Saturday, June 22, 2013
The Vibrators "On The Guest List" LP
“On The Guest List” LP/CD
Released: May 7, 2013
Knox (guitar/vocals), Eddie (drums), Pete (bass) and Nigel (guitar) make up the core of the Vibrators on “On the Guest List”. For those not in the know, “Pure Mania” and “V2” are MANDATORY punk albums from 1977 and 1978. There really is no question. If you do not own them, you are not into punk.
“On The Guest List” brings in some equally legendary special guests to contribute to sixteen Vibrators tracks. Without question, “On The Guest List” will hold a place as one of my favorite LPs from 2013.
Top Five Reasons to own this LP/CD:
Reason #1 Eddie Spaghetti and Dan “Thunder” Bolton of the Supersuckers appear on “My Stalker”. I am a huge fan of the Supersuckers and Eddie Spaghetti. This track is a complete ripper, a classic whether you know who the Vibrators are, who the Supersuckers are or what punk is!
Reason #2 Ty Segall lending his guitar chops to “Automatic Lover” transforms the song beyond any expectations. I think this is a great opportunity. I appreciate the respect Knox and crew offer Ty Segall by involving him in this project. I also hope that many old punks will now be exposed to the tremendous talent that Ty Segall possesses.
Reason #3 Nicky Garratt of the UK Subs shreds up the guitars and bass on “The Ohio”.
Reason #4 “Birdland is Closed” is amazing with Ross the Boss of the Dictators. I can’t stop listening to this track. Makes me think many current bands have forgotten that music doesn’t have to be complicated to be great.
Reason #5 “On The Guest List” list feels like a classic album. This could have easily been a lame attempt at rehashing old songs with guests who don’t add anything to the song but their name. The Vibrators approached this from the right perspective and the result is remarkable. This could have sounded like a contract album, the last album of a record deal. Instead, “On The Guest List” is a fresh sounding, full album of sixteen songs that flow, yet have an inspired sound. Walter Lure, Brian James, Wayne Kramer, Stan Lee, Leonard Graves Phillips, Chris Spedding, Campino… are you kidding me… I can’t really even comprehend all the true legends involved in this project. This is mind-blowing.
Complete List of guests:
· Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers
· Chris Spedding
· Ty Segall
· Ross the Boss of the Dictators
· Eddie Spaghetti and Dan “Thunder” Bolton of the Supersuckers
· Nicky Garratt of UK Subs
· Leonard Graves and Stan Lee of The Dickies
· James Donovan and Lorne Behrman of The Dead Tricks
· Mickey Finn of Cold Blue Rebels
· Bill Davis of Dash Rip Rock
· Tony Lovato of Mest
· Wayne Kramer of MC5
· Tomomi Nabana of Detroitseven
· Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers
· Campino of Die Toten Hosen
· Brian James of the Damned
In July of 2013 look for "Slow Death", another Vibrators 7". This will feature "Slow Death" (Flamin' Groovies) and two new tracks ("Get Me A Beer" and "On My Way To Hell").