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The Mono Men - Shut Up!dotdotdot
artworkDave Crider's Mono Men decided to release "an all instrumental recording dedicated to all those who can't stand the way we sing," hence the title "Shut Up!" The music is thick, brutally powerful, and sometimes melodic. It drips Link Wray and the [Surfin'] Smithereens, with meaner tone and thicker darker ambiance. This Japanese release sports 4 bonus tracks not on the US equivalent, a couple of which are worth the price alone.
Picks: WRECKER!, Phantom On Lane 12, Little Miss 3-B, Switchblade, Reset, Warm Piston, Mr. Eliminator, Rumble, I'm Branded, Jack The Ripper, Pete's Pango, Cruster's Theme

Track by Track Review


WRECKER! dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"WRECKER!" is a thick crusty instro, like a darn heavy backtrack. It is dependent on it's awesome power for survival. Power, power, and more power, but inadequate melody.

Phantom On Lane 12 dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thick dark, thematic, and very huge. The melody riff is friendly as mean as the guitar tone, and the bowl-you-over attack leave no doubt about the angst underlying the chunk.

Little Miss 3-B dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Another backtrackish ultra thick grinder, mid tempoed and dark. It has no particular personality. There's more melody in the bass riff than the guitars.

Switchblade dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Monstrous Link Wray homage, paid with volume and power, and very nice guitar work. Don't get in the way of this evil mother. The incredible mid section pickslide rules!

Reset dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bass glissandoes, shreddin' guitar riffs, and surf format (if not sound) drive this track into hit land. There's a magnetic draw here that grabs you and won't let go. Can you spell 'Oomph!?"

Warm Piston dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

I know that the sleeve says "Warm Piston," but this is mighty close to "Mr. Eliminator." Big. boffo powered, and muscle car driven.

Mr. Eliminator dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Super flux garage presentation of the Dick Dale classic done in an almost identical arrangement years earlier by the Smithereens. Hot and edgie.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Link Wray lives right here. Huge, sustained, and a lot like the Johnny Kool and the Rattlesnakes version of a decade earlier. Super grind and power scrape abound. Yikes!

I'm Branded dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Link Wray's chord progression standard meanly driven to the rockpile with dark clouds overhead. Dirty and cool.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Now, this is my favorite Link Wray tune, and this is among my favorite evil trash versions. Dark, brooding, sustained, feedback laden, and very VERY mean. Look Out!

Pete's Pango dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Pete's Pango" is a lot like "Mr. Eliminator" in the rhythm department, but not elsewhere. It powers through the backyard, mowing down everything that stands in its way. Heavy power glissandoes and double picked shreddage abound. Egads!

Cruster's Theme dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a swell thundering plunderer of an instro, chord progressional and as dark as midnight. From sludge and honey come a sweetly evil smell.