Originally released in 2003 this is the first time this album has been distributed in the UK. "Well Cracklin' Rosie, Let's Get it On / with a wall of sound and Da Doo Ron Ron / Gasoline Alley, Roll Away the Stone / Yeah, we're singing Elvis all the way home." With that rollicking chorus to their pub-rock anthem, "Singing Elvis," The Men They Couldn't Hang pay tribute to their musical heroes of the '60s and '70s on this CD, The Cherry Red Jukebox. The album is a solid mix of pub-rockers and sentimental ballads sure to please the army of loyal TMTCH fans. It hits the ground running with "The Sunrise," lead vocalist Cush sneering Paul Simmonds' lyrics in his best Joe Strummer homage. The Clash connection is more explicit in the soaring bridge, "I kick the walls, kick the door / I can't see the sun no more / waiting for sunrise," over distorted power chords and a wailing harmonica. The homage to Clash and the Ramones continues in "I Loved the Summer of Hate," a big slab of garage punk with unexpectedly wistful lyrics about an old leather jacket and the days of swilling cough syrup and beer in front of the Marshall stacks. The Men aren't a one-trick pony by any means, however. Always having something of an alternative country flavour in the mix, they continue in that vein with "Silver Gun," a fiddle-driven outlaw ballad whose protagonist is a female robber with the eponymous weapon in her purse; and the Cajun-style stomp of "The Hill," the ballad of a crippled old sailor who struggles up the hill from his bedsit to the pub every day. "Colwyn Bay," a poignant folk-rocker about a young sea widow, is laced with accordion and fiddle over acoustic guitars. And "Ten Grand" is a swinging mid-tempo R & B number about an old gambler begging for one last stake. There are some slower and mellower songs as well and these are handled with care by Phil Odgers (AKA Swill) who's wonderful smooth vocal tones shine through on "Rivertown" (a tribute to the harbor and the lessons it has to teach the young traveller) and road-trip/hitch-hiker ballad "The Red Rocks of Spain" which sees the protagonist and his lady cruising the length of Africa. "Ride Again" is a gentle plea from a man to a woman for one last trip together before their relationship falls apart completely; and "Highwater" is a pastoral exploration of the tides as a metaphor for life and death. Since reuniting in 1996 after a five-year hiatus, The Men They Couldn't Hang have proven time and time again that rock isn't just a young men's game or a Rolling Stones-style circus. Like a fine wine TMTCH improve with age.