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Mad Daddys
Pretty Thing b/w Trash Mavericks' "I Can Tell" [7" single] (Pure Vinyl Records)

By: Gary Pig Gold

Yet another case of two more-than-fine, home-grown, All-American bands that had to travel half way 'round the globe to get a record out. Sheesh!

At any rate, both of these crackin' New Jersey combos tackle tried but true r'n'b workhorses on this fine platter, with the Daddys taking a slight edge on the A-side with their wonderfully sourful, vibrato-drenched reading of the Willie Dixon classic (--and yes, most appropriately enough, the guitarist calls himself Eddie COCHRING). These guys capture, as few seem capable of anymore (from Clapton on down) the sweaty, demented psychosis always lingering just beneath the surface in all the Best of the Blooze - particularly Willie's.

And while "I Can Tell" may appear a tad more, uh, "mainstream" (for example, the Mavericks' guitars don't carry quite the grease of Mr.Cochring's), this combo too shows no fear at flinging the garage door wide open, aesthetically-speaking, and as such more than deserve to sport the hallowed word "Trash" in their moniker.

By the way, label domo Gerhard Fluch has issued an entire limited-edition, colorful-vinyl series of such singles, with more being pressed on a near-monthly basis, and make no mistake: Each release plays a small but vital role in capturing for the ages the sights and sounds of an art form our bigger home-grown labels seem unaware exists anymore. Yes, friends, fret not: Good ol' (fashioned) American rock'n'roll is alive and well-- as far as foreign record companies are concerned, that is!

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