With a name derived from a notorious prostitute who castrated her victims, one might conclude that Molly Hatchet was a Death Metal group; perhaps an American version of Black Sabbath. Though they came close to Metal on occasion, Molly Hatchet was actually a late '70s addition to the list of smokin' southern Rockers.
Rolling out of Jacksonville, FL in '75 Molly Hatchet made their recording debut just three years later. Their two-guitar attack proved instantly popular. Though they didn't have any pop hits, '70s Rock bands didn't need them; their most memorable songs included "Flirtin' With Disaster" and "Ragtop Deluxe." Their first three albums, the self-titled debut ('78), Flirtin' With Disaster" ('79) and "Beatin' The Odds" ('80) were extraordinarily popular selling millions of copies.
By the early '80s, Punk and New Wave were in the driver's seat. Two (and three) guitar Boogie/Riff-Rock bands seemed passť. In addition, Molly Hatchet had lost its edge and original members. Brown split in '80 while Thomas and Cump logged another two years before packing it in. The group plowed on relying on replacement players, too numerous to mention.
Molly Hatchet picked up where Lynyrd Skynyrd left off. Throaty vocals, skyrocket fret work and a potent blend of Boogie and riff Rock. While not as accomplished, they still delivered. As one would expect "Greatest Hits" has all the vital tunes including "Flirtin" and "Gater Country." Their sophomore album "Flirtin' With Disaster" is their most accomplished studio effort. With the rampaging Viking on the cover this set features the title track, riff strutting "Good Rockin'" and a jacked up version of the Womack Brothers warhorse "It's All Over Now." Both the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart took a swing at this song but Molly Hatchet's take is far superior.