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    My longtime cohort Brian (, has, of course, been my go-to guy for recorded comedy, a subject on which he is very knowledgeable (I am not).......well, of late, with my posting schedule (settling into my new post-retirement job), as well as some computer issues, etc, I have slacked hardcore in my pledge to bump/share whatever he requests from HIS blog.......I know that some of the previously posted links were problematic, in the huge package of links provided below, they have been corrected, should you have had issues before (the Sam kinnison was one that I think needed a repair) before, I know very little about most of this work, so I won't elaborate on them much, check Brian's blog for his critical evaluations.....other than that, here they are, a whole heaping bunch of them.....and, as always, any and all guest submissions are welcomed on this site, especially since I've started working again, at least for a, comedy fans, dig in, should be some good stuff for ya for me, I promise (sort of) to finish the Mega Stranglers series yet this to all!

    There is stuff here (see comments for links, check Rustbeltoutpost for full details)....the included performers here are Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Sam Kinnison, Steve Martin, Doug Stanhope, and Robin Williams on the (near) anniversary of his passsing........quite a haul for you comedy fans, have at it and enjoy!

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    From Augustus Owsley Strudel III comes a single of which I was unfamiliar, the Stranglers backing a different singer, "Celia", of Celia and the Mutations,
     on a pair of tracks, "Mony Mony" and "Mean To Me".....don't know the date, but kind of interesting to check out.......

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  • 08/24/15--15:38: hi.......
  • Been working mega-hours, just like in the olden days......I have some fine guest material to post, maybe Friday....please none of my friends totally abandon me, and when I am on winter layoff, I will reward you with a cavalcade of stuff, both great and rare.....

    Love ya all

    Scott m

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    Hi.....hope you are reading this, still.....I have been working some long hours, also facing the extra
    long commute (Company vehicle at
    least) so, as I keep pointing out, I havae little time for blogging, relying generally on guest posts......I miss it a good bit, this winter I will be laid off and resume daily posting (trust me), but for now, at lesat I havae a few fine people to help me out on occasion......


    (SCOTT)-Let's lead off with blog regular Brian, he of, and recorded comedy expert. I guess he's had some trouble with posts getting removed (see his blog), but if you are realy quick you maybe able to grab these Monty Python is a copy/past of his post......

    ----------Comoedie Absconditus

    Earlier this year, I had put up all of MP's albums on my other blog. They were very popular, but they also got me slammed with DMCA complaints, so hence the mystery...
    This is everything: all 5 studio albums (including the rare 1970 BBC album), both live albums, the Brian promo disc, the Hastily Cobbled bootleg, the Sings compilation, the 2 discs of Autobiography interviews, the album of all the Grail music cues, and all three films soundtracks!

    Some of these are from my Instant Collection box set, and only have a Track 1 and a Track 2. The others are all normally tagged and tracked. I'd like to provide info, but don't want to attract attention, so please refrain from using the group name in any comments. That's also why I numbered the zip files instead of titling them...
    I tucked the George post away HERE. Hit it up before it gets hit too....

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    My go-to reggae guy, Cliff in the UK, is still under the weather.......we are all praying for a quick
    recovery for ya, Cliff.......however, he does send along a fine link to a BBC broadcast, "Men In Black, The Stranglers Story".......very very good, narrated by Glen matlock.....if you are a Stranglers fan you WANT this trust me.


    Also in the  Stranglers deluge, we have old blog friend John Baker presenting THREE great Stranglers bootlegs from his stash...........the Stranglers mega-post was quite popular, and why not? It's the Stranglers! and these are worth your time, trust me.    First up we have "1977 Live at the Roundhouse"

    Next up is 1980s "Live in Toronto"

    And finally, from 1981"Emerald City" from Cherry Hill New Jersey......

    Thanks loads to Jon Baker for these gems!

    Finally, non-Stranglers, from JonDer comes my favorite recent submission.......I will copy the email
    as it is in the form of a review:

    Cassandra Wilson is a singer best known for her 1990's jazz albums on Blue
    Note. Her voice is deep, rich, and smoky (most often compared to Betty
    Carter and Abbie Lincoln). The musical arrangements on her albums draw on
    acoustic blues and Afro-Caribbean percussion, and her songs can rarely be
    labeled as traditional jazz.

    Ms. Wilson is also known for unconventional interpretations of cover
    songs. She was born in Mississippi, and was a child of the 60's who became
    a teen in the 70's. She was raised on popular radio, blues and country
    classics, as well as jazz standards. Her own music breaks down the
    boundaries of these genres.

    Many of Wilson's pop/rock covers were compiled on the 2009 collection
    Closer To You (including her sublime versions of "Tupelo Honey", "Harvest
    Moon" and a slow burning "Last Train to Clarksville"). This is my
    homemade companion volume, which includes songs released during the past
    two decades for Wilson's own albums as well as soundtracks, tributes, and
    guest appearances on other artists' albums (bassist Lonnie Plaxico,
    violinist Regina Carter, and guitarist Pat Martino).

    Cassandra Wilson and her musical collaborators take surprising approaches
    to well-known songs and transform them into something new and truly

    01 Crazy Love (Van Morrison)
    02 The Wind Cries Mary (Jimi Hendrix)
    03 Blackbird (The Beatles)
    04 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)
    05 If It's Magic (Stevie Wonder)
    06 Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
    07 Killing Me Softly With His Song (as made famous by Roberta Flack, The
    Fugees, etc)
    08 If Loving You Is Wrong (as made famous by Luther Ingram, Barbara
    Mandrell, etc)
    09 One Less Bell To Answer (Burt Bacharach)
    10 Longer (Dan Fogelberg)
    11 Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (as made famous by The Temptations)
    12 Only A Dream In Rio (James Taylor)
    13 Painted from Memory (Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach)
    14 Crazy (Willie Nelson)
    15 Shelter From The Storm (Bob Dylan)
    16 Black Crow (Joni Mitchell)

    (SCOTT): "Shelter from the storm" blew me away but the rest is great too....fantastic homemade comp!

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    (SCOTT):First of all, yes, I know Brian's blog has disappeared.......dumped by Blogger, crushed by DCMA complaints.......over, of all things, comedy records! COMEDY RECORDS! aren't they supposed to be like, funny, and enlightening, and to help you FORGET about the fact that your freedoms to share YOUR albums with others are being eroded? Well, never mind, he's been a good friend and a tremendous help with my blog (I have tried to help him with his as well, but for now he's pissed and frustrated, and I will, as I feel it is best, to let him explain his feelings. He has sent me an email that he wishes I share on the follows......


    (Brian here)

    Yes, both my blogs got shut down by Big G. They even DMCAd my zippyshare account, so it's all gone. ALL. OF. IT. Do not request reups from Big Scott or me. I'm not fighting this shit anymore. As a final gift, I'll tell you about some great places to find music...

