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    So, this morning, I receive the following email, regarding a post I made at probably 5 PM or so
    yesterday.....talk about FAST:

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    So, I see that a few of ya were on your toes and grabbed that tasty vinyl RIP, I hope no one comes knocking on your door looking for ya.......I'm also glad I didn't have time to split the FLAC files of the other albums, I'd really be passed to go to all that work for this fast of a shoot-down........anyway, I am in compliance, have removed the material in question, and will not, obviously, be posting the rest of it.......I do have some guest material I will be putting up in a few minutes, in a separate post.

    Thanks for your continued support!

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    Got a few thing here real quickly from some of the readers, good stuff too (and one SUPER
    interesting looking one as well).....

    Longtime friend of the blog Sean (I am ASSUMING it is the SAME Sean) donates links for some Titus Andronicus rarities, The Daytrotter Session and also what he refers to as a "mish mash of live tracks, covers, aned originals", note that he says "sound quality varies widely. Thanks a million Sean, don't be such a stranger.

    Now, in all the furor over the Nazi stuff, there was a request in the comments section from an Anonymous reader, here it is in it's entirety:

    "Can you please post "Rock Around the Bunker", a 1975 album by French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg drawing from Gainsbourg's experiences as a Jewish child in occupied France"

    Well, I had never heard of it, but thought it sounded fanscinating, so I put out the word for a share if anyone had one........turns out that someone responded today, I don't know if it's the same Anonyous that requested it or a different one, but anyway they sent a link for it.......haven't heard it yet but I am dying to, sounds interesting as hell, thanks so much Anonymous for this one.

    Hopefully I will get some Sleater Kinney up tomorrow in celebration of my going to see them this Saturday, can't wait, saw them once before about 10 years ago and they were ultra-spectacular-fantastic!

    Links in comment section, as per usual! Have a good evening!

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  • 12/04/15--10:08: Brian's Christmas Comp
  • (Scott)-Here's a submission from Brian, an early Christmas present......I'm probably going to do one of my own before the blessed day, but this one is another example of the hard work that Brian typically turns in when he gets an idea for a post....I'm psyched to be going to see Sleater Kinney Saturday, was going to do some kind of a post on them (I did once, long long ago), but there are only so many hours in the day.........maybe AFTER the show, they ARE one of my all time favorite bands.
    Anyway, Merry Christmas from Brian, myself, and any other members of "team-Growing Bored For a Living", and there will certainly be more to come in the next few weeks!
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    Here's a holiday treat for you guys! It's a Christmas music compilation I've been assembling for the last few years. It's a great mix of the sacred and the profane. I wanted to limit this to a CD length, but had a few too many goodies for that. A few of these are m4a, while the rest are mp3s. Hope that doesn't present any problems. I want you guys to ROCK this one for the next 3 weeks! If you get to the end of this and haven't sang along, laughed, or maybe shed a nostalgic tear, I haven't done my job...

    1.) Weird Al Yankovic"Christmas At Ground Zero" - long one of my favorites.
    2.) Reverend Horton Heat "Jingle Bells" - a great rockin' instrumental.
    3.) Asylum Street Spankers"Trim Your Tree" - one of the more subtly filthy songs out there.
    4.) Bobby Helms"Jingle Bell Rock" - I always think about the beginning of Lethal Weapon...or Hall & Oates (shudder)
    5.) TheSonics"Don't Believe In Christmas - a great nihilistic rocker.
    6.) The Ronnetes"It's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - this song is simply perfect.
    7.) The Vindictives"My Favorite Things" - found this one lately. Christmas ennui, anybody?
    8.) The Chipmunks"Christmas Don't Be Late"- yeah, that's right...
    9.) Patton Oswalt "My Christmas Memory" - see previous
    10.) The Staple Singers "Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?" - What would the holidays be without some soul?

    11.) Thurl Ravenscroft "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" - you still know the words I bet...
    12.) Charlie Brown kids"Christmas Time Is Here" - this one is for my daughter.
    13.) Clyde Lasley"Santa Came Home Drunk" - wouldn't you?
    14.) Elvis Presley"Blue Christmas" - hasn't everybody had a few?
    15.) Bruce Springsteen"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - this is a great one.
    16.) Tiny Tim "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" - I can't imagine anyone else singing this.
    17.) Run DMC "Christmas In Hollis" - I've known this song since I was 9.
    18.) Low"Just Like Christmas" - like so many Low songs, this is hypnotic...beautiful.

    19.) Arrogant Worms"Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" - and you just might deserve it!

    20.) Frank Sinatra "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - he really was The Voice...
    21.) James Brown "Merry Christmas" - holiday funk... what could be better?
    22.) David Bowie & Bing Crosby"Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" - an odd match, but it works!
    23.) The Ramones"Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" - don't know about you, but I've lived this one...
    24.) Sinead O'Connor"Silent Night" - I think this one is amazing.
    25.) Grandaddy"Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland" - weird... and funny.
    26.) Wham"Last Christmas" - fuck Ashley Tisdale's cover version!
    27.) The Flaming Lips "Christmas At the Zoo" - it's always Christmas for the Lips!
    28.) Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas" - don't be a hater... one of the only Christmas standards of the past 25 years. And it captures that whole Phil Spector feel, I think.
    29.) Venus Envy"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" - this is one of my favorites... and so true!
    30.) Ella Fitzgerald"White Christmas" - what, you thought I'd just put in Bing's version? Ella swings, baby!

    31.) South Park"Merry Fucking Christmas" - I don't have the words...
    32.) The Polyphonic Spree "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" - this is the perfect group for this song.
    33.) Weird Al Yankovic"The Night Santa Went Crazy" - the way the world is now, I keep expecting to see this one on the news!
    34.) Fear"Fuck Christmas" - This sums it all up in 45 seconds.
    35.) Monty Python"Christmas In Heaven" - from The Meaning Of Life. This is a great ending song.
     

    BONUS MATERIAL

    The Bob Dylan covers post was popular, but there is a snag or two. Between "A-C" and "W-Y", there is a difference of about 100 downloads. Maybe some people got a taste, and just figured they'd come back to it. I also realized recently that the album art I had done didn't get put with the files. So then it would look like a boring, art-less 10 volume collection. Can't have that! Included is a folder that has different cover art for each of the volumes. It looks cool in iTunes... you see the stages of Dylan's life all laid out. So, download this and head back to the Dylan post and pick up some more volumes!

    Happy Holidays!


     


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    (Scott)-The title of the post says it all, he also told me that he will be preparing a reggae Christmas
    post in the near future........MAN, what a great show by Sleater Kinney Saturday night, MY GOD they took 8-10 years off and literally have not missed a beat they were phenominal.....I REALLY wanted to do at least a small post on them BEFORE I went to the show, I think I'll still put up thier studio albums sometime this week when I get the chance.......there are so few bands about whom I can HONESTLY say I don't think EVER made a bad album, but they are it........just amazing. I used to go to more shows than I could count, now, I am far too old for that, 1-2 a year is plenty so I want to see only REALLY great ones.......my son attended with me, as he has for the last couple years, as he is colleeg bound next year, this may or may not be the last show we attend together.......but we have been SO lucky to see incredible shows by the Black Keys/Cage the Elephant, Jack White, the incredible Buddy Guy, and now one of my all time faves Sleater Kinney.........just great stuff, and, I guess when he leaves for school, the wife will have to go back to attending with me, I'm sure she can't wait!
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    Dennis Brown – Words of Wisdom
    A gem of an album from 1979 sees Dennis Brown on top form.  With the rhythmn section provided by Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and the production skills of Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson it couldn’t be anything else than a pleasure to listen to.

    Brown was equally at ease when singing of matters of the heart and also of those of cultural importance and on this album you get a fair share of both. It contains the Brown classics of Money in my Pocket and Cassandra but for me the stand out track is Black Liberation. Bob Marley stated that Brown was the best reggae singer in the world and the vocals on this album shows where he was coming from. You can just listen to one Dennis Brown song after another and not get bored; he had a voice that was a joy to turn your ears towards.

    Track List : 1. So Jah Say, 2. Don’t Feel No way, 3. Words Of Wisdom. 4. Should I 5. A True 6. A’int That Loving You 7. Cassandra 8. Love Jah 9. Black Liberation 10. Rasta Children 11. Drifter 12. Money In My PocketLink: http://www21.zippyshare.com/v/RZKOTI2f/file.html



    Fred Locks – Black Star Liners 


    From 1975Black Star Liners’ is seen as one of several iconic roots albums released in the 70’s,  that more then played in part in bringing reggae to a new international audience. It is good but personally I think the praised heaped on it is a little bit out of proportion. That may be because I like my roots music deep and heavy. This album delivers someting more mellow and easy going. There may be a little rocksteady here and there, but Fred Lock's vocals, lyrics, and overall performance on this album are soaked in the roots. Locks was a devout rastaman and his lyrics displayed this to the full. ‘Black Star Liners’ is a Rasta anthem that refers to the Black Star Line, the shipping company set up by Marcus Garvey for the repatriation of the African diaspora. The title track is viewed as a classic 70's reggae anthems and the album as whole is brim full of good tunes such as 'True Rastaman', 'Songs Of The Almighty', 'Sing-A-Long' and  'Wolf Wolf' .


    Track List: 1. Dark Star  Liners 2. Vision of Redemption 3. I’ve Got A Joy 4. Sons Of The Almighty


    5. Sing-A-Long 6. True Rastaman 7. Don’t Let Babylon Use You 8. Walls 9. Wolf Wolf 10. Time To Change









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  • 12/07/15--14:59: RIP Scott Weiland
  • I've been SO busy lately, trying to post stuff on my own (without guest help) has been difficult (once
    again thanks to my guest-posters, you are the greatest)......I wanted to get to this the other day when Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots passed away. Of course, this comes as no great shock, Scott had well documented drug problems for years......still, I thought he was a decent vocalist from a decent band of the great buried grunge era, Stone Temple Pilots, to me, were not in the Nirvana/Pearl Jam level of bands that reinvigorated rock n roll in the 1990's, but they were no doubt the second string, if you get what I'm saying.......first two albums, "Core" and "Purple" were quite good.

    Anyway, it'd be kind of redundant to post thier commercial CD's here, obviously, I think, if you are a fan of them, likely you have them......how I'd like to tribute Scott's contributions would be with a pretty fair boot, recorded at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, 5/13/00. STP were a band that for whatever reason I have never seen a whole lot of boots, this being the only one I have, should you have any, now would be a great time to share. This one, oddly, DOES NOT contain some of their better known tunes, notably "Creep" and a couple of others, but there are some good performances of "Plush", "Interstate Love Song", "Sex Type Thing", and others, as well as a lengthy, set ending cover of "Roadhouse Blues".....sound is pretty fair, see what you think.

    Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and now Scott Weiland.......great vocalists of the grunge era, whose music made my life a bit better, taken from us because they couldn't contain thier demons....I know what it's like, and I'm not critical of them in the least.......rather, I am grateful that I got to "know" them a bit, and they left a mark of contribution upon MY life at least, and I assume upon the lives of many others.

    RIP Scott, thanks for the music.

    STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 5/13/00 LAS VEGAS-01 Crackerman/02 Meat Plow/03 Vasoline/04 Tumble in the Rough/05 Big Empty/06 Kitchenware and Candybars/07 Sour Girl/08 Interstate Love Song/09 Plush/10 Trippin' On a Hole In a Paper Heart/11 Sex and Violence/12Down/13 Unglued/14 Dead and Bloated/15 Piece of Pie/16 Sex Type Thing/17 Roadhouse Blues

    As I said before, if you have any other boots from STP, seems NOW would be a great time to share them......thanks for reading/listening!

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    I've told this story here before, if you've heard it before give me an indulgence...December 9, 1995,
    was, without question, the worst day of my life....twenty years ago (!) today......my wife Carla, nearly at term with our daughter Victoria,was feeling strange.......we thought we were going to experience a somewhat premature delivery, and what actually happened is her heart stopped beating, she became detatched from the placenta, and we lost her. Simple as that.

    There is, to my knowledge, no worse pain one could go through than the loss of one's child......we are not SUPPOSED to bury our children. It was 20 years ago today, and SO INCREDIBLY MUCH has happened in our lives since then (including the birth and raising of our now-18 year old son Grant), but the pain and sorrow NEVER subsides, especially on this day......I've posted music in her memory before, notably the Temple of the Dog album because of the song "Say Hello to Heaven" which has always reminded me of her, and the first Bush album which was the last thing I listened to when we got the news that we had lost her........

    I will ALWAYS love my daughter, even though she and I never breathed the same air......Carla and I visited her grave today, and it was as gut-wrenching as ever, in particular on her 20th birthday.....God I wish she was with us, that we were a family of four rather than three, but I am BLESSED to have a healthy, wonderful, honors-program-college-bound son, and I will NEVER not appreciate him for ONE SECOND.....

    But I still love you and miss you Victoria....I hope all is well in heaven, and I hope you have met up with all 4 of your late grandparents, your brother never got to meet EITHER of his grandfathers.....some day, we will all be reunited......until that time, look after my parents, my parents in law, and all the friends that have gone on before me (too many to name so I won't)........

    OK, music? For tonight, in me4mory of my gone but NOT forgotten daughter I have selected a couple of pieces, maybe you'll enjoy them, and maybe not, but understand my PURPOSE here, this time, is NOT to necessarily please YOU.......it is to honor the memory of Victoria Amanda Miller, born/died 12/9/1995..........I will always love you my darling angel.

    First of all, I am going to post a 2005 album from the German band Victoria, not really a spectacular
    album, but not wretched either, and as it shares my daughter's name, I'm down.....it's kind of folky/psychy/countryish, maybe a German Grateful Dead with a chick singer (!), hell, I don't know, the long track "Villiage of Etaf" is pretty cool, and there are some interesting bonus tracks as well.

    Secondly, I am posting one of my all time favorites, Chubby Checker's self titled psychedelic (Holland only release) album, which I hapen to consider a masterpiece.....I have posted this before, but if you've not heard it, NOT AT ALL what you are expecting......it's a BRILLIANT piece of Love-ish soul/psych, and since the WONDERFUL opening track is entitled "Goodbye Victoria", it feels like something I NEED to post today.......all emotions aside, this is a FANTASTIC album that likely you have not heard.....if not, PLEASE do not deprive yourself.....the Victoria album is a curiosity......the Chubby Checker album is a piece of brilliance that I love (FYI Checker HATED this album and did not want it released.....personally, it is one of my VERY faves, I STRONGLY encourage you to listen to this great disc if you never have.

    Next year, perhaps the great Kinks song "Victoria", God only knows in what econtext.

    Rest in peace, my angel!

    VICTORIA-01 Peace/02 Cumberland/03 Gevaro/04 Ride a Rainbow/05 Never Knew Blues/06 Down to the Park/07 Villiage of Etaf/08 Core of the Apple/09 Mister Let Me Go (Bonus Acetate)/10 Johnny & Lisa (Bonus Acetate)/11 Peace (Bonus Acetate)/12 Cumberland (Bonus Acetate)/13 Child of Princess (Bonus Real-to-Real Track)/14 Sundance (Bonus Real-to-Real Track)/15 Wheels (Bonus Real-to-Real Track)

    CHUBBY CHECKER-01 Goodbye Victoria/02 My Mind/03 Slow Lovin'/04 If the Sun Stopped Shining/05 Stoned in the Bathroom/06 Love Tunnel/07 How Does It Feel/08 He Died/09 No Need to Get So Heavy/10 Let's Go Down/11 Ballade of Jimi

    I love you Victoria Amanda Miller, I wish I could tribute you in some more meaningful forum, but for now, this is what I can do......trust me, your mama, brother, aned me love you more than we could ever express......rest in peace angel.

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  • 12/14/15--09:52: New Grab Bag from Brian
  • (Scott) finally, getting laid off at the end of the week, so I will be able to do a bit more regular
    posting, but I certainly hope the guest posters stay around, they make it great....speaking of, here's Brian's latest stew of stuff
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    Another smorgasbord post for you guys, since I can never decide on just one thing to do.


    First up, REPOST! After putting up that Jennifer Warnes bootleg link, I finally noticed - and some of you may have - that there was a little repeating here and there. I got with Jonder and he fixed the tracks. I can't blame him...that track was originally a nightmare single mp3. So here it is, time corrected and everything. And I've fixed the original link back a few posts, so there won't be separate copies floating around. If you downloaded before - there's at least 50 of you - definitely hit this file again!



    This one is a reader request. Back on the Jennifer Warnes anthology post, a fella requested Jack
    Tempchin's rare, only-on-vinyl solo album from 1978. I couldn't find all the tracks, but here's 7 out of the 10. One of these was on the Jennifer Warnes comp. Enjoyable, California-flavored 70's country rock. Give it a try, but roll a few bombers first.
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    This one is to celebrate the big movie that's coming out next week. (No names...big D is watching). It's a 1977 Disco album based on music from the first film! Contains one medley of SW music and the original medley "Other Galactic Funk", along with the single edit of "Theme - Cantina Band". Believe it or not, this was a chart topper back in the day! And when it's disco-fied, doesn't the main theme now sound like the theme from Dallas? Whether you enjoy it for the laughs or the kitschy disco grooves, it's essential for any fan. Groove to this while you're waiting in line for the movie! One up your fellow geeks! As a bonus track I've also included "Lepti Nek", the lost song from the soundtrack of ROTJ...the original Jabba's dancing girl song before the "Special Edition" version. And it's really disco all on its own. And John Williams wrote that one!

    And now, the Comedy Bonus. It's Steve, and it's his three main albums in one link. Enjoy!













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    LINKS

    JENNIFER WARNES LIVE 1977 REPOST
    Reconstructed link will be posted soon!

    JACK TEMPCHIN SOLO ALBUM 1978
    http://www93.zippyshare.com/v/llcU0z0q/file.html

    DISCO STAR WARS
    http://www93.zippyshare.com/v/l4UNc7V3/file.html

    COMEDY BONUS
    http://www9.zippyshare.com/v/AbKBovWO/file.html

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    Hopefully you are all down enough to understand the title of this post, it is a lyric from "Clash City
    Rockers", in totallity, (since I think it's such a great lyric) "Come on, and show me, say the bells of old Bowie...and when I am fitter, say, the bells of Gary Glitter...."damn fine lyric, and perhaps the best way to creep up on this subject matter.....

    Obviously, from his name, Gary Glitter was a big part of the British glitter/glam scene of the early 70's......(reminds me of saying "punk/new wave" in the late 70's, or saying "grunge/alternative" in the early 1990's.....history is SO cyclical).....this stuff was a MUCH bigger deal in Eurpoe than in the US, and it really was a strange "movement" (glitter/glam, I am talking about)......some of that stuff, though is among my faves......Slade, Sweet, T. Rex, and of course much "better" acts, David Bowie and Roxy music, defined the era as "pop" music for me (not that it trumps my fave NON-pop stuff of the early 70's, that wonderful heavy-psych!)

    Gary Glitter, in this glitter suits, ridiculous makeup, and platform boots, churned out music that was FAR FROM the "best" music of this scene/era, but it was among the most "atypical" or representatie of it.....he had a few comebacks, and made other records, and, really, I would rather drink Pepsi (I DESPISE Pepsi) than listen to them, but offered here for your observation are his "classic" albums of the 1970's, in re-issue format for the most part.

    Glitter cranked out simple, riff-based slammers, with a poppish-gloss finish, for an identifyable early 70's trademark sound. the first album, 1972's "Glitter", is the prototype, the singles here likely are what you're after, such as "I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)" and "I Didn't Knew I loved You (til I Saw You Rock n Roll"), as well as, of course, his mark upon the world, line it or not part of the soundtracks of our lives, the infamous "Rock N Roll (Parts 1 & 2)", which, really, I am NOT down for a discussion of, suffice to say it is one of the most recognized rock songs out there, maybe not the lyrical equivelent of Talking Heads, nor the musical equivelent of the greatest band in the history of the world King Crimson, but, certainly a song that your grandmother has probably heard at some time (a sporting event, likely), relegating it to the veritable dust bin of "pop culture 'standards'", but, anyway, if you be lookin for the definitive Gary Glitter album, likely this is the one for ya, and, despite the shots I've taken, it REALLY IS pretty damn good.

    Next up, the sophomore effort, "Touch Me", is  not as scene-defining as its predecessor but still gives us a fine single, "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)",which was,  later, of course, covered by Joan Jett in what I sonsider to be a superior version...it's not a BAD album, for glam fans there is stuff here like "Come In Come In Get On" and "I'm Right, You're Wrong, I Win". Here it is if you desire it.

    Pretty much over with after that (MUSICALLY speaking, trust me, we are going to get to the other
    stuff in a minute), he released a 1975 album called "G.G.", it's pretty lame (I'm sure it works if you are a fan of Mr. Glitter), and another effort in 1977, "Silver Star".......the glam era, perhaps than any more of my favorite "breakout scenes" probably provided less "depth" of good music than any other, as a shrewd programmer could contain ALL of Mr. Glitter's "worth keeping" output onto a single CD.

    GLITTER-01 Rock N Roll Part 1/02 Baby Please Don't Go/03 The Wanderer/04 I Didn't Know I Loved You Til I Saw You Rock n Roll/05 A'int that a Shame/06 School Day/07 Rock on/08 Donna/09 The Famous Instigator/10 The Clapping Song/11 Shaky Sue/12 Rock n Roll Part 2/13 I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)/14 It's Not a Lot/15 Just Fancy That/16 Thank You Baby

    TOUCH ME-01 Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)/02 Come On, Come In, Get On/03 Happy Birthday/04 Hard on Me/05 To Know You Is To Love You/06 Money Honey/07 Hello Hello I'm Back Again/08 Sidewalk Sinner/09 Didn't I Do it Right/10 Lonely Boy/11 Hold On To What You Got/12 IQU/13 Oh Yes, You're Beautiful/14 I Would If I Could But I Can't/15 I'm Right, You're Wrong, I Win/16 I'll Carry Your Picture Everywhere

    GG-01 Too Late To Put It Down/02 Satan's Daughter/03 Easy Evil/04 Baby I Love Your Way/05 Papa Oom Mow Mow/06 Finder's Keepers/07 Basic Lady/08 Cupid/09 I'll Carry Your Picture Everywhere/10 Personality/11 Love Like You and Me/12 Doing Alright With the Boys/16 She Cat Alley Cat

    SILVER STAR-01 You Belong to Me/02 Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before/03 I Dare You To Lay One On Me/04 Roll of the Dice/05 Hooked on Hollywood/06 Summertime Blues Out/07 It Takes All Night Long/08 Oh What A Fool I Have Been/09 Heartbreaking Blue Eyed Boy/10 Rock N Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life)/11 A Little Boogie Woogie/12 Treat of 42nd Street/13 365 Days/14 I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am) (with Girlschool)

    Links are in the comment section.....oh, I forgot to say.....Gary Glitter is basically a piece of filth, a wretched, mulitiple-convicted child molester/rapist/general piece of garbage.....the last line of his Wikipedia bio is "Glitter has become a figure of public hatred"......justafiably so, IMO.....

