Picks and Pans Review: The Blasters
updated 04/26/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/26/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT
According to biographer Nick Tosches in his new book Hellfire, when Jerry Lee Lewis was asked about the death of Elvis Presley, he replied: "I was glad. Just another one out of the way. I mean, Elvis this, Elvis that. All we hear is Elvis." We hate to break the news, Killer, but there's this L.A. quintet you're not going to like either. Like you, they are rockabilly renegades with a style spelled out in their anthem, American Music: "It's a howl from the desert/The screams from the slums/The Mississippi rolling/To the beat of the drums." Yeowwwwwwwww. They'll probably never top the time Jerry Lee set his piano on fire, but these guys sound like the real McCoy. Dave Alvin, the band's guitarist and baby, at 26, is also chief composer of the zesty music, which is Memphis-styled even though these suburban kids were born in or around Downey, Calif. They make rock 'n' roll so much fun to listen to, you feel like shakin' all over. Pretty soon it's gonna be Blasters this and Blasters that.