Frankly, I don’t remember the mullet as being the hairstyle of choice although I knew it to be a somewhat popular one. And how that tied into popular music other than that depicted in Joe Dirt or as seen on Billy Ray Cyrus, I still can’t figure out. Much of the music that is found on the original 2CD Mullets Rock album is from bands decidedly not “mulleted” (my term); bands like Foghat, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent, Brownsville Station, for Pete’s sake, Rick Derringer, BOC, ELO, Alice Cooper – I don’t recall a single one of them with mullets.
However, the music collected on this album plays like a K-Tel ‘best of’ and that always seems to work well. On the newest installment of the Mullets Rock series title, there are 18 collected hits, most from the late ‘70s as it segued into the early ‘80s. And while I have never sported a mullet, I’ve enjoyed most of these hits.
The CD is split between Psyched and Bummed, with the first heading featuring 10 upbeat rockers that include “Love Stinks” from one of America’s most underrated bands, J Geils (although I STILL prefer their earlier Atlantic work); Eddie Money’s “Baby Hold On” from his debut Columbia album, “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” an early carry-over from the Foghat debut; Ted Nugent’s frenetically suggestive “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang,” and “More Than a Feeling,” from Boston’s debut. There are others.
The remaining 8 songs on this CD fall under the heading of Bummed and features songs like “Love Hurts” by another grossly underrated band, Nazareth; “The Flame” by the premier pop-rock band of that time, Cheap Trick; progressive heaviness with “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas, and several others that include that cute blonde, Bonnie Tyler; Night Ranger; Cinderella; REO Speedwagon; and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This new set, Mullets Rock! X Too!, is a continuing collection of lots of the hits that we grew up with, loved and still do - stuff that you would put into an iPod in a heartbeat. The good news is that mullets are not needed to enjoy this set. Although, if a mullet will snag me a few of chicks like the ones depicted on the cover, I might just have to grow one.