    Revolution Rock 011
    - a great (Portuguese or Brazilian?) blog that puts up some good rock and roll, often whole discographies. - simply the best soundtrack blog....great stuff - a great blog dedicated to the greatest film composer ever

    Purple Zombie DJ - a great diverse blog, with some good original comps

    Albums That Never Were Blog - it is what it says. Look him up.

    Bunalti - this is a site who's entire thing is discographies. You have to deal with the slow Uploaded server, but a lot of stuff is here. Google a group name and "bunalti". Something will usually come up. - this site is a mystery to me. There's no poster or webmaster to provide info, it's just A LOT of albums, and you'll have to download mp3s one at a time, but some great obscure stuff can be found here. Either search or go to the "Artists" index.

    Willard's Wormholes - the guy himself is a bit of a dick, but at least he knows how to do this without getting busted! The links found in his Reader's Links sections are amazing. Also look up his blogs Elsewhere and Beyond and Somewhere Else and Beyond.

    Opium Hum - a great eclectic blog...the guy swings between electronic new age, jazz, funk, and some crazy extreme metal.

    Egg City Radio - everything there is 4 or 5 years old, but there's some good stuff in the Album Sharity section. It's where I found the Bobcat. - kind of a standard Russian-type MP3 site. You'll have to play with popups, but it can be worth it. I found a lot of comedy here. And at least all the mp3s are linked to album index pages. Just don't edit them til you upload them into your player or iTunes...

    Fuji Puzzle Box - this guy exclusively does vinyl rips of out of print records...some good comedy and strange stuff here. - a YouTube conversion site. While I wouldn't recommend using it for albums or single tracks, it can be a great way to record gigs, comedy performances, or movie excerpts.

    The Old Oak (oldoak1.blogspot) - a Russian blog devoted exclusively to metal. For a metal fan, this one is great. - the Internet Archive can be a great place to find audio oddities. Not whole albums usually, but interesting stuff. If you're a noise fan, there's also a Merzbow discography in here.

    Music For Maniacs - if you've been blog-hopping and you haven't found your way to M4M yet, you're missing out.

    You look at these sites, you'll notice nobody does comedy like I did. There's a get busted quick! So, I found my niche and then got hamstrung for it. I could probably just start things back up with a new email address, but I don't want that uphill battle yet again. I spent an unhealthy amount of time doing this anyway. I'm a broke, 38 year old single father with no friends and almost no food in my kitchen, and I was worried about my blog!

    Find it or (God forbid) buy it yourself, basically....I'm out.
    (SCOTT): Well your stuff has always been appreciated here both by me (less work to do) and by the readers who frequently enjoy guest posters who take them in directions apart from my usual "areas of expertise" (Brian) are always welcome here as a guest blogger here, should you find something that you think our corner of the world needs to hear, just write up an email and send me links, we'll take care of for anyone else, as I've said before, ANYONE who wishes to contribute ANYTHING here is welcome (wittness JonDer's INCREDIBLE Cassandra Wilson homemade comp a few days back, it's been scorching my player ever since!)
    But, while I'm in here, and in solitude with Brian, why not some more Nazi-Rock that you guys so love/hate.........YES, the music sucks for the most part, YES the political ideals expressed are far far from my own, BUT, to those who understand why I post them.......never mind, I've explained it before. These postings tonight are in "honor" of the Internet Naziswho ruined Brian's good thing:
    First up how about the horrendous Dirlwanger (from Sweden), this 1989 effort is tenderly called
    "Rock For the Golden Race".......with titles like "Justice for Today" and "Masterrace", you have a great idea what you are in for. My of the mill Skrewdriver type skin-punk, with basically indecipherable it may, here's the track list.......
    01 Allrid Redo/02 Hall Fanan Hogt/03 It Was Power/04 Judiska Longer/05 Lagaens Vktare/06 Rocking For the Golden Race/07 The Call/08 Things I Remember/09 Svierge Ar Vart/10 Masterrace/11  Klipp Dig Och Skaffa e dig et job/12 Justice of Today/13 Ingen Nad
    And this very open minded, enlightened combo ALSO gifted the world with a work known as "White Power Rock and Roll"........of COURSE it's offenseive, would I put it here otherwise? It's NOT a great album, BUT I bet you haven't heard it, and it's dedicated to the Big Brother types who have decided that music is to by PAID FOR, NOT heard..........
    01 White Power (Rock N Roll)/02 Hail All the Comrades/03 Crossfire/04 Riot/05 '45'/06 Psychbrainwash/07 If We Stick Together/08 I Stand Alone/09 Ain't of My Race/10 Heroes in the Snow
    I KNOW you don't like these AND are offended by them......if you wish to discuss it intellignetly, by all means do so........if you DON'T get it and, say, use the word "hater" in your comment, please don't waste BOT of our times.......ALWAYS remember I have posted Rage, Crass, Public Enemy, TRB and LOTS more "hateful" leftists as well, and not ONE PERSON has ever spoken out against it.


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    Well, I guess we've lost Brain, at least for now, I have invited him to become a regular guest
    contributor ala Cliff or jonDer or whomever, we'l see if he takes us up on that. While I am at it, ANYONE wishing to be a guest contributor is welcome, this could be YOU.......anyway, over this 4-day weekend, I plan on putting up at least a few discs for y'all......and the place I guess I need to start is wrapping up the Stranglers thing.......Now, understand this, the Stranglers thing as a whole has been one of my post popular "mega-Projects", understandable, they were great and had a ver devoted following........some of the guest contributions on the topic have been off thte charts.......I do still have a few left, which are solo efforts from Stranglers members.......mind you I haven't listened to these an awful lot, and it's been a long, long time, but to COMPLETE the Stranglers picture, I think it's a good idea to present these as well......commentary will be kept to a minimum as I really DON'T recall much about these albums, but, I hope you enjoy them.

    OK, lets start with Jean-Jacques Burnell, the Strangler's bassist and resident creep, i have three solo albums and if I recall, they are quite enjoyable........I know he had a few more, but what I havae for you is "Euroman Cometh", "Euroman Cometh (Live)" and "Un Jour parfait"........let me know what you think, would you please?

    EUROMAN COMETH-01Euroman/02 Jellyfish/03 Freddie Laker/04 Euromess/05 Duetshland Nicht Uber Alles/06 Do thet European/07 Tout Comprende/08 Triumph (of the Good City)/09 Pretty Face/10 Crabs/11 Eurospeed (Your Own Speed)

    EUROMAN COMETH  (LIVE)-12 Ode To Joy/Do the European/13 Duetschland Nicht Uber Alles/14 Eurospeed/15 Crabs/16 Tout Comprende/17 Freddie Laker/18 Jellyfish/19 Triumph of the Good City/20 Euroman

    UN JOUR PARFAIT-01 Un Jour parfait Theme/02 Si Je'tais/03 Weekend/04 Tristeville Se Soir/05
    Un Jour parfait/06 Via Dolarosa//07 Le Whiskey /08 Crazy (She Drives Me)/09 Garden of Eden/10 Reves/11 Waltz/12 Via Doloarosa (Spanish)/13 Le Whiskey (Dance Mix)/14 Elle Assure/15 Reve (12 Mix)/16 Les Mensouges Et Les Lames

    I think if you give these a try you may find some unknwon (to you) gems hidden here........Burnell has a good bit of talent. Links in the comment section.

