Super-swank enhanced double-cd collection of "singles, demos & rarities" -plus 3 music videos- from NYC's prime dirt-blues movers, culled from their golden 1992-98 era. "This isn't a set of liner notes. It's an exorcism. For me, anyway... unlike with the breakup of many marriages, when a band implodes there's no child custody to work out. No reason to ever talk to each other again... But in this case we're talking about something that was someone's (mine) all-consuming, life force-driving raison d'etre for damn near 10 years. Loose ends remain. Without interface, those unresolved feelings of anger, guilt, bitterness, failure, sorrow, or what have you hang around, getting bigger and bigger. And meaner. They turn into demons. They have to be expunged. Closure has to occur if you're ever going to get the hell on with your life. Which is what this album is about...
The Chrome Cranks are one of those instances in which the end product is much more than the sum of its parts... there was also a fair amount of heat directed at the band for wearing a few rather obvious influences on its collective sleeve: the Scientists, the Stooges, the Gun Club, the Doors, the Birthday Party, Pussy Galore, Suicide, the Cramps, maybe a few of the more wired 60s garage bands.
I once read an interview with Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek in which he said he saw his former group not so much as pioneers but as a link in a chain, part of a lineage of outlaw rock n' roll bands stretching back to his admitted 1960s Motor City influences and forward to include Birdman's post-70s successors. And, though I wouldn?t have deigned to admit it when our band was still together, I guess that's pretty much what I see the Chrome Cranks as now, a link in a chain. A chain that stretches at least back as far as those same Detroit bands Tek and his Birdman buddies took their cues from, through the primal, dark, late '70s/early '80s outfits I tagged earlier- and right on up to the blessed White Stripes. Or whoever it is you young people listen to these days." -Peter Aaron, Saugerties NY, 2006