Clearly my obsession with bands from 1976-1981 is an unkillable mania. At the age of sixteen my brain must have been nothing but wet cement. Every punk album I dug out my local record stores by The Clash, The Dickies, The Jam, The Sex Pistols, The Rezillos, Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Skids, The Stranglers, Generation X seems to have vandalized my psyche forevermore. Yes I was listening to lots of hardcore (D.O.A. Descendants, SNFU) and new wave (Devo, The Police, Elvis Costello) glam rock (David Bowie, The Sweet, Mott the Hoople - and Queen - yes all Canadian adolescents of this time did listen to "Bohemian Rhapsody" while in transit, it was not just a figment of Mike Meyers demented imagination) but surely The Rezillos stomped both their novelty-sized clown shoes right into the most pliable spot in my teenage brain, right besides the Ramones' Converse hi-top imprint.
It's kinda like The Rezillos decided to out-do the Ramones on multiple fronts. Not only did they layer in more early-sixties pop influences (Motown, the Joe Meek sound) and steal even more from seventies glam-pop (not only the giant hooks but also the outrageous visual overkill of the genre) but they also decided to take lyrical cues from almost every B-movie genre known to man (not just from horror and war films). Maybe, just maybe, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. was right when he said Can't Stand the Rezillos was "the best album Sire ever put out."
Here's the band's first 7" put out on Sensible Records in June of 1977. While a very different version of "I Can't Stand My Baby" made it onto the album, neither this take, or the whip-buzzin' version of The Beatles "I Wanna Be Your Man" on the flip-side, have ever been re-issued in the digital age.
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