    BUT SCOTT, aren't you supporting his insane lifestyle by posting his albums? You must be a pedophile yourself!  MAYBE (I doubt it) THIS example will he4lp lay out to people that I DO NOT SUPPORT the beliefs of ANYONE I have posted here......technically, I have posted THIS stuff for different reasons as the racist stuff, I post this because despite the filthy truth, "Rock N Roll Part 2", like it or not, is woven into American culture.....sorry, you can't change that....I just heard it being played at a football game I was watching 2 days ago.......is anyone outraged that the music of this piece of scum is being given "exposure"? Are all of those people at the sporting events that happily use his music "supporting" his abysmal lifestyle? Of course not......but no amount of ignoring his existence will change that his recorded work is a part, and a somewhat significant part, of the history of the vast spider web that IS rock n roll............








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    (Scott)-Thanks to Jonder for these slabs, should be great both in the full-length and abbreviated



    versions......I SWEAR I'm gonna try and get a Christmas comp put together....TRY at least....I SWEAR I cannot wait for layoff (3 more days).......anyway, take it away Jonder and tell us all about your latest creation......

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    Every December I listen to the three volumes of "Christmas Present", a series released in the early 90's by Sister Ruby Records in Atlanta (www.discogs.com/label/534898-Sister-Ruby)

    Unless you lived in the ATL back then, you probably haven't heard many of these musicians. You might remember Shawn Mullins' hit "Rockabye". If you're a fan of Sugarland, you'll recognize the names Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall. And somehow the guys at Sister Ruby got a contribution by a band from of out of town called Hootie and the Blowfish, before they signed to a major label.

    Perhaps you recall the infamous Coolies, who made a Simon & Garfunkel covers album called Dig,
    followed by a concept album called Doug. The breakup of the Coolies spawned several groups included here: the Ottoman Empire, Donkey, and the Mighty Fine Slabs. And if you've seen the movie "Benjamin Smoke", you'll appreciate "Little Drummer Boy".

    Kelly Hogan (from the Jody Grind and the Rock*A*Teens) is still a solo artist, as well as Neko Case's singing partner. Anne Richmond Boston sang for the Swimming Pool Q's. Ani Cordero from #1 Family Mover later fronted the band Cordero.

    The guitarist on "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" is the late Gregory Smalley (who created Atlanta's annual Bubbapalooza festival, and who was the inspiration for "The Living Bubba" by the Drive-By Truckers). And I think Rick Richards from the Georgia Satellites plays on "Run Rudolph Run".

    Some of the songs aren't anything special, but there are great moments and real talent in each volume.
    Some of these tracks are the only recordings of bands long forgotten by any but the most grizzled denizens of Cabbagetown and Little Five Points. Aside from the usual Christmas standards, there are covers here of songs by Joni Mitchell, Steve Earle, Big Star, the Kinks, the Who, the Ramones, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono.

    I have compiled a set of what I consider the best of the three discs (tracklist follows). If nothing else, please listen to the opener, where "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" takes a clever detour into "Space Oddity". Happy holidays from the City Too Busy To Hate!


    1 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Uncle Green
    2 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Kelly Hogan
    3 Run Rudolph Run - Tommy Rivers
    4 Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - The Continentals
    5 Christmas - Big Fish Ensemble
    6 Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - The Doll Squad
    7 Frosty The Snowman - The Lizard Men
    8 Heat Miser/Snow Miser - Radiant City
    9 Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy - The Vidalias
    10 Little Drummer Boy - Smoke
    11 Listen The Snow Is Falling - Engine
    12 Jesus Christ - #1 Family Mover
    13 Please Come Home For Christmas - The Mighty Fine Slabs
    14 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - Michelle Malone
    15 River - Face Of Concern
    16 The Christmas Song - Shawn Mullins with David Patterson
    17 I'll Be Home For Christmas - Kristen Hall
    18 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Anne Richmond Boston
    19 I Believe In Father Christmas - The Backyard Swings
    20 Nothing But A Child - Scott Roberts
    21 Christmas This Year - Hootie and the Blowfish
    22 Feliz Navidad - The Ottoman Empire



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    (Scott): another great holiday contribution from another of our regular contributors, listened to a
    portion of this one last night and thought it was really good, can't wait to hear the rest of it.......I'll personally try to get something together for a Christmas post this week!
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    TROJAN CHRISTMAS BOX SET


    At the outset I will state I am not a great one for Christmas. Living in the UK, as I do,  I have usually had my fill of the festive period being shoved down my throat by the beginning of December. But our main man Scott said he was going to put up some Christmas posts so I thought I may as well offer some Reggae versions,  although there are also a few Ska and Rocksteady numbers included in this 50 song, 3 disc set. I have to be honest I don’t feel that Reggae and Christmas songs are entirely compatible bed fellows and some of these tracks will have you either saying “what the fuck?” or rapidly reaching for the skip button. However there are some pretty decent tracks scattered among the 3 discs. Like I had to  though you will have to listen through the whole thing to find them, I’m not gonna tell yer. But one word of advice listening to this is done best in small batches, don’t try to listen to it all in one go; you have been warned


    Disc 1: 1. Wish You A Merry Christmas/Ahamaric Temple - Jacob Miller, Ray I 2. Jingle Bells - Don Carlos, Glenice Spencer 3. Santa Claus Is Ska-ing To Town - Granville Williams Orchestra 4. Santa Claus Never Comes To The Ghetto - Yellowman 5. Blue Christmas - John Holt 6. Ding Dong Bell - The Ethiopians 7. It's Christmas Time Again - Junior Brammer 8. All I Want For Ismas - Jacob Miller, Ray I 9. Silent Night - Pablo Black 10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Johnny Clarke 11. Yellowman Rock - Yellowman 12. White Christmas - John Holt 13. Peace And Love (Little Drummer Boy) - Sonny Bradshaw Seven 14. Last Christmas - The Tamlins 15. The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Peter Broggs 16. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year - Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sandra Robinson  



    Disc 2: 1. Lonely This Christmas - John Holt 2. African Christmas - Yellowman 3. Merry Merry Christmas - Alton Ellis, The Lipsticks 4. The Christmas Song - Beres Hammond 5. Happy Christmas - The Maytals 6. The Night Before Christmas - Eek-A-Mouse 7. On The Twelve Days Of Ismas - Jacob Miller 8. Merry Christmas - Frank Cosmo 9. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John Holt 10. This Christmas - Yellowman 11. Christmas Day - Desmond Dekker, The Aces 12. Give Love On Christmas Day - The Tamlins 13. Christmas Tree - King Stitt 14. O Come All Ye Faithful - Freddie McGregor 15. Silver Bells (Natty No Santa Claus) - Jacob Miller, Ray I 16. Peace On Earth - Hopeton & Primo 17. When A Child Is Born - John Holt  



     


    Disc 3:  1. We Wish You A Reggae Christmas - Yellowman 2. Drummer Boy - Michigan & Smiley 3. Merry Christmas - The Kingstonians 4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Freddie McGregor 5. My Oh My - John Holt 6. Deck The Halls - Jacob Miller, Ray I 7. Breadfruit Roasting On An Open Fire - Yellowman 8. Joy To The World - June Lodge 9. Christmas Time Again - Reuben Anderson 10. White Christmas - The Tamlins 11. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - John Holt 12. Santa Claus Dub - The Aggrovators 13. Tis The Season (Deck The Halls) - Yellowman 14. Feliz Navidad - Freddie McGregor 15. Greetings From Beverley's - Frank Cosmo 16. Last Christmas - John Holt 17. C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S- The Rhythm Aces



     


     


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    OK, it is currently Sunday night, 12/20/25 at 12:11 as I type this.......I have just polished off 20 or so
    Michelob Ultras, a BIG handful of Kratom caps.and a buddy's home grown  redi-bud, and I am wanting to post somethubg KICKASS for the holidays....I'm hoping  that my regular assistants continue to comtibute OFTEN (their stuff is generally more interesting than my own,,anyway), but as I will be of work for a couple months, I can do me some FULL TIME BLLLLLOOOOGGGGIN!!!!!!!

    All of my blog-friends have chipped in with thier own Christmas contributions, so, I thought it was about time I did so as well....and HERE it is! Some of these may have been posted before, you know, if you know ME, that I am FAR too lazy to check on that, so MAYBE we'll get you a brand new Christmas experience, or MAYBE we won't!

    OK, rock and Christmas, not always the greatest mix.....it's always fun to think of the non-novelty Christmas rock songs that don't flat out suck, anyone for The Pretenders'"2000 Miles"? The Who's "Tommy Doesn't Know What Day it Is"? The Kinks "Father Christmas"? Two I always love to point out are "Brick" by Ben Folds Five, which, although it takes place the day AFTER Christmas, is one of the most depressing songs ever written (It's about taking his girlfriend to get an abortion if you didn't know), and Elliott Smith's "Kings Crossing", because it gives a bleak shout out to the season ("It's Christmas time, and the needle's on the tree, a skinny Santa is bringing something for me, his voice is overwhelming, and his speech is slurred, and I only understand every other word..."), and it IS THE most depressing song ever written, wittnessed by the fact that he killed himself somewhat after it's appearance (not that the rest of his stuff was exactly The Bonzo Dog Band or anything)....

    OK, Christmas comps, I have a handful and I don't know which I've put up before and which I
    haven't, lets just grab a handful and see what happens....I know I HAVE posted "A Santa Cause: A Punk Rock Christmas" before and it was kind of popular, lots of oddball stuff here, right off the bat The AKA's cover Run DMC's "Christmas in Hollis", Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate, Mighty Mighty Bosstones all check in as some of the better known acts, also off the wall bands such as Punchline, Saosin, and a wrap up hidden track "Santa Has a Mullet" from Nerf Herder......I'm pretty sure there is a Volume 2 of this, but I am not sure if I have it or not, I'll try to locate it and if anyone has a share, that's what the sesaon be all about.

    I found a Torrent on the Bay, "Punk Rock Christmas Songs", dominated by seven tracks from Bowling For Soup, also Fear's legendary "Fuck Christmas", The Ramones "Merry Christmas", as well as a bunch of overlap with the above mentioned "Santa Cause" set. This, like many homemade Torrent projects, programs it's material in alphabetical order, so you combine these two sets and program them however you like, I'll take this over the normal stuff we are bombarded with each December.

    I ran across this one recently, not EXACTLY my cup, but some may fancy this, "A Rock N Roll Christmas".....the highlight is Bob Seger and the Last Heard with "Sock It To Me Santa", alongside a total mishmash of The Moody Blues, ELP, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Squire, and others, topped by the Kink's aforementioned "Father Christmas".......this likely contains, at least, something you've not heard before.

