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Noize level critical!
on 4 May 2005
This is an amazing pop/rock album. Tigertailz were a great band but unfortunately were ridiculed for three things: their name, their over-the-top glam image and the fact that they were Welsh. The world couldn`t seem to handle the fact that a band from Wales desperately wanted to be Motley Crue. It`s a pity because they were damn good at it. If Tigertailz had hailed from L.A., then "Bezerk" would be a glam classic that would still be talked about the same way people talk about "Appetite for destruction", "Faster pussycat", "No respect" and "Too fast for love".
The album has a massive production with loud guitars, silly sound effects and huge backing vocals. The band must have spared no expence on recording as it still sounds fantastic. It`s the songs that really make the album what it is. Every number is catchy and anthemic from the opening "Sick sex" through to "Call of the wild". "Love bomb baby" is something of a lost classic with it`s gloriously dumb chorus. Although the songs have plenty of hooks, guitarist Jay Pepper still manages to get a few real heavy riffs into the mix. Only on "Heaven" do things get a bit too pop but that might just be me as I`m no great fan of rock ballads. Special mention must also go to the cover, which was originally a lavish gatefold with amazing pictures of the band and a brilliant front cover of vocalist Kim Hooker, complete with red contact lenses, looking totally "Bezerk". I hope the CD reproduction is just as good.
I have waited a long time for this to be reissued. This time it comes with a bonus track from the "TYFHO" sessions in late `91 which were never released as the band parted company with drummer Ace Finchum, dumped the glam image and changed their name soon after. Like the rest of the glam rockers, grunge killed them and the band tried, but failed, to do something different. "Bezerk" is a real throwback to a time when you could rock out to something real dumb and feel good about it.