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A Really Cool Time Revisited: Swedish Punk, Pop And Garage Rock 1982-1989 [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RPM
  • ASIN: B003EH3J1S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I M 5 YEARS AHEAD OF MY TIME - The Nomads
2. INSANE - Shoutless
3. UNKNOWN JOURNEY - The Wayward Souls
4. OUT OF MY MIND - The Backdoor Men
5. EVEN I TELL LIES - Crimson Shadows
6. SILENT WOODS - Dolkows
7. NO LIES - The Sonic Walthers
8. WHEN I GET HOME - The Hijackers
9. WHEN SHE LIES - The Sinners
10. THAT S THE BREAKS - The Voodoo Dolls
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. THIS AIN T THE SUMMER OF LOVE - Screaming Dizbüsters
3. DON T PUSH ME AROUND - The Slammers
4. SHE S GONE - The Creeps
5. DON T LIE TO ME - Maryland Cookies
7. JUST ANOTHER LONER - Highway Slugs
8. CARRY ON - The Public Vein
9. TOO MUCH TALK - The Bottleups
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Back in 1985, the compilation album A Real Cool Time: Distorted Sounds From The North
defined the sound of Sweden s garage rock revival. Bands like The Nomads
whose song A Real
Cool Time lent its name to the album The Creeps, The Shoutless and The Watermelon Men
showed that Sweden was Europe s garage-psych hot bed. This was recognised in 2005 when
Rhino s Children of Nuggets box set featured many of the Swedish bands.
Now, for the original album s 25th anniversary, we have A Real Cool Time Revisited, the
definitive Swedish overview of the country s garage rock phenomenon. New fans of the 60s
sound will find plenty of appeal and lustre in this Swedish jewel.
Compiled by Swedish music maven Ulf Lindqvist, A Real Cool Time Revisited is the perfect
companion piece to Do The Pop, the history of the Australian 80 s garage punk and Rhino s
Children of Nuggets box. The Swedish bands played alongside their Paisley Underground
counterparts The Dream Syndicate, Green On Red, The Rain Parade and were just as vital as
their Australian counterparts The Died Pretty and The Hoodoo Gurus.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come and get it ! 29 Sep 2010
By Will
Do you like 6ts garage rock music ? Do you really enjoy listening to that punk music ? Do you already know Swedish Garage Bands ? Well do not hesitate anymore then, this one is for you ! Discover what Sweden managed to produce during the 8ts : you will be playing this record a few times.
BRgds, Will
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5.0 out of 5 stars "A REAL COOL TIME REVISTED" IS A REAL COOL TIME 13 July 2010
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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Two discs 59, 61 minutes each approximately. The sound is crisp and clean and very immediate. The 12 page booklet has background information (a couple sentences each) on the groups on this collection and the scene (1982-89) in general. There are a few period photos, including (very small) reproductions of each groups album cover on which their song appears.

This 2 CD set celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original album, titled "A Real Cool Time:Distorted Sounds From The North". That album celebrated the 80's revival of garage/psych style rock music from suburban Sweden. For listeners unfamiliar with the many 60's influenced bands from this country, this set will be a revelation. If you've heard the three Rhino Records "Nuggets" garage rock sets, you'll have some idea of whats in store with this collection. In fact THE NOMADS, heard here, have a (different) track on the "Children of Nuggets" collection. This expanded set runs the gamut-from hard pop to garage rock to punk influenced rock. At times this set will scorch the ears off anyone who likes basic garage rock, played with barely controlled abandon. Fans of the SHADOWS OF KNIGHT, RAMONES, THE SEEDS, THE FLAMIN' GOOVIES etc. will have some idea of the sound and attitude found on this collection. At this point I have to mention that many of these tracks contain smokin' guitars, and combined with sledgehammer, powerhouse drumming, makes for a devastating combination. There's even a "car song" ("Fastest Car Around"), complete with honking sax and chorus, sounding like a harder-edged Jan and Dean-without the innocence. Another track ("Help That Girl") has some BYRDS style ringing guitars that push the song along like a tougher version of that group. Listening to this set its easy to get lost, and think you've gone back to the era when a band out of nowhere released a scorching single, and then disappeared back wherever they came from.

