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In addition to helming a myriad of bands (including The Milkshakes, Pop Rivets, and Thee Headcoats), Billy Childish has distinguished himself as a poet, novelist, and painter, and he maintains a fiercely independent, unrepentantly scornful attitude toward art establishments of all stripes. The Milkshakes formed at the dawn of the ‘80s and were the first of Childish’s bands to adopt the raw, R&B-worshipping aesthetic that cribbed from the more avowedly primitive exponents of the British Invasion, like The Downliners Sect and The Pretty Things. Childish would doggedly mine this vein for the rest of his musical career to uniformly excellent results, but Milkshakes releases like Nothing Can Stop These Men have an incendiary immediacy that's missing from some of Childish’s more recent efforts. The sixth in an improbably long run of near-perfect Milkshakes albums, Nothing Can Stop These Men fairly burns with energy, from the Link Wray–derived menace of “Dull Knife” to the breathlessly executed Bo Diddley–meets–Jack the Ripper rave-up “That’s My Revenge.”

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The other two reviewers are probably unfamiliar with Billy Childish

The Milkshakes set the pace for Childish's future work with the Mighty Caesars and Thee Headcoats, all three bands had the same sound, based on Chuck Berry, Link Wray, and "Louie Louie", and some of the same individuals popped up in both. As iTunes doesn't carry much of Childish's earlier output this is a good place to start


meh... that's about all i can say


Formed: 1980

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

When his punk band, the Pop Rivets, broke up in 1980, Billy Childish formed a new group with Mickey Hampshire, a Pop Rivets roadie who had been performing in a group called Mickey and the Milkshakes. The two began writing songs together and released their first LP, Talkin' About, in 1981. With Childish on guitar and vocals, Hampshire on guitar and vocals, Bruce Brand on drums, and Russ Wilkins (later replaced by John Agnew) on bass, the Milkshakes sound was a primitive blend of British beat groups,...
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