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(Grip Weeds are reviewed along w/ Cotton Mather, the Shazam and the Gallygows)
New Jersey’s Grip Weeds evolved from the DNA of a Smithereens side project (actually we came together way before any Smithereens side projects!- Kurt). They named themselves after Lennon’s Private Grip Weed in How I Won the War, sartorially filch from Moby Grape and recall Big Star’s #1 record/Radio City. Their third album, though also rooted in sixties USA (Byrds, Beau Brummels, Buffalo Springfield), acknowledges the Carnaby Street R&B of the Pretty Things and the Who. The album includes a version of the latter’s “Melancholia”, bizarrely blanching alongside “Life and Love, Times to Come”, a frightening snapshot of what might have been had Shepherd’s Bush’s finest ever attended Summer of Love seminars with the Maharishi...
Rob Hughes ***