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The Mad 3 - Teenage Delinquentdotdotdot
artworkThe Mad 3 are the logical step children of Blue Cheer filtered through Leland's gene pool. They know no bounds of ugliness when it comes to huge guitar tone. Unfortunately, they also no know bounds of cheap recordings, which mask much of their prowess and monstrous grodie edge. Some nice stuff here, especially the inspired surfabilly version of "Caravan" and the dark and gloomy "Bangalore." The alternate cover art is way cool, so I placed it here for all to see.
Picks: New World, Ali Baba, K.C.H.C., Twangy Eddie, Inside Looking Out, Fuzz Wizard, Caravan, Shining, Devil Men

Track by Track Review


New World dotdotdot
Punk (Instrumental)

This is your basic lo-fi grungorama, spunk and pumped chord fuzz and punk drums, semi melodic progression rock.

Ali Baba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

These guys can rock the surf when they want to. This is one hot thrash out of "Bangalore" mistitled "Ali Baba," probably because they covered Jackie and the Cedrics' cover, which is likewise mistitled. The power and energy are immense, with excited shouts of "Ali Baba" interspersed. Intense whammy and shredding double picking are the keynote style. The choking and glissandoes are nervous inducers of anxiety. Totally great arrangement. Too bad the recording sucks.

K.C.H.C. dotdot
Power Grunge (Instrumental)

Sheesh! Super punkarama grindcore. Ugly and without melody or anything useful.

Twangy Eddie dotdotdot
Cowpunk (Instrumental)

With a guitar tone that lies between Duane Eddy and Bo Diddley, this semi melodic progression hints of Duane's country roots. It has that funky cowpoke beat, and a mighty playful delivery, like the Toy Dolls in a car port. Quite fun.

Inside Looking Out dotdotdot
Marshall Stack (Instrumental)

This lumbers and lunges like a Blue Cheer epic of days gone by, just faster and slightly noisier, but no more annoying. Psychedelic screaming Marshall stack rock.

Fuzz Wizard dotdotdot
Marshall Stack (Instrumental)

With wind sounds borrowed from Hawkwind's "Magnu," this heavy plunderer seeks but doesn't quite find the territory carved out by the likes of Voodoo Child. Noisy neo psychedelic argumentative thunder.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Thundering Exotic Surfabilly (Instrumental)

A nearly traditional arrangement, like maybe Les Paul or somebody, with a rockabilly backtrack, and stellar guitar work. Entirely too cool.

Shining dotdotdot
Monster From The Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and evil sub-surf horror grind, with reverb kicks and menacing grodie tones. A non-melodic monster from Tokyo Bay.

Devil Men dotdotdot
Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a typical fuzz marshal ranting, with not quite as much character as their other work. Powerful and distorted, but not remarkable.