The Gizmos - 1976/1977 (Midwest proto-punk, teenage rock nerds: The Dictators, The Ramones, The Shaggs)
Upon first drop of the needle into these teenage hormone encrusted groves you will likely be, surprisingly, disappointed. But thats the point, dummies!
Rock and roll wasn't meant to be kid tested and mother approved. It's not supposed to be the four years wasted at Music College where you'll end up majoring in audio engineering anyways. It IS supposed to be pure teenage frustration ejaculated straight into you ears!! Sounds GROSS, don't it!?!? You bettcha'!
Many of my favorite rock stars are gross and ugly as fuck, both their visage and in the sounds they excrete- The Ramons (uggh), The Stooges (gaaahh!!), The New York Dolls ([wets pants]), The MC5's (freaks!!) - JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, the whole lot of 'em!! Just the way we like it.
Hailing from the butthole of Indiana, a group of looser drop-out rock journalists and record nerds decided that perhaps they themselves could kick up a racket the likes of which had been largely lost from the late-mid 70's musical landscape. They couldn't, but damn did they ever try!
Remember that this is just prior to when hipster New York bands like The Ramones would make "punk" a house hold word, and so these geeks had few contemporary bands to emulate from (The Dictators are influence #1), a small had full of semi-recent bands to steal liks off of (MC5, The Stooges), and an entire decade of cheap dime-store garage bands from the previous decade to mimic.
The result is some of the most inept music you've ever heard since the Wiggins sisters mongoloid-rocked their way into history with The Shaggs first album. But not just 3 sisters like The Shaggs, The Gizmos took a total of 8 (!!!) band member, 2000 hours of TV watching, 250 bong hits, zero girls, 800 boob jokes, and 3 E.P.'s to make this album.
The album collects their fist self titled E.P., their second "Amerika First" E.P., and their third "World Tour" E.P. plus one bonus track that features a young Johnny Courgar [Melincamp].
But before you start to think that I hate this album, let me say how much I adore these fine young Gizmos. In true Dictators form, the Gizmos lead by Ken Highland, Ted Niemiec, Eddy Flowers, Rich Coffee, and some other guys named Rick, Dave, Jim, and Davey tryed to combine rock and roll with adolescent humor and actually managed to be funny! "Muff Divin'" is so vulgar it even makes my girlfriend blush. Check out the grunge guitar sound of "Amerika First."
Tonights homework: Listen to this album over and over and over again until you learn to LOVE IT. I promise you'll thank me later for it.
- rambling dumb review by denez
- Muff Divin' (In Willkie South)
- Thta's Cool (I Respect You More)
- Mean Screen
- Chicken Queen (The [Ass] End)
- Amerika First
- Human Garbage Disposal
- Ballad Of The Gizmos
- Kiss Of The Rat
- Pumpin' To Playboy
- Cave Woman
- (I'm Just A) Regular Dude
- Gizmos World Tour
- We're Gonna Rumle
- Gimme Back My Foreskin
- Hey Beat Mon!
- Boring, Part 1 [take 2]
168 kbps, ripped from vinyl.
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