Babylon Dance Band* ‎– Four On One

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Matador ‎– OLE 033-1
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May 24, 2018
No mere reunion, this 1994 release documents why the Babs were the pinnacle of the region's early alternative music. Mainstays of late '70's and early '80's Louisville, New York and expanded scenes, this band defined and expanded the freewheeling punk style. Furious feedback guitars from goddess Tara Key, driving bass from Tim Harris, Sean Mulhall's cracking yet syncopated drums, and Chip Nold's white soul screams melded hypercharged simple riffs into anthems. Songs: My Friend Roger: "the Kentucky Louie Louie" (per Tony Briggs) - a definitive show stopper; When I'm Home: the original single got the BDB on the cover of the Village Voice, bigger than life, around 1980; Leave: cover of proteges Your Food's artsy shuffle; Bold Beginnings, Shively Spleen, SHAKE, it all rocks your world.
Also check out many other albums by Tim & Tara & others with Antietam, Tara's solo albums, Tim & Tara co-wrote "CBGB's" with Syd Straw....
(originally reviewed 1999)