Features the Stooges’ Ron Asheton and MC5’s Mike Davis on certain tracks.
By Blurt Staff
Hot Box 1974-1994 is the name, and Destroy All Monsters is the game: the legendary Detroit combo of both experimental and hi-nrg rawk bent. Across 3LPs or 2CDs, it’s a 31-track anthology of songs remastered from recently discovered tapes, including previously unreleased material. There is also a generously illustrated booklet featuring photos and artwork never seen before. All courtesy of Spain’s estimable Munster label.
The backstory: Destroy All Monsters are known by some for their role as bastion of resistance of Detroit’s rock; for being, during their second period, the band in which Ron Asheton of The Stooges would reappear. For others, they are a pivotal reference point in the copious but relatively unknown avant-garde underground from the same city, after Thurston Moore and Byron Coley dug up their first recordings in 1996 and the original line-up reunited. Destroy All Monsters comprises two complementary and interconnected poles throughout the saga of the Motor City’s music scene, from the University of Michigan’s Cooperative Studio for Electronic Music to The Stooges, through to the White Panther Party.
In its two incarnations, the experimental – led by Cary Loren, Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley – and the high energy one – with Asheton and Michael Davis from MC5 -, both featuring the phantasmagorical Niagara in the role of doped-up priestess, Destroy All Monsters are the object of one of the most devotional cults of America’s cultural underground, as testified by their abundant artistic and record production. “Hot Box 1974-1994″ is the first anthology to bring together the best outcome of those two hemispheres, including much unreleased material.
THAT’S MY IDEAL
CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT
FROM THE EDGAR CAYCE FOUNDATION
CONFESSION (fragment) – I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’RE DEAD
I WANT TO LIVE
MAGIC BAG (fragment) – YOU CAN’T KILL KILL
TAKE ME WITH YOU
UNPLUGGED IN SAN DIEGO (fragment)
IRON MAN (rehearsal fragment) – PARANOID OF BLONDES
YOU’RE GONNA DIE
NOVEMBER 22, 1963
MEET THE CREEPER
WHAT DO I GET?
GOIN’ TO LOU’S
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’
JESUS IS A SHOTGUN
ANYONE CAN (FUCK HER)
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
I JUST WANNA BE SLEEPY
THE RIGHT STUFF