ROCKET: Girls with Candy Hearts: CD EP

No matter how much thrash, grindcore, hardcore, and crust I listen to and go see, I am a sucker for all-girl bands. Now add a few covers with a blast of bubblegum, and I’m like a catfish hooked with a designer lure. Starting off is a cover of The Professionals which was one of Steve Jones’ bands after the Sex Pistols. I vaguely remember the song, but I was never really into them. But this band turns it into a new song. Never heard the Nick Gilder song “Backstreet Noise” before. All I ever heard was “Hot Child in the City.” I would have never known it was a cover if I didn’t look at the liner notes. Their rendition of the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” becoming “I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend” was an easy lyric change and enjoyable too. It didn’t feel sacrilegious. Their Iggy Pop cover of “Funtime” has the elements of quirkiness that a band like Fuzzbox in the ‘80s or Elastica in the ‘90s would have done. Their originals are great too. This one’s a keeper! Now if a copy of their previous release that I read about with the Redd Kross and Bay City Rollers covers comes my way, I will be one happy music junkie.

 –don (Teenacide)