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Jake Noose
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:09 am  Reply with quote
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I know this has been making the rounds this week on social media, but still curious about your response to this article. Agree? Disagree?

http://www.avclub.com/article/where-start-psychobilly-217841

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Clearly written by someone without much depth to their knowledge in the field. More or less seemed a copy paste from one or two internet sources also written by someone trying to explain this cool new subculture they discovered at summer camp.

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Dan wrote:
Clearly written by someone without much depth to their knowledge in the field. More or less seemed a copy paste from one or two internet sources also written by someone trying to explain this cool new subculture they discovered at summer camp.


couldn't say it better myself.

psychobilly's anti-political, so bands like The Living End don't qualify...but here's a paragraph on Frenzy Rolling Eyes

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Heh heh heh ...
It read like a homework assignment or a book report.

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While it is a crappy article I wouldn't say that the list of recommendations is unreasonable for a starting point.

If someone wanted to get started with Frank Zappa I wouldn't send them straight to 200 Motels. Ya got to ease em into the weirdness.

Anyways, thoughts on other bands newbies should start with?
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Frantic Flintstones
The Krewmen

... just off the top of my head.

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... and ...
Batmobile

Then, I'd probably advise said person, to ignore the paragraph about Frenzy.

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Chuckie wrote:

Frantic Flintstones
The Krewmen
... and ...
Batmobile

Then, I'd probably advise said person, to ignore the paragraph about Frenzy.


Completely agree with you on all four accounts. Wink

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I would not really agree with their list of "Essentials" at the bottom of the article. They got at least one right though.

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The Mad Sin record they picked, in my opinion is no where near the best. I've seen worse lists, but it is by no means one I'd ever reference.

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Agreed with Mad Sin. I'd probably recommend Survival of the Sickest if I were to pick one. Or maybe Dead Moon.
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bassburner wrote:
Agreed with Mad Sin. I'd probably recommend Survival of the Sickest if I were to pick one. Or maybe Dead Moon.


My pick for Mad Sin would be Chills & Thrills.

The Meteors, Torment and Demented albums I agree with on there but that's about it. No way would I steer a newbie towards that Klubfoot live series though. Sure it has a lot of bands, but it sounds like shit from what I can remember of it.

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I just now looked up the number 9 pick on the list: "Hotter Than Hell: An Injection Of Psychobilly Madness"

I don't have this comp, but after looking at the playlist on it, I can't understand anything that makes this late '90s comp any more special or different than any other late 90's/early 00's comp...

So my question is: What comp would be a better pick?

My two cents are for the 1985 compilation "Hell's Bent on Rockin'," released on the Nervous label. This album is inexpensive & contains twelve different bands, including psychobilly staples such as The Meteors, Demented Are Go, The Sharks, The Ricochets & even a pre-Torment track in the form of Frenzy. These staples give the widest & most accurate representation of the genre while allowing the new listener to choose a favorite for future record hunts.

What's your call on a different comp?

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Dan wrote:
bassburner wrote:
Agreed with Mad Sin. I'd probably recommend Survival of the Sickest if I were to pick one. Or maybe Dead Moon.


My pick for Mad Sin would be Chills & Thrills.



Chills & Thrills for sure. That one is in my top 10 records of all time.

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Jake Noose wrote:

What's your call on a different comp?


Honestly, there really aren't any "psychobilly" comps I'd really rate. The only thing I can think I'd recommend as an intro would be Rockabilly Psychosis & The Garage Disease.
When it comes to psychobilly, I don't really care for most of the comps because they are either live(not a fan of live recordings) or just a rehash of tracks I already have.

Only exception I can think of are the region type comps like the couple Japanese psychobilly comps or that one from California, but I wouldn't consider those as essentials for someone new to psychobilly.

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