Various Artists

Hang It Out to Dry!

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If real-deal (not fake retro) mid-'60s garage band music is your thing, then you'll definitely want to track down this collection, loaded up with 27 tracks all dating from 1965 and 1966, or -- as the liner notes so acerbically put it -- "the prime years of acne-inspired caterwauling." From the opening riffs of the kickoff track, Angie & the New Raiders' "It's a Lie," all the key musical elements of this fascinating subgenre are firmly in place, with the out-of-tune fuzz guitars, Farfisa combo organ, tambourine, and teenage adolescent angst vocals spilling onto the magnetic tape in true "original punk rock" fashion. But surprisingly enough, for a bunch of teen combos doing their American-level best to be the Beatles/Rolling Stones/Yardbirds/Kinks/Animals, there's a large amount of original material to sample here, although the Scandinavian combo the Renegades' rip-snorting and incredibly original arrangement of Bill Haley's "13 Women (And Only One Man in Town)" deserves multiple spins, even if little of the song's original structure -- and even fewer of the original words -- are still existent. There are quite a few collectors' items rounded up here, and Suzi Quatro's original band, the Pleasure Seekers, have both sides of their lone Hideout 45 compiled, "Never Thought You'd Leave Me" and their 1965 riot grrrl anthem to beer, "What a Way to Die." Anywhere the laser beam falls is going to dredge up some incredibly teenage moment of high school combo genius, and for fans of the sound and the style, you just simply can't go wrong adding this one to the collection. For evoking a period and a style, give this one all the stars you've got.

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