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Cheater Slicks


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Started in Boston in 1987, the Cheater Slicks have built a huge body of recorded trash-garage-noise-melancholy pop-psychedelic dementia-rock n’ roll that has gone largely unrecognized by the music press and has made many garage rock purists run for the door. Their music is sometimes abstract and always intrusive.

Founded in 1988, the Cheater Slicks began as a four piece that included a bass player – first with Merle Allin (GG’s brother) and then with Alpo (former member of the Real Kids). After a couple of years the band decided to scale their line up down to a three piece – doing away with bass altogether. The Cheater Slicks recorded for a series of independent labels until in 1992 they called In The Red their home with their third album “Whiskey”. In 1995 they recorded their fourth album, “Don’t Like You”, with long time fan / friend Jon Spencer as producer. The band toured heavily behind this album with the likes of the Blues Explosion, Mudhoney and the Red Aunts. Their live shows were played at deafening volume. They gained a much larger fan base. Bands such as Mudhoney and the New Bomb Turks have covered their songs. In 1996 the band relocated to Columbus, Ohio where they remain to this day. They have become more reclusive and misanthropic than ever. They recorded three more albums for In the Red following their relocation - their epic double CD, “Forgive Thee” (1998), the sunny and expansive “Refried Dreams” (1999), and the dark and contractive “Yer Last Record” (2002). In 2006, Dead Canary Records released the Slicks’ eighth album, “Walk Into the Sea”.


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