My second ever punk LP* was Adrenalin O.D Cruising With Elvis In Bigfoot’s UFO which I bought in 1988 after a review I read quoted the lyrics from the track ‘Bulimic Food Fight’,
Had my best girl in a warm embrace
Looked into her eyes, threw up in her face
She licked her lips and fixed her hair
I said ‘Kiss me if you dare’…
at 16 that’s all I needed. As the titles tell you we’re not in Seriousland anymore. Need further evidence? check out ‘If This is Tuesday … This Must Be Walla Walla’, ‘Something About … Amy Carter’, or ‘My Mother can’t Drive!!’. Musically it was WAY heavier than I was used to at the time, far faster, far thrashier, especially the likes of ‘Stew’ and ‘Swindel’, and I didn’t really know what to make of it then.
The bits that really stuck with me were, the genius that is ‘Theme From An imaginary Midget Western’ and the aforementioned, thrash-fest that is, ‘My Mother Can’t Drive’ (She’s a time bomb cruisin’ in a killing machine …. She drives like Richard Petty, even when she parks it). They also add a mean punked up cover of Henry Mancini’s ‘Baby Elephant Walk’.
Funnily enough I hadn’t played this LP as a whole for about 20 years before tonight, although I’ve got my fave tracks MP3-ized (MP3-inated?) and it really stands up pretty well for me today. Let’s face it thrashy, good time, punk has remained a favourite flavour for me ever since. This isn’t music to change the world, but it can change your mood and that’s a start. The only other thing I ever heard from Adrenalin O.D was the track ‘Your Kung-Fu is old and now you must Die’ from the Short Music For Short People compilation. And I bought a paisley shirt because I thought the one that drummer, Dave Scott, was wearing in the back cover photo was WAY cool.
There’s nothing else to write.
(The sound isn’t the best, but you get the idea)
*after Never Mind The Bollocks ,which we all liked because of the swearing in ‘Bodies’.