The name was puzzling, and I didn't want to listen to world music from Hoboken in 1987, but when President came out I heard "Barnaby, Hardly Working" and "Drug Test" in a row and realized that this band could make perfect records. When I'm making my own music and get to a point where an aesthetic decision needs to be made, I often wonder "WWYLTD?" and I go with that, as Georgia, Ira and James really don't know how to put a foot wrong in the rock & roll arena. I could really put my finger down on the discography and go with wherever it landed, there's a deep body of work under the YLT banner, but I went with this one because there's no better place to experience the range of what this power trio puts out there. Sometimes during "Blue Line Swinger" I faint and then wake up again and it's still going on and getting to the part where Georgia starts singing over the guitar solo and then I faint again. Awesome!
By Glenn Kenny on 01.14.14 in Icons
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