TER­RELL’S TUNE-UP

Pasatiempo - - Pasa Tempos - Steve Ter­rell

sav­age girl punk; mu­tant blues; good old­fash­ioned snot punk; and even Swedish surf rock from The Sur­fites, a Stockholm band.

The col­lec­tion starts out with a new tune from the one band here that you might have ac­tu­ally heard of be­fore. The Cyn­ics is a Pitts­burgh group that started out back in the mid-1980s. “I Need More,” with its catchy melody and jan­gly gui­tar, sounds like pumpedup, fuzzed-out folk rock.

That’s fol­lowed by “Short Term Mem­ory Lane,” a boozy, har­mon­ica-driven rave-up by J.J. & The Real Jerks, a Los An­ge­les band that also fea­tures a piano and sax. That leads into “Bol­ly­wood Woman” by The Above, which has a Bri­tish In­va­sion, early Who feel, though the band is ac­tu­ally from New York.

A cou­ple of my fa­vorite tracks on this col­lec­tion are by groups with fe­male vo­cal­ists. The Manxx is a Den­ver band do­ing a song called “Luck,” which has a hyp­notic or­gan and slash­ing gui­tar. Then there’s “Whistle­bait Baby,” which al­most sounds like a punk bolero, by LoveStruck. This Brook­lyn-based power trio, fronted by Dan­ish singer Anne Mette Ras­mussen, is one of my long­time fa­vorite bands from the Hide­out.

A cou­ple of crazed Ari­zona groups are rep­re­sented here. Scor­pion vs. Taran­tula does a wild, crunch­ing tune called “Short Leash,” while The Plain­field Butch­ers do a pleas­ant lit­tle love song called “Truck Stop Uri­nal.” One stand­out tune here is “She” by Au­dio Kings of the Third World. The Kings, who are from the third-world back roads of Philadel­phia, list The Fall as one of their fa­vorite bands. And in­deed, singer Johnny O’s slow, singsong drawl has dis­tinct traces of Mark E. Smith in it. And the fuzzy gui­tar is down­right ad­dic­tive.

Per­haps my fa­vorite one is “Drunk” by Mark Steiner & His Prob­lems. Steiner is an Amer­i­can who lives in Nor­way. The song is a sin­is­ter blues num­ber that al­most sounds like crime jazz, with sleazy sax and clanky per­cus­sion.

All in all, It Came From the Hide­out is cooler than Coolest Songs.

And here’s some great news: Songs the Hide­out Taught Us: The Best of the GaragePunk Hide­out Vol. 2 is just around the cor­ner, com­ing in mid-May. In fact, there’s sup­posed to be a new vol­ume out ev­ery month through Au­gust.

The com­pi­la­tion is free to Hide­out mem­bers and avail­able for down­load in the usual places. There’s more in­for­ma­tion at

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