    Lastly, and LESS my cuppa than that, is a new (2015) set, "A Southern Rock Christmas"......."Southern Rock" as we think of it (Marshall Tucker, stuff like that), never did THAT much for me, but if you DO like it, how about The Outlaws, Charlie Daniels, Blackfoot (always did like them, at least their first album "Strikes!" for some reason), Black Oak Arkansas and more......I gave it a quick listen, actually pleasantly surprised.

    So, if I don't talk to you again, (I might) before Christmas, hope you and your family have a fantastic
    one, also, if celebrate Haunikah (I'm sure I bombed THAT spelling!), or whatever, BigScott62, BigCarla66, and BigGrant97 (did I mention he was accepted into the honors program at the University of Akron next year? Proud Daddy here!), and the entire team at Growing Bored For a Living all wish each and every one of you all the best, and a great year in 2016 as well!

    Please, please, continue to comment, (comments that flame the material I post are welcome, name-calling, not as much, but I still don't delete those either, say whats on your mind), read, submit (I LOVE guest material), and share......also, if there is something you want, the only way I'll know is if you request it!

    Thanks for sticking with the blog, entertaining the discrminating music lover now for over a TWENTIETH of a CENTURY!

    A SANTA CAUSE-IT'S A PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS-01 THE AKA's-Christmas In Hollis/02
    SOMETHING CORPORATE-Forget Decemeber/03 THE MATCHES-December is For Cynics/04 BLINK 182-I Won't Be Home For Christmas/05 FAR-Feed the World (Do They Know It's Christmas)/06 FALL OUT BOY-Yule Shoot Your Eye Out/07 MXPX-Christmas Night of Zombies/08 FROM FIRST TO LAST-X12 Days of Xxxmasx/09 MATCHBOOK ROMANCE-I'll Be Home For Christmas/10 NEW FOUND GLORY-Ex' Miss/11 ACCEPTANCE-So This is Christmas/12 GATSBY'S AMERICAN DREAM-Christmas Time Is Here/13 JASON GLEASON-Sleigh Bells and Wine/14 IN MEMORY-The Most Wonderful Time of the Year/15 MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES-This Time of year//16 STAND STILL-I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Clause/17/THE BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE-A Cradle In Bethlehem/18 PUNCHLINE-Icicles/19 SAOSIN-Mookie's Last Christmas/20 THE RED WEST-It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/25 (Hidden Track) NERF HERDER-Santa's Got a Mullet

    PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS SONGS-01 A CHANGE OF PACE-Christmas on the Coast/02 ACTION ACTION-Father Christmas/03 BLINK 182-I Won't Be Home For Christmas/04 BOUQUET OF VEAL-It's Christmas/05 BOWLING FOR SOUP-All I Want For Christmas Is You/06 BOWLING FOR SOUP-Bobby Wants a Puppy Dog For Christmas/07 BOWLING FOR SOUP-Father Christmas/08 BOWLING FOR SOUP-Frosty the Snowman/09 BOWLING FOR SOUP-I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause/10 BOWLING FOR SOUP-Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)/11 BOWLING FOR SOUP-Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy/12 DI-Mr Grinch/13 DAVE MIELLO-All I Want For Christmas/14 DOWN TO EARTH APPROACH-Stay/15 EL VEX-Feliz Navi-Nada/16 FALL OUT BOY-Yule Shoot Your Eye Out/17 FEAR-Fuck Christmas/18 FROM FIRST TO LAST-X12 Days of Xxxmasx/19 GONE BY DAYLIGHT-Tell Me Is It Christmas/20 IT DIES TODAY-Feliz Navidad/21 JUNE- A Wonderful Christmas Time/22 MATCHBOOK ROMANCE-I'll Be Home For Christmas/23 MC LARS-Gary the Green Nosed Rainbow/24 MEG & DIA-Joey Has a Smoke/25 METAL MIKE, ALLISON, AND JULIA-Deck the Halls/26 MIGHTY MIGHTY
    BOSSTONES-This Time of Year/27 MOJO NIXON-Christmas Christmas/28 MURDER CITY DEVILS-364 Days/29 MURDER CITY DEVILS-Dead By Christmas/30 MXPX-Christmas Night of Zombies/31 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE-All I Want For Christmas Is You/32 NEW FOUND GLORY-Ex' Miss/33 NOFX-Xmas Has Been X'ed/34 PANSY DIVISION-Homo Christmas/35 PUNCHLINE-Icicles/36 SAOSIN-Mookie's Last Christmas/37 SLOPPY SECONDS-Hooray For Santa Claus/38 SOMETHING CORPORATE-Forget December/39 STAND STILL-I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus/40 STIFF LITTLE FINGERS-White Christmas/41 SUGAR CULT-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/42 THE AKA'S-Christmas In
    Hollis/43 THE CELIBATE RIFLES-Merry Xmas Blues/44 THE DAMNED-There Ain't No Sanity Clause/45 THE DICKIES-Silent Night/46 THE FINALS-Last Christmas/ 47 THE FROGS-Here Comes Santa's Pussy/48 THE GREEDIES-A Merry Jingle/49 THE HUMPERS-Run Run Rudolph/50 THE MATCHES-December is For Cynics/51 THE RAMONES-Merry Christmas/52 THE RAVERS-Punk Rock Christmas/53 THE REAL QUAID-Thank God It's Christmas/54 THE TOY DOLLS-Credit Crunch Christmas/55 THE USED-Happy Christmas (War Is Over)/56 THE VANDALS-A Gun For Christmas/57 THE VANDALS-Christmas Time For My Penis/58 THE VANDALS-My First Christmas as a Woman/59 THE VANDALS-Oi To the World/60 TVTV$-Daddy Drank Our Christmas Money/61 TYLER READ-New Year/62 ZEBRAHEAD-All I Want For Christmas Is You

    A ROCK N ROLL CHRISTMAS-01 ELTON JOHN-Step Into Christmas/02 JON BON JOVI-I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas/03 BOB SEGER & THE LAST HEARD-Sock It To Me Santa/04 THE MOODY BLUES-What Child Is This/05 GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS-Rock n Roll Christmas/06 EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER-I Believe in Father Christmas/07 ELVIN BISHOP-Silent Night/08 THE WAITRESSES-Christmas Wrapping/09 BILLY SQUIRE-Christmas is the Time To Say I Love You/10 CHUCK BERRY-Merry Christmas Baby/11 THE KINKS-Father Christmas

    SOUTHERN ROCK CHRISTMAS-01 THE OUTLAWS-What Child Is This/02 ARTIMUS PYLE BAND-God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/03 STEVE MORSE-We Three Kings/04 POINT BLANK-Merry Christmas Baby/05 CHARLIE DANIELS-It's Bad to Have the Blues at Christmastime/06 GEORGIA SATELLITES-Run Run Rudolph/07 ADAM HOOD-Please Come Home For Christmas/08 PAUL NELSON BAND-Merry Christmas Everybody/09 RICHIE FURAY-Christmas Must Be Tonight/10 BLACKFOOT-Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer/11 SAMMY KERSHAW-That Spirit of Christmas/12 PAT TRAVERS-So This Is Christmas/13 BLACK OAK ARKANSAS-Christmas Everywhere/14 OAK RIDGE BOYS-Santa Claus is Coming to Town

    Quite a haul, huh? I know there's some overlap, but certainly a gem or three here.......Brian, Cliff, and Jonder have all submitted fab Christmas contributions, it'd be greart if any of the rest of ya have anything to turn us on to for the holidays!

    Love to all

      
        

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    You guys think the Nazi stuff is bad? wellll, as I've told ya before, I AGREE with you......it's horrible,
    offensive, dreadful stuff......it also has a right to exist, in my opinion, as we've discussed before......now, want to hear something that makes that stuff sound like Blink 182? I present to you the "greatest hits" from thet Westboro Baptist Church......you know....Fred Phelps (mercifully dead) and the "God Hates Fags" bunch.....if you DON'T know them, the Cliff Notes version is these losers actually disrupt the funerals of US Veterans, cheered the 911 disaster (God was "angry"), and are likely the worst human beings, if that term applies, that I have ever encountered......on the positive side, a bunch of Vietnam Vets/bikers have DISRUPTED THIER disruptions of the funerals, by attneding and revving thier hogs so loud that noone can hear what these losers are saying anyway, and GOOD FOR THEM.

    Couple things.......first of all, WHY post it? Well, because it is so shockingly offensive, and, likely, you have NOT heard this before..........these people are wretched........as an aside, I remember seeing Fred Phelps on Rikki Lake years ago, accompanied by his (much) younger MALE "travelling companion", seemed like he was gay as hell to me, not that I'd care......just seems the guy "doth protest too much"......at least the fuck head is dead, what more can i say?

    OK, if one visits thier website, there are about (guessing) 200 MP3 tracks which are "parodies" of established songs, with the lyrics changed to suit thier insane world view. If you ask why the original artists would not sue or something, I'd guess that 1) if they DID it would draw more attnetion to these folks, and 2) I assume parody/satire are probably PROTECTED under copyright law (with which I would agree)........so, this stuff is out there, I DARE YOU to listen and NOT be offended, I don't think it's possible, for most rational human beings......

    Well, let's point out a few (using this term INCREDIBLY loosely) highlights: Well, how about "Hey Jews"? (see they don't ONLY hate homosexuals, they are equal opportunity)...ready for "Fat Bottomed Whore"? How about "God Will Rock You"? Maybe "Bohemian Tragedy" which would be hilarious if it were not so pathetic?  Certainly, you'll wanna play "Santa Claus Will Take You to Hell" for the kiddies during this yule season.....how about "Dyke Wedding"? This stuff goes on and on, if you lower yourself to visit thier website there are probably 200 or so MORE of these, but I think these oughta give you the idea.......

    OK.......WHY post these? Because, as always, I BELIEVE in the rights of EVERYONE, even scum
    like this, to speak thier opinion......MY opinion, personally, is that subhumans like this, along with the Nazis I have posted, are beyond "offensive", they are simply "shake one's head" material........


    Now, I think I have made it clear that I DO NOT support these cretins, nor do I think you should......HOWEVER, if you are UNAWARE that this stuff exists, IT REALLY DOES.......if you desire, take a listen to this shit and you will be shocked.

    Brought to you, of course, by Christianity, the religion of peace, love, tolerance, and understanding!

    WESTBORO BAPTIST GREATEST HITS-01 Fifty Ways To Eat Your baby/02 Hey Jews/03 Come Together/04 Read It/05 Coming To Jerusalem/06 Yesterday/07 We Will Be There/08 God Is Mad/09 It Will Be/10 Makes Us So Happy/11 No Poker Face/12 One Day/13 Terror Rolls/14 Honest/15 The nations Soon Will March/16 Hallelujah/17 Perfectly/18 It's Over Now/19 Shame/20 Crazy Train/21 Your Oil Soon Will Be Burnin'/22 You're So Vain/23 Philadelphia Treason/24 Fat Bottomed Whore/25 American Sodomite/26 Bohemian Tragedy/27 Dyke Wedding/28 Santa Claus Will Take You To Hell

    Hey folks, they ARE out there.....ignoring them will do us no good....be informed and know that there
    are people out there who are THIS fucking crazy, this fucking deranged, this fucking bottom of the barrel pieces of garbage (see, that is MY right to freedom of speech, just as I have respected THIERS)......and as always, remember that this is brought to you by Christianity, with thier background in love, tolerance, peace, and all of us being "brothers" or some shit........draw (as you always should) your own conclusions, but if one thinks of Islam as an "evil" religion, and one has EVERY right to, one should perhaps evalutate this shit as well......just a thought.......

