MIGHTY CAESARS, THEE: Beware The Ides Of March / Acropolis Now / Thee Caesars of Trash / Wise Blood: LP

Sep 18, 2013

With the addition of these four LPs, I now have seven Mighty Caesars albums. This is one more album than I have of Headcoats albums. Billy Childish, what are you doing to me? Thee Mighty Caesars and Thee Headcoats are two of his most notable acts, and other Childish bands like Thee Milkshakes, Buff Medways, and Spartan Dreggs all take up much space on my shelves. Childish has been one of my favorite musicians for many years (my one and only tattoo is based on one of his art pieces) and it is near impossible to keep up with all of his recorded output. In the ‘80s, Thee Caesars served as inspiration to garage punkers the world over to move past the “paisley underground” dreck and Troggs it up. 1980’s and 1990’s garage punk was all the better, sonically, for it. (Think: The Mummies, New Bomb Turks, Crypt Records.) Even for a Childish-o-phile like me, it’s hard to distinguish between some of his bands. Thee Caesars lead into Thee Headcoats logically, but Thee Caesars use some extra instrumental flair and were less angry than Thee Headcoats. You can hear the band progress through these re-releases as the guitar and bass develop increasing bite (Beware… has the muddiest mix, almost drowning out the frantic drums.) I won’t tell you who did the originals of all the covers. Part of the fun is finding out for yourself.

 –Sal Lucci (Damaged Goods)