FCC CLEAN! (track 12 has “tossed out on my ass”, but pretty tame)
Overview: New York garage rockers The Fleshtones have been making music for > 40 years. This is their 21st studio effort. Jangly garage rock tinged with blues, surf, and plenty of cocktail party shaker action.
Most songs are upbeat - clap and shake your money-maker. There are a couple of moody moments (‘Respect our Love’ and ‘The Sinner’) but generally upbeat. They call their sound ‘Super Rock’ – from 50s r&b, to punk, funk, disco, and beyond. Somewhat goofy lyrically but with some old-timey wisdom as well.
Favorite Tracks: 1, 4, 5
Tracks: Favorites (*)
1. * Love Like a Man: organ starts off; classic 50s-60s guitar stylings and simple drums/sleigh bells; talk-singing vocals with backup singers; good groove; winds up the intensity to end.
2. Love My Lover: guitar starts off; multi-person vocals enter and groove kicks in; more organ; classic garage rock sound.
3. Rick Wakeman’s Cape: drums, pulsating organ, and lead vocals start off; quirky song with talk-singing vocals; nice organ solo; 50s-60s vibe bordering on a garage/surf sound.
4. * Suburban Roulette: hard rock start; moving into Ramones territory (three chords and attitude); good backup vocals and harmonica; driving intensity throughout; fades out to guitar and drums.
5. ** Respect Our Love: mellow intro with guitar and single cymbal; slower beat but still groovy; “respect our love before it’s too late”; ramps up with intense wall of sound; vocals go to screaming/pleading (but on tune!); ends as it began with guitar and cymbal.
6. Living Today: singer starts off; drums are prominent; lead guitar solo; talk-singing bridge; “I’m so glad I’m living today” – but I’m not sure the song fully supports this line; it feels a little sad.
7. Too Many Memories: multi-guitar intro; a little chaotic and discordant; hard-ish garage rock; mid-tempo; scream-singing vocals; fades out.
8. The Gasser: fast, full on start; organ and drums dominate; quirky vocals with silly lyrics; wobbly guitar solo bridge; repetitive fade out.
9. Stupid Ol’ Sun: classier start with guitar and drums; less-gritty and mid-tempo; simple vocals with back up clapping; 50s-60s vibe.
10. The Sinner: bluesy harmonica and guitar intro; slow tempo, end of the night song; this is all blues.
11. How to Make a Day: church bells intro; guitar and drums kicks in; jangly pop all the way; simple guitar solo bridge; ends with the bells.
12. Before I Go: pulsating organ intro; group vocals; a little surf-garage sound; a happy little ditty about a guy trying to get someone to drink, dance (and maybe come home) with him; “tossed out on my ass” line, but pretty tame.