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Saturday, December 26, day after Christmas.....I go to check the mail, and, lo and behold, a package
    with the return address of NIKKI CORVETTE!.......let me repeat that, Nikki Corvette actually took time to send me a CD and write me a sweet, handwritten note....(perhaps I have not mentioned, I have been  totally in love with Nikki Corvette since forever, and for her to even acknowledge my existence, or the existence of my blog, is one of the greatest thrills I have received.)

    Ok, all that aside, the recorded work she is sending me is a fine CD (like I'd call it any other way), from Gorvette, a collaboration between Nikki and Amy Gore of the Gore Gore Girls (another of my faves actually)........it's a few years old, but I had not heard it, and it sounds wonderful to these ears, at least, I will pass it along to you all and let you see what you think, personally, I think a lesser-known gem.

    The album is called "lustfully yours", which is getting me excited already, and features seven fine tracks, all of which feature Nikki's sexy "little girl" vocals, and Amy's slamming guitar work. ( also Lianna Castillo on bass and Al King on drums)......

    Hey, always LOVED anything by Nikki and the Corvettes (posted on them before, likely dead links), also LOVED  the work of the Gore Gore Girls ("Casino" was SUCH a kick ass tune!), what could be better than this fine collaboration?

    I would like to publicly thank the wonderful Nikki Corvette for taking the time to send this to me, she seems to be a wonderful lady and ALSO seems to "get" what the purpose of these blogs are , unlike some others (how's it going, Robert douche bag Fripp?)....Nikki is a great artist, but more importantly a wonderful person......I am thrilled, honored, and grateful that she took the time to hook me up with this disc......there are so many artists who DONT "get it", it's great that there are fine people like Nikki Corvette, Lennon Murphy, and Deanna Mitchell (Frightwig) who actually DO "get it"......maybe there is hope for humanity after all......


    Thank you Nikki, just plain thank you.....in your letter you mentioned sending me more stuff, happily
    accept and post ANYTHING you want to send, and you are right, I have never even heard "wild record party 2" (although, of course, I would LOVE TO).......happy holiday season and happy New year to the beautiful, wonderful, and talented Nikki Corvette.......you are the greatest and literally made my year with your submission! Love ya!

    LUSTFULLY YOURS-01 Nothing's Gonna Stop Me/02 Lustfully Yours/03 Baby Let's Rock/ 04 Fake It/ 05 Honey, Dont You Know?/06 Brand New Lover/ 07 Candy Man

    PLEASE check this out and comment......it means so much to me that Niki Corvette too the time to share this with me, the LEAST I can do is share it with my readers (BOTH of ya!)......

    Link will be up in a little while, hope ya LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 12/29/15--14:49: Uriah Heep
  • Kind of a combination of the kind of retro-1970's outlandishly dated material I love and a straight up
    comedy post, I'll admit to ya that this was perhaps my favorite band around the time I was about ten....in retrospect, they were pretty bad, I've heard them described as a "real life Spinal Tap", and yet, they were an integral part of the early 1970's prog/rock scene....listening to this stuff NOW, is either a hilarious flashback or a near unlistenable experience, your call......

    Formed in the late 1960's by guitarist Mick Box (what a name), drummer Alex Nappier, a pair of refugees from The Gods, bassist Paul Newton and keyboardist Ken Hensley (a talented musician whose skills, to be honest, could have been better utlized elsewhere, and last AND least, singer David Byron, perhaps the most strident and annoying singer in the history of rock......if you currently don't understand why I say this, listen to a few of these, and you quickly will.

    The first release was " Very 'eavy, Very 'umble", which was famously reviewed in RollingStone by a critic who promised to commit suicide "if this band makes it" (no word on if he did or not)....I have one around here somewhere, can't find it at the moment, I'm sure it will turn up, if I find it or someone shares it I will post it, it is mostly of value for the (unintentionally) hilarious "Come Away Melinda", I hope I can find it just for THAT one....

    Next up was "Salisbury", a MUCH more solid release, along with their next few as thier definitive period pieces....the 16-minute title epic is a bit much, but the album does contain my favorite Heep track, "High Priestess", and another pretty good track, "Lady in Black".....this happens to be a reissue with some bonus tracks on it, so it's exactly like Christmas a few days late....mostly remixes of the tracks on the album, but also the odd "Simon the Bullet Freak".

    1971 (MAN did bands crank out the vinyl in that era!) brought us "Look At Yourself", which cleverly posted a mirror on the cover (so you can, like, "Look At Yourself")....not a fantastic effort, the title track and "July Morning" are the more representative tracks.......also an "expanded" CD, this with some outtakes and live scraps, perfect for the descrimintaing Uriah Heep rarities collector.

    Just one year later, the band released what some, including myself, consider thier best album, "Demons and Wizards".......it includes a fine hard rocking single, "Easy Living", but also decent numbers in "Traveller In Time" and "The Wizard".....the formula was down pat by now, beleive me, but on the other hand they no question did have "thier own" sound, "thanks" to Byron's grating vocals. BTW also a deluxe reissue with a lot of bonus tracks.

    In the blink of an eye came "The Magician's Birthday", a similar album (not as good) to "Demons
    and Wizards" with a listenable track or two, notably "Spider Woman", "Sunrise" and "Blind Eye".....yet another expanded, bonus track stuffed effort, it's a Uriah Heep BONANAZA!

    Onward they would crank......"Sweet Freedom" was next, and the GPS was tuned directly to Sucktown by this time......"Sweet Freeedom" contains the awful single "Stealin'" ('......nothin' left to save.....but my life, Life, LIFE, LIIIIIIIIIIFFFFFFE!" screams Byron as if Geddy Lee had never even existed)......not much to see here, though, folks.....

    They released about 100 more albums, with about 50 different lineups, I THINK I may have heard "Return to Fantasy" once, and I'm pretty sure for me it closed the book on them.......if you don't get the picture from thier 1970-73 appex, not much else seems of any real "significance"....

    As you can see, I don't take them terribly seriously, but not everything needs to be taken so......reminds me of my VERY earliest days listening to rock, and I really DID think this sstuff was ultra-hip as a 10-11  year old.......I do play these once in a while and they always DO brind a laugh to my lips, and what on earth is wrong with that?

    David Byron passed away in 1985.

    SALISBURY-01 Biard of Prey/02 The Park/03 Time to Live/04 Lady In Black/05 High Priestess/06 Salisbury/07 Simon the Bullet Freak/08 Here I Am/09 Lady In Black (Single Edit)/10 High Priestess (single Edit)/11 Salisbury (single edit)/12 The Park (alternate version)/13 Time to Live (alternate Version)

    LOOK AT YOURSELF-01 Look At Yourself/02 I Wanna Be Free/03 July Morning/04 Tears In My Eyes/05 Shadows of Grief/06 What Should Be Done/07 Love Machine/08 What's Within My heart (outtake)/09 Why (early version)/10 Look at aYourself (single edit)/11 Tears in My Eyes (Extended Mix)/12 What Should Be Done (Alternate Version/13 Look at Yourself (Live at BBC)/14 What Should Be Done (Live at BBC)

    DEMONS AND WIZARDS-01 The Wizard/02 Traveller In Time/03 Easy Livin/04 Poet's Justice/05 Circle of Hands/06 Rainbow Demon/07 All My Life/08 Paradise/09 The Spell/10 Why (Extended Version)/11 Rainbow Demon (Single Edit)/12 Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf/13 Home Again to You (demo)/14 Green Eye (demo)

    THE MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY-01 Sunrise/02 Spider Woman/03 Blind Eye/04 Echoes In the Dark/05 Rain/06 Sweet Lorraine/07 Tales/08 The Magician's Birthday/09 Gary's Song (unreleased)/10 Sliver White Man (vocal version, unreleased)/11 Proud Words (alt. version )12 Echoes In the Dark (edit, unreleased)/13 Rain (edit, unreleased)/14 Happy Birthday (outtake)/15 Sunrise (single edit)/16 Crystal Ball (outtake)/17 Silver White Man (outtake, instrumental version)


    SWEET FREEDOM-01 Dreamer/02 Stealin'/03 One Day/04 Sweet Freedom/05 If I Had the Time/06 Seven Stars/07 Circus/08 Pilgrim/09 Sunshine (bonus)/10 Seven Stars (extended version)/11 Pilgrim (extended version)/12 If I Had the Time (demo)/13 Sweet Freedom (Live version)/14 Stealin (Live version)

    These are FLAC files (all of them, I think) so I'll be a little while splitting them.......should get it up
    later......meanwhile, both Brian and myself are putting together (hopefully for Wedensday) our individual tributes to Lemmy Kilmister of Hawkwind/Motorhead brilliance, who passed away Monday, RIP Lemmy!


    Can't find my copy of "Very 'eavy".....not really worth trying to find online, but I'm sure one of you oldtimers likely has a copy of it around, so how about a share?


    Links will be along slowly as I get em.........long live the 1970's!




           
           
         
           
         
     
           
         
           
         
       

         
         
         
         
       








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  • 12/30/15--21:38: A brief tribute to Lemmy
  • Lemmy Kilmister passed away a couple of days ago at the age of 70.......in case by some chance you
    don't know, Lemmy was the psycho-bass player for Hawkwind and the (also) psycho bass player as well as vocalist/growler/screamer for Motorhead......now, I have previously done posts on BOTH of those great bands, I don't know what's left of them link-wise, but originally they were quite comprehensive......I don't like to repeat stuff TOO often, so I am going to tribute Lemmy with some stuff I think you folks may like the best.

    From the Hawkwind era, I give you my supberb vinyl rip of the double-disc "Space Ritual Live", two incredible discs of spaced out/stoner/hard psych/spacy rock.......the version of "Brainstorm" with Lemmy's totally sick bass playing and out-there growling vocals would summarize his career if it could be done so simply.........PLEASE investigate this if you are unfamiliar......for Lemmy?

    From the Motorhead era, I'm going to play it safe, because I know Brian wants to post the legendary "No Sleep Til Hammersmith", an absolutely stunning live record that should be in every household, so, while waiting for Brian's own tribute, I think I will give you the following Motorhead discs (previously posted):

    Let's go with "Motorhead: Over the Top-The Rarities", which is loaded with total metal freak outs, such as "Train Kept a Rollin" and (Don't Let Em) Grind Ya Down", wonderful and rare recording, and I'll also toss up "Tear Ya Down", another Motorhead rarities collection......I have TONS of Motorhead, but I posted it all in the last year or two, and I know Brian is wanting to post his own tribute (including the fantastic "No Sleep", likely tomorrow), so this will give you a taste of the very best of Lemmy's fab career.

    RIP Lemmy, you will be missed.....from someone whos has seen The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, and basically ANYONE you can name, I will say this without hesitation.....Motorhead, without arguement or discussion, was the LOUDEST.....the "best"? perhaps not.......but the "loudest?'.....without the sightest question.......and I give them full credit for that.

    RIP Lemmy, as well as Hawkwind and Motorhead.....grat bands, great sounds, great tunes, grat flat out loud ass rock n roll.........from this corner at least, Lemmy, you will be missed tremendously, and I suspect from many other corners as well.

