Monday, November 28, 2011

Imperial Dogs: 'All The Velvets' Urban Grit Plus Dictators-Style Rock 'N' Roll Bravado!'

The B-side of the Imperial Dogs' 1978 single on Back Door Man Records was a cover of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting For The Man," which, as the Dude Behind The Record Counter writes here, "has all the Velvets’ urban grit plus Dictators-style rock ’n' roll bravado, turning it into a fist-thrustin’ rock anthem!"

While the A-side of the Imperial Dogs' single, "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" was -- thanks to an introduction by Kim Fowley -- was re-worked and re-recorded by the Blue Oyster Cult, as The Dude Behind The Record Counter notes here:

"I posted the Imperial Dogs flipside to "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" a while back, and now I've actually got the song for y'all. Although this ain't by the Imperial Dogs, it's from Sweden's almighty Screaming Dizbusters, who're really the Nomads lettin' their scraggly hair down. They seemed to always like a fleshy bottom-end to their racket and this is no exception. Nice crunching guitar and heavy organ set at a slow swagger that'll have almost any 40-somethin' rocker headbangin' what little hair he's got left. It's not metal per se, it's more like a straight shot o' no-frills (meat)ballsy rock 'n' roll with a bargain-basement garage chaser. This 7-inch was released on French label Amigo in '86."

Earlier recordings of both these songs can be found on the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD.

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