last of the bad men Ride! (CD, £13.95)label: Career
The second album by The Last Of The Bad Men is the work of a punk rock supergroup of sorts. Steve and Art Godoy are longtime Radio Birdman fans. A one off live appearance with Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek has led to an ongoing association as the Deniz Tek Group, The Golden Breed, the Visitors, and now the Bad Men. The Last Of The Bad Men is the most democratic of all the collaborations. The Godoys had previously led their own outfit, The Exploding Fuck Dolls, a notorious So Cal punk band. The influences go well beyond the obvious Motor City madness. A strong streak of late '70s UK punk can be heard in everything the Godoys touch. This album is no exception. There is nothing ordinary or cliched here. It's a band that know all too well exactly what they want to sound like, and then proceed at full speed. The intelligent arrangements and sharp lyrics fit together seamlessly but never betray the intent.
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