Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Barracudas - Drop Out With The... ( Zonophone 1981 )
They Wish It Could Be 1965 Again And they probably Acheived It. They Were One Of A Few bands To keep the Beach boys' Surf Cars And Girls Ethos Alive In Punk. This LP Is The Sound Of Phil Spector Being Dragged Into The garage!!
Despite a cheerfully self-deprecating stance, London's Barracudas offer quite an enjoyable sentimental journey through assorted American traditions on Drop Out. Some tunes plunge headlong into dense, ringing folk-rock — see "Violent Times" or "I Saw My Death in a Dream Last Night" for an update of the Byrds on a gloomy day. Surf tunes like "Summer Fun" and "His Last Summer" strive a little too hard for laughs to overcome fundamental flimsiness, but are fun and can't be faulted on attitude. (The UK and US versions of the LP differ by a track.)
(Additional text: Trouzers press/Mojo Magazine)