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Ok I've thought about doing this for a while, let me explain why......The next two posts will feature
some extremely vile, offensive, and overtly racist music.....and not especially GOOD music at that. There sill likely be people who will stop reading my blog, and who will think that this music should NEVER see the light of day. And with that, I disagree. Freedom of speech, you see, extends to EVERYONE in my opinion, even those whose opinions we find to be abhorrent. Skrewdriver (and the other related racists/skinheads that we'll look at the next two days) DO hold views that I find horrible.....but does that alone determine that they should not be heard? It is MUCH easier to advocate the "rights" and "freedoms" of those with whom we agree than those we find offensive, even sub-human.
I would guess that many of you have heard OF Skrewdriver, but
not actually HEARD them.....if that is the case, it is MUCH worse than you are imagining, these were some hateful human beings, frankly, the very type of people who would detest ME personally......but we must all know our enemies......we must KNOW THEM, not IGNORE them......I am posting these "hate bands" in order to both make a persona statement on freedom of speech FOR ALL, as well as to expose to the unknowing that these people ARE out there......download on or two of these, listen, (among the most outright shocking tracks would be "White Power" and "When the Boat Comes In") and delete, if you wish, but do not pretend that these people are not out there.
ALL SKREWED UP-01 Where's It Gonna End/02 Governement Action/03 Back Street Kids/04
Gotta Be Young/05 I Don't Need Your Love/06 I Don't Like You/07 An-Ti-So-Cial/08 (Too Much) Confusion/09 9 Till 5/10 Jailbait/11 We Don't Pose/12 The Only One/13 Won't Get Fooled Again
HAIL THE NEW DAWN-01 Hail the New Dawn/02 Our Pride Is Our Loyalty/03 Before the Night Falls/04 Justice/05 R & N/06 Flying the Flag/07 If There's a Riot/08 Tomorrow Belongs to Me/09 Europe Awake/10 Soldier of Freedom/11 Skrew You/12 Pennies From Heaven/13 Power From Profit/14 Free My Land/15 Don't Let Them Pull You Down/16 Tearing Down the Wall
WHITE RIDER-01 White Rider/02 Where Has Justice Gone/03
Strikeforce/04 Behind the Bars/05 Pride of a Nation/06 New Nation/07 The Snow Fell/08 I Can See the Fire/09 Thunder in the Cities/10 We Fight For Freedom/11 White Warriors/12 Built Knocked Down
AFTER THE FIRE-01 After the Fire/02 Mean Streets/03 Win or Die/04 Land of Ice/05 Eyes Full of Rage/06 As Life Bleeds Away/07 Forty Six Years/08 European Dream/09 Retaliate/10 A Time of Change/11 Sweet Home Alabama/12 Green Fields of France
THE STRONG SURVIVE-01 The Strong Survive/02 Voice of Evil/03 From the Land/04 In the Wasteland/05 Stand Proud/06 Paranoid/07 Hail and Thunder/08 Backstabber/09 United/10 Warzone/11 Shining Down/12 Mist on the Downs
BOOTS & BRACES/VOICE OF BRITAIN-01. Back With A
Bang/02. I Don't Like You/03. Built Up Knocked Down (1979)/04. A Case Of Pride/05. Breakout/06. Tearing Down The Walls/07. Boots And Braces/08. Antisocial/09. White Power/10. Smash The I.R.A./11. Shove The Dove/12. Sick Society/13. Voice Of Britain/14. On The Streets/15. Invasion
FREEDOM WHAT FREEDOM-01 Mother Europe's Sons/02 What Price Freedom/03 This Little Piggy/04 This Feeling/05 Blood Of Kings/06 One Land (Re-Unification)/07 Stolz/08 Retur to Camelot/09 (Oh No) Here Comes a Commie/10 When the North Wind Blows/11 God Of Thunder/12 The Road to Valhalla
Wrapping up this series of hatred laced rock n roll, we've had a few good comments, one of which I'd
like to share (paraphrasing) from Styeneboy, who logically asks WHY I have SO MUCH of this stuff, thus enriching the practitioners......truth be told, I never spent a nickle on ANY of getting all of it from PirateBay torrents.....I explained in my answer to him that I ALSO have all the works of Public Enemy, with whose politics I wuld almost certainly disagree as well, and aquired them by the same means.......I think the INERESTING (not necesarily the "best") is created by people who are MAD about something, passionate about something, as both, obviously, Skrewdriver and Pybklic Enemy both are.....aakes for thought provoking, constructive conversations on the rights of EITHER of them to think/advocate their ideas......I'd hate to live in a society in which Skrewdriver, or Public Enemy, or Bratmobile, or Jayne County, or ANYONE who attempted to express themselves throuugh thier music were prohibited from doing so......THAT's why it is important to me to post these.
IAN STUART & STIGGER-PATRIOTIC
BALLADS DISC 1-01 Tomorrow Belongs To Me/02 Phoenix Rising/03 Gone With the Breeze/04 The Red Thread/05 The Land Is Ours/06 Sand By Your Own/07 The Green Fields of France/08 Who Cares/09 Suddenly/10 White Blues/11 Something To Beleive In/12 The Snow Fell
IAN STUART & STIGGER-PATRIOTIC BALLADS DISC 2-01 Another Prayer For the Dying/02 The Lion's Roar/03 We Stand Alone/04 One In a Million/05 Wasted Life/06 Never Give In/07 Glory/08 Left To Drown/09 Why Worry/10 Europe On My Mind/11 Our Time Will Come/12 Tuesday's Gone
IAN STUART & THE KLANSMEN-REBEL WITH A CAUSE-01 Rebel With a Cause/02 It's Good To Be Back Home/03 Still Burning/04 The Betrayed/05 Pulling the Wool/06 Join the Klan/07 Whiskey Rock N Roller/08 Bad News/09 The Land Is Ours/10 Southern Belle/11 Gone With The Breeze
IAN STUART & THE KLANSMEN-ROCK N ROLL PATRIOTS-01 Klansman Song/02 Route
66/03 Get It Right/04 Better Days/05 Freedom (What Freedom)/06 Rock N Roll Patriots/07 Coming Up To Midnight/08 Drinking on Your Own/09 Motorway Daze/10 The Devil's Right Hand
IAN STUART & WHITE DIAMOND-THE
REAPER-01 On the Wings a Storm/02 Judge/03 Hands of a Stranger/04 Talisman/05 Hard Memories/06 Memories/07 The Reaper/08 A Friend is a Friend/09 Wishing Well (Free)/10 Living On the Edge/11 Bright City Lights
THE ANGRY ARYANS-TOO WHITE FOR YOU-01 Snitch/02 North of 8 Mile/03 Miscegenation/04 Slick Willie Clinton/05 Advocation of Violence/06 Enemy Within/07 Bomb Isreal/08 Committed Revolutionary/09 Still Just a Nigger/10 Aryan Rage/11 Joe 6 Pack/12 Nigger Lovong Whore/13 Asian Invasion/14 Long Way Home/15 Lock the Closet Door/16 Let's Start a Racial War/ 17 Aim and Fire
THE ANGRY ANRYANS-OLD SCHOOL HATE-
01 Brown Town Buning Down/02 White Minority/03 White Nigger Loser/04 Negrodation of Character/05 Nigger Loving Whore/06 Can I Sit Next 2U/07 Race Mixing Is Treason/08 Mud Man/09 Do the Hale Bop/10 Condemned/11 Extinction is Forever/12 Matter of Race/13 Islam (Religion of Whores)/14 Bashing Queers/15 NAACP/16 Faggots (Give Rainbows a Bad Name)
BULLY BOYS BEST OF (1984-1999)-01 Fire Up the Ovens/02 Jigrun/03 Hammerskins/04 Don't Run Away/05 Six Million/06 Sick Society/07 Anger Inside/08 Can't Stand/09 No Compromise/10 I Believe/11 Keep Fighting/12 White Pride/13 Hold Tight
Should you take it upon yourself to listen to an of this stuff, take it from me, this is genuinely TERRIFYING stuff, no other way to put it.....that people exist with so much rage and so much hatred in their hearts/minds, targeted at ANYONE is not a positive statement on our species.......I am greatly
Ok, that is the end of this.......something much different tomorrow
So, what the fuck am I trying to prove, anyway? Well, really, that ALL of us are entitled to think
what we want to think, are entitled to our opinions no matter what others may think, and in the end, we all end up six feet under ground anyway, ALL of us.......
Public Enemy, for my money, anyway, were about 100x better musically than were Skrewdriver.....as for THIER ideology, I can't say I'm in agreement with a whole lot of it, either....but the point is, they can BOTH co-exist on my CD shelves as musicians who were angry about SOMETHING and atempted to make some music to drive the point home.
Personally I LOVE a lot of the music of Public Enemy, which is a LOT more than I can say for Skrewdriver or Bully Boys......although I sagre with some of the Public Enemy stances and politics, I will say this, that shit ROCKS THE FUCK OUT, to a greater degree than any of the "hate rock" shit of the last couple of days, and, believe you me, I am no "hip hop" fan especially....but Public Enemy brought the goods and I give them credit. As I say I am NO EXPERT on hip-hop, nor do I especially even LIKE it, but I've always enjoyed listening to Public Enemy. Without question they were angry as hell, and their sound was like no other.....dense layers of sounds and samples piled up like thick blankets swirling around Chuck D's booming vocals....."Fight the Power", "Brothers Gonna Work It Out", "Can't Truss It" and many others are outright anthems of their scene.
I understand they have a large discography, I don't have it all by any means, I have their older records which are the only ones with which I am familiar....we'll see if I can find anything else of interest, but for now.....
