Evil Dr. Smith : These British glamless glamrockers have been glamming their glam already since the late eighties, including the unavoidable temporary break up. Their career and discography is a bit unclear and vague, their influences aren't. They copulate their native Britains-influences from The Stones, Def Leppard, Thunder and Dogs D'Amour (lead singer Ginger is even godfather of the child from Dogs D'Amour's singer) unashamedly with their American equivalents in no-nonsense rock 'n' roll as Black Crowes, Guns n' Roses, Mötley Crüe, New York Dolls and Cheap Trick. Especially 'State Of Nondependence' is illustrative for their philosophy and sounds like the Black Crows that are unbluesed by a British Thunder. The blunt rocking 'The British All-American Homeboy Crowd' has the most striking and suited song title for their music.
Since their amusingly titled come back album 'The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed' was released about one and a half year ago, the record market occasionally welcomes some reissues from the band. First we had the As & Bs sides compilation 'Riff After Riff', and now we have a re-release from the 1998 'Landmines & Pantomimes' with the now rather rhetorical sounded subtitle. The first six songs (including 'State Of Nondependence') were previously unreleased at that time and shows us well played, but not remarkable glamrock. De next two songs came from the vinyl version (and Japanese CD version) of 'Fishing For Luckies' (1996), of which 'Weekend '96' gives us an incredible catchy refrain of timeless hit potential. These are followed by three songs from the single 'Red Light, Green Light' (1996). The vocal lines are a bit nagging and dragging here and there (it must be their influence on The Darkness: a band they play together with quite often these days) and apart from a few exceptions it's not really my cup of tea, but the closing track 'One Before The Lights Go Out' is in true Monthy Python/Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band vaudeville style, which I like very much, although we're not talking hard rock here anymore, obviously. This reissue has a luxurious digibook cover (DVD format) and contains pretty strange artwork from one D. Deen which is more rancid and nasty when you take a closer look. Also suitable for people who are into Hardcore Superstars, Backyard Babies and other Swedish sleazers.