This week’s installment of Review Revue is devoted to the debut LP by New York garage revivalists The Fuzztones, who have been rocking fairly steadily under the leadership of Rudi Protrudi (which is allegedly his real, if not his given, name) for over thirty years now - an impressive feat, any way you slice it. They named themselves after their favorite guitar effect, contributing to a sound they claim to have dubbed “Grunge” in 1984, well before Seattle’s own version of grunge - well supplied with fuzz pedals - took over the world of music.
So basically, screw you Seattle! The Fuzztones invented grunge. And perhaps this very record, being played at this very station, planted the seeds for the wider grunge explosion. Or, you know, maybe not. Still, sounds like a fun record.
“Darker than your average ’60s punk. Not bad for an ’80s band, but they’ll never live up to ‘Good Times’ by Nobody’s Children. Some songs manage to transcend imitation and are fairly original like: 1.4, 1.5, 2.2, 2.5. 2.1 good cover of a great Sonics song.” [At least we know there's a little NW influence on these guys.]
“Oh, grow up.”
“& get a respectable job.”
“Nice moody organ part on ‘Just Once.’”
“What could be more respectable [illegible/incomplete]”
“‘Cinderella’ - HOT version of old Sonics tune.”
“Bad surf-acid trip.”
“No, good surf-acid trip!”