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#1 HALL OF FAMEon 3 January 2006
Established in the early 1990s In the Red Records celebrates itself with 'Static Disaster' a 27-track compilation of artists who have released material on the small indie label. This collection takes in In the Red's garage-rock/punk-ass sound and comes across as a 'Nuggets' for its age. The material is quite similar, but if your world has space for The Stooges, The MC5, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, The Germs, The Cramps, Pussy Galore, Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard, Boss Hog, Mudhoney, Nirvana, Royal Trux, Sleater Kinney, Rocket from the Crypt, (early) White Stripes or Nebula there should be much here to impress you. White-noise, punk-assed garage-rock for all the kids at a lovely budget price, as the sleevenotes go "every one different, every one great" and like a lot of samplers likely to lead you towards one of those albums you'd never have discovered otherwise...
Too many songs to go into, just buy it - hit shuffle/play and see what works for you? Use it as a weapon against corp-punk-rock like Green Day, Sum141, Blink 182, the Offspring & all that cack. The highlights for myself thus far include The Mystery Girls' 'Silver Turns to Gold', The Screws' cover of Groove Armada's 'I See You Baby' (worth purchase for that alone!), 'Drowning' by Reigning Sound (as jangly as the Wedding Present!), the title track by The hunches ,'That's Alright with Me' and 'Do You Wanna Scratch It?' by Speedball Baby (including ex-members of Pussy Galore & Madder Rose), 'I Can't Sleep at Night' by the Deadly Snakes and ending on the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's 'Shirt Jac/Train#3' - which like the (brilliant)sleevenotes is dedicated to the late, great John Peel who played tracks from this label on his show. The only guy to...look just buy it - and then stop that whining that music ain't as good as it used to be!
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