Here’s a post from last September that I wrote on my old blog about this amazing posthumous single – this time with the song itself for you to download below…..!
I plopped this on the turntable this past weekend and was again blown to frigginâ€™ kingdom come by its glory. These 1975-76 recordings from original recipe proto-punk space teleporters MIKE REP & THE QUOTAS were lost to the wilds of history until Jacob Olausson’s Sverige Age Records in Sweden brought them to life again in 2002 â€“ and you know what? These two tracks are every bit as raw, wild & grimy as Repâ€™s original legit 45 â€œRocket To Nowhereâ€ â€“ and if you know that one, you know itâ€™s an all-time freak-rock knockout. Both of these tracks are mono, shit-fi productions before there was any cachet in such a thing, but Rep pretty much wrote the book on making ends greatly exceed the means, starting here. So when you listen to â€œMama…â€ you hear drums that are every bit as heavy and echoing as Bonzoâ€™s â€“ and louder. The force of a thousand amps projecting simple, screaming chords into space is as alive as any other punk, pre-punk or proto-punk whatsis of the 70s. I guess the real true heavy metalloid music of the era was being created in places like Hamilton, Ontario; Chickasaw, Oklahoma and REP’s Columbus, Ohio – not NY, SF and LA.
Download MIKE REP & THE QUOTAS – “Mama Was A Schitzo….” 45