Spiky Swedish pop threats Love Is All are well schooled in 70s proto-punk obscurities, so it's not terribly shocking to find them doing a bang-up version of the Kim Fowley -co-written glam-racket Motor Boat (originally released by Chattahoochee under his Jimmy Jukebox alias) on the flip side of their smashing new Parlophone single, Busy Doing Nothing. The shocker here is that tireless self-promoter Fowley, better known for his putdowns than praise, is actually admitting to being beaten at his own game.
"Love Is All's cover of my cult classic is better than my own or the BMX Bandits' cover version," concedes Fowley. "Love Is All is the future of 21st-century rock and roll -- the equivalent of Paris Hilton cooking me a lunch of korv and reindeer meat." They're just that yummy.
While we're on the subject of L.A.'s Chattahoochee label, its East Los Angeles hitmakers Thee Midnighters are finally being treated to a proper career retrospective by the fab folks at Norton Records , who've compiled the Whittier Blvd. wildmen's raunchiest blasts on Thee Midnite Hour 1964-67. If you thought their story began and ended with their hip-shaking overhaul of the Stones' 2120 South Michigan Avenue, wait till you hear Little Willie G and his hombres get unhinged on Jump, Jive And Harmonize, I Found A Peanut and Dragon-Fly. Great sound and, of course, killer liner notes, as you'd expect from a Norton release.
If you're visiting the Norton website (www.nortonrecords.com), check out the hot new single in the ongoing Stones tribute series with NOW cover celeb King Khan joining his pal BBQ to rip up Flight 505, while the Flakes stomp up a storm on Stupid Girl with a snazzy London-style label to boot.
Hold the onions, please!
Overcoming the one-hit wonder stigma is difficult for any artist who tops the charts with a novelty tune, and 40 years after Philly folkie Susan Christie scored big with I Love Onions, she's still best known for that one kooky number. However, Finders Keepers is doing its best to rid her of that albatross by putting out the Paint A Lady album - an amazing little-known folk-funk session originally released in a minuscule vanity pressing in the early 70s. Masterfully produced by Jon Hill (Children of All Ages, Wool), Paint A Lady is a break-heavy delight from start to finish, loaded down with fat drums, bumpin' rhythms and sweet-ass string stings that sound like it could've been done yesterday. Awesome.