BE A CAVEMAN - VA (DMZ,Crawdaddys,Fuzztones,Chesterfield Kings,Barracudas, Plan 9, Unclaimed, Pandoras, Gravedigger and more.!)Comp CD

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Boffo compilation of the best of the Voxx label, featuring such '80s-90s garage heroes such as the Stomachmouths, The Hypstrz, The Eyes of Mind, The Things, The Leopards, The Event, The Laughing Soup Dish, and many more. Also included are DMZ, The Crawdaddys, The Fuzztones, The Chesterfield Kings, The Barracudas, Plan 9, The Unclaimed, The Pandoras, The Gravedigger and more.

Awesome cover art by Rudi Protrudi. Nicely remastered with 24 page book and liner notes by Greg Shaw.

From 1979 onward, the Voxx label has been the home of more 1960s garage revivalist bands than any other company, although the label's activities tapered off in the early '90s. This is a 27-song survey of Voxx's output (excluding the actual '60s garage bands whose material it reissued occasionally). Many of these names were among the best-known groups in this rather insular movement, such as DMZ, the Crawdaddys, the Barracudas, Plan 9, the Unclaimed, the Pandoras, the Tell Tale Hearts, the Fuzztones, the Cynics, and the Chesterfield Kings. There are a few names that might be unfamiliar to those steeped in the style, like the Time Beings, the Leopards, the Event, and the Laughing Soup Dish. But even if you're the purist who only wants to hear the original 1960s garage recordings, you'll probably recognize most of these bands, if only because so many of them advertised in (and wrote for) fanzines detailing obscure 1960s garage music. The music on this disc? It's a cliché by now to note that it's not as exciting as the obscure 1960s recordings it's modeled on, but that's no less valid a statement than it ever was. Those songs that are covers of old nuggets don't match the original versions; much of the original material sounds like form without the content. Some non-standard garage influences peek through occasionally, such as surf, punk, and polished late-'60s British psychedelia, but for the most part it's bluesy, simple 1966-style ranting. The Leopards' late-'60s Kinks-style vaudeville-mod satire "Psychedelic Boy" really stands out (refreshingly so) in this context as something a little different. Should you want just one overview sampler of the genre, though, this -- despite the absence of some of the more celebrated names, such as the Lyres -- has got to be the best one out there. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide


1             –Vertebrats*             Left In The Dark            

2             –DMZ (2)             Can't Stand The Pain            

3             –Crawdaddys*             There She Goes Again            

4             –Barracudas             This Ain't My Time            

5             –Plan 9 (2)             I'm Not There            

6             –Unclaimed*             Run From Home            

7             –Pandoras*             Melvin            

8             –Gravedigger V*             Spooky            

9             –Tell Tale Hearts*             It's Not Me            

10             –Miracle Workers             One Step Closer To You            

11             –Time Beings*             Why Don't You Love Me            

12             –Fuzztones*             Green Slime            

13             –Odds*             I'll Make You Sorry            

14             –Vipers*             Nothing's From Today            

15             –Cynics*             Waste Of Time            

16             –Chesterfield Kings*             Are You Gonna Be There?            

17             –Stomachmouths*             Dr Syn            

18             –Wombats**             Bye Bye Baby            

19             –Laughing Soup Dish*             Teenage Lima Bean            

20             –Hypstrz*             Midnight Hour            

21             –Surf Trio*             Fun In The Summer            

22             –Eyes Of Mind*             She Only Knows            

23             –Things (2)             Can't Get Enough            

24             –The Leopards (2)             Psychedelic Boy            

25             –Steppes*             Living So Dead            

26             –Event*             She's Our Girl            

27             –Dwarves             Be A Caveman