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Teenage Shutdown: She'll Hurt You in the End

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Teenage Shutdown: She'll Hurt You in the End, subtitled "Teener Garage Explosion, Vol. 2," was, like the others in this series, compiled by Crypt Records' Tim Warren from mid-'60s garage rock/garage punk singles owned by collector "Moptop" Mike Markesich. As with the other compilations, this one focuses on carefully mastered sound; all of the analog-to-digital transfers were accomplished with a minimum of EQing. There isn't much here that seems to stand out from the rest of the pack, unfortunately. The playing on this one -- as on Teenage Shutdown: You Treated Me Bad!, which was subtitled "The Teener Side of the Mid 60s Garage Explosion" -- isn't very professional (not that's what you expect anyway), and the word "teener" seems to be somewhat interchangeable with "amateur." As usual, there aren't too many band photos to be found in the fold-out insert booklet; there are colorful scans of the single labels, but only two black-and-white photos of the groups, including the Dynamic Drifters, who appear on the cover but whose music isn't included on the CD. The liner notes -- penned by Markesich -- haven't much information on the bands either, but there probably wasn't much info on these "rockin' teenbeat sounds" to begin with. The first track -- 1966's "She'll Hurt You in the End" by the Manhattan-based the Four Fifths, who were aged 13-16 years at the time of this recording -- provided the title for this release, and as you might expect, it's one of the comp's better efforts. The song actually comes from Associated Studios Acetate, but it's also been available previously on other various-artists collections, so it's not exactly rare anymore. The IV Pak's "Whatzit?" from 1967 finds this band from South Boston, VA, borrowing the Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction," but not really doing much new with it. The King Bees, from North Carolina, similarly take the Beatles' chorus hook "It Won't Be Long" and don't do much with it either. The Wee Four -- who were originally called the Dimensions prior to a name change in mid-1965 -- contribute "Weird," one of the better singles here. The Soothsayers (from Greely, CO) and the Nightcaps (from Manchester, MO) also contribute fine tracks, but this collection -- let's call it Nuggets-lite -- is slightly disappointing overall.

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