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Classic Album Review: Bughouse Five | Everything Must Go

The Vancouver rockabilly quintet set their time machine to 1950s America.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


For my money, The Blasters were the best roots-rock band of the ’80s.

And while Phil Alvin’s high yodel and his brother Dave’s hard-driving Chuck Berry guitar are in the rear view these days, it’s nice to know someone has stepped in to pick up the rock ’n’ roll torch. That would be Vancouver’s Bughouse Five, a rockabilly quintet who have their time machine set to the same era as the Alvins and co. — 1950s America, the time of b-b-b-b-b-b-buh-black slacks and blue jean bop. And for the most part, they recreate it with the same collection of ringing guitars, snappy snares and slap-happy basses — and the same jolt of punk energy — as The Blasters did 20 years ago. Just don’t ask them to cover American Music.