G.T.R.R.C. stands for Good Times Rock’n’Roll Comp. And that name could not be more appropriate for this 46 (!)-song compilation. The concept is not necessarily original: there is no shortage of punk cover comps. It’s the execution that makes G.T.R.R.C. III such a fun ride. The bands featured are the cream of the crop of the international lo-fi punk scene (e.g., Gee Tee, Prison Affair, Research Reactor Corp, Snooper, Ghoulies, DD Deth and Erik Nervous), and they go beyond your average paint by numbers punk covers.
Expect the unexpected with these reworked and deconstructed versions of orginals by ABBA, Funkadelic, Wipers, The Damned, Kiss, ZZ Top and many more. Several of these covers sound like they are played at the wrong speed, some sound like the vinyl is warped, and others are simply a gorgeous mess. The lone outlier is Straight Arrows who deliver a very cool and laid back (and high fidelity relative to the other bands) rendition of Carpe Diem by The Fugs.
Below are some of my favorite tracks from the compilation, but make sure to take a deep dive in G.T.R.R.C III. So much weirdness and awesomeness to be heard! And if you are hungry for more, make sure to check last year’s G.T.R.R.C. II. G.T.R.R.C III is out now on Legless Records in Australia. Vinyl release for America (Under the Gun) and Europe (Erste Theke Tontraeger) will take a couple of months due to pressing delays.
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