Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Penetrators, “Bad Woman”, 2009
(Slovenly Records)

Recycling is good for the environment.  We’ll pass on recycled food though.  On their “new” album The Penetrators give us a few of their old classic material and a number of  sixties covers.  The band sound like sloppy drunks who turn up and play as loosely as humanly possible but manage to replicate the experience and appealing feel next time they’re witnessed live.  The cartoonish garage rock of “Teenage Lifestyle” and “#1 Band in Town” summarize the band’s attitude.  The emphasis is on fun rather than exact playing.   Jack Lipton’s b-grade voice often brings a  drunken stumbling Stones to mind.  Bizzarely the Jagger similarity comes through strongest on the haunting cover of Roky Erikson’s “If You Have Ghosts” and “Last Time” pails in comparison.

For those who like rehashing there are two versions of “Bad Woman” with their two different vocalists and the CD has three versions of“Teenage Lifestyle”.   All in all, this collection of songs album serves as a  Penetrators appetizer compared to the full satisfying main course meal of  “Basement Anthology”.  


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