- January, 2001
A-Bombs "Low Life Achievement" CD
another Swedish rock band drawing on the '70's Detroit proto-punk/hard
rock sound, and while I've never really been too heavily into the likes
of THE HELLACOPTERS and GLUECIFER (don't even get me started on the BACKYARD
friggin BABIES...), this has me hooked. The vocals are well delivered,
striking a nice balance between the "rock voice" that never
fails to turn me off and a rougher garagey sneer, and the rhythm section
is nice and crunchy but still moves along quickly and without unnecessary
frills. The real highpoint is the excellent lead playing, which channels
the Sonic Smith/Deniz Tek influence much more effectively than the usual
knockoffs, with a style far more fluid and natural than the first couple
HELLACOPTERS records (which seem to be the benchmark of this genre), to
the extent of blatantly copping a Mark Knoppfler lick on one track. Other
songs invoke the DEAD BOYS (one chorus in particular sounds like a "High
Tension Wire" rip to me) and early AC/DC, but these are hardly comparisons
to be embarrassed by; one accepts this music as being derivative and the
A-BOMBS arrange the requisite devices to highly satisfactory results.
Aerobitch "Are You Ready?" 7"
are an ultra fast, heavy shot of punk rock n roll! The vocalist,
Laura Bitch, is fuckin hardcore baby! If you like your punk with
a dose of speed and attitude you should look for these cats. However,
their Zero Boys cover should have a helluva lot more intensity than what
they put into it. Overall not a bad 7" though. (JD)
Black Jax "S/T" CD
Black Jax are a punk band outta California circa the mid 80s. The
band members cite some of their influences as the Ramones, Toy Dolls,
Weirdos, and the Business. All of these groups are accurate descriptions
of the Black Jax. Plus all of their tunes are catchy, melodic, and fun,
particularly the small guitar solos. The sound quality is a little stale,
but not dreadful. And what I find even more interesting is the fact that
a newer band called the Teenage Knockouts has a sound almost identical
to the Black Jax, curiouser and curiouser
Collector geeks should
take note. (JD)
B Movie Rats "Bad For You" CD/LP
Rats are back! This has to be the best shit Ive heard from
these punk rock n rollers since, like, forever! Derek Christensens
vocals just drill through song after song with tremendous power and vitality.
The guitars and bass are soooo thick and juicy its like porterhouse
steak! If youre familiar with the whole Junk sound you should know
what youd be in for. I say, "God Damn! This is some Rock N
Fuckin Roll!!!" Now is the time to start a
N Roll Revolution!"(JD)
Bombshell Rocks "City Rats & Alley Cats" CD/LP
you wannabe Rancid anymore? Its like Im fuckin listenin
to an album between Lets Go and Out Come the Wolves.
I mean, they bite the sound fairly well. Theyre guitar chords are
catchy and the vocalist mustve smoked a few packs of cigarettes
to get that raspy voice. And Rancid bit The Clashs sound, so I guess
they couldnt complain. So if youre a Rancid fan you cant
complain either. (JD)
Daylight Lovers "S/T" CD/LP
garage band from Montreal thats ended up on Sympathy. The Daylight
Lovers feature two members of late (and great) Irritations, who also happen
to be the rhythm section of Les Sexareenos. Theyve actually been
around over three years now, but havent put anything out besides
two singles and a few songs on that Sultan comp, so this is their "debut"
album. All 16 songs here are really good, with a few big standouts ("Thats
How Many Girls" and "Ten Cents Cheaper" among them), but
even if this is way better recorded than their other stuff, the production
here seems a little flat. It was recorded at the same place that Les Sexareenos
recorded their album at in Detroit, but it feels quite a bit less lively
than the aforementioned album. They sound like the "Montreal garage
sound" (ya know what I mean if youve heard The Spaceshits,
Tricky Woo, The Irritations or The Kamikazes) with a dash of The Real
Kids, and they rock. But I think these guys shoulda spent a little more
time in the studio, because this doesnt jump out at you and shake
the piss outta ya like it should (like they do live on a regular
basis). Its still a pretty damn good record and worth seeking out,
but I cant help feeling that it coulda been a classic had they twisted
a couple more knobs or something to make this spring out at you more.
