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The Panasonics - Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonicsdotdotdot
artworkThe completely inscrutable Pan is Takahashi Manabe, backed up by the very inscrutable Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets, et. al.), the mostly inscrutable Brit Brian Nevill, and the slightly less inscrutable Brit Matt Radford. There's also support here from the merely inscrutable British master Liam Watson, "Mrs. Pan" a.k.a. Nobue Takenouchi from Japan, and Americans Sonny George and Tjarco. This disc is a really hard to find 10 inch album, so good luck. It's in very lo-fi mono, and mostly primitive riff rock with a surf edge on some tracks.
Picks: Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics, Kaiser Pan, The Panasonics Meet The Wolfman, Pancake, Mr. Pan Ventures Out, Panther, Panpede, Pan's Rock

Track by Track Review


Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Mr. Pan is totally killer on this great tune, despite being little more than a trite Japanese stereotype. This track is fast, with what might be described as a stereotype oriental rock melody line, with glissandoes added and plenty of flair. Great performance!

Kaiser Pan dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

This Kaisers' song is trashed up with echoed guitar and thundering energy. The minimal riff is kinda cool, and is nicely arranged.

The Panasonics Meet The Wolfman dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

The sleeve credits Eddie Angel as writer, but "The Panasonics Meet The Wolfman" owes more than a small debt to the Frantics' "Werewolf." Endless goony growls and screams make it seem cartoonish.

Pancake dotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

"Pancake" is a riff rocker in the frat rock tradition. Thumpy and gutty, but pretty directionless.

Mr. Pan Ventures Out dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Mr. Pan (Osaka, Japan) and his deluxe garage instro outfit the Panasonics deliver one mother of an Eddie Angel tune via lo-fi garage rifforama. It is incredibly hot and infectious lo-fi in the Eddie Angel mold, with deluxe energy and edge. The album this is from is a masterpiece of primitive guitar intro madness. This is a riff and a flair for fun.

Panther dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

A slowish semi jazz / R&B back track with a whammy twang riff lead. Simple, but very effective, in a fifties single sorta way. Cool number.

Panpede dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

The Scarlets' often covered "Stampede" is played slower than usual, and with a more rhythm oriented arrangement that's actually quite appealing.

Pan's Rock dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Rockin' backroom countrified lo-fi instro madness a la fifties B-sides the way Eddie Angel reinterprets them. Cool, but too unmelodic for me.