
based punk side-project of Diodes and Viletones members in the late 70s,
early 80s. Believe me when I say that the Secrets fucking sucked, because
this is a very tempting album to buy. The really, really, really cool
cover art of this thing makes it look like the band is gonna be a hybrid
of The Dead Boys and The Devil Dogs or something
I figure the folks
at Other Peoples Music already tapped the re-release well pretty
dry with their amazing Teenage Head and Forgotten Rebels re-issues, so
they slapped some basement demos, live recordings and shitty piss-takes
on rock classics together at the last minute and tried to sell it on the
merits of its album cover. We saw the same thing earlier this year with
that Frustrators 10" on Adeline and were bound to see it plenty
more in the future, so the moral of this review is NEVER FUCKING EVER
TRUST AN ALBUM TO BE GOOD BASED ON ITS COVER ART. (SA)
Sellouts "Black Eye" 7"
arent these guys on Rip Off Records yet?! They are twice as snotty
and three times as loud. These Brazilian kids rock n roll
harder than 90% of the "punk bands" out there these days! You
people should know the score by now, if the Infections were on coke this
is how theyd sound. Man Greg is a tool! Sign 'em already! (JD)
Short Fuses "Beneath the City of the Guitar Vixens" 7"
the term ass-kickin mean anything to you? The Short Fuses are one
fired up rock n roll group. There are heavy guitars rockin,
really good vocals, and catchy fuckin tunes flyin' all over this
45! The blown-out female vox are what do it for me. She sounds like Larry
May, but as a chick! (JD)
Trash Brats "Rocket To Heaven" 7"
have to say this is the nicest looking sleeve art Ive ever seen.
King VelVeeda must have spent a lot of time working on this design, and
it shows. Now beauty is only skin deep, and these dolls are gonna show
you theyre more than just a pretty face. Thee Trash Brats are a
rock n roll scourge thatll blowout your eardrum. This
high-powered rock n roll with glitzy pianos and over the top
vocals will shimmy & shake the dead. If youre looking for class
youve walked down the wrong alley, honey. If youre looking
for a cheap thrill, pay the man, and take her home for a spin. (JD)
V/A "Gearfest!" CD
here, "100% LIVE SCANDINAVIAN ROCK N ROLL!" Fuck
Yeeah! This Gearhead comp serves up an unhealthy dose of 60s rnr
and punk rock n roll, all of which were very well recorded
in Sweden two years ago. Some of the better rock acts are as follows:
The Strollers, Turpentines, Backyard Babies, Nomads, and the Hellacopters.
Therere 16 tracks in all, with one or two songs from each group.
If you wanted to know more about the Eastern Europe Rock that's sweeping
the nation, look no further. (JD)
V/A "Nightmares From The Underworld" 2xCD
is a double CD re-issue of the original "Nightmares From The Underworld"
comps volumes 1 and 2, a collection of Canadian 60s garage songs
that was put out some time in the late 80s. The first CD starts
off scorching. The first 10 or 11 songs in a row (among the batch, songs
by M.G. & The Escorts, The Power Of Beckett, The Munks, The Bohemians
and The King Beez) fucking rock. Very good sneering guitar stuff that
wouldnt look outta place on one of Crypts many 60s comps.
However, with the exception of 3 or 4 tunes, the remaining tracks out
of the 20 in total are boring snoozer 60s pop songs that sound out
of place. The sound quality is varying, but overall, pretty decent. The
second CD has the same problem as the first, just over half of the songs
are great (though not quite as great as the first CD) and the other half
suck. The only difference here is that the good tracks are spread out
among the duds and the sound quality is much worse (comparable to a later
Pebbles comp in terms of sound quality). Overall, it ranks pretty well
in comparison to most of the 60s garage comps available today &
you do get a whole lot of great songs, but its expensive and youd
be better off buying a "Back From The Grave" or "Teenage
Shutdown" comp if your just getting into the stuff. (SA)
V/A "Punch Drunk II" CD
2 in the TKO comps. You see this is what I like about TKO. They release
an awfully cheap comp thats chalk full of new street punk and oi
bands. While some of these groups are a little too tough for me, the good
out shines the bad with bands like the Reducers SF, Dropkick Murphys,
Beltones, Those Unknown, Thug Murder, and Cock Sparrer. A lot of the songs
on this CD have yet to be released, so get going. (JD)
Vice Principals "After School With " CD/LP
spin-off band that doesnt cut the mustard. The Vice Principals are
the new band of ex-Humpers Scott "Deluxe" Drake and Billy Burks.
As expected, they sound a lot like the Humpers, but unlike the great aforementioned
punk rock n roll band, the Vice Principals lack the bite and
the soul to pull off anything good. Basically, this is your average "two
ex-band mates getting together and recording a bunch of tunes in the studio
in an attempt to revive the glory days of their old band" type deal
and a mediocre one at that. Its not that the songs suck; they sound
like songs that were probably on the cutting-room floor of the last Humpers
record. But when these songs are played so effortlessly with no emotion
whatsoever, it spoils any chance of it being a successful record. And
the cover of the Dave Clark Fives "Glad All Over" (yeah,
the one the Rezillos covered) is just fucking godawful. Oh well, at least
the Devil Dogs and Teengenerate spin-offs have been cool. (SA)
Andre Williams "Whip the Booty" 7"
could you not love this record with a title like "Whip the Booty"?
Andre Williams and his band, the Countdowns (hint, hint), play
garage in the truest sense of the word. These boys get down with their
bad selves. For a collector of great rock n roll this is a
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