Friday, July 27, 2012

The Go Getters "Motormouth"

(Goofin' Records 2003)

 The Devil Made Me Do It
It’s Raining
She’s A Motormouth
I Fawt The Law
Junkyard Dog
Lonesome Tears In My Eyes
I Wanna R.O.C.K
Tainted Love
2 Hot 2 Handle
Black Magic Woman
Brand New Cadillac
Sinner Not A Saint
Teenage Kicks
(Bonus Track)

Sweden’s Go Getters have excelled themselves with this shiny little platter. Think of it if you will for a moment in movie terms. You’d find it under the thriller section of your local video store and it’d be the best one there. It’s exciting edge of the seat stuff. Think of the songs as scenes in this thriller and you’ll find more twists and turns and unexpected aural occurrences than you’d thought possible!

Packaged exquisitely and produced impeccably yet at the same time keeping a raw appeal it’s an immediate classic of an album. Purists will probably piss in their vintage pants with this latest outing from the Go Getters and that has to be a good thing eh? It’s a diverse album with everything from rockin’ blues to rockabilly, and even some garagey and borderline psychobilly sounds. Mmmm, just the way I like it.

Now you’re probably thinking on reading the track listing “for fuck sake, not Tainted Love and Brand New Cadillac being covered AGAIN!”. Well, file that notion under S for Shite because these versions are like nothing you’ve ever heard before. The arrangements are totally unique and Peter Sandberg’s vocals give em the whole replay appeal…as is the case with the majority of the tracks on here. Their version of “I Fawt The Law” (their spelling!) is given a rockin’ little Mexican twist and right good it is too. The Undertones “Teenage Kicks” is given the Go Getters unique treatment too and has that certain crossover appeal which should see them gaining popularity within psychobilly circles. The Peter Sandberg original “It’s Raining” is about as beautiful as a love song can get with melancholic guitar and wondrous female backing vocals from Laura Rickenbacker. The cover versions and originals featured on his album fuse beautifully together because they make the covers their own and well, their own songs ARE their own anyway! So there!!

Now then, in my last paragraph I always like to come out with something clever and absolutely hilarious and that’s why I’m not going to say…go get the Go Getters album because that would be shite! Instead I’m going to say…emm, did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher? He couldn’t control his pupils!!!! HAHAHAHA!
But that has fuck all to do with this album so perhaps I’ll say go get the Go Getters album after all because I can’t think of anything remotely humorous to say as I’m dying from a hangover and need to lie down! Sigh!!

 The O'Prez (review from February 2004)

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The Mutilators "Hot Rod Whore!"

(Stroked And Bored Records 2002)
Mule Skinner Blues            
Baby Let's 666ty Nine            
Teenage Pussy            
Gear Down Big Shifter            
Too Much            
No Cure            
Bad Bad Man            
Hot Rod Whore            
Lone Wolf            
Hot Rod Whore (Part 2)

Hailing from San Francisco and by far one of the wildest rockin' kombos you're EVER going to hear are the Mutilators. If you're in the mood for a 100mph psychotic rockabilly blitz then this album is for you. I'm always in the mood for such a quiff collapsing with sweat venture but nearly always find that no matter what album I select from my most sexy collection that some of the ingredients I crave in my rockin' freakout recipe just aren't there. Not so with this release from the Mutilators. It has it ALL! Insane vocals.. ballsy backing vocals.. extremely catchy ditties that are short and to the point.. maniacal musicianship (check those guitar breaks).. and of course pervtastic lyrics!

Now here's the deal... back in the day when "rockabilly" was accepted by the media and the trendy types on the street it was because it wasn't rockabilly at all. It was merely diluted rockabilly for the masses; somewhat like what's happening to the punk scene now with all that radio friendly MTV shite that's being churned out. Well the Mutilators are thee perfect antidote to all that. These boys are the real McCoy! With leopard skin and grease and punkrockabilly attitude in abundance you just can’t go wrong buying this disc. Punk Planet say the Mutilators are “like the Cramps and the Stray Cats… on speed” and that’s pretty much near the mark alright but in contradiction to that I must say that the Mutilators have a unique sound and originality which is immediately recognisable as the Mutilators and no one else.

My favourite track on here is “Baby, Let’s 666tynine” which has all the aforementioned ingredients I was talking about. It’s just over one and a half minutes of pulsating pervy punkrockabilly that begs the repeat key to be used….repeatedly!!
“Teenage Pussy” is self-explanatory and is, I suppose, the Mutilators take on Webb Pierce’s “Teenage Boogie”. Fannytastic stuff. Pun intended!! “Rat Rod” seems to start where “Baby, Let’s 666tynine” left off making it another fiery up-tempo little fucker of a song. “Bad Bad Man” was featured on their 1997 EP but this is a re-recorded version and even catchier than the first outing of said classic.

When the album ended I wanted more… and that’s exactly what I got with the convulsion inducing hidden bonus track! If this isn’t the most rabidly rockin’ album you buy this year then I’ll eat my Jack Jones boxer shorts…after I’ve scraped em clean of course…cos I shat meself with excitement listening to this album!

The O'Prez (review from January 2004)

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