Thursday, November 01, 2007

Cheater Slicks - Walk Up The Street

Cheater Slicks Walk Up The Street 45 (In The Red, 1994)

Has there ever been a garage-level punk band within living memory to have as much praise heaped upon them as the Cheater Slicks without a commensurate level of scene hysteria? The 'Slicks have put out at least a dozen great-to-greater records, all of them as solidly-of-the-moment and yet instantly classic sounding as your average Dead Moon record, say, and yet there is no tumescent joy upon the imminent release of yet another opus except among a select rabid cognoscenti of jerks, butthairs, longshanks and cock sniffers. Hopefully, you are already among this host, if not, I hope these two tracks off one of their numerous 90s 45s can degrade you into becoming a believer. They simultaneously pummel and offer a salute to their hometown heroes the Modern Lovers on the A-side, the flip finds them in a grouchy grunge slouch that kinda sounds like they were auditioning to open for a 90s-feedback-era Neil Young.

So this 45 is on In The Red Records, plucked from the midst of that label's mid-decade classic run of 45s (they are supposedly working on a wunnerful, wunnerful singles comp, so consider this a Big Teaser) and it's not that hard to track down, but its asskick factor should make it one of the 45s from this era that you just gotta own. Or be owned. And, their last LP was as good as any record they've yet released. -Ryan W.

Thanks for posting this, sir. A new Cheater Slicks listener, I just recently bought the Don't Like You LP...late for the party, once more.

Extra props for the Lawrence Welk reference in paragraph two.
Not all Cheater Slicks is faultless, of course, some of their early records are kinda dull and meandering, but they've def struck a vein lately.
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