ACTION SWINGERS: “Miserable Life” b/w “Losing My Cool”: 7”

Jul 29, 2013

Total Punk, an offshoot of Florida’s Dying, seems as good a label as any to issue this slab o’ wax. I like most of what they’re doing, with their Rip Off Records/Budget Rock visual aesthetic and cheap-o cover design. Action Swingers were active in New York in the early ‘90s, but I was too young then to have seen them or gotten their records. Most of what I know about them I learned in Eric Davidson’s We Never Learn book. The two tunes on this record have different famous drummers and a Pussy Galore ex-pat on guitar. Less noisy than Pussy Galore but equally seething. Front man Ned Hayden seems like a very angry man. I guess living in a tiny, overpriced apartment in New York can do that to a person. The riff in “Losing My Cool” sounds like a slowed down “My Sharona.” Now that I’ve said it, you can’t un-hear it!

 –Sal Lucci (Total Punk)