SLADE“All The World Is A Stage’’ box set includes 5 live albums, 

three of which have never been released before 

Available 9th  September

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On 9th September Slade and BMG are proud to present their new smash hit live boxset ‘All The World Is A Stage’, shining a light on Slade as a phenomenal live band. This unique five-album set serves as documentation of why Slade became pretty much unbeatable as a live attraction, 
Slade were unstoppable throughout the seventies becoming one of Europe’s biggest bands, releasing 6 smash hit albums, including three UK No-1’s, a run of 17 consecutive Top 20 singles and their hits are synonymous with the glam era. This new live boxset includes three never previously released live sets from across Slade’s expansive live era and will become a key component of the Slade catalogue for years to come.

The three previously unreleased live shows featured on ‘All The World Is A Stage’ are –

Live At The New Victoria recorded on April 24, 1975, captures the band before they went around the UK to promote their feature film, In Flame. Heard officially for the first time, it now presents a fitting snapshot of the group’s powerful live performances. 

Live At The Hucknall Miner’s Welfare Club recorded on June 26 1980, shows the band unwilling to trade exclusively on their past with songs featured from their new studio album at the time ‘We’ll Bring The House Down’, along with classics ‘Take Me Bak ’Ome’, ‘Gudbuy T’Jane’, ‘Everyday’ and the perennial ‘Mercy Xmas Everybody’.

Alive! At Reading the third unreleased full live set, captures the band delivering a sensational live performance to over 80,000 people. As last-minute replacements for Ozzy Osbourne, few knew they were going to be performing but their sensational set was the highlight of the festival and led to Slade enjoying a renaissance in the eighties.
Completing this raw and epic new live box set is previously available;  ‘Slade Alive!’ considered one of the greatest live albums of all time, “Sounds better, the louder you play it” – Los Angeles Times, and 1982’s Slade On Stage.  
‘All The World Is A Stage’ will be a collector’s item for years to come. Exploring the shows that paved Slade’s journey to their legendary live status within the rock community.

There’s been more than the odd occasion recently where I’ve found myself “getting something in my eye” as I’ve been whisked away on some kind of H.G. Wells inspired time travel moment back to my teenage years, all thanks to the power of rock ‘n’ roll. Midnight most certainly had me laying down my soul to the god’s rock ‘n’ roll when I saw them live a few weeks back, and only last week the new album by Then Comes Silence had me up on a mate’s shoulders chicken dancing like an idiot (well, in my head at least). Step forward then the latest mob to have this effect on me, and have me two-stepping all over the living room, namely US hardcore punk (super)group Beach Rats.

Initially the brainchild of Pete Steinkopf and Bryan Kienlen from the Bouncing Souls, following a memorial concert for Vision frontman Dave Franklin where the duo teamed up with Ari Katz from Lifetime, and had one of those magic lightbulb moments in process. The whole thing finally came together when Brian Baker of Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion, and Junkyard fame relocated to Asbury Park, New Jersey, looking, as he always seems to be, for yet another band to play with, and then by adding in Danny Windas, AKA ‘Dubs’ on drums, the Beach Rats were finally born.

Having subsequently signed with Epitaph Records, (I wonder how that happened eh?) Beach Rats are perhaps the band Baker’s other Epitaph side project Fake Names should have been, as I must admit that (given the musicians involved) I was fully expecting to love that record, yet it all kind of left me cold. Thankfully then, ‘Rat Beat’ is hotter than the UK’s annual couple of days of sunshine that we like to call summer. With just two of the album’s dozen tracks passing the two-minute mark, this is fast and furious punk rock, very much honed in the style of the early eighties’ crossover scene BUT (and this is a huge but) the songs also possess a much more contemporary edge (largely thanks to the vocals of Katz) which means there’s also the odd insanely catchy number in here too.

So, whist ‘Dress For Sick Sesh’ and album closer ‘Fuck You Dad’ might have me thinking of reaching for my copies of Cryptic Slaughter’s ‘Convicted’ or Crumbsuckers’ ‘Life Of Dreams’ for a long overdue spin, it’s the groovy as hell ‘Summers End’, the anthemic ‘Words’ and the more introspective ‘Clorox Boys’ where the melodies really cut through, and Beach Rats sound absolutely essential.

