BOB HOOKS AND THE SWAMP RATS: Disco Still Sucks: CD

A retrospective of an obscure ‘60s garage band. Although they hailed from Pittsburgh, these boys were apparently more sonically aligned with northwestern bands like the Wailers and the Sonics, even covering two songs by the latter and giving them a run for the money when it comes to wild, over-the-top rawk. Rather than being content to be a one-trick pony, though, these guys often switched things up by cranking out some sweet beat versions of obscure Stones and Kinks tracks, not to mention a disarmingly pretty cover of the Beatles’ “Here, There and Everywhere.” Good tuneage to be found throughout, although it’s worth the price of admission for the pounding version of “Louie Louie” alone.

 –jimmy (Get Hip)