Live at the Longhorn – Hypstrz
CD Review by Mike D'Ariano

2/2006
 
           
 

 

  "Hey don't forget to get drunk out there, throw up, get busted, get sent to detox – it's rock n roll . . . "

So this is what would happen if you took the Ramones and The Commitments and smashed them together into one band . . . cool. It's the ultimate punk rock bar band, playing two-minute, loud, fast, rockin' versions of tunes you know like Wilson Pickett's "In The Midnight Hour," James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," Otis Redding's "Shake," and Sam and Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming." There's also some you might not know like "Riot On Sunset Strip" and "Silverspoonpunkthunk." The cool thing is they've got such a solid sound, that if you don't know the songs, you'd have no idea which ones are covers and which aren't – if any aren't that is – see, I don't know. This is what all bar bands should aspire to be . . . excellent.

And just in case you were thinking 'sounds like Me First and The Gimmie Gimmies,' well yeah, maybe a little, except this is fifteen years older (34 of the 37 tracks were recorded in 1980 - the other 3 are from last year) and there's none of that snide "we're playing this song because we think it's funny to play this song" attitude. These guys love this shit and it shows.

Wish my friend's bar band sounded like: "All or Nothing," "Little Girl," "Hey Joe," "Jenny Take A Ride," "Come See Me."

   
           
     

CD track listing
1.

In the Midnight Hour

2.

All or Nothing

3.

I'll Go Crazy

4.

I Don't

5.

Talk Talk

6.

Tied to Hide

7.

Slow Death

8.

Riot on Sunset Strip

9.
Shake
10.
This Has Gotta Be a Joke
11.
Little Girl
12.
Louie Go Home
13.
Don't Look Back
14.
Let's Talk About Girls
15.
96 Tears
16.
Hold On I'm Coming
17.
Can't Stand the Pain
18.
Action Woman
19.
Hey Joe
20.
Jenny Take a Ride
21.
C'mon Everybody
22.
66-5-4-3-2-1
23.
Come See Me
24.
Ballad of the Green Berets
25.
I'm Gonna Make You Mine
26.
I'm Not Talking
27.
Only a Matter of Time
28.
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
29.
Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
30.
Remember (Walking in the Sand)
31.
Midnight to Six Man
32.
Silverspoonpunkthunk
33.
You're Gonna Miss Me
34.
Surfin' Bird/Olds Mo Williams
35.
7&7 Is
36.
Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?
37.
Witch
Label: Bomp Records / Release date: 10/25/2005