Big Chief- Drive It Off LP. Formed by Barry Henssler of the Necros and Mike Danner of the Laughing Hyenas, Big Chief out of Ann Arbor, MI had a pretty good run from the late 80’s to the mid 90’s. This LP has a pretty interesting back story. Big Chief stretched their dollar provided from Sub Pop to record just one single for the Sub Pop Singles Club. They did record those two songs, but they also recorded another 9 songs on top of that on Sub Pops dime. And ‘Drive It Off’ compiles all 11 of the tracks that they recorded during those “Sub Pop funded” sessions. These songs were originally released as singles through various labels, and this LP compiles them all for convenient listening. With each release that followed, this disc became increasingly developmental sounding, since the band grew considerably from here on out. Aside from some Blaxploitation samples, there's little hint of the funk influence that would eventually infiltrate their sound. This is basically balls-to-the-wall Rock ‘n Roll with a heavy Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer influence without the blues. So these 11 songs deliver the goods quite well. Burly riffs get used to their full potential, pounded into the ground and battered to oblivion with not much soloing going on aside from the Wayne Kramer-like gnashing going on in a couple tracks. Henssler's gruff howling fits their motor city slugey sound well and his range would expand considerably throughout the remainder of the band's discography. Big Chief never made it as big as bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney who all started around the same time as them, but they definitely honed a similar style of heavy grungey Riff ‘n Roll on the other side of the country.