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Clutch, Part 1

From the metropolis that is Frederick Maryland, we have Clutch, certainly one of the most
underappreciated and underrated bands of the last couple of decades......a GREAT hard rock band with a volumnous catalouge, this is a mystery to my why these guys never took off more than they did.....great stuff here, be forewarned, if you love good old hard rock, stoner rock, bluesy-riff rock, look no further....Clutch is some fucking bad ass shit. No joke!

Clutch's lineup has remained fairly stable over the years, more or less vocalist/rhythm guitarist Neil Falon, lead guitarist Tim Sult, bassist Dan Maines, and drummer Jean-Paul Gaster.....they've released a BUNCH of albums, and for my cash are one of the USA's best hard rocking/stoner (well, CLOSE to stoner) bands that this country has produced, and it's a complete blank to me as to why they have not drawn a bit of a bigger audience.

They formed, as stated before, in Maryland, ca. 1991....the first recordings of theirs that I happen to be in posession of are a copule of fine, somewhat sloppy EP's, 1991's "Pitchfork" and 1993's "A Promo Named Marcus"......I've had these forever, I THINK they are pretty rare, if I'm wrong, well so be it, BUT there are some good tracks on the both of them.....in particular "Pitchfork", I think, "Promo" contains some cool live stuff as well where the band shows off their not-a-joke live chops.....I would try these out if I were you.....

Thier debut LP, "Transnational Speedway League, Anthems, Anecdotes, and Undeniable Truths" is something of an unknown "semi-classic"...it's a good one, trust me, "A Shotgun Named Marcus" makes a return from the earlier EP, but better yet is "Binge and Purge", a fine early anthem, and "Walking In the Great Shining Path of Monster Trucks'....this is a fine album and a fine starting point to a LONG career with a BUNCH of good material, buckle up.

The next album "Clutch", is a pretty much perfect piece of 1990's earlsy semi-stoner rock......maybe ust some GREAT hard rocking stuff, like the debut, you would not wish to be without this, if you are unfamiliar.....there is no limit to the great, spaced out, hard rocking tracks on this album, just at random, we have "Texan Book of the Dead", "Spacegrass", "Tim Sult vs the Greys" that's just throwing darts, though, this is a great, 4.5 star album, you really can't call yourself a fan of 90's hard rock/stoner rock without this one, it's GREAT.

In 1997 there was a re-release of the EP "Passive Restraints" (not included here) with a couple of extra tracks.....this is entitled "Impetus", and is ABSOLUTELY worth every second you spend to obtain it....the original EP was fine, and the addition of the demo version of the title track certainly does no harm.

Next, in 1998, they released "The Elephant Riders", yet another wonderful and hard slamming
release.....long a favorite of mine, it contains GREAT shit like "Eight Times Over Miss October", "Crackerjack, "and the ending (other than the "hidden tracks",  and they are great as well) "The Dragonfly" which will rock your world,guarenteed......there are many different pressings of this disc, each of which contain DIFFERENT hidden tracks, you will be perfectly happy with the ones that appear here,  "David Rose", and "Gifted and Talented".

They suffered a minor slump in my estimation, with 2000's "Pure Rock Fury" (I don't even like the TITLE!), although, hear me out, this is NOT a "bad" album....just not on par with some of their other work...the title track and "Immortal" are decent enough, but the "Careful With that  Mic" silliness (a Korn/Limp Biakit knockoff that Clutch, as well as everyone else, would have been well advised to avoid), does nothing for the album but bring it down to the level of mediocrity......there are some good moments here, though, do not dismiss the CD due to MY dislike for "Nu-Rock" or whatever they called it (Hair Metal =1980's, Nu Rock=2000's, any questions?)

Next up they released a live LP that I don't seem to have here (thought I did, maybe it'll turn up before I finish this thang)......the next release I have is a FINE rarities/unreleased tracks collection, "Slow Hole To China".......it's got a LOT of good stuff on it, mostly for Clutch fans (of which I no doubt am), check "Equinox" and "Guild of Mute Assasins", there are LOTS of tracks here that are of "regular" album quality........these guys were no joke, I can only imagine someone who has NEVER heard of them starting here and being blown away by all of this great material.

In 2004 they released the wonderful "Blast Tyrant", really fine album with tracks like "Mercury" and "Prophets of Doom", by now, "stoner rock" was coming into it's own, which HAD to be amusing to these dudes, whi had been doing this stuff for ten years..

OK, that's all for this post.....these dudes have so much good shit that it will take multiple posts....hell, I just might consider them the MOST underappreciated/underrated bands of the 90's/00's, they were ahead of thier time, ahead of the curve on the "stoner rock" thing, and it just seemed to me never got the attention that they deserved. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't know, but to me this is some damn FINE hard rock, which, of course, is my "first love".....

We'll have part 2 tomorrow or sometime......would REALLY like to hear your feelings on these "unknown" (that may be a bit harsh) hard core rockers, they melded punk/stoner/grunge/good old riff rock into a sound all thier own........they did it for a long time, and barely missed a beat......trust me, more GOOD stuff tomorrow.

PITCHFORK-01 01 Wicker/02 Arcadia/03 Juggernaut/04 Far Country

A PROMO NAMED MARCUS-01 A Shotgun Named Marcus/02 Rats (live)/03 Juggernaut (live)/04 A Shotgun Named Marcus (live)/05 Molt

TRANSITIONAL SPEEDWAY LEAGUE-01 A Shotgun Named Marcus/02 El Jefe Speaks/03 Binge and Purge/04 12 Ounce Epilogue/05Bacchanal/06 Milk of Human Kindness/07 Rats/08 Earthworm/09 Heirloom 13/10 Walking in the Great Shining path of Monster Trucks/11 Effigy

CLUTCH-01 Big News I/02 Big News II/03 Rock N Roll Outlaw/04 Texan Book of the Dead/05 Escape From the Prison Planet/06 Spacegrass/07 I Have the Body of John Wilkes Boothe/08 Tight Like That/09 Animal Farm/10 Droid/11 The House That Peterbilt/12 7 Jam/13 Tim Sult vs the Greys

IMPETUS-01 Impetus ((Demo)/02 Pile Driver/03 Passive Restraints/04 Impetus/05 High Caliber Consecratot

THE ELEPHANT RIDERS-01 The Elephant Riders/02 Ship of Gold/03 Eight Times Over Miss October/04 The Soapmakers/05 Untitled/06 Muchas Veces/07 Green Bucket/08 Wishbone/09 Crackerjack/10 The Dragonfly/11 David Rose/12 Gifted and Talented

PURE ROCK FURY-01 American Sleep/02 Pure Rock Fury/03 Open Up the Border/04 Careful With
That Mic/05 Red Horse Rainbow/06 The Great Outdoors/07 Smoke Banshee/08 Frankenstein/09 Sinkemlow/10 Immortal/11 Brazenhead/12 Drink to the Dead/13 Spacegrass (live)

SLOW HOLE TO CHINA (RARE AND UNRELEASED)-01 Slow Hole to China/02 Nickle Dime/03 Sea of Destruction/04 Oregon/05 Easy Breeze/06 Four Lords (And One More)/07 Rising Sons/08 Guild of Mute Assasins/09 Willie Nelson/10 Equinox/11 Hoodoo Operator/12 Day of the Jackalope

BLAST TYRANT-01 Mercury/02 Profits of Doom/03 The Mob Goes Wild/04 Cypress Grove/05 Promoter (of Earthbound Causes)/06 The Regulator/07 Worm Drink/08 Army of Bono/09 Spleen Merchant/10 (In the Wake of) The Swollen Goat/11 Weathermaker/12 Subtle Hustle/13 Ghost/14 (Notes from the Trial of) La Curandera/15 WYSIWYG

OK, guys n gals, lotta stuff here, mostly pretty damn good if you have tastes somewhat/anywhere similar to my own, Clutch have been a VERY under-loved band in thier time, let's spread this around a bit and see if we can achieve them a small percentage of the popularity that they really do deserve......good hard rock, all I can say, over a long period of time........tune in TOMORROW for the "rest" of thier fine career!

Clutch Part 2

A day late, perhaps, as I typed this text up and then somehow my drunken fingers deleted it, and I simply said FUCK IT.....so where did we leave off?