YO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW-01 You're Gonna Get Yours/02 Sophisticated Bitch/03 Miuzi Weighs
a Ton/04 Timebomb/05 Too Much Posse/06 Rightstarter (Message to a Black Man)/07 Public Enemy No. 1/08 MPE/09 Yo! Bum Rush the Show/10 Raise the Roof/11 Megablast/12 Terminator X Speaks with His Hands
IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK-01 Countdown to Armageddon/02 Bring the Noise/03 Don't Beleive the Hype/04 Cold Lampin with Flavor/05 Terminator X to the Edge of Panic/06 Mind Terrorist/07 Louder Than a Bomb/08 Caught, Can We Get a Witness/09 Show Em Whatcha Got/10 She Watch Channel Zero?!/11 Night of the Living Baseheads/12 Black Steel In the Hour of Chaos/13 Security of the First World/14 Rebel Without a Pause/15 Prophets of Rage/16 Party For Your Right To Fight
APOCALYSE 91: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BLACK-01 Lost at Birth/02 Rebirth/03 Nighttrain/04 Can't Truss It/05 I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Niga/06 How To Kill a Radio Consultant/07 By the Time I Get to Arizona/08 Move!/09 1 Million Bottlebags/10 More News at 11/11 Shut Em Down/12 A Letter to the New York Post/13 Get the Fuck Outta Dodge/14 Bring tha Noize
MUSE SICK -N- HOUR MESSAGE-01 Whole Lotta Love Goin On in the Middle of Hell/02
Theatrical Parts/03 Give It Up/04 Wat Side You On?/05 Bedlam 13:13/06 Stop in the Name/07 What Kind of Power We Got?/08 So Whatcha Gone Do Now/09 White Heaven/Black Hell/10 Race Against Time/11 They Used to Call it Dope/12 Aintnuttin Buttersong/13 Live and Undrugged Parts 1 & 2/14 Thin Line Between Law and Rape/15 I Ain't Mad at All/16 Death of a Carjacka/17 I Stand Accused/18 Godd Complexx/19 Hitler Day/20 Harry Allen's Interactive Super Highway Phone Call To Chuck D/21 Livin In a Zoo (remix)
Things have been getting alittle bit too serious around here of late, a testimony to my boredom and
little else, hope my tangents of the last few days have been at least a LITTLE interesting, and if not, well, certainly blaming the messenger in this case is perfectly appropriate.
So, let us get back to one of the main reasons we are here, obscure stoner rock...pretty hard to get much info about these guys at all, evidently they hail from Kentucky, that is abou it I can find....they are Blacklight Barbarian, and to the best of my knowledge, this is the only album to their credit, can't even find a release date for it but I know it's probably been on the sor 8-10 years or so. So, enjoy, consider it a bonus post for today, it's a good one, think Kyuss-type stoner rock with maybe a few Sabbath/Blue Cheer overtones, not the most imaginative combination for sure, but at least a sucessful one......."Tenth Dimension" and "Words and Smoke" are standout tracks, but, really, for just some plain old loud stoner rock, here is one you may not have heard before
BLACK LIGHT BARBARIAN-01 Tenth Dimension/02 Mojave/03 Eulogy/04 Angels of the Night/05 Words and Smoke/06 Waves
Staying in a stoner groove for today, let's check out some VERY good stoner metal vibes from that
stoner rock stronghold, Stockholm Sweden.....the band consists of singer Nicke, guitarist Anders, bassist Oliver, and drummer Peter.......the best I can discover, they have released two full lengths, 2009's "Stonerized" and 2011's "Rodeo Electrica" as well as a handful of EP's, good stuff, as you know I love my stoner metal, and that from Scandanavia seems to REALLY hit the spot.....
Wellllll, lemme see, they have released by my count four EP's, "Heavy Rock" which is more of a mini-LP (7 tracks, quite cool stuff ("Dedvilssideshow" and "Recycledlife"stand out...), "Highfueled Leftovers" is a 2-track EP, we get three tracks on "Maximum Groove" which features the fab "Alcoholic Deathride", and "We Shall Triumph" which gives us MORE slammers such as "Girls From Finland" and "Immortal Machine'".....all four EP's are quite worth your while, and in case you need to know, will all 4 fit on a single 80 minute CD.....just in case you need to know that.
Calling stoner fans,perhaps you are not aware of these, if not, they are worthwhile.....non-stoner fans will probably take a pass, as it's second-line stuff.....can't find any info, much, on whatever happened to them or if they are still at it, but hope ya enjoy these!
HIGFUELLED LEFTOVERS (EP)-01 Freezing Cold/02 Careless Whisper
MAXIMUM GROOVE (EP)-01 Alcoholic DEathride/02 Frustration Blues/03 Deranged Dreams
WE SHALL TRIUMPH (EP)-01 March of Doom/Doctor of Evil/02 Girls From Finland/03 Immortal Machine/04 Espiritu Diablo
HEAVY ROCK (EP)-01 Blackwidow/02 Hidinginside/03Devilssideshow/04 Recycledlife/05 Simpleman/06 Sickness/07 Heavyrock
RODEO ELECTRICA-01 Evil Wand/02 Highway Messiah/03 Sorrows/04 The Dice/05 1025/06 Rodeo Electrica Part 1/07 Shot For GLory/08 Sinners Breed/09 Not the Time/10 The Ghost/11 Goddess of the Sun/11 Fathomless Nothingness/12 Rodeo Electrica Part 2
Got this one from "Hangover Heart Attack" a while back......gotta go to the doctor shortly and this
psycho/punk-abilly shit seems just the thing for the shitty mood I am in today (various reasons)
DANCE WITH CHAINSAW-AN EVIL ROCK N ROLL COLLECTION-01 GAZOO BILL-Ghost Town/02 THE RIPMEN-Psycho Ward/03 KRAPPULAS-Escape From Hell/04 KAES VADIUS-Medo do Escuro/05 SKIzOYDS-Skizoyds/06 OVOS PRESLEY-Pqp/07 THE BROWN VAMPIRE CATS-Waiting For the Blood/08 DICEMEN-Johnny Walker/09 A RANDE TREPADA-Midnight Madness/10 BARNYARD BALLERS-Porno Slut/11 LIMBONAUTAS-Riple Django/12 LOS DIANOS-Atentado Violento ao Pudor/13 BAD REPUTATION-Rubber Girl/14 TOXOCARAS-Children of the Sin/15 THE HANGMEN-Zombie World/16 THE ASTRO ZOMBIES-Lil Henry/17 OS CATALEPTICOS-Freaks/18 DRAGSTRIP DEMONS-Graveyard/19 CENOBITES-Beware/20 CHIBUKU-Brutal Song
Hope ya like it!-Link in a little while!
I'm betting that this is one that more than a few of you DON'T have.....it's the companion CD to Richie Unterberger's fine book of the same name....the copyright date on my copy of the book states 1998, sounds about right......it may or may not be out of print, but if you see a copy, don't hesitate, it's fantastic, features great chapters on some folks I've featured on here (Young Marble Giants, X-Ray Spex, Deviants, Monks), as well as dozens more, quite a learning experience, was most intersting to read about the Collins Kids, Mystic Tide, Red Krayola, and many others, names familiar and not so much......anyway, the book came with a bonus CD that features 12 rare tracks from various performers, and I thought amybe I'd put it today, I don't think I've ever seen the CD on the web before......it's really good and interesting, taken for what it is, some acts (Deviants, Music Machine) hardly qualify as "unknowns" at least to readers of this blog, but Cleaners From Venus and Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects very well may. So, please seek out the book if you can, it's great, and enjoy this disc too......interesting stuff for certain
UKNOWN LEGENDS OF ROCK N ROLL-01 JOHNS CHILDREN-Smashed Blocked/02 MUSIC MACHINE-Point of No Return/03 CLEANERS FROM VENUS-Ciara Bow/04 RISING STORM-Frozen Laughter/05 SAVAGE ROSE-A Girl I Know/06 MYSTIC TIDE-Frustration/07 FAPARDOKLY-Super Market/08 THE OUTSIDERS-Sun's Going Down/09 PENELOPE HOUSTON-Qualities of Mercy/10 SAVAGE REPUBLIC-Ceremonial/11 THE DEVIANTS-Nothing Man/12 AISHA KANDISHA'S JARRING EFFECTS-Sankara
Link in a little while!
Who could deny that IF this were to turn out to be true that it would be the coolest thing ever? I know, I have seen the death certificate, but have also heard a theory that he switchd identities with terminlly ill man who died/was buried under Andy's name.....I have no fucking idea, but OH GOD if it were true it would be incredible, the ultimate in pranking......here's hoping it IS true! If interested a wonderful book on his life and antics is "Lost in the Funhouse" by Bill Zehme
With some bands I've profiled, that "best" terminology is kind funny (The Seeds? GG Allin?), even though I love the stuff by the Seeds and GG Allin, calling it the "best" feels kind of weird.....and according to SPIN Magazine's "Alternative Record Guide" : "Pussy Galore made music so scuzzy, so rancid, so unclean, you didn't just want to wash your hands after listening-you wanted to go to confession".......I bet you are already racing to download them, just off of that description, which is pretty accurate in a witty sort of way.
They started out in the mid 1980's in Washington DC making a noisy/bluesy/punkish/garage stew, rife with attempts to "shock", basically the playground of guitarists Jon Spencer and Julia Cafritz, drummer John Hamell filled out the original lineup. They released the 7" EP "Feel Good About Your Body", .....I don't have it, but for some reason, I have a few stray tracks from it, listed under "Bonus Tracks ' below....I've had these for o long I don't know WHY this is, but "Die Bitch" and "HC Reellion" are here from that masterwork, the other two tracks, have no idea.....I think the guy who gave me the disc tried to cram a pair of EP's on here (Groovy Hate Fuck, Sugarshit Sharp) and I guess filled up the disc with someof his other favorite tracks? Well, he's long dead so it will remain a deep dark mystery.
After this release Hammell was replaced by former Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert, and also added 16 year old guitarist Christina Martinez to release the aforementioned "Groovy Hate Fuck" EP......for what it is, this is a fine work, with deliberate offensiveness such as "You Look Like a Jew", "Pretty Fuck Look", and loads more. Recommened.
In 1987 they committed the rather odd move of covering the Rolling Stones "Exile on Mainstreet" album in its entirety.....it was a very limited release,cassette only, but we have it here in all of t's glory....... bizarre in the extreme.
The first proper "album" released by PG was 1987's "Right Now!", most (including myself) would consider it their best work, 19 short blasts of grimy punk, how bout titles such as "Fuck you Man", "Pig Sweat", and the legendary "Pussy Stomp" (sample lyric: "stomp stomp stomp stomp pussy stomp tonight!", dont cha just LOOOOOVE it?).....dabblers would be well advised, I think, to start here.
The next EP, "Sugarshit Sharp", is also quite entertaining, "Adolescent Wet Dream" being a highlight, and what could be more bizarre than a cover of Einsturzende Neubauten's "Yu Gung", whch actually includes samples from both Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype"and DJ E-Z Rock's "It Takes Two"........a Sonic Youth-like move, perhaps, as was, now that I think about it, covering the whole Stones album, perhaps they could be taken as maybe a less-sophisticated, trashed-up version of that band?
Anyway, this just about tells the story......the lineup went through numerous changes leading up to 1989's fairly weak "Dial M For Motherfucker", which, while including typical Pussy Galore gems as "Eat Me" and "Solo=Sex", the magic was gone.......they would release an unremarkable live album, another full length entitled "Historica De La Musica Rock", neither of which I have, and at least one more EP, "Pussy Gold 5000", and a compilation of their older tracks entitled "Corpse Love: The First Year", which I don't have either, but parts of it show up on the "Bonus Tracks" section below, as discussed above in reference to "Feel Good About Your Body".
