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ARTIST
TITLE
American Rudeness
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MR 284CD MR 284CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/20/2012

2007 release. For those who keep searching for lost '70s gems, this is an ideal one, both because it was long-lost and it is a gem. White Flame was formed in Connecticut by high-school friends Mark St. John and Rich Ricciuti in the early 1970s. American Rudeness, their only album was recorded between 1977 and 1978 in New Haven and self-released on the band's own label Rudeness Records. It was, in the end, a private pressing that never got any distribution outside the band's state, preventing them from having any success or recognition. Their music is a killer blend of Detroit proto-punk and heroin-fueled rock with a dash of weirdness (they were huge fans of Frank Zappa). On the title track, you can even see similarities to what Wayne County was doing in NYC, or to what British bands like The Count Bishops were up to. It has the wicked touch of Kim Fowley, and you can feel occasional influences from The Stooges (those wailin' guitars), MC5 (high energy guitar riffs), and The Velvet Underground. Almost 30 years after its first pressing, Munster unearths, for you, this hidden treasure.