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Tumble for 2 minutes and that is your lot
on 21 March 2010
Nostalgia don't you just love it?
One of the best punk albums ever made? No, not in reality. The band existing before this, Hollywood Brats were back-combed tousled head and shoulders above this badly produced punk cash in.
Viewing the Boys supporting the Ramones in 79 provided access to their second album, more varied and textured. The Boys are frivolous, frothy power pop, similar to the Rezillos but nowhere near as good. Their album is Raw Power compared to this badly produce neut rock.
Play it next to the Damned and the snotty boys of punk jump out with a surge of electric speed. Not as pretty as Generation X, not as subversive as X Ray Spex and without the tunes of the Buzzcocks, it lies limp. Slaughter and the Dogs is a far more vicious album and nearer to the Americans, Ramones, Dolls, Cramps in style and substance, although they careered off into heavy metal. This even has a Beatles cover, yeuchh.
They sit alongside the Lurkers and Vibrators as ramalama Ramones, without the punch drunk stupidity cartoon surrealism, slackjaw pose to everything deemed righteous. Singalonga cop cars in the city, in the city... in the city is the best track.. The Boys never transcended the punk genre they inhabited briefly.
If you get the time to listen to Hollywood Brats CD, preceding this album is worth the chase. Glam punk Dolls with a dash of Bowie and a zip of the Ig. If you are a completest this is worth a spin at the Punk Rock 77 Party, but it won't change your life.