Various Artists

Bug Out, Vol. 2

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The second installment in this two-volume vinyl (at least for the moment) series places less emphasis on 1962-style dance craze voodoo as it does on just plain crazed rockin'. With kickoff track "It's Party Time" by Sam Eddy and the Revels setting the tone, even fundamentally silly entries like "Mustard" by the Dittos, "House On Haunted Hill" by Kenny and the Fiends, "Do The Hog" by the Warner Brothers, "Hot Licks" by the Rendells and "Party Crashers" rock harder than some of volume one's entries, with the novelty played down while the volume and big beat get notched up. But in the end, the big ticket items here are the inclusion of "Dry Cereal" by the Divots (ultra-rare, ultra-crudely recorded, and ultra-stupid), "Scrooey Mooey" by the Peels, Ricky Tino's crooning vocabulary-challenged "Twistin' At the Hop," and the crude glee club singing of the Terrible Teens on "Don't Stop Now" proving once and for all that unbridled enthusiasm spot-welded to a screwball idea (did I forget to mention Damal & Rasheed doing "Twistin' In the Tub?") just may very well be rock & roll genius at its fundamental core.