FOUR SLICKS, THE: Four on the Floor: LP

May 08, 2013

Four reasons why i love the Four Slicks: One, they love rock’n’roll. Not just ANY garden variety rock’n’roll, but, very specifically, the non-instro, non-Perry-Como sounds of 1958-1962, as filtered thru the Purple Onion and/or Estrus-o-Scopic two-color prism of the early ‘90s garage thing ((of which, obviously, guitarist Jon Von was a part)). THEY HAVE FOUND THE FORMULA, AND THE FORMULA IS GOOD. Nine of the album’s thirteen songs’ lengths are within eighteen seconds of each other ((1:33-1:51)). A la classic monotonists like the Ramones or Head, they are not afraid to beat the listener over the head with umpteen variants on a single theme, and I appreciate this. Two, like expert Rock Plunderers such as the Polecats or Swingin’ Neckbreakers, the band’s ability to stockpile obscure covers matching their style ensures a wealth of top-notch material, with little to no negative impact on the perceived quality of the finished product ((I mean, let’s face it: When’s the last time you heard anybody say “Heavens, no—not another Bracey Everett cover!”)). This album contains all of three originals ((written, on an apparent strict annual basis, in 2010, 2011, and 2012)). Does it matter? Three, Jon Von’s guitar playing is awesome, because he plays how i imagine i would play if i actually tried to play guitar in a band and practice and stuff: Bang on suspended chords for a minute, play a two-finger lead after the second chorus, bang on suspended chords for another twenty seconds, the end. I’ve never really found anything else about playing guitar to be any fun whatsoever ((okay, except for pickslides. I’d do more pickslides. I cannot lie)). Four, you can download this album from the band for any price you want to pay, up to and including zero. If you need more than those four reasons, you are an oaf and a cad and likely cannot drive stick. Good day, sir. I SAID GOOD DAY! BEST SONG: “Hey Little Girl.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Baby Come On.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Both copies of this album that I own are signed “Cheers! Jon” on the back of the shrink wrap.

 –norb (Slick,