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- 12/07/15--11:23: Cliff Checking in With More Reggae
- 12/07/15--14:59: RIP Scott Weiland
- 12/09/15--18:15: For my beloved daughter on what would have been her 20th birthday
- 12/14/15--09:52: New Grab Bag from Brian
- 12/15/15--17:00: "...and when I am fitter, say, the bells of Gary Glitter"
- 12/15/15--18:19: Jonder's Christmas Contributiion
- 12/18/15--08:00: Cliff presents a Reggae Christmas
- 12/22/15--16:28: Some Christmas Music for the REST of us
- 12/24/15--20:23: IMO, THE most offensive post I could EVER put up
- 12/26/15--19:33: I am So thrilled to be able to present this......
- 12/29/15--14:49: Uriah Heep
- 12/30/15--21:38: A brief tribute to Lemmy
- 12/31/15--11:53: Brian's Tribute to Lemmy and more
- 01/04/16--16:05: First post of 2016
- 01/05/16--23:17: New Wave Hits of the 80's (Part 1)
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- 01/08/16--15:10: Jonder's first contribution of 2016
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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King Crimson Part 1, just a taste ("In the Court of the Crimson King")
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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"
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!
(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!
(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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
(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
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.
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!
JENNIFER WARNES LIVE 1977 REPOST
Reconstructed link will be posted soon!
JACK TEMPCHIN SOLO ALBUM 1978
DISCO STAR WARS
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.
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............
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".
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.
(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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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)
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!
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
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......
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.
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
We'll kick your ass in!"........
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......
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........
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 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 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!
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 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)
(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!