Dickies "The Incredible Shrinking Dickies" CD
about fuckin time this album got re-released. Classic 1979 debut
from the American Rezillos. I spent years looking for this album after
I heard it being played on a college radio show many moons ago. Now, its
been re-released twice in the same fuckin year (the other one being
a rather expensive bootleg CD-R with early 45s). What you get here
is the quite "incredible" original 13-song album copped with
5 bonus tracks. The Dickies were a lot less poppy and more driven in a
"Rocket To Russia crossed with New Wave"-kinda way in those
days, so this is an absolute must for anyone, even if ya dont
like their newer stuff. Is it just me, or has pretty much EVERYTHING been
re-released in the last two years? Quite the coup, I must say, for Captain
Oi to get to re-issue this and The Saints "Eternally Yours"
in consecutive years (even though you cant help but notice how out
of place the two look with the rest of their catalog). (SA)
Donnas "Turn 21" CD/LP
Donnas are a marketing ploy. Four young girls with guitars and tight clothes..
Looks are only gonna take you so far, you know. Your music is what I care
about, or cared about. Saying theyre a wannabe AC/DC is too good
for these rejects. This fucking music sucks! Its pathetic! If you
want rock n roll, rock n fuckin roll, pick
up a Turbonegro record, or an early Humpers record, anything. But for
god's sake do not buy this waste of plastic. (JD)
First Alert "On Secret Mission" CD/12"
To Go Now? I believe this is First Alerts only release for 2000.
If you liked their full-length Thrills and Spills of 48 Hours and
their last single "Trade the Life" youll probably like
their latest release too. They continue with the mod vibrancy, but have
really tightened up and musically they blow just about every band Ive
heard away. Hiroyukis bass lines are just flawless on this CD. Songs
like "Theres No Tomorrow" and "Parade Ground"
are the standouts of the four tracks on the CD. I just hope this is just
a teaser for a much anticipated 2nd album. (JD)
Hellacopters/Flaming Sideburns 10"/CD
wrote off the Hellacopters a long time ago when I heard them on some comp,
dont ask me to recall which one. Then I heard a great tune of theirs
on my friends radio show and got very confused. I mean, that monster
ballad shit just plain sucks! I like what the Hellacopters fire out on
this disc, just good old 70s rock n roll, with plenty
on drinks to go around. Of course if you turn these Smokey Robinson tunes
into ballads Ill hunt you down and slit your fucking throat! "Whole
Lot of Shakin In My Heart (Since I Met You)", "Get Ready",
good shit! Their last tune, "Ungrounded Confusion" is another
cover, originally by The Flaming Sideburns who just happen to be on the
flipside of this disc. These boys have gotten a lot better since I last
heard em. The soulful pianos and smooth organs really rub me the
right way and its all rock n roll from here on baby.
The FBs kick it with two of their own, "Emotional Son"
and "Shake-In", and The Hellacopters song "Psyched
Out and Furious." Bad Afro Records knows what you bitches want so
get on it sucka! (JD)
Hellbenders/Safety Pins "Split" CD/LP
The Hellbenders fuckin rock! This CD features their best work yet! Every one excites your nerves and fuels your aggression! The Hellbenders are a symphony of vulgar fuckin punk rock n roll! Theyve add all these hooks and even more guitar solos, I love the guitar solos! "Glitter and Shit", "The More I Drink (The Better You Look)", if you dont get the Hellbenders you dont get rock n roll! Now, lets get sweaty!
