Honeymoon Killers

Turn Me on

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Turn Me On marked an advance over 1986's fun but somewhat monotonous Let It Breed, which was recorded as a trio. Cristina Martinez (Boss Hog) joined the gang for this outing and the result is a fuller -- if still down and grungy -- garage rock sound. The high point of the nine-song set is the Bo Diddley-by-way-of-the Cramps "Choppin' Mall," with its rollicking "I Want Candy" backbeat and rousing harmonica solo (to judge by the title, horror meister George Romero may have also served as an influence). In it, lead Killer Jerry Teel exclaims that, "Your face is so pretty, [I'd like to] hang it on my wall." (Now, that's a compliment.) "Dazed 'n' Hazey," which borrows from Pussy Galore's rattletrap approach to percussion, and "Fingerlickin' Spring Chicken," in which The Joy of Cooking meets The Joy of Sex ("You're so good looking, baby/I love to watch you cooking, baby") also hit the noise rock sweet spot. Kitschy surf instrumental "Octopussy" concludes the set and further binds the ties between the Honeymoon Killers and Pussy Galore -- who shared members like Martinez and Jon Spencer over the years -- since the title of the former and the name of the latter were both taken from James Bond movies.

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