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The venerable Fleshtones awarded themselves a gold record in tandem with the release of Solid Gold Sound, possibly accentuating frustration at remaining a cult peculiarity for their two and a half decades together. Subtly, the grooves themselves also hint at some level of disenchantment; whether it's the lyrical cynicism of the New York Dolls-ish "Whatever It Takes," which name-checks disco divas, or the track that follows it, "Good Good Crack," which could be disco, there seems to be resentment. And there shouldn't be. The Fleshtones have struck gold with many fans of punk-infused retro-rock, and the meat of this disc will do nothing to dissuade them. There is a French version with a modified cover and different track order, and the vinyl version includes two bonus tracks, "Beer Run" and "The Friends of Bazooka Joe." ~ Brian O'Neill, Rovi


Formed: 1976 in Queens, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Often tagged as garage rock revivalists, the Fleshtones mix the fuzz guitar and Farfisa organ sounds of that genre with rockabilly, '50s and '60s R&B, and surf into a potent retro stew the group likes to call "super rock." The group formed in 1976 in Queens, New York with vocalist/keyboardist Peter Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng, bassist Jan Marek Pakulski, and drummer Bill Milhizer and aimed to return rock & roll to the simplicity and unselfconsciousness of the '50s and early '60s. (The group was...
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