    Next we hav a colaboration bwtween JJ Burnell and Dave Greenfield, entitled "Fire and Water"......didn't really recall it, listened and it's really prettydamn good,give it a spin.....

    FIRE AND WATER-01 Liberation/02 Rain and Dole and Tea/03 Vladamir and Sergi/04 Le Soir/05 Tris Pedophiles/06 Dino Rap/07 Nuclear Power (yes Please)/08 Detective Privee/Consequences

    Check it post will be a shitload of Hugh Cornwell stuff, and a couple more surprises to wrap up this Stranglers EXTRAVAGANZA!

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    It's been fun and it's been very popular, but I am JUST ABOUT out of material.......don't worry I'll get to some other stuff soon, what I have left here is a series of albums that I don't REALLY recall that
    much about, Hugh Cornwell's solo efforts......been forever since I've heard em, BUT, if you are a true Stranglers fanatic, perhaps you will enjoy these or not.......just trying to go all out in the name of are his albums, chronologically......

    1979 NOSFERATU-01 Nosferatu/02 Losers In a Lost Land/03 White Room/04 Irate Caterpillar/05 Rythmic Itch/06 Wired/07 Big Bug/08 Mothra/09 Wrong Way Round/10 Puppets/11 Losers in a Lost land (instro)

    1988 WOLF-01 Another Kind of Love/02 Cherry Rare/03 Never Never/04 Real Slow/05 Break of Dawn/06 Club Land/07 Dreaming Again/08 Decadence/09 All the Tea In China/10 Getting Involved

    1993 WIRED-01 Ain't It Strange/02 Make It With You/03 My Kind of Loving/04 Wasted Tears/05 Story of He and She/06 Aint it Strange/07 Stop/08 Mr Insignificant/09 Turn Your Body Down/10 First Bus To Babylon

    1997 GUILTY-01 One Burning Desire/02 Snapper/03 Nerves of Steel/04 Black Eyes, Black hair, Black Suit/ 05 Hot Head/06 Endless Day Endless Night/07Five Miles High/08 Sravendrabellagola/09 Long  Dead Train/10 Torture Garden/11 House of Sorrow

    1999 BLACK HAIR, BLACK EYES,  BLACK SUIT-01 One Burning Desire/02 Snapper/03 Nerves
    of Steel/04 Jesus Will Weep/05 Black Hair Black Eyes Black Suit/06 Hot Head/07 Endless Day Endless Night/08 Not Hungry Enough/09 Sravendrabellagola/10 Long Dead Train/11 House of Sorrow

    2001 HI-FI-01 Leave Me Alone/02 Gingerbread Girl/03 One

    Day at a Time/04 All Colours of the Rainbow/05 Putting You In the Shade/06 The Big Sleep/07 Mis TeezyWeezy/08 Dark Side of the Room/09 Lay Back On Me Pal/10 Gingerbread Girl/11 The Prison's Going Down/12 Golden Brown (Live)/13 Always the Sun (Live)

    2002 FOOTPRINTS IN THE DESERT-01 If You Wanted To/02 Everybody/03 I Can't handle It/04 Fresh Air/05 One Fine THing/06 Lady In Mind/07 So  Sexual/08 Touch Touch/09 Venus In Furs/10 For What It's Worth/11 Keep It Under Your Hat/12Coming of Age/13 Sex Bomb/14  2000 Lights

    2006 Dirty Dozen Live-01 Duchess/02 First Bus To Babylon/03
    Goodbye Tolouse/04 Picked Up By The Wind/05 Hanging Around/06 Black Hair Blalck Eyes Black Suit/07 Allways the Sun/08 Nerves of Steel/09 Nuclear Device/10 Putting You In the Shade/11 Walk on By/12 No More Heroes

    2008 HOOVERDAM-01 Please Don't Put Me On a Slow Boat to Talbridge/02 Going to the City/03 Delightful Nightmare/04 Within You Without You/05 Rain on the River/06 Beat of My Heart/07 Philip K Ridiculous/08 The Pleasure of Your Company/09 Wrong Side of the  Tracks/10 Banging On thet Same Old Beat

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    Forgot about the Purple Helmets, which an Anonymous reader sent me a link for, actually I already had a couple of em..... A Stranglers side-project, The Purple Helmets is an ad hoc band, playing 1960's R and B numbers. The recording line-up was: Jean-Jacques Burnel, Dave Greenfield, John Ellis, Alex Gifford (a member of the Stranglers horn-section) and Manny Elias (drummer with Tears For Fears). The band was ostensibly put together (from an earlier incarnation) so that JJ and Dave could do some gigging between Stranglers projects. There MAY be more out there, but what I have are these two albums, "Ride Again" (1988) and "Rise Again" (1989)......for my dough "Ride" is the better effort, as we get fab covers of SO many great songs, "Over Under Sideways Down", "Tobacco Road", "Wooly Bully" just carbon-cover copies either, reminds me of Bowie's "Pinups" project to a point. "Rise" is good too, though it suffers from a bit lesser of selection, highlights being maybe "Rosalyn", "She's Not There", "Oh Pretty Woman" and at least a few more......track lists if your interested:

    RIDE AGAIN-01 Wooly Bully/02 Over Under Sideways Down/03 Don't Bring Me Down/04 We Gotta Get Out of This Place/05 Baby Please Don't Go/06 I Can't Explain/07 Whatcha Gonna Do About it/08 Keep On Running/09 All Day and All of the Night/10 Louie Louie/11 Tobacco Road/12 I Wanna Be Your Man/13 Hip Hug Her/14 Not Fade Away/15 I'm a Man

    RISE AGAIN-01 Brand New Cadillac/02 I'm Crying/03 Rosalyn/04 She's Not There/05 First I Look at the Purse/06 Get Yourself Home/07 Oh Pretty Woman/08 homework/09 Don't You Like What I Do/10 Money/11 Under the Sun/12 baby Let Me Take You Home/13 Sha La Lee/14 baby/15 Everything's Alright.

    Old friend Dave Sez submits a retrospective of JJ Burnel's work, a handy compilation of his solo albums and etc........I hope I got the right one here, looks like a double disc......

