CD Rock Review

All The Young Droogs: Wham, Bam, Glam

Title: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks

Label: RPM

What a little treasure trove of Droogs we have here. As the subtitle says this is a selection of Rock’n’Glam (and a Flavour of Bubblegum) From the ‘70s. Spread over three discs it features a host of rarities.

All The Young Droogs CD Review

Woody Woodmansey’s U-Boat

As compiler Phil King explains these were, “…assorted – and, for the small part, effete – losers and bruisers [who] fell between the grooves of the self-same vinyl they created. They probably recognised themselves in fellow Denmark Street duckers and divers like David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Elton John, reasoning that if they decorated their songs in tinsel and tat they might become pop stars too.” 

All The Young Droogs CD Review

Alastair Riddell

That’s all you need to know about this set except that it’s spread over three discs. Apart from the few well-known names such as Iggy & The Stooges, Mott The Hoople and Be-Bop Deluxe, most are obscure or have a name because of earlier fame associations such as ex-Spider From Mars man Woody Woodmansey’s U-Boat who sing Star Machine in this set. My old Record Collector editor Alan Lewis, then editor of music paper Sounds, said the group looked like, “…the Glitter Band in mourning.”

All The Young Droogs CD Review

Method

Actually, what was left of the Spiders From Mars (after Bowie sacked them) appear here too with White Man, Black Man.

All The Young Droogs CD Review

Milk’n’Cookies

Then there were Bay City Roller wannabees, Bilbo Baggins from Edinburgh with Saturday Night but they shared a manager with the Rollers so it never really worked out. The band turned punk in 1978 then tried to reform in 2004 but the Tolkein estate put a stop to that. 

All The Young Droogs CD Review

Milk’n’Cookies

Mastering acknowledges and takes note of the original compression levels but manages to ride the punches so the music doesn’t sound too aggressive in sonic terms. Only musically. 

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Spiders From Mars

Packed with great songs, better stories from a superb included forth-three page booklet and the sort of crazy optimistic innocence previously only conceived by a young Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in the old Andy Hardy films, All The Young Droogs is a stunning box set. 

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