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Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks - Feels Like Buzz Aldrindotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD was issued in 1996. While the sound is on the ambient side, the music is everything you'd hope fro from Sweden's rawest rockin'est guitarist Robert Johnson. With a big nod to Link Wray and the garage ethic, the track here dominate and pummel. Great grimy rock 'n' roll.
Picks: Buzz Aldrin, Tigercharm, The Whip, Camel Walk, Surf Beat, Jack The Ripper, Hangin' One, Asiatic Flu, Thunder, Punchdrunks Drives A Dragster, Ghost Train, Long Ride, Ramblin' Reckless Hobo, Bird Bath, Have Guitar Will Travel, Ali Boom A Lay, Ramrod, Wipe Out, Safari, Genocide

Track by Track Review

Buzz Aldrin dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Intense weird tones thrust you into this assaultive fuzz and grind riff rocker in the Link Wray tradition. Very uncomfortable, and very cool.

Tigercharm dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slow grinding a la Link Wray, with throbbing vibrato and dissonant tonality. Growls and howls permeate the darkness, adding horror film fear.

The Whip dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Frantics' "The Whip" gets the extra grodie treatment, with growly sax lead and thick back alley tone.

Camel Walk dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Ah yes... The Saxons' mighty "Camel Walk" gets the Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks treatment, which means the tribal runway surf and sax groove gives way to a nastier grodier ax and sax assault. Very cool!

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's incredibly primal "Surf Beat" trashed and thrashed. Unlike Robert Johnson's version with the Bottle Ups, this is less vibrato dependent and more chunk and grind dominated. Very mean.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

What self respecting guitar player has played "Jack The Ripper?" Link Wray and his Raymen made such a nasty record! These guys pay sincere respect to the Linkster, adding a garage edge and long leaning notes. Fine version.

Hangin' One dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With a riff slightly similar to "Moon Dawg," the Ramblers' "Hangin' One" draws on a gnarly riff and a nasty sax to snarl at the moon and drive it home. Really cool. Nothing like the original texture wise. Way cool.

Asiatic Flu dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Punchdrunks rhythm guitarist Per Thorsell wrote this mean tune. It's a lot like many of the fifties riff rockers, yet is so much meaner and sports some nice changes. Rockin' rollin' alley cat thrash.

Thunder dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bobby Fuller's "Thunder Reef" is dirtied, grodied, mashed and busted. Big time garage gnarl.

Punchdrunks Drives A Dragster dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Robert Johnson pushed this tight little riff to the max when he wrote it. Mean and rockin', the band powers through this with abandon. Similar to the sort of tune Eddie Angel loves so much, this is simple and direct, and quite infectious.

Ghost Train dotdotdotdot
Nasty Rock (Instrumental)

Another obscure instro, the Swanks' "Ghost Train" is taken from mere haunting to outright threatening, with a very nasty guitar and a ton of energy. What a monster.

Long Ride dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This train timer writhes on the rhythm of a military march, overpower all that come near. While a riff rocker, "Long Ride" is domineering and catchy.

Ramblin' Reckless Hobo dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A Pipeline-esq rhythm track, chunked with dark power, is fronted by long sustain and fuzz. Not melodic, but mighty dark and commanding.

Bird Bath dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dal Winslow's interpretation of the Revels' "Church Key" gets nastier and grodier at the hands of Robert Johnson and Punchdrunks. Fast, furious, harsh, and par-tee targeted. Very mean.

Have Guitar Will Travel dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A bit of a Link Wray feel, a back woods lilt, and a nasty fuzz. Primitivo, with a cool riff!

Ali Boom A Lay dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Ultra nasty double picked lead tops overdrive rhythm chords and a "Miserlou"-like beat and structure. Nods to Dick Dale, roughness of the Hollywood Surfers, and the impeccable basic rock and roll of the Punchdrunks.

Ramrod dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Al Casey's seminal tune gets the raw power treatment. Rhythm is the watchword, and crude is the key to its success. Quite a rocker.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Surfaris' classic "Wipe Out" is taken to the frat party, thrashed and bashed, and all purities have been surgically removed. Pure unadulterated rock 'em sock 'em bashomatic music. Did I mention that it sounds LOUD?

Safari dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A slow cymbal intro to tribal tom toms, and the gradual infusion of dirty guitar playing a sub-metal menace. The riff and swirl is like "Stranded In The Jungle," while the sound is pure jungle rot. Harsh, primitive, and unpretentious.

Genocide dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Genocide" is almost as scary as the original. It's just so much dirtier that some of the drama is replaced with pure edge. The shimmering vibrato is very cool and raspy.