MICHELLE GUN ELEPHANT,THEE: Gear Blues: CD

Just as Guitar Wolf re-interpreted Gene Vincent style cool and MC5 flash in a kitschy, fun way, thee Michelle Gun Elephant, in a strange new twist, crosses the animalistic passion of the Stooges with the rigid NYC composure of the Ramones to produce this furious blend of rockin’ sukiyaki. On CD, anyway, this made in Japan quartet howls, writhes and rolls like demon possessed samurai for fourteen tracks and the syntax of the lyrics isn’t nearly as bizarre as you might expect.

 –Bob Cantu (Alive/Total Energy, PO Box 7712, Burbank, CA 91510)