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Rockin’ It To You!
One of Italy’s finest offerings to the world of rock’n’roll, the Manges, finally released their debut album Rocket To You! in 1999 after six years, eight singles, numerous compilation appearances and four thousand worn out stripy T-shirts.
Andrea, Massimo, Manuel and Max have been doing their stuff in Italy since 1993 and now command their share of respect from the whole Italian scene. In an age when rock’n’roll is becoming about as relevant to the young as the Ovaltinies, the Manges are standing firm against torrent of tuneless tat and proving conclusively that passion and integrity always produces the purest form of art. Their debut CD is a forty minute collection of twenty-one Ramones-obsessed, Munster-moshing moments that brings together some of the Manges’ greatest songs from their now legendary Italian 7-inch EPs as well as a bunch of new ones recorded just for this CD. Each and every one of the tracks on Rocket To You! is a surf punk classic splashing around in Beach Boys harmonies, the likes of which Ben Weasel and Joe Queer would give their favourite Ramones T-shirts for!
This band by their own admission don’t expect to change the music industry or even be snapped up by a major label for that matter, but they do know what good time rock’n’roll sounds like. “We won’t be rock stars” confesses Andrea. “Just being true to ourselves, that’s what this band is about… with the people I want to be with, and that’s all.”
Yes, the ‘Manges Are Back!’ So “C’mon and dance to the Munster Beat.”