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Album Review

Although it isn't a greatest-hits collection (like 1993's Sofa), Platters du Jour presents a more well-rounded picture of the Celibate Rifles' talent and versatility (which has only increased over the years). It gathers together all of the Aussie clan's singles — A-sides, B-sides, alternate takes, remixes, and live versions — onto one convenient disc. All four tracks from their hard to find 1982 EP, But Jacques, the Fish?, are even included in the mix. The basic sound is hard-rocking punk-pop. The mood is positive, unpretentious, occasionally humorous, and — just when you least expect it — socially conscious ("Rain Forest"). Taking their inspiration from the Ramones, the Saints, and the Rolling Stones, the Rifles add a little twang ("Out in the West Again") and surf ("Summer Holiday Blues") to the equation. Covers include a faithful take on the truck-driving classic "Six Days on the Road" (Dave Dudley), a garage-y "Dancing Barefoot" (Patti Smith), and a speedy — downright exuberant — "I'm Waiting for the Man," which drains every drop of darkness from the Velvet Underground original. The Australian LP came with a bonus single (sporting the tracks "Instrumental," "Disco Death," and "Junk No. 2"). ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy, Rovi


Formed: 1982

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Playing stripped-down, loud, and fast Ramones-inspired guitar rock, the Celibate Rifles were one of the earliest Australian punk bands to emerge during the post-Radio Birdman/Saints era. Taking their cues from these Aussie bands, along with the American hard rock of the Stooges, MC5, and Blue Oyster Cult, the Rifles were led by the twin-guitar attack of Kent Steedman and Dave Morris and the deadpan baritone of vocalist Damien Lovelock. They exploded out of the gates in 1982 with a series of records...
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