ROSE TATTOO-THE BEST OF ROSE TATTOO: They never achieved a smidgen of the worldwide attention accorded fellow AUSSIE barn burners AC/DC, but ROSE TATTOO's ballsy blueprint...loud, swaggering boogie rock sprayed with menace and galvanized slide guitar volleys...certainly made 'em ink covered partners in crime. Venom spewing belter ANGRY ANDERSON (who resembled a diminutive UNCLE FESTER) had a brawling, bloozey bleat that was a crass cross between BON SCOTT and BRIAN JOHNSON on voltage studded punk-metal anthems SCARRED FOR LIFE, BRANDED and ROCK & ROLL OUTLAW. While popular in their homeland, eighties American radio, awash in a comparatively serene sea of new wave and hair metal, all but ignored this chaotic quintet's brutal kick-axe assault...but rock fans made of sterner stuff lapped up the relentless power of spine snappers like SIDEWALK SALLY and ONE OF THE BOYS. The aggressive twenty track sampler BEST OF ROSE TATTOO is a smash-you-in-the-face collection of crash 'n burn calamity certainly worth howling about... nobody, least of all these guys, ever said rock and roll was pretty.
RATING: FOUR TATTS