Look, if you’re a fan of any of Beach Rats’ associated bands then it goes without saying that you need a copy of ‘Rat Beat’ in your collection, but in saying this, if you are also a fan of the likes of Aerial Salad, Incisions, or Pizzatramp, you do also really do need to start saving your beer tokens and snap up a copy of this record when its released (on LP. CD and download) on July 29th.

The ‘Rat Beat’ is groovy as fuck. Now, go flip your baseball cap peak up and get ready to (slam) dance like a teenager all over again.

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Author: Johnny Hayward

Phillidelphias Chained Bliss first came to our attention back in 2019 with their ‘Stained Red’ cassette EP. This full length album sees the band back on the radar sounding ready for action and up for the fight.

Punk Rock with Melodic guitar lines jaring power chords, while frantic choruses. ITs got plenty of bite and roar as well and is set to get your pulse rate up.

Chained Bliss come from a base of garage rock, skateboards, and a scene we relate to the likes of a lot of So Cal punks. There is clearly a love of thrashing around making noise and living for the moment. From the thump of the bass line on opener ‘Nonfiction’ there’s confidence happening here and I like it! ‘Devils Laughter’ is more of the same with a great tempo that helps ramp up the vibes. It also contains a smart breakdown in tempo that is welcome.

It’s not all banger after banger mind, however, the cool opening on ‘Creative Seizure’ reminds me of prime-time Fugazi and if they’re channeling that kind of smarts then the future is bright, very bright. ‘Pillars of Abuse’ starts with a cool groove that helps catch your breath but you can feel the tempo rising as the drums get louder we’re barely a minute in when the circle pit opens up and you can’t wait to throw your carcass in for more brain banging punk rock but it does ebb and flow like the best of the Banshees used to.

‘Inner Citadel’ bumps into the excellent ‘Ominous Life’ and the party continues. hit after hit of energy washes over you. It’s basically ten tracks of the very highest standard punk rock you could wish for. Some great melodies and breakdowns all add to the thrill of what an LP should sound like.

This is a band and an album that should be taken into the hearts of punk rock kids everywhere it’s a great LP and one that deserves to be cherished long and hard everywhere. they’re probably too modest to say it but I’m not – this record is all killer and no filler and banger after banger in the youfs language get out there and check em out! before they blow up and you’ll be too cool to listen. They saved the best til last as well with the final three offerings being the best tracks on this album ‘Drifter’, ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Stained Red’ – bloody great stuff!

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Author: Dom Daley

Following on from the success of last year’s “I’m A Believer” CD single, which reached the Top 10 of the UK Heritage Chart, Finnish label Woimasointu will release a new double “A” side 7-inch vinyl single from The Boys. The single will come in three different versions including two Special Limited Editions.

Version One: “SHE’S THE REASON” c/w “(There Ain’t No) Just One Beer” & “I’m A Believer”.
Green vinyl with free Boys sew-on patch and new picture sleeve individually numbered 1-100.


Version Two: “I’M A BELIEVER” c/w “She’s The Reason” & “(There Ain’t No) Just One Beer”.

Blue vinyl individually numbered 1-100.

Version Three: “I’M A BELIEVER” c/w “She’s The Reason” & “(There Ain’t No) Just One Beer”.

Regular black vinyl issue.

Black vinyl copies are available from The Boys. BUY HERE

Please VOTE for “SHE’S THE REASON” at No. 45 in the UK Heritage Chart: VOTE HERE

You can also stream the single Here

A single launch show next Friday 15th July Camden Assembly with Healthy Junkies/Kyran Thrax/DJ Pete Fox.

No More Good News’  was written after hearing that Tom Petty had died. David Bowie was lost the year before…two of the band’s  musical heroes. ‘We lost many before them, and of course, there was to be more after them.’ Tom Petty’s Album & Song ‘Wild Flowers’ is referenced in the song.

