• Rattlers
  • Rattled! (PVC) 1985 

Led by Joey Ramone’s younger brother, Mickey Leigh, New York’s Rattlers take a less stylized but equally sincere approach to essential ’60s pop on Rattled!, a swell LP of zesty originals and cool covers partially produced by ex-Ramone Tommy Erdelyi. The quartet uses a touch of keyboards and neat vocal harmonies to dress up simply drawn tunes like the melodic “I Won’t Be Your Victim,” the beat-era “Pure + Simple” and an imaginary monster-movie theme song, “On the Beach.” An ace version of the Nightcrawlers’ classic “Little Black Egg” is worth the price of admission, but the rest of the LP is no disappointment.

[Ira Robbins]

See also: Lester Bangs and the Delinquents, Stop