Of all Jay Reatard’s various projects, Final Solutions might be my favorite, or at least a close second to Lost Sounds. It seems young Jimmy Lee wanted to leave home and crash with some friends for a while, so he stayed with a band called The Jackmonkeys, who used him as their drummer for a battle-of-the-bands competition. They won, of course, and a few years later they reformed as Final Solutions and started touring and recording together.
I found this record, Songs By Solutions, almost by accident at Recycled Records on Haight Street, and I’ve been playing it over and over again ever since. The song “Little Man In My Mind” might just be my favorite song in the entire Jay Reatard catalog, and I posted it a few months ago (click here), but here’s another song, “Tammy,” for those of you who need further convincing that this album is Mandatory Punk.