MARY MONDAY AND THE BITCHES: “I Gave My Punk Jacket to Rickie” b/w “Popgun”: 7”

How the fuck did this record go un-reissued for so long? Apparently, “Popgun” is on one of the zillion Killed By Death comps but it’s slipped past my radar. The guitar has a searing, almost ear-bleeding tone, not unlike Crime or The Pagans. I can picture the guitarist shredding away, looking bored at having to actually play, cigarette dangling from his lips (and a quick search of the interwebs shows me a pic of said guitarist that almost fits the image in my head). Mary Monday has an almost bratty shout-sing that puts The Runaways to shame. The way the cover looks is exactly the way this record sounds. Apparently, the band came and went in a flash and Mary Monday died under mysterious circumstances. A shame, but listening to this record, there is a feel that life wasn’t long for these miscreants. 

 –Sal Lucci (Hozac)