"Jam Room" was originally released in 1999, then reissued in 2004.....as with most Clutch releases, it's a fine blend of southern rock/riff rock/metal turning into a fine stoner rock blend....this is a very good disc as well, "One Eye Dollar", "The Drifter", and "Big Fat Pig" are standouts.....by now I assume you know if Clutch is your thing or not, so have at it as you will.

"Pitchfork and Lost Needles" was released in 2005, a re-issue of "Pitchfork" as well as some demo tracks and stuff......if you're a Clutch fan (by now), this will be of interest, really NOT essential, but still a fine record.

From the same year comes "Robot Hive Exodus", another good release, this one taking a more bluesy direction, maybe in the vein of Five Horse Johnson if you are familiar........it's a god disc though, and the blues covers "Gravel Road" and "Who's Been Talking" work well....it's hard to write this band up, as they have consistently released such fine albums for such a long period of time, but, in general, most all of them are worth it for hard rock lovers.

In 2008, they released "From Beale Street To Oblivion", again, what can I say? This is a fine hard rock album as well...."Electric Worry" is one of their best and there are plenty more hard rocking gems here.....God, this is an underappreciated  band, please help and change that, at least a little?

"Strange Cousins From the West" came out in 2009, and what do ya know, it kicks some serious ass as well, actually one of their better efforts (I seem to be saying that often), "50,000 Unstoppable Watts" and "Abraham Lincoln" are among their better works, and that is not all....it's a fine album, and it's AMAZING how consistent these dudes released really good albums with no more recognition than they recieved.

"Basket of Eggs" (2011) is a collection of acoustic takes and other stuff, if you are by now a full-fledged Clutch fan you might desire it, it is not an essential release....try at your own risk.

Now, the "B-Sides and Rarities" collection IS pretty much an essential release, LOTS of undiscovered
gems (that great version of "Cross Eyed mary" from "Sucking in the 70's" (one of the first albums I EVER featured on this blog!), a slew of live tracks, this one you want.....unsure if it fits on a single disc or not, certainly you can figure it out.

And finally, the most recent release, "Earth Rocker".....can you believe? This is maybe their "heaviest' release YET, pure stoner/grunge greatness......sorry, but it's just amazing for me that a band that has kicked it for this long stays fresh, hard rocking, and in tune with the times as this one has and recieves almost zero recognition.......

Clutch is a bad ass band....they rock hard, always have, and if I wake up ONE person to their greatness, I will have done my duty......please check out the albums here, and let me know what you think, the fact that Clutch never hit it as big, as, say, at least, Orange Goblin or Fu Manchu (both of whom are great, make no mistake) is amazing to me..........let's get some recognition for the great CLUTCH!

JAM ROOM 01 Who Wants To Rock/02 big Fat Pig/03 Going To Market/04 One Eye Dollar/05 Raised By Horses/06 Bertha's Big Back yard/07 Gnome Enthusiast/08 Swamp Boot Upside Down/09 Basket of  Eggs/10 Release the Kraken/11 The Drifter/12 I Send Pictures/13 Sink Em Low/14 Super Duper/15 Release the Dub

PITCHFORK AND LOST NEEDLES-01 Wicker/02 Arcadia/03 Juggernaut/04 Far country/05 Nero's Fiddle/06 Passive Restraints (Demo)/07 Bacchanal (Demo)/08 Milk of Human Kindness (Demo)/09 What Would a Wookie Do?/10 Bottoms Up, Socrates

ROBOT HIVE EXODUS-01 The Incomparable Mr. Flannery/02 Burning Beard/03 Gullah/04 Mice and Gods/05 Pulaski Skyway/06 Never Be Moved/07 10001110101/08 Small Upsetters/09 Circus Maximus/10 Tripping the Alarm/11 100000 Witnesses/12 Land of Pleasant Living/13 Gravel Road/141 Who's Been Talking?

FROM BEALE STREET TO OBLIVION-01 You Can't Stop Progress/02 Power Player/03 The Devil & Me/04 White's Ferry/05 Child of the City/06 Electric Worry/07 One Eye Dollar/08 Rapture of Riddley Walker/09 When Vegans Attack/10 Opossum Minister/11 Black Umbrella/12 Mr Shiny Cadillackness

STRANGE COUSINS FROM THE WEST-01 Motherless Chile/02 Struck Down/03 50000 Unstoppable Watts/04 Abraham Lincoln/05 Minotaur/06 The Amazing Kreskin/07 Witchdoctor/08 Let a Poor Man Be/09 Freakonomics/10 Algo Ha Cambiado/11 Sleestak Lighting

BASKET OF EGGS-01 Box Car Shorty's Confession (Acoustsic)/02 The Regulator (Acoustic)/03 Basket Of Eggs (Acoustic)/04 Tight Like That (Acoustic)/05 Drink to the Dead (Live acoustic)/06 Cattle Car/07 Walpole Man/08 Promoter/09 La Curandera/10 Steve Doocy

B-SIDES AND RARITIES-01 Cross Eyed Mary/02 Money/03 Gifted and Talented/04 David Rose/05
05/06 Apache/07 Big News III/08 Molt/09 Hot Off the Grill/10 Pile Driver/11 Slow Hole To China/12 24 Earth Years/13 Easy Breeze/14 Four Lords (And One More)/15 Guild of Mute Assasins/16 Hale Bopp Blues/17 High Caliber Consecrator/18 Nickel & Dime/19 Oregon/20 Rising Son/21 The Package/22 Sitting On Top of the World (Live)/23 The Pond (live)/24 The Wheel (Live)/25 Wishbone (live)/26 King of Arizona

EARTH ROCKER-01 Earth Rocker/02 Crucial Velocity/03 Mr Freedom/04 DC Sound Attack!/05 Unto the Breach/06 Gone Cold/07 The Face/08 Book Saddle & Go/09 Cyborg Bette/10 Oh, Isabella/11 The Wolfman Kindly Requests.....

Let's get this great and for whatever overlooked hard rocking band the notice and credit that they REALLY do deserve......at least sample a couple of these and as always, let me know what you think!

Comedy/Soundtrack King Brian Parker asks for input!

And, as always, I include his link to HIS site here, I am always willing to help ANYONE who asks me to promote thier blogs, people did it for me years ago before I became all famous and stuff.....


OK, Brian is heavilly into comedy, he's made some great comedy posts that I have shared here, and he wants opinions on what his NEXT comedy extravaganza should be........please let him know, he also has (amazingly) a PART FOUR of the Swans ultra-mega post thing, which I'm sure we'll get to eventually, but he asks that I post on my blog a request for input and I am glad to do so.......here we be:

Got a question for my handful of readers....

All right, question for you guys; I'm pondering what to do next. These are the options. I'm free to any feedback of what to do next....

1. A fourth Swans post consisting of 13 different albums between Michael Gira and Jarboe.
2. Another Monty Python post of a handful of things.
3. A huge Richard Pryor post
4. A GIGANTIC George Carlin post!


I am not a HUGE comedy fan, although I did love the Firesign Theater and Lenny Bruce stuff, MY PERSONAL vote would go to more Swans, doubt many others would though..........not up to me anyway, tell Brian, a valued and trusted member of "Team Growing Bored For a Living" what you desire and I'm sure he will come through for ya!

Public Image Limited

Still waiting for the Part 2 Clutch links to load (Zippy up to her old tricks again), well, I wouldn't leave
ya hangin with NOTHING to listen to would I? Well, how about some Public Image Limited, to wash that Clutch right outta yer ears........TOLD ya I am the king of bloggersphere variety, NOW whatcha say?

OK, Pil were Johnny Lydon's (Rotten's) post Sex Pistols project, it was meant to, if I remember correctly, "destroy rock n roll" which "deserved to die" because it was over 30 years old (just a guess but I'd bet good money that at the time John Lydon was ALSO over 30 years old, but, ahh, well....)...

