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