McNeal & Niles Thrust
- Words: Jesse Serwer
- Label: Chocolate Industries
It seems like every old record that ever put punk and funk on the same page has been re-issued recently. McNeil& Niles' virtually unknown 1979 LP Thrust has a track called "Punk Funk" and was recorded partially at Devo's Man-Ray Studio, but any relation to the new wave ends there. Thrust sounds like Bob James or early Kool and the Gang in a garage, dropping unembellished, classic-sounding grooves left and right. Originally released in a limited pressing that barely made its way past Akron, Ohio, this priceless result of a fairly recent Midwestern crate digging expedition is well worth a 25-year wait.
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