The press release for Ty Segall’s 6,984,431st record ensures us that the eleven tracks that make up Fudge Sandwich ‘aren’t just cover versions’. That will be quite the disappointment for anyone who’s come to this LP to hear how Segall gets on with tunes from the likes of Funkadelic and The Grateful Dead. It’s also a lie - these are very much songs not written by Ty Segall, now in the style of Ty Segall.
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If 43467854357 Ty Segall records aren't enough for you then it's time for the covers album. We are promised that these aren't cover versions but versions of the songs done by Ty Segall as if he'd written them. Well he mustn't love War's 'Low Rider' much as he growls his way through it as if on yawning autopilot but although we've all heard Spencer Davis Group's 'I'm a Man' a billion times, this version is indeed an extremely vicious garage rock version which no doubt will be picked up by advertising executives at some point for used in jeans/beer adverts. John Lennon's 'Isolation' should have been strangled at birth in any case and this version does it precisely zero favours.
Mostly this is fuzzy, amped-up hi-octane garage rock played mostly at breakneck speed. Exceptions are The Dils 'Class War' and Gong's 'Pretty Miss Titty' (quite). The best bits come right at the end with a raucous take on Grateful Dead's 'St Stephen' and finally, at last some real musical invention on Sparks 'Slowboat' - the best thing here by a small country mil . Ty Segall generally likes the sort of glammy fuzzed up 70's rock that I can't see much point in but he performs these versions with enthusiasm creating a couple of real barnstorming moments.
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