After a fifteen year absence, The Electric Boys reunited, and have delivered their fourth album, And Them Boys Done Swang.
The band mates of Electric Boys didn’t exactly disappear during the bands hiatus. Connie Bloom and Andy Christell have been playing in Hanoi Rocks, and released a great album, Street Poetry in 2007.
So how does And Them Boys Done Swang stack up? In my opinion, I believe the band has cranked out their best album since their classic debut, Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride.
And Them Boys Done Swang sees the Electric Boys return to their funky roots. The music on this CD is a mix of funky glam rock, 70’s psychedelia and classic hard rock. The majority of the songs are positively upbeat, fresh and highly listenable. This is definitely one of the more interesting albums I have heard in 2011.
Some of the highlights includes the rockin’ opening cut “Reeferlord”, the infectious “Father Popcorn’s Magic Oysters” (see video below), the Beatles-like “Ten Thousand Times Goodbye”, the silly yet fun “The House is Rockin” and the super funky “Sometimes U Gotta Go Look For the Car”.
And Them Boys Done Swang is one of the surprise albums of 2011. This is a highly entertaining album, and a disc worth checking out. Don’t miss this!
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Rating: Out of 10
02. My Heart’s Not For Sale
03. Father Popcorn’s Magic Oysters
04. Angel In An Armoured Suit
05. Ten Thousand Times Goodbye
06. The House Is Rockin’
07. Welcome To The High Times
08. Sometimes U Gotta Go Look For The Car
09. Put Your Arms Around Me
10. The Day The Gypsies Came To Town
11. Rollin’ Down The Road
12. A Mother Of A Love Story
The Electric Boys are:
Franco Santunione – Guitar
Andy Christell – Bass
Niklas Sigevall – Drums
Conny Bloom – Guitar, Vocals
I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations for this record to be honest. I have always liked Hanoi Rocks fairly well, but it has been a while since I listened to them with the exception of a song or two.
Once I found out that Electric Boys alumni Conny Bloom and Andy Christell were in this band, I immediately wanted to check out the new album. The Electric Boys are a late 80’s glam band that I thought were extremely under rated, and I knew the addition of Conny and Andy would greatly enhance Hanoi’s sound.
I must say that Street Poetry is a pleasant surprise. This record has more in common with 70’s glam than anything from the 80’s, but that is ok. The songs sound fresh, and most importantly, they rock!
There are plenty of tunes worth talking about here, and there isn’t a stinker in the bunch. My favorites so far are This One’s For Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tootin’ Star, Street Poetry, Fashion and Powertrip. Each and everytime I play this record, I feel the need to play it again. This is a very positive and upbeat feel good type of record.
Street Poetry is without a doubt one of the strongest records of 2007. If you have ever been a fan of Hanoi Rocks before, you need to get this. If you haven’t ever checked them out before, give the tunes on the band’s myspace page a whirl. I guarantee you will want a copy of Street Poetry for yourself afterwards.
2. Street Poetry
5. Power of Persuasion
6. Teenage Revolution
7. Worth Your Weight in Gold
8. Transcendental Groove
9. This One’s for Rock’n’roll
11. Walkin’ Away
12. Tootin’ Star
13. Fumblefoot and Busy Bee
Hanoi Rocks is:
Michael Monroe – Vocals
Andy McCoy – Guitars
Conny Bloom – Guitars
Andy Christell – Bass
Lacu – Drums