Live at the Well is the second archival release of Memphis' first punk band, The Klitz. Recorded in 1979 and 1980, these four tracks contain two Klitz originals (never properly recorded in a demo/home studio) and two covers—The Cramps' "TV Set" and the Velvet Underground's "AfterHours." Featuring the classic Klitz lineup of Gail Elise Clifton, Lesa Aldridge, Marcia Clifton and Amy Gassner (with the Randy Band's Randy Chertow filling in on bass), the record comes with an oral history by Ryan Leach.
Mentored by Alex Chilton and Jim Dickinson, The Klitz were equal parts Shaggs and Panther Burns. Although they never released a record during their initial '78-'80 run, their influence on Memphis punk is undeniable. Live at the Well should appeal to fans of Stranded in Canton and Like Flies on Sherbert.
Classic Memphis insider girl group wildness, live and raw for all the world to hear! Sometimes classic secret underground groups like this one get milked dry via drab live recordings because there simply aren’t enough studio versions to represent them at their prime, but this is not the case with this set. I feel like this probably represents the KLITZ better than some stilted studio sesh. It’s a deadpan goodtime that feels somehow like DISHRAGS fronting the ELECTRIC EELS? That eerie harmonica on “Bankable Girls,” the insane JOHN MORTON guitar over SHAGGS / drunk surf drums’n’farfisa on the CRAMPS cover—if listening to this doesn’t make you wanna start fifty new groups at 3 am when you’re at your worst then I don’t know what to tell you! The cover picture is so killer, I wanna be them when I grow up. Coolest girls in town. Comes with an oral history of the band too. For a good time grab their other 45, also reissued by Spacecase a few years back.
--LG (Maximum Rocknroll)