ALPHA MOTHERFUCKERS; A TRIBUTE TO TURBONEGRO - Various Artists (Tilt)
It would be some kind of a measure of band/performer that a record label asks bands to record songs of another band, despite these bands coming along before or after the band of which, whose songs they have been asked to record, interpret and/or improve upon.
In recent years a variety of musical groups/artists have been paid tribute to including Radio Birdman, The Saints, Hank Williams Sr, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt, Black Sabbath, etc., etc. On "Alpha Motherfuckers: a tribute to Turbo Negro", 25 bands/performers pay tribute to one of the (if not the) great Scandinavian punk rock-n-roll combos to emerge in the '90s, Turbonegro. In paying tribute to a group of this nature (and/or greatness), a guarantee of 25 outstanding and amazing versions of Turbo Negro songs, should surely not be taken as a given here. Most give it a good try and don't miss by much.
Several tracks from the classic "Apocalypse Dudes" LP appear here, along with tracks from the albums "Ass Cobra", Hot Cars and Spent Contraceptives and "Never is Forever". Bands/performers appearing are mainly from North and South America (among them Americas Supersuckers and Ratos De Porao from Brazil) and Europe (Space Bitch, Scot Free and others.)
So highlights? If you're looking for uniqueness, Bela B and Denim Girl ("Are you ready (for some darkness"), Satyricon ("I Got Erection"), Motorpsycho ("Hes a Grungewhore") and Toby Dammit ("Prince of the Rodeo") are real standouts. Both Motorpsycho and Toby Dammit appear to have taken Turbonegro songs and made them sound as though Tom Waits, The Scientists (circa Blood Red River) and Tav Falco and the Panther Burns (a likely Jon Spencer Blues Explosion influence) getting together at the bar. If high energy, foot-to-the-floor, raw power stormers are what you're after, Hot Water Music ("Prince of the Rodeo") and The Peepshows ("Just Flesh") really seem to give their best to more than match the power of the songs.
Through twenty-five bands and 22 songs ("Hobbit Motherfuckers", "Sailor Man" and "Prince of the Rodeo" appear twice) "Alpha Motherfuckers: A tribute to Turbonegro" is a strong effort. - Simon Li
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