    DISC 1-01. Jellyfish/02. Never Too Look Back/03. Skin Deep/04. By The Sea/05. Garden Of Eden

    /06. Dagenham Dave/07. European Female/08. Coup De Grace

    DISC 2-01. Un Jour Parfait/02. Don’t Bring Harry/03. Norfolk Coast/04. Where I Live/05. Frog Crossing Road/06. Talking ‘Bout Me And You/07. In The End/08. The Kiss/09. Go Buddy Go/10. Something Better Change/11. Fred And George/12. Quark Strangeness And Charm/13. Big Thing Coming

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    I asked Brian to at the least be a guest contributor here as many enjoy his comedy stuff, and it's not
    really something that I, myself can help you out with.......he seems to have come up with a new plan, so lets see what this is all's the text he sent me via email:

    Hello all. I have some links for you, to show you my heart is still in this. I hope you don't think me fickle or moody, it's just that getting two blogs shut down is frustrating. I know it's happened more than that to other bloggers, so I shouldn't bitch too much. When the wall came down, I was headed toward 16,000 views, and about 2 terabytes of downloads. Besides the links, it's just all that writing being gone, you know?

    One correction I must make to the screed I sent before. When I said Godforbid buy something, yes I meant that in a smartass way, but at you. Never stop buying physical copies of music. In the last year, I've watched two beloved record stores in my town close. And I don't mean always buy stuff new, just buy, even if it's a $3 cd at a resale shop or a Goodwill store. Show that there's a reason to still sell the stuff where you live. Cuz if it disappears from your sector, it's not likely to come back, dig?

    The hipster-ish among you might say "well, since it can all be gotten digitally", why own something?".... While it can be cool to find stuff out here in the blogs and getting a zip file for free, nothing compares to actually having it in your hands. Just don't forget it, that's all....

    Thanks for letting me rant. Now in regards to what I was doing before, I will send posts here to Big Scott occasionally. But instead of sending the links here, I will put them up on a FreeTextHost or Pastebin page and send that link. There won't be popups or anything...I just want to provide an extra degree of distance between things. I don't think it'll make em more findable for Big Brother, so I'm betting on that. And I'll still put info in a photo and send that along...


    What I'm giving you is links to comedy album pages on Song365. The number next to the artist's name represents the number of albums for each on that page. Again, this is a completely no-bullshit MP3 site: no popups, no capcha or double-tapping. Just click the DL arrow for that song, and then right click on the 320Kbps link. You'll have to tag and number the songs later, but it's a small price to pay. And I used this site for a lot of that southeast Asian stuff awhile back, so I guarantee you I've had to edit more tracks. And I still wanted to give you comedy without me putting anything up right now...give me some time and I'll get some links of my own up.


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    I havaen't done any heavy psych rock from the early 70's since forever, and as you know I have a super-soft spot for it.............I know my posting hs been irregular, to say the least, of late, but I'm kicking out the jams this weekend so you know Uncle Scott will reamain with you until they bury him........just checked and I don't think I've posted this album before, "The Flow's Greatest Hits"......and if I have, so what, it's a total piece of guitar freakout psychosis that I could listen to all day long.

    The Flow were Pete Fine on guitar/voice, Steve Starer on drums, and Monte Farber on bass/voice.......Blue Cheer inspired all the way ( a GOOD/GREAT thing!), this slab will blow your fucking mind. The opener "It Swallowed the Sun" is the highlight for me, but the whole damn thing is beyond know I strive for variety and I've been in a small Stranglers/Guest Post rut due to becoming a career man again, but I pledge to ALSO start putting up more great shit like this, coz EVERYBODY needs to have a listen at this!

    01. It swallowed the sun /02. Searchin /03. Funny funkin woman /04. Mediations /05. Toccata 06. Bijinkes /07. Mousely /08. Troubadour between sets /09. Third movement /10. Get up & smile /11. Sunday night randoms /12. I saw a dog /13. Insanity creeping /14. Things we said today /15. Baghdad express
    /16. Wynds

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  • 09/08/15--10:36: Chokin' on the Stranglers
  • This Stranglers thing has really exploded....   so much wonderful guest submission material, and even now we have a bit more. First of all, my old buddy Petty Vandetta sends us a rare gem, the "Fire and Water" outtakes disc......I never new it existed, but what a wonderful rarity for all the Stranglers fanatics.....

    Also, a new friend of the Bolger, Duncan Broohaw, submits a video link of the Stranglers performing "Nice N Sleazy" complete with strippers on stage.......if you love the Stranglers, as so many seem to, this is a wonderful rare gem you will want to experience....

    By the way I've really enjoyed posting this weekend after such sporadic posting.......I will try to do better, keep the guest stuff coming, even if this becomes an all Stranglers you all, as always!

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  • 09/08/15--19:03: Spoons
  • Hey, I'm gonna do my best to get you guys some different stuff on at least a semi-regular basis.......I'll maybe mix in a couple of "mini-posts" like this with some of my "mega posts" (The Stranglers, The Dickies, and Yo La  Tengo of late were quite successful as far as reader interest, next up? I don't know, possibly Siouxsie and thte Banshees, or even maybe the long anticipated (by me) Roxy Music (mu favorite band of them all) post............anyway, every band was not a giant......some just turned out a decent album or two, and I'm here for that as well.........

    Tonight I have a pretty cool 1980's new wave/synthpop album that I enjoyed a bit at the time (albeit not my very favorite genre) from the band Spoons. Spoons were from Canada, I think this may have been album #2 for them, it's the only one I have or have heard........VERY typical of the era, those swirling synths and all, but all in all a fairly decent effort.

    Spoons were vocalist/guitarist Gordon Deppe, bassist/vocalist Sandy Horne, synth-whiz Rob Preuss, and drummer Derrick Ross.........this album, 1982's "Arias and Symphonies" is NOT a "classsic", so to speak, but for someone who was 20 yearas old in 1982, hearing this LONG forgotten album generally can put a smile on one's now-50 something year old's face............

    The best and most well known track on the disc is the single "Nova Heart", but, really, the whole thing is worth a listen as a time-trip experience.........if you were in college in the early 80's, you likely heard this disc, but perhaps the memory banks have erased it...........check it out and remember the early years of Reganomics.......

    I'm gonna try to get up a few more posts like this, single album kinda stuff, between the mega-stuff.......and of course am always grateful as fuck for ANY guest submissions.......remember, the Big man LOVES you all, YOU are whom this being done for........I have LOTS more music to share with you, please at least leave a comment and say "This sucks", or "WOW forgot all abaout this one"........that's why we are here.

    BigScott62 loves ya and hopefully will find time to post something tomorrow! Requests always welcome too!

    01-Trade Winds/02 Smiling In Winter/03 One In Ten Words/04 No Electrons/05 No More Growing Up/06 Arias & Symphonies/07 Nova Heart/08 South American Vacation/09 A Girl In Two Pieces/10 Walk the Plank/11 Blow Away

    Honest to God a pretty fair album for one I hadn't thought about in likely 25 years or so.....I like to do that though, dig out the material that I have FORGOTTEN and see what it sounds like to ADULT ears, relative to how it sounded to me as a "child"......lyrically, pretty smooth, and instrumentally a pretty near perfect typical slice of the stuff that was going around in the early 80's......lemme know what it does for ya, K?