continue to bore me. I think its the vocals, they
sound like a bear, a boring bear. I preferred the vocals on their Munster
records. They were equivalent to someone screaming down a tunnel in the
dead of night. And yet Dead Beat manages to stick a track on this record
that perks up my attention, a track called "Heartbeat." The
periodic keyboards and guitars are like a steel drill in your ear. You
want to take it out, but it feels kinda good. The song reminds me of a
dark night in October, right before Halloween, when all the trees have
lost their leaves
Insomniacs "Get Something Going" CD/LP
Heres a new Insomniacs! I like these boys, but the slick production
has gotta go. Their sound has a 60s mod/rock n roll
feel with a lot of great hooks, but the production sounds too clean. I
like a little tape hiss, a little muck. I like my rock n roll
to sound as if it was recorded out of a dumpster! If youre a monster
Insomniacs fan definitely get this. Everyone else, give it a listen at
the record store and decide for yourselves. Therere 13 songs including,
"Funkensteen", a kick ass cover of "Thats Alright",
and "Anywhere in the World." (JD)
Jed Whitey "Alrighty..." 2X7"
from distant Perth, Australia, JED WHITEY debut here with a solid set
of five tough, driving heavy rock rumblers distributed over four red vinyl
sides. The sound is a rhythmic shuffle, powered by a huge bass and played
significantly faster than other bands mining similar territory, but remaining
impressively catchy for such powerful material. This record, self-released
by the band and limited to 500 numbered copies, is well worth tracking
down. That said, their new 12" takes the KYUSS/BLACK FLAG damage
and plays it faster and heavier yet, easily pushing it into the 'mandatory'
category for fans of the genre and ensuring that JED WHITEY is a name
that we can all expect to be hearing much more of in the near future.
Les Séquelles "Il marrive souvent de penser à toi" 7"
60s garage revival from Montreal. While what Les Séquelles play
here is far from earth shatteringly original, they sound as authentic
to the real deal as you can get in this day n age. This is a very
live sounding recording, especially present in the crispness of the drums,
the loud clarity of the guitars and bass and the echoing wail of the male
and female vocal leads - or, in other words, they capture the 60s
sound & feel without sounding like a third rate Billy Childish or
Chesterfield Kings rip off. I really like how they subtly use the fuzzbox
in a couple of their tunes (instead of going for the fuzz overkill like
many so-called "revivalists") and the two yéyé influenced 60s
French tunes here sound at least as good as April March does (if not a
little less close to the source inspiration). A very good single with
4 songs here (2 of which, at least, are covers) on blue vinyl that are
definitely worth checking out. (SA)
Mooney Suzuki "People Get Ready" CD/LP
boys are almost there
They are so close to becoming one of the greats.
So whats stopping them? Well, they made a crucial mistake in the
"record biz"; they put out a "half-ass record." Now
I dont mean that in a snide or arrogant way. Their song "Oh
No" has to be the best rock n roll songs Ive heard
all year, maybe in two years! Its is so good that it could match
the likes of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, all those bands from 60s
Britain. "Oh No" is a hit. And almost every other song on the
record can not match its excellence. You could buy this record and be
perfectly content. But for me, I could copy two or three songs off the
CD and not think twice about listening to the rest of album. (JD)
Mushuganas: "Including American Heartbreak 98" CD
The fact that Im neither a resident of the greater Chicagoland area nor familiar with the rest of the Mushuganas work makes me the ideal person for reviewing this record. Ideal because I wont be able to play that stupid fucking game of punk rock jingoism that so many take part in these days; also ideal because I wont have to piss and moan about the fact that this record may or may not sound like the last full-length they put out. Hell, this CD can pretty much stand on its own anyway.
The first thing that I actually noticed about this CD is the lead singers vocals. Theyre probably the most Lemmy-like vocals Ive heard that dont suggest any kind of copycat imitation, which is a good thing. Craigs voice seems to work with the straight-no-chaser thick guitar sound and pounding, thumping percussion section that youd expect from any rock n roll band--cause thats what these guys are, for better of for worse--in way that kinda says, "Hey, these guys know what the hell theyre doing."
