Sunday, January 25, 2009
Los Huevos Kiss My Cruiser Bike Punks
Los Huevos were a Sacto Punk band who shared members with the Yah-Mos(who might be more popular/known of the east coast?? probably open to argument). 1994-96 era. The dropped the super bike related "Kiss my Cruiser" 45 in 94 on Moo-La-La Records.
6 songs of some pretty raging punky, cali hardcore. 3 bike related tunes and a rollicking cover of "get ready" are the highlights. First bike tune is "get out of my way" a critical mass worthy anti-car tirade. Who can't like a song about torturing bike thieves? Track 2 "bike thief" covers that base admirably. Last up is the instro "Coaster brake upside the head, you fucker". Only one coaster bike appears in the pin up of the band members with their bikes, but I guess that is a minor technicality.
Sacto was probably more famous for the skate rock of the Faction and Tales of Terror so I guess Los Huevos were carving out their own bike-core territory. One of the more ridiculous yet memorable apsects of US hardcore was the ease with which you could transfrom generic hardcore into a new sub-genge with a hyphen and a hobby. Skate-core, coffe-core, hippie-core,jock-core, surf-core, Easy as 1,2,3.
Sacto also never really got a lot of respect for Cali punk and hardcore. For that I would have to blame bands like Sewer Trout and the Lizards and a host of similar bands who turned up on Very Small records double comp lps...
They dropped a second single that is more sloppy garagey punk. Would have worked out on Estrus. Odes to alcohol,juvenile delinquency and a tip of the hat to James Brown. They also manged to put out an lp in 97 that I don't have, but they never seemed to return to the bike punk anthems they crafted back in 94.
These might qualify as "hard to find" more than rare, but are well worth the trouble to track down. Especially if you are reckless bike punk with a chip on your shoulder.