Attack of the Giant Revillos

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A much needed 17-track anthology of the multitudinous sessions, singles, outtakes and mixes with which the Revillos staked their claim on whichever crown should be worn by a savage kitsch collision of the B-52's and the Cramps. As an addendum to their pitifully brief early-'80s lifespan -- one album and a chain of lost singles -- it is peerless, all the more so since much of its content has never seen CD before. Far more than the preceding Rezillos, the Revillos brought the Fay Fife/Eugene Reynolds partnership to its brittle, glittering peak. But if Rev Up, the team's only studio album, offers a snapshot of a single day in the life, Attack of the Giant Revillos traces the madness from beginning to...end? The so-called full-length mix of "Bongo Brain," the 1982 B-side "Graveyard Groove," and the band's classic reworking of the Exciters' oldie "Tell Him," fed through the glitter-stomp mangle of Hello's mid-'70s revival, are all solidly compulsive, while "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" is given a trash-stomp edge that ensures Christmas might never sound the same again. A wealth of other treasures include a fabulous version of "Manhunt," but in truth, it's impossible to play favorites here. Rather, just settle back with drummer Rocky Rhythm's fact and fable strewn liner notes, and discover them for yourself.

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