Motorhead-isms dont stop there. No, there doesnt seem to be
a double bass drum present on the whole CD, and Im not really sure
if Craig has any Cocoa Puffs glued to his face, but the similarities are
there, pal. Here you have guitar, bass, drums, and the willingness to
just forego all of the rock posturing bullshit in favor of just fucking
playing good music. You got songs like "Shoulda Seen it Coming"
that tell you right from the start that they mean business. You got songs
like "The Deacon" that hook you by your fucking neck when they
tell you about the girl who needed to "Rise up! Rise up!" You
got songs like "Anytime" that are, well, pretty good. Is this
CD essential? No, but its not bad. Should you buy it? Hell, I dont
know, do you like rock music? (EL)
Numbers "Music Design" 10"
sort of a cross between the Stitches and the Humpers. They
certainly give it their all in a mix of blood, rock and alcohol. I cant
say Im blown over by their songs, its more a feeling you get
when you listen to it. Its energy punk. It makes you want to go
out and do something rather than sit in your room and be a vegetable.
Get off the computer and go out for a change. (JD)
Oxymoron "The Singles" CD
group is one of the best punk bands of the 90s, hands fucking down.
If youre looking for a 70s UK punk sound with modernized lyrics
for our times you have to look up Oxymoron. This here CD contains all
theyre early singles, before the not so good Westworld album.
There is also a 10-page booklet detailing Oxymorons history. "Dead
End Generation", "Beware, Poisonous", "Crisis Identity",
theyre all here with enhanced digital quality. This CD is very significant
since all their 45s are way out of print. (JD)
Radio Shanghai "Huv I the Right?" 7"
more phenomenal 45 by one of the finest bands Ive heard this year!
Radio Shanghai continues in their new wave/79 punk sound, but this
time theyve added a bit of a twist to their tunes. Both, "Huv
I the Right?" and "Artificial Work" have been modified
with small special effects that only assist the catchy melodies in their
songs. This record is first choice for 7" of the year. Play At Your
Raincoats "S/T" CD
I am Shawn Abnoxious. I am part of the Blank Generation. Im going to get on the level with you all on this one. Im still basically new around these parts. Im a flake. NOT a fake, a FLAKE. Im weird. Im strange. I admit and forewarn. Here I sit, doing this review when The Blank Generation web site is "on vacation"... I mean what the fuck? Mr. Domino nearly breaks his fucking wrist bowling BUT he can still find time to venture abroad and drink martinis on the French Rivera? "Vacation" Yeah, right...
Anyway, like I said, Im going to level with you all about this release. Its a bootleg. Well, not even really a bootleg. Its a pirated piece of music. A 'Pirate Disc' if you will. A friend of a friend told a friend that a friend had this CD they bought from a LEGITIMATE record store so this friend went to another friends house and burnt me a copy of this on his COMPACT DISC BURNER; and even went the extra mile and scanned the cover to put in a CD case AS IF I was getting a LEGITIMATE compact disc. Fuck yeah! Year 2K1 and Im having some fun! FUCK THE NEW MILLENIUM. Fuck you Metallica. Fuck your lil' Napster battle. Fuck your band too. "Speed Metal!" Who gives a fuck anyway? "One" was your coolest attempt at making something worthwhile and thats just because of the video... Target spotted [music industry] FIRE TORPEDOS! BLAM!!!! "Sir, we hit the vessel on the port side and did about $15 dollars worth of damage" "Excellent Ensign, bring the sub around to a heading of 45 degrees and dive! Dive!! DIVE!!!!"
I dont know much about the Raincoats. I Guess will have to pick up my copy of Jon Savages Englands Dreaming and see what he has to say about this band. Nah, knowledge is for winners and if a loser likes me gets a PIRATED Compact disc like this dropped into their lap, then I WANNA BE A LOSER! The Raincoats. Minimal. Savage. Art-punk. Damage. Slits-ish. Punk scenes ROUND THE GLOBE need more bands like this one. Out-there. Experimental. You like ESG? The Raincoats arent proto-disco-art-rock like that but just as worthwhile. They cover "Lola" by the Rolling Stones and kick some ass. I know Rolling Stones didnt originally do "Lola" but who cares? I mean whose review is this YOURS or mine. If you had any balls you would be going to www.Sputnik.com reading the latest info on the First USSR Satellite in outer space. If you get a copy of this disc and arent punching plaster walls when you hear "Black and White" then dammit YOU FUCKING SUCK. What the fuck? Did THE BEAT HAPPENING get a hold of this and PAY ATTENTION? Is that some Eno-ish guitar I hear in there? Didnt Polyrock rip Enos guitar sound off for their stuff? Yes to both. YES 2 BOTH! Electric Violin! Sounds like someones killing a refrigerator. Why cant Michelle Shocks stuff be this fucking cool? You figure with a cool name like Michelle Shock she would be DARING. Nope. Anchored down in Anchorage? FUCKING WHAT??? I dont get it. Patti Smith was in the Raincoats. Nope, she wasnt. I know that last sentence got all you MUSIC BUFFS out there all amped up.
