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The Mummies: Death by Unga Bunga (Estrus)


Never been much of a fan of revivals - so called - Ďcause itís always struck me that pretty-much anyone ďrevivingĒ something is sadly lacking anything of their own to contribute...

On the other hand, some of the very best music around has been - incorrectly - labelled as revivalist...and the Mummies fit that bill - perfectly.

To be sure, they covered frat rock/60s punk classics...and, yeah - they modelled their recording/production-style on the extremes of the small label sound of the early 60s. But...much like the Cramps & Pussy Galore, they took their influences & ran w/them...to the extent that the result was, quite frankly, something of their own...

Their - complete - recordings can be found on two cds...and this oneís the singles collection. However, both happen to be essential purchases...Ďcause the Mummies were one of thee finest rockíníroll outfits of recent times - and youíll (certainly) not regret anything you spend tracking down all of their work.

Allright...time for some descriptions: Absolutely every damn cut on this set sounds different - and, to be quite blunt, I never (really) understood just how varied fucked-up small label early/mid sixties production was...until I heard this set. ĎCause the Mummies were the MASTERS of archaic dirtbag production...and, if you (foolishly) think thatís basically just one thing...then - let me tell you - itís a whole myriad of sounds...and - to be frank - much more varied than anything thatís passed for mainstream since...

Best tracks: (I Could Better Be Lookiní For) Dangerman/Die!/Test Drive/Stronger than Dirt/Your Love/Down Home Girl/Babba Diddy Baby/Thatís Mighty Childish/(You Must Fight to Live) On the Planet of the Apes...on the other hand, I could easily pick the entire set - Ďcause the only reason Iíd be picking winners is that the running order isnít exactly perfect.

Still...I really donít care that much...

Look...the Mummies were goddamn outstanding. As far as Iím concerned, they had no real peers - despite the plethora of sixties-style garage bands of the period (late 80s-early 90s). Sure, they had a gimmick (the bandages)...but, hell...so does everyone. Gimmicks never last...but, they also never (really) subtract from genuine worth...

And genuinely worthwhile is precisely what the Mummies were...and are.

(on the Planet of the Apes)




John Henry Calvinist