Anyone whoâ€™s heard THE BRENTWOODSâ€™ 1994 LP â€œFun In South Cityâ€ â€“ and there arenâ€™t many of us, unfortunately â€“ is still trying to get that ringing sound out of their ears & get that leg to stop twitching. I figured it was high time that I posted a few tracks from that album; no full LP from us â€“ what do you think we are, some sorta illegal Rapidsharing site? I wrote a little bit about this on my old blog â€“ so hereâ€™s what was said:
THREE CHEERS FOR THE LOST 1990s â€œOLDIESâ€ SCENE!….Anyone out there remember a San Francisco Bay Area 1950s teen-sound combo called THE BRENTWOODS, who were active just over a half-decade ago? Their profile was so low, despite an impressive pedigree (Darin and Karen, ex-SUPERCHARGER + an ex-TRASHWOMEN & more), that even those of us who were living here pretty much missed them (I had to order their wildly underpressed LP â€œFun In South Cityâ€ directly from the band, who lived about 8 miles from my house). I just digitized their entire 1994-98 ouevre minus one single I could never find, and the whole package is quite a hoot. Comprised of five 45s and an LP, the Brentwoods’ work is not for the audiophile nor for the easily annoyed. Their m.o. was flat-out, full-contact dance party rock, with a heavy tilt toward a mongrelized farfisa-drenched garage punk/good-time oldies mix, all recorded more or less live and on cheap equipment to boot. Lots of screams, yelps and hollers, and you certainly have to love the chutzpah of a band that puts its woefully inept female singer (who sounds like she might be about 15) front and center, and then encourages her to yell herself raw.
The band had an inexplicable attachment to their hometown of South San Francisco, a blue-collar suburb with a decaying bowling alley from which the band took their name. A good two thirds of the songs have references that only an upper Peninsula maven could figure out, including many that mention the cryptic â€œBuri Buriâ€, which I believe is a So. SF neighborhood & which The Brentwoods have made into a teen dance of their own. Listening to each stomping, screaming 90 second track, itâ€™s clear thereâ€™s really not a lot to figure out here â€“ The Brentwoods were an oldies band, they thoroughly enjoyed going to parties, and they planned to take the USA by storm with dances like â€œThe Bugâ€ and â€œThe Doofus Stompâ€. Another key draw here are the frequent vague jabs made at thin-skinned ex-Supercharger guitarist Greg Lowry and his then-band the RIP OFFS. The LPâ€™s cover art alone is one long cartoon about how the Brentwoods and their fans could easily beat up the Rip Offs (cleverly cloaked as â€œThe Riff-Raffsâ€ here) in a street fight. If you loved the calculated no-talent genius of SUPERCHARGER, and it would be hard not to, you just might be able to handle this. Now the trick is getting Radio X (Darinâ€™s label) to get back in business, put it together and push it out to the kids. Good luck!
BRENTWOODS : â€œGO LITTLE SPUTNIK / SOUTH CITY SHINGLE & SHAKEâ€ 45….I professed my undying devotion to this near-mystery mid-90s rave-up party band last year in the pages of Agony Shorthand, and included a veiled whine about the 45 of theirs I was missing. Well what do you know, vocalist Patty up & sent me the one I was missing (autographed!), this after I called her a â€œwoefully ineptâ€ singer â€œwho sounds like sheâ€™s 15â€, She knows and you know I meant it in the very best sense of â€œwoefully ineptâ€. The 45 that escaped me is as pepped-up bonkers & go-go-go as their other ones â€“ quick, bursting with energy and teen screams, and recorded so on the cheap that Iâ€™ll bet the sessionâ€™s donut run cost more than the “studio time”. It also includes the bandâ€™s usual array of unfunny but nonetheless charming skits and spoken tomfoolery bookending the two songs. Iâ€™ll take it! Hats off to Patty and her crrrrrrazy 90s shenanigans!
Play or Download THE BRENTWOODS â€“ â€œBuri Buri Bashâ€ (from â€œFun In South Cityâ€ LP)
Play or Download THE BRENTWOODS â€“ â€œLittle Barfy Bobbyâ€ (from â€œFun In South Cityâ€ LP)
Play or Download THE BRENTWOODS â€“ â€œGo Go Shingle & Shakeâ€ (from â€œFun In South Cityâ€ LP)
Play or Download THE BRENTWOODS â€“ â€œChow Fun San Mateoâ€ (from â€œFun In South Cityâ€ LP)