"Babylon Rockets" (Cleopatra; 2003)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Rock'n'roll in any form is good and some of it is so unique that you can only take it in small doses. I'm sure if you think back in your rock'n'roll history, you'll remember some band that you thought was just plain weird at first, and wound up liking shortly thereafter.

Gemini Five is a little like that. Based on the comic book cover and the band's appearance, I figured I was in for some straight forward 80s hair metal with a hard edge. I figured it was going to be more of the same old shit. And I wasn't far off. But as I spun "Babylon Rockets," I was surprised to find myself  really getting into the music. Although it wasn't really my cup of tea (I'm more into Alice Cooper, Kiss, Motorhead and Judas Priest than Poison, Cinderella, etc.), I really liked what I heard on "Babylon Rockets," especially the cover of Dead Or Alive's 1984 hit, "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)." The band can lose some of the slower tunes, but these Sweden rockers are at their best when they keep it hard and heavy.

As I said above, "Babylon Rockets" may not make my A list, but it's not to much further down the alphabet. 

Gemini Five: Tin Star - vocals and guitar; Snoopy - guitar and vocals; Slim Pete - drums; Hot Rob - Bass and vocals.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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