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Album Review

From 1987, the Meteors' follow-up to their most successful album yet, Sewertime Blues, was widely expected to simply serve up more of the same — why change a winning formula, after all? Instead, they skewed off to deliver what remains their most diverse, and almost contrarily, their most enjoyable album, a 12-song dynamo that kicks off with an inspired re-invention of the Stranglers' "Go Buddy Go" and never looked back. Swinging from the blues-drenched menace of "Midnight People" to the sheer mania of "Crack Me Up," swerving violently into the slapstick title track and then driving the whole show into a wall with "Psycho Kat," Don't Touch the Bang Bang Fruit is the Meteors at their absolute peak, rendered even more impressive for this reissue by the inclusion of 12" mixes of the singles ("Go Buddy Go" was joined on the racks by the "Bang Bang Fruit" itself), and a pair of manic B-sides. And the brilliance doesn't let up for a moment.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

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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