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A History Of Memphis Garage Rock: The '90s

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A History of Memphis Garage Rock: The '90s

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Various Artists
Shangri-La Projects

We gave it a B+

Memphis has long been a fertile musical city, having yielded, among other good things, virtually the entire Stax-Volt catalog (not to mention the great power-pop cult combo Big Star). Now, with the release of A HISTORY OF MEMPHIS GARAGE ROCK: THE ’90S (Shangri-La Projects), comes the welcome revelation that New York, Detroit, and Columbus, Ohio, aren’t the only towns where the big, boss, dirty sound thrives. From the evidence here, much Memphis-style garage rock owes more to madcap ’50s rockabilly cats like Carl Perkins than to, say, bowl-haircut ’60s archetypes like the Standells, which is just fine by us. Local legends like the Gibson Bros. and ’68 Comeback are here, as are more obscure types like the Satyrs and Cool Jerks (whose ”For a Little While” is a highlight). So while you hipsters are waiting for the next Dirtbombs CD, have a helping of this Memphis carburetor dung stew. We bet you’ll want seconds.