HMR59 was a double re-release, putting together the debut albums by The Babysitters and Marionette into one package, making for excellent value for money. This was a very fitting union: after all, The Babysitters early lineup had featured members of Marionette, and the two bands were fairly similar in style, yet both with unique approaches to the music.
This sole release from The Babysitters is a frantic slice of glam punk, rough, ready and raw. While many other bands were looking to over produce their sound, The Babysitters kept their DIY ethos, preferring instead to keep the punk roots exposed. The music is raucous, furious and above all fun. The Babysitters released this album and a live record, but then disappeared into the ether. This was a band who knew how to party, and this album certainly demonstrates it.
For fans of: Sex Pistols, Misfits, Buzzcocks
Track Listing The Babysitters:
- Can You Hear It?
- American Toys
- No Particular Place
- The Beard Song
- I Wanna Be On The T.V.
- Pickin’ The Blues
- Old L.A.
- Give Us A Loan
- Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead
- Tel Aviv
- Rock En Roll Chicken
- Alright O.K.
Blonde Secrets & Dark Bombshells
For Marionette, this proved to be their only album, a furious flash to go along with their glam punk image. Blonde Secrets And Dark Bombshells provides a glimpse into the tumultuous life of a glam band, with spectacular results. The album has a DIY feel, which just adds to the almost frenetic pace of Marionette’s career. Their punk roots shine through while not overawing a vocal line that could have been taken straight from Mick Jagger’s live show. This album may have been their only one, but it was worth the blood, sweat and tears.
For fans of: Skid Row, Pretty Boy Floyd, New York Dolls
Track Listing Marionette: