Frankenhooker

by RAbid - UK

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    11 tracks of sleazy explicit punk rock from UK82 band RAbid --
    UK82 punk was a magical time. The bands that emerged in the second wave were faster, angrier, heavier and political. At that time, a few of us would hop on a bus and visit the record stores in Leicester or Nottingham and pick up a record or two. Often the purchase was based on a review in the NME or Sounds or the Melody Maker but, sometimes, it was based upon John Peel playing a new band. One such purchase that I made, based upon the cover artwork and John Peel, was Jubilee by Rabid. Rabid were one of John Peels favourites in the early 80’s with him playing Jubilee almost nightly.
    Rabid were often on the same live bill as the likes of Anti-Pasti, GBH, The Exploited and Discharge. When a bunch of material arrived in the e-mail box from Rabid this week, I was transported back to those heady days of punk.
    A new line up of the band reformed 2012 with Grant himself on vocals, Steve Ward on bass guitar, Colin Bennett on guitar, and Gaz Johnson on drums. A new compilation, ‘Bloody History’ was released in August 2013. This year Rabid signed to Underdogz Records — to release ‘Frankenhooker’ Album – followed by a new album late 2016 working title ‘Rabid the hostage years’.
    Also in 2016 Rabid are proud to announce that Robber Byker ex of Gaye Bykers On Acid has joined the band on Bass Guitar.
    ‘Frankenhooker’ is a 6 track mini album and we also received 6 reworks of old tracks that opens with an updated version of the brilliant Jubilee – it’s a punk classic and refers to the city of Derby being named a silver jubilee city for the Queen’s 25th anniversary on the throne. Next up is Killer Instinct a faster paced GBH style track with some great guitar work and a singalong chorus that sounds as fresh as anything out there right now.
    By the time the third track R.A.T.M. fires up, I can’t help but break out into a big grin – Rabid are back and they are better than they were in the 1980s. They sound current, confident and creative. Rong’Uns has a Sham 69 vibe whilst Assassin had me reaching for the Anti Nowhere League albums. Rabid have managed to bring 1982 into 2017 and those 25 years have seen them build a great new sound.
    Call me Mr. C.E.O. and Death Mad Death both rock along at a furious pace and then the title track of the new album Frankenhooker is introduced with some heavy bass and super guitar riff reminiscent of the Cramps. Last up is K N T …(Rabid like songs with initials) …a song that I wasn’t quite sure how to interpret to be honest – I’m sure it’s intended as a criticism of sexist men!
    If you want to experience an up to date UK82 punk rock band, get these albums from Rabid.

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Originally signed to Fallout Records back in the eighties RAbid shared stages with the likes of Anti-Pasti, The Exploited, G.B.H. plus many more first time around. A couple of compilations of those heady days, the most recently being the rather appropriately entitled ‘A Bloody History’ released back in late 2013, were enough to finally tempt bassist turned vocalist Dean Grant out of retirement though, and with the help of Steve Ward on bass guitar, Colin Bennett on guitar, and Gaz Johnson on drums, this ladies and gentlemen is RAbid 2015.

The five track ‘All The Way To The Bank’ EP is the first product released by this modern day version of the band, and to be totally honest it is a fine introduction to the less than subtle delights of a band who, as I very quickly discover, don’t exactly mix metaphors or pull any punches. First thing you do have to get over though is the vocal stylings of Grant, he has an almost half spoken approach to his art that sits somewhere between Animal from Anti-Nowhere League and Trigger McPoopshute’s Darrel Sutton. Bizarre I know, but once you are past this possible Marmite moment the twisted full on glory of RAbid is there for all to enjoy. Okay granted they’re not going to suddenly be declared “the next big thing”, or be about to save rock ‘n’ roll as we know it today, but as I understand it that is not what RAbid are about anyway. This is the sound of four guys playing loud guitar based rock music and having a fucking great time in the process. Highlight of this debut EP is the lead track ‘Jubilee’, a track bristling with energy and a riff straight out of the Steve Jones book of guitar. Top notch stuff indeed.

