It Came from the Suburbs: Rare Teen Rock / Various [Import]
(United Kingdom - Import)
This is the second in a series presenting the Southern Californian label's output by genre. While the much-lauded first comp was an instrumental collection, "Intoxica!", this is a rock 'n 'roll collection that refuses to draw any genre lines, as long as it all fits within the context of the "Big Beat". "It Came from the Suburbs" started with the working title of "Downey Teens", and although not as evocative, that working title said it all. This collection brings US doo wop (including some unreleased rarities), quasi-rockabilly, teen ballads, honking R&B strollers, novelty pop and more, creating a patchwork of teen music from the Kennedy era, the strange years leading up to the Beatles and the British Invasion.