LABRETTA SUEDE & THE MOTEL 6: “Teenagers Getting High” b/w “Teenage Head”: 7” 45

Nov 15, 2022

The A side is a real rock’n’roll hinder-shaker that had me vacillating between doing the jerk and slipping into a coma. It was sweetly reminiscent of an amped-up version of something that might have popped out of New York in the mid-to-late ’70s, where club bands collided with the first wave of that-which-would-be punk and everything got coated in a tasty layer of cartoon sleaze. I mean, I’m not exactly sure what “mutation is the message, on your feet or on your knees, it’s a dangerous religion, but only in degrees” means, but it certainly seems like words one might consider living by. Researching the band’s origins, it appears that they started out in Auckland and did indeed migrate to NYC, reaffirming my long-held belief that, like waste water, these things seek their own level. The B side is the old Flamin’ Groovies classic, which is neither a particularly original choice nor a particularly noteworthy version of the song, if truth be told. I suppose the title fit nicely with the name of the other tune, so we’ll let it slide as part of the artist’s sweeping aesthetic statement. You’re not gonna buy this one for the B side anyway; that would be sort of like buying Playboy because you like the scotch ads. All things considered, a greatly righteous effort. BEST SONG: “Teenagers Getting High.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Teenage Head.” If someone names a band after a song, it generally has a pretty good title. FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: The color of the vinyl matches the “Panther Pink” hue that was an available option for 1970 and 1971 Plymouth Barracudas.–Rev. Nørb (Turkey Baster, turkeybasterrecords.bigcartel.com)

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