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Desert Shores

  • 1. Space Hump Me
    2. Hang Up
    3. Rule Maker
    4. Mission's Message
    5. Bag of Glue
    6. Beware of the Dog
    7. Hollywood
    8. Johnny (Que Paso?)
    9. Reno
    10. Please Don't Touch
    11. Bad Seeds
    12. Demons in a Row
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 91

  • Credits
    ProducerTim Kerr
    EngineerMike McHugh

    Throw Rag: Kiong Taco Pearl, Jacko, Chango Von Streicher, Captain Sean-Doe, Franco Fontana, Dino.
    Recorded at The Distillery, Costa Mesa, California, January 2003.
    Personnel: Action Craig "Jacko" Jackman (vocals, bugle, cowbells, washboard); Captain Sean Doe, Rita d'Albert (vocals); Franco Fontana (synthesizer); Chango Von Streicher (drums); Tim Kerr (tambourine).
    Recording information: The Distillery, Costa Mesa, CA (01/2003).
    Photographers: King Taco Pearl; Crystal Blake; Jose Carlos Parada; Andy Roe.
    Throw Rag's approach to punk rock is refreshing and yet still time-honored. "Space Hump Me" has a lot of early-'70s punk in it, particularly with the sneering vocals and simple arrangement such as the Damned. Lead singer Captain Sean-Doe never lets loose as the song is wild but still quite tight, much like "Hollywood," which appears later. "Hang Up" continues the party rock atmosphere as more guitars are brought to the fore. However, they mix rockabilly and punk beautifully, especially on "Rule Maker," a tune that could easily be on a Social Distortion album. Performing what they dubbed "sailor rock," "Mission's Message" is the first track that sounds ordinary at best and more like filler despite an exciting guitar solo. The group returns to its strengths with the head-bobbing, fist-pumping "Bag of Glue," another hard punk tune with a washboard thrown in. "Beware of the Dog" is a rock tune seemingly dusted off from the '70s, but Throw Rag deliver it flawlessly. The punk rock gives way to a harder no-nonsense rock sound like Danko Jones and Ten Benson for the latter half, including the gritty "Reno." But "Please Don't Touch," which features Rita D'Albert on backing vocals, is definitely from the Misfits brand of rock. And it ends on a good note with the crunchy rock riffs on "Demons in a Row," a mix of horns and AC/DC circa Bon Scott. ~ Jason MacNeil

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