Friday To-Do: Faster Pussycat / Bulletboys / Bango Tango | Rock Candy

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday To-Do: Faster Pussycat / Bulletboys / Bango Tango

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FASTER PUSSYCAT / BULLETBOYS / BANG TANGO
9 p.m., Revolution. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.

Cock rock with class, let's say. With three of LA's prominent 1980s hair bands sharing the bill, this “Heavy Metal Whine & Cheez Party” promises to bring it. Full of hard, sleazy glam-rock, Faster Pussycat's first two albums still lurk in my cassette stash, and with good reason. Beneath the glam lies some really bluesy, balls-out rock, led by front man Taime Down's nasal snarl (think Bon Scott screwing a New York Doll). The raunchy glam rockers — named in honor of Russ Meyer's “Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Kill!” — have reconvened in support of their live album, “Front Row for the Donkey Show.” Also on the bill are Bulletboys, whose single “Smooth Up In Ya” became a rallying cry for adolescent males eager to offload virginity at the nearest exit, or a chest-beating anthem for those who'd already done so. Their cover of the O'Jays' funky, soul classic “For the Love of Money” lent them a surfeit of cred, too. Bang Tango, had they emerged prior to 1989, probably would have enjoyed more prominence and recognition. Even though they don't signal the halcyon days, we welcome them just the same.

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