Review: Squidhat ’77

Squidhat Records       Squidhat ’77

40 years ago something amazing happened.  The music world, and the world in general changed. For those of us who were around, seeing it unfold was a revelation. Suddenly there were safety pins, mohawks, spiked leather jackets, and combat boots everywhere.  A collective voice of discontent rising above the status quo and against those who would cling to business as usual.  A big fat eff you to “the man” in no uncertain terms.   Much like that guy in the cookie commercial , SquidHat remembers………..

SquidHat ’77 is a celebration of this life changing year.  Focusing not just on Punk Rock, which is what the SquidHat family do very well, instead they have taken the entire year in music from multiple genres and let some of Las Vegas’ best bands interpret those tunes.  The resulting album is a fantastic collection of songs to stir up your soul.

The bands on this compilation all have done an impressive job, both in their selections and how they approached them. There are bold translations on songs like The New Waves’ surf inspired take on I Want You to Want Me or  New Cold War covering The Fleetwood Mac classic The Chain.  There are takes on seminal punk favorites like the Damnit Jims‘ version of Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment and The Gasher’s No Feelings.  What’s this? A version of Brick House by The SquidHat All Stars!  

But wait! There’s more!

That’s right folks, there are also some fantastic covers of classic radio fare Turn To Stone and Margaritaville by Franks & Deans and Rayner, respectively. It’s like your old Columbia House subscription got renewed, before the collections letters started coming. That said, this isn’t just an album for us old punks and our nostalgic hearts. This is a reminder for all that something amazing happened and affected us. Young and old alike in our scene, this was a pivotal point in our collective history and this album celebrates every minute of it.

1977 is happening for someone, somewhere, right now.

 

SquidHat ’77 was unleashed on April 1,2017 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of what most of us consider the most important year of music.  Click the link below and pick this album up on limited edition gold vinyl (oooh!) or grab a cd or three from some of Vegas’ best bands on Sin City’s favorite label.

 

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About Damon Workman

CONTRIBUTOR – FtLP MASCOT
EMAIL: damon@fortheloveofpunk.com
LOCATION: Las Vegas, NV
OTHER SITE: FtLP Records

BIO: “Real job” is chef. I paint, help produce movies, sing off key and play sloppy guitar in Buddhist Death Squad. I’ve always loved telling people about great new music and now i get the chance to do just that with a fantastic group of people! Punk is about passion and it infuses everything in life.

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