For my money in the right frame of mind, this can be some pretty cool shit....I remember one friend calling "Right Now!" the absolute worst album he'd ever heard (he should hear "Dial M For Motherfucker"), this is hard shit to take, I won't kid you, but I like it, and perhaps some of you will as well. As I said before, if you are unfamilar, start with "Right Now!" and "Sugarshit Sharp", then if those are of interest to you check out "Exile" (as a curiosity) and the rest. Let me know what you think, too, this is (I think) a fairly forgotten band, who really, at least, were fairly original and outrageous........enjoy I hope.
GROOVY HATE FUCK (EP)-01 Teen Pussy Power/02 You Look Like a Jew/03 Cunt Tease/04 Just Wanna Die/05 Pretty Fuck Look/06 Spin Out/07 No Count
EXILE ON MAIN STREET-01 Rocks Off/02 Rip This Joint/03 Hip Shake/04 Casino Boogie/05 Tumblng Dice/06 Sweet Virginia/07 Torn and Frayed/08 Sweet Black Angel/09 Loving Cup/10 Happy/11 Turd On the Run/12 Ventilator Blues/13 I Just Wanna See His Face/14 Let It Loose/15 Stop Breaking Down/16 Shine a Light/17 Soul Survivor
RIGHT NOW!-01 Pig Sweat/02 White Noise/03 Uptight/04 Biker Roc Loser/05 Wretch/06 Rope Legend/07 Fuck You Man/08 White People/09 New Breed/10 Alright/11 Knock Up/12 NYC: 1999!/13 Punch Out/14 Pussy Stomp/15 Trashcan Oildrum/16 Fix It/17 Really Suck/18 Rancid/19 Hell Spawn
SUGARSHIT SHARP (EP)-01 Yu Gung/02 Penetration in the Centerfold/03 Handshake/04 Adolescent Wet Dream/05 Sweet Little Hi-Fi/06 Brick/07 Renegade!
DIAL M FOR MOTHERFUCKER-01 Understand Me/02 SM57/03 Kicked Out/04 Solo=Sex/05 Undertaker/06 Dwada/07 Dick Johnson/08 1 Hour Later/09 Eat Me/10 Wax Head/11 Wait a Minute/12 Evil Eye/13 Adwd #2/14 Hang On
LEFTOVER BONUS TRACKS-01 Die Bitch/02 HC Rebellion/03 Don't Give a Fuck About You/04 Kill Yourself/05 Asshole/06 Get Out/07 Do I Look Like a Bitch
Links in a little while, gotta say, variety has been the name of the game of late, noone could argue that! I know my good friend Psyclist is wanting some more 60's psych, so perhaps I'll seek out something for him on that line for tomorrow (don't TELL him!).......anything you guys want, though, let me know, and if I got it, it'll be up!
Have a great weekend, rock on!
(In case you are interested, the cover pictured directly above is for "Dial M"....the sticker on the shrink wrap says "New Album By Pussy Galore" and that is the only text on the cover. I guess that it is sometimes thought that "New Album...." is the actual title, although I have never heard that until today while reading a bit....anyway, the original title was supposed to be something like "Eat Shit and Die Slowly" (something like that, not gonna look it up), the record company objected, then evidently approved "Dial M For Motherfucker", I guess it doesn't matter if the name doesn't appear on the cover, so I wonder why they didn't stick with the original title? The things I lay awake at night pondering!
Vikings vs. Seahawks this weekend, I have watched ever second of every Vikings game this season....perhaps NOW you understand my penchant for masochism?
My great friend and frequent blog contributor Psyclist has asked for a bit more Nugget-rock, happy to oblige, I thought maybe it might be interesting to put up a few full albums by some of those individual bands rather than Various Artists comps......I hope you don't have ALL of these, buddy, I do have more (Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Remains, Blues Magoos, others) who I didn't use this time, I plan on doing a similar post to this one with some of those aforementioned bands, especially if these are well-recieved.......please remember though....alot of these were "one hit wonders".....and often times there is a reason for this. In other words, expect no really great "albums" per se here, but hopefully you will run across a track or two that you find of interest.
OK, let us start out with the Castaways, of course the creators of one of the greatest of "Nuggets" singles, "Liar Liar" (always remember the first time I heard it as a kid, thought it was great and creepy as hell).....we have here "Liar Liar: The Best of the Castaways"......well, I'll tell ya, not a lot of great stuff here, to be honest. Like so many of the bands of this era, they jumped around from garage-punk to Beatlesque pop to psuedo-psych, all in search of that elusive second hit. They never found it.
From Minneapolis, Minnesota (wonder if they were Vikings fans growing up?), they consisted of James Donna on keyboards, Robert Folschow and Dick Roby on guitar, Roy Hensley on bass and Dennis Craswell on drums.....Folschow, according to Wikipedia contributed the freakish falsetto vocal which makes "Liar Liar" the slab of greatness that it is. They never released an album, evidently, having to their credit a handful of singles which I'm sure must ALL be here.....for laffs, there is a remake of "Liar Liar" done in 2000, evidently James Donna still performs using the "Castaways" name, sure as hell beats having to work for a livng.
Next up are the legendary Count Five from San Jose California.....of course you know "Psychotic Reaction", their wondersome Yardbirds rip, but unlike the Castaways, these guys actually did get to release an album.....and it really isn't bad, nothing one tenth as great as "Psychotic Reaction", but really, what IS? "Double Decker Bus", "Pretty Big Mouth", and "Out in the Street" are respectable/listenable stuff. Have you ever read Lester Bangs'"Psychotic Reactions and Carbeurator Dung" in which he created a fictitious career for the band? If not I recommend you get it and read it TONIGHT, it's wonderful. Might as well credit the lads individually here, as well, John "Mouse" Michalski played lead guitar, Roy Chaney was on bass, Sean Byrne handed rhythm guitar and vocals, Craig Atkinson played the drums, and Kenn Ellner playing tambourine, harmonica, and lending a hand on vocals.
Bubble Puppy, from San Antonio, also released an album or two, although they are known basically for "Hot Smoke and Sasafrass", which is from the album featured here, "A Gathering of Promises". Pretty fair Texas-styled psych, quite a listenable disc. Bubble Puppy were Rod Prince and Todd Potter as twin lead guitarists, Roy Cox on bass, and David Fore on drums.....they released a second LP, 1971's "Demian" which I have never heard......just a feeling I have, but I wonder if it is maybe a decent listen, at least for psych fans?
The Standells, while best known of course for the amazing "Dirty Water", were a bit more of a legit big time act. The set I have here is an odd one, not only does it NOT contain "Dirty Water", it is actually a TWO DISC rarites etc set.....now, that might be a bit much, but beleive it or not it is really quite a decent listening experience......two discs may be a bit much, but it is, what it is it is as they say....I also have a couple of live Standells albums on the shelf that pretty much sound like they were recorded from the next building......this set is MOST interesting, if you like the Standells of course....you'd think they'd have found an alternate take of "Dirty Water", but hey.....this is worth your time. Fun fact: the lyric in "Dirty Water" referring to "Frustrated women, they have to be n by twelve o'clock" refers to a curfew instituted by Boston College, at least that is what I've always heard.
Chocolate Watchband released a number of fab singles, "Let's Talk About Girls" and "Are You Gonna Be There" being the most notable, and both are included on "No Way Out", their 1967 LP....the rest of the album? Uhh, well.....file under "not great", but we can certainly forgive a LOT for "Are You Gonna Be There", right? The band was more or less a revolving collection of studio musicians, trying to name them all would be difficult, but they certainly did give us a few incredible singles did they not?
Let's wrap it up for today with a compilation of some good stuff from the Zakary Thaks, "Face to Face"......best as I can they never really released aoper "album", but they did of course have a zillion singles, most of them classics......lots of good stuff here, "Bad Girl", "Face to Face", "Mirror of Yesterday".......this is a good one.
So, we have a few "comps", also a few "album releases" as we normally think of them, and even one extensive two-disc rarities collection.....so it goes for these bands....and, as I mentioned earlier I have a bunch more of this kind of stuff (REALLY wanted to include The Peanut Butter Conspiracy on this one but couldn't find the disc, I know it's back there somewhere.
Any other bands of this vintage you'd like a full "album" or two from? Let me know....any interest in the live Standells (you'd REALLY have to be a Standells fanatic)? Can't really think of everything I have off the top of my head, I know I have comps from the Monkees, Strawberry Alarm Clock, God knows who all.....but I need your input. Who do you want to see next time I do a post of this nature?
Hope your Saturday is going well!
LIAR LIAR BEST OF THE CASTAWAYS-01 A Man's Gotta Be a Man/02 Everytime/03 Goodbye Baby/04 Lead Me On/05 Liar Liar/06 Sam/07 She's a Girl In Love/08 Why Should This Happen To Me/09 Watching Time Go By/10 Work Song/11 (I) Feel So Fine/12 Hit the Road Jack/13 Walking In Different Circles/14 Just as High/15 Lavander Popcorn/16 What Kind of Face/17 Words On Fire/18 Bad Hair Day/19 Lucille/20 That Was Then This Is Now/21 The Music That I'm Making/22 Liar Liar 2000
PSYCHOTIC REACTION-01 Double Decker Bus/02 Pretty Big Mouth/03 World/04 My Generation/05 She's Fine/06 Psychotic Reaction/07 Peace of Mind/08 They're Gonna Get You/09 Morning After/10 Can't Get Your Lovin'/11 Out in the Street/12 Contrast
A GATHERING OF PROMISES-01 Hot Smoke and Sasafrass/02 Todd's Tune/03 I've Got To Reach You/04 Lonely/05 Gathering of Promises/06 Hurry Sundown/07 Elizabeth/08 It's Safe to Say/09 Ro St. Stephen's/10 Beginning
BAD GUYS DON'T WEAR BLACK DISC 2-01 School Girl/02 I Hate to Leave You/03 Lookin at Tomorrow/04 Don't Say Nothin at All/05 Try It (Alternate Vocal)/06 Rari (Extended Version)/07 Misty Lane/08 You Were the One/09 Standells Love Theme/10 Medication (Instrumental)/11 Don't Tell Me What to Do/12 The Shake/13 Someday You'll Cry/14 Peppermint Beatle
NO WAY OUT-01 Let's Talk About Girls/02 Midnight Hour/03 Come On/04 Dark Side of the Mushroom/05 Hot Dusty Road/06 Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love In)/07 Gone and Passes By/08 No Way Out/09 Expo 2000/10 Gossamer Wings
FACE TO FACE-01 Mirror of Yesterday/02 Please/03 Face To Face/04 Bad Girl/05 I Need You/06 Won't Come Back/07 Weekdays Blues/08 Can't You Hear Your Daddy's Footsteps/09 Green Crystal Ties/10 My Door/11 Outprint/12 Everybody Wants to Be Somebody/13 Footsteps Jam/14 The Mirror's Reflection
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Really hadn't listened to too much Police in the last decade (or more), used to really like some of their stuff (although not NEARLY as much as some of their hardcore fan base, some of the most frothing-at-the-mouth that I can recall encountering)......but, thinking back to the first time I ever heard "Outlandos d'Amour", I recall how unique they sounded, and for my money they never really did release a bad album......and as a singles band they were the shit, rivaled only by maybe the Cars as the top singles act of the early 1980's.
