THE COLD HARD FACTS OF LIFE
1996 (Lance Rock)
"World beat, my ass. Garage-rock -- of the particularly brutal stripe played by these canny Swedes -- is the real universal tongue, as this collection of Canadian garage anthems proves. Contents include two Ugly Ducklings covers, a version of the Jury's "Who Dat" (no, I never heard it before, either) and a cover of Teenage Head's immoral classic "Picture My Face," complete with re-tooled riff. Additional bonus: Handsome cover art clearly influenced by Porter Wagoner LP of same name." - B.F. "MOLE" MOWAT
"Scandinavia might not seem like a particularly likely place to find a flourishing garage-rock scene, but Stockholm's legendary Nomads have been kings of the drag-punk underground in those great Nordic hinterlands for more than two decades now. It all started in Solna, a Stockholm suburb, in early 1980, when four teenage malcontents got together and began gigging locally as Mike Nomad, playing a raw, blistering style of rock that borrowed liberally from seminal American groups like The Sonics, the MC5, and The Cramps. In 1981 they became The Nomads and recorded their first seven-inch, a crude dirty cover of The Sonics' already crude and dirty garage-rock classic, "Psycho." Throughout the '80s the band continued in this fashion, with singer and rhythm guitarist Nick Vahlberg and lead guitarist Hans üstlund the only constant members. In spite of their distinctively vitriolic, fuzzed-out punk mode of garage rock and the frenetic energy of their live shows, the band remained little more than a curiosity, virtually unknown outside of Sweden.
In the early '90s, The Nomads were able to connect with a larger European audience after shows with The Ramones and Iggy Pop and soon thereafter, thanks in large part to the garage-rock revival spearheaded by bands like The Makers and the Mono Men and the help of Bellingham garage label Estrus Records, the band picked up some new American fans too." - Jesse Ashlock
1. Hard To Cry
2. She Ain't No Use To Me
3. Picture My Face
4. Get Away From It All
5. Who Dat?
7. That's My Girl (Rotten To The Core)
8. Been Burnt
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