Sucking the 70's

by Various Artists

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All Music:
In the early '90s, it seems every shaggy-headed rock dude from here to Timbuktu had jumped head first into grunge or "heavy alternative," and in the late '90s, the same approach had mutated into stoner rock, but at heart it all boiled down to the same thing -- young guys with big amps who longed to sound as heavy and punishing as Black Sabbath in their salad days. Sucking the 70's is a double-disc compilation featuring 35 different bands each covering a (usually) FM-radio-approved hard rock hit from the first era of marijuana-enhanced hard rock, the 1970s. Pretty much everyone here has dropped their tunings, jacked up their amps, and aimed for maximum heaviness, either in the pursuit of a faithful tribute (Throttlerod's "Black Betty" is the spitting image of Ram Jam's version, while Raging Slab -- yep, they're still at it -- are obviously honored to be taking a stab at Grand Funk's "We're an American Band") or a thorough reworking (witness Porn (The Men Of)'s slow grinding take of Neil Young's "Out on the Weekend" and Suplecs's brutal throb on Rush's "Working Man"). But most of these covers either ape the original closely enough to bring nothing new to the table, or drift so far from the original that the better qualities of the songs are lost. (Notable exception: Lord Sterling's thick but fleet-footed take on the MC5 rarity "Black to Comm.") Yeah, it's all big, heavy, and rockin', but Sucking the 70's just isn't any fun, and even the scuzziest '70s rock was still about a good time, and if you really want to hear some balls-out rock with a strong '70s influence, last that I heard Paranoid and Master of Reality were both still in print.

Bio:
Small Stone is proud to present “Sucking the 70’s.” An aural trip down memory lane... back to the good old days when Rock & Roll actually stood for something and you could get a groupie to give you head from Cleveland all the way to the New Jersey state line. No expense was spared for this one kids. We’ve gathered 35 bands, from 6 countries, across 4 continents to revisit the songs that were probably playing on your car radio when you first got laid (or some of you were conceived). From the first blast of guitar on Five Horse Johnson’s rendition of Mountain’s “Never in my life” to the last smoldering note of Gideon Smith’s take on Steppenwolf’s “The Pusher”, “Sucking the 70’s” is a rollercoaster ride through the classics that defined a decade. Of special note are Scott Reeder’s (Kyuss, Unida) solo debut, Broadsword featuring J. Yuenger’s first released material since leaving White Zombie, and Clutch’s smoking re-invention of Jethro Tull’s “Cross Eyed Mary” as well as Spirit Caravan’s final recorded effort.” From ballads to bong hit’s this collection has everything...except Stairway. So, strap on your roller skates and dig out your lava lamps: The 70’s are back with a vengeance. Sorry, no eight track version, this baby clocks in at 156+ minutes of ass kicking rock.

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released 08 October 2002

Side 1
Five Horse Johnson - Never In My Life
Throttlerod - Black Betty
Dixie Witch - On The Hunt
Clutch - Cross Eyed Mary
The Glasspack - T.V. Eye
The Last Vegas - Free For All
Halfway To Gone - Can't You See
Suplecs - Working Man
Puny Human - Travellin Band
Raging Slab - We're An American Band
Los Natas - Brainstorm
The Heads - For Madmen Only
Lamont - Nasty Dogs & Funky Kings
Backdraft - Child Of Babylon
Black Nasa - I Dont Have To Hide
Warped - Dog Eat Dog
Hangnail - Bron-yr-stomp-

Side 2
Roadsaw - Vehicle
Novadriver - 20th Century Boy
Alabama Thunderpussy - Hymn 43
Disengage - Communication Breakdown
Porn (The Men Of) - Out On The Weekend
Milligram - Rumblin' Man
Tummler - Working For MCA
Fireball Ministry - Doctor Doctor
Spirit Caravan - Wicked World
Lowrider - Freelance Fiend
The Mushroom River Band - Walk Away
Broadsword - Woman Tamer
Doubleneck - Don't Blow Your Mind
Lord Sterling - Black To Comm
The Brought Low - Till The Next Goodbye
Scott Reeder - Don't Call Us, We'll Call You
Tectonic Break - How Can You Win
Gideon Smith & The Dixie Damned - The Pusher

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