The Flamin' Groovies' GREASE is an unusual choice for the usually Goth-obsessed label Cleopatra Records. A live-in-the-studio run-through of 16 rock & roll classics, including a handful of old Groovies joys like "Slow Death" and the immortal "Shake Some Action," GREASE is in many ways the archetypal late-period Flamin' Groovies album.
After their late-'70s tenure at Sire, the Groovies broke up for a while and then started releasing a series of live albums which were primarily for diehard fans, with very rare studio albums like 1992's ROCK JUICE as a change up. GREASE transfers the sloppiness of the live albums to a cleaner and more forgiving environment, and the performances are lifted as a result. None of these covers are definitive--though their "And Your Bird Can Sing" is most effective--but the sense of rock & roll fun is intoxicating.