Big Boys

Frat Cars

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The Big Boys spring to life on this four-song blast, showing that their surprisingly (at the time) unique distillation of punk's energy and funk's equal force is in place from the get-go. This said, things lean much more towards the former side than the latter here, though they bust out the moves pretty well on the Kerr-sung "Heartbeat." The title track is a scream, dismissing both the gas-guzzling vehicles and the jock fraternity jerks driving them, all in a minute and a half. Early drummer Steve Collier does a fair enough job on skins (this is the only time he officially recorded with the band). "Movies" debuts the "freaky stalker after you" story line which the band would use more than once in the future. Also in effect is the quieter, nervier brand of playing and singing that would reveal the the Boys as a band with more to offer than simply three-chord thrash. "Mutant Rock" wraps it up with an at-once funny and cautionary call-to-arms-and-the-beat, with Turner practically inventing Gibby Haynes' early singing style as a result.

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