Share TWISTED! - The Twistaroos (House of Rock)
Beats me if this record is clever, contrived or just plain cool and it doesn't matter a jot anyway. Garage rock of the '60s throwback variety just hadn't been doing it for these ears for some little while, but The Twistaroos blew in through the front door and kicked my rotting, stinking carcass into next week and back again.

These Norwegians know how to sweat. You can tell just by listening to them play. Vibeke Sagestad lives in the same vocal neighbourhood as Australian Carrie Phillis (The Boobytraps.) They're probably residning next-door to each other. Drummer Christian Frehley Jacobsen has enough swing in his chops to get the kids' hips swinging. Or those of their parents.

Truth be known, these guys are the garage variant of bubblegum posters the Yum Yums with a dash more soul. They mix their own straight-ahead originals with judicious covers (Tom Jones' "Chills and Fever", Etta James' "Tough Lover" among them.) There's even an Elvis outtake in "Animal Instinct" that Ms Saugestad makes her own in fetching style and makes me forget for a minute just how much I hate the flute.

The Twistaroos rope in The Fleshtones for back-ups on the Boyce/Hart composition "(Let's Go) Where The Action Is" and that's a fair reference point. Your party would jolt like none before if The Twistaroos plugged-in and got all amped-up in your backyard. Maybe Peter Zaremba could serve drinks. The Twistaroos can play it as dumb as the next bunch of guys and girl with "Baby Baby Baby" on a lyrical par with "A Wop-Boppa Loo-Bop a Wop-Bam Boom", but is that a bad thing? I think not. Guitarist Morten Henriksen writes the bulk of the originals and they're real good 'uns. Fans of the Detroit Cobras will love this album.

"I May Never Get To Heaven" is the sort of low-key, tuneful song they used to play at the soc hops while the couples cuddled on the dancefloor cheek-to-cheek before they were kicked out the door (or so I'm told) and it serves the same purpose here. It gets cold in Scandinavia at night so the only thing to be done is to spin this sucker again. - The Barman

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