Tuesday, April 7, 2020

If You Haven't Heard It, It's New To You: Crash Street Kids

Our friend and Burning Wood supporter Randy, enjoyed The Whiffs post from a few weeks ago so much, he sent me a message saying so, and suggested that I should check out a record from 1982 by the Crash Street Kids called "Little Girls." It was new to me, so I gave it a spin.

I love it!

The "Kids" are from Minneapolis, and there is a definite Replacements vibe happening, except that, "Little Girls" was released in 1982, and The 'Mats hadn't yet tightened up their sound, having only released the very fast and thrashy "Sorry Ma" and "Stink" by then. Was the influence the other way around? Did Paul Westerberg hear "Little Girls" before writing 'Let It Be?"

Hmmm...I say.

"Little Girls" is really smart and really strong. Not quite clean enough to be labelled power pop and too clean to be labelled punk. I'm hearing The Only Ones, The Vibrators and even a bit of Mott The Hoople glam. It's possible that the "Kids" were fans of Ian Hunter. The band name is also the name of the closing tune on Mott's "The Hoople" record, and...see next paragraph.

There are so many good songs on "Little Girls" it's hard to choose just one, but I am going to lead with "Tears" for two reasons. The first, its verse cops the melody from Mott's "I Wish I Was Your Mother." The second, I absolutely love the counter-melody of the riff that begins at the 3:20 mark.

The full album is up on YouTube, if you dig what I posted here.

Thanks Randy! I needed a new obsession.


Anonymous said...

that's uncanny how much the vocalist sounds like Westerburg. Add it to Dave Pirner and maybe that's what all rockers aspired to sound like in Minneapolis.

AJ said...

Angelo @ Power Pop Criminals posted this album (in FLAC)


Give it some Luv

Cleveland Jeff said...

Tears sounds like the melody from "I Wish I Was Your Mother" by Mott the Hoople. Nice tunes!

Sal Nunziato said...

Yes Cleveland Jeff,
that's what I wrote in the post!

FD13NYC said...

I seem to vaguely remember them from way back. It's possible I may have bought a promo of this at Charlie's Vinylmania. But we were record shopping together back then so this might have went by the wayside at the time. This is a nice shot in the arm though, to rediscover a band that sounds pretty good now and pleasing to our rock ears. Good post Salvatore.

Shriner said...

All their albums are really good! I forget who turned me on to them, but it was a while ago. None of their records disappoint!

Sal Nunziato said...

Shriner, from what I see they only made one album.

Anonymous said...

looks like several albums on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEniH7LhcliM4N4te3Q2-Xg

Sal Nunziato said...

Different band according to Discogs.

Shriner said...

Oh, maybe I'm wrong then? I have 5 albums by "Crash Street Kids" in my library -- including "Little Girls" -- but it never occurred to me that they are different bands! Go figure!

Anonymous said...

Sal: Thanks for this. Not a bad track on the album; really hit me in all the 198Os big hair/tight black jeans/power-pop feels. Unbelievable that the album never went national given all the other bands that did at that time.

Michael D.