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“The Cassette Sounds Like It Was Recorded In The Tank Of A Lower East Side Toilet”: Revisiting Pussy Galore’s Fantastically Half-Assed Remake Of Exile On Main Street

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Given the big whoop surrounding this week’s Exile on Main Street reissue, it’s probably also time to revisit the other version: Quintessential NYC trash-rockers Pussy Galore’s full-length, cassette-only 1986 cover version, whose genesis and legacy is lovingly recounted by friend-of-SOTC Randall Roberts for the L.A. Times, and which you can download here. Be forewarned that it is very very very scuzzy, a symphony of off-key warbles, blaring jump-cuts, and general wanton atonality: “Casino Boogie,” for example, is hilarious in its utter failure to, well, boogie. “You will either hate Pussy Galore’s chaotic attempt with a burning passion,” Roberts advises, “or you will see that buried within this wobbled, sloppy, barely legible song cycle is the kernel of truth that Pussy Galore totally nailed it.”