Here’s one to whip out if anyone ever tells you there was no good rock music created in the 80’s. Bikini Red is the second helping from The Screaming Blue Messiahs, one of those bands that everyone should have heard of, but didn’t. They came crashing out of the sky like a squadron of fighter jets unloading their payload of rockabilly drums, guitar and bass with keen precision before disappearing back up into the clouds never to be seen or heard of again. I would imagine that is in part because of the reckless charge of their bald headed leader, Bill Carter, who’s bombastic guitar playing and interpretative lyrics suggested definite signs of post war distress. Every song is a dive bomb, spiraling out of control towards the ground only to just pull out by the final verse. We get a peek into the mind of a real top gun (on the guitar) at full tilt, and it’s not all cute and cozy like Maverick and Goose singing You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling to Meg Ryan in a bar. Shite!
Bikini Red is a Douglas A-1 Skyraider dropping shells like Sweet Water Pools, “Hey, those are my guys!” and Big Brother Muscle. Side two follows up with the funk and irony of I Wanna Be a Flintstone and Jesus Chrysler Drives a Dodge. Great stuff! Then after being All Shook Down, the album ends on a sweet poignant note with a London Waltz, as we “Dance to Love and Life…”
Bikini Red is a 35 minute roller coaster ride! Enjoy.
1 Sweet Water Pools
2 Bikini Red
3 Too Much Love
4 I Can Speak American
5 Big Brother Muscle
6 I Wanna Be a Flintstone
7 Jesus Chrysler Drives a Dodge
8 Lie Detector
9 55-The Law
10 All Shook Down
After this, Cozy up to Gun Shy, the Messiah’s 1984 debut.