Buddyhead Presents: Gimme Skelter

Ding-dong, the "rock" revolution is dead, victim of a style-over-substance sheen that quickly grew dull. But don't tell that to Buddyhead, a collective of skateboarding smartasses who've gained a dubious reputation on the indie culture fringe by releasing records and publishing barbed music industry jabs at With the release of Gimme Skelter, Buddyhead ringleader Travis Keller has compiled an enthralling (even revolutionary) collection that embraces and combines decades of rock rebellion. These jaw-dropping exclusive tracks place a host of old-school underground innovators next to their youthful disciples.

The distorted wash of Mudhoney's unapologetic opener, "Hard-On for War," shows the Seattle legends are as relevant today as they were ten years ago. Weezer's "You Won't Get with Me Tonight" (a sloppy gem from the band's lost "space opera" sessions in the mid-'90s) and the Primal Scream live offering "Shoot Speed/Kill Light" are both worth the sticker price alone. Meanwhile, Le Tigre's dancy "Mediocrity Rules" and the Starvations' gothic surf on "Last Night I Had a Nightmare" highlight the compilation's range. Better yet, aside from a couple lemons -- including the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' ninety-second throwaway "Shot Down" (doubtlessly included solely for the band's buzzworthiness) -- Gimme Skelter has few lowlights. Iggy Pop's intermittent commentary and Raymond Pettibon's album artwork merely ice the cake. All told, this comp rekindles the spirit of rock revolution by bequeathing it to a bunch of misguided punk kids, and that's right where real revolution belongs.


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