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  • 09/09/15--15:41: The Barracudas
  • This blog has undergone lots of changes since it's inception.......I hope they've been favorable, I
    change things up from time to time just to keep myself interested, of late, (say the last 3-4 months), I have relied on a LOT of guest material, and my "original" posts have been of the "mega" variety, The Stranglers one was stunningly (to me) popular, and the Dickies and Yo La Tengo were fun to do and well recieved too........but here's something I need to get back to doing now and again, which is to post a fine comp, such as this, from a band that I was, for whatever reason, never all THAT into, in other words, not a band that I havae a complete discography and a bunch of demos, boots and etc.......

    The Barracudas, for me, were always sufficiently serviced by this comp, it's all I ever need from them.......I just don't really remember them making consistently good albums (although I'm likely wrong and someone will correct me), but as a singles-based bunch of dyed in the wool garage rockers, there is no better way to round up the best of thier stuff than a double disc anthology that is bursting at the seams with good stuff.

    Don't get me wrong, same rules as have something by these guys you want to share, be it an LP release, a boot, or whatever (I assume they were a fine live act), PLEASE submit......some bands, well, you know, I have a load of material from, these guys, I think this is it.......but it rocks seriously in that wonderfully amatuerish, garagey way that so many of us love......well, I listened to this today (hey I have a THREE HOUR round trip commute to/from work) for likely the first time in 10 years, and hell yes, it holds up and any fan of garage rock should be all over this (if unfamilar).

    OK, so who are/were the Barracudas? Well, originally the lineup was singer Jeremy Gluck, guitarist Robin Wills, bassist Starkie Phillips, and drummer Adam Phillips....the Phillips would leave shortly after formation, to be replacead by various others, but the Barracudas, in reality are Gluck/Wills, a pairing that works quite well.

    This comp is laid out pretty well, with the great early singles "Summer Fun" and "I Want My Woody
    Back" from thier early sessions, several psuedo-surf numbers such as "Surfer Joe" and "Surfers are Back", as well as a desecration of Love's "My Little Red Book" (yes, smart ass I know it technically isn't "Love's", but, so what?) highlighting the first disc.

    The second disc concentrates on stuff from a bit later, which is still pretty good although not IN GENERAL essential.......if you liked what you heard on the first disc, check "Grammer of Misery", "Stolen Heart", and "I Thought You Sounded That Way Yesterday", and hear the band maturing before your ears.

    OK, this is worthwhile.......if you are unfamiliar, you'll like it I'm sure......If you're already a fan, this is probably a redundancy for you, but it's a good introduction for the unindoctrinated, rocks like hell, and serves as an open invite to anyone who has any essoteric Barricudas material to help revive interest in a good, and underappreciated (by me even, I guess, as I have but these two discs to offer up) band.

    THIS AIN'T MY TIME (ANTHOLOGY DISC 1)-01 I Can't Pretend/02 1965 Again/03 Summer Fun/04 His Last Summer/05 I Want My Woody Back/06 Subway Surfin'/07 Rendezvous/08 Neighbourhood Girls/09 Love Is Fun/10 Surfers are Back/11 My Little Red Book/12 We're Living In Violent Times/13 Somewhere Outside/14 I Saw My Death in a Dream Last Night/15 This Ain't My Time/16 Ballad of a Liar/17 Inside Mind/18 Hour of Degredation/19 Next Time Around/20 Takes What He Wants/21 On a Sunday/22 Surfer Joe

    THIS AIN'T MY TIME (ANTHOLOGY DISC 2)-01 Grammar of Misery/02 Middle Class Blues/03
    When I'm Gone/04 Be My Friend Again/05 Dead Skin/06 Eleventh Hour/07 Dealing With Today/08 Leaving Home Again/09 See her Eyes Again/10 Black Snake/11 Losin' Streak/12 Stolen Heart/13 Two Sides of a Coin/14 Adult Child/15 I Thought You Sounded That Way Yesterday/16 She's Alive/17 Can't Get Away From You/18 I'm The One/19 Wait For Everything/20 It's Easy/21 The Best Years

    Comments welcome, opinions very important on bands like this, the ones of whom I am lacking in in-depth knowledge.......would LOOOOOVE to hear some boots or demos, even as-released LP's.......I'll try to be back tomorrow with something, I have, I guess, "rediscovered" the joy of sharing my music collection. Love to ya all!

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  • 09/12/15--16:43: Ramatam
  • Not to be confused with the awful "Ramjam", these are a pair of semi-forgotten classics of hard rock
    from the late, great, early 70's that you know I love so much.......somewhat unique for employing female lead guitarist April Lawton, as well as Mike Pinera on guitars/vocals, and former Hendrix-Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell.......they released a pair of albums, the first, "Ramatam" in 1972, and the followup, "In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns" during the production of which the band was fighting and quitting and etc, do not be confused, the FIRST album is the on you want (although I DO happen to have em both).......

    The first disc, if you are not familiar, you will find to be an unknown gem (IF you are a fan of this type of thing as am I)'s loaded with great stuff like "Whiskey Place", "Ask Brother Ask", and "Can't Sit Still", I love posting these lesser known hard/psych albums of the early 70's, they were so far ahead of thier time and sound WONDERFUL today........

    Second album, though, not so great.......I'll give it to ya since I have it, but if album one is a 3.5 star effort, album 2 cannot possibly top 2 stars.......evidently Lawton was trying to take over the group, and the others were none to excited about this, etc........anyway, the second album sounds strained and forced, although, you may find something on it that appeals to you......"Rhinocerous" and "Bounty on my Table" are listenable, though far from essential.

    Anyway, enjoy.......the first    abum is must hear material for fans of this stuff, the second, at least, is a listenable rarity.........have at it, and remember that BigScott is doing he best to keep you supplied with a steady stream of vintage rock n roll.......

    RAMATAM-01 Whiskey Place/02 Heart Song/03 Ask Brother Ask/04 What Dream I Am/05 Wayso/06 Changing Days/07 Strange Place/08 Wild Like Wine/09 Can't Sit Still

    IN APRIL CAME THE DAWNING OF THE RED SUNS-01 The Land/Rainey Sunday Evening/02
    Betty Lou/03 I  Can Only Love You/04 Excerpt From Guitar Concerto I/05 Autumn Now/06 Stars and Stripes Forever/07 Bounty on my Table/08 Downrange Table/09 Free Fall/10 Push a Little/11 Rhinocerous

    Let me know what you think about these, they don't pop up every know I love my early 70' s hard stuff, and at lest the first album here is a GOOD one!

