Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead - 2006


Just why would an album be titled Rock & Roll Is Dead when the contents within are good old-fashioned rock & roll? Undoubtedly, it's because one of Sweden's most popular rock acts, the Hellacopters, is displeased with the state of rock music. So it would be a highly logical guess that the title is aimed at all the homogenized rock acts running amok on the charts. While most "retro rockers" have no problem replicating the sonics of yesteryear, it's when it comes to penning memorable tracks like their heroes that they usually run into a stumbling block. But the Hellacopters are one of the exceptions — as evidenced here by such standouts as "Monkeyboy," the very Stonesy "Leave It Alone," and "Murder on My Mind." And as with most modern-day garage revivalists, the Hellacopters can't resist slipping in a few "bash and wail" numbers as well ("Bring It on Home," "Put Out the Fire," etc.). For those seeking garage rock patterned after late-'60s rock & roll (MC5, the Stooges, a dash of the Stones, and the Amboy Dukes), Rock & Roll Is Dead may just be your choice album of 2006 — although it was issued a year earlier in the Hellacopters' homeland. -AMG
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

one of my favorite albums of the past 10 years

John McClellan said...

This album is cool to the 16th power. Everything you want it to be and louder.

Amigos De Los Monos said...

As a lover of Monkeys I can't believe that "Monkeyboy" MP3 is corrupted!

Curty Ray said...

Thanks for letting me know.
New link for monkeyboy

http://rapidshare.com/files/134756291/03_Monkeyboy.rar.html

oldsoftballdude08 said...

Just heard a song on Little Steven's underground garage and it sounded like the Raspberries. Sadly, these links are dead. Love to hear the rest of this. Great stuff though Curty Ray. I live for Secret Saturdays and my wife thinks I'm crazy. I would like to see older stuff on those days every once in awhile.

Curty Ray said...

Hey oldsoftballdude08

All links have been updated

oldsoftballdude08 said...

Sweet Curty Ray. Glad I looked back. You are too kind. Happy new year!

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