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The Datsuns

The DatsunsAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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A conversation with Dolf de Borst (vocals, bass) about the fourth Datsuns album, Head Stunts

Lyrically it’s about mind games really, “Head Stunts” is an anagram of The Datsuns. We were aware of it all along but we didn’t want to make it too obvious, I suppose that’s out the window now…
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  • Audio CD (March 4, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2 North America
  • ASIN: B0000894OH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sittin' Pretty
2. MF From Hell
3. Lady
4. Harmonic Generator
5. What Would I Know
6. At Your Touch
7. Fink For The Man
8. In Love
9. You Build Me Up
10. Freeze Sucker

Editorial Reviews

New Zealand rockers the Datsuns fearlessly hitch the sound of Antipodean forebears AC/DC, the Saints, and the Scientists onto the stripped-back blues howl of the White Stripes. In their gloriously simple world, riffs are basic, guitar solos heroic, and lyrical concerns don't stretch much beyond bad women who've done these volume-addled longhairs wrong. A song like "MF from Hell" demonstrates where the Datsuns are coming from: guitars chug while singer Dolf De Datsun yelps and delivers a big, dumb chorus that would've made the Ramones proud. There are touches of Mudhoney ("Lady" is basically "Touch Me I'm Sick 2003"), Thin Lizzy, and any band made up of guys who don't think much beyond booze, girls, and sleeping in a ditch after a perfect show. --Ian Watson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get over it, and turn this sh*t up May 2, 2006
By M.D.
Format:Audio CD
You like rock? Do you like drinking alcohol? Do you think highly of yourself, despite your A**holish characterstics? Buy this album.

This is frankly a momentous work. These are honest, hard-working musicians. they like rock n roll music, so they play it, and they play it well. The last track "Freeze Sucka" is frankly historic in its composition and chaotic tone. "Fink for the man" "At Your Touch" "What Would I Know". . . . . .hell, every song rules. They are tools for rocking, so take them in your fist, and use them. They are strong, heavy songs and they get the job done.

The recording is loose and unsupervised. The energy is genuine, and it is obvious that the Datsuns are inviting you in to play. If you aren't down with their cause, then you're outta luck.

AC/DC ripoff? Led Zeppelin ripoff? Whatever, it sounds genuine and fantastic, and that's all that matters in rock. These fellows aren't trying to top anyone, they're just making the only music they feel right making, and it rules! Get hip, get over it and get down with an honest-to-goodness rock n roll band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Rock N Roll Fury August 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Datsuns rip right into their debut album with a lot of ferocity, but at the same time the music has an abandoned glee that makes it the kind of music you want to go drag racing or get into a bar fight to, just for the hell of it.

It's one of those albums I didn't take a shine to outright. I listened to it twice a few months ago when I got it, then recently gave it another go and WOW, this album is simply terrific.

Sure, it's got a 70's retro vibe fueled with some riffs that might make Lars Ullrich proud, but although THE DATSUNS may share a genre with some of its predessessors and contemporaries, it's certainly not deriviative of them or "trying to be" (as one of the truly adolescent reviews on this site suggests) anything but rough and tumble rock and roll
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys rock October 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
See them live if you doubt their recorded talent, I have and all I can say is WOW.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Rockin' Band June 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Datsuns arrive in the nick of time to show of their loud rock noise to change the tides of the music nation. Many of these reviewers don't give the credit that they deserve. With The Datsuns you can definately see some definate influences for old rockers such as Led Zeppelin which isn't a bad thing at all. These guys are doing their own thing in the whole Rock N' Roll genre. These guys are orignal from the stand point they aren't like a few bands where you can hear definate riffs from their prodecessors (ie. Jet). The solos are nothing short of decent quality and have some power that really add to the songs. Though short they are very good. I couldn't choose a favorite song if I tried I just like driving around in my car with this blasting because hey I will probably be the only one playing this band. Overall The Datsuns are a great underplayed and underhyped band that deserve the credit they deserve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rock out! October 30, 2008
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A buddy of mine turned me on to the Datsuns and while the lyrics they pen have very little substance and the lead singer is fairly average (not too big of a deal when he's the quietest thing in the mix), this album wins anyway because the riffs are great, the energy is high, the guitars are loud and gritty, and these boys manage to play 70's influenced hard rock (cool guitar solo's INCLUDED for once... I'm looking at you, Wolfmother!) without all the pretension, mysticism, and endless jamming that sometimes makes 70's hard rock difficult to listen to.

Nope, just straight up, Motorhead-meets-AC/DC-meets-Kiss hard rock, and they're truly GOOD at doing it. Its catchy, its energetic, it'll make you jump around and bang your head as though you were a smelly longhaired person with a beer in your hand! Viva Datsuns!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Energy October 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard this disc I was sitting in a bar in Texas. A very unlikely place to hear a band from New Zealand, but weirder things have happened. Anyway, their influences are clearly heard but that doesn't take away from their high energy approach to balls-out rock. A lotta songs about women, big surprise, but there's nothing sappy going on here. Goof riffs, good energy, good times. A danged good first album from these guys. They'll certainly be going places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WTF is with the mixed reviews for this awesome CD?
I loved this cd. Full on energy from the first song to the last. I can't believe that people that apparently knew of the datsuns enough to buy this cd can think it is ok or bad? Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by Matthew T. Stanley
3.0 out of 5 stars Turbo Negro Hates the Kids...
I would've given this cd more stars if the Hellacopters or Fu Manchu or Mudhoney had never existed (or hadn't done it better), but they do a good job of recreating what makes the... Read more
Published on January 23, 2006 by Daniel M. Goss
3.0 out of 5 stars Better to see them live
The Datsuns are a remarkable live band. If you are a fan of AC/DC and the like, I highly recommend their live show. Energy is maxed out and they are very tight! Read more
Published on June 8, 2005 by ABS
1.0 out of 5 stars not my style, couldn't get through a song
sounds like they're trying to the white stripes (who are trying to be Led Zepellin) just comes off amateurish and unauthentic
Published on May 6, 2005 by Gerth Mirthful
1.0 out of 5 stars File this one under 'crap'
After Jet's Get Born, this is the saddest and most disgusting thing that I have ever had the unfortunate fate of having to listen to. Read more
Published on April 18, 2005 by Adrienne
2.0 out of 5 stars Miss-guided
The energy is great and so to is the T-Rex inspired 'Harmonic Generator,' but the we-want-to-be-the-next-Led-Zepplin is just plain sad. Who aspires to be average? Read more
Published on September 23, 2004 by The Judge
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