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New York Dolls
New York Dolls
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Train Wreck, May 18 2001
This review is from: New York Dolls (Audio CD)
Back in junior high and high school, Creem magazine was my bible and so it goes to follow, it was where I first heard about The New York Dolls. This album came out when I was in 9th grade and I dutifully rode my bike up to Dearborn Music (in my hometown of Dearborn, MI), plunked down $3.99, and innocently rode off, not knowing that what I would find within those grooves would send me on a life-long quest for some of the quirkiest, most obscure and outrageous vinyl I could get my hands on. Sometimes dismissed as the American Rolling Stones, with Johnny Thunders playing Keith to David Johansen's Mick, the Dolls sounded as if they had some sort of tenuous grasp of how to play their instruments, but it also seemed as if it could all fall apart at any moment. For me, however, therein lay the appeal. After hearing glorious assaults on the senses like "Personality Crisis," "Trash," and "Pills," people would just look at me and shake their heads in pity, but I could not have cared less. But, alas, the Dolls flame burned bright but short. Believe everything you've heard about this band. Important, essential, and highly recommended.

Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
Smoke 'em If You Got 'em
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can I Get An Amen?, May 18 2001
Although all of The Reverend Horton Heat's albums are well worth the scratch, this, his first, is still the best. Much more than a novelty act, the Reverend (Jim Heath) and the boys churn up a raw, smoking, frothy gumbo of rockabilly and swing. The primitive sounding production only adds to songs like "Bad Reputation," "Psychobilly Freakout," and "Marijuana." Totally uncharactistic of anything ever released on Sub Pop, "Smoke "Em If You Got 'Em" finds the Reverend gunning his guitar like a broken down Harley, but managing to get back to the garage before everything falls apart. I saw them open for The Cramps at Detroit's State Theater and they damn near stole the show. Needless to say, every time they've been back since, they've headlined. Best experienced while drinking grain alcohol. Recommended.

Spanic Boys
Spanic Boys
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something In The Genes?, May 17 2001
This review is from: Spanic Boys (Audio CD)
Funny thing about the Spanic Boys. It's almost as if the father/son team of Tom and Ian Spanic stepped off some sort of interstellar craft after being lost for years in a time/space warp. This album is a wonderful amalgam of pop, rockabilly, surf, and good old fashioned rock and roll as the Spanics trade some of the tastiest guitar licks you'll ever hear, courtesy of their trusty Telecasters. Of course, no one's ever heard of them, but this album is a must for lovers of pop hooks and big guitars. Plus, how can you not love two guys who, when asked to fill in at the last minute on "Saturday Night Live," show up armed with paisley Telecasters from which they ripped the strings after performing? Essential.

Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
Hey! Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like The Bay City Rollers, But In Black Leather, May 16 2001
After the release of The Ramones first album in 1976, my senior year of high school, it was almost impossible to think of rock 'n' roll the same way again. Containing 14 songs and clocking in at an amazing 28 minutes and 53 seconds, the genius of the brothers Ramone made everything else start to sound extravagant, expensive, and overwrought. Until the upcoming re-release of the first four albums, this anthology is the best place to find all of the highlights from the glory years as well as the best of the later years. What you hear is what you get: a great, fast band playing great, fast songs with great, fast words. Perhaps the most influential band in rock 'n' roll history, The Ramones are punk ground zero. This is no frills music that cuts right to the chase. Critics may complain that it all sounds the same, but that's the point: it's supposed to. Can't wait for those re-issues...

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Toronto Tornado, May 15 2001
This review is from: Rush (Audio CD)
Before Neil Peart joined the band, and brought along a certain science fiction/fantasy approach to their lyrics, Rush was pretty much a straight up, albeit Zeppelin-influenced, group from Canada with a guy named John Rutsey holding down the drum duties. At the risk of bringing the wrath of Rush fans world-wide down on my head, I think this is their best album. Without the complicated time signatures and Peart's often overblown lyrics, songs like "What You're Doing," "Finding My Way," "In The Mood," and especially "Working Man" are given room to breathe and, dare I say, boogie. Canada's greatest export since Molson, Labatt's, and Bob Probert.