AGH! While writing this review the powers that be... indeed, terrorists
once again discovered a new weakness and sent a Spider on the attack from
within the desk drawer that sits in the desk, that sits on a run, that
sits in the kitchen. Dont ask yourself why? Its a spider!
Vegetables. Spiders. Two (2) on my ever growing list of Arch-nemesiss!
I couldnt even find a rolled up magazine to smash it with before
its retreat. Its toying with me. Letting me know its here
and stalking. Letting me know with its MANY legs, and fangs, and evil
spider eyes... AGH! There it is again. Chills of fright run through my
body. I break out in chills. I find a notebook and kept near the phone
on the desk I mentioned before AND SMASHED THE FUCKER. "Your a Million"
is playing this very same instant the spiders life ceases. One down, and
an unknown amount more to go. The point of this review? Let me sum it
up. Raincoats good. music industry good. PIRATING music, BETTER. Killing
Spiders? THE BEST! (SAB)
Rocket from the Crypt "Group Sounds" CD
heres the latest from Rocket from the Crypt, ladies and gentlemen,
guaranteed to be the new dance craze. Hard-hitting, fuzzed-up melodic
guitars coupled with graciously used, soulful horns can mean only one
thing: a match made in heaven! Seriously, people... it cured my sinus
infection and cast out my kidney stone! 13 tracks that summon and release
all of their ingenuity, creating an unstoppable rock n roll
monster. Tracks like "Carne Voodoo", "White Belt",
and "Return of Liar" will seriously kick your ass, whereas "SOS"
and "Ghost Shark" will help you maintain those drunken moments
of self-loathing you know you love to wallow in. (MB)
Rocket from the Crypt/Get-Up Kids "Split" 7"
7" is a fine prelude to RFTCs Group Sounds album. "Free
Language Demons" is their new song found on this split 7" with
the Get-Up Kids. The Get-Up Kids? Oh, actually, I didnt listen to
that side... (MB)
Rocks "Combat Zone" LP
Rocks sound is a bizarre unification of 1980s hardcore punk
and pop punk. If you dig short, fast songs with excellent drumming then
try em out. I wasnt too thrilled with them, but Im not
into this kind of music, so the review reflects that. Whatcha gonna dooo
about it? (JD)
Starvations "A Blackout To Remember " CD
remember these dudes from their awesome debut 45. This album is the Starvations
latest work. They obviously have a country rock n roll influence
to go with their garage sound. The whole album seems very dark and moody,
like theyre the sons of Johnny Cash or somethin. Personally,
I think their record is average. They just lack the energy I heard on
their debut 7", like in that song "Shut Up Sirens." However,
there are a couple of prominent songs on this CD, like "Queen Bees
Lament" and "Church of the Doublecross", just not enough
to make me want to pay for the record. (JD)
Sultans "Ghost Ship" CD/LP
surly group of rock n roll pirates, lead by the Slasher (a.k.a.
RFTCs Speedo), were the greatest band of 2000, and will be the most
promising of 2001. Watch for em kids, watch for em. This record
is super lo-fi, gritty punk rock super-saturated in catchy riffs and sing-alongs.
