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Album Review

Calling this album In Stereo might seem to imply that it has there is some other Flat Duo Jets album that is recorded in lower fidelity — in mono, perhaps. Maybe even a 78 or an Edison cylinder. I don't know of any album by this band in any of those media, but it would certainly be appropriate. This is rock & roll at a level so primitive and honest that it sounds like an early '20s field recording. The Flat Duo Jets — in this case Romweber and Crow — thrash their way through five rock & roll standards and one original tune, and they do it in fine and fascinating style. These two obviously have the talent to play with more finesse, and they just as obviously don't care to. The liner notes say that this album was recorded in one day, and one suspects it didn't take much longer to record than it takes to play. A little time to plug in the guitars, knock back a few beers, and than hammer out another Flat Duo Jets classic.

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Fond Memories

The first time I saw these guys play it was in someones basement that we all knew from design school in Raleigh (sometime in the early to mid 80's). The room was full of people swilling cheap beer and tripping on mushrooms. The energy was outrageous and the music was blisteringly great. Dexter entertained us on many more occasions over the years with his Sears and Roebuck electric guitar and growling vocals. I had this collection of songs on a demo cassette and wore it out. A must have for all Flat Duo Jets fans. It's great to see that he is still making music.

Hipsters remembered

Ha! I was at that same party. They were still called The Forgotten Hipsters then. This recording captures the raw power they displayed that night and for years to come. It's lo-fi at its best! It was first released on cassette in 1985.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Retro-rockabilly maniacs Flat Duo Jets paired singer/guitarist Dexter Romweber and drummer Chris "Crow" Smith; though based throughout much of their career in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the duo first gained widespread exposure appearing live in the 1986 music documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out. Despite critical acclaim, they did not issue their self-titled debut LP until 1990, resurfacing a year later with Go Go Harlem Baby. Indie label stalwarts throughout the course of records including 1992's...
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