Friday, August 15, 2008

Creamers - Love, Honor and Obey

One of the best LA punk bands of the 80’s and 90’s was certainly the co-ed Creamers. With close links to the Lazy Cowgirls (members were dating and bassist Lenny and drummer Bob eventually became Cowgirls) this band had a similar sound but with the distinction of a great female vocalist (Leesa), female guitar players – Rosa and Judy (Judy formerly of the Superkools) – and fine original tunes.

Live, they were a treat with Lenny bouncing around like a pinball constantly while the rest of the front line played, sang and writhed with a manic passion. Of course, this record isn’t as crazed as the live shows but is still a fine representation of this terrific group.

Opening with a wave of feedback, the band explodes with “No Big Deal”, which shows exactly what this band is all about – tons of guitar, wailing blasts of short, to the point leads, wildly intense rhythm section and Leesa’s cool vocals. The waste no time to jump right into the punk rock of “Sunday Head” and then the superb “Crackpot”, with the fantastic line “who’s normal? You’re not!” that everyone would sing along with at their shows.

The band covers Johnny Thunders’ “Dead or Alive” as a high-energy punk rock tune and then comes “Roadkill” with the chorus of “in! out! In! Out!” which everyone could chant along with as Leesa would accent the words physically. No, she wasn’t trying to be a “sexy girl” on stage, but wasn’t afraid of the inherent, natural sexuality of real r’n’r.

“I Think I’m Gonna Be Sick” is actually a little more melodic, though never lacking in toughness. I think that “Scarface” is more of an insult to “straights” rather than anyone with any physical deformities, though I’m not sure that I follow all of the lyrics!

Their trademark tune in the early days was certainly “So Hard”, a double entendre that did indeed rock hard and fast, but was still supremely catchy with spot-on accents. Perfect punk rock!

More cool punk in “The Wrong Embrace” and “Rusi Got Bounced” (self-explanatory true story, apparently). “The Loser Bar” is about pick-up bars, and starts unusually slow (for this band), though they alternate between the slow verses and hyper speed choruses before moving into a nice bridge with the line “they’d be surprised to know, we don’t envy them”!

The more serious topic of domestic violence is explored in “Love, Honor and Obey” as Leesa explains that she’s “not gonna end up like you”! Defiant, fierce and terrific punk rock.

The band went through many changes and put out many more records, but this one is always what I think of when I think of the Creamers. Great band and great people!