Review: The Master Plan

The Master Plan
“Colossus of Destiny”
(Demolition Derby)

This is an LP-only release of a New York supergroup of sorts by Demolition Derby. Keith Streng is on guitar and vocals here, as he was in The Fleshtones. Drummer Bill Milhizer is also from The Fleshtones. Making for a good two-guitar lineup is Paul “Peppermint” Johnson (Waxing Poetics). Also adding vocals, as do all members, is bassist Andy Shernoff (The Dictators). The music is fun, a blast of ’60s garage rock.

Everyone but Milhizer is credited with songwriting, which contributes to the variety of this great rock-n-roll record. With all the history in this band, you know some cool covers are going to happen. That happens on side two. We get here a version of Lloyd Price’s “Just Because” (also recorded by Freddy Fender), “Annie Had a Baby” the answer song to “Work with me Annie”, “Broken Arrow” (Chuck Berry) and Eastern Dark’s Australian garage pop classic “Walking”.