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Bonniwell Music Machine – Ignition (2000) review

February 23, 2013

Bonniwell Music Machine – Ignition (2000) review

Bonniwell Music Machine “Ignition”
(Sundazed Records 2000)
Chiefly remembered for “Talk Talk,” a top
twenty hit single from late 1966, the Music Machine may not have been much of a
threat to the Beatles or the Rolling Stones as far as dollar signs went, but
they definitely reign supreme as one of the very best bands of the decade. Or
any decade, if you will. The Los Angeles band exploded with imagination and
were probably just too futuristic for the general public to swallow.
What we have here is a disc of previously
unreleased material, which is just as riveting as the stuff the Music Machine
officially issued on vinyl. The band clearly had a unique identity, pronounced
by sizzling fuzz guitars, peculiar arrangements, wheezing organ passages, slashing
hooks and lead singer Sean Bonniwell’s dark and disturbing vocals. None of
these brooding, but oh so catchy songs, sound dated all at, which testifies how
timeless the Music Machine’s missives are. The band played hard rock with a
cryptic punk slant long before such a style was formulated.
The very last interview Sean Bonniwell gave before he sadly passed can be found here
Review made by Beverly Paterson/2013
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