Monday, October 23, 2017

CD Review: Flat Duo Jets Double Their Debut Album & Give Us "Wild Wild Love"

Rockabilly trio Flat Duo Jets was one of the greatest underground rock secrets of the late-eighties and nineties. Having originally formed as a duo in 1984, Flat Duo Jets were inspired by The Cramps as they recorded their first EP titled "In Stereo." The band was thought to be on the rise, releasing their self-titled debut album in 1990 and opening for The Cramps on their nationwide tour, but a performance on "Late Night With David Letterman" would be the extent of what the general public would gather from Flat Duo Jets.

Now, nearly 30 years later, record label Daniel 13 is releasing a 2CD set that contains the trio's debut album,their early EP and an entire second disc of outtakes. The energy that Flat Duo Jets placed in their songs has a punk-like feel with a classic, rockabilly sound. Songs like "Mill Stream" and their cover of Benny Goodman's "Sing Sing Sing" will make you instant fans of Flat Duo Jets. The rawness of "Man With The Golden Arm" and the jukebox-ready "Strut My Stuff" are hidden gems on the band's debut album.

The wildness of their debut EP shows that this band had loads of potential, but lacked a certain direction. The garage-rock feel of "Riot In Cell Block #9" combines elements of Stray Cats with The Clash, while "Love Me" has a fifties, Buddy Holly-like vibe. The first disc closes with the wildly attractive and playful "Raining In My Heart." The starkness of the outtakes almost surpasses the debut album as their sound has a slightly jazzier sound on the songs "Minor Swing" and "Love Has Its Jokes." Flat Duo Jets dig deeper into the blues with "Rock Me Baby" and "Look Down 2," before wrapping up the 30-plus minute disc with the slow-moving, piano boogie of "Justine 1." To find out more about Flat Duo Jets and their most recent release "Wild Wild Love," please visit daniel13.com/flat-duo-jets.

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