The Groovie Ghoulies and their indefatigable leader Kepi spent much of the mid-'90s to late 2000s cranking out lovable pop-punk songs about chupacabras, zombies, supernatural occurrences, and goofy stuff like that. Flying Saucer Rock-n-Roll! is a look at the band's beginnings, compiling their first three singles from the late '80s and a few songs from a cassette released at the same time. Since this was before Kepi really got to work writing songs of his own, most of the songs are covers and they give a good idea of where the band got its sound. Mix up the giant pop hooks of the Monkees' "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)," the high-energy rockabilly of Billy Lee Riley's "Flying Saucer Rock & Roll," the murky psych pop of the Rolling Stones' "Child of the Moon," and the snappy bubblegum swagger of their cartoon near-namesakes' (the Groovie Goolies of '70s Saturday morning TV fame) "We Go So Good Together," add some Ramones, and you get their sound. Kepi's originals, like the reductive punk rock of "Day in Day Out," the gloomy "Armageddon 2000," and the ripping "Blood Beach," are strong and fun, too. Add in some really, really rare tracks from the Blood Bat tape (Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman," Sonny Bono's folk-rock declaration of independence "Laugh at Me," and a rousing take on Billy Bragg's "A New England"), which unlike the singles were recorded with a full band, and you've got a nice little package of lo-fi punk-pop nuggets. The Ghoulies may be gone but they are not forgotten, and this is a nice chance for fans to hear their early, formative singles.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra