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Les Black’s Amazing Pink Holes – Breakfast With the Holes

Smog Veil Records, 2001

Look at that fine breakfast that kid is having.  Sugar-based circular tasties coated by something a nuclear plant created is what is going in that happy kid’s mouth.  Sure, orange juice, milk and toast are fine additions to his morning intake.  But with those punk characters adorning the cereal box, (and the certain anarchic message for the kid to read on the back of the box,) you know he’s going to cause some kinda disturbance during recess that day at school.  Needless to say, when a band takes the effort to make their album art this much fun to look at, it’s worth a grab.

Straight outta Cleveland from the eighties, the punk rockin’ Amazing Pink Holes are led by Les Black and a few other colorful characters.  Namely, some guy named Cheese Borger was on bass and a former drummer named Dick Hertz got kicked out of the band for dabbling a little too much with illegal stuff.  No matter what the music sounds like, at least you can tell these guys never had the issue of taking themselves too seriously.

This disc turns out to be a collection of the Pink Holes’ tunes from the eighties when they were still romping around bars and the like in Cleveland.  The album starts off with a loose cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, which has never been a favorite of mine but at least one can envision these guys having a great time of it onstage.  With a few sloppy and loose attempts after the cover, “My Mother” finally delivers a pretty good punk tune about mutual love of mommy.  “Baseball Park Fun” has Black yelping out baseball terms as if he is being concurrently sodomized, which may be some kind of anti-sports commentary or, er, some other commentary.

The band amps it up excellently with “Frustration Factor” with a killer heavy riff that compliments Black’s rather high-pitched voice.  Another fine tune is “Crazy Slut”, which has minimal lyrical comprehension but I suppose one doesn’t really need to have the song’s theme spelled out.  When the band wasn’t in the mood for sloppiness or half-baked song creations, they could really slap together an invigorating punk tune.

Since this record comes across as an accumulation of most of the Pink Holes’ work, you get pretty much anything they had available.  This includes some of the less interesting tunes, like the live ‘country’ tune of “Put the Bone In” and the criminally muffled and short “Phil Collins Panties”.  The uncharacteristic thudding and screechiness of “Mr. Serious” should not have been ventured by these guys whenever they recorded it, but apparently Black was feeling angst-ridden and emotional.  Needless to say, this record has practically an equal share of quality punk tunes and quality junk tunes.

Get a taste of their sound with this vid:

Whether or not one thinks these guys had any talent or were just another band making a lot of exaggeration and noise, the Pink Holes had to be a good time to see live.  They never managed to go much further beyond this collection of tunes, nor did they emerge much further from their Cleveland scene.  Looking around it appears that some concoction of the group still makes the rounds once in awhile for a show, so if you’re into some no frills, old school punk maybe it’s worth a trip to Cleveland sometime.

  1. cheese borger
    April 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hey, you nailed it prety good! love, cheese borger

    • -evan-
      April 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Thanks for reading, CB!

  1. August 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

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