The personnel has shuffled over the years, Lydon being the only constant, but in the beginning (1978) there were Lydon, guitarist Keith Levine, bassist Jah Wobble, and drummer Jim Walker.....this was "anti-rock", which quickly became, as I recall, one of the first to earn the label "post-punk"......about as far from the Pistols (or anything else, really, as it could be), this was droning, slow paced stuff with Wobble's bass mixed way up front, and Lydon's sneering, incoherent "vocals".......imagine, though, the furor that was raised among the "hip" music audience at the time, when we "learned" that the Pistols were passe'? THIS was the "music" of the future"?

The release of 1978's "First Edition" caused quite a furor ("almost" as if it were intentionally so, WOW), sort of semi-reggae, it IS listenable and takes a bit of work to get into, the track "public Image" was something of a single (it appearead on the "Troublemakers" compilation"), there are attacks on religion (specifically Catholocism) and on Malcolm McClaren, I really do kinda like the finale "Fodderstompf", a long, droning "dance" number......if ever there was music that was an acquired taste, then, brother, this was it.........

1979's "Metal Box", like it or not, was one of the most revolutionary albums, well, ever, just in format.....originally pacakaged as three 45 RPM records inside what appeared to be a film cannister, these discs were EQ'd at some of the most smoking hot levels  ever recorded......just amazing if you have ever heard the originals......later released on more affordable vinyl (and later, CD), but if you ever have the chance for the original "Metal Box", you'll be amazed (this is the CD version, not quite as hot as the original)....even in thiss format, "Albatross", "Chant", "PopTones" and more survive to this day, although MUCH more as historical footnotes than as "heavy rotation" stuff......

Oh, the memories......they appeared on American Bandstand and to the stunned shock of Dick Clark,
would not even pretend to lyp-sync......they had a disasterous "Tomorrow Show" appearance with the Thought-he-was-hip Tom Snyder......they performed a show in NYC from behind a sheet so the audience could not see them, as Lydon gleefully chanted "Are you getting your money's worth?"......oh they were MUCH more fun to follow than to actually listen to.

"Paris Au Printemps" which I have in glorious vinyl here, is a live recording, most notable for Lydon's audience-baiting rants (sample: "I'll walk off this fucking stage if you keep spitting......DOG!"), it is a decent summary of the first two releases, "Chant"and "Attack" come off pretty well.......

OK, for me they pretty much lose it here.....Wobble left the band, and "Flowers of Romance" (1981) has next to no bass parts on it, and Levene takes up synth......it's a VERY difficult album to listen to, I DO know people that like it (my brother for one), but you decide for yourself......their time had come and gone, and yet, they continued to "kick out the Jams" (supposed to be funny, there).

The follow up, "Commercial Zone", is a mess as well, the band was fighting with each other, I suppose this was some sort of contractual fullfillment thins, as, was, quite possibly, "Live In Tokyo", which is not NEARLY the effort that "Paris Au Printemps" is, they sound tired and out-of-it......I know "lovers" of the band will likely blast me for my opinions, but these guys DID have a place in history, although it's MORE so in "history" than it is in "music"......

The last of thier albums that I happen to have is 1984's "This is What You Want......And This Is What You Get"......it's an attempt to re-do "Commercial Zone", it's OK, I guess, but really.......zzzzzzzzzzzz....they have made a few more albums since then, but hey........

Pioneers, revolutionaries, have to be VERY careful......they often become the VERY establishment that they attack......never seen a better example than PIL......the fact that they linger on even today proves that point VERY well..........another chapter in the history of rock n roll and the offfshoots thereof, it's SUPPOSED to be dangerous, but after too long, it just becomes comical.

FIRST ISSUE-01 Theme/02 Religion I/03 Religion II/04 Annalisa/05Public Image/06 Low Life/07
Attack/08 Fodderstompf

METAL BOX-01 Albatross/02 Memories/03 Swan Lake/04 Pop Tones/05 Careering/06 No Birds/07 Graveyard/08 The Suit/09 Bad baby/10 Socialist/11 Chant/12 Radio 4

PARIS AU PRINTEMPS-01 Theme/02 Chant/03 Careering/04 Bad baby/05 Low Life/06 Attack/07 Poptones

FLOWERS OF ROMANCE-01 Four Enclosed Walls/02 Track 8/03 Phenagan/04 Flowers of Romance/05 Under the House/06 Hymie's Him/07 Banging the Door/08 Go back/09 Francis massacre/10 Flowers of Romance (Instrumental)/11 Home is Where the Heart is/12 Another

COMMERCIAL ZONE-01 Love Song/02 Mad Max/03 bad Night/04 Young Brit/05 The Slab/06 Lou
Reed Part 1/07 Lou Reed part 2/08 Blue Water/09 Miller High Life

LIVE IN TOKYO-01 Annalisa/02 Religion/03 Low Life/04 Solitaire/05 Flowers of Romance/06 (This Is Not a) Love Song/07 Death Disco/08 Bad Life/09 banging the Door/10 Under the House

THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT.....01 Bad Life/02 (This Is Not a) Love Song/03 Solitaire/04 Tie Me to the Length of That/05 The pardon/06 Where Are You/07 1981/08 The Order of Death

What are your thoughts on this controversial band? How does the music stand up 35 years later? Really like to know your opinions on this......

Surf Legends and Rumors

How about yet another set of the early 1960's surf instrumentals for which I have such a soft
spot/weakness.....hell I've talked about this many times before, it's something that I love to death, just a unique, high energy, balls-out genre of rock n roll........I love this stuff, by now you will know if you do as well.....no need to run down the highlights, you know these names, some of these tracks, and the ones you don't know are treasure-chest material for you instro-surf fans as well, right? Here are two volumes, eat em up......a comment or three might be appreciated!

VOLUME 1-01  THE SURFTONES-Cecilia Ann/02 THE HUSTLERS-Inertia!/03 THE RUMBLERS-Surf Rat/04 THE BLAZERS-Bangalore/05 THE NEVGANS-Surfbound/06 THE RUMBLERS-Boss/07 THE REVELS-Church Key/08 THE REVEL-Intoxica/09 THE PASTEL SIX-Twitchin'/10 THE RUMBLERS-Night Scene/11 THE NEVEGANS-Downey Surf/12 THE RAMBLERS-Hanging One/13 THE REVELS-Comanche/14 THE RUMBLERS-It's a gas/15 THE CHEVELLES-Let There Be Surf/16 THE BLAZERS-Beaver Patrol/17 THE PASTEL SIX-Hot Dogger/18 THE RUMBLERS-Destruction/19 THE REVELS-Revillion/20 THE RUMBLERS-Summertime Blues/21 THE PASTEL SIX-Don't Leave Me/22 THE BLAZERS-Sound of MEcca/23 THE PASTEL SIX-Braham's Nightmare/24 THE RAMBLERS-Mozart Stomp/25 THE RUMBLERS-Slippin'/26 THE HUSTLERS-Inertia!

VOLUME 2-01 THE ASTRONAUTS-Baja/02 THE TORNADOES-Bustin' Surfboards/03 THE TORNADOES-Charge of the Tornadoes/04 THE TORNADOES-The Phantom Surfer/05 THE TORNADOES-The Gremmie Part 1/06 THE BEACH BOYS-Surfin'/07 THE ESQUIRES-Flashin Red/08 THE ESQUIRES-What a Burn/09 THE RAMBLERS-Ticonderoga/10 THE BEL AIRS-Mr Moto/11 THE BEL AIRS-Little Brown Jug/12 THE BELAIRS-Volcanic action/13 THE BEL AIRS-Runaway/14 ALAN SMITH AND THE FUGITIVES-Fugitive/15 THE FURRIES-Double Barrel/16 THE SURF-BUDDIES-Super Surfer/17 THE PASTE SIX-Rendezvous Rods/18 THE PASTEL SIX-Strange Ghost/19 THE PASTEL SIX-SURFER SMOOTH/20 THE PASTEL SIX-Bandito/21 THE REVELS-It's party Time/22 THE REVELS-Tough Soul/23 THE NEVEGANS-One-Armed bandit/24 THE NEVEGANS-Russian Roulette/25 THE HUSTLERS-Kopout/26 THE HUSTLERS-Migrane/27 THE BARRACUDAS-I can't Believe You're Really Mine/28 THE BARRACUDAS-Come Back To Me

Please leave a comment or an album review to TRULY become part of our "Total Sharing" community.......Thanks!

