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This is a collection of singles and songs from compilations assembled onto one convenient record. These songs are the roots of EF, recorded around 1995 with original (and now, thankfully, current) vocalist Steve Miller. The Time Is Now! is a great LP, but as incredible as this claim may be, this record is better. It's not even a close race. Here we have more energy, more screaming, more raw power. There hasn't been a punk album made in over a decade that conveys this kind of attitude. They couldn't have chosen a better opening track, a crazed song about the perils of New York City. "Electrify Me!" has Steve putting forth his best scruffy vocals against a constantly penetrating drumbeat. "New Rage" is a call to action with the declarations "I believe in overstatement" and "a little bit of yesterday, a whole lotta future now!" Don't like whiners? Then "Deal With It" is your anthem. The breakneck speed of "Get Off My Back" will win over the most hardcore punks. An emo-theme is expressed here, but this is not delivered in emo-style: "Judge me again and you'll lose another friend and that's the biggest crime of all." There are three covers here (Vox Pop, Naked Raygun, and monster theater host Zacherle), the last being a cute "Monster Mash" type novelty song. This record is worth the time and effort required to find it purely for its unlimited enthusiasm, which EF imparts to every song. If you must own only one EF record, it MUST be this one. Pick this up on vinyl, for the record has a cooler cover than the CD, and it comes on purple vinyl. The punk sentiment and integrity of this band is affirmed by the message on the back of the jacket: "For those who hate CDs, we salute you."

Montreal Mirror

N.Y. punk hasn't sounded so good since The Stooges.


Killer kickass punk rawk! Aggro, tuff shit that's tight and well played but noisy, kinda like Dead Boys meet New York Dolls on the way to a Black Flag/Stooges hoedown.


Number 11. Electric Frankenstein "Conquers the World"

In this page, you have been following the Great TOP 100 Countdown which commenced on the 7th of December, 2000. Namely, the titles and artists of the 100 best rock/pop albums of the last century have been revealed. The TOP50 albums were revealed at my dissertation party on the 26th of January, 2001.

Okay, it is a very subjective list: I haven't included any of the clay discs from the first part of the century. But seriously, it is based on a very careful and scientific analysis during the past three decades or so :) The rules are very simple: there can be only one album per artist or group, and both Finnish and foreign artists are on the same list. Apart from a couple of exceptions, all albums are original studio recordings. More than 90% of the albums can be found on my record shelf, the rest are on the list thanks to my wife and my brother. Final note: disagreeing is useless.

TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE Decade (1990s)

Number 8. Electric Frankenstein "Conquers the World"

One of the most prolific punk bands on the planet today. If you think punk died with Stiv Bators, Johnny Thunders and Sid -- think again. These Jersey lunkheads pride themselves on a fast-and-hard guitar attack lifted straight from the Bowery circa 1977.

The History of Rock Music

Conquers the World (Get Hip, 1997) collects 1995 singles and compilation tracks. The band, and especially vocalist Steve Miller, is at its best on It's All Moving Faster, Electrify Me!, New Rage, Deal With It, Get Off My Back, epic, frenzied, scathing attacks on civilization.

Ink Nineteen

Miss out on these three Electric Frankenstein albums when this stuff came out in 1994-1997? Then you're in luck. One Foot has repackaged them, and added videos and some additional tracks for your Electric Frankenstein listening pleasure.

For the unfamiliar, EF is kinda MC5 meets The Misfits, taking a '70s hard rock approach to the DIY ethic. With lots and lots of loud guitars. The first two of these feature singer Steve Miller (no, not the famous one, silly), while Sick Songs has Scott Wilkins singing instead. Wilkins is slightly more melodic than Miller, who tends more towards a streetpunk gruff bellow. For that reason, if you had to choose one, I'd go with Sick Songs, but frankly, the difference in singers is a surprisingly subtle one overall.

That being the case, you might wanna base which ones you get, or the order in which you get them, on the songs covered on each album. The Time is Now includes AC/DC's "High Voltage," Conquers The World has four covers ("Just Like Your Mom" by Vox Pop/Jeff Dahl, "Home of the Brave" by Naked Raygun, "Coolest Little Monster," originally a novelty track sung/spoken by TV horror host Zacherly, and Motorhead's "We Are the Roadcrew"), while Sick Songs has "Frustration" by Crime and "Out There (F-Word)" by Rik L Rik. Of course, if you like your music stripped down and the guitars turned up, you could always just get all three!


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