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Classic Album Review: The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs | Guitars, Guns & Gold

The L.A. riff-punk collect a baker’s dozen early rarities for your listening pleasure.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Hard-charging L.A. riff-punks The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs aren’t the sort of band that’s ever likely to have a greatest-hits set. Or even a hit, for that matter.

But after putting out umpteen obscure singles on as many labels, they certainly qualify for a rarities collection. Which is precisely what Guitars, Guns & Gold is — a baker’s dozen of the band’s earliest and rarest studio cuts, live tracks, covers and B-sides, all compiled for your collecting convenience and listening pleasure. As you might expect from a band who takes their name from an Iggy Pop lyric, the Cheetahs worship at the altar of classic Detroit rawk, with dashes of Sunset Strip metal and new wave power-pop tossed in for flavour. Plus they’re one of the only bands we can name that can cover X’s Los Angeles and Iron Maiden’s Sanctuary — and do them both justice. Which makes ’em hits in my book.