I remember ordering the three RATS LPs from Otis, the Rhino Records rare record god of the 1980s, simply because he’d likened them in a printed catalog circa 1988 to the Lazy Cowgirls. If there was a Cowgirl linkage anywhere that year, I was all over it. Dead Moon hadn’t yet begun (had they?), and frankly, I didn’t actually like my Rats albums all that much when I got ‘em.

Now I’m all growed up, and I think this track (“Panic on 39th”) from their 1976 debut LP is a total screamer. Yes, it’s Fred & Toody Cole of Portland, Oregon, longtime denizens of the down & dirty garage punk rock arts.

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