For years the only way to hear the oft-talked-about, under-heard SONIC’S RENDEZVOUS BAND was to buy an expensive original 45 or cheaper bootleg 45 of the one-song single â€œCity Slangâ€ (with a stereo a-side version and a mono b-side version), trade live tapes or bootleg vinyl (extremely hard to come by), or to buy a semi-legit split LP from France with Ron Ashetonâ€™s DESTROY ALL MONSTERS 45s on the a-side and various SRB material on the back, including the stereo â€œCity Slangâ€. Me, Iâ€™ve heard most of what this 1975-80 Detroit-based act had to offer up, and for the most part, itâ€™s just-above-standard-issue FM power rock, electrified significantly by the wild guitar playing of axe hero Fred â€œSonicâ€ Smith, late of the MC5. Iâ€™d position it somewhere between The Stooges and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, except on the longer tracks where Smith gets to go ape, and then itâ€™s â€œthe 5â€ all the way. You can read a lot more about them here.
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Play or Download SONICâ€™S RENDEZVOUS BAND â€“ â€œSweet Nuthinâ€™â€ (from posthumous split LP with Destroy All Monsters)