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    (SCOTT)-Brian created these fantastic comps, featuring covers of material from The Velvet
    Underground and the Stooges....if you have,in general, enjoyed the music I have featured here I have to think you are going to love these, I do......Brian's text follows, I really don't have much to add, other than Mott the Hoople's "Sweet Jane" was a huge favorite of mine as a teen, and I always thought Nirvana's take on "Here She Comes Now" scorched the original which is saying something...please comment, I'm sure a lot of work went into these and it shows......and of course I would be thrilled if these inspire you to create a similar covers project on one of your favorite bands that I would share here......something from me over the weekend, but thanks to Brian for these two excellent efforts.....

    Hello all. Got an interesting treat for you music nuts out there. I went on a bender lately looking on MP3 sites and in my collection for good cover songs. After putting together quite a few, I realized I had enough for a post of covers of my two favorite bands - V.U. and the Stooges. Even the most knowledgable of you may find some surprises in here....(P.S. - funny stuff at the end of the post too!)

    Someone - maybe Lou - once said that while nobody may have bought VU's albums back in the day, everyone that did started a band. This shows that to be true. I've put together two files of covers to simulate Nico and White Light, and also a third one containing versions of songs from the other two albums.

    While there are some unknown names in here, everyone gives a great performance. I had to dig to find a good cover of "Heroin"...I didn't want to include Billy Idol's Cyberpunk version...and Clem Snide's solo take is great - stark and wistful. Please go check his Bandcamp page. And whoever Adam Green is, he does a pretty version of "I'll Be Your Mirror".

    R.E.M.'s cuts come from Dead Letter Office. I always thought their "There She Goes Again" was a perfect match. I believe Bowie's versions are from Bowie At the Beeb. I love how his vocals go from deadpan to Ziggy in the middle of "Waiting For My Man". And the guitar tone is great.
    The CD6's version of "Venus In Furs" is fucking unhinged! Sexy, menacing, awesome...Dukowski was in Black Flag, for you younguns who may not know.

    I don't know who Bettie Serveert is, but that live version of "Black Angel's Death Song" is amazing. I was surprised somebody covered it. "All Tomorrow's Parties" comes from an unknown album. It's stellar, almost chamber music, and Crystal Hall's vocals sell it. And look! Echo & the Bunnymen doing "Run Run Run" live! Pretty well, too. And Half Japanese gloriously mangles "European Son" to lead us out...


    1. Nina Hagen - Sunday Morning
    2. David Bowie - Waiting For My Man
    3. R.E.M. - Femme Fatale
    4. Chuck Dukowski Sextet - Venus In Furs
    5. Echo & The Bunnymen - Run Run Run
    6. Jazz Mafia ft. Crystal Monae Hall - All Tomorrow's Parties
    7. Clem Snide - Heroin
    8. R.E.M. - There She Goes Again
    9. Adam Green - I'll Be Your Mirror
    10. Bettie Serveert - The Black Angel's Death Song
    11. Half Japanese - European SonG

    White Light/WhiteHeat proved a bit more problematic. Bowie gives a great glammy, crunchy version of the title track, but who in the hell has ever covered "The Gift"? Big Scott and I joked about it. Well, I found's a Japanese group called Hellivision. They do mostly without Waldo's story, yet they deliver a grooving, feedback-drenched version of the song. Go check them out on YouTube. This was ripped from a live video of them playing in a bar in Japan. Modern technology is great, huh?

    I don't know who does this great "Lady Godiva's Operation", but it screams 80's UK indie music to me. Anybody got a clue? Big Scott hipped me to Nirvana's great cover of "Here She Comes Now" from the Smart Sessions. It's great... should've been on one of the main albums. Half Japanese comes back for a paper-thin raveup of "I Heard Her Call My Name". And then we have "Sister Ray"... I almost put Doctor Mix & the Remix's version here, but I couldn't resist putting both Joy Division and New Order doing the song, especially since put together they equal the original track's running time. JD's version is from Still...I don't know what album the New Order version is on.

    The remainder of VU covers make up the second file. It's mostly names that are unfamiliar, but some great versions. I deliberately left out Cowboy Junkies'"Sweet Jane" (everybody has it) and included Mott the Hoople's version instead....thanks Scott. NOTE: IF ANYBODY KNOWS WHO THE UNKNOWNS ARE, LET ME KNOW. I can't reply to your comments, but I can see them. And if you know any other VU covers, that'd be cool too.

    This next one I'm even prouder of. I was aware of several Stooges covers, but had no idea how many more I would find. Some of you may know the 90's Iggy tribute album We Will Fall. While there's a few good tracks on it, I deliberately avoided sourcing from it. (It can be found easily enough if you want it.) Many of these are live cuts, sound check stuff, or are off albums and EPs. Now look at this track list....

    1. The Mission - 1969                                                        

    2. Joan Jett - I Wanna Be Your Dog
    3. Sex Pistols - No Fun
    4. The Feelies - Real Cool Time
    5. Spacemen 3 - Little Doll
    6. Slayer - I'm Gonna Be Your God
    7. SWANS - I Want To Be Your Dog
    8. Rage Against the Machine - Down On the Street
    9. The Birthday Party - Loose
    10. Wylde Ratttz (w Mark Arm) - T.V. Eye
    11. Magnolia Strip - Dirt
    12. Mission Of Burma - 1970
    13. The Birthday Party - Funhouse
    14. Wylde Ratttz (w Ewan McGregor) - T.V. Eye
    15. Rocket From the Tombs - Search & Destroy
    16. Wylde Ratttz (w Ewan McGregor) - Gimme Danger
    17. Thrust - Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
    18. No Man's Land - Penetration
    19. Yo La Tengo - Raw Power
    20. John Mellencamp - I Need Somebody
    21. The Girlies - Tight Pants
    22. Soundgarden - Search & Destroy
    23. The Ridiculous Trio - Scene Of the Crime/Death Trip
    24. The 69 Eyes - Gimme Some Skin
    25. Screamin' Eric - Cock In My Pocket
    26. Harem Scarem - Open Up and Bleed

    There's a mix for you, huh? I won't talk about every song, but I do want to lay out the highlights for you. Like the VU, I put these in the order they are in on the albums. In the case where there's different versions, they're put after that particular batch of songs. Though its in two parts, when you upload it, it'll join together as one big ass rock and roll album!

    For nervy post-punkers, The Feelies jangle the hell out of "Real Cool Time". Also there's Spacemen 3 doing "Little Doll" by way of Hawkwind. It kicks ass!

    The Birthday Party tracks may be familiar from my Nick Cave rarities post months ago. That "Funhouse" is off the rails! Joan Jett's stomping "Dog" is from her '88 Up Your Alley album. It should've been a single. Slayer's version (with different lyrics) is from their unappreciated covers album, while SWANS' funereal version is from the Children Of God period. Each one has a different feel - from candy coated weekend fun, to brutal sexual domination, to masochistic surrender.

