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What a lovely bunch of lads!

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Arthur J. Snottington III, critic

In the mid-1990s, amid blaring feedback, Babihed finished a raunchy set at Denver’s Lion’s Lair. The fans, including Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins fame, ended up outside, on East Colfax, recovering
the shards of the guitar Mike Machine Gun smashed in the street. Then, in keeping with the band’s gentlemanly decorum, the throng was invited back inside for a final round — “On the tab of Punk’s Princes!”

Now, through the magic of the Internet, you can experience the explosive quartet’s raw fury from the relative comfort of home. Hear singer Jimmy Lightning, the West’s own “perverted Elvis,” warble lyrics worthy of Hunter S. Thompson, as the Rocky Mountain News opined. Imagine a front-row seat at the Cricket on the Hill as Bill “The Rake” Houston, the band’s sweaty bassist (and a coach on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) practically leaps across your davenport “like a mad math teacher on Thorazine.” Kick back to the karate-chop chops of Pete Sake, a worthy replacement for Mark Dee on drums. And think, “Ooooooh,” as the furious Machine Gun channels the ghost of Link Wray on “Motorcycle Death Club” — a tribute recorded on the day the Rumbleman rambled Heavenward unbeknownst to the band.

Babihed, dubbed by fans as “legends” and their legion of haters as “losers,” offer an intoxicating cocktail of Old Tyme punk and angst. It’s like drinking a 6-pack of 40-ounce malt beers and waking up the next day with your pants around your ankles and a quixotic sense that somehow the universe supports your reckless abandon in every way.

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