Some advice to you though, many speeding tickets will haunt you if you
play this in your car. "Just a Fool (thats down)", "Trust
No One", "Your Mouth is Open and Your Eyes are Shut", "The
Year of Regret"... I could go on, but actually, every song on this
album fucking rocks. Stop hating yourself and go smash a beer bottle over
someones head instead. Thats a much healthier state of mind.
If you didn't get the CDEP, then pick up this full-length on vinyl, which
has those songs. However, if you do not have a record player then I guess
you're shit outta luck, now aren't you? (MB)
Teen Crud Combo "S/T" 7"
with what is essentially a rough '82 hardcore sound and adding a bit more
primal rock 'n' roll at the heart, Toronto's TEEN CRUD COMBO display their
heavy ZEKE/MOTORHEAD influences to great effect on this debut EP. Live
they were very fast, raw, and energetic, all qualities that remain at
the forefront here. While the somewhat muddy production muffles a bit
of their abundant power, they benefit here from a slightly slower pace,
Allyson's tasty MOTORHEAD riffs are getting a bit more room to breathe
than when drummer, Mark, used to blast away at early GANG GREEN speeds
live. They had songs like 'This insults women' and 'Beaver County, Population
Nick' (the latter found here) some truly wild shows and constant mean-spirited
antagonism of Toronto's Glam/Poser garage scene made their rep locally,
and this scorcher of a record should help spread the word. So if you like
your punk rock fast, loud and obnoxious make sure to track down a copy
Teen Dogs "S/T" 7"
want to dig these guys. They arent really doing anything that isnt
in the rock n roll handbook. The Teen Dogs play some tight,
fast, punk/pop. Its just that their material doesnt have those
hooks that get you caught up in a song. Maybe the future will smile on
these boys, but right now I say, "Neh." (JD)
Testors (featuring: Sonny Vincent) "Original Punk Recordings New York City 1976-1977" 10"EP
This is yet ONE MORE of my missives. Get comfortable. Get that bottle of gin and sit down with me awhile.... Theres this thing called THE BIG MESS. Its a lifestyle; its a mentality. It HUNTS you and CLAIMS you. You dont claim it. It seems no matter what; the things you do, say and ATTEMPT to pull off go wildly astray. Things get broke. People get mad. You arent even trying!!!! Live in the dirt and appreciate the failure of what surrounds you. Losing is winning. Survival of the fittest? Nah. Thats bullshit. Its only when you learn to live with the chaos, when you learn to deal with THE BIG MESS when you finally grasp the MEANING, the definition of Life.... Jimmy Pervert, who has been called Jim the Amish lately because he has taken to sporting a beard (and its manicured too), Jim was told a while back when he first started growing his beard that he looked like Jim Morisson from The Doors. For about a month when he walked into a room people would bust out singing "LA Woman" or "The End". Well anyway, Jim shit in this bathtub the other night at a party. Why? The Big Mess. Thats why....
Kenny "Rock-Action", you know him, hes a fellow Blank Generationer, just recently, during the Detox Police, blew the crotch of his white jeans out. He did this and didnt care. Why? He knew it was all part of the big, messy picture. We (meaning him AND me) sang "Eyes of Satan" while Radar Secret Service belted out the music. Kenny said he would always remember it.... Kent, Ohio. Snowed the whole way up. You could call it bare knuckle driving except its being called red knuckle driving because Jerry skinned the fuck out of his hand while loading up. Tension....
Matt the Junglecat sits in a chair and it breaks. He goes spilling into the floor while a band called Ditchweed is playing. Everyone laughs and instead of getting embarrassed, he goes with it. He rolls around on the ground and acts out the whole bit. He doesnt spill one drop of his Burger Beer either. Why did the chair break? The Big Mess....
