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TITLE
Conundrum
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LP

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DAMGOOD 449LP DAMGOOD 449LP
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RELEASE DATE
3/4/2016

Reissue of garage rock kings Thee Headcoats' long-out-of-print 1994 classic Conundrum on white vinyl. "Ripping off the Non-Entities of Yesterday / Influencing the Stars of Tomorrow..." So it was written on the back cover of the original Conundrum release, almost a decade before The White Stripes and The Hives broke through -- how prescient they were. Thee Headcoats were mainly Billy Childish (guitar, vocals), Bruce Brand (drums), and Johnny Johnson (bass). They formed in 1989, after Billy Childish's previous band, Thee Mighty Caesars, gave up the ghost. By 1992 they had already released something like six albums and 15 singles. Conundrum was originally released on the legendary garage label Super Electro Sound Recordings (cofounded by Steve Turner of Mudhoney) in the USA, and later by Billy Childish's Hangman's Daughter label in the UK; it's been unavailable since the mid-'90s, until now. It features two of Thee Headcoats' classic singles, "Every Bit of Me" (originally a 1993 Damaged Goods 7") and "Girl from '62" (a Regal Select single from 1991). "'Every Bit of Me' alone has enough rough-voiced and snarling garage punk power to shame wannabes half the age of Childish, and that's just the first track of 14. His witty, blunt, and passionate views on life, love, and lust are as strong as ever, while the band sounds particularly great, still embracing the rough-and-ready Toerag Studio sound but cutting the musical crap and kicking out jams like nobody's business." --Ned Raggett, AllMusic