    Love ya Bro.......rest in peace, we'll all be there eventually!

    HAWKWIND-SPACE RITUAL LIVE D1-Earth Calling/02 Born To Go/03 Down Through the

    Night/04 The Awakening/05 Lord of Light/06 Black Corridor/07 Space Is Deep/08 Electronic No. 1/09 Orgone Accumulator/10 Upside Down/11 10 Seconds of Forever/12 Brainstorm

    HAWKWIND-SPACE RITUAL LIVE D2-01 7 By 7/02 Sonic Attack/03 Time We Left This World Today/04 Master of the Universe/05 Welcome to the Future/06 Welcome to the Future/07 Orgone Accumulator (alternate nights performance)/08 Time We Left This World Today (alternate night's performance)/09 You Shouldnt Do That (alternat nights performance)

    MOTORHEAD-OVER THE TOP (RARITIES)-01 Tear Ya Down (Instrumental)/02 Louie Louie
    (Alternate)/03 Over the Top/04 Please Don't Touch (Motorheadschool)/05 Emergency (Motorheadschool)/06 Over the Top (Alternate Version)/07 Capricorn (Alternate Version)/08 Train Kept-a Rollin'/09 (Don't Let Em) Grind Ya Down (Alternate Version)/10 Lemmy Goes to the Pub (Alternate Version of Heart of Stone)/11 Same Old Song, I'm Gone (Alternate Version of Remember Me, I'm Gone)/12 (Don't Need) Religion

    MOTORHEAD-TEAR YA DOWN-THE RARITIES DISC 1-01 Hump On Your Back/02 Shoot You In the Back/03 Dirty Love/04 Dirty Love (Full Version)/05 Love Me Like a Reptile/06 Fast and Loose/07 Waltz of the Vampire/08 Ace of Spades (rare version)/09 Bastard/10 Godzilla Akimbo/11 (We Are) The Road Crew

    MOTORHEAD-TEAR YA DOWN-THE RARITIES DISC 2-01 Like a Nightmare/02 Trat Me Nice/03 Dirty Love/04 Dirty Love (Full Version)/05 You Ain't Gonna Live Forever/06 The Hammer/07 Bomber/08 Love Me Like a Reptile/09 Fun on the Farm/10 Tear Ya Down/11 Fire Fire/12 Louie Louie/13 jailbait/14 Step Down





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      This wasn't originally planned, but I had to upon hearing the news. Scott said it well enough yesterday though. Lemmy lived to be 70, and must've had at least 3 lifetimes inside just that one. Do I even need to tell you how awesome Motörhead was? I'll give you my own personal Lemmy memory. When I was little - 8 years old maybe, mid-80's - I was watching the short-lived UK comedy show "The Young Ones" back when it played late on MTV...


      And upon the cue of "Music!", up pops this wart-ridden dude in mirrored glasses, tearing into "Ace of Spades", screaming up into a microphone in front of the most badass rock n' roll ever laid down. It blew my mind as a child, and easily led to me being a rabid metal fan later. And that's one bit of credit Motörhead should be truly hailed for... You would've never gotten to thrash, death, or black metal - period - without Motörhead. They were the first ones to bridge the punk attitude and the metal sound, and they did it superbly. Every fucker that's ever cranked it to 11 and roared in front of a double kickdrum owes Lemmy everything.

       

      So, here's their '81 live album No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith. It's a great sampler of their peak period, it's really goddamned loud, and it's one of the Top 10 live albums ever, easily. It's a necessity, and it will be on your test later...

      Henry Rollins once told a story about sharing a flight - and a seating aisle - with Lemmy once. He said Lemmy smelled like a tobacconist's, a leather tannery, and a brewery all rolled up in one. That's rock and roll. Lemmy himself once said that if Motorhead moved in next door to you your lawn would die. My buddy may have summed it up best. When I told him Lemmy died, he said: "RIP you ugly, glorious bastard..."

      And may the fields of heaven turn brown at your approach.
       
       

      Along the same lines of mortality, here we have a comedy repost. At the end of last summer - in between DMCA complaints as my blog was reeling - I posted this stuff to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of this comedian's death. Everything was shut down soon after. I can't say much more now since it'd happen again. Some great, unique standup here. I miss him. This is all his audio material. I've also included his revealing appearance on the WTF podcast from 2010 in the last zip file. One of the best interviews of the torn sides of a comic mind. Download it all, and download it now. This shit never lasts forever.

       

      And keeping the covers projects going, we have one here of The Doors' first album. The Muddy Reds'"Break On Through" is nice and punk-y. Patti Smith's great "Soul Kitchen" is from her covers album Twelve. While I've personally never liked Robyn Hitchcock, I do dig his take on "The Crystal Ship". John Mellencamp makes a return to our covers series with his version of "Twentieth Century Fox". Can anyone place the era of Bowie's great live cut of "Alabama Song"? To me it sounds like maybe the late 70's "David Live" period....it's hard to tell. And yes, I know it was originally a Kurt Weill song.
      Etta James'"Light My Fire" has a slow burn, sexy groove. I love it. (Honorable mention also goes out to Al Green's version). Now, when it comes to "Back Door Man", I didn't want to put somebody covering the Doors own cover of the song, so I included Howlin' Wolf's spooky-as-fuck original. I also couldn't resist Etta leading into the Wolf! With "Take It As It Comes", I've never really liked The Ramones' version, so I found a live cut of Tom Waits doing it. From an audience recording in '88. The sound could be better, but it's still Tom Waits. Just pretend it's one of those weirdly-recorded tracks off of Bone Machine.

      I only found out about this Hidden By Ivy track lately, but I think you'll agree they do a great version of "End Of the Night". Now, when it comes to "The End", there really is only one version to include, and that is Nico's. This version was the inspiration for this whole comp. She may be an acquired taste, but she manages to take it to the same dark place Morrison did...maybe even more so. That withered croak that ends the Oedipal sequence defies description! A truly haunted recording. And don't forget: that's John Cale, Phil Manzanera, and Brian Eno destroying their instruments behind her!

       

      This next comp is one I put together of G.G. Allin. May look familiar; I had posted it earlier this year, but the files were corrupted and I don't think they worked for people. So now, here it is, reassembled and with new cover art.

      Keep in mind though, it still sounds gloriously shitty. I'm not even gonna attempt another synopsis of G.G. A crime scene with a band. There. Some of the most misanthropic, raging, fucked-up sounding punk rock ever recorded. So messed-up it's use of the "N" word is the least of its sins! And the disc slides in at just about 79 minutes. Burn CDs and put them in trick or treater's bags next year! Slide 'em into library books! Jam one into a hateful valentine! Some may miss warm and cuddly favorites like "Suck My Ass It Smells" or "Dog Fucking", but I think I still made a good summary of the man. And now, since I can't resist writing this track list one more time....

      1. Death Before Life/Bloody Cunt Slider
      2. I Hate People
      3. Guns, Bitches, Brawls, and Bottles
      4. Die When You Die
      5. I Kill Everything I Fuck
      6. I Don't Give A Shit
      7. Swank Fuckin'
      8. I Wanna Kill You
      9. I Wanna Eat You
      10. I Wanna Fuck Your Brains Out
      11. Fuck Authority
      12. Brutality and Bloodshed For All
      13. Fuck Off, We Murder
      14. Drink, Fight, and Fuck
      15. Shoot, Knife, Strangle, Beat and Crucify
      16. Raw, Brutal, Rough, and Bloody
      17. Outlaw Scumfuc
      18. Kill the Police/Destroy the System
      19. I'm A Rapest
      20. Scars On My Body/Scabs On My Dick
      21. No Rights
      22. Slaughterhouse Deathcamp
      23. Interview From Prison

      This was the first of my homemade compilations, and I'm still proud of it. After all, GG would never get a real comp himself. This one will work when nothing else will. And the interview at the end explains a lot of what came before. Hope you guys like this stuff. Happy new year!

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    1. 01/04/16--16:05: First post of 2016
    2. I decided to, while I was waiting for the Uriah Heep FLAC files to split, to throw this together,
      VERY little planning went into this, and I'm sure it will show, but I thought this was a fairly amusing idea, maybe you will as well, maybe you won't.

      The compilation is called "Battle of the Bands", and what I'm compiling is songs on which bands attack or insult other performers........sometimes it goes only one way, sometimes there is some back-and-forth stuff, I know hip hop artists engage in slamming each other all the time, but I wanted to do one with rock bands. Let's look at what we got here.......

      Well, I wanted to start out with something really retro, so I was looking for a copy of Jerry Lee Lewis'"It Wouldn't Happen To Me", in which Jerry puts both Elvis and Ricky Nelson in thier places, but I couldn't find one, so let's retro it THIS way, kicking off with Gary "US" Bonds "Copy Cat" in which he blasts Chubby Checker and Bobby Darren for trying to "cop" his "groove".....always liked some of Bonds's stuff, and this shot is right on the money......"Copy cats don't last long" is the ultimate decision here, let's allow history to simply decide who "won" this "battle".

      One of the most bitter musical "wars", of course, came after the demise of the Beatles......Paul
      McCartney fired the first shot on his "Ram" album with "Too Many People".....it's a fairly veiled swipe at John Lennon, but there is nothing veiled about Lennon's response, "How Do You Sleep?", which goes for the jugular......"those freaks was right when they said you was dead".......pretty venomous, and a really cool song.

      Perhaps the most well known song of this nature is Lynyrd
      Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", which is a full blown answer to Neil Young's scathing "Southern Man"......"Well I heard Mr Young sing about us, I heard ol' Neil put us down.....well I hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don't need him around anyhow"......and, cool guy that he has always been, Young LOVED it, saying he'd MUCH rather listen to this than to "Southern Man"......Young will always be the TRUE Godfather of Cool......

      My personal favorite "battle", I guess, would have to start with the Sex Pistols attack on the New York Dolls, in which they cop "Looking For a Kiss" and "Pills" while slamming the Dolls as "faggots"......Johnny Thunders slugged back with the Heartbreakers great "London Boys", in which they swipe "Pretty Vacant", refer to the Pistols as "faggots", and take some great lyrical swipes such as "You need an escort to take a piss, he holds your hand and he shakes your dick"......I declare Thunders the winner in this one, I think.

      Pavement's classic "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" album took a shot at Stone Temple Pilots, but it
      was nothing compared to the wonderful slash they gave to Smashing Pumpkins (song: "Range Life)...."Out on Tour with thte Smashing Pumpkins, natures kids, they ain't got no function, I don't understand what they mean, and I could really give a fuck"........perfect by any measure.

      Next up we have Foo Fighters' not-to-well masked shot at Courtney Love (although it doesn NOT mention her by name, it is obvious whom Dave Grohl is referring: "Am I the only one to see your rehearsed insanity?")......maybe Courtney tried to swipe back but sometimes with her, well, ya know, it's kinda hard to tell.

      Recently discussed on this very blog was the rift between The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols.....there is an entire film dedicated to this thing, someone posted a link to the film in my Brian Jonestown post, the short version here is that The Dandy Warhols (I HAVE TO get a post done on them sometime soon) fired the first salvo with "Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth", which the BJM followed up with "Not if You Were the Last Dandy On Earth"......they are here, back to back, and I guess you can declare a winner if you wish.

