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The Only Pure Psychobilly's Finest Hour?
on 19 June 2015
following the meteors was a way of life for some. the 'kattle' were a fearsome hard core of fans, not to be messed with in the mosh-pit, or anywhere else for that matter. i have a friend who used to join their entourage when it crossed the border, and hang out with them until they re-crossed after any scottish dates. his enthusiasm was infectious and on occasion i would catch their shows, which to be honest were mostly 'killer', as was the first album 'in heaven'. this lp is almost it's equal, but in my opinion, the last of theirs to be truly inspired before the cult of the violent image took over, and the albums became more and more patchy and almost humdrum in their sameyness. to be honest, when the rock 'n' roll/punk/psychosis juggernaut came to the fork in the road, i chose the path to crampdom, and have never looked back (you never know what might be following you!), so paid diminishing heed to the meteors as the years went by, so have little knowledge of their work in the last 28 years or so.
but this is a great (the best?) example of the 'pure psychobilly' that comes as their motto. boosted even further on this edition with the 'mutant rock' single and it's brilliant b-side 'the hills have eyes' and a couple of other associated tracks, as bonus material. this kicks off in fine style with 'i'm insane' which is a perfect scene setter for all that follows, including the near hit single, a chilling cover of john leyton's 'johnny remember me'. from there on the frenetic pace rarely lets up, through rocking classics like the title track, 'blue sunshine' and 'zombie noise' until the albums closing two tracks, the first of which is a fairly pedestrian (for the meteors anyway) cover of 'wild thing', the last being 'i'm not mad/get off my cloud'. which brings us to the bizarre fact that 'get off my cloud' is also on the first album, albeit a different version, but an odd choice nonetheless. the four extra tracks close the album, and in this case really feel like 'bonus' material and not just stuff chucked on for the sake of it.
i don't doubt that the meteors are good at what they do generally, but i think it's worth mentioning the quality of p. paul fenech's guitar playing, which is a factor often omitted from their reviews and such, the focus usually landing on his outlandish personna. this is of the highest quality in his field and a vital weapon in the meteors' armoury. another point in this album's favour is how fresh it still sounds, and would be a much needed boon amongst the tired old rock music of the present day. but that's perhaps too far a step for p. paul and his ongoing obsessions.