The 5,6,7,8's - Bomb The Rocks - The Early Day Singles 1989-1996
You have to hand it to Quentin Tarantino, because any band he happens to like, or indeed throw into one of his films, ends up gaining worldwide exposure almost overnight. If you’ve seen his latest effort, the over-violent, over-talky and certainly over-long Kill Bill you won’t have failed to notice the kitsch rock-and-roll band playing in the background amidst the bloodthirsty limb-chopping. The 5,6,7,8’s, three Japanese women playing fifties rock-and-roll straight-faced and with suitable diner drive-thru aesthetic approach.
Bomb The Rocks – The Early Days Singles is, as the title suggests, a glorying cull through The 5,6,7,8’s early singles, throwing in twenty-seven prime cuts of cross-translated rock and roll. Ranging from the years 1989 to 1996, Bomb The Rocks is a fun collection of garage rock and roll from a nation overtly obsessed with western popular culture. It doesn’t matter that the band have difficulty pronouncing some of the English words inherent in all of their covered songs, nor does it matter that The 5,6,7,8’s add nothing new to the market. What matters is the ironic notion that you hold in your hand a bona-fide rock and roll collection from a nation that should care less about America’s cool music scene. Standards such as The Coaster’s Three Cool Chicks and the vintage Long Tall Sally feature, along with fun instrumentals such as the feminist reply to George with Jane In The Jungle and Woo Hoo, featured so prominently in Kill Bill. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll know what treats await you, and in Bomb The Rocks, you’ll find a whole record’s worth.