HALL CRASHERS - Live Record; Witless Banter and 25 Mildly Antagonistic
Songs of Love (Pink & Black Records, P.O. Box 190516, San Francisco,
Site) Concert recordings are always kind of frustrating: either the
energy of the show
is utterly lacking from the CD or it's captured well-enough that you wish
you were actually at the club and not listening to your stereo.
Furthermore, live versions of the songs you know and love from the
studio releases are often vastly different and make for a disappointing
There have certainly been examples of killer live discs -- Bullet
LaVolta's Gimme Danger, The
Runaways Live in Japan!, The
Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out,
etc. -- but, by and large, concert discs don't get much repeat
action in my CD changer. However, this release is certainly fun enough to
make me wish I had been at the performance but, unlike so many concert
albums, it also stands alone as a worthwhile listen.
The songs are among the hookiest and most infectious out there.
Well-crafted harmonies and tasteful amounts of ska, punk, r&b,
and rock mix with the undeniable pop flavor of The
Live Record , making for 72 of the most thoroughly enjoyable
musical minutes of the summer.
Those familiar with DHC know what to expect and probably already
have this; everyone else -- don't be such a cheap bastard and go spend the
10 or 15 bucks it'll take to get your hands on this.-Chris Wissmuller