black randy & the metrosquad Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie (LP, £17.50)label: Frontier
'Pass The Dust, I Think I'm Bowie' was the only full-length wax release put out on the short-lived but highly influential Dangerhouse Records in late '79. It's full of short, sharp funky revue style tunes with some avant touches here and there, with BLACK RANDY reminiscent of a punk rock DAVID PEEL. Dig the budget organ sound that fits right in with the overall sleazy grooves that his METRO SQUAD laid down (it was made up of the cream of LA punks on sabbatical from their own combos such as the EYES or RANDOMS) all played with a tight but loose abandon. BLACK RANDY is one of the lost voices of the punk revolution, though by no means is he any way near a punk in the accepted commercial sense. BLACK RANDY (John Morris) died on November 11th, 1988. He still has no peers, amen to that.
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