Golden Lemons


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The snotty, fun-loving sound of the Golden Lemons was perfectly captured on Punkrock, their only American release. Recorded in 1991, the album didn't see the United States until 1996, when the record appeared courtesy of Jetset Records. American punks were rather disappointed at the noisy rockabilly that came across their ears instead of the fast and hard style of most German punk. But to fans of indie rock, this is a John Spencer-style rave-up that swings and swaggers like no German punk band may ever have. Produced by Billy Childish, the group tackles its subject matter with little seriousness and a thick attitude. The bandmembers do manage to unleash their rage on a few tracks, specifically on the thunderous garage rocker "80 Million Hooligans." But for the most part, singer Schorsch Kamerun takes his anger and disdain and focuses it into a sharp sarcasm that is apparent despite the obvious language difference. "Ein Käfig Voller Jungs" (A Cage Full of Boys) bounces around a '60s-style organ part with Kamerun ranting like vintage Tim Armstrong. Elsewhere, "Fender Stratocaster" takes the structure of rockabilly and cuts it into little pieces, stringing it back together in a wild tribute to the namesake guitar. "Hobby Rider" is pure Pixies adoration, while "Heil Bockwurst (Großer, Dicker König)" is a driving pop song that benefits from Nixe's sweet "la las" in the background. The language barrier is really no issue on the album; a few songs may have lost their meaning, but the Golden Lemons are much more about the sound and feel of the music anyway. It may not be rock solid from front to back, but there is enough quality material on this album to make it an easy recommendation to fans of fun, entertaining indie rock.

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