REDONDO BEAT: Meet Redondo Beat: CD

May 03, 2011

I strongly associate Dionysus Records with producing records by bands that, on the surface, should probably appeal to me on some level, yet always wind up making records so sanitized and dead-sounding that they never actually do. I mean, Redondo Beat, hmm, with a name like that you’d figure they oughtta be a Californian version of the Barracudas ((whom themselves were about as Californian as an English band gets)), which should, by rights, be decent, even though the band is actually from Germany, which should maybe be even better, shouldn’t it? Yet, no matter how many times i listen to this, nothing ever “gets home” ((as we say in football cities where pass protection is a common discussion topic)), and i can’t help but thinking that if these songs were recorded by Del Shannon or the Plimsouls or someone ((or, in the case of “From The Start,” been one of the downtempo numbers on Stiv Bators’ “Disconnected” album)), they woulda come out much better, though i can’t give you any specific reasons why. This label’s offerings are almost invariably devoid of some critical spark of life to elevate them above “OK i guess” status, and, tragically, Redondo Beat uphold the company tradition admirably. BEST SONG: “The Sweetest Sound”  BEST SONG TITLE: “Shoop Shoop”  FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Shoop Shoop” is not to be confused with “The Shoop Shoop Song,” which is a completely different bunch of shooping.

 –norb (Dionysus)

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