CAPTAIN 9’S & THE KNICKERBOCKER TRIO: Starting a Rock’n’Roll Grease Fire: LP

Formed as a two-piece in 1982, C9&TKT were one of the few bands of the basement hardcore era to turn their hoses on garage-trash-punk-and-roll-and-nothing-but. And, while I have never been quite as in awe of this band’s body of work as other members of my sewing circle, it’s hard to not have a good time listening to this basement-load of wee, rattly songs about burning things down, giving girls lecherous stares, and Fistfight Saturday Nights. This particular package is a mash-up of “greatest hits”—such as they are—and unheard nuggets of Captain 9-ey glory, and if you’ve ever heard a more (presumably intentionally) fucked up version of Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin,” I’ll shake your damn hand nude. BEST SONG: “Let’s Burn Something.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Hubba Hubba.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Captain 9’s” is also the name of an Ohio pizzeria. ­–Rev. Nørb (Rerun, rerunrecordsstl.com)