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Godz, The - 1978 The Godz
ARTIST: Godz, The
ALBUM: The Godz
CD REISSUE: 2010, Rock Candy Records (UK), CANDY075
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
LINEUP: Mark Chatfield - guitars, vocals * Bob Hill - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Eric Moore - bass, vocals * Glen Cataline - drums, vocals
TRACK LISTING: 01 Go Away * 02 Baby I Love You * 03 Guaranteed * 04 Gotta Keep A Runnin' * 05 Under The Table * 06 Cross Table * 07 Candy's Going Bad
Straight out of the biker/gonzo heavy rock brigade are this mob from Columbus Ohio called The Godz, following hard on the heels of Kiss
, Ted Nugent
, The Dictators
, and Grand Funk Railroad
. Now, they are not to be confused with another sixties outfit by the same name. Different music too no doubt. What we get here is pure unadulterated seventies rock, the sort of rock that 30 something's grew up on, when arena rock was fashionable, and side burns and platform shoes were the in-thing. We even get keyboards with these boys, so it's not a total write off. In fact, their music is excellent despite the biker image. They even have Don Brewer from the aforementioned Grand Funk Railroad
producing them, so they've got an experienced hand, plus it gives them a commercial sounding product.
This their debut, only has seven tracks, but most of it makes for great listening. All of Side two is perhaps some of the best hard rockin' US material from the late seventies. 'Under The Table' and the classic pair of 'Cross Country' and the Golden Earring
hit 'Candys Going Bad' are compulsory listening. 'Guaranteed' is another hard rockin' track while 'Gotta Keep A Runnin' is high on gonzoid excess. The catchcry from this song 'The Godz are rock 'n' roll machines'
perhaps sounds a little silly years later, but hey, it was the seventies right?
The Godz and the second album 'Nothing Is Sacred' did get a combined CD release years later, though I'm not sure about their 'Mongolians' album. The band at last report were still doing occasional gigs in their native Ohio area, but it really is this record that remains the pick of the bunch for me among their discography, recognised also by the Rock Candy folk who have given it the reissue treatment during July 2010. Get it while you can!
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