Cherry St. - 1993 - Squeeze It Dry
1. No Doubt About
3. Cherry St.
4. Sure Was Fine
5. Mary Goes Round
8. Ring Around The Rosie
9. Here I Come
10. Shake Down Sally
11. Speak No Evil
Sometimes you walk right into some great slutty and sleazy records.
Squeeze it dry, the debut of the Sunset strip band Cherry St. definitely is one of those ‘invisible’ albums.
To be honest, Cherry St. didn’t have the potential become a band with a big following at any time, but strangely enough they created a bit of a buzz in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the hair band era was on its deathbed.
Even the “Godfather of Rock ‘n Roll” Bill Gazzarri inducted Cherry St. into the wall of his famous nightclub with the first ever coloured star. Damn, that must mean something I guess!
Anyway, the band has seen too many line-up changes and a representative music approach to achieve some real credibility.
Despite of the fact Cherry St. is/was more or less an underground sleaze rock band till this day, I think their debut is quite entertaining.
You’ll hear influences of early Mötley Crüe, Nasty Idols and Guns ‘n Roses, possibly the best mix for being picked up by a record label.
About the vocals: take Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and GNR’s Axl Rose and Voila, you’ll get Roxy Dahl.
We start off with ‘No Doubt About’ and ‘Jenn’, two songs which aren’t that good, but it delivers a nice LA Glam vibe. The self-titled song ‘Cherry St.’ however, is more enjoyable and it rocks harder than the previous tracks. Nice group vocals by the way.
‘Sure Was Fine’ is their ballad including the same ol’ lyrics and of course the infamous acoustic guitar.
No, my verdict of this review doesn’t look to good for Squeeze It Dry, but wait; You’re about to rock your ass off! ‘Mary Goes Round’, ‘Whiskey’ and ‘Ring Around The Rosie’ are without a doubt the best songs on the album.
Nice guitar riffs, memorable choruses and the raunchy voice of Roxy Dahl deliver the goods. After these highlights, Cherry St. gives us some “leftover” tracks. They’re okay, but it’s nothing new.
Maybe I’ve overrated Cherry St. in the progress. It’s awesome to know that Cherry St. stays obscure and you're now able to say to all of your sleazin’ friend: “Hey dude, do you know Cherry St.? They never made it big-time but this record is great!”. Yeah right, fuck that.
The recording quality is not too bad but far from good, songs are pretty weak and image-wise the band has nothing special to offer. Still, if you’re a true sleaze rock/metal fanatic you might wanna clasp ‘Squeeze It Dry’ in your heart.
If you enjoy the dopy sleazer image (like I do) this is worth a listen.
Don’t forget to watch Cherry St.’s first (and only) music video called “The Walk” on youtube.com.
Written by Jesse Gorvette