CD Top Billin' * (CD 1094321), Audio Other
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Top Billin' *

  • 1. Lookin' for a Boogaloo
    2. Michael Jones
    3. Exploit Me
    4. I Am a Monster
    5. Captain America
    6. Small Town Blues
    7. Naw, Syke
    8. You Don't Have to Die
    9. Poverty Stinks
    10. Beautiful Women #2
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 009

  • Credits
    EngineerBen Gmetro

    The New Lou Reeds: Stephe DK, Adam Constantine, Jeff Ottenbacher.
    Personnel: Dave Molnar (vocals, guitar); Ben Gmetro (vocals, lap steel guitar, harmonica, Fender Rhodes piano); Mike Allen (vocals, fiddle).
    Recording information: The Davenport (2004).
    Photographers: Diann Mistelske; Ken Blaze; Byron Miller.
    For a band whose moniker celebrates Lou Reed, this Cleveland group is remarkably devoid of any traces of him or the Velvet Underground. Rather, the New Lou Reeds cook up a stew of messy, ballsy, barroom rock with traces of Thin Lizzy, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the kind of gut-punch '60s garage rock celebrated on the initial (and oft-cited) Nuggets box set compilation. The finest rave-ups come with the tight punch of the first three tracks, "Lookin' for a Boogaloo," "Michael Jones," and "Exploit Me." Elsewhere, on the Stooges-influenced "Captain America," for example, the band falters a bit. And the lengthy exploration "Small Town Blues" seems like indulgent, jammy filler (same for the pseudo-bluesy "Poverty Stinks," where the white blues-wailer shtick gets a bit old). Overall, though, there is enough to impress on this disc: Top Billin' is a collection of tough barroom fare from Cleveland from a group to keep an eye on. ~ Erik Hage

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