LUNCHTIME WITH THE TORPEDO MONEYS - The Torpedo Monkeys (Zodiac Killer Records)
That Germany's Torpedo Monkeys want to be the Cramps is obvious. They even cover "Like a Bad Girl Should" on this 15-tracker, just to rub it in. The Torpedo Monkeys also sound like more fun than a soupbowl full of sea monkeys at the end of a 10-day hunger strike when you're armed with a tea strainer instead of a spoon. In other words, the crunchy bits are there and palatable.
Word is the Mummies reformed for a tour of Spain last week with only two original members, but no-one was the wiser. If Germany's Torpedo Monkeys broke up and re-convened they'd be in the same boat since the whole band plays in Planet of the Apes masks. That's either a way to be noticed or to remain anonymous in case of legal action by the Cramps.
Speaking of, Lux Interior tragically shuffled off this mortal coil only the day after this disc was blasting on the sound system. No sense in reading anything into that coincidence, but it prompted the thought that if he didn't like The Torpedo Monkeys he'd surely give the thumbs up to their record collections as there'd be a lot of crossover.
Greasy and grimy to the point of sounding in dire need of an oil change, these Monkeys strut, spew reverb and roll around on the floor in a glorious mess of noise.
Vocalist Little Lance Link declaims as all good rock and roll preachers should, guitarist Jessy D Monkey dishes out chunky, wholesome chordage and the engine room of Baron Von Valuum (bass) and Papa Kong (drums) clatters and rattles along like a Hamburg tourist bus on its last legs.
The Baron gets to lead the rest of the tribe from the front in "Shim Sham Chimpanzee" and shows himself to be an adept player, if you can use descriptors like that in Garage Band Land.
"I Was a Cannibal For The FBI" is the song the Cramps should have recorded before Lux checked out.
The spaghetti-tinged semi-instrumental "El Hombre Loco" shows the Monkeys aren't just a bunch of hell-for-leather skronk artists.
A trio of covers is appended as bonus tracks and The Torpedo Monkeys' swinging treatment of the Dead Kennedy's "Let's Lynch The Landlord" is fairly cool. No prizes for guessing that the closing squawk of "Chicken" would probably serve the same purpose in the live setting.
Proof the Germans do have a sense of humour. - The Barman
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