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Do the Uncle Willy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Released two dozen years earlier, Uncle Willy would probably have generated a few top-40 singles, would have contributed cuts to several numbers of the Nuggets series, and would today be getting exactly the same degree of ... more »
Released two dozen years earlier, Uncle Willy would probably have generated a few top-40 singles, would have contributed cuts to several numbers of the Nuggets series, and would today be getting exactly the same degree of airplay on stations such as WFMU and WMBR. Such is its perfection. The musical influences in Do the Uncle Willy cover a wide span between psychedelia and rockabilly, running from Lesley Gore to Link Wray, with nods to more obscure sources like Ennio Morricone?s spaghetti-Western themes, the Zombies, Seeds and the Easybeats (and a very close listen will disclose what might be Cramps and Dead Boys riffs). However, what most characterizes Uncle Willy is that it?s a clean synthesis, not a pastiche. Thus, "Jealousy" isn?t a Monkees rip-off, though the Monkees might have done a rather fair job with it. "Lie Detector," which the Milkshakes turned into a Lennon anti-tribute, is here played for straight blooze-crunge. Out of print for several years, this Delmonas collection was originally released by Skyclad Records in the mid-80?s and preceeds Thee Headcoatees et al in bringing to the USA the unique and always brilliant raw garage of the Billy Childish saga. Get Hip has rescued this Garage Pop gem and re-releases it with brand new artwork and mastering right at the peak of the new garage movement so the masses of White Stripes fans can get a peak at one of the albums that influenced them in the first place.
Fun mix of girl-group and garage rock
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 07/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At last! A CD reissue of this fab 1988 Delmonas LP, which was one of the first Billy Childish-related records I ever heard, and which helped usher me into an appreciation of thee whole "Medway" scene in the UK. The classic track here is "I Heard About Him," a song with a great chorus, a piercing guitar line and spooky vocals, and one that I've played on the radio so many times, it makes me blush to admit. The rest of the album is also pretty groovy, in a melodic, 'Sixties-styled garage-y kinda way. This disc doesn't follow the original album precisely -- there are some additional demo tracks, etc. -- but it's close enough for me. Recommended."