Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Redd Kross - Teen Babes From Monsanto

Teen Babes From Monsanto was more than a mere covers EP; it was a statement of purpose by a band emerging from the ghetto of hardcore punk. The covers on the EP served as a template for the rest of Redd Kross's career. Every aspect of the band's emerging sound was represented by a cover on the EP; heavy metal (KISS "Deuce"), glam rock (Bowie "Savior Machine"), bubblegum pop (Boyce & Hart "Blow You a Kiss In The Wind"), 60s girl group pop (The Shangri-Las "Heaven Only Knows"), psychedelia (The Rolling Stones "Citadel"), as well as a nod to their hardcore roots and affection for junk culture ("Linda Blair 1984"). The EP is both a perfect summation of where Redd Kross was at the time, and an indication of where they were going.

Teen Babes has never been officially released on CD (although it came as a bonus on a limited edition Australian tour CD in 1993 that also featured "Trance" and "Byrds and Fleas"--that's how I got my copy). This EP is crying out to be reissued.

Their cover of "Deuce" makes KISS's version sound flacid in comparison. It must have badly bruised Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley's massive egos to get their butts kicked by a bunch of punk teens from L.A., and it took them 8 years to bounce back back with Revenge in 1992, their strongest album since 1981's Music From The Elder.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic record! I still have it (including the super-rare "Redd Kross Army" sticker that came in the inside sleeve! I'm rich!) The singing is so weird, man. Really high and nasal and bathed in delay and reverb. A broadcast from Torrance, circa. 2525. Awesome!

Pete Bilderback said...

I wasn't even aware of the Redd Kross Army sticker. Too cool. Covering KISS back in 1984 was both extremely cool and brave. I mean KISS was putting out records like Animalize and Lick It Up back then, and the coolness of their 70s work had yet to be recognized in indie circles in 1984. Redd Kross were about 5 years ahead of the curve on that one.

Anonymous said...

its 43 seconds long ?

Pete Bilderback said...

Sorry about that. No the song is over 3 minutes. Something went wrong with that upload and the song was cut short. Try again.

OldLoserMan said...

hello.....
but i need the full album........
it´s a great album........

thanks from brazil