Rocket From The Tombs - Rocket Redux
- Manufacturer: Glitterhouse
- Net Price: €6.62 €11.40 €8.14
Rocket From The Tombs existed for less than a year, played fewer than a dozen shows and was probably never seen by more than a few hundred people but it has over the decades since 1975, due to a frenetic trafficking in bootlegs, acquired an international status out of all proportion to its popularity.
When the band split in 1975, David Thomas and Peter Laughner went on to form Pere Ubu, taking along rock classics such as "Final Solution, "Life Stinks," and "30 Seconds Over Tokyo." Cheetah Chrome and John Madansky formed the Dead Boys, taking "Sonic Reducer," "Ainþt It Fun," "Down In Flames," and several others.
In February 2003, for the first time in 27 years, the band played together at the Disastodrome Festival at UCLA, Los Angeles CA. Richard Lloyd from Television stepped in to complete the original two guitar attack. "An explosive, revelatory set," says Los Angeles Times.
In June 2003 Rocket toured 6 cities to huge acclaim.David Fricke, editor of Rolling Stone, wrote, "No on else in American rock, underground or over, in 1974 and þ75, was writing and playing songs this hard and graphic about being f**ked over and fighting mad. No one else is doing it now."Greg Kot in the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Rocket From the Tombs is not just the great lost proto-punk band of the þ70s. Itþs one of the best bands of the 21st Century too."
"We like playing together," David Thomas says. "But this is no reunion. The whole thing may blow apart at any moment so donþt pretend you can see it next year. We will not last long but during that time we will burn VERY brightly. It is the spectacle of that burning that you pay to see."A CD of original source demo tapes and live material, “The Day The Earth Met The Rocket From The Tombs“ was released on Glitterhouse Records in 2002.
The Wire said, "Blazing amazing trails, they deserve to be celebrated, not consigned to a historical footnote." "Les Inrockuptibles said, "A record of great historical importance, envisaging the Punk-Rock revolution..... Furious songs full of tension and of a surprising modernity that deserve being regarded alongside the best songs of the MC5, Patti Smith, The Stooges or VU on the list of the seminal non-mainstream rock bands."
In the wake of such effusive press a second US tour, Rocket Redux 2, was organized for November-December 2003 and an album of studio/live versions of the set recorded to be released on Glitterhouse Records. Called Rocket Redux it includes Frustration, So Cold, What Love Is, Ainþt It Fun, Muckraker, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, Sonic Reducer RFTT, Never Gonna Kill Myself Again, Amphetamine, Down In Flames, Final Solution RFTT, and Life Stinks.
David Thomas explains:
After the success of the June tour we decided to finish off the country with a western swing. After every show of the first tour we were asked for CDs of the current band doing the songs. We decided to record the current set of material with the new band for sales as a concert merchandise only item. Richard Lloyd engineered, produced and mixed the new recordings at his studio over a couple lost weekends. Along the way we got excited about the outcome and decided to release it commercially.
Clearly, credibility is stretched now on the official line that this is not a reunion. Nevertheless, it continues to be the case. Here are the unadulterated facts: (1) We really like playing these songs with each other - it is satisfyin