The Hangmen – The Hangmen [1989]

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Country USA            

Style Sleaze Glam

Rating 79/100

Band Members Billy Catterson – Guitar,Vocals, Brian Small – Vocals,Guitar, Johnny D. Holliday – Bass,Vocals, Lenny Montoya – Drums,percussion,Vocals

Tracks 01. Desperation Town, 02. Coal Mine, 03. Walking In The Woods, 04. Tell Me What You Want, 05. It’s Over For You, 06. Last Drive, 07. My Way, 08. Rotten Sunday, 09. Kiss From You, 10. Cry Cry Cry, 11. Slow Death, 12. Lonely

Profile The Hangmen have always been a unique group that can’t be easily pigeonholed, and East of Western captures all of their different sides. When they first got together in L.A. in 1987, the Hangmen were fiery and hard rocking enough to play with metal bands, but they also had a stubbornly rootsy and punk rock attitude that made them fit in just as easily with such legendary underground icons as the Gun Club and Tex & the Horseheads.

Their trademark dual-guitar attack combines the classic-rock drive of the Rolling Stones and AC/DC with the hard-charging swagger of Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers and the sinister allure of the Cramps. Over the years, the Hangmen have worked with several notable producers, including Vic Maile (Motorhead, The Inmates, Hawkind), who recorded the Hangmen’s self-titled Capitol Records full-length LP in 1989, which is now a prized collector’s item.

This 1988 debut is food for the soul. Capitol quite wrong-headedly tried to lump the band in with the “hair metal” horde still popular at the time and radio, of course, all but ignored this fine platter. The band slashes and burns behind frontman Brian Small, who sneers brilliantly like some weasel-faced street punk with tons of attitude. All 10 tunes are keepers, including a blinding rip through the Flaming Groovies’ classic “Slow Death. A lost classic, who’s reputation is growing with each passing year.

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