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Be a Caveman: The Best of the Voxx Garage Revival

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
From 1979 onward, the Voxx label has been the home of more 1960s garage revivalist bands than any other company, although the label's activities tapered off in the early '90s. This is a 27-song survey of Voxx's output excluding the actual '60s garage bands whose material it reissued occasionally. Many of these names were among the best-known groups in this rather insular movement, such as DMZ, the Crawdaddys, the Barracudas, Plan 9, the Unclaimed, the Pandoras, the Tell Tale Hearts, the Fuzztones, the Cynics, and the Chesterfield Kings. There are a few names that might be unfamiliar to those steeped in the style, like the Time Beings, the Leopards, the Event, and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
From 1979 onward, the Voxx label has been the home of more 1960s garage revivalist bands than any other company, although the label's activities tapered off in the early '90s. This is a 27-song survey of Voxx's output excluding the actual '60s garage bands whose material it reissued occasionally. Many of these names were among the best-known groups in this rather insular movement, such as DMZ, the Crawdaddys, the Barracudas, Plan 9, the Unclaimed, the Pandoras, the Tell Tale Hearts, the Fuzztones, the Cynics, and the Chesterfield Kings. There are a few names that might be unfamiliar to those steeped in the style, like the Time Beings, the Leopards, the Event, and the Laughing Soup Dish. But even if you're the purist who only wants to hear the original 1960s garage recordings, you'll probably recognize most of these bands, if only because so many of them advertised in and wrote for fanzines detailing obscure 1960s garage music. The music on this disc? It's a cliché by now to note that it's not as exciting as the obscure 1960s recordings it's modeled on, but that's no less valid a statement than it ever was. Those songs that are covers of old nuggets don't match the original versions; much of the original material sounds like form without the content. Some non-standard garage influences peek through occasionally, such as surf, punk, and polished late-'60s British psychedelia, but for the most part it's bluesy, simple 1966-style ranting. The Leopards' late-'60s Kinks-style vaudeville-mod satire "Psychedelic Boy" really stands out refreshingly so in this context as something a little different. Should you want just one overview sampler of the genre, though, this -- despite the absence of some of the more celebrated names, such as the Lyres -- has got to be the best one out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Voxx
  • UPC: 095081207325
  • Catalog Number: 2073
  • Sales rank: 114,779

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Left in the Dark (3:21)
  2. 2 Can't Stand The Pain - DMZ (2:38)
  3. 3 There She Goes Again - The Crawdaddys (3:00)
  4. 4 This Ain't My Time - The Barracudas (2:58)
  5. 5 I'm Not There (1:53)
  6. 6 Run from Home - The Unclaimed (1:58)
  7. 7 Melvin - The Pandoras (2:22)
  8. 8 Spooky - Gravedigger V (2:46)
  9. 9 It's Not Me (3:46)
  10. 10 One Step Closer to You - Miracle Workers (2:46)
  11. 11 Why Don't You Love Me - Time Beings (3:18)
  12. 12 Green Slime - The Fuzztones (2:23)
  13. 13 I'll Make You Sorry - The Odds (2:59)
  14. 14 Nothing's from Today - The Vipers (2:34)
  15. 15 Waste of Time (2:19)
  16. 16 Are You Gonna Be There? (2:08)
  17. 17 Dr. Syn - The Stomachmouths (3:01)
  18. 18 Bye Bye Baby - The Wombats (2:16)
  19. 19 Teenage Lima Bean (5:03)
  20. 20 Midnight Hour - Hypstrz (1:51)
  21. 21 Fun in the Summer (2:12)
  22. 22 She Only Knows - Eyes Of Mind (2:52)
  23. 23 Can't Get Enough - The Things (2:51)
  24. 24 Psychedelic Boy - The Leopards (2:47)
  25. 25 Living So Dead - Steppes (2:23)
  26. 26 She's Our Girl - Event (2:28)
  27. 27 Be a Caveman (1:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miracle Workers Track Performer
Plan 9 Track Performer
The Barracudas Track Performer
Dwarves Track Performer
Jeremy Gluck Vocals
Chesterfield Kings Track Performer
Steppes Track Performer
Dave Anderson Drums
Cynics Track Performer
Peter Greenberg Guitar
Ron Silva Guitar, Vocals
Nik Turner Drums, Vocals
Robin Wills Guitar, Vocals
Surf Trio Track Performer
Tell-Tale Hearts Track Performer
Steve Potterf Guitar
Paula Pierce Guitar, Vocals
Rich Coffee Guitar
Shelley Ganz Vocals
Gerry Mohr Trumpet, Horn, Vocals
Eric Stumpo Guitar, Vocals
Mark Zadarnowski Bass
Laughing Soup Dish Track Performer
Mike Stax Bass, Vocals
Vertebrats Track Performer
Bambi Conway Bass
Troy Howell Drums
Time Beings Track Performer
Eric Bacher Guitar
Barry Shank Bass
Roy Axford Bass, Vocals
Matt Brandabur Guitar, Vocals
Jim Wald Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Ray Brandes Maracas, Vocals
John Hanrattie Guitar
Matt Rogers Guitar, Vocals
Matt Roberts Drums
Bill Calhoun Vox Organ
Dave Klowden Drums
Michael Meehan Drums
Joel Barnett Bass
The Wombats Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lou Reed Composer
The Vipers Composer
Phil May Composer
Dick Taylor Composer
Bobby Graham Composer
Greg Shaw Liner Notes
Hank Williams Composer
Robin Wills Composer
Mark Wheaton Mastering
Bill Calhoun Composer
Mary Connolly Composer
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