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Slaughter and the Dogs

Tokyo Dogs

Review by Gary Hill

The concept of doing a track by track review for a punk album is a bit absurd. Still, all Music Street Journal's album reviews are track by track, so here we are. Overall, it's a safe bet that this is fierce, and yet catchy rock. The melding of old school rock and roll with punk runs throughout the set. There are hints of metal and more here, though. This is a high energy and powerful live album for all those who dig punk rock played by people who can actually play.  A lot of old school punk live albums had terrible recording quality. This is a new recording, and clearly does not suffer from that problem.

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Track by Track Review
Got Your Number
This stomper leads the show out in style. It's part glam, part punk and part just plain hard rocking music. It's catchy and well-performed.
Who Are the Mystery Girls
This comes straight out the previous tune, and has more of a pure punk vibe.
The Bitch
Fierce and frantic punk, this is mean.
You're a Bore
Another hard rocker, this one is raw and yet has a lot of fire and passion in the mix.
Hell in New York
Seriously mean punk is on display here. This is screaming hot.
Message from a Ghost
I dig this hard rocking grind. It's a more old school rock and roll styled tune, but there is still plenty of punk edge in the mix.
We Don't Care
Not a huge change, this is another high energy punk rock stomper. I dig the guitar solo on the number.
Boston Babies
I love this cut. It's just such a great combination of old school rock and roll and punk. It's energized and catchy. It's mean and raw, and yet has solid hooks.
Dame to Blame
New York Dolls merge with The Dead Boys on this killer stomper. The cut almost leans toward the heavy metal side of the equation.
I'm Waiting for My Man
Old school rock and roll drives a lot of this cut. Sure, there is a punk edge to it. They drive this one with style and power. They turn in an extended jam here, making this the longest piece on the disc.
I'm Mad
Particularly furious and screaming hot, this is a punk stomper that's very effective. The jam later in the track turns almost metal.
Situations
I love the punk jam on this song. The chorus is so catchy. The guitar solo is meaty. This is packed with energy and fury. There is a drum solo at the end of this that segues into the next track.
Quick Joey Small
After the drums start this, they launch into something a bit more hardcore in some ways. This is raw and yet catchy. It has some meaty riffing and killer hard rocking sound in the mix.
Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone?
Bass starts this stomper. As the guitar joins, it's a fierce punk scorcher. This one earns a definite parental advisory.
White Light White Heat
This song has a really catchy chorus. It's packed full of old school rock and roll with a punk rock edge.
Cranked Up Really High
Another cut that's made of the same kind of high energy catchy raw hard rock as the rest of the set, this has some particularly fierce stuff.
 
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