This cross-continental 7â€ť finds pop behemoth Gary Pig Gold fronting a pair of the finest combos on the underground scene, one on either American coast. The A-side captures the combined superpowers of Gary and The Masticators on Goldâ€™s neo-hodad classic, â€śPermanent Vacationâ€ť, a new â€śSummertime Bluesâ€ť that has sand in its shoes and a tube-riding surferâ€™s daydreaming disposition. Jan & Dean harmonies and flawless bubblegum vocals lap up against a sunny Californian mood before the tune drifts out to sea and fades over the horizon in perfect â€śTwist & Shoutâ€ť mode.
The flip side falls under the guise of Gary and The Greep Weeds and finds Gold tearning up with powerfully mood-popping fellow New Jerseysites, the mighty Greep Weeds, for a be-tartaned run through the Bay City Rollersâ€™ â€śRock And Roll Love Letterâ€ť. Tube-sock cool with cascading â€śCanâ€™t Explainâ€ť harmonies, the song actually blows the original into oblivion. Perfect for rollerskating off into that eternal 70â€™s Saturday night.
AMG All Music guide â€“ USA
This is a great little 7 inch that wonâ€™t blow your mind or anything but is a lot of fun. Both songs feature the vocal talents of Ghost Rocketâ€™s Gary Pig Gold, backed by two different bands, The Masticators and The Grip Weeds respectively. â€śPermanent Vacationâ€ť is a sunny, upbeat song with some suitable beach atmospherics and Beach Boys style backing vocals while â€śRock And Roll Love Letterâ€ť, a cover of The Bay City Roller track, is Rubinoos-styled bubblegum pop.
Pop On Top â€“ USA
This is a fun split single of pop music, one side by Gary and The Masticators, the other by Gary and The Grip Weeds. The Gary of both sides is none other than our Gary â€śPigâ€ť Gold, that champion of bubblegum and all things pop, who turns out to be a pretty fine performer of same. The Masticators are a known commodity to me, so Iâ€™m not at all surprised to enjoy â€śPermanent Vacationâ€ť, a surf and sand popper from the pen of the â€śPigâ€ť himself. The song sticks in your head, forces your hands to clap in time, sends you running for your beach towel, lest you left behind. Iâ€™m not familiar with The Grip Weeds, but â€śRock And Roll Love Letterâ€ť, while not as catchy as â€śPermanent Vacationâ€ť is still some fine pop, well played and, most important, fun-filled to the last chords.
DJ Johnson â€“ USA
In case of you didnâ€™t know, Twist & Shakeâ€™s very own GARY PIG GOLD is a hotshot musician. His band, The Ghost Rockets, have been understandably likened to a crackerjack combination of The Banana Spits and The Flying Burito Brothers, a musical marriage that is indeed rare. But what we have sitting right here is a vinyl single featuring a couple of other bands the prolific Gary has performed in. The first side of the disc, â€śPermanent Vacationâ€ť, was recorded by Gary and The Masticators. This euphoric stick of Beach Boys play volleyball with the Raspberries pop and roll was inked by Gary way back in 1977, but nevetheless thereâ€™s an ageless quality to it. The flipside of this swinging single is credited to Gary and The Grip Weeds, and is a frightfully explosive cover of The Bay City Rollersâ€™ â€śRock And Roll Love Letterâ€ť, which is slammed out with such forceful dynamics that it would definitely make The Nazz scratch their heads and wonder if it was a long forgotten outtake of theirs. You wonâ€™t find a better single than this baby!