Title - 'Established 1972 NYC'
Artist - Binky Philips and The Planets
For those not in the know, Binky Philips, a life long New York babyboomer, was born a few years before Elvis changed everything!
Permanently ruined by The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Binky has devoted his life to the noise made by larynxes and electric guitars.
In fact, he spent the '70s and '80s performing, writing, and recording his own songs in the semi-legendary CBGB/Max's Kansas City band, The Planets.
For the last three decades, Binky has run East Village records stores, done radio promotion for every major record label's Rock and Alternative acts, ran his own indie record label, Dotpointperiod.
Oh, and he's also the author of "My Life in the Ghost of Planets - The Story of a CBGB Almost-Was."
Well, just released by these NYC rock legends Binky Philips & The Planets is Established 1972 NYC, which is amazingly their first album in over 47 years!
The story goes that back in August 2017, The Planets started working with producer JZ Barrell on what improbably was going to be this aforementioned debut album.
1. 'Splitsville Or Bust'
2. 'Drinking Gasoline'
3. 'Just Fine Just Fine'
4. 'Kinda Liked It At The Time'
5. 'Leave Me Hanging'
6. 'Plumbing The Depths'
8. 'Goodbye To All That'
9. 'Sour Grapes'
10. 'Wear Out The Grooves'
With all ten tracks on this quite brilliant, and fully realized album all written by Binky Philips between 2014 and 2017, it kicks off in some style with both the thunderous late '70s punk vibe of 'Splitsville Or Bust' and the tempered 'Drinking Gasoline.'
Dirty guitars lead the way on 'Just Fine Just fine' and that's backed seamlessly by both the throat tearin', foot tappin' 'Kinda Liked It At The Time' and the drum-led Stonesesque 'Leave Me Hanging.'
Says Binky, “Over many years, I have written about ten albums worth of songs. None of them ever got past the demo stage. Perhaps, rightly so. It’s fitting that The Planets’ first ever true full-blown-production album, Established 1972 NYC, is comprised of the best songs I have ever written."
"The brand of music we play could be called Unhyphenated Rock. It’s straight up. It’s hard. It’s real. We are not Pop. We are not Metal. We are not Punk. We are not Retro. We are Rock & Roll.”
Next up is mid tempo fare of 'Plumbing The Depths' which in turn is backed by one of my own personal favorites here, the prog-lite 'Blink.' The storytelling of 'Goodbye To All That' is next before the album rounds out with the return of thunderous guitars and lyrical angst on 'Sour Grapes' and the funky dark soul, harmonica-driven backbeat of 'Wear Out The Grooves.'
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