Tuesday, February 26, 2013

VA: [1997] Tokyo Trashville!

Offering a slightly exotic twist on the crude butt-kickin' mayhem that garage punk fans love, this compilation documents an underground scene that began with occasional "Back from the Grave" nights at a club in Tokyo's red-light district. At first people just drank and listened to their favorite records; then they formed bands, performed themselves, and unleashed this music on the rest of the world. This album provides an overview of this scene, starting at full throttle with Supersnazz pushing the spirit of the Pebbles compilations into the 1990s. Another highlight is hearing the 5.6.7.8's barrel through "Ki-Kiya Shout" with the off-kilter enthusiasm of a band just learning how to play its instruments. Elsewhere on this album, Guitar Wolf steamrolls through the heavy guitar rock of "Kung Fu Ramone"; Teengenerate shows their '70s punk roots with "Johnny and Dee Dee"; Jackie & the Cedrics and Mad 3 indicate they've been listening to Dick Dale and the Ventures; and the remaining bands evoke the spirit (if not quite the quality) of the Stooges, MC5, Radio Birdman, and the great rockabilly artists. Tokyo Trashville isn't consistently brilliant, and it certainly doesn't feature lush production or pristine performances, but it's definitely a lot of fun.

trACks: YEAR 1 (SUPERSNAZZ) / CHOCOLATE (MUDDY FRANKENSTEIN) / HE'S WAITIN' (GUINNY VAMPS) / JOHNNY & DEE DEE (TEENGENERATE) / KUNG FU RAMONE (GUITAR WOLF) / PHOTOGRAPHER (TEXACO LEATHERMAN) / MOTORBIKIN' SHAKE (MUTANT MONSTER BEACH PARTY) / LET'S DANCE (GREAT MONGOOSE) / SQUAD CAR (JACKIE & THE CEDRICS) / KI-KYA SHOUT (5.6.7.8'S) / ALI BABA (MAD 3).

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