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The Maggots
This Condition Is Incurable
Bad Afro Records


I have heard countless garage-rock revivalists from The Mummies to The Primates, but I don’t think the Maggots have heard a single one of them. These crazy Swedes are getting their inspiration from scratchy vinyl, baby. They throw in enough surf, rockabilly, and B-movie soundtrack to keep you frugging in the beach or racetrack ‘til the next revival. Someone should have enlisted these guys for the Scooby-Doo soundtrack. Maybe they’re holding out for Speed Buggy.

Right out the gate, they grab you by the Maynard G. Krebs goatee and shove your face in the sand with "It Is Time." There isn’t even time for nostalgia, as they fully intend to put the danger back in this beaten genre. Fuzzy, fast and furiously, they rip through with unabashed snotty vocals and frantic guitar beatings. That was truly an opening credit piece, as "Boy From Nowhere" immediately assaults without so much as a bathroom break. The distorted vocals and frenetic rip-snort guitars turn in a dark, threatening performance. The boys adapt the words to their land with; Well I ain’t from Helsinki, I ain’t from Stockholm, I ain’t from Banf, I’m the boy from nowhere. I swear that The Seeds have sprouted in the psychedelic warblings of "Leave Me Alone." The bass is tympanic coolness, and the warbling guitars creep along. They push the vocals too hard into psychosis. I will indeed leave you alone. "Bring Me Down" is a slower-paced number as well, bringing to mind The Kinks. Nicely shimmering springy guitar and boom-chick drums. The Maggots have the rock scream down perfectly, echoing across the generations. The cartoon reel rolls on, "Chicken Race With Satan." And "Cat Fight." Some genuinely campy songs that are cute, but appeal to the pop-culture approach to garage that I’ve come to expect from the Americans. Betty Page stories and legendary sweaters from long-dead prom dates.

"Maggot Man" features Detroit handclaps, whammy bar and a Stooges appeal. One of those high gear driving down the road numbers. The Weird Tales connection is made in "She’s From Outer Space." This comic book lover’s wet dream is as rambunctious as they come. Great dance value and countrified guitar-line interrupted by Outer Limits space noodling. The Flamin’ Groovies’ "Headin’ For The Texas Border" gets a shot of courage and a lot of quotation marks. The Maggots put more energy into their version than a career-ful of Groovies. "I’m Gonna Make You Pay" sounds like The Standels after drinking the dirty water straight-no chaser. It’s a tremendous swirling racket with everyone trying to be the loudest. The worm turns in "I Wanna Be Your Maggot." Pendulous guitar threatens the vocals as the drums bore into the body of the song. The twisted lyrics provide more sexual death-puns than New Ben Franklins. Girl you’re looking mighty fine. But what I really dig is your inside. I wanna be your worm…I wanna make you squirm…and so on. Sick humor like that will leave you with The Cramps. The closer "Uh! Uh! -The Bigger, The Better," is an exercise in spatial relations. His girl feels empty and is just looking for something to fill that void inside. The ever helpful Maggots recommend the Eiffel Tower, The Titanic and an aircraft carrier. Siren guitars and Hawaii 5-0 bongos turn the juvenile into highly effective booty movers.

On a scale of Gerry Anderson puppet shows: one being Torchy The Battery Boy, and ten being Thunderbirds; This Condition Is Incurable scores a nine – Supercar.

Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:

  1. It Is Time
  2. Boy From Nowhere
  3. Leave Me Alone
  4. Bring Me Down
  5. Chicken Race With Satan
  6. Cat Fight
  7. Maggot Man
  8. She's From Outer Space
  9. Headin' For The Texas Border
  10. Gonna Make You Pay
  11. I Wanna Be Your Maggot
  12. Uh! Uh! -The Bigger, The Better

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