VIBRATORS, THE: Hunting for You: LP

Well, I had to look this up, but it turns out this is the long-tenured London band’s tenth album, and was originally released in 1994—the exact midpoint between this year and the release year of Pure Mania. Like a lot of folks, I find the band’s second album, V2,to be a reasonably guilt-free Vibrators jumping-off point: They were out of commission for a year or two after that, and, upon reassembly, they never really got back that “classic” Vibrators sound––the snotty vocals, the two tinny rhythm guitars playing off of each other from the left and right channels, the sped-up pub rock rhythm section––that I loved. This is not to say that records #3 thru #Infinity were wholly lacking in charm, but, at the end of the day, this is the tenth album by a twenty-one album band that most of us stopped seriously following nineteen albums ago. What am I supposed to say about it to interest you? “Compares favorably to their ninth, twelfth, and eighteenth albums?” That said, the record is reasonably enjoyable: While 1994 was close enough to the late ’80s that you can hear residual remnants of Guns N’ Roses envy (or at least see it in the hair), a boppy, ridiculous tune like “Keep Away from Me” will always find a place in my heart, so ultimately it’s a net positive that this is now on vinyl for the first time. I’m virtually certain this is better than the tenth U.K. Subs album! BEST SONG: “Keep Away from Me.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Radium City.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Please Please Please” is not the James Brown song, “No No No” is not the Generation X song, “Hey Hey” is not the Descendents song. –Rev. Nørb (PHR, phr.cz)