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Sex Starved - Batmobile

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Batmobile / Import / Audio CD released at Couor

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      20.03.2008 18:53
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      Batmobile's fifth album (1990).

      'Sex Starved' inaugurates a new era of (comparative) maturity for Dutch psychobilly rockers Batmobile, but one that sees them ditching none of the foolishness of their lyrics, exemplified in the title 'Haemmorrhoid Rock.' With clearer production than before, allowing the drums to be heard more clearly and for a more expansive atmosphere, this is clearly the strongest album so far from the band, but despite having a clear identity it still feels too indebted to the rockabilly canon.

      The early psychedelic influence is even more present than before, first seen in the distinctly Syd Barrett guitar style of 'Uranium Love' and later in the other sci-fi-themed songs 'Rock This Planet' and 'In Orbit,' the latter of which features an unhinged guitar noddling away throughout, and some unfortunately silly vocal stylings that make it more tongue-in-cheek than necessary. The traditional rockabilly sound is still the driving force of many songs, but thankfully less than it's been in the past, with only 'Roll On' and 'Rockin' Rooster' reallty disappointing with their blandness.

      There's more of a modern influence in the crunchy guitars of some songs and the modern rock chorus of 'King's Evil,' while 'Police at the Door' could easily be a Motörhead cover song, adding nice variety to this album. The title track and 'Mean Ugly Mama' are interestingly downbeat and minimalist in contrast to the lively 'S.P.O.C.K.' and distinctly Spinal Tap finale 'Gimme Some Pussy,' and although the repetition of themes and ideas is still a little irritating - especially the number of songs with "rock" in the title that end up less convincing each time - this manages to be a decent psychobilly album, rather than basic rockabilly with some Pink Floyd guitars thrown in as has been the case previously, songs like 'The Living Have More Fun' acting as a definitive example of the style.

      1. Uranium Love
      2. S.P.O.C.K.
      3. King's Evil
      4. Rock This Planet
      5. Can't Stop That Rock
      6. Roll On
      7. Police at the Door
      8. Haemmorrhoid Rock
      9. Sex Starved
      10. In Orbit
      11. The Living Have More Fun
      12. Rockin' Rooster
      13. Mean Ugly Mama
      14. Gimme Some Pussy

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Uranium Love
      2 S.P.O.C.K.
      3 King's Evil
      4 Rock This Planet
      5 Can't Stop That Rock
      6 Roll On
      7 Police at the Door
      8 Haemorrhoid Rock
      9 Sex Starved
      10 In Orbit
      11 Living Have More Fun
      12 Rockin' Rooster
      13 Mean Ugly Mama
      14 Gimme Some Pussy