DEVIANTS, THE: Have Left the Planet: CD

Depending on who you ask, The Deviants are either U.K. proto-punk legends led by eccentric writer/author Mick Farren, or just another band you’ve never heard of. This CD collects demos, live, and studio outtakes from the Deviants, and while this is far from being essential, it’s definitely interesting. The majority of the tracks were recorded with longtime Deviants members including guitarist/bassist Andy Colquhoin and former Motörhead drummer Phil Taylor who lay down the background for Farren to recite his weird poetry-songs over the top. At times, this brings to mind the music of Frank Zappa, of which I am not a fan. This is the type of release where I know it’s historically relevant and important to some, but, unfortunately, it’s not necessarily accessible and/or very listenable to me. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (Gonzo Multimedia, gonzomultimedia.com)