I know, I know… most people like to review new stuff… … but I thought that maybe it’s a good idea to revisit some older music in these reviews, because most people that read these things are looking for music that’s new to them, and are looking for something to sink their teeth into.
I first heard this album in about 1993. What instantly leapt out to me was that it’s just plain damn entertaining! I liked the “surfabilly” vibe they had… I liked the simplicity of the music and the complexity of the bizarre vocals that seemed to mock Elvis Presley.
When I listen to them now, through more seasoned and experienced ears, I hear the combined sounds of the early New York scene, like The Ramones, New York Dolls, and Lou Reed; but with a drunken Southern slur. I also hear the early California scene, like Dick Dale, Dead Kennedys, and some of the horror elements of Dead Boys and Misfits.
Over the years, this album and band has influenced COUNTLESS bands and artists, and is known as one of the earliest, and therefore most influential across not only Punk, but also Goth and Indie genres!
If you’re looking for a great album to make you feel like you’re sitting in CBGB c. 1977*, then this one will take you there!