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Berlin Brats - Believe It Or Rot: (1973-1976)

(Ratchet Blade)

The Berlin Brats were a band of skinny Hollywood delinquents united by a love of garage rock, glam, The NY Dolls and The Stooges at a time when fans of those bands were few and far between. Not to be confused with their similarly named contemporaries The Hollywood Brats, these Brats released just one single during their lifetime, featuring the jaw dropping "(I'm) Psychotic" and "Tropically Hot". Two songs is not much to build a reputation on, but they're at least strong enough to make you wonder just how far these guys could have gone if they were able to record a full length album in their prime. In absence of a good studio record Believe It Or Rot collects whatever recordings the band could find. This includes the awesome "(I'm) Psychotic"/"Tropically Hot" single, along with eleven other demos, rehearsals and live tracks. Given that these songs are largely sourced from rare vinyl and bootleg recordings, the sound quality is rough throughout. Don't let all the negatives deter you though - you need this, if just to hear "(I'm) Psychotic" and "Tropically Hot", two of the earliest blasts of what would eventually become the LA punk rock scene.


DAVID MANSDORF

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