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Linnea Quigley

and the Bi-Polar Bears-Surfboards and Chainsaws

Review by Gary Hill

Linnea Quigley is best known as a queen of scream in such b-grade horror movie nuggets as "Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowlorama", "Creepozoids" and "Return of the Living Dead". Those movies combine a healthy dose of horror with campy humor and a rather innocent, yet sexy form of raunch. These elements are key to this album as well. The disc is a fun exercise in punky yet catchy weirdness that is quite tongue and cheek. The album feels natural and real, and should please Quigley's fans, and those who were drawn to groups like The Runaways. She even covers a song by that band. I should note that the copy I have lists one track that is not on the disc. I can't be sure if that is just this particular pressing or all copies of the album.

The disc can be purhased at Linnea Quigley's website.

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Track by Track Review
Zombie on the Beach
Weird and fun, this has a quirky off-kilter '50's texture.
Cherry Bomb
A cover of the Runaways song, this one is a solid rocker that almost feels more Ramones than it does like that Lita Ford/Joan Jett band. It is a great raw rocker.
Chainsaw's Made For Cutting
This is Linnea's countrified reworking of "These Boots Were Made For Walking". It is another one that is quite humorous, and all fun.
Beddy Bye Boy
The alternative punk mode of this one is minimal and just great. It is so cool! The sound on the guitar solo alone is worth the price of admission.
Strange Obsession
An almost techno backdrop allows for Quigley's type of rap. This is really odd, but definitely interesting. I suppose the closest comparison would be to My Ruin. It does get a little tedious after a while, though.
Hard Life to Live
This is another hard rocker that feels like something the Runaways might have done.
Going Home
This is a very potent and haunting balladic piece.
I Put a Spell On You
Linnea turns this Screaming Jay Hawkins classic into a stripped down punky rocker. The guitar solo is especially tasty.
Santa Monica Blvd. Boy
This number is another raw punk rocker.
Spaceman and Monkey
This rocker has that "Bo Diddley beat". It offers an alternative to evolution.
Strange Obsession (Reprise)
The earlier cut is revisited here.
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