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Persona Non Grata

Another quickie, a 980's new-wave crew (this time from French) that VERy few are familiar with, cannot
find a personnel lineup (maybe could if I tried a LITTLE harder), but take this to the bank.....once you get used to the french/english blur of the lyrics/vocals, this is a dark, spooky, and quite good "cold wave" Ep ca early 80's sometime......I've always enjoyed this dark effort a bit, if you dug the Marquis De Sade disc I had for you a couple weeks ago, you'll go for this too, I think......

OUR SHADES OF SIN-01 The Heirs (Part )/02 The Heirs (part 2)/03 Brother/04 Sunk With a Sheen/05 The Clawning/06 Iroquois Hound Boys (And Bogey Girls)/07 Lacerados Hombres

Please leave a comment with your opinions as to this disc, should you sample it, thanks!


The Mo-Dettes "The Story So Far"

This was a great 1980's new-wave/chick band, really did like their stuff for a while, this is a killer album that
you will want to hear/have, with the classic "Masochistic Opposites" and "White Mice Disco", and more, this is a forgotten 1980's masterpiece that NEVER fails to put a smile on this face when it hits the turntable.....the Mo-Dettes, I THINK, released but this one album, they consisted of guitarist Kate Kouris, bassist Jane Crockford, singer Ramona Carilier, drummer June Miles-Kingston, and guitarist Melissa Ritter.....give this forgotten classic a listen, it is simply a great release, buried under the three decades (!) that have passed since I bought it!

THE STORY SO FAR-01 Fandango/02 Satisfy/03 Dark Park Creeping/04 Kray Twins/05 Paint It Black/06 White Mouse Disco/07 Bedtime Stories/08 Masochistic Opposites/09 Foolish Girl/10 Norman (He's No Rebel)/11 Sparrow/12 Milord


Got a LOT of stuff to do tonight, lets start with guested links

Been away from the computer this weekend and Monday for the most part, my son had a college visit, my
wife "celebrated" her 49th birthday, which, as always, fell on the date of my father's passing away (this being the 25th anniversary of it actually), so both a busy and emotional time.......I have enough guest posts and guest posted links to fill up a LOT of blog space and I'm gonna do it, Brian has part 4 of his amazing Swans post completed, Cliff gives us another reggae masterpiece, Apantabapanta has started a new, intersting, and unusual project which we will see, but first, let's continue the tradition I started a couple of weeks ago of bringing guests contributed links to the forefront......it came to my slow-witted attention that when one of my great friends like Andie James or Dave Sez  adds a valueable link to the comments section, it may go unnoticed as I shouldn't expect you folks to go back and re-read my comments sections each day......a couple weeks ago I brought a bunch of contributed links to the front page, I have no way to track the download numbers as they are technically not on MY Zippy account, but I don't care.....it makes it EASIER for you guys to get MORE quality music, and THAT is what I care about......btw, the response/reaction to my attempt to better highlight the contributed links was quite favorable, and it is something I will continue to do every couple of  weeks.......hey, I have good ideas sometimes, it just takes them a while to burst through all the sludge......(oh, you say "why is there a picture of former NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER JIM TRESSEL OF FORMER OHIO STATE GREATNESS pictured here? Well, because my son Grant's college visit was at Youngstown State, where Tressel is now the University President, I got to meet him and talk to him for a few minutes, which, to me, was a thrill, a privlege, an honor, and a pleasure, and I sure as HELL did thank him for teh great years at OSU, specifically the 2003 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!

OK, first let's start with the last thing I posted, Saturday, the Mo-Dettes "The Story So Far".....my always eager to please friend Andie James comes through with THIS great comment and link:

Hi Scott,

Four Mo-Dettes singles were also released and make up the bonus tracks on the 2008 Re-Issue of The Story So Far...

But that's no fun, so here are the four singles with cover scans 

White Mice/Masochistic Opposite
Paint It Black/Bitta Truth
Dark Park Creeping/Two Can Play
Tonight/Waltz In Blue Minor


Great stuff Andie, I have a vinyl single of "masochistic Opposites/White Mice Disco" here somewhere, finding it would be quite another issue.......again, you do a FANTASTIC job of supplementing my posts with stuff from your stash, which we will all see IN SPADES here in a minute........


OK, a couple days before THAT, we did a post regarding Public Image Limited, it was quite popular, MUCH more so than I expected, and we had some great submissions to compliment the stuff from MY collection:

First my GREAT and generous friend Dave Sez contributes a pair of rare live Jah Wobble links, which if I were you I would RUN not walk to get these, very rare, very unique, and very great, thanks Dave!

Hi Scott! Yuh, I also went off PiL when Jah Wobble left, but here's some rare goodies:



Cheers, Dave Sez.

Also, in regard to PIL, my buddy simonthecat reminisced (as did I) about the look on Dick Clark's face as PIL performed on American bandstand, 1980........so, what the hell, I dug up a YouTube clip of it, here it is in all it's glory, have you never seen this, your life is lacking just a touch.......I STRONGLY recommend giving this a look if you are in the biz of "understanding" what PIL were trying to "accomplish" at the time.....



And one more HUGE contribution from Andie James.......I'll let him explain it to you, but this is as close as we can get to the original vinyl recordings of the classic "Metal Box", YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS, I am not kidding, this is an amazing sonic listening experience.....DO NOT contact me a year from now asking me to re-up this, get it NOW, it is almost impossible to find in this format and is a MUST HEAR experience.......Please, please, please, if you have never heard the original recordings, here is your chance and I advise you take it on........Andie, again, you are the MAN, and I mean that, of course, in multiple meanings (in case you don't know the story, I once thought Andie was a chick, and he was cool enough to have a sense of humor about it rather than get pissed as so many would......a great DUDE Andie james is, and this is a SOLID GOLD contribution, again, don't miss this one:

Hi Scott,
Please excuse me while I blow your ears clean off...

Ripped from a triple 12" vinyl set released on Virgin Records (METAL 1) in 1979 to high resolution and high quality lossless 24-96000 FLAC audio then converted for playback to MP3 @ 320kbps


The full FLAC file is 1.2GB and Zippy completely freaked out, but this amazing rip at 320 is sonically awesome in comparison to my CD rip...

This is Scott, again, and once again, do not underestimate how badly you REALLY DO want to hear this, quite an experience for what is normally a high dollar collector's item..........


So, next up, Comedy/Soundtrack afficianado Brian Parker was pondering what he should do for his next post.......anyway, someone asked for some Martin Mull (I personally do not have much of a comedy stash, really other than what I've gotten the last few months from Brian), anyway, the SPECIFIC Mull recording that was requested wasn't in Brian's arsenal, however, he did contribute a vinyl rip of "Sex and Violins" (I know NOTHING about it, I'll defer to his judgement, which on comedy recordings hasn't let us down yet (fantastic Firesign Theater and Lenny Bruce stuff notably, and more, so logically this is likely a winner as well:

Sorry, the only Martin Mull I have is on vinyl. I did find this rip of Sex & Violins though...


And, remember, Brian doesn't send me EVERYTHING he does, he has other stuff on his own blog, 


recently even highlighting GG Alin, which I did years ago........but please patronize his blog as well, check it out and look around at least, he does a fine job and is trying to find his niche.


OK, that is it for THIS post, but NOT for tonight, by a long shot.......I have a gaggle of guest posts (FULL posts, not just link submissions) that will rattle your gums, trust me.........but for now, enjoy these fabulous links, if you pick off any (or all) of them, PLEASE thank Andie james, Dave Sez, or Brian parker, or all three, they are all GREAT friends of this blog and REALLY help to expand the spectrum of stuff I can help to provide and share!

