He Put The Bomp! In The Bomp (Bomp Records)


This is an odd concept – a tribute album to Greg Shaw, a non-musician. Although he didn’t sing, play an instrument, or write songs, Shaw still made a huge impact through his writing, and his label, Bomp! Records, which has been an outlet for countless underground bands since the ’70s. He Put The Bomp! In The Bomp pays tribute to Shaw with garage/psych/punk bands covering other garage/psych/punk songs, many of whom worked with Shaw at some point in their career. As expected from a twenty-three song compilation, the results are mixed, with many highlights (Outrageous Cherry’s psyched-up version of The Gants’ “I Wonder”, The Black Keys cover of The Cramps’ “I Can’t Find My Mind”, and The Warlocks’ cover of “Hey Man”, to name a few) and some low-lights (The Dwarves bad cover of The Weirdos’ classic “Life Of Crime”, The Morning After Girls’ overbearing take on Kim Fowley’s psych-pop novelty “The Trip”, and a surprisingly limp “Kill City” by Nikki Sudden and Captain Sensible) and some songs that fall in-between. The Buffalo Killers turn in a great version of Rockin Horse’s “Don’t You Ever Think I Cry” that sounds like Let It Be-era Beatles and is worthy of special mention. With such an array of material I wonder why The Brian Jonestown Massacre (who Shaw worked with for several albums) didn’t take part, or have their songs covered. That omission aside, this disc is a fitting tribute, and if the bands mentioned above are your cup of tea, check it out.

Tracklisting:

The PLIMSOULS – Good Times

The BRIEFS – She’s Just A Girl On The Block

The BLACK KEYS – Can’t Find My Mind

LYRES – What’s Wrong With You?

The FUZZTONES – I Gotta Way With Girls

OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY – I Wonder

The DUKES OF EARL – Him Or me

BUFFALO KILLERS – Don’t You Ever Think I Cry

NIKKI CORVETTE & The HELL ON HEELS – What A Way To Die

SSM – Screwed Up

The MORNING AFTER GIRLS – The Trip

RADIO MOSCOW – I Just Want To Make Love To You

The LOONS – I’m Dissatisfied

BRIMSTONE HOWL – Slow Death

SOLEDAD BROTHERS – Walkin’ The Dog

STALKERS – Chunk Of Steel

COFFIN LIDS – Sonic Reducer T

The KONKS – Beat Your Heart Out

The LAST – Pablo Picasso

NIKKI SUDDEN & CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – Kill City

The BARRACUDAS – Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog)

DWARVES – Life Of Crime

The WARLOCKS – Hey Man

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