Rocket from the Crypt

Ghetto Box Rock

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Originally released as a giveaway with the Speed Kills fanzine as a one-sided 7," then re-released as a more conventional two-sided affair, Ghetto Box Rock gets its name from its recording situation. The band simply turned on a ghetto blaster in their rehearsal space and fired up the amps. Both tracks are heavy on the echo and lo-fi recording quality as a result, but the sheer energy that the band is known for comes through just fine over the two very brief numbers. "Lie" is a great rabble-rouser in the vein of songs like "Hippy Dippy Do" and "Middle," while "Video Reign Man" clatters in with some cymbals and hum before hitting a tight groove. Whether due to recording quality or some unknown wish of the band's, neither of these two songs were featured on the All Systems Go compilations, making them some of the rarest numbers they've recorded.

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