A single launch show will be held at the Camden Assembly on the 15th of July with special guests Healthy Junkies. The band are currently collaborating with Eater main man Andy Blade, after meeting at a recent Wasted Youth gig. A London show on the 26th October in celebration of Cleopatra records 30th anniversary has just been announced where the band will be Andy’s back up band playing ‘Ant’ in its entirety. Also on the bill Jah Wobble, who will be playing ‘Metal Box’ in dub for the fist time & 999.

New rock outfit UMBILICUS have released their first single, called “Hello Future”, from their debut album “Path of 1000 Suns”.  The group is made up of CANNIBAL CORPSE drummer/lyricist Paul Mazurkiewicz, guitarist Taylor Nordberg (DEICIDE, INHUMAN CONDITION), bassist Vernon Blake (ANARCHUS, NAPALM DEATH-live), and vocalist Brian Stephenson (FORE, OLD JAMES). Though the band members are active in the metal community, the quartet put their love of 60’s and 70’s rock into an album of hard rock, drawing influences ranging from GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, AEROSMITH, LUCIFER’S FRIEND, SCORPIONS, LED ZEPPELIN.

Album incoming in September Here

‘The Hunger’ is a Tony Scott directed cult underground vampire flick from the eighties starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon with a plotline centred around the seduction of a doctor who specializes in sleep and aging research (Sarandon) by a vampire couple (Deneuve and Bowie). I reference this simply because, this, the sixth album from Swedish postpunk doomsters Then Comes Silence, could very easily have not only fallen out of that same era but also provided the perfect soundtrack for said film, weaving as it does a darkly erotic web of intrigue within its eleven tracks.

Since the heady days of Uber Rock (through which I first discovered the band via their album ‘NYCTOPHILIAN’) I’ve had nothing but absolute admiration for what Alex Svenson and his bandmates do in the name of goth, and most recently back in 2020 (right here on RPM) I rather cheekily stated that their ‘Machine’ album track ‘Apocalypse Flare’ was possibly the best Mission song The Mission have never actually written. Fast forward to 2022 then, and it’s not just me singing those praises, because, who else but Mission frontman Wayne Hussey has just popped up on social media to declare his own love for his potential blood brothers by proclaiming Then Comes Silence to be “everything a band should be”.

So, if you’ve still not listened to our rave reviews and still not checked out Then Comes Silence, this really is your best chance to finally set the record straight, as ‘Hunger’ is without doubt the band’s most complete sounding record to date. Granted, its maybe not as immediate as their Nuclear Blast 2017 released ‘Blood’ album, but just like the aforementioned ‘Machine’ record from 2020, what this one does is get under your skin, you just need to let it in…(see what I did there vampire fans?)

Whilst it’s not the first track on the album ‘Rise To The Bait’, the first video from ‘Hunger’, is probably the best place to start with this record if you’ve never heard the band before, as this tune would have been a sure fire hit for the band here in the UK had it been released back in the mid eighties and would have had arms flapping aplenty on the packed dancefloors of the likes of the Batcave.

Then after that when I go back to the gloriously pompous opener ‘Ticket To Funerals’ it’s the slightly more prominent use of keyboards, and an almost Killing Joke circa Night Time chime to Mattias Ruejas Jonson’s guitar, that strikes me first about the band’s 2022 sound.

By track three ‘Cold From Inside’ I’m starting to think just how much this actually reminds me of the latter day Mark Lanegan Band albums in structure and tone, perfectly blending electronica with sombre vocal undertones, and the melody lines cutting through like shards of daylight in an otherwise dimly lit smoke filled room. It’s all VERY atmospheric and dark, but then again, when haven’t Then Comes Silence been either of those things?

The likes of ‘Worm’, ‘Chain’ and ‘Weird Gets Strange’ continue very much in the band’s already established songwriting template, with nods to the Mission meeting up with Nephilim/Cure/LOTNC and The Cult and a subtle hint of Ghost Dance thrown in for good measure. It’s those aforementioned extra added dynamics though, especially in the guitar tone department, that had me checking to see if Youth had actually got a production credit on this record. (He hasn’t, the sonics were captured by Svenson and mixed by Tom Van Heesch).

