Alleycat Scratch - 1993 - Deadboys in Trashcity
01. Stilletto Strut
02. Take A Bite (Outta Me)
03. Cats Got Your Tongue
04. Soul Survivor
05. Sexual Addiction
06. Love Sick Junkie
07. Cheap City Thrills
08. Roses On My Grave
09. Trash City
10. Plastic Dolls
Yes ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got ourselves another early ‘90’s classic. While searching for some interesting and hardhittin’ traditional Sleaze music, the scent of dirty laundry pulled me down in the alleys from a town called Trash City. Being there, I found myself some willing women, but, unfortunately, the pleasure didn’t last long. I ran into some glamboiis whom beat the sh*t outta me. And this only because I didn’t had the money to purchase their debut album... Now, being scarred for life and saved up some bucks, I got myself a copy!
Formed in 1988, Alleycat Scratch is one of the many bands who had it going, but eventually brutally fell off the stairs towards worldwide fame, after the Grunge-invasion.
But even having an ‘outdated’ Hard Rock image, Alleycat Scratch played famous venues like the Roxy, the Troubadour and the Whiskey from 1991 ‘till 1993. In 1993 they released ‘Deadboys in Trash City’, pressing a small amount of it on their own label; Kick Yer Cat. After this release, they called it quits since the musical tide had changed over the years. By popular demand these cats re-released this record, including some unreleased bonustracks and cool live footage from their shows. This review is based on the original '93 release.
Okay, about the content, I only need one word to describe it: Raunchy!
The perfect mix of Pretty Boy Floyd, Nasty Idols and early Crüe.
We get introduced to Alleycat Scratch by the song “Stilletto Strut”, full of crushing drums, screeching vocals and very (and I mean very!) catchy guitar riffs. Something which distinguish this act from others. It’s a track you want to play over and over again!
Listening to “Take a bite (Outta me)”, you’ll notice the Pretty Boy Floyd influence I mentioned before. Though I like Steve Summers, Eddie Robison voxx are far more pleasant to the ears. But since this track leans on PBF, you’ll listen to it anyway, rather you like Eddie or not.
“Cats got your Tongue” is my favourite (since it was the first one I heard). Kinda like “Stilletto Strut”, but even more dirtier and catchier. Can’t say anything else about this one ‘cause you will love it for sure, just like the next one; “Soul Survivor”. Heavy riffs combined with less gritty vocals. Hmmff... Do I still have to convince you boiis ‘n galls?
“Sexual Addiction” reminds me of Crüe’s “Smoking in the Boys Room”, but in a more sleazy way. After this one we get “Love Sick Junkie” and “Cheap City Thrills”, two straightforward Rock ‘n Roll songs with some Motörhead influences. Since Lemmy is God...you know what I’m gonna say right?
Even the ballad “Roses on my Grave” is quiet enjoyable. “Trash City” is okay, but I rather listen to the previous tracks. On the other hand, “Plastic Dolls” has a typical Poison approach, in the vein of “Your mama don’t dance”. This one makes me smile once again. Damn, it’s a miracle my mouth did not tear out...
So what do I have to say...I think it’s fair I telling you to get your mother*cking ass to www.alleycatscratchmusic.com and get this beauty! Including the bonus tracks and –footage, this is definitely one of the best packages in years as far as I’m concerned!
In this case: PLEASE let your ears scratched off by Alleycat Scratch’s ‘Deadboys in Trashcity’!
Last Updated (Sunday, 20 November 2011 12:41)