BAD TIMES: Streets of Iron: LP

Bad Times was a one-off band that was comprised of a trio of influential garage punkers: Jay Reatard (The Reatards, Lost Sounds), Eric Oblivian (The Oblivians), and King Louie Bankston (Royal Pendletons, Missing Monuments). This is a reissue of their lone studio LP rebranded with the title Streets of Iron, and it’s a good one, re-mastered and with a slightly different track listing. Musically, I can’t really say there are any surprises here if you’re familiar with the other bands these guys are associated with, as it’s chock full of lo-fi snotty garage punk rock’n’roll. With the impressive list of really great bands that the members of this trio has been involved with, I can’t say that this is my favorite thing that any of these guys put out, but it’s still a fun listen and definitely worth checking out if you’re unfamiliar. –Mark Twistworthy (Goner)