    One of the more famous covers, the Sex Pistol's "No Fun" (taken from the remastered Bollocks) might be their best ever track - it's not snotty, it's seething and angry, with Rotten's vocals at their rawest! Even The Mission (a mopey band I never really cared for) do a great live version of "1969", giving it just enough madness and ennuì. Rage Against the Machine doing "Down On the Street" great is that? They fit perfectly. What is that track off of?

    Now, the Wylde Ratttz songs are from the movie Velvet Goldmine. They are basically The Stooges behind Ewan McGregor's Iggy. And it's no studio guys...the band is made up of people like Mike Watt, Ron Asheton, Steve Shelley, Thurston don't see them in the movie, but they play the music. Because of release issues back in '98, there's two versions of "T.V. Eye" - one with Mark Arm from Mudhoney singing, and one with McGregor. I've also included a good quality audio rip of the "Gimme Danger" performance that's in the movie. It was never on the soundtrack CD.
    Rocket From the Tomb's "Search & Destroy" might be my favorite cover version of the song - certainly better than the Chili Pepper's. And I only just discovered Soundgarden's live version. Mission Of Burma take great advantage of the squall of "1970", Yo La Tengo rip up "Raw Power", John Fucking Mellencamp covers "I Need Somebody"! Never knew he was so hip, huh? It's a great version, too. He did it a long time ago from the sound of it. The Ridiculous Trio is that one album I put up awhile ago...greasy, loud Stooges instrumentals - you can't beat it!

    Some of the names you don't recognize are from Hard to Beat, an Australian compilation of Stooges covers. It's pretty rare, so I had to source the songs from rips of YouTube videos. There's a little bit of compression on them, but the tracks sound good. It was a zip on a blog somewhere, but that guy literally asking for a re-up there!

    I enjoyed putting these together, and hopefully I made something you haven't heard. Give them a listen. Spread them around. If you have a blog of your own, borrow my links. It's cool.

    And as a funny bonus to those who miss that stuff, there's a link for this guy....

    It's a two album link. It's a partial repost, because the one track was corrupted before. There's his first album (the file should work perfectly this time), and also a funny album of his from the 2000s. I gotta be vague, folks. Enjoy all this. Give the comps some love. They were fun to put together.

    Links are in the comment section

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    Well, I DON'T, really, but after the damn Buckeyes just tortured ME with a wretched  performance
    in which they nearly lost to NORTHERN ILLINOIS (!), I thought why not drag out these cheeseball semi-"classics"........

    Iron Butterfly, of course, would be TOTALLY and COMPLETELY forgotten today, were it not for the notorious, side long "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", which I bet you haven't sat through in, what 35 years? (no cheating with the "single edit"!)......actually it's a pretty cool track in a campy sort of way, for it's time it was fairly innovative, so, thusly a TRUE period piece.....I would use a rip of my Dad's scratched up vinyl copy for ya to get the "full effect", but it really DOES sound shitty, so let's go with some crispy clean digital rips to thrill you this evening.

    Actualy thier first album was the (somewhat underappreciated, actually) "Heavy",  released with a lineup of organist/vocalist Doug Engle, drummer Ron Bushey, bassist Greg Willis, and guitarist Danny Weiss......I'll bet 85% of rock fans today have never heard this, it's no classic, but again, for its time, fairly innovative, I challenge you to listen to this and not at least appreciate it if you are a fan of late 60's psych (the first two tracks "Possesion" and "Unconcious Power" are decent examples of the sound of the era)

    Willis and Weiss left and were replaced by Lee Dorman and 17-year old Eric Brann, and then came "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" one time it was the number one selling album in the history of Atco records, or so they said, and it's, taken at face value, an inferior effort to "Heavy", mentioned before, the side-long title track, while VERY hard to deal with these days, was, nonethless, quite innovative at the time.......again, if you haven't heard it in many years, I challenge you to listen and not crack a smile (or even outright laugh).

    That's really about it for the "real" Iron Butterfly, even though they went on and on and on and on with hundreds of members and albums and who really cares, but I do have a couple more relics of theirs, Brann (for some reason) took over lead vocal duties for the third effort "Ball", which is medicre at  best in my opinion but is still quite identifiable as Iron Butterfly......worth a listen only from a scholarly, historic, curiosity perspective.

    Last  (for what I have) and certainly least is the 1970 live album, creatively titled "Live".......listed in the book "The 50 Worst Rock N Roll Albums of All Time", it's not quite THAT bad, but it's bad, and THIS side long version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" has, interestingly, never, ever been heard more than once by any human being.

    OK, like I said they went on and on, but that's not something we really wish to investigate.....if this isn't enough  Iron Butterfly for ya, you either are related to Doug Engle or have distinct masochistic tendencies.

    Imagine what I will drag out tomorrow evening if the Vikings torture me to the degree they did last
    week, so let's ALL become Vikings fans for tomorrow!

    HEAVY-01 Posession/02 Unconcious Power/03 Get Out of My Life Woman/04 Gentle As It May Seem/05 You Can't Win/06 So-Lo/07 Look For the Sun/08 Fields of Sun/09 Stamped Ideas/10 Iron Butterfly Theme

    IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA-01 Most Anything You Want/02 Flowers and Beads /03 My Mirage/04 Termination/05 Are You Happy/06 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

    BALL-01 In the Time of Our Lives/02 Soul Experience/03 Lonely Boy/04 Real Fright/05 In the Crowds/06 It Must Be Love/07 Her Favorite Style/08 Filled With Fear/09 Belda-Beast

    LIVE-01  In the Time of Our Lives/02 Filled With Fear/03 Soul Experience/04 You Can't Win/05 Are You Happy/06 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

    Groovy, man, no?

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  • 09/20/15--15:04: Marvelous 3
  • So, the Vikings DIDN'T embarass me as Ohio State did yesterday (but, thanks, Adrian Peterson, for the three fumbles), so I'm not going to drag out something as bizarre as Iron Butterfly, what I was thinking of today is more along the lines of a LONG forgotten sort of post-grunge/post-pop/punk kinda thing.......Marvelous 3, from Atlanta, relesed three albums, of which I have heard only this one, the second, "Hey! Album"........they consisted of guitarist/singer Butch Walker, bassist Jayce Fincher, and drummer Doug Mitchell.

    Having said that I know NOTHING of thier other two discs (1997's "Math and Other Problems" and 2000's "ReadySexGo"), this (thier best known, if those are the words for which I am looking) is from that great year of 1998......and it's REALLY pretty good, power-popping alt-rock I guess, it had a fine single, "Freak of the Week", and a couple of other decent tunes, ("Indie Queen", "You're So Yesterday"). As a bonus, "You're So Yesterday" contains one of those all-time stupid lyrics that I love so much, "I feel like Bobby Brady breaking the vase"........hey dickweeds, PETER braday broke the fucking vase........for God's sake do your homework.

