Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Weirdos
Why? What? When? Where? Why?
Bomp Records, 1979

With the exception of "Happy People", the Ramones-infected opening cut, I never much liked this record. Not much energy, easy targets (jocks, repressed suburbanites, couch potatoes, gun nuts), boooring rockabilly cover- It was just a totally unispired follow-up to such great songs as "Destroy All Music" and "We Got the Neutron Bomb" - I guess we all have to grow up sometime.

My last acknowledgement: Musically speaking, the Weirdos were a speeded-up Rock and Roll hybrid, equal parts Stones, Faces, Who, Stooges and New York Dolls. But without a doubt, the main catalyst in the development of the Weirdos was the release of the Ramones' first album. That's what pushed us over the edge. See kids, we respect our elders.
  • The official Weirdos site is now defunct but here's a fan site (Weird World Web) that is infrequently updated.
  • A recent cover of "Happy People" by The BiPolar won an NYC song competition. Here's the MP3 - recommended for back to back listening.
  • This record is still available from the late Greg Shaw's record label -- click on the album cover picture above (it's their image, so give them some love and peruse their catalog).

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