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Satan's Cheerleaders - Paint It Black, You Devildotdotdot
artworkReleased in 1995, this is one of those rare moments when trash becomes art. The low brow, almost rehearsal feel is offset by consistent arrangements and mixing, and wholly original treatments of classic tunes. Four moronic vocals with an endearing quality, and ten instrumentals with more fuzz and weirdness than legally allowed make for an adventure on the seamy side of the tracks.

Vocals include: the narrated "Stingray," a bad version of Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Hungry," a marginally interesting regurgitation of Davie Allan and the Arrows' "Midnight Rider," and the psycho dazed "Trip To Infinity."
Picks: 2,000 Pound Bee, Interceptor, Miserlou's Dream, Rawhide, Penetration, Skip To My Mary Jane, Apache 95, Jezebel

Track by Track Review


2,000 Pound Bee dotdot
Garage Fuzz (Instrumental)

This noisy minimal Ventures tune gets the ultra dirty fuzz treatment, with basic drums and occasional whistling feedback. Aside from its loudness, it really has no personality, though the trashy treatment seems quite natural.

Interceptor dotdot
Garage Fuzz (Instrumental)

Throbbing vibrato second guitar and a reverbed fuzzy trash lead and thin bass delivering a "Bat Man" derived riff. Repetitious, and not much more.

Miserlou's Dream dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzz Surf (Vocal)

More like "Miserlou's Nightmare," this sludgy treatment is laced with electronic space rock sound effects and a slow murky lead guitar playing it without double picking. While rather cacophonous, "Miserlou's Dream" is also strangely magnetic. The dementia of the arrangement and the muck drenched sound combine for a side you'll not soon forget.

Rawhide
Garage Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

Trashy sloppy low brow and completely dismissible. I've never heard such a boring version of this Link Wray tune.

Penetration dotdotdot
Garage Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

Murky and sounding like it's around the corner somewhere, this reworking of the Pyramids' "Penetration" is both minimal and crude, while also having a strange intrigue about it. I don't exactly get what the catch is, but I liked it while trying not to. Nothing really new, just ultra trashy and demo-like.

Skip To My Mary Jane dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

Stripped down biker psychedelic minimalism, with an oddly effected guitar and rumbling drums. It's so rehearsal like that it's charming. It's a complete morphing of a fine Davie Allan and the Arrows track from one of those so bad their great biker flicks. It's sorta surfy too.

Apache 95 dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

This arrangement is loosely based on Davie Allan and the Arrows' "Apache '65" remake of the classic from Jerry Lordan's pen. It's unique, surfy, trashy, and strangely magnetic. The rich low-E surf guitar work in the bridges is fine.

Jezebel dotdotdotdot
Garage Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

This is quite an original treatment of Frankie Laine's hit. It's nothing like the obvious Illusions or Huevos Rancheros, or even Jigsaw Seen versions. It's sludgy, big, noisy, and entirely trashy, yet dramatic and cool. Amazing.