To rehash the obvious for anyone who was in a coma in the late 70's-early 80's, the Police were vocalist/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland, and they struck gold with their very first single "Roxanne", from the previously mentioned LP, "Outlandos d'Amour"....."Outlandos" is a wonderful album, sounds fantastic all these years later, a fine blend of reggae-punk-jazz that formed a sound that was uniquely theirs.....the subsequent albums, "Regatta de Blanc", "Zenyatta Mondatta", "Ghost in the Machine", and "Synchronicity" are really all pretty great, in my opinion, and all contain some amazing singles......I am not about to put all of those albums up, because if you are a fan of the band obviously you already have them....I think, though, that just for the hell of it, I'll put up "Every Breathe You Take: The Singles" along with the rarities I have, just because it works SO WELL (as a singles collection)......really great band, capable of both great albums AND great singles.
So, "Every Breathe You Take" is just a bit skimpy (only 14 tracks, two of which is are updated versions of "Message in a Bottle" and "Don't Stand So Close To Me", but it does hit MOST of the essentials, "Roxanne", "Message in a Bottle", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "King of Pain" (my favorite).....hell, don't know, maybe they technically weren't "singles", I think this could easilly have been a 2 disc set had they included "Next To You", "So Lonely", "Murder By Numbers", "Synchronicity II"......anyway, it is what it is, and I'll include it here as the "updated" numbers, I suppose, qualify as "rarities"
Well, what do we have here? I never saw the band live, have seen some concert footage of them and they seemed like the real deal on stage as well.....I have two live sets for you, Rockpalast 10/15/80 and Melbourne Australia 2/22/81.....both are high quality recordings, and quite energetic show, and the damndest thing is: the set lists are basically INDENTICAL.....huge fans of the band, help me out....is this just a coincidence or did these guys NEVER change their set list? I mean, I assume both shows were from the same tour, but ZERO change in the set list? Don't think I've ever seen that before......no big deal, just kind of odd. I had to check them to make sure they weren't the same show with one mislabled (they aren't)
We have the very interesting and entertaining "Lost BBC Tapes", evidently from around the same time, 1981 or so, as the set list is somewhat similar to the Melbourne set, still not bad at all. "Rare Unreleased Demos" is exactly what it proclaims, and for fans of the band this is a jewel, and I don't think it's all that common floating around the web.
So, I had more or less forgotten about the Police, for whatever the reason I was listening to "Synchronicity" the other day and as often happens, I was struck by how damn good these guys were. They were at one point INCREDIBLY popular, which, wrongly on my part, is genrally viewed by myself as a negative......but in this case, they were so popular just because they were so damn good.....sometimes, not often but sometimes, the masses get it right.
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE THE SINGLES-01 Roxanne/02 Can't Stand Losing You/03 Message In a Bottle/04 Walking on the Moon/05 Don't Stand So Close to Me/06 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da/07 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic/08 Invisible Sun/09 Spirits In the Material World/10 Every Breath You Take/11 King of Pain/12 Wrapped Around Your Finger/13 Don't Stand So Close To Me '86/14 Message In a Bottle (New Classic Rock Mix)
MELBOURNE 2/22/81-01 Don't Stand So Close to Me/02 Walking on the Moon/03 Deathwish/04 Fallout/05 Man in a Suitcase/06 Bring On the Night/07 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da/08 Truth Hits Everybody/09 Shadows in the Rain/10 When the World Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around/11 The Bed's Too Big Without You/12 Driven to Tears/13 Message In a Bottle/14 Roxanne/15 Can't Stand Losing You/16 Next to
ROCKPALAST 10/18/80-01 Don't Stand So Close to Me/02 Walking on the Moon/03 Deathwish/04 Fallout/05 Man in a Suitcase/06 Bring On the Night/07 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da/08 Truth Hits Everybody/09 Shadows in the Rain/10 When the World Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around/11 The Bed's Too Big Without You/12 Driven to Tears/13 Message In a Bottle/14 Roxanne/15 Can't Stand Losing You/16 Next to
LOST BBC TAPES-01 Next To You/02 Roxanne/03 Truth Hits Everybody/04 So Lonely/05 Message In a Bottle/06 The Bed's Too Big Without You/07 Can't Stad Losing You/08 So Lonely/09 Fallout/10 The Bed's Too Big Without You/11 Message In a Bottle/12 Roxanne/13 Walking on the Moon/14 Death Wish/15 Bring On the Night/16 No Time This Time
RARE UNRELEASED DEMOS-01 Spirits In the Material World (Sting's Original Home Demo)/02 Invisible Sun (1st Version)/03 One World (demo)/04 Hungry For You (demo)/05 Secret Journey (demo)/06 Invisible Sun (2nd Version)/07 Don't Beleive Me Baby/08 Don't Think We Coul Ever Be Friends/09 Don't Look at Me/10 It's Never Too Late/11 Daytime Job/12 Secret Journey (1st version)
For my man Psyclist, in the style of the other day's post,
here are some more complete albums and/or
anthologies by some of the great Nuggets-era bands....really enjoyed the albums the other day in a goofy sort of way, once again these are far from "classic" albums in general, but they are interesting in their own way, a different view of these artists other than being observed in light of their one or two "hits", lumped together in (admittedly wonderful) various artists compilations.
So, let us begin with the underappreciated Peanut Butter Conspiracy, from Los Angeles ca. 1966....they consisted of guitarist/vocalist John Merrell, vocalist Sandi Robison, bassist/vocalist Alan Brackett, guitarist/vocalist Jim Cherniss, and drummer Spencer Dryden. They released a pair of very good albums, "The Peanut Butter Conspiracy Is Spreading" (great title) and "The Great Conspiracy"....I've got em both but I think that would maybe be a bit much, so let's go instead with "Living Dream" which focuses on the highlights of both albums.....this is really fine pop-psych, their best known number "It's a Happening Thing" is here, as well as lesser-known (but still way cool) stuff like "Why Did I Get So High" and "Turn on a Friend".....HIGHLY recommended for the uninitiated
The Remains were legendary in Boston, and of course gave us one of the greatest of all singles of the Nuggets era, "Don't Look Back" (as well as the lesser "Why Do I Cry").....they released but one album, and a very good album it is, here it is in all of it's glory......the Remains were guitarist/vocalist Barry Tashian, keyboardist/vocalist Bill Briggs, bassist/vocalist Vern Miller, and drummer Chip Damiani.....better known than the above discussed Peanut Butter Conspiracy (thanks to appearing on "Nuggets" I would guess), but also highly, highly recommended if you are not already indoctrinated.
Mouse and the Traps, from Texas, are best known for the incredible "A Public Execution", THE most perfect Dylan ever recorded, and a handful of other singles.....we have here "The Fraternity Years 1966-68", which includes all of their singles for that label (as best as I can determine they never released a "proper" album)......nothing here comes close to being as great as "A Public Execution", but it has its moments ("Maid of Sugar Maid of Spice", "Sometimes You Just Can't Win").
The Blues Magoos released a pair of excellent albums, the (now) nearly comical sounding
"Psychedelic Lollipop" and "Electric Comic Book", which both fit nicely onto a single CD......best known for "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" which missed Nuggets, which is fine because Nuggets contained the mind-melting definitive version of the oft-covered "Tobacco Road". They underwnt numerous lineup changes and actually did release a few forgettable albums after these two, but these are the ones you want.
Finally,we have the Electric Prunes, who had about 100 different members and existed in one form or another for about 50 years, releasing about 75 albums, but whose REAL claim to fame was the fantastic "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" (The first time I heard it as a kid, I loved it, thinking the lyric was "I had too much to DRINK last night").....they also gave us the nearly-as great "Get Me to the World On Time", with its way cool intro ("here I go.....higher, higher....here I go....higher higher")......they had another interesting track or two, and what we have from them is a good compilation, "Lost Dreams" which touches all the bases and pretty much keeps the "garbage time" portion of their existence to a minimum........
THE PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY-LIVING DREAM-01 It's a Happening Thing/02 Twice Is
Life/03 You Can't Be Found/04 Why Did I Get So High/05 Dark On You Now/06 The Most Up To Now/07 Peter Pan/08 Turn On a Friend (To the Good Life)/09 Lonely Leaf/10 Pleasure/11 Too Many Do/12 Living Loving Life/13 Captain Sandwich/14 Living Dream/15 Ecstacy/16 Time Is After You/17 Wonderment/18 I'm a Fool/19 It's So Hard
THE REMAINS-01 Why Do I Cry/02 When I Want to Know/03 Ain't That Her/04 All Good Things/05 I'm Talking About You/06 My Babe/07 Say You're Sorry/08 Baby I Believe In You/09 You Got a Hard Time Comin'/10 I Can't Get Away From You/11 Me Right Now/12 Time of Day/13 Once Before/14 But I Ain't Got You/15 Diddy Wah Diddy/16 Mercy Mercy Mercy/17 Lonely Weekend/18 Heart/19 Thank You/20 Say You're Sorry/21 Don't Look Back
MOUSE & THE TRAPS-THE FRATERNITY YEARS-01 A Public Execution/02 Maid of Sugar Maid of Spice/03 Nobody Cares/04 Cryin Inside/05 I'm a Man/06 Lie Beg Borrow and Steal/07 I've Got Her Love/08 I Am the One/09 Like I Know You Do/10 Sometimes You Just Can't Win/11 All For You/12 Do The Best You Can/13 Look At the Sun/14 You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)/15 Promises Promises/16 I Satisfy/17 Requium For Sarah/18 L.O.V.E. Love/19 Ya Ya/20 Good Times/21 Hand In Hand/22 You Are My Sunshine/23 I Wonder Where the Birds Fly/24 Mohair Sam/25 As Far as the Sea
THE BLUES MAGOOS-01 We Ain't Got Nothin Yet/02 Love Seems Doomed/03 Tobacco Road/04 Queen of My Nights/05 I'll Go Crazy/06 Gotta Get Away/07 Sometimes I Think About/08 One By One/09 Worried Life Blues/10 She's Coming Home/11 Pipe Dream/12 There's a Chance We Can Make It/13 Life Is Just a Cher O' Bowlies/14 Gloria/15 Intermission/16 Albert Common Is Dead/17 Summer is the Man/18 Baby I Want You/19 Let's Get Together/20 Take My Love/21 Rush Hour/22 Thats All Folks
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES-LOST DREAMS-01 Shadows/02 Ain't It Hard/03 Little Oliver/04 I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)/05 I've Got a Way of My Own/06 Luvin'/07 I Happen To Love You/08 Are You Lovin Me More (But Enjoying It Less)/09 Hideaway/10 Try Me On For Size/11 The Great Banana Hoax/12 You Never Had It So Good/13 Dr Do-Good/14 Get Me To the World On Time/15 Captain Glory/16 World of Darkness/17 Train for Tomorrow/18 Big City/19 Wind Up Toys/20 It's Not Fair/21 Sold to the Highest Bidder/22 Everybody Knows You're Not In Love/23 Long Day's Flight
Hell, I never even know myself wha I'm going to slap up here
.....just looking randomly over the shelves, and it hit me....."Ahh, the Raspberries, PERFECT!" Been a while since I even remembered that the Raspberries EXISTED, let alone listened to em, but my memory came back qucikly, because the Raspberries were THE quinessential AM Radio singles band, PowerPop LONG before we eer decided to call it that! I LOVED this stuff when I was in grade school, it was rockin', yet accessible/radio friendly and what's more, a VERY unique and identifiable sound.