As with every Then Comes Silence album I own there’s once again strength in depth within the songwriting and if at all possible, this record actually gets better as it progresses with a particular later highlight being ‘Pretty Creatures’, the best Banshees track the Banshees never wrote (sorry, I just couldn’t resist that).

If you like the sound of all of this, then I implore you to check out ‘Hunger’ – it’s an epic celebration of everything great about independent music here in 2022 and whilst it’s steeped in the history of goth (and hence my references above) it also takes the genre off into an all-new glorious dawn (of the undead), and that, boils and ghouls, is what has always excited me most about Then Comes Silence. 

‘Hunger’ is a sonic stake through your cold heart, go grab your copy via the links below.

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Author: Johnny ‘Nosferatu’ Hayward

Become Like They Are is the latest offering from Horned Wolf. Hailing from the US, they have been described as ‘progressive sludge metal’. I’m not sure what that is, they just sound like ‘metal’ to me…. The band have been around since 2015 and this is their first release with vocalist Sav.

If you like shouty, growly vocals, down tuned guitars, Sabbath and Alice in Chains style riffing, as well as some powerhouse drumming, Horned Wolf will be right up your street. I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of Sav’s vocal style, but I can certainly appreciate the talent it takes to be able to sustain that kind of delivery.

Opening track ‘You’re Boring’ kicks off with a mid-paced chug along, some tasty drumming from David Zey really helps to elevate the track. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested at this stage.  ‘Bloodlines’ has a Kyuss kind of sludgy feel to it, nice and doomy. ‘Charnel House’ highlights some clean vocals from Sav, I much prefer this to the Evil Dead-style shouting that goes on for most of the time.

Drag the Bayou’ is another mid paced number with some cool riffing and twin lead work from guitarists Don Bailey and Justin Mullin. It is all a little on the generic side though and the tracks do tend to blend into each other. The title track gives us more of the same, by the time I’ve got to this stage of the album, I’m bored and don’t really want to listen to anymore. Not that Horned Wolf aren’t good at what they do, they are. It just doesn’t resonate with me, not enough melody, no real earworms to speak of and it just becomes background noise.

As I previously stated, Horned Wolf are good at what they do, it’s just not my bag. Best of luck to them, I’m sure in their genre they will be appreciated. The album artwork is pretty cool too.



Author: Kenny Kendrick


Streaming on Spotify now

Manic Street Preachers have posted the second in a series of career spanning Spotify playlists specially curated by the band. 

Sleep Next To Plastic focuses on the cover versions Manic Street Preachers have performed over the years. It includes new/lost recordings, B-sides and album tracks. Fifteen of the covers have previously been unavailable officially through streaming services; the version of Madonna’s Borderline was recorded in the band’s Door To The River especially for this playlist. 
Covers have away been central to Manic Street Preachers ethos, whether playing raw versions of Happy Mondays or Clash songs at early gigs or adding inspirational classics written by Guns N’Roses or Echo and the Bunnymen to recent live shows. 
Manic Street Preachers on Sleep Next To Plastic: “Cover version have always offered us  a chance to pay direct, public tribute to records we grew up obsessing over, be that C86 bands or artists as diverse as Madonna, John Cale and Paul Robeson. Collectively, these covers are a heartfelt musical tribute to our formative influences.”

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That tracklisting in full: 

1. Borderline (Madonna, new recording) 

2. Take The Skinheads Bowling (Camper Van Beethoven)

3. Red Sleeping Beauty (McCarthy)

4. Jean’s Not Happening [featuring Finlay George] (The Pale Fountains, lost recording)

5. The Endless Plain of Fortune (John Cale – new to Spotify)

6. Feels Like Heaven (Fiction Factory – new to Spotify)

7. Umbrella (Rihanna)

8. Out Of Time (The Rolling Stones)

9. Train in Vain (The Clash)

10. Pennyroyal Tea (Nirvana, recorded live at the BBC – new to Spotify)

11. Let’s Stay Together (Al Green, recorded live at the BBC – new to Spotify)

12. Theme From M*A*S*H [Suicide Is Painless] (Johnny Mandel/Michael Altman/The Ron Hicklin Singers)

13. Vision Blurred (The Horrors – new to Spotify)

14. Working Class Hero (John Lennon)

15. Wake Up Alone (Amy Winehouse – new to Spotify)

16. Bright Eyes (Art Garfunkel, previously unreleased full band version) 

17. Been A Son (Nirvana)

18. Foggy Eyes (Beat Happening)

19. This Is The Day (The The)

20. Inbetween Days (The Cure, recorded live at the BBC – new to Spotify)

21. Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’Roses, live recording – new to Spotify) 

