August 6, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Groovie Ghoulies

The Groovie Ghoulies were one of the most prolific garage punk bands around. In the course of little more than a decade (1996-2007) the band released nine full length records. From the very beginning they had a clear predilection for fast, furious, pogo-inducing songs clearly influenced by The Ramones. In 2000 the band released their sixth --and last for Lookout Records-- album. In my humble opinion this was their highwater mark. The production was sharp and smooth, a bit less fuzzified and garagey than their earlier releases, and clearly leaning more towards the pop punk sound than their trashy, heavier garage punk sound. This track, "Criswell Predicts" is short, blistering piece of power pop that warns the boys to straighten up or the girls will be blowing them off for each other. With the posting on their website of a cryptic message about internal strife the band broke up in 2007 days after the release of their ninth LP.

The Groovie Ghoulies -- Criswell Predicts