From Cleveland Ohio, the band consisted of vocalist/bassist Eric Carmen, guitarist Wally Bryson, drummer Jim Fonanti, and guitarist/bassist Dave Smalley.....though All-American they incorporated the sound of English pop quite well, at times (really) even sounding quite Beatlesque.
They made like 3 or 4 album, I don't think I've ever heard one of em in it's totality, if I recall one of them had a vile smelling raspberry sticker attached to the cover. An album act they were not, but singles? Oh hell yes! This is why I a not dicking around with their albums here (I don't have em, as I said I've never heard em, and I just ate, so if they were to like on their full lengths get all "serious" or "experimental" I'd likely lose my dinner. This was on of those bands for whom if you have the "Greatest Hits" package, you know the story.....and a simply FANTASTIC run of power-poppish, rocking, radio-ready tunes, that ALWAYS sounded perfect on a transistor (shut up junior) or a tinny AM car radio (again, shut up junior)......
Well, for MY money at least, "Go All the Way" was perhaps the best of the lot, but some real dent company: "I Wanna Be With You", "Let's Pretend", "Tonight", "I'm a Rocker", and "Overnight Sensation"are highights but the proper way to hear this is all at once, similar to a good power-pop comp it flows like a 1973 sort-of hip AM station. And what ever could possibly be wrong with that?
Special bonus: have NO CLUE as to where I got this, but how's about a 1973 live show from NY NY? As you may expect, they don't (at least in this instance) sound like they took a lot of chances on stage, but really, did you EVER think you'd hear a live Raspberries album? Me neither.
As I keep saying, I continually try to come up with posts of originality and variety....let me know what else you be wanting and I'll be getting it put up here yo!
GREATEST HITS-01 Go All the Way/02 Come Around and See Me/03 Don't Want To Say Goodbye/04 I Saw the Light/05 I Can Remember/06 I Wanna Be With You/07 Drivin Around/08 Let's Pretend/09 I Reach For the Light/10 Nobody Knows/11 If You Change Your Mind/12 Tonight/13 I'm a Rocker/14 Ecstacy/15 Last Dance/16 Rock N Roll Mama/17 Cruisin Muic/18 Party's Over/19 Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)
PALACE THEATER NY NY 11/07/73-01 Tonight/02 Making It Easy/03 Roll Over Beethoven/04 Last Dance/05 I Wanna Be With You/06 I Can Remember/07 Be My Baby/08 Drivin Around/09 Go All the Way
Ah, indulge me, I was an impressionable little kid at the time
and ALL the cool "biker" guys listened to em.....today some of their stuff sounds dated to the point of being goofy (imagine listening to "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" with a straight face and thik about the "seriousness" of that anthem at the time of its writing.
So, Stepponwolf were vocalist John Kay, guitarist Mike Monarch, bassist Rushton Moreve, keyboardist Goldy McJohn, and drummer Jerry Edmonton (the bulk of them came from Sparrow, Kay's previous band).....they were at the top of their game from about 1968-1973 or so, and enjoyed a career in which they began to take themselves so seriously that the almost serve, today (along with maybe Uriah Heep) as a "real life" Spinal Tap.
"Steppenwolf the Second" ups the psych content a bit, with mixed results, stuff like "Tighten Up Your Wig" and "Faster Than the Speed of Life" don't always hit the mark, and the aforementioned pro-marijuana anthem "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam" has more hilarious lyrics than a Tenacious D album.....the big exception: "Magic Carpet Ride", a great heavy-psych single. Rumor (ONLY rumor to my knowledge) is that "Magic Carpet Ride"'s lyrics disclose info about Kay's college fraternity hazing, hrd to imagine Kay in a college though (just kiddin!)....
OK, next up is "At Your Birthday Party", which more or less sucks, save the fantastic single "Rock
Me". "Monster" is when Kay began to take himself "seriously" as an "artist" thus giving us this abomination of a concept album about God knows what all.....THIS is a hilarious period piece right here, it's probably a 1.5 star album, but you'll want to hear it if you haven't.
They released a double live LP along the way too, it's never been regarded as very good, but I have a kind of a soft spot for it, for some reason we used to play the shit out of it, and all the "classics" are here, and who wouldn't want a LIVE "Don't Step on the Grass, Sam".....really it's not bad, the stopping "Born To Be Wild" goes on a bit too long, but there are some rocking moments (in particular "Hey Lawdy Mama").
I do have a disc full of pre-Steppenwolf "Sparrow" stuff, definitley worth a listen, some good hard rocking tracks and some fine clues as to where this was going. Also a 1967 live set from Sparrow at the Matrix. Definitley moe Steppenwolf and related that you will EVER need!
Mid 1980's a small bar here in my area of Soutehrn Ohio advertised that "Steppenwolf" were playing
there, of course, I thought they were longgone....paid my three bucks, and what do you know? There was John Kay backed up by a bunch of kids, and they cranked out "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Born To Be Wild" note-for-note (not like they were all THAT complex) and, although I usually HATE that stuff, I am glad I went.
Hoping this post brings back a memory or two for some of ya, just another part of the soundtrack to my twisted youth!
STEPPENWOLF-01 Sookie Sookie/02 Everyody's Next One/03 Berry Rides Again/04 Hootchie Kootchie Man/05 Born To Be Wild/06 Your Wall's Too High/07 Desperation/08 The Pusher/09 A Girl I Knew/10 Take What You Need/11 The Ostrich
AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY-01 Don't Cry/02 Chicken Wolf/03 Lovely Meter/04 Round and Down/05 It's Never Too Late/06 Sleeping Dreaming/07 Jupiter's Child/08 She'll Be Better/09 Cat Killer/10 Rock Me/11 God Fearing Man/12 Mango Juice/13 Happy Birthday
EARLY STEPPENWOLF-SPARROW RECORDED LIVE AT THE MATRIX 1967-01 Power
Play/02 Howlin For My Darlin/03 I'm Going Upstairs/04 Corina Corina/05 Tighten Up Your Wig/06 The Pusher
MONSTER-01 Monster/02 Draft Resister/03 Power Play/04 Move Over/05 Fag/06 What Would You Do (If I Did That To You)/07 From Here To There Eventually
LIVE-01 Sookie Sookie/02 Don't Step On the Grass Sam/03 Tighten Up Your Wig/04 Monster/05 Draft Resister/06 Power Play/07 Corina Corina/08 Twisted/09 From Here To There Eventually/10 Hey Lawdy Mama/11 Magic Carpet Ride/12 The Pusher/13 Born To Be Wild
STEPPENWOLF 7-01 Ball Crusher/02 Forty Days and Forty Nights/03 Fat Jack/04 Renegade/05 Foggy Mental Breakdown/06 Snowblind Friend/07 Who Needs Ya/08 Earschplittenloudenboomer/09 Hippo Stomp
BEST OF SPARROW-01 Twisted (Audition Version)/02 Goin' To California (Audition Version)/03
Links in a wee bit!
Much in spirit of the Aerosmisth of a while back,
I'm trying to tell some of you pups that some of the
bands of the 1970's were MUCH better than you have been led to beleive....if you judged Aerosmith purely on post-1980 shit, well, gag!......"Love in the Elevator", geez......I know how hard it must but for you youngsters to believe that they once were actually GOOD, but check my post, and ya gotta see what I be talking about.....that is why yer uncle actually saw em THREE times on the stage, not because of "Rag Doll" or some shit like that
Heart (shut up) falls into the same category....for a while in the 70's they were a fine, hard rock, Zeppelin-influenced band, some awesome FM-album tracks ("Magic Man" and "Barracuda" were among the best, "White Lightning and Wine", "Kick it Out" were fab as well), although they were a bit short on REALLY good material and their albums always came up lacking (to a point), they really did bring the noise and were a fine AND sexy 1970's treat, at least for this guy! I saw THEM three times as well, and this was well before their Top-40 era of the 1980's.
OK, to briefly summarize the albums I'm NOT posting here anyway: "Dreamboat Annie" was the best (4 star, I guess...) "Little Queen" was nearly as good, maybe 3.5 star....."Magazine" is not very well appreciated, but I'd at least give it 2.5, the same as "Dog and Butterfly", and "Bebe LeStrange", maybe 3......and that's it.....the remainder I will live without as they venture over into the dreaded "pop-rock" field, shit like "How Will Get You Alone" (answer: STOP YELLING AT HIM) and "Who You Gonna Run To) are fucking shit that Pat Benetar or someone would kick out of bed.
But for a little while, they were the shit, in particular (but not TOTALLY) as a live act, and like I did with Aerosmith, let me attempt to drive that point home with some kick ass live boots you may not have had the pleasure of hearing....for a little while, they were BAD ASS, I would have ate-out EITHER of the Wilson sisters on stage in the middle of a solo, and they really, really did bring the Zeppelin-like chops, on stage but also on record....this is in memory of THAT Heart, not of the ridiculous pop act of 1985 or so plus.....