Apantabapanta's latest project

My go-to Greek guy Apantabapanta has begun a new project, interesting to say the least.......since we are
nearly at the end of the Greek Punk series, (although even HE doesn't know I have a Panx Romana discography I want him to help me with as well), he has began constructing an encyclopedia of various 60's-70's rock bands that have been disbanded.....I think it's an intriguiug  idea, should be fun and educational both......he's attempting to do this in alphabetical order, so his first entry has a handful of bands that start with "A", if the band is of interest to you click the link for a Wikipedia history of that band, he's also provided some zippy links to access the music of these bands....a REALLY nice project, so far, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if a few of the minions would stand up and volunteer to help him with this huge undertaking....it CAN be done but we will need some help with this, PLEASE consider what he is trying to do, and (attention all you guys who want old links reupped but don't want to contribute anything, this would be a fine way to earn a couple points in the Bigman's eyes)please please volunteer to help, it won't be a LOT of work, and it will be fun. .....I really like this idea, actually, I'm going to try and help him as much as I can, but if any of you wish to but in a little serious time to help him bring this project into focus, let me know and I will put you in touch with my great friend/collaborator Apantabapanta.........so, without further ado, here is the first installment of Apantabapanta's "Encyclopedia of Disbanded Rock Bands":


A bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.


A Flock of Seagulls UK The Best of A Flock of Seagulls 1986 @320

Abacus GER Retrospection 1971-82 2004 @256
(missing no 12 ”Believe in Music.” If someone has it, please post.)

Abstract Truth SA Cool Sounds for Heads 1970 vinyl @143VBR (first time on the net. If someone has a better album art please post.)

Accolade UK 1 & 2 Highlights 1972 @192 not really a best of, but a collection highlights of bands only two albums.

a) The idea is to know the music of the bands all around the world that their music style is close to – Pop / Rock-Folk / Rock-New / Wave-Punk / Rock-Hard / Rock-Prog / Rock-
b) I’ll try to post 5 bands every week.
c) Some bands have been reformed for example -A Flock of Seagulls- .
d) If anyone like this idea and have something to post I think BigScott62 will agree.
e) Volunteers needed for finding & posting bands starting from letter ‘’B’’.

Next posts
Ace UK
Acqua Fragile ITA
Adam & the Ants UK
After Tea NET
After The Fire UK

I hope as many as possible contribute a few minutes of thier time to help out Apantabapanta with this most interesting project, but I guarentee he WILL neeed some help with it.......again, it sounds like quite an opportunity for the many, many, many folks that want years-old links reupped (my policy is that you must do something to help the blog FIRST before i will reup anything)....in fact that is how Apantabapanta joined the team, by translating Greek albums for me.......please help him out

Brain Parker back with Part 4 (!) of Swans

Brian Parker, in case you don't know, started a couple months ago helping me with some larger posts, as well as contributing large (and very good) posts on comedy and film soundtracks, areas of which I have little knowledge, to help the blog become more versatile.......he also posts this stuff, as well as some of his other posts, on his own blog


Which, if you enjoy this blog might interest you as well, please check it out.......anyway, this Swans thing (there will also be a part 5) has been a huge labor of love for him, he's worked tirelessly (God knows how many hours he's put in on it), but Swans are kind of different in that they had a HUGE discography in thier long career, as well as a lot of side-projects etc........if you've been following the Swans stuff up until now, obviously this stuff will be of interest to you....it focuses primarily on some pretty rare solo stuff from Swans main man Michael Gira, some of which I had never even heard of.......as I said, Swans had a HUGE recorded output, this is NOT where one would want to start (go back to part 1), but if you are SERIOUSLY into the band's slow, tortured brand of minimalism, you'll want to clear a bit of space for these as well........that being said, and since it's HIS post anyway, here's Brian to tell you all about it....enjoy, and be sure and thank him (as well as visit him on his site) should this be of interest to you!


SWANS Part 4! Rare Gira Solo Stuff

Don't you just love the internet? You're 8 or 9 pages into a Google search, and you come across a blog/search engine/mp3 site that has awesome stuff, and you can't even remember how you got there?

Anyway, without my planning - I thought I had found everything I could - here is Swans Part 4! I've discovered this as I've assembled it, so I'll only provide the briefest of opinions on each.

A SPECIAL NOTE - the music site I found had all these songs singly, so one by one they had to be downloaded, tagged, given cover art and relevant info, and then zipped. And it's just me and my iPhone 4, folks....so I want comments, adoration, etc.

Chasing down this stuff, I heard about a spoken word cassette Gira released with Lydia Lunch in 1984 called "Hard Rock". Despite me and BigScott's best efforts, I could not chase down an mp3 of Gira's half of it. So, I uploaded an mp4 video of Gira's side. It's an intense listen! I also uploaded a PDF file of Gira's book "The Consumer". There's an interesting read! So, except for the Body Lovers/Body Haters album, I believe this'll be everything Gira and Jarboe released outside of Swans. I know, there's two Angels of Light albums missing. I'll put them in the next post.

And since it took this much digging to find, needless to say you won't see all this together anywhere else!

Gira "I'm an Infant, I Worship Him" Video Download

Another good solo gig. Don't know what else to say.

LIVING '02 Download
An audience recording of a solo acoustic gig in Portugal. The sound isn't the best, but it's a great, intimate gig.
THE CONSUMER (Book) Download

Recorded at Tonic in NY in '99. A mostly solo set, with some guests.

Gira does spoken word! This has got to be the most amazing find of all this stuff. Gira reads from his
writings, circa 2000. His voice is as suited to live speaking as it is for singing. A very eloquent man, to say the least. Amazing stuff.

WHAT WE DID Download
An album Gira recorded with D. Matz. Don't know anything about him, but I like the album. Similar in feel to some of the Angels and solo stuff, but with a different instrumental texture.

Wow, this is a stark one. An utterly naked recording, like a cross between early Jandek and Springsteen's "Nebraska".

Another great Gira and a guitar recording. He does several songs from "Sings Other People" as well as a few I'm not familiar with.

I came across a few scraps that I just had to put together. First is a live duet between Gira and Xiu Xiu of Queen's "Under Pressure"! It's not quite Annie Lennox/David Bowie, but hearing Gira sing that whole "Love's just an old fashioned word" verse is something I never thought I'd hear. Then comes an audience recording of a solo acoustic "Helpless Child" from 2014. The mp3 file said "Tascam DR-40". Then is a live recording from Primavera Sound on WFMU. My brain is too fried to tell what song he's doing. Then is what sounds like the audio part of a video interview. Skip to the 3:30 mark. Gira tells some interesting stories about backpacking. The interviewer sounds like he's 12 though. Lastly, there is an interview with him on "Thelema Now!", an Aleister Crowley-related podcast. This is an interesting one: Gira talks about the intensity and transcendence of live
performance. He also talks about the beginning of Angels of Light. Intensive interview. Hope someone likes this grab bag.

I'm also putting a link back up here for the Angels of Light's "We Are Him", since it didn't get any downloads in Post 3! DOWNLOAD

Jarboe's solo material will be covered in the next (and last?) Swans post, in about a week. And then I'm gonna tuck all my Swans away for quite a long time. Immersion gets tiring!

So there we have it, another fine aned comprehensive post from one of my blogging friends, all of whom have helped develop the blog into what I want it to be (the MORE who contribute stuff the BETTER and i TRULY mean that.......all of us bloggers (for the most part anyway, there are a few weird exceptions) truly ARE about sharing, and to me it is 1000% of the game.....I want EVERYONE IN THE WORLD to have what they consider their "perfect" music collection (as well, of course as printed word, comics, photography, whatever is cool and shareable).....the more of you great folks that I can get involved in the process, the better for ALL of us........thanks to brian, and, of course to Apantabapanta, Dave Sez, Cliff, Andie James, and a score more who do so much to help keep things flowing and keep the sharing at maximum level......as long as you guys (and the more add-ons, the better) continue to help me out, i vow I will NEVER let you or the rest of the blogosphere down, I will continue to do this as long as there is life in my lungs. Honestly, it is important to me, and I want as much participation as possible.....it's not "my" blog, it's "ours" and let's ALL do our best to make sure that EVERYONE is accomodated.

