Album Review: Vince Ripper and The Rodent Show – “Planet Shockorama”
Never let it be said that we don’t get sent all sorts here at Pure Rawk. Vince Ripper and The Rodent Show are a theatrical goth/shock rock duo hailing from deepest darkest… erm, Blackpool, and this is their third album. Consisting mainly of covers delivered on guitar, synth and drum machine (think Carter USM if they started watching too many horror movies and got Rob Zombie in to front them), it’s certainly agreeably good fun.
The covers here are pretty much what you’d expect with The Cramps (Mystery Plane and I Can’t Find My Mind), Alien Sex Fiend (EST/Trip To The Moon), Bowie (Scary Monsters), Love / Alice Cooper (7 And 7 Is), Suicide (Rocket USA), Billy Riley (Flying Saucer Rock ‘n’ Roll), Hawkwind (Silver Machine) and The Misfits (Teenagers From Mars) all being given the musical equivalent of a doff of the cap by Mr Ripper and his cohorts. The results are predictably shambolic, but it’d be a cold heart indeed that didn’t find itself forcing your mouth to grin at this album’s ramshackle charm.
Maybe more of a novelty curio than an essential purchase, Planet Shockorama is at least an enjoyable way to spend forty minutes of your time. As we say back in Yorkshire, “it’s alright for them what likes fun”.
While it's not exactly an essential purchase (unless you're an avid collector of shock rock cover album theatrics), there's no denying that Planet Shockorama is at least a fun listen and it should at least put a big grin back on your face if you've had a bit of a rubbish day. And let's face it, any album that can do that must be doing something right.