RECORD REVIEWS PAGE SIX

All records on this page are from Dionysus/Bacchus archives, some are kinda new, some are more than a year old. I got them all in one package. I've interviewed 3 of the 5 bands (or what's left of them) before so check 'em out.

THE ROTTERS - PULL IT AND YELL CD THE ROTTERS - Pull It And Yell CD
Offensive lyrics backed by musical incompetence - vintage US punk rock.
The Rotters are best remembered for the first 7'' Sit On My Face Stevie Nicks (1978) that got the band banned in some clubs and shops after Fleetwood Mac threatened with a lawsuit. Here you get both sides of both singles and 8 more songs - all previously unreleased I think. Musically they're midtempo 77 punk rock with a decent 4-track sound quality. As many US punks singer Nigel Nitro tried - and failed - to sound like Johnny Rotten, but once you get passed the fake British accent he sounds great, if only 'cause of the lyrics.

Their second 7'' Sink The Whales (1979) opens with the line ''Whales haven't done a thing for you and me'', still true more than 20 years later! Songs like I Wanna Be The Feuhrer (sic) are in the same fine punk tradition as The Forgotten Rebels' Reich'N'Roll. I love the break in Please Don't Send Me To The Delousing Showers when they start to scream abuse in German, ending of course with ''Sieg Heil!''. It's so obvious that they wanna offend someone - you gotta love them.

Ok, this record won't change the world or anything but it is a lot of fun. Good liner notes by guitarist Phester Swollen too.

Highly recommended novelty item, if you know what I mean.

THE DOGS - Fed Up! CD
A compilation of 13 songs out of which 9 were recorded live at the Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco 1977. This live recording was done professionally though, it's got a good sound quality and the Dogs were a tight, powerful trio so this is almost like a studio recording.

A-side of the first single John Rock is here and that one's always good and so is the 1976 Slither with its Stooges' I'm Sick Of You feel to it. The ones I don't like that much is the 1977 Years Gone By and the 1987 Dog In The Cathouse, they haven't got as good vocals as the rest.

There's a lot of previously released no longer available studio recordings missing on this, but hopefully they're gonna be out later on. The second 7'' Slash Your Face is going to be re-released on vinyl in its original cover and there's a new single on its way.

Ok, enough about what's not here and let's talk about what is - Punked-Up Rock'N'Roll Detroit Style! I hate to mention the Stooges and MC5 like so many does whenever they review a loud rock'n'roll band, but here it's the best way to describe the music. It's got Funhouse type vocals. Chord patterns like say Looking At You meets Scene Of The Crime when The Dogs are at their best, hard and heavy 70's rock when they're not.

''I wanna slash your face'', ''Fed up, you better shut up!'' and ''Hard to the core, I don't care anymore, I'm tuff enuff'' - all great songs! I'm wearing my Dogs t-shirt as I'm writing this so you know they're good.

No pop. No apologies.

THE DOGS - FED UP! CD

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THE CONTROLLERS CD

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THE CONTROLLERS CD
Both 7''s, the three Tooth And Nail comp songs and some demos. If you're a regular you know I love this band and once you get this record you will too!

It opens with the two songs from their first 7'' - Neutron Bomb and Killer Queers - just like it should. Both are great - ''Anita baby, I've got news for you, some homo's gonna beat you black and blue''. Essential 1977 classics.

If you don't laugh when you hear Kidd Spike do his ''duuuhh..''-retard voice in the end of 1978's Slow Boy the joke's on you. I still rate the first single as their best but the later (and even much later) songs are great. The unreleased songs are maybe not as good as the rest, but hey - ''We'll rape your ma and kill your pa said Barnacle Bill the sailor'' shows that they hadn't lost the spirit.

Since there wasn't much recorded by the band you get two songs by Scull Control from 1992 and one by KAOS from 1980 on this one as well. Related bands doing good stuff, especially KAOS who are represented with their best song - Top Secret. If you're into punk rock you need the Controllers and this record has all their previously released songs + more, so what are you waiting for?

Buy this now!

THE GEARS - Rockin' At Ground Zero CD
This is a pretty straight forward cd reissue of their 1980 album with a new sleeve and their first 7'' as a bonus. I only had one song on a Bloodstains LP and like that one their entire catalog is way too poppy. Kidd Spike from the then defunct Controllers plays guitar but there's very little punk rock in this. It's New Wave meets Rockabilly with pop overtones, that kinda goes on forever. Actually, what it sounds like is Ned Flanders doing Joe Jackson songs.

Lyrics about girls and dancing - ''Trudie, Trudie, you're so cutie'' - with lots of Do-wop-do-wah backing vocals. The only song with any punk connection is the Elk Lodge Blues - about the cops beating up punks at the gigs there - but that one's a throw-away 12-bar blues. Oh there's Don't Be Afraid To Pogo too, but that's just being patronizing disguised as being positive plus I hate 'positive' anyway. There's absolutely no anger here. After listening to this I had to play my old MOB 47 ep twice just to clean out my ears. Then some Eddie Cochran to see if I still liked rock'n'roll. I did.

The promo text from Dionysus says ''If you can only buy one of the many records we've released, get this one'', but I'd say the opposite is true. The other four reviewed here are all worth buying, this one you don't need.

Diet Rock. Not even sugar coated - nutra sweet coated.

THE GEARS - ROCKIN' AT GROUND ZERO CD
THE DILS - CLASS WAR LP/CD

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THE DILS - Class War LP/CD
The Dils were a great band and there's a great need for more availability, but this record doesn't really cut it. What you get is their first 7'' from 1977 - I Hate The Rich / You're Not Blank - and the main part of a 1980 show. The single is a classic and a must, the gig isn't. By 1980 the band had slowed down and they were writing country rock type ballads instead of punk rock anthems. The live versions of the old songs are ok but some 1977/78 live stuff - that's what's needed. Someone should at least reissue the Dils Dils Dils LP (Lost records 1990). While waiting for that I guess this will do for new Dils fans.

I already had this LP when Dionysus sent me the CD version and I was surprised to see that the CD included some colour pictures not on the LP cover. The LP is cheaper and sounds better so get that anyway.

8 USD for the first two songs isn't a lot (they're THAT good!) so think of the live material as a freebie.

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