This might be a good time to ONCE AGAIN state my policy on re-upping dead links......I get requests EVERY DAY for them, several a day......there is NO WAY IN HELL I can honor them all, as much as I'd like to........my policy is, and will continue to be, if you wish for a dead link to be re-upped (and it is a BIT of work, to be honest), please, please, please, please.....FIRST offer to do something FOR THE OVERALL GOOD OF THE BLOG.....not for "me", that's NOT the idea......the idea is that we ARE "sharing", certainly you have SOMETHING to offer everyone else out there....I LOVE to recieve stuff like tapes of bar bands, amatuer demos, homemade compilations, audience recorded bootlegs, ANYTHING that COULD BE of interest to someone else (not necessarily ME)......it DOES NOT have even to be music.....I love novels, comic books, photography collections.....hell, send recipes, your own short stories/essays, film/music/TV reviews, editorial views.....I don't care WHAT, I don't even especially care about the quality (although I do to a degree, let's not be ridiculous), what I care about is that if you contact me and ask me to do extra work to provide you with something, that YOU care enough to offer something in return, NOT to ME, but to EVERYONE who spends time here........please think, if you want one of my old dead links, CERTAINLY you have SOMETHING that the rest of the audience, or a portion of, at least, will appreciate. Sharing, your Mom told you it was the right thing to do. She was right.

Cliff is back with more reggae

A few weeks ago I posted the legendary "The Harder They Come" soundtrack (an obvious classic) and
stated at the time that I am more of a reggae "dabbler", I really don't have a lot of reggae stuff in my collection.......don't get me wrong, I DO love the music, I am just really not an expert on it, far from it, if you've been around here for any time at all, you know where my so-called "expertise" lies, and it ain't reggae......but as I said I DO enjoy listening to it, always have, thusly Cliff is a perfect fit here, because he IS a reggae expert and is able to turn us on to some of the classic reggae in his collection.......if you share anything from Cliff's posts, please thank him so he stays around for a while, his previous posts have been hit pretty hard (were quite popular), and as long as I am around, Cliff will ALWAYS be welcome with his amazing reggae posts.....I wish I could think of a clever title for his contributions, hell, maybe by next week I will, but for now, take it away Cliff, and thanks again for the great posts and music!
1978 album from a legendary roots tri-part harmony combofamous for their close harmonies and promotion of the Rastafari movement in their lyrics. Consisting of the Manning brothers; Donald and Lynford and Bernard 'Satta' Collins, The Abyssinians serve up a solid piece of laid back roots vibes, with an insistent, conscious message, and crisp, rolling grooves supplied by Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare., Tommy McCook to name but a few.  Although not quite reaching the standard of their legendary Satta Massagane this album is worthy to be in anyones  record collection. Arise comes  at a different pace, the rhythms are more forceful, they take more of a lead in the total sound of the Abyssinians but the lyrics still reach right inside you. 
1.Oh Lord 2.This Land Is For Everyone 3.Mightiest Of All 4.Meditation 5.Wicked Men 6.Jah Loves 7.Dem A Come 8.South African Enlistment 9.Hey You 10.Let My Days Be Long


This is seen as U Roy’s  stand out piece of work . The sound is so classic, the original dancehall vibe, a US RnB inspired rockers riddim with U-Roy’s timeless toasts laced perfectly through the mix. The man’s tone and timing are impeccable.U-Roy popularized and gained a wider audience for "toasting"; rapping over "versions" of popular songs remixed by King Tubby.  The standout track “Runaway Girl" features the DJ pioneer "rapping" over an instrumental version of Ken Boothe's "Just Another Girl". " His lyrics run the gamut of Rastafari concerns,(Dreadlock Dread) to troubles with females (I Can’t Love Another) and royalist run-ins (Chalice In The Palace). “Chalice in the Palace” was a reworked version of the Mighty Diamonds'"Queen Majesty" and became his signature tune.  The uncredited musicians generally stay out of the way but get their own instrumental track at the arse end of the album, “Trench Town Rock” Some may not get what this album is about straight away but give it a few listens and fuck it you won’t be sorry.  And what a record sleeve!!
1. Runaway Girl 2. Chalice In The Palace 3. I Can’t Love Another 4. Dreadlock Dread 5. The Great Psalms 6. Natty Don’t Fear 7. African Message 8. Silver Bird 9. Listen To The Teacher 10. Trench Town Rock

I’ve not been the greatest fan of Peter Tosh’s solo work, the once upon a time member of the Wailers with Robert Nesta Marley but this is a good solid and varied album. The album moves from tracks with a heavy roots feel of “Comin In Hot” to the bounce of “Wanted Dread & Alive” to the soulful sound of “Nothing But Love”, a duet with the Jamaican Singer Gwen Guthrie. The outstanding track for me is “Fools Die” a quiet and mediatative ballad on wisdom and life.  Wanted Dread & Alive is characterised by some beautiful playing by Sly and Robbie (who else)the wonderful horn arrangements of Mickey Chung and tight harmonies provided by the Tamlins, all  featured in an eclectic mix of soul , pop and roots reggae.
1. Coming In Hot 2. Nothing But Love 3. Reggaemylitis 4. Rok With Me 5. Oh Bumbo Klatt
6. Wanted Dread And Alive 7. Rastafari Is 8. Guide Me From My Friends 
9. Fools Die
Bonus Tracks: 10. The Poor Man Feel It  11. Cold Blood 12. That’s What They will Do 13. Rok With Me (Alternate Long Version) 14. Nothing But Love (Long Version)


Thanks so much Cliff, really great shit, thrilled to have you on board.........wonderful contributions!


Well, I'm not going to let EVERYONE ELSE do everything for me this evening, which is now morning......since everyone else has been so generous with their fine contributions, allow me to put up at least one selection chosen and uploaded by my own two hands......

I don't think I've ever posted the soundtrack from "Hype", before, and I should have, it's a good one....."Hype" was a 1996 film dealing with the early 90's grunge scene, to be honest, I think the film is a little slow (although worth seeing once), but the soundtrack is not a bad one at all, lotta good stuff on here if you are a fan of the 90's Seattle scene, GOOD LORD, that was 25 years ago? Allow me to take my ativan, or something.....

The "stars" (is that even the word?) of the era are here.....Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden......and of course, they are great, but we aren't here for stuff we can here every night, there are other gems here such as Gas Huffer's "Hotcakes", a live "Knot" from the underappreciated and wonderfully named 7 Year Bitch, stuff from the Fastbacks, The Gits, Tad, Some Velvet Sidewalk, and plenty more obscure stuff to make you go "Wow man"......i recommend this, highly, for fans (like me) of the too-short-lived grunge scene, which of course, melded into the stoner rock scene that I love so much........

I know, it's only rock n roll....

But, I....well you know the rest, right?

These are in glorious FLAC so thusly the files are a little on the large size, you know how it is, right?

HYPE-01 THE FASTBACKS-K Street (live)/02 THE WIPERS-Return of the Rat/03 U-MEN-Dig It a Hole/04 GREEN RIVER-Swallow My Pride (Demo)/05 SOUNDGARDEN-Nothing To Say/06 MUDHONEY-Touch me I'm Sick (live)/07 NIRVANA-Negative Creep/08 SOME VELVET SIDEWALK-Mousetrap (live)/09 DEAD MOON-54/40 (Live)/10 GIRL TROUBLE-My Hometown/11 TAD-Giant Killer/12 GAS HUFFER-Hotcakes (7" version)/13 YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS-Low Beat/14 SUPERSUCKERS-I Say Fuck (Live)/15 7 YEAR BITCH-Knot/16 THE GITS-Second Skin (live)/17 FLOP-Julie Francavilla (Demo)/18 THE POSIES-Throwaway (Live)/19 PEARL JAM-Not For You (Radio/Live)/20 MARK LANEGAN-The River Rise/21 PIGEONHEAD-Fire's Coming Down/22 THE FASTBACKS-Just Say/23 SARA DEBALL-Smells Like Teen Spirit (Instrumental)

OK, kids, between me and the team, we've put a lot of material up for ya on this Tuesday evening...please
respond in kind by commenting, sharing, just by being a part of the community we are trying to create here.....in particular, once again, I would like to see a few volunteers to help with Apantabapanta's big project, he'll need some help with that one, but I'd love if we could. together, as a team, pull it off.....anyways, hope you like "Hype", sorry I've been away for a couple days, I will be back tomorrow with, well, something, as of this minute I have less idea of what than you do, so we shall see.......love to all!

