Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: A Real Cool Time Revisited (Swedish Punk Pop and Garage Rock 1982-1989)dotdotdotdotdot
Besides being rewarded by two aggressive instrumentals, this superb forty-track release rounds up a tuff set of eighties Swedish garage. Little of this made to the US, except as imports, but in the middle of the paisley underground and garage revivals, Sweden was alive with great bands. A few became legends, like The Nomads, but most were little more than rumors in America - a crime for sure. Back when I was doing my show on KFJC, I played a lot of these bands - still really like them.
Picks: The Bottle Ups - Ramblin' Reckless Hobo, Problem - Uppskarajack

Track by Track Review


Ramblin' Reckless Hobo dotdotdotdot
Vibrato Cowpoke Surf (Instrumental)

Whoa! Super chunk discordant guitar slamming... This is an evil monster, just itchin' for a fight. Crunchy chunky brain rattling Link tempered dark discordant and wonderfully irritating. Viva Bottle Ups!

Uppskarajack dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Uppskarajack" is a grand bar room version of "Jack The Ripper," full of raw primal edge and seedy bar attitude. A nice addition to the legacy of Link.