The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential (Revisited) (LP)

Release Date: 6/10/18

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: Monster Zero Records in collaboration with Asian Man Records and Rad Girlfriend Records

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Album Lineup:

  • Joe Queer – Guitar/Vocals
  • Cheeto Crash – Bass/ Vocals
  • Hoglog – Drums

Sounds Like: The Ramones, The Dead Milkmen, The Buzzcocks, and the Descendants

Favorite Tracks: Beat Your Heart Out, Motherfucker, Sayonara Sucker, Tamara is a Punk


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Purchase Link: https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/punk-rock-confidential-revisited

Well, to start, what can I say about this band that hasn’t been said before? These guys are legends; 35 years of kicking some serious ass. So it makes sense that they look back and pay homage to a record that helped define their sound.

It’s been 20 years since Punk Rock Confidential first landed, but with the revisited release, it sounds like it could’ve been made yesterday. Having been a while since I heard this album, I was excited to hear it again. Within the first few seconds of the opening track, Tamara is a Punk, it all came rushing back. This is one of those albums you’d blast on a boombox during the summer while biking or skating around town. Yea, I’m old, shut up.

 

The Ramones influence has always been so palpable on this album, but not in a derogatory way. The music doesn’t feel like a rip off, rather like a continuation of the amazing music The Ramones created. In my opinion, its hard to do that, but The Queers make it seem effortless. The spirits of the Ramones clearly live on in these dudes.

Of course, this release wasn’t done without a little fanfare. Two new songs have been added from the original release (Punk Rock Confidential Revisited and Beat Your Heart Out) as well as two killer color choices, if you’re like me, and want the vinyl.

Bottom line, this revisited version is worth the time to check back in. It’s everything to be fondly remembered from 1998. Now, excuse me, I’m gonna go find my boombox.

Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Queers-156515077754764/

Streaming: https://open.spotify.com/album/1qyWXt0qComRP2IASvsjhG

Asian Man Records: http://asianmanrecords.com/

Monster Zero Records: https://monsterzerorecords.com/

Rad Girlfriend Records: http://radgirlfriendrecords.storenvy.com/

Purchase the vinyl version: https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/queers-the-punk-rock-confidential-revisited-lp

Rat Scabies – P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt

The rock world has pretty much shit on the idea of drummers writing songs, ever since the Beatles decided to put “Octopus’ Garden” on an album. To hear people talk about the song, one would think that it was the musical equivalent of the Hindenburg explosion or something. That ONE song has been a curse to drummers all over the world who want to write songs (a curse which Dave Grohl seems immune to… perhaps we should examine his DNA, for a cure). It’s safe to say, there isn’t a modern drummer alive who hasn’t been the butt of a joke relating to a song that they had absolutely NO influence in writing!

Well, maybe it’ll kill some of my cred, but I’m willing to risk it, in defense of the drummers… I’ll just come out and say it…

I fucking LIKED “Octopus’ Garden,” and I don’t fucking care WHAT anybody thinks about that!

So, HERE’S TO THE DRUMMERS!

The BACKBONE of the rhythm!

The one ALWAYS obscured by the other band members!

Usually, the CRAZIEST member of the band!

OI OI OI!!! DRINK UP, FUCKERS!!!

… now…

Having said that, Rat Scabies, the ICONIC drummer from The Damned, has his own album out now, and it kicks ass!!!

It’s eclectic, quirky, and would fall into the same kind of “unclassifiable” genre as bands like Ween. The album takes routes through several genres; everything from Big Band, to Pink Floyd, to a song that feels like you’re in a seedy basement punk show in London, c. 1980; and just about everything in-between. It’s largely instrumental; only a few tracks have vocals, but it is heavily laden with clips from various places.

In it’s entirety, the album is a really fun, very British-sounding album that’s best enjoyed while completely stoned out of your mind. Take a few dabs, pour yourself a nice sipping whiskey (I recommend Tullamore Dew or Bulleit Bourbon), and then sit back and enjoy this trip through eclecticity!

… and because I’m sure you want to know where to pick up this spinning disc (or other means of digital transfer), you can find it here: ​https://ratscabies.bandcamp.com/

It’s best heard on vinyl! https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/rat-scabies-p-h-d-prison-hospital-debt-cd/

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2018

The Cramps-Bad Music For Bad people

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.
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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!