ONIONS, THE: Self-titled: CD

I like the Onions and all, but if you get this CD, you’d better REALLY like Onions, because it’s like eighteen songs and over fifty minutes long. Eight originals and ten covers ((Fun Things, 999, Hüsker Dü, Boys, La Peste, Flamin’ Groovies, Blue Cheer, etc.)), unless you count the Last Sons Of Krypton cover as a cover, then the ratio is 7:11, and there’s probably a song in there somewhere. This release kindly supplies the listener with live-ish sounding recordings of not only older, more direct punk stuff like “Left My Baby at the Laundromat” and “Unsustainable Lifestyle,” but their newer, more hairy material like “Alien Astronaut” and “Till the End of the Night” as well. It’s kinda handy that they put what one’d imagine is pretty much every song they know on one convenient aluminum wafer, but, fifty minutes into it, you might be ready to hold the Onions for a while. BEST SONG: This is kind of cheesy to say, but i think it might be “Left My Baby at the Laundromat.” I like “40 Below,” too. BEST SONG TITLE: “Oh Baby Yeah Baby” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Contains the 45 versions of “Alien Astronaut” and “Till the End of the Night” as hidden bonus tracks.

 –norb (Certified PR)