10/18/2006

Chrome - 3rd from the Sun

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The classic Helios Creed/Damon Edge-led version of Chrome is one of the most hilariously cartoonish bands ever (and I mean that as a compliment): the most obvious and sensationalist aspects of Hawkwind, The Stooges, sixties psych-garage, punk rock and early industrial thrown in a blender to create a kind of pulp trashy, totally over the top pseudo-sci fi punk psychedelia. If Roger Corman had hired Kim Fowley to record a punk/industrial/acid rock-exploitation soundtrack for a Mad Max-rip off about a bunch of acid-fried, mutant fighting, post-apocalyptic motorcycle warriors, it would probably have sounded similiar to this.
Compared to Alien Soundtracks or Half Machine Lip Moves, 3rd from the Sun is definitely a more conventional rock record. But I'd say that it's also a lot more cohesive and less uneven. Also, though many of their fans obviously love the lo-fi production of early Chrome, I always felt that the tinny, muffled sound seriously impaired their music. So it's nice that 3rd from the Sun sounds relatively full-bodied and punchy. Of all the Chrome records I've heard so far, this is the one were they almost live up to their promise of a wild ride through a seedy, surreal, psycho-delic rock'n'roll phantasmagoria.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thankn you very much for the Chrome - link. Well, i think you're very right with your review and the last sentence of it.
I enjoy your blog very much with all the eclectic flavors. It shows a much varied taste in music...definitely not boring. many greetings, keep up the good work.

square dancer said...

Thanks a lot for your kind words, glad you like the blog! Take care and have a nice one!

Jörg said...

Danke für den Link!
http://not-rock-on.blogspot.com/
Und danke für Gas!

square dancer said...

Hallo Jörg! Gern geschehen, ich finde dein blog wirklich sehr gut. Ich hoffe, die zugeteilte Kategorie ist für dich einigermaßen ok.

jonathan said...

thanks a bunch. helios creed is a maniac. great blog ya got here.

friend electric said...

turning their axes an amber red..
one of my initials for chrome..

Paul said...

Thanks so much for posting these tracks. 3rd from the Sun was always one of my favourite Chrome albums, and I would add that you've got an excellent blog here.

Anonymous said...

thanks for such good suggestion, too bad that we got just 7 tracks here.

Ammutbite said...

Firebomb video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFP5zwwu3Nc

Josh said...

Great post! and very informative too, also the tracks wasn't bad enough, It's a shame because I don't have time to come across this blog every day.
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edlorado said...

thanks great album!

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