      The last one I have here is pretty lame, but I thought I'd toss it up here to show how weak this stuff
      can be without any real context......New Radicals had a single entitled "You Get What You Give" (who the FUCK are the New Radicals?) which contains the lyrics,

      "Health insurance rip off lying
      FDA big bankers buying
      Fake computer crashes dining
      Cloning while they're multiplying
      Fashion shoots with Beck and Hanson,
      Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson
      You're all fakes
      Run to your mansions
      Come around
      We'll kick your ass in!"........

      Sounds forced, fake, and stupid, just to show that if you attempt to attack another in song, at least be established and have a HISTORY with your adversary, or else you come off looking every bit as stupid as The New Radicals did here......

      Anyway, this was all off the top of my head.......any of you guys got anymore songs that attack other artists that I forgot? I'm sure there areplenty, enough to make another comp......maybe one of you hip-hop fans could do one up on those guys, I know they do it regularly, but, of course, that's hardly the Big Man's forte........enjoy, comment, or disregard, I'm still here and will remain here.....

      Happy Motherfucking New Year!

      BATTLE OF THE BANDS!-01 GARY US BONDS-Copy Cat/02 PAUL MCCARTNEY-Too Many
      People/03 JOHN LENNON-How Do You Sleep/04 LYNYRD SKYNYRD-Sweet Home Alabama/05 THE SEX PISTOLS-New York/06 THE HEARTBREAKERS-London Boys/07 PAVEMENT-Range Life/08 FOO FIGHTERS-I'll Stick Around/09 DANDY WARHOLS-Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth/10 BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE-Not If You Were the Last Dandy On Earth/11 NEW RADICALS-You Get What You Give


      Just something for ya while I was fucking around with something else..........lemme know what ya think......

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      Well, I thought I'd put out a nice big, comprehensive, multi-part compilation for ya for the New
      Year......This is a tricky one, "New Wave Hits of the 1980's"....OK, a few things....one, this is not really my favorite of all music scenes, "new wave" was a fairly all encompasing term for stuff that was "edgy" (to ANY degree) in the late 70's-80's.....A LOT of this music here is of the layup variety, ie, EASY selections that most of ya probably have in your stash already, should you enjoy this kind of thing.......there are 17 discs here, and, trust me, there is a LOT of stuff you already have.......now, on the positive side, the obvious stuff IS really good, so if you are lacking in some of this stuff, here is the spot.

      I guess what we'll do here is take a gander at each disc, maybe point out the gems on each, and even give a shout to the obvious material that is here, given that, while it IS essential, it is also, for the most part, REALLY great shit........

      Well, let's look at Disc 1....as I've said, there is some layup material here.....but, it IS , in fairness, GREAT stuff.......Graham Parker's "Local Girls", The Ramones "Rock N Roll High School", and Blondie's "One Way Or Another", while all CLASSIC songs, have been comped to death.....the gems here are The Suburban Lawns great "Gidget Goes to Hell", Tim Curry's fab " I Do the Rock" (from of course, the Rocky Horror Picture Show), and Normal's "Warm Leatherette".....some good stuff there, most of these discs will follow that pattern......program as you wish, you can probably pare this down to maybe 2 discs of stuff you don't already have 20 different times....I must be sure and warn you that The Inmates' awful cover of "Dirty Water" is here as well


      Disc 2 is similar, the filler stuff is GREAT (Martha & the Muffins "Echo Beach", The Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays",  "Turning Japanese" by the Vapors and more.....see what I'm saying? GREAT material, but who the hell doesn't already have it?   Luckilly, we got stuff from Human Sexual Response, Fischer-Z, and Klark Kent, for those searching for some less-comped stuff...

      Let us advancd to disc 3......again, OBVIOUS (but still great)  tracks from XTC, Gary Newman, and
      The Romantics (I bet you can guess which tracks without my assistance), but the "lesser-comped" stuff is fab as hell......my fave here is The Nails "44 Lines About 88 Women", but we also get "Are You Ready For the Sex Girls?" from the Gleaming Spies, and The Fools'"It s a Night For Beautiful Girls"......this disc, with it's combination of moderatley obscure comp tracks and standout "obvious" material, makes this a disc that can nearly stand on its own.

      And here we go to disc 4......I've always LOVED The Kings'"Switching to Glide", don't know, honestly, how often it's been comped, but it's a fantastic tune, one of the most representative of the era and sound.  The Bauhaus turn in a weird cover of "Ziggy Stardust", Duran Duran contribute another obvious-but-still-great track ("Girls On Film"), we also get some gems from The Motors, The Members, and the Moroes, among others, as the set starts to veer away from the big "obvious""hits", and tries to go a bit deeper.....btw, if you are not familiar with the one-shot wonder "Switching to Glide", DO NOT miss it, to me it represents the music of the early 80's to perfection.

      So, Disc 5......hey, I LOVE Kim Wilde's "Kids In America", Gang of Four's "I Love a man In Uniform", and Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy, but as I said before, do we all REALLY need ANOTHER copy of them?......luckilly, we are left with stuff like Pete Shelley's "Homospaien", Japan-14's "The Art of Parties", and Grat Buildings "Hang on to Something".....there are also TOTALLY obvious throwaways from Toni Basil, Marshall Crenshaw (not well-comped, just always hated this song, strictly personal), and Frank and Moon Zappa's "not great""Valley Girl"........program as you wish, as I said before, I am but the middle man!

      So, for today, we will wrap up with Disc 6......first of all Golden Earring? enough said there, "People
      Who Died" is maybe Jim Carroll's weakest track, and, really?, Culture Club?.......well, anyway, it IS a representative cross section, be that good or bad, and they throw in some goodies as well, this time from X ("White Girl", an old fave of mine), Josie Cotton ("Johnny Are You Queer?"), and "Wot" from Captain Sensible.......a good mix of the obvious and the (fairly) obscure......

      OK, hope you blokes like this stuff......in the next few days, I'll get the rest of the set posted.....it's kind of infuriating that the obvious stuff is SO obvious it belongs on "K-Tel's New Wave Hits of the 80's", while some of the obscure stuff is both unique and wonderful.......on this one, I can't stres enough: program it as you wish to suit YOUR needs.

      I think this is a pretty decent set, someone went to some trouble to compile this......it is somewhat frustrating that the "obvious" stuff is SO obvious that it should be on "K-TEL's NEW WAVE HITS of the 1980's", while the (more) esoteric stuff is both (somewhat) hard to find AND really great to listen to.....check back the next few days, there are like 9 MORE discs and I'm sure you will find a few gems if you search.....while 80's new-wave is not exactly my FAVORITE genre, it WAS a great singles-medium, ala punk or power pop, or 60's garage psych, as it makes for FANTASTIC, comprehensive compilations, as (I have made this point before) it plays like a grat radio show (does not work for, say Krautrock, stoner, metal, and other formats that don't exactly work in the singles format......love it or leave it, no one can argue that some great singles did come out of ths format/era....

      DISC 1-1. Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi (3:01)/2. Normal - Warm Leatherette (3:23)3. Blondie - One Way Or Another (3:29)/4. Flash & The Pan - Hey- St. Peter (3:54)/5. Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind (3:29)/6. D-Day - Too Young To Date (2:37)/7. Graham Parker - Local Girls (3:42)/8. Ramones - Rock 'N' Roll High School (2:22)/9. Knack - My Sharona (4:03)/10. Dave Edmunds - Girl Talk (3:27)/11. Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star (3:29)/12. Tim Curry - I Do The Rock (4:47)/13. Inmates - Dirty Water (3:04)/14. Tin Huey - I'm A Believer (3:15)/15. Suburban Lawns - Gidget Goes To Hell (2:03)/16. Flying Lizards - Money (That's What I Want) (2:32)


      DISC 2-1. Klark Kent - Away From Home (2:57)/2. Motels - Danger (3:27)/3. Martha & The Muffins - Echo Beach (3:38)/4. Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (3:43)/5. Boomtown Rats - I Don't Like Mondays (3:49)/6. Split Enz - I Got You (3:31)/7. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:27)/8. Kingbees - My Mistake (2:55)/9. M - Pop Musik (3:24)/10. Fischer-Z - So Long (5:01)/11. Tonio K. - The Funky Western Civilization (4:13)/12. Vapors - Turning Japanese (3:44)/13. Ultravox - Vienna (4:40)/14. Human Sexual Response - What Does Sex Mean To Me (4:54)/15. Devo - Whip It (2:41)/16. Beat - You Won't Be Happy (2:22)

      DISC 3-1. Gary Numan - Cars (3:58)/2. The B-52's - Private Idaho (3:38)/3. XTC - Making Plans For Nigel (4:14)/ 4. Rockpile - Teacher Teacher (2:36)/5. Robert Palmer - Looking For Clues (4:58)/6. Humans - I Live In The City (3:11)/7. Pearl Harbor & The Explosions - Drivin' (3:44)/8. The Romantics - What I Like About You (2:58)/9. The Nails - 88 Lines About 44 Women (4:40)/10. Lene Lovich - New Toy (3:19)/11. Visage - Fade To Grey (4:04)/12. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Stool Pigeon (3:47)/13. Squeeze - Tempted (4:02)/14. The Selecter - Too Much Pressure (3:51)/15. The Fools - It's A Night For Beautiful Girls (3:55)/16. Gleaming Spires - Are You Ready For The Sex Girls? (4:04)


      DISC 4-1. Devo - Freedom Of Choice (3:24)/2. XTC - Generals And Majors (4:07)/3. Kings -
      Switchin' To Glide (2:36)/4. Boomtown Rats - Up All Night (3:38)/5. Greg Kihn Band - The Breakup Song (2:51)/6. Motors - Love And Loneliness (4:40)/7. Magazine - About The Weather (3:27)/8. Phil Seymour - Precious To Me (2:52)/9. Duran Duran - Girls On Film (3:32)/10. Translator - Everywhere That I'm Not (3:51)/11. Altered Images - I Could Be Happy (3:33)/12. Members - Working Girl (4:10)/13. Monroes - What Do All The People Know (3:30)/14. Undertones - It's Going To Happen! (3:39)/15. Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust (3:15)/16. Soft Cell - Tainted Love (2:41)


      DISC 5-1. Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy (2:47)/2. Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like (3:15)/3. Kim Wilde - Kids In America (3:29)/4. Haircut One Hundred - Love Plus One (3:40)/5. Marshall Crenshaw - Someday, Someway (2:52)/6. Great Buildings - Hold On To Something (3:49)/7. Jam - Town Called Malice (2:57)/8. Tommy Tutone - 867-5309 (Jenny, Jenny) (3:48)/9. Go-Go's - Vacation (3:01)/10. Frank & Moon Zappa - Valley Girl (3:50)/11. A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away) (3:46)/12. Soft Cell - Sex Dwarf (5:16)/13. Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In A Uniform (3:35)/14. Japan - 14 - The Art Of Parties (4:12)/15. Pete Shelley - Homosapien (3:24)/16. Toni Basil - Mickey (3:26)


      DISC 6-1. Men At Work - Who Can It Be Now? (3:24)/2. Golden Earring - Twilight Zone (4:53)/3.
      Talk Talk - Talk Talk (3:25)/4. Josie Cotton - Johnny, Are You Queer? (2:49)/5. X - White Girl (3:34)/6. The Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died (5:02)/7. Code Blue - Face To Face (3:05)/8. Captain Sensible - Wot (3:20)/9. Bonggo - Number With Wings (4:28)/10. ABC - The Look Of Love (Part One) (3:33)/11. Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (4:23)/12. Romeo Void - Never Say Never (3:29)/13. The Church - The Unguarded Moment (3:11)/14. Any Trouble - Second Choice (3:02)/15. The A's - A Woman's Got The Power (3:37)16. Sparks - I Predict (2:53)



      HHHHEEEEEEY Now, come on! Your Uncle is laid off for a while, and has a bunch of ideas for
      some upcoming posts......along with my team of wondersome contributors, the next few months on the blog oughta be pretty great......this is a BIG project, 16 or 17 discs or whatever, but I DO like stuff like this, HUGE sets that attempt, one way or another, to give a comprehensive look at a sound/era......