So what do I got fer ya? Well, let us start with "Double Live Gold" a vinyl rip that rocks like a mofo, STOLE it off a kid I knew back in the day (2 bucks!).....not "dated", but is from around the "Dreamboat Annie" era, featuring rowdy versions of (my fave) "White Lightning And Wine" (sample lyric: "In the morning light you didn't look so nice, guess you better hitchhike home!"......eeeeeyyoooowwww!).......also an extended "Magic Man" an early version of "Devil Delight", and an excellent cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Rover" . Fine, fine bootleg.....
Next up is "Secret Heart Illustrated" (Chicago)...incredibly there are (out of 8 songs) THREE Zep
covers ("The Rover", "Rock N Roll", and "The Battle of Evermore", apparently they were attempting to be Zeppelin Jr. in concert, but it also includes the staples from "Dreamboat Annie", it's a decent (not as good as the previous one) disc.
Also from 1976 is a set from Shorline Washington, believe it or not with yet another slavish Zeppelin cover, (not kidding) "Stairway to Heaven:, talk about wearing one's influences on one's sleeves! And ALL this was before "Barracuda" had even been released!
So, by 1977, I would assume "Little Queen" had come out, as this Philadelphia set has a lot of material from that LP (the great "Barracuda" and "Kick It Out",also "Little Queen", "Love Alive" and more, they knew where their bread was buttered) and still loaded the set with "Dreamboat Annie" material and encored with "Rock N Roll"......hey, they were LIMITED, I'll be the first to say that they didn't exactly have a wealth of material at their disposal.
Another set from 1977 is from the Universal Ampitheater, again, lots of material from the first two albums (their best albums, of course, so that is OK), "Magic Man" and "Barracuda" back to back gets pretty frantic, I still kinda wish they'd have forgotten "Rock N Roll" was ever written, but so it goes....
Next up, from 1978, we have a fine BBC broadcast.....STILL basically the same setlist, but a fine
performance nonetheless, including a good "Crazy On You" encore. We will wrap this up with a 2-disc set from 1979, Passaic New Jersey, which at least contains some fresh material ("Cook With Fire", "High Time", "Straight On",) a good bit of stuff from (the underrated) "Magazine"and from "Dog and Butterfly"......yes, there is ANOTHER version of "Rock N Roll"I GUESS they thought they were "good at it"....they weren't, but hey.......
OK I found a Portland Oregon set from 1987 (!) out of all my shit, good point of comparison as it contains SOME classic material ("Barracuda", "Crazy On You"), while also focussing on more recent, crappy material like "Alone" and "What About Love" and "Who Will You Run To" (secret guilty pleasure: I KINDA like that one), compare the two eras and see what I mean.....in my high school years (late 70's) we LOVED some Heart, both their rocking tunes and wanting to do em, then Annie got REALLY heavy (I'd still do her) and their music went downhill quickly (I DO wish one of these boots had a live version of "Bebe Le Strange"'s fabulous "Break"), but hey gals, you gave it a hell of a run, seriously not kidding.....one of my high school faves, and for all their (many) flaws, I'm glad they were there, and I than them.....AND I hope that you guys my age APPRECIATE these fine boots, and you know-nothin' kiddies, I hope you learnt somethin'.....Heart could bring the fuckin goods, in small doses...they were far from perfect, far from even being "great" but they were part of the soundtrack of MY highschool years, and for that, I am appreciative. Hope you gals are well, wherever you are!
DOUBLE LIVE GOLD-01 White Lightning and Wine/02 Dreamboat Annie/03 Crazy On You/04 Sing Child/05 Mother Earth Blues/06 You Shook Me/07 Without You/08 Magic Man/09 I Got the Music In Me/10 Devil Delight/11 The Rover
SHORLINE WASHINGTON 6/1/76-01 Intro/02 White Lightning and Wine/03 Dreamboat Annie/04 Silver Wheels/05 Crazy on You/06 Sing Child/07 Blues Medley/08 Without You/09 Magic Man/10 I've Got the Music In Me/11 Devil Delight/12 The Rover/13 Stairway to Heaven
KANSAS CITY 1976-01 Station Intro/02 Intro/03 Countdown/04 Heartless/05 Sing Child/06 Dreamboat Annie/07 Silver Wheels/08 Magazine/09 Song of the Sea/10 Devil Delight/11 Magic Man/12 Crazy on You/13 Crowd and DJ/14 White Lightning and Wine/15 Rock N Roll/16 Crowd and DJ/17 Without You
PHILADELPHIA 8/10/77-01 Sylvan Song/02 Dream of the Archer/03 Love ALive/04 Say Hello/05 Sing Child/06 Kick It Out/07 Silver Wheels/08 Dreamboat Annie/09 Soul of the Sea/10 Little Queen/11 Devil Delight/12 Magic Man/13 Barracuda/14 Crazy On You/15 White Lightning and Wine/16 Rock N Roll
UNIVERSAL AMPITHEAER 9/1/77-01 Kick It Out/02 Sing Child/03 Silver Wheels/04 Dreamboat
Annie/05 Little Queen/06 Magic Man/07 Barracuda/08 Crazy On You/09 White Lightning and Wine/10 Rock N Roll/11 Without You
BBC 10/1/78-01 Intro/Silver Wheels/02 Dreamboat Annie/03 Little Queen/04 Commercials/05 White Lightning and Wine/06 Rock N Roll/07 Kick It Out/08 Sing Child/09 Commercials/10 Magic Man/11 Barricuda/12 Crazy On You/Outro
PASSAIC NJ 10/1/79DISC 1-01 Intro/02 Cook With Fire/03 High Time/04 Heartless/05 Devil Delight/06 Straight On/07 Magic Man/08 Love Alive/09 Magazine/10 Mistral Wind/11 Dog and Butterfly
PASSAIC NJ 10/1/79 DISC 2-01 Crazy On You Intro/02 Crazy On You/03 Kick It Out/04Barracuda/05 Encore B #1/DJ Talking/06 White Lightning and Wine/07 Rock N Roll/08 Encore Break #2/ DJ Talking/09 Without You/10 Backstage Interview With Ann and Nancy Wilson
PORTLAND OREGON 7/2/87-01 Bad Animals/02 The Wolf/03 Barracuda/04 Nothing at All/05 What About Love/06 Dreamboat Annie/07 These Dreams/08 Straight On/09 Who Will You Run To/10 Never/11 How Can I Refuse/12 Crazy On You/13 If Looks Could Kill/14 Bebe Le Strange/15 Alone/16 Keep-a-Knockin'/Rock N Roll/17 Cities Burning
This is a little different from what I usually do...in all honesty, I could label these as "Guilty Pleasures" as much as "History Lessons" (Ha Ha you like HEART, what next some KANSAS?)....as I keep saying VARIETY is for what I strive....if you hate 1970's-Heart-"corporate rock", PLEASE SAY SO.......if you think it's a cool rememberance of the 1970's say THAT TOO.....just say SOMETHING and let me know how I'm FUCKING DOING, YOU FUCKERS!
....just for the reason that pops up so very often when it comes
to alot of the 1980's new-wave type
bands, I've ran down the names before....Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, The Boomtown Rats, a others.....started out doing shit that I thought was GREAT, and then went in a direction that didn't quite get it done for me. For Costello, three albums, for the Pretenders, three albums.....for Jackson, three albums is pretty generous, and like the others, he enjoyed a lot of SUCCESS after I quit listening to their stuff, but that isn't the point, they just weren't doing stuff that I found enjoyable.....
a my senior year, 1979, it was a great year for music, a LOT of great albums coming out, but Jackson's "Look Sharp!" was a monster that could stand up to any of them.
The fall off (for me, personally, only, I must point out again).....the follow up "I'm the Man" also has
a killer title track (although being perfectly honest, I prefer the Monotones cover version on "Twenty First Century Power Pop Riot" which I have just GOT to post sometime), another good single "It's Different For Girls", more reggae tinged stuff ("Geraldine and John")......it's a decent, yet fairly forgettable album, maybe a 2.5 star compared with 4.5 for "Look Sharp".
Next came "Beat Crazy", creditted to The Joe Jackson Band (rather than simply "Joe Jackson" ala the other two albums), and as though to drive the point home, bassist Graham Maby handles vocal chores on the first track.......it's a fairly forgettable album, and titling a track "In Every Dream Home (A Nightmare)"? This Roxy Music fan shakes his head, although the chances of anyone confusing the two are about the same as confusing this Joe Jackson with the left fielder the 1919 Chicago White Sox (a fascinating character in his own right, but I digress, badly)
And that is that for me......I didn't like "Beat Crazy", but after that, Joe went in all kinds of different directions that didn't appeal to me. Old-style swing/blues were his new fasacination, he enjoyd some success with it and props to him for exploring new turf, I just didn't (and don't) care for it.....he had a few other singles which were big, I think "Steppin' Out" was the most notable, but this, for me, was a post-"Armed Forces" Costello, a post-"Learning to Crawl" Pretenders, just something that others enjoyed mightly but just weren't my cup of, well, "Joe"......God what you wouldn't give for my incredible sense o humor!
Have three live shows from the peak years of 1979-80, first a short (8 song) set from Calderone Concert Hall, Hempstead NY 8/31/79......oddly, it does not include "Is She Really Going Out With Him?", his best known number at the time, perhaps this is an incomplete show I am unsure.
Also from 1979, this one earlier in the summer from Amsterdam Holland, this is a much better listen, a fine set list (includes pretty much all the top tunes from the first two albums) and an encore of "Ain't That a Shame".
From 1980 we have a set from Asbury Park NJ, this is a good set as well, includes some "Beat Crazy" stuff as well.....sounds like he was a pretty good live performer as well, these are worthwhile.
Often, he is lumped in a group with Parker and Costello (I did so myself earlier), and, like those two, his best, early work not only stands the test of time, but sounds BETTER today than it did then, Joe simply had LESS great stuff than the other two, but "Look Sharp" and parts of "I'm the Man" really still get the job done for me anyway.
I'm glad he enjoyed some success with his sytlistic changes, wasn't for me, but none of these guys has to please me personally.....thanks for some good tunes Joe.
