Little did producer-musician Lenny Kaye know what he was spawning when he compiled "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968." The 27-song double LP gave recognition to garage-rock and psychedelic bands that profoundly influenced the next generation of mainstream rockers. "Nuggets" confirmed the relevance of the Nazz ("Open My Eyes"), the Electric Prunes ("I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night") and the Castaways ("Liar, Liar"), among others. The collection of neglected gems inspired, among other things, record labels that would emulate the road-tape motif.
One of those labels, Rhino, is releasing the ambitious "Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976-1996," a four-CD, 100-song collection of tracks that attempts to link what came between the first LPs and today's garage rockers, leapfrogging punk rock altogether.
With 100 songs, you will encounter a few that aren't as timeless as their inclusion would suggest. Conversely, several omissions (and a dearth of female singers) are irritating, but then again, this isn't a "best of"; it's a survey. With that in mind, this big chunk of lively pop (the Las's "There She Goes"), neo-psychedelia (the Dukes of Stratosphere's "25 O'Clock"), Paisley Underground (the Three O'Clock) and raw intensity (the Soft Boys' "Wading Through a Ventilator") is worth the money, if only to save you the trouble of downloading each song from iTunes at 99 cents each.
It's best to play the discs without looking at the sequence list. You'll find yourself reaching for the included booklet for data on bands you don't know, and you'll be thrilled when one of your forgotten old favorites pops up.
Obscurities and rarities include the Unclaimed ("No Apology"), the Hoods ("You Keep on Lyin' "), the Jigsaw Seen ("My Name Is Tom"), Australia's Lipstick Killers' "Hindu Gods (of Love)" and the whimsically named Mickey and the Milkshakes (the crunchy "Please Don't Tell My Baby").
Even the bands you may be familiar with are represented with seldom-heard deep cuts, all of them remastered for sonic purity, such as the Fuzztones' "Bad News Travels Fast"; the Hoodoo Gurus' "Like Wow -- Wipeout!"; the standard-bearing Chesterfield Kings' "She Told Me Lies"; and the Cramps' "New Kind of Kick."
"Getting Out of Hand," the self-released first single of the Bangs -- later the girl group the Bangles -- nearly sounds out of place amid all this testosterone. The lack of female vocals may be a consequence of the male-dominated genre, but couldn't Joan Jett have had at least one cut?
No matter. For those who miss the old WHFS-FM when it broadcast from an apartment building in Bethesda, this box will replace those road tapes you lost in the first divorce. For others, there may be revelations as to where your favorite music came from.