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Album of the Day: Reverend Horton Heat – Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em (1990, Sub Pop)

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FREAKS ALBUM OF THE DAY FOR MAY 30, 2017: Reverend Horton Heat – Some ‘Em If You’ve Got ‘Em (1990, Sub Pop)

“Bullet” – 3:06
“I’m Mad” – 3:16
“Bad Reputation” – 2:25
“It’s a Dark Day” – 5:04
“Big Dwarf Rodeo” – 3:02
“Psychobilly Freakout” – 2:39
“Put It to Me Straight” – 2:34
“Marijuana” – 4:49
“Baby, You Know Who” – 2:39
“Eat Steak” – 2:33
“‘D’ for Dangerous” – 4:05
“Love Whip” – 3:43

Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath – vocals, guitar
Jimbo Wallace – upright bass
Patrick “Taz” Bentley – drums
Tim Alexander (of Asleep at the Wheel) – piano (on “Love Whip”)
Hook Herrerra (Hook and the Hitch-Hikers) – harmonica (on “Love Whip”)
The Psychic Plowboy Horn Section (a.k.a., The Hooterville Horns) – horns (on “Love Whip”)

Album of the Day: Girl Trouble, Hit It Or Quit It (1988, Sub Pop/K)

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FREAKS ALBUM OF THE DAY FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16:

GIRL TROUBLE, HIT IT OR QUIT IT (1988, SUB POP/K)

Track Listing:

A1 Wreckin’ Ball 3:04
A2 Primeval 3:40
A3 Hot Monkey Love 2:04
A4 Riverbed 3:40
A5 Hurt Your Heart 3:00
A6 Old Time Religion 3:30
B1 Steppin’ Out 2:22
B2 Follow Me Down 3:04
B3 She No Rattle My Cage 3:10
B4 The Skin 4:35
B5 My Baby’s Gone 2:04
B6 Where’s The Loser? 4:03

AllMusic Review by Mark Deming [4/5]

In their contrary way, Girl Trouble may be the ultimate Pacific Northwest rock band; their purposefully lo-fi attack and primitive sound make them one of the few acts that boasts a musical kinship with both Mudhoney and Beat Happening, but they’re clearly influenced by the vintage garage-era sounds of the Sonics, the Wailers, and the Raiders, and their swaggering, snotty outlook is timeless in its own flip-the-bird way. Girl Trouble’s debut album, 1987′s Hit It or Quit It, isn’t necessarily their best work, but it effectively laid out the plan of attack that the band would follow for the next couple decades: rough, echo-laden guitar work from Kahuna, simple but hard-hitting drumming by Bon Von Wheelie, subsonic bass work courtesy of Dale Philips, and attitudinal vocals from Kurt P. Kendall that split the difference between Gerry Roslie and Lux Interior. Fold in muscular tunes about cage dancing, alluring but dangerous gals, treacherous men of the cloth, biker gangs, new dance sensations, and all sorts of crazed good times, and you get Hit It or Quit It, a big slice of fuzzy rock action that shows you can have a lot of fun and still take rock & roll seriously. Along with some swingin’ original tunes, Hit It or Quit It includes a few well-chosen covers, and Girl Trouble strip Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Steppin’ Out” to the frame while still staying true to its sneering nature, as well as turning George Jones’ “White Lightning” into a hard-stomping rocker. Girl Trouble have made a bunch of great records over the years, but Hit It or Quit It shows they knew what they could do right out of the box, and this music hasn’t gone the least bit stale more than a quarter-century after the fact; just add beer and some room to groove, and this album will get your rock & roll party started.

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Album of the day: Thee Headcoats, Heavens To Mergatroyd, Even! It’s Thee Headcoats! (Already) (1990, Sub Pop Records)

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FREAKS ALBUM OF THE DAY FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 17:

Thee Headcoats, ‘Heavens To Mergatroyd, Even! It’s Thee Headcoats! (Already)’ (1990, Sub Pop Records)

Allmusic (4/5): AllMusic Review by Paula Carino:

This 1990 album, originally released on indie stalwart SubPop, established the basic template for Billy Childish’s oeuvre for the next decade to come: simple garage riffage, snotty, smart lyrics, and a tinny, devil-may-care production that underscores the casual desperation behind the music.

Cover art by Daniel Clowes

Track Listing:

Mantrap
No Way Out
Reindeer Are Wild
Hand To Hand
Headcoat Man
Girl Of Matches
I Don’t Like The Man I Am
Pokerhuntus Was Her Name
We’re Gone
Stewball
I Ain’t About To Give You My Name
Rusty Hook

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