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Among the singles hitting my desk this week are the two latest reissues in the ever-reliable HoZac's 'Archival Series'. This one right here is a bit of snotty proto-punk glam fun from '74 by The Brats, who feature ex-New York Doll Rick Rivets among their number. As you might expect, these guys are also peddling a sound very similar to the New York Dolls, with big stomping beats and even some boogi ...

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Be A Man / Quaalude Queen by The Brats
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 24 January 2014

Among the singles hitting my desk this week are the two latest reissues in the ever-reliable HoZac's 'Archival Series'. This one right here is a bit of snotty proto-punk glam fun from '74 by The Brats, who feature ex-New York Doll Rick Rivets among their number. As you might expect, these guys are also peddling a sound very similar to the New York Dolls, with big stomping beats and even some boogie piano and nice crunchy guitars. 'Be A Man' is a cool tune; sneering, swaggering '70s glam rock with a nihilistic edge.

Over on the side 'Qualude Queen' comes across as even more punky than the A side, partly courtesy of a much lower quality recording, none of the piano boogie, and buzzier distortion on the guitar. It sounds like an early Alice Cooper demo, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In 1974 this must've sounded as tough as nails.


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