Bed Wettin' Bad Boys
Best Band In Sydney/Worst Band In Sydney
4 Track, 7inch (2010, R.I.P. Society)
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Bed Wettin' Bad Boys, or Le Enfant Terrible de Incontinente as they are known in French speaking countries, are three punks who play the loosest most shambolic racket you are likely to hear on record or stage. They are also brilliant. Or magnifique.
The record is split into two sides: “Best Band in Sydney” and “Worst Band in Sydney”; a cheeky response to the way they’ve polarised their hometown. Some people consider them nothing more than a joke because of their no frills, dumbed down approach, while others dig on their goodtime, instrument swapping vibe despite the fact that most of the time they are royally drunk and talk way too much shit between songs.
Joe Sukit, bassist for Royal Headache, sings on the “Best Side”, while Nic Warncock sings on the “Worst Side”. Both sound like Stink-era Replacements, which of course makes them both “Shit Hot” sides. With a snarling middle finger salute to everyone and everything, opener 'We Don't Want to Know' sounds like it could have been recorded in Minneapolis in 1982.
‘Waste of Time’, which opens with a squeal of distortion and a self-deprecating howl, is the best track on the record capturing everything the band is good at: loud, blown-out melody; loud, blown out non-melody; and playing drunk.
Recorded by David Akerman of Dead Farmers to 1/2 tape at Louie's Warehouse, the record captures the gruff, sincere, about-to-fall-over energy of their live show. When Warncott slurs, “You know it can't happen, but I want it to”, you can almost smell the spilt beer on his shirt.
by Tim Scott