Brian Parker continues the comedy deluge

Evidently working around the clock to provide you with the best in extensive comedy/soundtrack posts, Brian Parker returns today with the second part of the epic Lenny Bruce post.....as I've stated befoer I am not very knowledgeable about recorded comedy, but I always did like the ahead-of-it's-time work of Lenny Bruce.....note you can download it from here or visit Brian's blog and sample them from there.....


So, I don't have much to add, I haven't heard these things yet, so I will allow Brian to comment on these, enjoy them......

The Genius of Lenny Bruce Part 2

Took me awhile to put this together. And someone kindly pointed out to me that my "Originals Vol 1" link in the first Lenny post was actually Vol. 2, so I'll be putting that back up in the next post. I'm also resurrecting "To Is A Preposition, Come Is A Verb" from awhile ago. And even though "Carnegie" and "Curran Theater" are 2 disc sets, they only take up one file each. And for those that like this stuff, there will be a Lenny Bruce Part 3. I bought this recently....

It'll take me a week or two to rip and catalog all 6 discs of that, so keep checking back. I can guarantee that box set won't be found anywhere else!

I realized after 15 or so posts that I'm hellbent on presenting comedy albums. It's something I love, and there are almost no blogs doing it. I'll still post other genres of stuff, but I intend to do a post on every comic I like: George Carlin, Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, Richard Pryor, Steven Wright, National Lampoon, Stan Freberg, Bill Hicks, Cheech and Chong (fuck off, they're funny), Doug Stanhope, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers (yeah, I said those last two)....anyway, off we go.

The circumstances of this concert are the stuff of legend....a midnight show at Carnegie Hall, in the middle of a blizzard. Lenny achieves full flight onstage. Nothing is taboo - homosexuality, oral sex, obscenity, Vegas, the KKK, titties, the Clap, Christ and Moses, child molesters...
Unfortunately not released til after Lenny died - and originally in a very butchered form (a 35 min. LP) - one could call this the defining moment of Lenny's career. One of the best comedy albums ever.


Another great 2 disc show, and the other centerpiece Lenny concert on tape. A free-flowing show, anything is fair game. I'd even put this a bit above "Carnegie". It's calmer, a bit more incisive. See if you notice the nasal-sounding cough-tic in Lenny's voice.

BUSTED! LIVE 1962 Download

This one pushes the envelope. Never mind the bust at the end - it's actually a quiet affair - the whole gig itself is in your face. Maybe Lenny sensed the bust coming (I've read about how many cops were in the audience) and just said "hell with it!"



For any who've actually seen the film, which is about all the footage there was of Lenny, you might remember it being a sedate gig of him going over his law woes. It actually works better as audio. Also contains "Christians and Jews", Lenny's other great religious routine.

As I said, there'll be a Part 3. Lenny was a genius, and when I'm done you will have EVERYTHING.


Dear Johnny: A Tribute to Cash

Although I was never a huge fan of the music of Johnny Cash (although never really disliked it either, as I DO most country music), there's no debating he was a cool guy, covering Dylan back in the 60's and going as far as to cover Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, among others later on......anyway, we just watched "Walk the Line" the other night (pretty good film) and I got to remembering I had this one buried in their somewhere....if I remember correctly I THINK it came out shortly after his death (2003? 2004?) and there are some interesting tracks on here......as I've stated before I often dislike tribute albums because they so often include copies so slavish that they may as well not have bothered, and there is a bit of that here, but most of these bands at least TRY to put a personal touch on these tracks........give it a try and see what you think, I think it's a listenable experience.

DEAR JOHNNY: A TRIBUTE TO CASH-01 DALE WATSON-Guess Things Happen That Way/02 SCOTCH GREENS-There You Go/03 SUPERSUCKERS-Mean-Eyed Cat/04 STEVIE TOMBSTONE-Folsom Prison Blues/05 DEADBOLT-Orange Blossom Special/06 BEVERLY KILLBILLIES-Wanted Man/07 KINGS OF NUTHIN'-Cry Cry Cry/08 FLAMETRICK SUBS-Dirty Old Egg Suckin' Dog/09 BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH-Long Black Veil/10 JESSE DAYTON-Doin' My Time/11 CONCOMBRE ZOMBI-Flesh and Blood/12 12 STEP REBELS-Della's Gone/13 SATAN'S TEARDROPS-I Got Stripes/14 LOS CREEPERS-Wreck of the old 97/15 EDDIE SPAGHETTI-peace In the Valley/16 TODD STEDMAN-Hey Porter/17 SPEEDBUGGY-Drive On/18 HOT ROD LINCOLN-I Walk the Line/19 SOUTH AUSTIN ALL STARS-The Man In Black

Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls

Here's a semi-rarity of the post-punk/goth/synth era, ca. 1980......this is a pretty good one. Pauline Murray, of course, was the vocalist from the (at the time) recently disbanded Penetration, and The Invisible Girls were the backing band of  John Cooper Clarke. This was the only album on which they were fronted by Murray, although if I remember correctly there may have been a couple of singles.Something of a Siouxsie and the Banshees vibe, "Screaming in the Dark", "Dream Sequence I", "Mr X", and "Searching For Heaven" havae a nice, creepy, gloomy vibe to them, and the rest of the album is quite good as well......take a shot on this one, if you don't remember it, a solid 4-star period piece that so many seem to have forgotten about....

PAULINE MURRAY & THE INVISIBLE GIRLS-01 Screaming in the Darkness/02 Dream Sequence 1/03 European Eyes/04 Shoot You Down/05 Sympathy/06 Time Slipping/07 Drummer Boy/08 Thundertunes/09 When Will We Learn/10 Mr X/11 Judgement Day/12 The Visitor/13 Animal Crazy/14 Searching For Heaven

Some classic National Lampoon comedy records

Brian the comedy records king has compiled a collection of National Lampoon records, which is like a time trip back to high school for me, he's a hell of a lot younger than I am and the fact that the humor stands up over this length of time is a testimony to it's greatness........as usual, I'm not going to comment on it, much, except to say that "Lemmings" is one of the greatest of all comedy albums, it is drop over hilarious, and the others are damn good as well......and, for my part, here's a little additional surprise from me, as I was a huge National Lampoon Magazine fan in high school and in college, here's a collection of what I BELEIVE to be the cover of each and every issue, 1970-98.......


....just a little submission of my own, as I've said before I am not a HUGE fan of comedy albums, but the ones Brain has shared with me thus far are old favorites of mine (Firesign, Lenny Bruce, now this), and the reactions have been extremely favorable......and, as always, while he shares his great comedy posts here, he has other stuff on his own blog, which, you certainly should go check out, and of course if you acquire anything from there, be certain to give proper thanks, his site, as usual, is


Matters not to me, grab the National Lampoon classics from here or get them there, just get them, because they REALLY ARE hilarious, so says Brian who is a gigantic comedy albums fan, and also sasys me, who is a layman to that genre!


(Almost) All the National Lampoon Records You'll Ever Need!

National Lampoon was a groundbreaking humor magazine that started in the 70's, popular with college kids, and eventually just became a brand name licensed out to crap comedies that have nothing to do with the original source! My own interest only covers about 5 years in the mid-70's, and it's mostly about the albums. 

If you like the covers I use, here's a taste of the magazine in its heyday: an archive.org search that has quite a few scans of magazine issues from back then - LINK
(hot pants will always be better than booty shorts)

It was a place for many great talents to get their start: John Belushi, Christopher Guest, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Paul Shaffer, and writer Michael O'Donoghue. The beginnings of SNL are here. For a few years in the 70's, the Lampoon crew was album-wise on a par with groups like Python or Firesign Theater, I think. Definitely boundary-pushing at times...

Hope you guys enjoy this. These are originally sourced from vinyl rips that were be found on the Fuji Puzzle Box blog. Give that one a browse. Yet, I couldn't find the "Radio Dinner" album from this period anywhere. The albums after this period, when there were different writers and performers - like "Sex n Drugs n Rock N Roll" and "That's Not Funny, That's Sick!" just aren't funny. 

If this post generates any interest, I also have the "Buy This Box Or We'll Shoot This Dog" box set too. But it's good to get a grounding in the albums first. 

