The Untamed Youth

Untamed Melodies

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In the retro band sweepstakes of the last 20 years or less, a few bands of substantive worth emerged out of the pack of trendy poseurs to eke out a bit of their own turf, even if commercial success wasn't in the cards. One such band was The Untamed Youth. A buncha wild-ass teenagers from Columbia, MO, who seemingly stepped out of the time machine in the late '80s from a land where the Rivieras, Trashmen, Astronauts and Ronny & the Daytonas rule at an all-night '60s teen dance, The UY were the real thing in those pre-Pulp Fiction days of no surf on the horizon. This generous 32-track anthology collects all the winners from their three long players for Norton along with stray 45s and a few unissued twist-o-ramas thrown in for good measure. Guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Derek Dickerson is a true phenom on these tracks, ably assisted by wild-man driving-force bass man Steve Mace and a revolving cast of pounding drummers and Farfisa organ manglers. Teenage music by real teenagers -- even if the teenage music they're playing was popular before any of them were born -- is a concept that always works and on this comp, it works with a vengeance. If they lived on Spaghettio's back in these lean times, we salute their dedication here. If heavy doses of the teenage beat and G-L-O-R-I-A is your thing, here's where you go to get it done right. All this reverb and Pabst Blue Ribbon, too.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
1:57 Spotify
2
2:29 Spotify
3
2:10 Spotify
4
2:41 Spotify
5
3:25 Spotify
6
3:14 Spotify
7
2:33 Spotify
8
2:26 Spotify
9
2:43 Spotify
10 2:17 Spotify
11
2:02 Spotify
12
2:29 Spotify
13
1:41 Spotify
14
1:58 Spotify
15
2:11 Spotify
16
3:05 Spotify
17
1:26 Spotify
18
3:21 Spotify
19
3:07 Spotify
20
1:59 Spotify
21
1:42 Spotify
22
2:13 Spotify
23
1:57 Spotify
24
2:03 Spotify
25
2:56 Spotify
26
1:32 Spotify
27
2:26 Spotify
28
1:55 Spotify
29
2:58 Spotify
30
2:23 Spotify
31
3:05 Spotify
32
1:33 Spotify
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