Ricky Zero of Radio Cult and Possum Kingdom Ramblers contacted me last month about a Pro Set Musicards trade. He has been working on the set since it was released and lacked only #60 Janet Jackson. I happened to have an extra, and he had a few that I needed toward my set.
That knocks off #26, #160, and #183. I am now only four cards short of the complete first series:
8 Legends: The Doors
132 Perfect Gentlemen
187 Billy Idol
250 Historic Concerts: Muddy Waters at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, November 4-6, 1966
Thanks Ricky for helping me knock a few more cards off my wantlist!
I have been a Radio Cult fan for almost two years now, ever since discovering a KISS tribute album featuring female singers released by Genterine Records. It just so happens that Genterine Records is run by Radio Cult’s bass player, so in addition to reviewing the KISS tribute, I reviewed Radio Cult and a couple of other Genterine releases as well. One of the things that really draws me to this band is the love for horror, as demonstrated in this song (sung by Ricky):
Speaking of Ricky Zero, he gets a card too:
Ricky and I exchange several e-mails a month, talking about music, Star Wars, and other random topics. We have a lot in common and I have little doubt that if we lived closer together, we would be pretty good friends off-line.
No band is complete without a drummer, and Radio Cult’s Jay Jay gets his very own “fun card” as well:
Radio Cult plays a lot of shows in Georgia and South Carolina, so if you’re in that area check their calendar and try to attend one of their shows.
Radio Cult vs. Mecha-Radio Cult
Genterine Records, 2013
Another fun release from one of Atlanta’s premiere party bands, Radio Cult vs. Mecha-Radio Cult features three originals and two cover songs. The covers, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes and “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles, are fairly straightforward send-ups of the original (though it is interesting to hear “Seven Nation Army” sung by a female rather than Jack White). The originals are where Radio Cult becomes especially fun. “Jet Black Heart” is a standard mid-tempo rocker sung by Bambi Lynn, a throwback to an early-80s Joan Jett. Bassist Ricky Zero takes the mic on “Man Made Monster” and spins the tale of Frankenstein in horror punk fashion. “Saturday Midnight Double Feature Comes Alive!” is a live recording of the song that originally appears on Never Enough. As with that album, my favorite songs on this EP are the horror-themed tunes, but it’s a fun record from beginning to end.
The album art by Peter Cuttler is fascinating as well, as Bambi Lynn is made into a comic book character to fight against a mechanical Bambi Lynn while Ricky Zero watches from a window in a nearby building. Who hasn’t wanted to become a comic book superhero? Not only are the songs fun to listen to, the cover makes it fun coming up with a story to describe what’s going on.
1. Jet Black Heart
2. Seven Nation Army
3. Man Made Monster
4. Walk Like An Egyptian
5. Saturday Midnight Double Feature Comes Alive!
Genterine Records, 2011
Radio Cult built a name for themselves in the Atlanta area playing cover songs, but Never Enough shows that the band has the chops for entertaining originals as well. Most of the songs are straightforward garage rock, nothing earth-shattering, but they are well-constructed songs. Of these, “Get Out Of This Town” is the best of the bunch. Radio Cult really shines, though, when the theme of the song turns to horror. Ricky Zero and Bambi Lynn do an excellent job of bringing out the creepy sounds in “Saturday Midnight Double Feature” and “Shoot The Dead;” the latter has a groove that sounds as if it could be an early demo for Rob Zombie. Classic horror fans in particular, though, will enjoy the wink to old-time local horror movie hosts in “Saturday Midnight Double Feature.”
Budgetary restraints are evident when listening, but Never Enough is a very good release for an independent band with such limitations. The major complaint is the brevity of the album, clocking in at just under 33 minutes. Three songs, however, get the video treatment.
Watch the video for “Get Out Of This Town”:
Watch the video for “Saturday Midnight Double Feature”:
Watch the video for “Shoot The Dead” (featuring cult horror icon Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films):
1. Get Out Of This Town
2. When I’m With You
3. Saturday Midnight Double Feature
4. Back To You
5. Make The First Move
6. Galaxy Man (Theme Song)
7. I Don’t Believe In Ghosts
8. I Wanna Play With The Bad Boys
9. Just A Distraction
10. Shoot The Dead