The Wildbirds
Golden Daze
(Universal Republic)

Entertainment Today Sep CD Review Series



The cool thing about this group is their one-take, "leave it in, it's fine"-attitude that is well portrayed throughout "Golden Daze".  The music is raw, gritty, and full of delicious 70's era fuzz. There are eleven great songs that have a really cool Grand Funk, Creedence Clearwater, Heartbreakers sound; but unfortunately Mando Diao, the Hives, International Noise Conspiracy, and Jet all have this same thing going with years up on The Wildbirds.  I guess since all of their contemporaries were from other countries, they figured they'd be okay.  Now don't get me wrong, it's a great album…it's just been done before.


Entertainment Today Sep’07 CD REview Series


Mark Johnston, a native Californian, has travelled the world with various circuses, sideshows, and arena rock tours. As a musical monkey he has delighted fans the world over. Upon his return, he has since founded the Atomsmashers Publishing Company, written 2 books in the company's Warm Horchata series, created a weekly comic strip based around LA's more "colorful" characters, written reviews, articles, and rantings under various pseudonyms; this has since culminated in Johnston being named Captain Fabulous by the Superhero Association of America.