The Fuzztones: In Fuzz We Trust


The album you now hold in your hands is nothing short of the greatest tribute album ever recorded. Nowhere in history have as many legendary performers appeared on one record for the purpose of saluting another artist. In this case, the artist is the band that instigated the '80s garage revival that continues today -- The Fuzztones. Preaching the garage (and psych) gospel since their inception in 1980, The Fuzztones influenced countless bands worldwide with their enigmatic image, high velocity performance and personalized interpretations. Fact is, even if The Fuzztones had never written a song in their long and illustrious career, they succeeded in accomplishing something much more important, even profound... they resurrected a music style that had only existed from (roughly) 1966 to 1967, and through relentless touring and recording, kept it alive for over 33 years. Initially, the band's mission was to introduce this long-lost music to the world, and did so by covering obscure classics, many by artists who appear on this album. "When The Beatles and Stones started out, they covered a lot of Motown and blues stuff, in an attempt to turn people on to it," points out head Fuzztone Rudi Potrudi, "and that's what we wanted to do as well." The music they chose to cover was so obscure that most of their audience assumed they were originals, and the band could easily have kept it that way. Instead, Rudi joined forces with Germany's Music Maniac label and released the album, Songs We Taught the Fuzztones, a collection of original versions of songs made famous by The Fuzztones. This record, released in 1993, turned Fuzztones fans on to the original artists, hence beginning the "purist" movement that eventually spawned the emergence of reunited '60s garage and psych legends, as well as events such as Cavestomp, which brought them and their newfound fan base together. But The Fuzztones are much more than a cover band. Their original material bears their own distinctive sound -- which owes as much to Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Stooges, and The Doors, as to the '60s garage and psych they obviously adore. When you hear The Fuzztones, there's no mistaking them for someone else. This album is the last of a three-part trilogy of Fuzztones tribute albums that began with Fuzztones Illegitimate Spawn 1 and its successor 2. Both double CD collections featured bands from all around the world, paying homage to the band that inspired them. Now we come full circle with a collection of Fuzztones classics, covered by the legendary bands that inspired The Fuzztones in the first place. Ladies and gents, the Holy Grail: In Fuzz We Trust. Artists include: Davie Allan & The Arrows, Shadows Of Knight, Sky Saxon, The Pretty Things (w/Plasticland), The Shy Guys, Gonn, The Monks, The Electric Prunes, Charlie Souza & The Tropics, Shadows Of Knight, The Vagrants, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Wallflowers, ? & The Mysterians, Davie Allan & Craig Moore, and Vanilla Fudge.