Rod Linkun plays pop rock songs with rocket boots on." I'd find it hard
to top that great line - so I won't. Many would imagine a trashy hybrid of 50's
rock 'n' roll, 60's pop, classic 70's punk and 80's sleaze to sound downright
batshit bonkers but - guess what? - the results are as infectious as surfin'
This is the sound of teenage thunder laced with J.D. - and I ain't talking about that de rigeur beverage whose logo stared out from a million hair metal wannabe chests - I'm talking juvenile delinquency. This is short, fast, three chord rock 'n' roll for the cool and the crazy. Pulpy, bubblegum pop lyrics wrapped up in images of switchblades, chicken runs and reform school girls.
Listening to Hot Rod Linkun's four track demo I can't help but be reminded of that glorious post-Hanoi trash scene where a new lo-fi demo seemed to appear every other week, with a fresh-faced bunch of degenerates wearing their influences like LAMF tattoos. They were flawed and fucked up, but fun - it is the latter that is at the forefront of these four songs. "Darling Of The Record Shop" sets the tone perfectly with 50's kitsch and great lyrics. In fact, the lyrics are probably the best weapon in Hot Rod Linkun's high school locker - equal parts clever and comic-book, they paint a distinct picture and do it with a great big smile on their face. "Ghost Train Love" features possibly the finest of all the lyrics (I'm a sucker for Elvira!) and the smiles don't stop there as we are suddenly introduced to a full-on thrash metal riff - think The Wildhearts when they were great and they dropped the biggest riffs into classic power pop songs - just for fun!!! "That's Cos I Don't Care" throws Andy McCoy meets Ace Frehley lead guitar over a Rocket From The Crypt riff and features vocals that are strangely reminiscent of classic Phil Lewis.......and by classic I mean when he was using his own hair. "The Waitress Down The Street" brings up the rear and is another retro-fuelled rock 'n' roll riot.
An American movie critic once described the juvenile delinquent movies of the 1950's as direct descendents of the gritty, bleak film noir of the 1930's and 40's, but made much quicker and cheaper. He dubbed them 'sleaze noir'. I now place Hot Rod Linkun at the head of the new musical sub-genre that takes that name as its own. If I make a million from the creation of this genre then I will do what has to be done - I will blow it all on cheap hookers. C'mon, who's with me????!!!
by Gaz E.
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