The Mystreated

10 Boss Cuts

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Considering that in 1992 the Chesterfield Kings were a glam rock band and the Fuzztones were watering down their 1960s influences and playing up to the gothic/rock crowd, the Mystreated's "purist" folk-rock and 1966 garage-punk tendencies gave Pebbles fans the world over something to hold onto. 10 Boss Cuts could have quite easily been recorded in a back-room studio in 1966 by a pimply faced inept bunch of teenagers trying to emulate their heroes. (And for a garage band aiming for the traditional approach, this is a compliment.) Billy Childish's amateurish lo-fi mono production adds a rawness and non-'90s feel to the album with crunchy guitars, and drums that sound real, adding a gritty backbone to Ratcliffe's whining, drawled vocals. The Mystreated soon progressed, but this album fully achieved recreating the spirit of '60s garage. Although many other garage bands were releasing records in 1992, very few others captured the essence of their heroes as well as this. If a song like "There's a Time" had been released in 1966, it would be now viewed as a garage classic. When it came to this type of music, the Mystreated really pulled it off.

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