The soundtrack to the movie Hot Rod is out on Sony's Legacy label, and features movie dialogue interspersed with ‘80s synthesizer-based tracks like Stacy Q 's “Two of Hearts” Giorgio Moroder 's “Chase,” Cutting Crew 's “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” as well as three arena rock tracks (but not their biggest hit, “The Final Countdown”) from Europe.
Speaking of ‘80s arena rock, hair-metal posterboys Ratt have reformed again this year (they played Chicago last month with Poison), and to celebrate, Atlantic/Rhino has just issued Tell The World: The Very Best of Ratt including “Back For More,” “Round and Round,” “Dangerous But Worth The Risk,” “Lay it Down,” “You're in Love” and 15 more. For more information on the band, see their site at www.therattpack.com.
Recently Epic/Legacy reissued all of Sly and the Family Stone 's albums on CD, and now they've re-issued the funk band's 1970 compilation Greatest Hits, which features “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Dance To The Music,” “Everyday People,” “Thank You” and more.
Gore Gore Girls
Get the Gore
Pegged dead-on in one review as the “gum-popping, guitar-toting granddaughters of Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys,” and in another as “The Stooges meets The Supremes,” Detroit's Gore Gore Girls have been carrying on the garage-rock, punky girl-group tradition now for a decade.
Get The Gore is the band's third full-length album, just released on Chicago's Bloodshot Records, and it's a must-have for anyone who loves harmony backed but raw-energy bar rock (most recently given a shot in the arm by the Donnas). Big vintage guitars, white and black leather minis, go-go boots and ‘60s girl-group song structures are what the Gore Gore Girls are all about, and they have a blast with the gimmick.
Opening with the simple hand-clapping three-chord riff of “Fox in a Box” (dedicated to Peaches), the disc moves on to the throbbing walking bass and fuzzed out surf guitars of “Loaded Heart” before hitting its best stride with “All Grown Up,” a revision of Phil Spector's 1964 hit for the Crystals. Amy Gore's Joan Jett-rough vocals really sell this bit of bubblegum to the rock set, while the rest of the band gets into the cutesy “ba-ba, ba-ba-ba-ba” background vocals. It's a celebration of perfect pop that the Gore Gore Girls nail to the wall. I've hit re-play on the CD player a dozen times this week to hear it again. And again. And again!
Next, they let their punkier side out on “Pleasure Unit,” about a bad girl who can't be tamed: “breaking hearts is what I do/getting through to creeps like you.”
Then it's back to cover the Poppy Family's early ‘70s hit “Where Evil Grows,” (if you don't remember the Poppy Family, you'll no doubt remember their guitarist and songwriter, Terry Jacks, who penned “Seasons in the Sun”). While The Gores rev it up a bit more, they don't forget the sitars of the original.
“Don't Cry” and “Sweet Potato” sound like ‘60s gems that have been polished off, but it turns out they're Gore Gore Girl originals, though there are a couple more cover tunes lurking on this 14-song release. Overall, this is a party album, just waiting to be spun well into the sock-hop night.
This is rock ‘n' roll the way it was meant to be – sometimes sweet, sometimes dangerous, and always a whole lot ‘a shakin' fun.
For song samples and more, check their website at www.goregoregirls.com and don't miss their show at Chicago's Double Door on October 5.