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?"
"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.