Spongehead

Dog Day

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Raunch 'n' roll. With that pseudo-rockabilly bop beat the Weirdos used for "The Hideout," and Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers had for "Pirate Love," Brooklyn's Spongehead know how to make a swamp punk whomper, with a howling vocalist that sounds like he's calling the pigs home for the night. Unlike a lot of people who like this vaguely Birthday Party-ish style, Spongehead don't spare the thick guitars for a meaty crunch and munch. A live version of Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" is trotted out on the B-side, and though the New York Dolls' song of the same name would have been better for these ill-tempered folks, this scratchy, clanging, vacuum-noisy, brontosaurs blues is pretty cracked just the same. This single bridges the gap between their second and third LPs for the XXX label.