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The Meteors' fourth studio album, Monkey's Breath arrived hot on the heels of what had to be their finest 45 yet, a rabid deconstruction of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," and it quickly proved that the energies that coursed through the single still had a long way to run. The opening "Do the Demolition Rock" could not have been better titled, as it chases the band at hyperspeed through a celebration of psychobilly itself — it's "a gift from hell," the lyrics insist and, in the hands of a band that has the chops to match the attitude, it's hard to disagree. Any number of future Meteors classics piledrive from the disc. "Hogs and Cuties" is featured in both its LP form and as a fabulous 12" remix; the live favorite "Alligator Man" captures the band in its darkest, swampiest temper; while a cover of Johnny Burnette's "Sweet Love on My Mind" snaps the music back to its roots, at the same time demonstrating just how far the Meteors were traveling. There's another glimpse of the band's progress as "Just the Three of Us" emerges out of the 1982 demo found on the Teenagers from Outer Space reissue to become one of the Meteors' all-time finest, to round up the sound of the group at its most swaggeringly dangerous.


Formed: 1980 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining a revved-up variant on the classic rockabilly sound with a tongue-in-cheek obsession with horror movies and cartoonish violence, the Meteors were the U.K.'s leading psychobilly outfit, and often proudly declared that they were the only true exponents of the style (though history records that the Cramps were serving up their own ghoulish mix of rockabilly and horror first). The Meteors were the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Paul Fenech, who first made a name for himself in the late...
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