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What a Bunch of Rodents

Satan's Rats Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Overground
  • ASIN: B0007LSXI8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In My Love For You 2:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Facade 2:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Year Of The Rats 2:350.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Louise 3:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You Make Me Sick 2:090.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Louise 3:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Who Stole My Skateboard? 2:370.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sex Object 3:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. With Honours 2:570.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. You Make It Hard 4 Us 3:080.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Friday's Child 4:380.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. My Flatmate 3:470.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Look At The Band 5:540.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Buzz Boys 3:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. She's Artistic 3:030.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Lady Is A Tramp 3:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Year Of The Rats 4:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Tin God 5:110.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Punk Rock Gig 2:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Don't Come On 9:220.69  Buy MP3 

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Twenty tracks including their three classic singles, 13 unreleased tracks and one demo version from one of Britain’s most under-rated punk bands. Sleeve notes by Steve Eagles.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Do the Rat! 2 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
I first encountered Satans Rats in a small night club in Cheltenham way back in 1978. They were hot, steaming and produced a set of classic punk rock that night the memory of which remained with me for many years.

'What a Bunch ...' is essentially a fans collection of the Rats studio work during that period (1977-79). Included are a handful of singles and some outakes and demos recorded in such magnificent locations as Ollys' front room and a basement studio in Worcester. The quality is rough, the sound is bad but the attitude is unquestionable.

As a contemporary piece of artwork this CD fails miserably (though it is worth buying for the hysterical liner notes alone!) On the other hand if you want a snapshot of the provinces punk rock scene at the time then grab a copy and thrill to the memory of the days when musicians displayed some real rock and roll blood n' guts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before The Photos They Were Called Satan's Rats 3 April 2013
By Tony
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This Overground Records release covers The Satan's Rats story between 1977 - 1979 before they drafted in Wendy Wu to form The Photos who became moderately famous on their then only self titled top ten album and got unfairly dubbed as Britain's answer to Blondie.

As for Satan's Rats the band never released an album, they were fronted by vocalist Paul Rencher, the band only released three singles which I gather did not sell well commercially. To start of my review the first six tracks are the officially released songs spanning from 1977 - 1978 (including the b-sides) which were put out on DJM Records, the then label of Elton John. Tracks 7 - 10 are demos recorded in 1978 in 'Mrs. Simms' Shed in Kempsey, Worcs' and tracks 11 - 16 (also demos) were recorded in 1979 in (drummer) Olly Harrison's 'Front Room'.

Track 7 'Who Stole My Skateboard?' seems like an ode to the skatepunk scene which became synonymous with the American punk bands in the 80's and track 16 'Lady Is A Tramp' is an excellent near hardcore punk take on an old classic, tracks 17 - 20 are made up of early demos recorded in 1977 'in a basement studio in Worcester' which featured original drummer Clint Driftwood. The last track the epic 'Don't Come On' starts nice and slow then builds up to a great guitar solo bit in the middle section, the song spans at 9 minutes and 22 seconds and it's an instant classic.

As for the music, it veers between metal/punk, punk, pop punk, punk ska with Paul's melodic/punk (non snotty or shouty) vocals with two good bass players and drummers topped up with Steve Eagles excellent guitar playing. The annotations by Steve are funny, short to the point with plenty of photos (pardon the pun) of the band and the original single sleeves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satan's Swamp Rats. 15 April 2013
By Bobby Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
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My first recollection of this band was via a superb cover version of 'You Make Me Sick' by German punk legends Upright Citizens, back in 1983. Intriqued I wanted to find out more about this strange band - the Rats that is. That being the case I was so pleased to pick up this compilation CD with a full 20 tracks by this semi-legendary English punk band from 1977/79. I have to say that the result is a real mixture of styles, going from the 'Neat Neat Neat' feel of 'Who Stole My Skateboard' to the Department S 'Is Vic There' (which I know was recorded after this song) of 'Don't Come On'. Along the way I can also detect traces of Black Sabbath, in the superb guitar playing of Steve Eagles, and more than a hint of 60s garage punk, especially on 'Louise'. I also couldn't fail to notice that the band looked just like the Undertones circa 1978 - another band that one can hear in their sound. So, if you are bored with todays music then you could do a lot worse than checking out the Rats, the band that should have been James Herberts' favourite! If you like this also check out bands such as Modern Pets, as they have that 77 style off to a t: Modern Pets
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic 17 April 2013
By stanley Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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wish i had the originals on vinyl, but what can you do? this a good collection every punk fan should own.
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