Norway - Full Moon 72 - 08/22/02
Shaken And Disturbed
Big Dipper Records
If you're a boy or man and your clothes are dirty, I don't recommend visiting
these laundry machines. They seem very hostile towards male persons. By now
The Launderettes are four girls and a Greek boy and the songs deal with
unhappy and violent love affairs and upbringings - and trouble, from female
points of view. Boyfriends, husbands, fathers and men in general are deceitful,
violent, sleazy, weak losers and/or cowards. Titles like "I Wanna Jump Your Bones",
"You're So Wrong" and "Rebel Love" indicate that the girls have learned their lesson
the hard way. Now they're contemptuous and cynical: Got no money, I don't care,
Got no job, I don't care, Got no future, I don't care.
The Launderettes play hard garage rock the way American punk bands of the 60s like
The Standells, Chocolate Watch Band, The Stooges and MC5 tried to create, only a
little heavier. Add a touch of female glamrock queen Suzi Quatro vocals and Stranglers'
bass and organ in between and you might know what we're talking about. You've heard
it all before, rock'n'roll to the bone. Shaken And Disturbed is The Launderettes debut
album. They've released three singles earlier (Rebel Love
was presented in a previous Luna Menu). I feared an entire album might be tiresome in the long run, but the girls and
boy make full use of the variations within the genre. 10 short songs in less than 30 minutes
is just about right. I especially enjoy the tough guitar dominated "You're So Wrong", the
ditto Farfisa dominated "Loser" with a touch of Ennio Morricone and the cynical "Transition Man"
is another goodie. A garage version of The Isley Brothers' "Nobody But Me" sounds a little more
pop-tinged than the self-penned songs, but it works. Guitars, guitars and organ - and no kidding!
Copyright © 2002 JP