Sex Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die (Only Lovers Left Alive Records).
Sex, as you all know only far too well, was Talcy Malcys shop on the Kings Road the epicentre of the original Punk Rock Explosion - & this collection is a compilation of rock n roll greats culled from the jukebox selection @ 430. The project has been assembled & co-ordinated by Marco Pirroni, ex of The Models & Adam & The Ants. The 20 cuts on offer here take in US Garage Punk, rockabilly, rock n roll, psyche, left field pop & tear stained country.
The Count Five kick us off with their Lester Bangs hugging classic, Psychotic Reaction always a pleasure, never a chore. The Flamin Groovies score double boogie bonus points for their epochal Shake Some Action (this cut also graced Sires New Wave comp & was truly a massive tune immediately pre-Punk). The Spades cover of Youre Gonna Miss Me is every bit as fierce as The 13th Floor Elevators original - & they are the only act to be featured twice!! so Marco must have a soft spot for them.
The Strangeloves In The Nighttime sounds as good today as it ever did (a big favourite of young a Brian James & an influence on The Damned). Vince Taylors Brand New Cadillac rocks the line like a line-rocker & would eventually be covered by The Clash & The Milkshakes (amongst others).
The inclusion of an Alice Cooper cut is worth mentioning if only to point out that John Lydons audition for the position of Johnny Rotten was conducted whilst performing along to the very same man but most of you know that already. Alice Cooper was well respected & idolised by many of the dashing young things that would later become the 1st Punk Rockers of English history - & thats something its all too easy to forget. Chrissie Hynde & Rat Scabies would spend hours gassing about Alice Cooper in the late night coffee shops of Soho around the time they collaborated on The Masters Of The Backside (aka Mike Hunts Honourable Discharge).
Elsewhere, we suffer the madness of Screaming Lord Sutch, the madness of The Troggs & the madness of Screamin Jay Hawkins the kitsch of Valerie by Jackie & The Starlites, the energy of Have Love Will Travel by The Sonics & the Gallic R&R lamour of Johnny Hallydays Joue Pas Le Rock n Roll Pour Moi.
The set closes with The Modern Lovers Roadrunner & points the way out of the front door of Sex & into the street scene that was to unfold in the ensuing months. As a snapshot of the times it gives you an excellent feeling of just what it must have been like to sit in Marco Pirronis seat slagging off every cunt that walked into the shop whilst playing about with an excellently stocked jukebox. All day & every day. Must have been a piece of piss.
Jean Encoule tMx11 09/03