Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Inhalants - Kolchak, the Night Stalker

The Inhalants
Kolchak, the Night Stalker 45 (Bag of Hammers, 1994)

So solly for delay, we took a detour into the realm of the actual print zine. See, they were these paper rags that predated this whole "blog" phenom...oh, never mind. I won't let a little thing like a new issue of Z-Gun overshadow the swellness of this Inhalants 45, on (yet again) the Bag of Hammers label. Their Misanthrope debut single on the Unclean label held a lot of promise that was more than fulfilled on this double A-sided monster. For a "garage" band (they have to be "garage", look at that cliched-on-date-of-release sleeve), they sure seem to be channeling a fair bitta Urinals or Vast Majority influence via their treble uber alles schema. Just another great rockin' 45 out of Texas.

The Inhalants got a full length out on Estrus a couple of years after this that, while aok, really doesn't come close to the debut or this, their high water mark. Another saving grace is that this is one of the easiest 45s on the BOH label to dig out, outside of the Refuzers. -Ryan W.

Kolchak, the Night Stalker

Middle Ages

Yes, I recall the Inhalants (and still own this single). Things get lost in the files, sometimes, but I'm pleased that I managed to hang on to this the only punk tune dedicated to the best Monster Detective show of the 1970s?
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