PENNY COCKS, THE: Fake Gold & Broken Teeth: LP/CD

These Spaniards must have had an eclectic selection of records to listen to, most of which were probably released before the end of the 1970s, based on the evidence of this album. It truly is a mixed bag. My interest was piqued by both sides of the album cover which depicts the quartet looking like it had been lifted from a London street forty years ago, an image which I came to realise fitted in with the band’s output perfectly. Musically, this shifts between the pub rock of Doctor Feelgood and Slade’s more glam version of rock with added hints of the spikiness that Cockney Rejects displayed in the late ‘70s. With cover versions of songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s forming part of the tracklisting, this really is a melting pot of influences; one which works pretty well. –Rich Cocksedge (Bcore Disc, [email protected], bcoredisc.com)