The Dynamite On play in Dayton at some fucking country bar that has animal heads hanging on the wall. Its a pretty odd place that I never been in but I know all about it. Anyway, they end up getting banned from ever playing there again because the bar tender thought Sam "Miami Vice" (AKA "Human#8") was '; getting it on' with some girl when all they were doing was swapping spit. "Youre a cunt!" Sam told the tender. "What'd you say to me? What'd you call me?" she responded. "I called you a cunt!" Sam said. Then as a unit Dynamite On exited the place and was told never to come back, I didnt see this all go down but Andy (the On's drummer) told me all about it today, Andy told me that they [Dynamite On] ended up winning out of the whole deal because they got $20 in cold/hard cash and their bar tab, which was supposed to come out of their pay at the end of the night) was overlooked in the chaos of the ousting. Apparently, and I have seen the Ons drink before so I believe this, Andy said they drank way more than $20 in beer and slow gin fizzes' Why? The Big Mess!!!
I sit in Kill the Hippies Mantua Ave keep. Matt (KTH Guitar) brings me a bottle of Gin. He had been taking the bottle on tour from person to person throughout the after-show party. I force him to sit down and drink it with me. He does so. I soon get up. Go to the bathroom. Puke in the sink. Clean it up and as everyone, including my adoptive sister, Melissa from KTH, ask me if Im all right I tell her and them. "Yeah, there's just some Sci-fi shit in there." Then I passed out only to wake up in a dark room with members of the Socials, and Detox Police sprawled out on the ground everywhere. Kenny is listening to Jurassic 5 and other old rap bands like UTFO, Curtis Blow, Slick Rick and rappin' to his sweetheart as they hug and lay on hardwood floors with one pillow and one blanket between them. THE BIG MESS! Luke Skywalker has his FORCE. Even the Darth Vader has the FORCE. We, the humble minority sitting amongst the garbage and broken things, have THE BIG MESS!
you sat through all of that because this BIG MESS thing isnt anything
new. The Testors had it. This 10" proves it; its the best taste
from this band yet by far. The other Incognito 10" was great. The
Rave Up LP was up to par with the first 1, but this tops them both. This
10" has five unreleased studio tracks and one live track of one of
the best punk-rock songs EVER; "Awmaw"! You see, apparently,
as the liner notes read, Sonny Vincent would play this song to clear the
room of the non-believers. The song begins with about a minute and a half
of guitar noise. I suppose rooms cleared. Some soundmen wouldnt
even work with the Testors because their sound was DANGEROUS. This 10"
proves it! In my eyes, The Testors still make The Dead Boys sound like
they never took their Youngstown bell-bottoms off. The Testors make the
Dead Boys look like fucking butterflies! Lil' sweet, caring, peace loving,
peaceful butterflies! The Testors are the dirty rats. They ARE the cracks
on the sidewalk. They are the stale vomit smell you get when you go into
an unfamiliar venue. Rooster Booster and Rich Lathers from Crimson Sweet
hit the nail on the head: There's a certain level of filth you expect
in any viable venue youre about to play in. If the filth dont
exist, then stay uncomfortable! In some cases I know that the Testors
were the type of band to welcome the filth when they walked into a suspecting
venue. Other times I would say that the Testors were perhaps the element
of Filth to a place they walked into. Either way I bet they were ready,
willing, and able! This 10" is right up my alley. If it wasnt
I wouldnt have given it the time of day. The Testors. Pioneers!
St. Vincent! (SAB)
Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones "Eat Shit!" CD
Punk Rock. Theres a whole mishmash of snot just draining out of
my speakers. Texas Terri obviously has a thing for Stiv and the boys.
Although, some of her lyrics are bordering on cheesy, others are pretty
punk. The Stiff Ones pour it on thick in songs like, "Situation",
"Oh, Yeah", and "Cave Women." While this is nothing
"neoteric" about their style, they get the job done. (JD)
White Stripes "De Stijl" CD/LP
release I've ignored for far too long. Why? I dunno'. I guess I wasn't
that impressed with the single I had. Whoops. Guy/gal two person thud.
I like the bombastic moments (a few of these songs somehow conjure up
both Led Zep and Black Sabbath - don't ask me) over the acoustical ones,
the whole shebang has been growing on me like crazy. I'm convinced that
"The Big Three Killed my Baby" is one of the best songs I've
heard in years. Unique, soulful and a solid top tenner. Note - Rolling
Stone reviewed this record for some god fersaken' reason. (TK)
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