Frantic Flintstones

Flesh 'N' Fantasy/My Woman Is a Leach

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The Flesh 'n' Fantasy/My Woman Is a Leach CD reissue from Dead Moon's Tombstone imprint updates the Frantic Flintstones's 1992 effort, My Woman Is a Leach, with seven bonus tracks. Musically, the album finds the Flintstones happily plying their reverb-drenched psychobilly like it never went out of style. But everyone knows that the sub-subgenre was never really in style, which makes the Flintstones' glee all the more infectious. Like Dead Moon itself, the Cramps, or even Reverend Horton Heat, the Frantic Flintstones' music arrives with a heavy dollop of winking sarcasm, which is palpable even at high speed. The dizzy upright bass runs and hooting, hollering vocals of the title track make the first part of the band's name appropriate, while the vintage electric guitar chording and greasy crooning of "So Close to Heaven," not to mention the easygoing shuffle of "Out of My Face," establish the band's two-dimensional yet wholly enjoyable act. The latter part of Leach's original track listing, as well as its additional tracks, certainly move along at a decent clip. But they suffer from fidelity issues, often sounding as if they were recorded in an enormous, abandoned warehouse with the aid of only one microphone. Still, the group's cheeky enthusiasm for its psychobilly sound is admirable and should appeal to fans of the genre. For the established Frantic Flintstone fanatic (of which Europe is allegedly full of), this release should be essential, since it will likely update an ancient vinyl copy, and offers the seven additional tracks.

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