Ah, Guitar Wolf. I love ‘em.
They’re the messy, fuzzy, completely over-the-top answer to every case of the blues you’ve ever had. It’s completely impossible not to jump around and break stuff when you play one of their records, and Jet Generation is just such a disc.
Right from the opening feedback, this records hits you right between the eyes and sends you spiraling off into punk rock bliss. They had the cool, they lived it completely and, most importantly, they had that Sound. It’s completely amazing. It’ll destroy your speakers and leave you screaming hoarsely for more, even long after the disc has finished spinning. The original tunes here are classic by now, and this is the best cover of Summertime Blues I’ve ever heard, so what’s not to love here? Exactly. Get it, crank it and lose your freakin’ mind.
01 Jet Generation
02 Fujiyama Attack
03 Kaminari One (Jet Version)
04 Kung Fu Ramone
05 Teenage U.F.O.
06 Cosmic Space Girl
07 Roaring Blood
08 Gakulan Rider
09 Refrigerator Zero
10 Shimane Slim
11 Cyborg Kids
12 Summertime Blues
13 Can-Nana Fever
I bought this tribute disc for two reasons – one, I love Guitar Wolf. And two, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion turned in a song, so of course I had to hear it! And the fact that they did the same song as Hellsquad matters not one bit. It’s all good! J. Mascis is here too, so try and make me not buy it! I dare you!
Guitar Wolf, for me, epitomize Japan’s love of American rock and roll. Of course, they messed it up and made it their own and that’s what makes their output so awesome. They were fuzzed right out, dressed in tight black leather, and completely unafraid to suck, if need be, in order to sound like they wanted to sound. Their songs were full of screaming and feedback, but therein lay the beauty of all their hard work – it was so far out there that you couldn’t help but absolutely love it. They were the Japanese Motorhead, if Motorhead had covered Chuck Berry through a fuzzbox. Fantastic.
Each band on this disc goes for that same energy (except maybe Puffy Amiyumi, but that’s just the way they are), that same glorious shriek that Guitar Wolf happily dispensed every chance they got. A worthwhile disc, absolutely. Turn it the hell up.
01 Lightning Bolt – Planet Of The Wolves
02 Fast Fourier – Black Rock ‘N Roll
03 Hellsquad – Kawasaki Z117 50 Rock ‘N Roll
04 Wildhearts – Wild Zero
05 Jim O’Rourke – Kaminari One
06 Porch Ghouls – Fujiyama Attack
07 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Kawasaki Z117 50 Rock ‘N Roll
08 Total Dork – Shinkansen High Tension
09 Autoramas – Energy Joe
10 Snuff – Jet Generation
11 Puffy Amiyumi – Can-Nana Fever
12 Cato Salsa Experience – Planet Heart
13 J. Mascis & The Fog – Cyborg Kids