HEMPSTEAD NY 8/31/79-01 Look Sharp/02 Get That Girl/03 Friday/04 One More Time/05 Geraldine and John/06 Sunday Papers/07 Baby Stick Around/08 It's Different For Girls
AMSTERDAM HOLLAND 6/1779-01 Look Sharp!/02 Geraldine and John/03 Get That Girl/04 Sunday Papers/05 Baby Stick Around/06 Don't Wanna Be Like That/07 Fools In Love/08 Is She Really Going Out With Him/09 Happy Loving Couples/10 I'm the Man/11 Throw It Away/12 Got the Time/13 Aint That a Shame
ASBURY PARK NJ 8/9/80-01 One To One/02 I'm the Man/03 Beat Crazy/04 Look Sharp!/05 Mad at You/06 Kinda Kute/07 The Evil Eye/08 Pretty Boys/09 On Your Radio/10 Friday/11 Talk/12 Fit/13 Is She Really Going Out With Him/14 I Don't Wanna Be Like That/15 Intros/16 One More Time/17 Ovation and Talk/18 The Harder They Come/19 Got the Time
Surprised to discover that I haven't ever done a post on these dudes,
they have been around for a
while and legitimatly bring the noize......something of a stoner rock supergroup/side project, currently utilizing Monster Magnet bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik and drummer Bob Pantella, and vocalist/guitarist Finn Ryan who was fomerly in the criminally underappreciated Core.
So, what do they sound like, for the unfamiliar? Well, maybe something like a hybrid of Monster Magnet and Core (duh) filtered through some hard psychedelia of the early 70's, along with some SERIOUS riff-rock of the late 70s, I think that would sum it pretty well.....Scott what the fuck are you TALKING about? I don't know, these guys rock out and are quite a bit more (shall we say) "experimental" than many straight-up stoner bands, they do take chances, and the results are for the most part positive.
Once again, they let the imaginations go crazy once more opting to call it "Atomic Bitchwax II", again, it's a good album of heavy stoner rock, even featuring an Atomic Rooster cover, and the by-now obligatory mix of short, dynamic riff-rockers ("Ice Pick Freek") and longer, "stonier" material ("Soild").
Next they chose to release the killer EP "Spit Blood", which features the fab "Cold Day in Hell" as
well as an unecessary cover of AC-DC's "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" which I thought sucked the FIRST time around (that's just ME, ya know).....quite a good EP though, recommended for fans, for an EP of throwaways and outtakes etc, it's A-1.
Finn Ryan replaced Mundell for the third "official" release, entitled (wait for it) "Atomic Bitchwax 3", it is a really good one, actually, with a cover of Deep Purple's "Maybe I'm a Leo" and concentrating more on the riff-rock stuff and less upon trying to be creative......
Bet ya can't guess what they named thier next album? Bzzzzzz times up, it is "Atomic Bitchwax 4" beleive it or not. Pantella joined the lineup for this one, and actually, it's quite a good one as well....they continue their penchant for strange cover material ("Astronomy Domine" in this case), and a collection of excellent hard rockers such as "Revival" and "Wreck You"....it's a good one, not as good as "I", but a good one....if you guys like this stuff you'll want em all, because they have NEVER released a dog-shit album (as of yet at least).
Their next, and I suppose most ambitious effort is "The Local Fuzz", which consists of one track, some 40-plus minutes long.......this trick has been tackled by others, notably Sleep ("Dopesmoker"), but it DOES work here, 50 minutes of slamming guitar riffs, and, well, more slamming guitar riffs....
So that would be it for their studio efforts up until now, but as luck would have it, I have a buncha
boots too......five of em to be exact, covering pretty much the entire "career".......the oldest being from Youngstown Ohio (Ohio YAY!) in 2004, with some good versions of their early stuff, such as "Shitkicker" and "Hey Alright", as well as a cover of the Melvin's "Honey Bucket". Next we have a set from 2006, Hickory North Carolina, from where I have several sets from several great stoner bands, is Hickory some sort of stoner mecca?
A couple of sets from 2009, one from Freiburg, which mixes some old and new material, and from later in the year at Basel Hirscheneck with a very similar set list, as both feature versions of Pink Floyd's "Pigs". By 2011 they were still doing "Pigs" evidently, as they do on this Luzern Switzerland show, they also attempt to tackle as least PART OF "Local Fuzz" which gets pretty revved up.
ATOMIC BITCHWAX-01 Stork Theme/02 Birth to the Earth/03 Hey Alright/04 Crazed Fandango/05 Hope You Die/06 Ain't Nobody Gonna Hang Me In My Home/07 Kiss the Sun/08 Gettin' Old/09 Last of the V8 Interceptors/10 Shitkicker/11 The Fomula
ATOMIC BITCHWAX II-01 Ice Pick Freak/02 Forty-Five/03 Play the Game/04 Smokescreen/05 Cast Aside Your Masks/06 The Cloning Chamber/07 Marching On the Skulls of the Dead/08 Dishing a Heavy Dose of Tough Love/09 Solid
ATOMIC BITCHWAX III-01 The Destroyer/02 You Oughta Know/03 You Can't Win/04 Dark
Chi/05 Maybe I'm a Leo/06 Force Field/07 Going Guido/08 The Passenger/09 If I Had a Gun/10 Half as Much
SPITBLOOD-01 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheep/02 Liquor Queen/03 Get Your Gear/04 Cold Day In Hell/05 Spit Blood/06 Black Trans/07 U Want I Should
ATOMIC BITCHWAX IV-01 Pawn Shop/02 Middle Man/03 Daisy Chain/04 Giant/05 Revival/06 Astronomy Domine/07 Don't Do It/08 Sometime Wednesday/09 Super Computer/10 Run/11 Wreck You
THE LOCAL FUZZ-01 The Local Fuzz
YOUNGSTOWN OHIO 9/5/04-01 Liquor Queen/02 Hey Alright/03 Dark Chi/04 Unknown/05 Cast Aside Your Masks/06 Going Guido/07 Honey Bucket/08 Shitkicker/09 Birth to the Earth
HICKORY NC 12/10/06-01 Tuning/02 Ice Pick Freak/03 Tuning/04 STD/05 Tuning/06 The
Destroyer/07 Tuning/08 Maybe I'm a Leo/09 Tuning/10 So Come On/11 Long Break/Tuning/12 Gettin' Old/13 Astronomy Domine/14 Stork Theme/15 The Monolith Problem/16 Force Field/17 Banter/18 Hey Alright/19 Shit Kicker/20 Birth to the Earth
FREIBURG 4/21/09-01 Stork Theme/02 Shitkicker/03 So Come On/04 Destroyer/05 Kiss the Sun/06 Giant/07 Revival/08 Maybe I'm a Leo/09 Super Computer/10 Hope You Die/11 Gettin' Old/12 Wreck You/13 Encore Break/14 Pigs (Ryan Solo)/15 Pigs (Three Different Ones)/16 Force Field
BASEL HIRSCHENECK-01 "Where Is Bob?"/02 Stork Theme/03 Shit Kicker/04 So Come On/05 The Tuning-Up Song/06 The Destroyer/07 Kiss the Sun/08 Giant/09 Revival/10 Hope You Die/Gettin Old/11 A Guy From the audience climbs on stage/12 Super Computer/13 Wreck You/Ain't Nobody Gonna Hang me In My Home/14 Encore Break/15 Pigs/16 Force Field
LURZEN SWITZERLAND 4/21/11-01 "Missin' Finn"/02 Intro Jam/03 Stork Theme/04 Shit Kicker/05 So Come On/06 The Destroyer/07 Chris Talking/08 Giant/09 Kiss the Sun/10 Hope You Die/11 Chris Talking/12 Local Fuzz (portion)/13 Pigs On the Wing/14 Pigs (Three Different Ones)/15 Encore Break/16 Gettin Old
Quite a bit o work for the Big Guy, hope I've introduced an unfamiliar band that you'll like to some of ya.......requests, and comments, and pictures of your neighbor's 19 year old daughter, are always appreciated!
May not get all these many links up today (I will try) because I am going to see the (sure to be) fab "Hunger Games: Catching Fire".....I thought the first film was awesome, thought the books were great (of the books, "Catching Fire" was my fave)....I will never understand people's thinking,ever, it' hard to imagine people flocking to see this (the certainly ARE), and actually grasping the subtle messages.....my favorite book ever was Orwell's brilliant "1984", and
this series is an incredible updating of those very deep, layered themes......I won't go into a whole thing about it right now, but it seems to me that people rarely go to see "good" movies anymore, they are in general so blank-brained they prefer to see the recent spate of films which are, simply put, about 2 hours of explosions.........often people can surprise me, pleasantly, with their intellect. It was great, and surpising, that the mainstream actually LIKED Talking Heads, and Seinfeld, and "The Hunger Games",all of which at fist glance would seem to be FAR over the heads of most of them....still not convinced they all "get it", but I give them huge points for at least making the attempt.
Having some trouble with the Youngstown set, may or may not be able to get it uploaded but GOD ONLY KNOWS I AM TRYING, to the very best of my diminished ability, I AM TRYING!
I'd say chances are good that if you are looking at this blog, you are probably somewhat familiar with
indie-rock Gods the Pixies, one of those bands that was far more influential than actually popular, and their popularity wasn't all that low either. Originiating in the Boston area in the mid-1980's, the Pixies were vocalist/rhythem guitarist Frank Black (aka Black Francis), guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering, and on the bass, Dayton Ohio's own Kim Deel.....you may not know this, but I participated in many a menange a trois with Kim and her twin sister Kelly.....oh wait, those were DREAMS......sorry.
The Pixies loud/soft, fast/slow dynamic was quite influential on a good bit of 1990's alt-rock.....in fact Kurt Cobain once stated that he was emulating the Pixies when he wrote "Smells Like Teen Spirit"....you can hear the Pixies fingerprints all over a LOT of more modern bands, but their work EASILLY stands on it's own.
"Surfer Rosa" is one of the better albums from the decade of the 1980's, and is the Pixies' best work. Tons of great numbers, from "Bone Machine", "Where Is My Mind", to Deel's sweet vocals on a song which rumor has it she dedicated to yours truly ("Gigantic"....oh, wait, that may have been a dream as well), and best of all, perhaps MY favorite Pixies number, the way cool "River Euphrates". Classic album.
However, the arguement for "Surfer Rosa" as the Pixie's best work is not unanimous......many prefer
"Doolittle" and I wouldn't argue TOO much......another collection of great alt-pop stuff, "Wave of Mutilation", "Here Comes Your Man", "Monkey Gone to Heaven", and "Hey" standout, this is very nearly as strong a set as "Surfer Rosa" and as good a pair of back-to-back releases as nearly anyone has given us. If you are looking only for the "essentials", say, if this is your INTRODUCTION to the Pixies (and once again I'd be tempted to mock you and call you JUNIOR), these are the ones you want.
The 1980's turned to the 1990's, and the Pixies responded with "Bossanova". In light of the critical love of "Doolittle" and "Surfer Rosa", it is somewhat underappreciated, seemingly something of a conceptual affair having something to do with outer space or some such, the sound is a little weird (somewhat surf-inspired), but as usual, what makes for a good Pixie's album is great songs, and there are some of high quality here as well: "Blown Away" and "Rock Music" stand out among some others.
