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  Z 28 - Wrecks From the Highway
By Back Street Heroes #229 (BLUE) May 2003 CD ALBUM of the MONTH - 5 Choppers submitted

Somewhere just outside Las Vegas, where the land meets the sky and the desert gets kind of out of focus, there is a parallel universe, and a hotel of the fifth dimension with a flashing neon light that’s on the blink. The car park is full of road grimed hotrods, Cadillacs with huge fins, and the occasional casually-parked UFO. Inside the bar the guys all have cool haircuts and cooler stares and the girls all look like Betty Page and have long red fingernails and everyone wears leopardskin. In this hotel off the highway to nowhere, the z/28s would be the house band. This is the first album from the z/28 (Who hail from Scotland, not Nevada or Oklahoma) and from the first track, ‘Nitro’, I was smitten, then again I grew up on the Cramps and the Meteors and Elvis and Johnny Cash, some of the zees’ influences, which probably means we’re second cousins or something. Most of the tracks are played at breakneck, tooling-along-the-highway speed, which might account for why, of fourteen tracks, only two are over three minutes. Only a couple of songs don’t work, the slower (‘slower’ being a relative term here) track, ‘My Friend Scott’, which is on the bland side, and ‘Gun Girl Crazy’ which is just annoying. There’s a good song under there, but while they were in the studio the band found the ‘Cartoon Sound Effects’ tape . . . Only two songs are covers; ‘Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash’ is a manic reworking of the old 1954 Clovers hit, while Waylon Jennings’ ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ needs no introduction, gets none, and still weighs in at under two minutes. Although the whole album is less than thirty minutes long, you’re exhausted by the end of it! Utterly brilliant. Available for a measly £6 (which includes P&P) from JSNTGM Records PO Box 1025, Blackpool FY3 0FA

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