WILD BILLY CHILDISH & CTMF - Last Punk Standing
Sello: Damaged Goods
New Zealand’s THE CAVEMEN are back, ready to drink, fight, fuck and play some goddamn rock and roll! “Nuke Earth” is their 3rd footlong rekkid and it’s pure, primitive motherfuckin’ GARAGE PUNK like you lust after every night when you’re licking your sexiest leather record jackets, or ‘77 punk steeped in a moldy stack of bootleg Motörhead outtake LPs. The ‘Men have gone batshit crazy, and they’re in full-on attack mode here with 13 tracks of panty dropping chaos guaranteed to land you in jail faster than you can crack one off in a grindhouse showing an “Ilsa” film. Rock’n’roll is here to stay, and it’ll always be for the crazy kids… like it or lump it!
CTMF are back with their sixth studio album (and dare we say their best!) to date. Forty years of homemade punk rock and Billy really is the Last Punk Standing. Here's the man himself taking us through a few songs from the new LP.
'You’re the One I Idolise'
This is a love song, along the lines of some of the ballads we used to do in the Milkshakes - inspired by Arthur Alexander. There also seems to be some Richard Hell in there (the Voidoids have been a big inspiration over the years (I saw them supporting the Clash at Hastings Pier Pavilion in '77.
'Like an Inexplicable Wheel'
The strangest thing in life is time, not clocks but that there was a past and there will be a future (apparently). Life seems to be an inexplicable wheel, and I thought there should be a pop song (or two) about that.
'Last Punk Standing'
A more CTMF sounding track. This should really be called 'Who'll be the Last Punk Standing?' but it looked better as a shortened title. Again it's about time, and knowledge running out. When a generation passes there's no one left to explain the true nature of their experience. eg- those who fought in WW2 are all but gone and that's how we get the rise of the new right: we learn from history that we don't learn from history. Who'll be left to pass on the essence of what punk was about - home-made, please yourself music.
PS - the character Roberta, is from a Leadbelly tune- I thought it nice to have her and Mark E. Smith in the same pop song (Mark was still with us when we recorded this number).
A1 It Hurts Me Still
A2 You Can't Capture Time
A3 Journey To The End Of The Night
A4 Like An Inexplicable Wheel
A5 You're The One I Idolise
A6 The Darkness Was On Me
A7 Mahrek Le Mole
B1 Gary's Song
B2 The Happy Place
B3 She Didn't Know Everything Was Available
B4 Last Punk Standing
B5 I Can Recall It All
B6 Some Unknown Reason
B7 The Used To Be