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Dead Hookers' Bridge Club

In an age of bands with awkwardly long monikers, finally, here's a band whose name captures its sound and attitude — the Dead Hookers' Bridge Club. For all its glitz and schmaltz, South Florida's dirty underbelly is just plain old dirty, but hell, there are pearls in the swine. And this delicious slab of thick, purple marble wax is one. The seven-inch record opens with "The Hoo Dee Hoo," an invented ode and romp to a bygone era of dance crazes, told through a prism of boozing, whoring, and fighting. This is raw, garage-flavored rock 'n' roll with a dose of Bo Diddley. Frontman Ace Roller's gruff, whiskey-laden throat echoes with reverb while bassist Jack Switchblade and drummer Dr. Johnny Thunder hold down the rhythm of a bass-heavy machine-gun attack.

And here's where it gets tricky. While the A-side rolls along at 45 rpm, the B-side turns it down to 3313. It's important that you pay attention, especially because the first song, "Rock 'n' Roll Attack!," is a mere 23 seconds — sneeze and you might miss it. "The Love Song" and "Russian Roulette" follow the narration of desperadoes and loose women — a steamy reality that makes you wanna bop along to a rock 'n' roll racket that is two parts deviance and ten parts fun. Like it used to be. Like it should be. Hell, I'm getting my leather out of the closet right now — warm weather be damned!

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Abel Folgar