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Hipsville, Vol. 2

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The second volume in Kramden Records' (an early forerunner of Norton) Hipsville series scores big rockin' points with this collection of what they refer to on the front cover as "16 more delicious mystery appetizers." Split evenly between a "Friday Night side" (party tunes) and a "Saturday Night side" ("no money, no honey, no nothin'"), this musically follows in the footsteps of the debut entry. On the Friday night side, the highlights are plentiful, but heading the list are the Caravans' "3 Musketeers" (that's right, an ode to a candy bar), the Cardinals' "Hatchet Face," Florian Monday & His Mondos' "Rip It Up," "Go Go Ferarri" by the (no relation to the band of the same name that did "Time Won't Let Me") Outsiders. On the Saturday night loser side (also check entry for Shutdown '66 for more prime mid-'60s self-pitying material), the Fearsome Five's "It's Alright," the Revelles' "You Don't Love Me No More" (complete with a jaw-droppingly lame harmonica solo), and the Hermon Knights' "You're Not Mine" are raw genius, loaded to the gills with '60s teenage angst galore. If '60s garage band records chock full of sizzling fuzz guitars, trebly Farfisa combo organs, simple but noisy drumming, and hyperkinetic tambourines to go with the alternately wimpy and sneering lead vocals is your thing, you can't do without this one for the collection.

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