After leaving the beat group-inspired Milkshakes, Billy Childish moved forward in time and backward in fidelity with Thee Mighty Caesars. Formed with Graham Day of the Prisoners on drums, the band looked to primitive garage rock Bo Diddley and raging surf music for inspiration. Childish dialed up the intensity of the guitar and his lyrics took a decidedly bitter "girl done me wrong" turn as he howled and barked through the songs. It made for a thrillingly reductive sound that inspired many, many bands. This collection pairs up two albums, 1985's The Caesars of Trash and 1987's Wise Blood. Both albums have a primitive, primal energy that comes flying out of the speakers and hits hard like a baseball bat applied directly to the skull. Both albums have been out of print for ages and are vital documents both for Childish lovers and fans of take-no-prisoners rock & roll.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra