DURBAN POISON: No Time for Sleep / Stereophonic Tonic / Lost in Space: CDEP / CD / CD

No frills, true blue, dyed in the wool NY punk rock’n’roll, and you get it in friggin’ spades across these three discs. On one end you have no shortage of love for the Dolls, whose trashy glam-punk swagger is in full evidence on every song on demo-sounding No Time for Sleep and subsequently encoded into the DNA of Stereophonic Tonic. Every song on the latter is packed with hip-shaking sleaze, including an ace cover of the Marvelettes’ “Too Many Fish in the Sea.” Swinging the pendulum the other way, Lost in Space is neck-deep in Ramones leather and power chords. Though their cover of brudder Joey’s now-classic “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” doesn’t fare quite as well in the translation as the Marvelettes, the lion’s share of tuneage here is quite the bee’s knees. The total mind-fuck of all o’ this, though, is it appears these cats ain’t even from anywhere near Queens—they hail from Victoria, British Columbia, which sits nearly 5,000 miles from New York.

 –jimmy (Shake!)