CD Review: The Strange Boys and Girls Club

Band: The Strange Boys
Label: In The Red Records
Release: March 3, 2009

1. “Woe is You and Me” – 9.4
2. “They’re Building the Death Camps” – 9.4
3. “Should Have Shot Paul” – 9.6
4. “MLKs” – 9.5
5. “This Girl Taught Me a Dance” – 9.7
6. “For Lack of a Better Face” – 9.6
7. “Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up” – 9.5
8. “No Way for a Slave to Behave” 9.8
9. “Poem Party” – 9.7
10. “To Turn a Tune or Two” – 9.7
11. “Most Things” – 9.6
12. “A Man You’ve Never Known”9.8
13. “Then” – 9.6
14. “Who Needs Who More” – 9.6
15. “Probation Blues”9.8
16. “Death and All the Rest” – 9.6

Former label mates with the likes of Black Lips and Jay Reatard, The Strange Boys possess all attributes of vintage garage rock. Sounds similar to a cross between The Almighty Defenders LP and Black Lips!. The cow-punk of “Should Have Shot Paul” is as refreshing as can be for such an old-time melody. The thing too about these songs are they short and sweet…at times I feel like I want to hear perhaps another verse or the chorus again. “This Girl Taught Me a Dance” sounds like R&B inspired Bob Dylan, particularly in vocal delivery and lyrical structure. It’s probably a shame that not many will come to realize how good an album this is. If you aren’t the old time rock and roll type, you might cast this off as just another attempt at reliving the past. Well you know what? Sometimes we need to bring back the old times! I don’t remember the old times too well (they are ~ forty years my senior) so it’s kind of an amazing thing to hear a modern band do this kind of stuff. I asked someone in my house: “What decade does this sound like it’s from?” “The Sixties” was the response. I’m not shocked. This is easily the best sounding album coming from this style of music in 2009.

Grade: 9.6

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