Sonny Smith: 100 Recs Project Continues

 

Five-disc box set to
drop in November, the second in a series – collect ‘em all.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Turn
Up Records will release “100 Records
Volume 2: I Miss The Jams”
by the ever-eclectic Sonny Smith in
two formats next month. Initially, a 5 disk boxed set on Nov 16th and
then in CD form on Nov. 30th.

 

Sometimes
the community rallies around an individual and the results are undeniable.
There is a long and winding back story to Smith’s “100 Records” project, Smith
being a leading light on the San
Francisco 
nu-garage scene. He wrote 200 songs that make up 100 conceptual 7″
singles for a multi-media art show that traveled around the US this past
year.  Although all the music was penned by Smith, he attributed his
masterful tongue-in-cheek brand of laid-back garage-pop tunes to mystical
musicians like Zig Speck, Earth Girl Helen Brown and The Loud Fast Fools
derived from Smith’s imaginative prose.

Along with
producer Marc Dantona, Sonny assembled a “Wrecking Crew” of players from the SF
scene. They got together to record songs in basements and apartments around the
city and a whole other team of visual artists contributed artwork for each
record cover. Here you have 10 songs from the Sonny Smith’s 100 Records. Recorded
on vintage gear, with local heroes such as Tim Cohen from the Fresh &
Onlys, Kelley Stoltz, Ty Segall, and members of the Sandwitches, and Citay all
contributing, this new music sounds as though it could be from a bygone age,
one at once more innocent and dangerous.

While the artwork
and the concept are both wonderfully original and compelling, it’s the tunes
that stand out here. Earth Girl Helen Brown’s “I Want To Do It”
(featuring Heidi Alexander from The Sandwitches) is a sexual plea worthy of
Ronnie Spector by way of the Velvet Underground. Cabezas Cordates’
“Teenage Thugs” revs its Dick Dale motor like Steve McQueen in
“Bullet” running over James Dean in “Rebel Without a
Cause.” Loud Fast Fools’ “Time To Split” will have any square
shakin’ and shimmeyin’ like a greaser at the high school dance. It’s a rock n roll
affair that’s decidedly old school. Sonny’s songs have a rawness that is hard
to come by these days, and his beautiful, fun, and often heart wrenching
melodies send the whole record into classic territory.

 

Sonny Smith also
fronts Sonny & the Sunsets. Read our review of his recent album
Tomorrow
Is Alright elsewhere on the Blurt site.

 

 

 

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