SHIRLEY MACLAINES, THE: Want You to Go: 7” EP

This quintet of fetching Austrian lasses gaily festooned in Ramones and Johnny Cash t-shirts evokes a full gamut of responses in me, as long as we all agree that “full gamut” means either “wondering what Supercharger would have sounded like if they were a five piece, and all those pieces were teenage girls” or “trying to remember what that Slaughterhouse 4 ep from 1984 sounded like…you know, the one with ‘Ducks For President’ on it!” Some of the songs here occasionally lumber off into a land of rote Dee Dee plunking, but when they kick shit into a higher gear, as with “Better Go Now,” they make me believe i’ve been reincarnated as Let’s Go Lisa’s drum throne. None can ask fairer than that. BEST SONG: “Better Go Now” BEST SONG TITLE: “Cigarette,” if you’re the Smithereens. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Recorded in the Tyrolean Mountains, as all the great ones are.

 –norb (Bachelor)