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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

13 Cats
"In the Beginning, Vol. 1 & 2" 
(13 Cats/Revel Yell)

A felicitously aberrant rascal mission whose storied big beat-ministers hailed from glory-scribed walks the Rockats, Stray Cats, and Polecats, 13 Cats may have been just too cool for this world; their flame burned briefly, but oh, so brightly. Danny B. Harvey, Tim Polecat, Smutty Smith, and Slim Jim Phantom crafted stunningly novel admixtures of literate, fantastic, scarlet lyricism and burly roots musics jetted up into tomorrow. They rocked headfirst into a tilted and technicolored taboo delirium dear to maddened cobblestone acolytes. And, though they ultimately went different ways, and discovered fresh joys, we have this stormy portrait of the momentary wonder that was.

Recommended "Flesh For Andy Warhol" (demo), "Hell Bop" (live radio broadcast), "Teddy Boy Kung Fu Weapon" (1996 debut show), "Chanting For Cadillacs" (demo), "Rockaholic Baby," "Snap, Crackle, and Hiss" (1996 debut show)

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