Honeymoon Killers

Let It Breed

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On Let It Breed, the Honeymoon Killers sound a little like the Cramps without the rockabilly or Pussy Galore without the metallic drum kit. As with Lux Interior's roving band of loonies, they've surely seen every old micro-budget horror feature ever made. Just take a look at the song titles: "Dr. Pain," "Dip It in the Gravey," "Day of the Dead," etc. (even the band's name was snatched from the infamous B movie about the real-life "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the late '40s). But the titles disguise an unexpected social conscience; i.e., "Day of the Dead" is actually an anti-nuke screed rather than a paean to George Romero's zombie classic. The trio that recorded this 1986 release was made up of Jerry Teel (later of the Chrome Chranks), Lisa Wells, and Sally Barry. Teel lends his death metal growl to the lion's share of the material, whereas Wells narrates the sad tale of a woman born with the "Face of a Beast" -- "and the heart of an angel" -- and Barry screech-warbles through a barely recognizable version of Blue Oyster Cult's "Godzilla." Both women harmonize on a sweet-sounding English version of Mexican kiddie traditional "Don Gato." The trio would expand into an even more estrogen-fueled quartet with the addition of Cristina Martinez (Pussy Galore, Boss Hog), who would join in time for the superior follow-up effort, Turn Me On.

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