Thirty-nine bands are heard here, with the BOTTLEUPS represented with two tracks-making a total of 40 tracks of scorching,pounding rock. The fact that these bands call Sweden home is immaterial once you hear this music-its relentless with very little let-up. This is drum-pounding, squealing/fuzz-drenched guitars, snotty vocals style music, which makes for some intense listening. And in case anyone is wondering about the vocals-all these guys sound as if they could have come from street corners anywhere between the West and East coasts of the U.S.

The groups (like WAYWARD SOULS, PUSHTWANGERS, SINNERS, RUMBLERS, SLOBSTER, and LEATHER NUN) are not (unless you're a deep collector of this music) well known to many listeners in the U.S. With song titles like "This Ain't The Summer Of Love", "Insane", "Out Of My Mind", "Where Are You Sleeping Tonight?", "Don't Push Me Around", "Just Another Loner", and "She's Blind (But I Don't Mind)", you get the feeling that this isn't exactly a collection of flowery sunshine pop. No, this is sweaty, no holds barred garage/psych/punk rock 'n' roll, pumped out by bands with plenty of attitude.

This set is one of the best compilations of its type since the release of the "Nuggets" garage sets. This music is full of the aggressive sound found on the best tracks from those box sets-exciting,dirty, and visceral. The sometimes draw-dropping guitar/drums/vocal combination is air-guitar/drumming heaven. If you like the above box sets-get this. Sounds really liberating if played at neighbor complaining volume. Hopefully there's a volume two soon.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A notable Garage Rock Revival compilation.. 7 Feb 2011
By Patrick M. Kadas - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this 2 CD compilation of various Swedish garage Rock Revival artists last Thursday (2/3/2011) and finally finished going over it:
A Real Cool Time Revisited: Swedish Punk, Pop And Garage Rock 1982-1989 [Import UK] (RPM Records)-2010.
Check it out at allmusic.com where you can see who's on it OR amazon.com where one customer gave it a rating of 5 stars.
I bought it new from a 3rd party at amazon's site that I have dealt with before with good results for $13.63 USD including S/H.

What you get is 40 songs, 1.9 hours of some very good garage rock revival to mull over.
What I got was 28 songs, 1.4 hours of above average songs (4 star and above) with 9 songs, 28.3 minutes of 5 star songs IMHO!

I'm giving this double CD a rating of 4 stars (number of stars / number of tracks).
Yes there are some throughaways, BUT you will be able to add some great tracks to iTunes with this compilation.

The below songs that are on youtube are divided into two groups:

FIRST: The ones that were ALREADY on youtube and I added my reviews of them.

I'm 5 Years Ahead Of My Time - The Nomads [Soina, Stockholm, Sweden] - 1983 - "A cover of The Third Bardo [New York] classic 5 star song (1967)."

Unknown Journey - Wayward Souls [Stockholm, Sweden] - 1984 - "Very good vocals and beat. Notable guitar riffs and drum work."

Out Of My Mind - Backdoor Men [Almhult, Sweden] - 1985 - "...a '60s-obsessed garage/mod band from Sweden that came together in the early '80s,...which could have dropped out of a time warp from two decades previously and easily made the cut on the original Nuggets."

Cartoon Animal - Union Carbide Productions [Goteborg, Sweden] - 1989 - "Fueled by the rampaging guitars of Patrick Caganis and Bjorn Olsson, and the half-octave, node-encrusted vocal growl (and did this son of a bitch growl!) of Ebbot Lundberg,..."

Sudden Death - Slobster [Helsingborg, Sweden] - 1985 - "A snooty vocal sound with notable guitar HOOKS and drum work by this Garage-Rock Revival band."

Hey conductor - The Cornflake Zoo [Stockholm, Sweden] - 1985 - "The organ work and vocals makes for a very good listening experience. Nice guitar HOOKS."

SECOND: The ones that WEREN'T available on youtube so I added them using iMovie with stills (CD artwork)!

Don't Put Me Down - The Stomachmouths [Stockholm, Sweden] - 1985 - "A Garage-Rock Revival-Punk love angst song that the WHOLE band gets involved with."

This Ain't The Summer Of Love - Screaming Dizbusters [Solna, Sweden] - 1986 - "One of the BEST off this 2 CD compilation of various artists. Great guitar HOOKS and vocals. The Nomads [Soina, Stockholm, Sweden] did a 5 star version of this song the same year!"

Thirtynine Steps - The Preachers [Uppsala, Sweden] - 1985 - "Notable guitar HOOKS and vocals makes for an interesting Garage-Rock Revival-Neo Psychedelic listening experience."
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