22. All Or Nothing (The Small Faces recorded live at the BBC – new to Spotify)

23. Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel (Paul Robeson)

24. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Andy Williams)

25. Bring On The Dancing Horses (Echo & the Bunnymen, recorded live at the BBC – new to Spotify) 

26. Wrote For Luck (Happy Mondays)

27. What’s My Name (The Clash)

28. We Are All Bourgeois Now (McCarthy)

29. Under My Wheels (Alice Cooper, recorded live at the BBC – new to Spotify)

30. Rock’n’Roll Music (Chuck Berry)

31. Damn Dog (Sleaze Sisters)

32. Velocity Girl (Primal Scream)

33. The Instrumental (The June Brides – new to Spotify)

34. Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra – new to Spotify)

35. Last Christmas (Wham!)

36. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head (B.J. Thomas)

37. Primitive Painters (Felt – new to Spotify)

TOYAH joins the tour! alongside Television and Headliner Billy Idol. Billy Idol is delighted to announce that Toyah will be joining the UK dates in October of The Roadside Tour 2022, alongside very special guest, Television.   Billy will be heading out with some new music and a stack of timeless classics for his first appearances in the UK since 2018 and will play 6 Arena dates. Tickets are available Here

The ever-popular Toyah will bring an extra sense of fun to the tour. Alongside a flourishing acting career, Toyah carved out a successful musical career with three top ten UK hit singles in the 1980s and the Gold-selling album Anthem.  

We’re looking forward to having Toyah join us in the UK,” said Billy. “This is the final piece in what is going to be an epic show!” 

 “I am thrilled to be opening for Billy Idol on The Roadside Tour,” an excited Toyah commented. “Billy is an icon whose music has thrilled millions worldwide and continues to do so. Billy has created a style of rock that has gone on to inspire generation after generation. ‘Rebel Yell, ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Mony Mony’ are up there with the all-time greats.  

“I can’t wait to start the tour and I am excited to be included in the fabulous line up alongside Television who made one of the first albums I ever bought.”   

Billy Idol’s very special guests are Television featuring Tom Verlaine. Television will be performing their seminal debut album Marquee Moon in full. 

Billy’s touring band features his long-time guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens along with Stephen McGrath (bass, backing vocals), Billy Morrison (guitar, backing vocals), Paul Trudeau (keyboards, backing vocals) and drummer Erik Eldenius. 

Pic by John Patzer

Billy Idol The Roadside Tour 2022 dates: 

Thursday 13 October Manchester AO Arena 

Monday 17 October Cardiff Motorpoint Arena  

Wednesday 19 October London The SSE Arena, Wembley 

Friday 21 October Glasgow The SSE Hydro  

Sunday 23 October Birmingham Resorts World Arena 

Tuesday 25 October Leeds First Direct Arena 

Tickets for The Roadside Tour 2022 can be purchased from All existing tickets are valid for the revised dates. 

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A slick half dozen and some tunes this month but they are some of the finest of their genres and singles that need hearing. From Gospel to Hardcore we love em all. Can I get an Amen! now don’t waste time get on em.

Steve Conte – ‘Wildwood Moon’ (Wicked Cool Records) Another track off the stunning ‘Bronx Cheer’ album Available Here If you are not familiar maybe now is the time. Check out this video and then get on the album in all its glory.

The Chisel – ‘Deconstructive Surgery EP’ (LA VIDA ES UN MUS DISCOS) – Now already on its umteenth press this five-track EP is kicking up a shitstorm and if you’ve never heard of this yob crew of hardcore noise then please explain where you’ve been the past 12 months? ‘Class Oppression’ is like a swift kick in the bollocks before being headbutted through the saloon doors just seconds before the pile on that is ‘Blackpool20’ – unbridled energy like a swift intake of breath before having your head thrust back underwater – its a frantic rush but boy does it sound good?