    Anyway, not TOO many folks recall this bad or this album, and it is worth a listen, kind of a rarity sorta thing......I'll try to post once or twice during the upcoming week, and Brian is creating a TREMENDOUS surprise for you (trust me) for next sure and check because it's gonna be a real fish-scaler, I promise.

    HEY! ALBUM-01 You're So Yesterday/02 Freak of the Week/03 Until You See/04 Write It On your Hand/05 Let Me Go/06 Every Monday/07 Indie Queen/08 #27/09 Mrs Jackson/10 Over Your Head/11 Vampires In Love/12 Lemonade

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    Gary Richrath passed away the other you may or may not know he was the guitar whiz
    behind REO, of ALL the bands of the era that I make fun of regularly, REO ranks, along with Styx and Foreigner, at the top of the heap....for the most part, they were awful, a generic 1980's mishmash of idiotic album titles("You Can Tue a Piano But You Can't Tuna Fish", Hi-Infidelity", etc) and even MORE idiotic songs  (The vomit inducing "Keep On Lovin You", "Tough Guys" and LOTS more).....however, PRIOR to that kidney stone of a decade (the 80's), they could really rock the room, on the stage (saw them once, opening for someone, forget who exactly).I was, eventually, as surprised as anyone that they got "big".......but in a decade where swill like Poison and the like were considered good rock n roll, should be no surprise really.

    Why am I messing around with this even? Couple reasons.....the "Live: You Get What You Play For" (ANOTHER stupid album title), released sometime during my high school yearas in the late 1970's, is a good one, sounding just like a midwestern metal band who has been playing the tavern circuit for years, which would pretty much be the reality. No "classic" by any means, in fact, it contains pretty much every live-metal cliche known to man, down to the Chuck Berry encore ("Little Queenie" which is pretty good), but a damn good showcase for Richrath's guitar work, with some very good, hard rocking tracks ("Son of a Poor Man", "Like You Do", and the absolute definitive version of "Ridin' the Storm Out", the studio version of which is SO very lame in comparison, worth checking out just for this track, by far thier finest moment.) By the way this is ripped from glorious vinyl, and it sounds SO 1970's......have never heard a digital rip and, well, frankly, ya know.....

    And for you REO freaks out there (BOTH of ya), here's a little surprise/rarity for ya, a two disc 1979 Chicago boot......they were well on thier way to suckville by this time, as there are tracks from early in thier "big time" era ("Time For Me To Fly", "Only the Strong Survive"), but also includes a version of "Ridin' The Storm Out" and a couple of others, not the greatest but I don't recall from where I got it, nor have I seen many copies of it, so have at it.....

    I have not been kind to this band in the past, justifiably, too, I think (I mean, GEEZ, REALLY? "I
    don't wanna sleep......I just wanna keep...............on lovin' you" COME ON), but I don't mean to dis thte 1970's metal guitar greatness of Gary Richrath......not especially an original or an innovator, BUT , for what he was, he was a metal guitar slammer who DEFINITELY could bring the goods on stage........Rest In Peace Gary!

    LIVE: YOU GET WHAT YOU PLAY FOR-01 Like You Do/02 Lay Me Down/03 Any Kind of Love/04 Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes)/05 Keep Pushin'/06 (Only a) Summer Love/07 Son of a Poor Man/08 (I Believe) Our Time is Gonna Come/09 Flying Turkey Trot/10 Gary's Guitar Solo/11 157 Riverside Avenue/12 Ridin' the Storm Out/13 Music Man/14 Little Queenie/15 Golden Country

    CHICAGO 12/28/79 DISC 1-01 House Announcer/02 Intro/03 Say You Love Me Or Say Goodnight/04 Like You Do/05 Heavy On Your Love/06 Drop it (an Old Disguise)/07 Only the Strong Survive/08 Easy Moeny/09 Roll With the Changes/10 Time For Me TO Fly (cuts out)/11 Back on the Road Again (cuts in)

    CHICAGO 12/28/79 DISC 2-01 The Unidentified Flying Turkey Trot/02 157 Riverside Avenue/03 Keep Pusih'/04 Ridin' The Storm Out/05 Audience/DJ Comments/06 Little Queenie/07 Rock n Roll Music/08 Golden Country/09 Closing (introductions)/10 DJ Comments

    Links will be up in a little the meantime, the next post (above this one) is a serious labor of love from a true FRIEND OF THE BLOG!

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    Plase, oh please, oh please, let this trend (credit Brian for starting it) take off......I would LOVE if
    MANY you you would get creative with some of these original, wonderful covers comps (there are more to come).....inspired by Brian's Velvet Underground project of last week, long time blog friend and contributor Jonder jumps on the Velvet Underground bandwagon with a homemade covers take on "Loaded"..........I will let him describe it to ya as he has much more of a way with words than do I, so take it away and THANKS Jonder!


    Load(ed.) - a homemade tribute to the Velvet Underground's 1970 album

    01 TEENAGE FANCLUB - Who Loves The Sun
    04 THE CRUEL SEA - Cool It Down
    05 RACHEL SWEET - New Age
    06 SUBWAY SECT - Head Held High
    07 BILL NELSON - Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    08 CAT POWER - I Found A Reason
    09 SOFT BOYS - Train Round The Bend
    10 ZOOBOMBS - Oh, Sweet Nothin'

    I don't mean to ride Brian's coattails, but it was fun to make this compilation. I tried to avoid familiar covers and tribute albums, just as Brian did. "Lonesome Cowboy Bill" is the only one from a VU tribute. It probably hasn't been covered more often because it's kind of a novelty song. Bill Nelson (from BeBop Deluxe) didn't do a great cover either, so I shortened it. That's why I call this compilation Load(ed.)

    I also recorded "Oh Sweet Nothin" from an online stream. Even though the audio fidelity isn't great, I love the way the band incorporates the ending of "Sympathy For The Devil" into their version.
    You can see the influence that the Velvet Underground has had worldwide, with bands from Japan (Zoobombs), Australia (The Cruel Sea), and Eastern Europe (the Plastic People Of The Universe, whose records were banned and whose members were arrested). Their trial led to the revolution that overthrew the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

    Vaclav Havel was a big fan of the Mothers, the VU and the Plastic People. After he became the first elected president of Czechoslovakia, Havel invited Frank Zappa to Prague. President Havel also brought Lou Reed with him to meet Bill Clinton at the White House! How many musicians have inspired a REAL revolution? Czech out this article:

    The DL includes "liner notes". Ignore my ramblings if you like, but please enjoy the songs!

    Thanks Jonder, spectacular effort, PLEASE contribute as many of them as you care to create......what a unique version of "Sweet Jane", and, of my fave, the underppreciated "Cool It Down".......guys, please take some inspiration from Brian and Jonder, it's fun to create these type of comps and can be a unique signature item that leaves your legacy upon the blogosphere!

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