Review: Bob Hocko and The Swamp Rats

Bob Hocko and The Swamp Rats
“Disco Still Sucks!”
(Get Hip)

Listen to the electric soul of “In the Midnight Hour” and you will know why this McKeesport, PA combo kept the stages and 45 RPM players smoking as late ’60’s human jukeboxes of the Pittsburgh scene. What drives their impassioned covers of “Tobacco Road”, “Louie Louie” and more is a two-guitar front of crushing fuzz that could have been scraped from the bottom of a gravel pit. A standout track on this compilation of standouts is the cover of The Sonics’ “Psycho” with its bi-directional editing.

Putting together this backmasking with all the other psycho-rock tracks makes for all the singles plus four vaults including a bluesy “I’m Going Home” and a cover of The Kinks’ “She’s Got Everything.” Extensive liner notes with plenty of photos and excellent sound quality make this a winning package.