      GUYS, please tell me if you like this stuff or not.....and if NOT, what would you prefer? My mission here has ALWAYS been, for anyone who reads/participates/listens here to be able to construct, for him or herself, the PERFECT music collection....there shouldn't, in this day and age, be ANYTHING out there that you wish to hear, and can't........just let us know what you'd like and chance are good that ONE of the team just may be able to help you out!


      Love to all, as always.......I think the Vikings have about as much chance of beating Seattle next week as I have of Drew Barrymore accepting my latest marriage proposal, but hey, ya never know......

      Tune in the next couple days to get the rest of this "new wave" treasure-trove!







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    3. 01/08/16--14:51: 1980's New Wave Hits, Part 2
    4. Well, picking up where we left off before, we have a few more discs of the great, semi-great, and not
      so great new-wave singles of the 1980's.....a few have pointed out that some of these are acatually from the late 1970's, as a member of the class of 1979 I am quite aware of this, I think they were pretty much capturing a moment, in particular with how all over the map this set has been, style and quality wise.

      Disc 7 is, of the set, perhaps the most esoteric set of stuff, dragged down only by Trio's awful "Da Da Da"....Josie Cotton makes a welcome return, The Blasterz, Fleshtones, Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns, and Bill Nelson are all acts that, it seems to me, don't come up on these type comps too often.

      Disc 8 returns to more layup material, not that some of it isn't really good.....Dexy's Midnight Runners'"Come On Eileen" is a great one-shot, "Mexican Radio" from Wall of Voodoo is a great one, and The Fixx'"Red Skies" is one I hadn't heard in a while. There are a few dogs, however, from the WAY-past-thier-peak Tubes ("She's a Beauty"), Thomas Dolby ("She Blinded Me With Science"), and the wretched "Goodbye to You" from Scandal......not to be too critical, though, as any set which includes the wonderful Rachel Sweet ("Voo Doo") can't be all bad.

      Next up the ninth volume of the set leads off with Duran Duran's great "Rio", also great stuff from
      Psychedelic Furs, Killer Pussy ("Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage"), Single Bullet Theory, and Echo & the Bunnymen's great "The Cutter"......I suppose "Too Shy" by Kajagoogoo had to turn up here somewhere, so here it is.

      By the time we get to Volume 10, in my opinion, the quality (overall) is beginnning to decline.....the Adam Ant track is not a good one, Taco's awful "Puttin' on thte Ritz" and really nondescript material from Flock of Seagulls, Bow Wow Wow and others, the main saving grace of the set is "China" from the Red Rockers.

      The Fixx ("One Thing Leads to Another") and Nena ("99 Luftballoons") are my personal faves on disc 11, and there is also less-common tracks from Joboxers, the Flirts, and Fun Boy Three.....pretty good set of some of the more esoteric material comped here.

      We'll wrap this up with Disc 12 for today, leading off with Culture
      Club ("Karma Chameleon", ugh) gives kind of a picture of what we're in for here.....pretty  non descript set, the saving grace being The Alarm's "Sixty Eight Guns", on of the very few selections in the set that venture over into more "punk" type material.

      OK, that is all for today, I'll get the rest up tomorrow or so. Hopefully it's 20 below zero in Minnesota Sunday, sorry, if you live there, but I think a torturously cold game is the only way I see the Vikings being able to even remain in a game with the Seahawks........prediction: Seattle 28, Minnesota 10......also prediction: Vikings in 2016 kick serious ass!

      VOLUME 7- 1. Haircut One Hundred - Boy Meets Girl (3:05)/2. Josie Cotton - He Could Be The
      /7. Fleshtones - Ride Your Pony (3:20)/8. X - Blue Spark (2:11)/9. Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie (3:27)/10. Bad Manners - Samson And Delilah (2:57)/11. Wide Boy Awake - Chicken Outlaw (5:19)/12. Trio - Da Da Da (3:27)/13. Joe Carrasco & The Crowns - Party Weekend (3:10)/14. Fashion - Love Shadow (3:43)/15. Bill Nelson - Flaming Desire (4:50)/16. Laurie Anderson - O Superman (8:24)
      One (2:49)/3. Blasters - I'm Shakin' (2:26)/4. Split Enz - Six Months In A Leaky Boat (3:11)/5. Paul Carrack - I Need You (2:49)/6. Animal Nightlife - Love Is Just The Great Pretender (4:02)

      VOLUME 8-1. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen (4:16)/2. The Fixx - Red Skies (3:33)/3. Missing Persons - Walking In L.A. (3:40)/4. Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy (3:50)/5. The Tubes - She's A Beauty (3:32)/6. The Bluebells - Cath (3:16)/7. Rachel Sweet - Voo Doo (3:42)/8. Mental As Anything - If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too? (3:15)/9. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science (3:43)/10. Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio (4:00)/11. The Thompson Twins - Lies (3:14)/12. Oxxo - Whirly Girl (3:00)/13. Tin Tin - Kiss Me (7:32)/14. Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (4:22)/15. Robert Hazard - Escalator Of Life (3:38)/16. Scandal - Goodbye To You (3:48)


      VOLUME 9-1. Duran Duran - Rio (4:02)/2. Modern English - I Melt With You (3:51)/3. Sparks &
      9. Echo & The Bunnymen - The Cutter (3:57)/10. Belle Stars - Sign Of The Times (2:55)/11. ABC - Poison Arrow (3:28)/12. Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (3:39)/13. Heaven 17 - Let Me Go (4:16)/14. Q-Feel - Dancing In Heaven (Oribital Be-Bop) (3:08)/15. Killer Pussy - Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage (4:13)/16. Total Coelo - I Eat Cannibals (3:33)
      Jane Wiedlin - Cool Places (3:26)/4. Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way (3:41)/5. English Beat - Save It For Later (3:38)/6. Marshall Crenshaw - Whenever You're On My Mind (3:20)/7. Single Bullet Theory - Keep It Tight (2:42)/8. Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun (2:26)

      VOLUME 10-1. Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious (3:57)/2. Bow Wow Wow - Do You Wanna Hold Me (3:14)/3. Red Rockers - China (4:02)/4. Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination (3:46)/5. Jam - Beat Surrender (3:31)/6. Call - The Walls Came Down (3:47)/7. Rank & File - Amanda Ruth (3:12)/8. Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away (3:34)/9. Madness - Our House (3:26)/10. Bananarama - Shy Boy (3:17)/11. A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (4:14)/12. Naked Eyes - Promises- Promises (3:48)/13. Roman Holiday - Stand By (2:49)/14. Nick Heyward - Whistle Down The Wind (3:44)/15. Little Girls - Earthquake Song (2:40)/16. Taco - Puttin' On The Ritz (3:25)

      VOLUME 11-1. Big Country - In A Big Country (3:56)/2. Nena - 99 Luftballons (3:55)/3. Joboxers -
      Just Got Lucky (3:44)/4. Flirts - Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime) (3:45)/5. Tears For Fears - Change (4:00)/6. Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep (3:57)/7. Dfx2 - Emotion (4:57)/8. Slow Children - President Am I (2:50)/9. Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another (3:25)/10. Felony - The Fanatic (3:36)/11. Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny (3:46)/12. Dollar - Mirror Mirror (Mon Amour) (3:22)/13. Fun Boy Three - The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) (3:14)/14. Squeeze - Black Coffee In Bed (4:18)/15. Real Life - Send Me An Angel (3:56)/16. Spandau Ballet - True (5:35)

      VOLUME 12-1. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon (4:08)/2. Madness - It Must Be Love (3:26)/3. Spandau Ballet - Gold (3:55)/4. Paul Young - Come Back And Stay (3:35)/5. Aztec Camera - Oblivious (3:13)/6. Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know (3:02)/7. The Rave-Ups - Positively Lost Me (5:09)/8. Big Country - Fields Of Fire (3:32)/9. Stray Cats - (She's) Sexy + 17 (3:15)/10. The Alarm - Sixty Eight Guns (3:19)/11. The Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed (2:53)/12. Yazoo - Only You (3:13)/13. Re-Flex - The Politics Of Dancing (3:58)/14. Marilyn - Calling Your Name (4:06)/15. Cabaret Voltaire - Sensoria (3:58)/16. Peter Godwin - Images Of Heaven (5:01)




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      (SCOTT)-Thanks for this Jonder, one with which I was unfamiliar, which is what I enjoy most about
      doing this, the serendipitous manner in which we can all discover great music, previously unknown to us! Thanks for the contribution, as always!
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      Scottish guitarist Mick Slaven is a talented axeman for hire who has performed with Del Amitri, the Jazzateers, Bourgie Bourgie, and Deacon Blue. Slaven's trio The Leopards have backed singers Lloyd Cole and Vic Godard, as well as Postcard Records alumni Malcolm Ross (Josef K), James Kirk (Orange Juice), and Paul Quinn.

      If you don't know those names, don't fret. The Leopards aren't the Sound of Young Scotland. The Leopards are more akin to the psychotic swamp-rock of the Scientists and the Screaming Blue Messiahs (whose LP's will get the deluxe reissue treatment this year). If you aren't familiar with the Scientists or the Messiahs, you need to fix that right now. I'll wait here until you get back.

      The Leopards' first album, They Tried Staying Calm, came out in 1997 on the Creeping Bent label. (A second album, 2011's Never Been The Same, was only released digitally.) They Tried Staying Calm is the sound of a lunatic strangling his guitar, pushing the whammy bar on his Fender Jaguar to the breaking point, all the while unspooling frenzied tales of motorbikes, madwomen and mortality. The rhythm section sticks to him like glue. The band has no intention of staying calm. Here's a short sample song: https://youtu.be/7a8Rw7Wd1EY

      A wonderful Youtube user named FruitierThanThou recently posted a Peel Session by The Leopards, which includes their cover of the T.Rex song "Electric Slim and the Factory Hen" (there's a touch of glam in The Leopards' sound). I have ripped the audio from that four song session, and added The Leopards' version of "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" from a compilation CD.

      ALBUM TRACKS: 01 Ju Ju Girl/ 02 Surf On/ 03 Motorcycle Baby/ 04 Theme E/ 05 Burning/ 06

      Starlings/ 07 Always On Your Side/ 08 Vendetta Machine/ 09 Cutting A Short Dog/ 10 Carried By Six/ 11 Full Moon Fight/ 12 Derailed By Mad Dog/ 13 Piney's Prayer/ 14 Being Wowed

      BONUS TRACKS: 15 You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory/ 16 Ju Ju Girl/ 17 Electric Slim and the Factory Hen/ 18 Shout Baby/ 19 Theme E/ (Tracks 16-19 from Peel Session 10/12/97). Thanks to FruitierThanThou, who shares LOTS of great Peel Sessions on Youtube

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