RAbid Moving on to the just released ‘Frankenhooker’ EP and this one sparks into life via the title track, a tongue in cheek paean to the Frankenhooker horror classic containing a riff that Vim Fuego’s lawyers will be crawling all over. Elsewhere ‘Banned’ has that Pistols influence creeping out from behind the curtain once again. Whilst ‘Mr C.E.O’ has more than just a passing resemblance to the excellent Born To Destruct, and ‘K.N.T’ is the type of song that made the aforementioned Anti-Nowhere League public enemy number one for all of two minutes back in the early eighties. Ending with ‘Assassin’ and ‘Death Mad’ both of which being fine solid slices of British punk rock,buy both and make your own eleven track album. Tidy!

This is a top package, with top presentation, containing some top music. You can hit the RAbid guys up via the links below.

XSROCK REVIEW
Artist: RAbid UK
Album: Frankenhooker
Genre: Punk
Label: Underdogz Records
Release Date: December 6, 2016

Review:

Wow! If you’re a fan of good old fashioned hardcore style punk, then you need to pick up Frankenhooker, the new E.P. by punk legends RAbid UK. Having grown up listening to a multitude of musical styles and genres, one of the bands that I discovered along the way was “The Exploited”. I really liked the take no prisoners attitude of that style of punk and RAbid UK have that same type of vibe. It’s raw, it’s relentless and it’s in your face. The title track is a great listen and a fitting opener to this release. If you’re looking for nice, catchy pop punk, then you better look somewhere else. RAbid UK rips through these tracks like a buzz saw. I’m not here to bash any other bands, but I’ve always preferred this style of punk. It has a genuine back alley street quality that the latest “Hot Topic” punk-pop band of the week just doesn’t have. The lyrics throughout the Frankenhooker E.P. also bring that same sense of street-wise pride and social angst to the forefront. This is exactly what punk music should be. A ferocious indictment on society set to an equally aggressive musical background. If you’re already a fan of RAbid UK then you’ll be ecstatic to get this release. If you haven’t heard them before, where have you been? This is a great place to start as an introduction to a band that’s not only been around the block a few times, but also, much like a street gang, prove that they own it.

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RAbid were at the forefront of the 2nd wave of British punk - signing to fallout records and touring the uk -- playing main support to GHB/EXPLOITED/ANTI PASTI/VICE SQUAD and many more -- RAbid have recently signed to Underdogz Record and will be releasing A new Album late 2016 - Solo project from Vocalist new Genre same in your face ATTITUDE house/dance Music Pablo Mercedes Y Los ..... ... more

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Track Name: Frankenhooker
She's got small small hands and a tiny waist
She's got evil evil eyes and lips to taste
She's got long long legs and hair of the night
She's got a cute cute ass and a walk of fright

I want my FRANKENHOOKER to leave you dead
I want my FRANKENHOOKER to rip off your head
I want my FRANKENHOOKER to eat your soul
I want my FRANKENHOOKER to Take control

FRANKENHOOKER
FRANKENHOOKER - die my baby
FRANKENHOOKER die my baby
FRANKENHOOKER
Die my baby

I want a girl like that just lives by the beeper
I want a girl like that but 10 X cheaper
I want the girl next door but so much sweeter
I want a girl like that, that takes it deeper

I want my FRANKENHOOKER hooker to give me head
I want my FRANKENHOOKER that's great in bed
I want my FRANKENHOOKER to get on her back
I want my FRANKENHOOKER give me heart attack
Track Name: Banned
got my girl stood next to me
going down the Standard to see who we'll see
in a jumping pub stood by the bar
if it all kicks of were gonna be barred
were gonna be barred
were gonna be barred

the place is heaving now can't you see
the crew at the bar well there with me
a chant gone out its gone to far
now its all kicked off were gonna be barred
were gonna be barred
were gonna be barred

tables and chairs all over the place
some guy in the corner with a smashed in face
our crew at the bar they went to far
all hell broke lose we've all been barred
we've all been barred
we,ve all been barred