OF course it wouldn't be our dear old "Growing Bored for a Living" if all we had were these easy to get studio discs, now would it? Ergo, we have a few more...."The Complete B Sides" has some fun and hard to find rare tracks, such as "Weird at My School" and "Into the White". The now out-of-print "Death to the Pixies" is a 2 disc set, the first being a sort of "best of" disc, while the second contains a partial live set from a concert recording of 9/25/90.....disc 1, obviously does us no good if we already have the Pixie's studio LP's, but disc 2 is invaluable as the Pixies were no joke on the stage either.
"The Pixies Live at the BBC" is a pretty easy one to find, but it's a good one too, a compilation of
various BBC appearances by the band.....then for a while they disbanded with Black doing work with The Catholics and Deel doing here thing with the Breeders......they got back together a couple of times in the 2000's actually, and I have a Winnepeg show from 2004, they run through a set of their best stuff with a surgeon's skill.....Deel left the band again, evidently for good this time, but as I understand it a replacement female bassist/vocali enlisted and the band still carries on. Contrary to my normal opinion on such things, I say good for them, they have given it a good run, really think there was a market for their weird "alternapop", a MASS market, which don't think ever found them.
A really great band, in my eyes anyway. Nothing here too tremendously hard to locate save for perhaps the Winnepeg show, but good stuff nonetheless, and certainly would welcome any additional live Pixies any friends may wish to share.
TROMPE LE MONDE-01 Trompe Le Monde/02 Planet of Sound/03 Alec Eiffel/04 The Sad
Punk/05 Head On/06 U-Mass/07 Palace of the Brine/08 Letter to Memphis/09 Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons/10 Space (I Believe In)/11 Subbacultcha/12 Distance Equals Rate Times Time/13 Lovely Day/14 Motorway to Roswell/15 The Navajo Know
DEATH TO THE PIXIES DISC 1-01 Cecilia Ann/02 Planet of Sound/03 Tame/04 Here Comes Your Man/05 Debaser/06 Wave of Mutilation/07 Dig For Fire/08 Caribou/09 Holiday Song/10 Nimrod's Son/11 U-Mass/12 Bone Machine/13 Gigantic/14 Where Is My Mind/15 Velouria/16 Gouge Away/17 Monkey Gone to Heaven
DEATH TO THE PIXIES DISC 2-01 Debaser/02 Rock Music/03 Broken Face/04 Isla de Encanta/05 Hangwire/06 Dead/07 Into the White/08 Monkey Gone to Heaven/09 Gouge Away/10 Here Comes Your Man/11 Allison/12 Hey/13 Gigantic/14 Crackity Jones/15 Something Against You/16 Tame/17 Wave of Mutilation/18 Where Is My Mind/19 Ed Is Dead/20 Vamos/21 Tony's Theme
LIVE AT THE BBC-01 Wild Honey Pie/02 There Goes My Gun/03 Dead/04 Subbacultcha/05 Manta Ray/06 Is She Weird/07 Ana/08 Down to the Well/09 Wave of Mutilation/10 Letter to Memphis/11 Levitate Me/12 Caribou/13 Monkey Gone to Heaven/14 Hey/15 In Heaven (Lady In the Radiator Song)
Something, I think, of a slightly underappreciated gem today.....The New Barbarians were for all practical purposes a Rolling Stones side project, put together by Ron Wood at a time which I think was before Wood became an "official" Stone (although he had long been a hanger-on).....they were, more or less formed by Wood to support his pretty decent album "Gimme Some Neck", which I thought I had around here somewhere and was going to post with this but can't seem to find.
They played a series of shows in 1979, with a lineup of Wood, Stones guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Stanely Clarke, keyboardist Ian McLaglan fromerly Wood's mate in the faces, sax blower Bobby Keys, and drummer Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. They cranked out a rough, sub-Stones sounding blend of rock, country, and blues, (also several Stones tunes).....they never released an "album" per se, but years later this show, recorded at Largo Maryland, a two disc set entitled "Buried Alive"......quite a good set it is, to these ears anyway....Richards and Wood in particular sound like they are having the tims of their lives.....check out awesome versions of "Sweet Little Rock N Roller", "F.U.C. Her", and a bunch more, this is VERY enjoyable and (I think) forgotten for the most part. They conclude with a raved-up combo of Richard's outlaw anthem "Before they Make Me Run" and a version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
Now, my reason for posting this is I saw something on Pirate Bay that I had never seen, it was a four disc set by these guys, entitled "The Drg Dealer Tapes".....had planned on grabbing it and coupling it with this, but I guess no one is seedit, after a week or so it is at 0.00% .......anybody GOT ONE? That sounds like it would be pretty cool. So calling all Friends of the Blog, if you happen to have "The Drug Dealer Tapes", that would be a nice companion piece for some of the Stones rarities that so many of you enjoyed previously.
DISC 1-01 Sweet Little Rock N Roller/02 Buried Alive/03 F.U.C. Her/04 Mystifies Me/05 Infkeshun/06 Rock Me Baby/07 Sure the One You Need/08 Lost and Lonely/09 Love In Vain/10 reathe On Me
DISC 2-01 Let's Go Steady/02 Apartment No. 9/03 Honky Tonk Women/04 Worried Life Blues/05 I Can Feel the Fire/06 Come to Realise/07 Am I Grooving You?/08 Seven Days/09 Before They Make Me Run/10 Jumping Jack Flash
Shouldn't take long to get but two links so check through those collecti for "The Drug Dealer Tapes" (my guess is it is EXTREMELY rare), would love a share of it and then of course a share with MY millions of fatihful readers!
More goods from my deep stash of heavypsych/stoner bands,
a bit of a lesser-known one it seems to
me at least relative to some of their contemporaries. Guitarist/vocalist Eddie Glass started the band after departing Fu Manchu, and the latter band's fingerprints are all over the sound (nothing wrong there).....Glass brought with him Fu Manchu drummer Ruben Romano as well as bassist Mark Abshire for the original lineup......the band is Glass' project, pretty much exclusively, as they have been through more than a couple of bassists and drummer since then.
I'll tell you what....these are quite consistently good albums.....they have a sort of garageband sloppiness to them that is sort of unusual in the often technically proficient stoner scene, NOT that there are not plenty of wah wah pedals, screamed vocals, out-there lyrics, and heavy pounding bass lines......it is STONER ROCK! LIke Kyuss? Fu Manchu? JACKPOT!
The NEXT oldest I can locate from them is a "Split EP" ("Split EP's" on which 2 bands shared the recordin, were quiite big in the early days of stoner rock for some reason.....I guess cause noone had the jack to make a disc by themselves.....personally, I have always HATED splits because they FUCK UP MY FILING STYSTEM.......the nerve) with Lowrider, features four tracks from each band.....the early (1999) Nebula is in good form, "Full Throttle" and "Back to the Down" stand out.....I'll give ya the Lowider tracks too, without comment, they were decent as well and I'll give them a post sometime.
By the way, Nebula DO have an older EP entitled "Sun Creature" also from 1999....if you can find a copy of it you are a better man than myself, but I hope ya share it here) if ya do have one!
Later in 1999 they released their first full-length, the great "To the Center".....it's the most psyched of
their discs and features a BUNCH of good rocking tracks, such as "Synthetic Dream" and "Fields of Psilocybin"......recommeded for stoner fans.
Next disc was 2001's "Charged", they crank up the amps a small bit, but these guys knew who they were and what they meant to ....heavy psych/stoner rock..tunes like "Giant" and the epic "All the Way" ae highlights, don't miss this one either.
2003's "Atomic Ritual" finds a maturing band, taking things (and themselves) a bit more seriously (wittness the Alistair Crowley quotes all over the cover)....however, it IS a good album as well. The two-part title track (part 2 is a dreaded "hidden track") and a few more bring the goods, this is probably my LEAST favorite of their albums, but it's certainly not bad.
For 2006's "Apollo" thy retruned to more spacy sound, reminiscent of "To the Center" but more mature, more well thought out, and simply an excellent album. The TOTALLY weird finale "Opiate Float/Orbit" is worth the price of admission here for my money.
Their most recent release is an EP, 2009, entitled "Heavy Psych".....lives up to it's name quite well,
with a bunch of good numbers that they'd often do in concert, such as "The Dagger" and "Aphrodite".....always wondered why they didn't tack on some filler and make it a full length, but what are ya gonna do?
They gave it a good run, they were a good band, as I said somewaht not as appreciated as they might be in stoner circles..I have some live boots from them including a show I attended which I found VERY enjoyable, they they rocked the house with a good, long loud set that the crowd was REALLY into!
I guess they're done, they haven't officially broken up, but in general three years away is an indicator.
links in a while, and if you have ever seen/heard a copy of "Sun Creature" (or "Dos EPs", which combines "Sun Creature", the stuff from the Lowrider split, but also three new tracks, this would be the one to have, actually, if anyone it and wants to share it!
Hope you guys enjoy these, I hae often turned to Nebula when I need some good, psychy stoner stuff......they were agood band. Well done.
Ride/07 The Alchemist/08 Trapezium Procession/09 Controlled/10 The Eagle Has Landed/11 Fruit of My Soul/12 Decadent Garden/13 Wired/14 Opiate Float/Orbit
CHICAGO 8/13/09-01 Bardo Airways/02 The Dagger/03 Pulse/04 Aphrodite/05 Full Throttle/06 To the Center/07 The Way to Venus/08 Crown of Thornes/09 Giant/Clear Light/10 Little Yellow Pill/11 Elevation/12 Down the Highway/13 Intermission/14 Let it Burn/15 It's Been a Long Day
COLUMBUS 8/14/09-01 "We're Gonna Play Right Now!"/02 Instant Gratification/03 The Dagger/04 Pulse/05 Giant/Clearlight/06 Aphrodite/07 Devil's Liquid/08 The Other Side/09 The Way to Venus/10 To the CeEnter/11 Crown of Thornes/12 Bardo Airways/13 Down the Highway/14 Long Day/15 Let It Burn/16 Sonic Titan/17 Vulcan Bomber
HELMOND 2/13/10-01 Tuning and Shit/02 Perfect Rapture/03 The Dagger/04 Giant/Clearlight/05 Search and Destroy/06 Aphrodite/07 Dream Submarine/In the Depths/Heavy Psych/08 All the Way/09 Let It Burn/10 Pulse/11 Come Down/12 Void/13 The Other Side/14 Fields of Psilocybin/Sister Morphine/15 The Eagle Has Landed/16 Lead Sky/17 Down Highway