Of course there isn’t a bad song on here, there isn’t time. They even have an anthem to assault you with ‘Chisel Boys’ will get the job done – of that there is no doubt. What a banger of an EP Buy it Here

Tramp – ‘Jailbait’ (Wanda Records) With lyrics that’ll make your nan blush Tramp aren’t shy coming forward.  Viki Venom, Suzi Sleeze and Joey Deuce from New Hampshire in the US of A play Snotty garage punk’n’roll with a raunchy back beat and sleazy lyrics they made up at the bus stop whilst blowing bubbles with their Hubba bubba gum. They don’t want to hang with the cool kids because they are the cool kids.

They might not be the Lunachicks but I’m sure they are looney chicks – in a PC world Tramp are so un PC and proud of it ‘All I Want’ is punk as fuck with a pogo-tastic chorus that sounds like it was recorded in one take because A they nailed it and B they couldn’t be arsed to do another anyways because they had better things to do innit. Pick it up Here

The Amplifier Heads – ‘Space Cadet’ (Rum Bar Records) Always delivering quality bands from their HQ in Boston Rum Bar have another 45 that just rocks out like the best secret party anywhere on this spinning globe. Handclaps, distorted rock n roll riffs, happy smiling people everywhere. The Amplifier Heads kick ass! then ‘Two Headed Girl’ is like a twist on Tom Petty and his heartbreakers just kicking out the jams. Sal Baglio has got the chops kids and this EP is three tracks to tempt you in and shake your shit to. Love the guitar lick on on ‘Earth Girls On The Loose’ it short sharp and right on the money. Go check it out and tell em RPM sent you I’m sure Lou will welcome you in like an old friend and pour you a big one! – Rockin and a rollin here

Soul Glo – ‘Gold Chain Punk’ (Epitaph Records) From the album ‘Diaspora Problems’ The music video satirizes the frustrations of being lumped together with other bands and artists due to the colour of their skin when individually, they hold it down on their own. Vocalist Pierce Jordan, one of AV Club’s ‘20 Best Frontpeople In Modern Rock,’ explains, “If you’re a Black person who is into any kind of hard rock, you’ve probably had a white person try to talk to you about Bad Brains. We are constantly compared to them. Apparently, I even look like HR. Can I fuckin live?” The band hit the uk for a string of dates starting in London on September the 7th and ending on the 16th again in London. hit em up and check out the album now.

The Future Shape Of Sound – ‘Paradise City’ (Gypsy Hotel) Now that’s how to do a cover version. Yes, it is indeed the Guns n Roses big hitter that is ‘PAradise City’ but hell yeah! this version is what Guns and Roses could never have birthed. from the jungle beats to the funked-up guitar lick right up to the amazing Gospel chorus vocals this is a revelation brothers and sisters.

Captain Future’s Rock’n’Roll Gospel phenomenon that is The Future Shape Of Sound will be out on Gypsy Hotel on Friday 15th July as download and CD including 4 live bonus tracks. The other cover is a take of the Urban Voodoo Machine classic that is ‘Help Me Jesus’ that the y take ownership of releasing their own twist on this barnstorming tune has this down as the record of the week hands down. performed at last year’s magical Red Rooster Festival, all songs featuring the captivating voice of one of the most exciting soul singers in the U.K. today Miss Divalee Wells! superb release and songs. Facebook

Sator – ‘Shimmy Shake’ (Wild Kingdom) Lifted from their brand new album of covers Sator gives classic Devo a rockin make-over and does it so well. Yeah, the Devo synth drills are there and the melody holds up. It’s in the 30s outside as I type and nothing sounds as good as this bubblegum power-pop stab at some Devo it’s cool and refreshing and totally fresh just what the doctor ordered.

Here Hare Here – ‘Chez Liam’ (Lux Noise) The home of Basle noise makers Bitch Queens and The Brokendolls you can now add Here Hare HEre to that list of top-notch noise makers. check out their brand new video ‘Chez Liam’ and get down to some hot trashy garage rock n roll