Bangin' for Bangs
vonbontee | Mississauga, ON Canada | 05/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard this in '88, and my original reaction/revelation remains the same: This is what Lester Bangs most likely would've imagined Count 5's legendary (albeit nonexistent) "Carburetor Dung" LP sounded like! It's one of those classic LP/CDs that owe a large part of their mystique to poor sound quality, other examples being "Exile on Main Street", "Raw Power", & "White Light/White Heat". Basic sound consists of mostly unintelligible (& often obscene) marble-mouth "singing", 3 barely-in-tune cheap guitars (no bass) & stiff bang-bang-bang percussions, all murkily recorded & mixed. Not all of these (21!) "songs" are great (or even GOOD), but the best ones are awesome & sound as dangerous, thrilling, repulsive & propulsive as those brand-new rock 'n roll sounds must have sounded to the mid-'50s white teens who were its first recipients. Among the best are "Alright", "NYC: 1999!", "Trash Can Oil Drum" (a tribute to/description of their percussion!) and especially the Iggyesque barnyard stomp "New Breed": "Ya little runt, just get outta my way/Ya pig, ya punk yeah hey hey hey/That's what the new breed say!" So THAT'S what they say - thanks for telling me. I can barely make out a word!"
Pretty much the best album I've ever heard
John deBoer | Farm Hill | 06/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's not that it's noisy, it's not that it's offensive, it's not that it's "blues", it's not that it rocks... I'm not exactly sure what it is. It's just that it's a pure, giddy, hilarious thrill the whole time this album is on, and that it seems to be a completely different record with each different volume I listen to it at. I love it love it love it."
Uncompromising, a big "I hate you!"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"OK, all you wusses. This IS rock'n'roll. Sure, it may sound like a bunch of junkies dropping guitars on a concrete floor. Sure, there's NO production. Sure, it may be harder than a root canal, but this IS rock'n'roll. Welcome to Scuzz Rock, ladies and gentlemen... this may not be "Dial 'M'", but it's damn good."