Thursday, February 9, 2012

DMZ “Radio Demos”/Lyres “Live at Canotnes 1982”

(Munster) Unlike the Ramones, or to a lesser extent, the Stooges, a stellar, universally beloved, hefty catalogue is not something one associates with DMZ or their successor, the Lyres, despite the groups being punk/garage icons who those in the know are eternally in love with. Thus, this collection of choice covers, live tracks, and high energy one take wonders may be their best releases ever. The scrappy, raw, excited, punk rock sex magic that made Jeff “Monoman” Conolly and crew so awesome is in full effect, despite or maybe because of the lo fi nature (and the fact tat the organ cuts through the murk effortlessly). Also, listening to this apeshit version of “Search and Destry,” plus “Glad All Over,” “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In,” “Teenage Head,” and “Dirty Robber,” makes a great case for the validity and power of punky cover bands.

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