20. FORTUNE MALTESE and The PHABULOUS PALLBEARERS - Sonic Sounds From Seattle EP (Dionysus ID0745102) 2000
This band from Kalamazoo, MI are one of my favourite bands of all time and that's a high compliment to make but hey, it's true. They fuckin' rock and leader Freddy Fortune has an awesome garage punk vocal delivery, full of angst and spit.
'Sonic Sounds From Seattle' is an EP made up of four songs, two originals and two covers. Side A opens with a killer version of 'Girl, Go Run Away' originally done by The Bedforde Set. It's far superior than the original in every way, better vocals, classier instrumentation and the production slays the Bedforde Set.
'You Watch The Road' could be my fave Fortune and Maltese tune. It's a garage swinger with dumb lyrics just the way they should be. Fab organ weaving in and out of the punk lead guitar frills. Dig the rave-up ending of the song....
'The sidewalk scene in this whole City,
Is crawlin' with girls who look so pretty.
The clothes they wear are causin' a minor sensation,
Doesn't leave much to my imagination'.
The B-Side opens with a Mysterians like organ dominated go go instrumental titled 'Don't Question Me'. This one would be hip for those 60s hippie chicks dancin' in those Sunset Strip cages. The EP closes with a rockin' version of 'Jump, Jive and Harmonize' originally by Thee Midniters.
You need this record.
All songs recorded July 29th, 1998 in Seattle, Washington at Kearney Barton's Audio recording Inc.