The Hip Priests – ‘Those Fucking Boys - A Decade Of Disdain’ (Ghost Highway Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Monday, 27 March 2017 04:30

THP - TFB coverThose purveyors of pure filth and fury are back with the single most comprehensive and delightfully satisfying collection of singles, compilation songs, covers and just about everything any self-respecting motherfucker could ever want from an amped up bunch of debauched rock and rollers heading for the pearly gates without a single care in the world  because they know they've given every bead of sweat - every single bloodied pick guard, every  ounce of rocked up volume that is humanly possible - for a cause of pure unadulterated rock and fucking roll.  Forget your pretenders and your preened pussy rock and rollers, because these four deliver time after time after time.  

 

The fact their Spasm Gang keeps growing as does the clamour for their dirty filthy collectible records it isn't a fluke or a spin off from being the media darlings grabbing their fifteen minutes of fame.  It's because there are some people out there who can smell the real deal, one by one people are waking up to the fact that The Hip Priests deliver every single time! 'Those Fucking Boys' is testament to that and the fact that they can wedge in 27 singles and non-album tracks (you read that people: twenty fucking seven!!) is something that puts 99.9 per cent of other bands to shame. 

 

The epitome of self-released, self-financed, self-motivated and self-belief they've never waited round to be picked up or courted as the next big thing, Über Rock has been proud to be on board from the very early days, and we've seen release after release being ignored by the wider media and the masses whilst other inferior releases and bands get popular or the critical acclaim (where it's not deserved). The Hip Priests carry on regardless, motivated by the isolation and loathing of dwelling on Shit Island and the fact that they and the Spasm Gang know differently. In the face of such adversity, they make records that genuinely, on each release, get better than the previous one - which is just what the Hip Priests do! Time after time.

 

Let’s not get started on the artwork for this double album that is also accompanied by a book of words and pictures (only if you're a member of the Spasm Gang though)… but this is, hands down, the sweetest double compilation album ever! And I don't say that lightly (nor have I been paid to say it); if you only take a chance on one single record this year then I promise you will not be disappointed with this.

 

I won't go through every song on offer because I don't need to, but the fact is that many of these have long since sold out on 7" and some are insanely priced on some internet record sales sites and to have them all together on one (OK two) record(s) is fantastic; and as a gateway into the band for many this is the perfect opening.

 

Let’s take some of the covers though. How about a disgustingly dirty take of 'Do The Strand' that is a sonic blast that I never saw coming and one that would scare the shit out of Messrs Ferry and Eno if they were ever to get to hear how someone took one of their most revered numbers and kicked holy fuck out of it and roughed it up whilst still maintaining its glam roots? It’s totally owned by those fucking Boys! 

 

What about the sleazy pound of 'Spasm Gang'? Given a full blood transfusion, this is now a beast that riffs and rolls and well and truly shakes its shit - genius? You bet.  With a heart full of napalm, The Hip Priests have been converting the public one by one - and when they have an arsenal of tunes like 'Make War Not Love' or the succinct 'Last Motherfuckers Left Alive' your ears are in for a treat, as this record flows like demon seed as you get roughed up and aroused in equal measure. 

 

If that's not convinced you then how about their take of the Alice Cooper Band classic 'Is It My Body'?   I might have told Lee Love at the time that this was my favourite Coop number, and boy have they owned it?  From the Stooges’ one note piano plonk, this is how all cover versions should be tackled:  with enough respect for the original but ownership of song should be taken and owned - and boy do they do that.

 

Some of the rarer Hip Priest songs are added, like 'Mystical Freaks' or 'Welcome To The Garbage Dump', and I suggest you hop on board before these boys either self-implode, spontaneously combust, get thrown in jail or drop dead - or just simply get so fucked off with living on Shit Island that they vanish like Lord Lucan never to be seen again… and it'll be our fault. 

 

Don't be a pussy, buy this record and get lost in some of the finest punked up garage rock and roll ever made.  Besides, I'd like to see these boys smile and reap the rewards of their labour and prove to them that the people of Shit Island, and further afield, aren't all brain dead, shit-eating sheeple who only like wallpaper music or the tunes you hear in supermarkets and lifts, but can recognise good music and bands every now and again.

 

Come on people… do the right thing and show these fucking boys (cough, cough) that their decade of disdain was all worth it and we can all look forward together as another decade of zero fucks given unfolds and we get more songs as good as 'Jesus Died So We Could Ride' or the wonderfully in your face and prophetic 'I'm A Genius'.  Not just Über Rock approved, but loved and adored. You know what you have to do.  This is a true testimonial for what rock and roll really sounds like and it's here for you Brothers and sisters how easier could this be?   Now, kick out the jams motherfuckers! Before it's too late!

 

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