Rattled!

Rattled!

by The Rattlers
     
 
The Rattlers were a New York City band whose sound straddled the thin line between punk and power-pop. This disc anthologizes the 1985 album Rattled! with two singles from 1979 and 1983, respectively. The singles, released on tiny independent labels, boast a crisper, more compact production than the album, originally released on the

Overview

The Rattlers were a New York City band whose sound straddled the thin line between punk and power-pop. This disc anthologizes the 1985 album Rattled! with two singles from 1979 and 1983, respectively. The singles, released on tiny independent labels, boast a crisper, more compact production than the album, originally released on the larger label PVC. Lead Rattler Mickey Leigh is Joey Ramone's brother. The Rattlers, however, staked out their own musical territory based more on an updated '60s garage rock sound. The Rattlers' most obvious '60s influence is the Who, with "Pure and Simple" hinting at "My Generation"'s chord progression and having "Magic Bus"-like between-chorus exclamations of "No-ooo." The lyrics are also more from the Pete Townshend school of introspection than the Mick Jagger-esque blustering bravado typical of many similar groups. The Who influences are however, a foundation for the band rather than a crutch, as Leigh and company bring original ideas into their music. There are stylistic nods to brother Joey's group. Both bands cover obscure '60s tunes, with repertoires incorporating garage nuggets (the Nightcrawlers' "Little Black Egg") as well as shameless pop (a sincere version of the Amen Corner's "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice"). They also both feature odes to dementia; "I'm In Love With My Walls," the Rattlers' entry, was penned by veteran rock scribe Lester Bangs. The Rattlers' approach, however, is more understated than the Ramones'. This release provides a welcome piece of '80s rock history by one of punk's founding brothers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Bacchus Archives
UPC:
0053477111922
catalogNumber:
1119
Rank:
65034

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rattlers   Primary Artist
Dashiell Rae   Background Vocals
Dave Hall   Vocals
David Merrill   Keyboards
Holly Beth Vincent   Background Vocals
Mickey Leigh   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Billy Baillie   Keyboards,Vocals
Dave Hall   Bass Guitar
Matty Quick   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rattlers   Producer
Joe Blaney   Engineer
Thomas Erdelyi   Producer
Steven Ett   Engineer
Ed Stasium   Producer,Engineer
George Tabb   Liner Notes
Frank Gallagher   Producer
Brad Samuelsohn   Engineer
Mickey Leigh   Producer
Rick Schneider   Producer
Annie Bonney   Art Direction

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