Young, Loud & Snotty
Young, Loud & Snotty
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5.0 out of 5 stars Living In Sin With A Safety Pin, May 15 2001
This review is from: Young, Loud & Snotty (Audio CD)
Has there has ever been a more fitting description of a band than "Young, Loud & Snotty," also the title of this tour de force by Cleveland's Dead Boys? Led by the ever charismastic, heavily Iggy-influenced Stiv Bators, The Dead Boys were like a festering boil on the rear end of the music industry and have to be given props for the sheer enthusiasm with which they approached their "craft" (ha!). Propelled by the nasally mewl of Bators and the proto-punk guitar histrionics of Cheetah Chrome, "Young, Loud & Snotty" never takes the pedal from the metal, from the moment it comes roaring out of the blocks with "Sonic Reducer" until it collapses in a shambles on "Down In Flames." Essential listening for any self-professed lover of punk rock. I miss you, Stiv...

Filthy Lucre Live
Filthy Lucre Live
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5.0 out of 5 stars God Save The Sex Pistols..., May 15 2001
This review is from: Filthy Lucre Live (Audio CD)
Although I've loved The Sex Pistols ever since I hunted down an import 7" single of "Anarchy In The UK" after reading about them in Creem magazine back in 1977, I have to admit I was skeptical when I heard they were planning a reunion tour after almost 20 years. After listening to "Filthy Lucre Live," however, I'd like to formally apologize to messrs. Lydon, Jones, Cook, and Matlock and to go on record by admitting that I was bowled over by the sound of this live document of said tour. John Lydon, the hunchbacked anti-Christ with green teeth, still sounds as angry as he did back in 1977, Steve Jones and his patented "wall of noise" guitar bombast will strip the enamel off your teeth, and the rhythm section of Glen Matlock and Paul Cook make it painfully obvious what a musical liability Sid Vicious really was. It may be for the better, but after this reunion tour, the lads were gone again, making me realize we need them now more than ever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Do You Smell Burning Rope?, May 8 2001
This review is from: Lions (Audio CD)
If you buy into the premise that The Black Crowes are the Led Zeppelin of the new millennium (and frankly, this may be a disservice to both bands), then "Lions" could very well be their "Led Zeppelin III" or "Physical Graffiti." In addition to the gutbucket, bluesy sonics we've come to expect from the brothers Robinson (especially evident on the first three tracks), The Black Crowes also mix in some tasty acoustic touches, best showcased on "Losing My Mind" and "Cypress Tree." The Black Crowes have grown and stretched out so much since their first album that "Hard To Handle" almost sounds like a novelty song compared to "Lions." In the great tradition of groups fueled by sibling rivalry (see Oasis and The Kinks), "Lions" delivers the goods.

Deluxe Edition
Deluxe Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Triumph To Tragedy, April 26 2001
This review is from: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
It just seems so unfair that a major talent like the late William Clarke toiled away so lovingly at his craft in relative obscurity (outside the blues world, that is), only to die at such an early age while drivel like the music of Barbara Steisand, Sting, and Madonna is lauded as some sort of offering from the gods. Well, while I get down off my soap box here, fans of blues harp (hell, blues in general) need to hear Clarke wail and this compilation is a good starting point. Another stellar Alligator release, "Pawnshop Bound," "Blowin The Family Jewels," and (chillingly) "Somebody Is Calling Me Home" all deliver the goods.

Go For It
Go For It
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Clash Album Not Made By The Clash, April 26 2001
This review is from: Go For It (Audio CD)
Ireland's Stiff Little Fingers were always unfairly burdened with the tag "the Irish Clash," but while Strummer, Jones & Co. started to dissolve in a shambles, beginning after the release of "London Calling" really, SLF continued to fly the punk flag proud and high. Although actually only their third best album, "Go For It" is essential in that it contains their greatest song "Roots Radicals Rockers & Reggae" which, for some reason, never seems to turn up on any compilations of the band. SLF is still together today, almost 25 years after its first album and, except for The Damned, what other members of the Class of '77 can make that claim? Your punk collection is incomplete without something by this band.

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