Lemmings (1973)   DOWNLOAD
have to preface this with something: I HATE HIPPIES. Don't get me wrong - drugs are good, and a lot of the music is great. But the whole self-conscious idealism of the Woodstock "counterculture" was a joke, and it's skewered brilliantly here, turned into a Festival of Death. John Belushi is the stoned MC as well as Joe Cocker, and Christopher Guest skewers Dylan, Richie Havens, and James Taylor. Others, including Chevy Chase, help make this greatest sendup of the Woodstock scene ever. And the band Megadeath at the end sounds just like Black Sabbath! This was actually performed live. There's a 55 minute video on YouTube. Here it is on VidoEvo so you can download it as an mp4 - 


Missing White House Tapes (1974)   DOWNLOAD

It helps to know a little about Watergate for this one. Conceived as a tape compilation being sold by Nixon's pal Bebe Robozo, it uses actual Watergate tapes as source material. In it's own way, one of the pioneers of the "plunder phonics" genre. Definitely listen to this, just not first.

National Lampoon Stereo Test and Demonstration Record (1974)   DOWNLOAD
First off, being a vinyl nut, I love this one! I've acquired a few stereo test records over the years, and this plays into the concept beautifully. The level test that turns into a train crash is genius. And it's funny - the "Punishment Band" track sounds just like noise band Wolf Eyes!

Goodbye Pop (1975)   DOWNLOAD

This is a great skewering of everything about pop music in the 70's - prog rock, singer-songwriters, white appropriation of reggae...And as much as I love Neil Young, Christopher Guest satirizing him on "Old Maid" is just spot-on hilarious. In fact, Guest is all over this thing. A great album!


The 4-Skins

The 4-Skins were a fairly good London punk/Oi! band, late 70's-early 80's, who, despite constantly shifting
personnel managed to treat us to a couple pretty good albums before dissolving in 1984.......their "original" lineup was totally different from the band that put out the first LP, 1982's "The Good, The Bad, and the 4-Skins....the crew that put out this release was bassist Hoxton Tom McCourt (the only "original" still with the band), vocalist Panther Cummins, guitarist/keyboardist John Jacobs, and drummer Pete Abbott.

The leadoff track "Plastic Gangsters" is a ska-type thing, but the rest of the album is some good Sham 69-styled rowdy working-class punk rock. A lot of the album is live recordings of "older", pre-album singles, they get pretty wild, check the live versions of "Chaos", "I Don't Wanna Die", and "1984", there are also so quite good "new" songs here as well, notably "One Law For Them" and "Justice". I'd say if you want only one album, this is the one you'd likely go for.

Believe it or not, the next album "A Fistful of the 4-Skins" contains another COMPLETELY different lineup (other than McCourt) and if I hadn't told you, you'd have had little problem guessing so as the sound is MUCH different, a "cleaner" more hard-rock/metallic type sound......however, it's NOT a bad album, there are some decent tracks here, "5 More Years", "I'll Stick To My Guns", "New War" and more........not nearly (IMO) as good as "The Good....", but worth a listen.

Their final release (I guess they reformed much later, but I don't care) was "From Chaos to 1984", a live recording which was intended as their "farewell' show, performed in front of an invited guest list of friends of the band members.....not bad, certainly not essential either, worth a listen for fans of the genre.

We also have a "Singles and Rarities" collection which actually does reprise a lot of the same material again, along with some other odds and ends, actually if you want all the singles in one place this might not be a bad one to grab either.

All in all, a fairly minor-league punk/Oi! band, who did put out at least one REALLY good album, the first one, but in my estimation were more of a singles/live band than album artists anyway. Anyway, there stuff turns up fairly often on punk singles comps, just thought some of you who might not have been around back then might want to check them out.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE 4-SKINS-01 Plastic Gangsters/02 Jealousy/03 Yesterday's
Heroes/04 Justice/05 Jack the Lad/06 Rememberance Day/07 Manifesto/08 Wonderful World (live)/09 1984 (Live)/10 Sorry (Live)/11 Evil (Live)/12 I Don't Wanna Die (Live)/13 A.C.A.B. (live)/14 Chaos (live)/15 One Law For Tham/16 Low Life/17 Bread or Blood/18 Get Out of My Life/19 Seems To Me/20 Norman

A FISTFUL OF THE 4-SKINS-01 5 More Years/02 Waiting For a Friend/03 Johnny Go Home/04 The Gambler/05 I'll Stick To My Guns/06 On File/07 Forgotten Hero/08 The Spy From Alaska/09 H.M.P./10 No Excuse/11 Betrayed/12 City Boy/13 New War/14 On the Streets/15 Saturday (Demo)

FROM CHAOS TO 1984-01 Wonderful World/02 Jealousy/03 On the Streets/04 Johnny Go Home/05 1984/06 Bread or Blood/07 Saturday/08 A.C.A.B./09 City Boy/10 Five More Years/11 Evil/12 On File/13 Clockwork Skinhead/14 Chaos

SINGLES AND RARITIES-01 Wonderful World/02 Chaos/03 Clockwork Skinhead/04 Evil/05 A.C.A.B./06 I Don't Wanna Die/07 Yesterday's Heroes/08 1984/09 Sorry/10 Evil/11 One Law For Them/12 Brave New World/13 Merry Christmas Everybody/14 Yestereday's Heros (version)/15 Justice/16 Get Out of My Life/17 Low Life/18 Bread or Blood/19 Plastic Gangsters/20 Norman/21 Seems to Me/22 Chaos (Herbert Version)/23 On the Streets

20 Years of Nuclear Blast Records

Nuclear Blast Records is a label specializing in METAL, not "metal", the stuff that some people refer to stuff like Def Leppard or whoever, but true bone crushing shit.....some of this is absolutley tremendous, honestly, some, maybe not so much (personally not a huge fan of some of the death-metal stuff and there is a TON of it here), but there is no question, this is annoy the neighbors/wake the dead shit, I know some of you likely will freak over it, some, I am sure, will take a pass on it......my old buddy Spider (a metal-head if ever there was one) gave me this, if I'd have acquired it on my I own likely would and could have pared it down to a single disc, but no matter, I expect this to a fairly polarizing, love-it or hate-it post and that's why Baskin Robbins has 31.

OK......as for what is here....wow, if you are a lover of REAL brain bashing, skull splitting pure METAL loudness, you are in the right place.....I will try to touch on a highlight or two so you tend to get the idea, I spot-listened this this afternoon and LORD, that is some hardcore shit for sure.

OK, the first disc.....lots of stuff that will be WELL KNOWN to lovers of this stuff (which i really am NOT, I am more of a dabbler), such as Pungent Stench, Death Angel, and Malevolent Creation, the names alone ought to give you an idea of what is in store for you if you are a novice. This is difficult stuff to digest if you, say wanted to listen to all four discs on a long road trip or something, much better absorbed in smaller doses, this stuff does have its charms, I just wish that sometimes those (what I consider) awful vocals were, well, "different".......

The second disc contains a couple of better-known acts, without mellowing out even a tiny bit....Mehsuggah
is here, whom I have featured on this blog before, as is Clawfinger, likewise, and In Flames as well. Other than that, there are brain stompers from Agnostic Front and Bleed the Sky, to name just a couple.....by now you know if you are going to love this, or if you are going to take a total pass, both situations are understandable.

The third disc includes Cathedral, whom I believe I have featured here, as well a couple of really good ones from Candlemass and Blind Guardian.....this (again) is NOT for the novice, you need to REALLY love this stuff to fully deal with it, but if you try it and DON'T like it, at least you can annoy your neighbors to no end (trust me).

OK, the final disc, to be honest, features, at least to me, what are the most unknown acts of the bunch (I will have to ask Spider if I am wrong, next time he wakes up from his pain-pill induced coma)....bands like  Subway to Sally and Creamatory have cool names and are no doubt worth a listen, this is, as I have said a FEW times here, stuff you are going to love or hate, PERIOD.

I was not familiar with this set, really, until Spider turned me on to it.....he's not exactly a "contributor" to the blog like some of the other friends (mostly because he doesn't have a computer and if he did wouldn't be able to operate it), but he acquires the CD's from SOMEWHERE (none of MY buisness) and his contributions are as valuable as those of my online friends (he just lives a couple blocks away, so he can get to be a bit of a pain in the ass, unlike my "online friends of the blog", I could shut them off if need be).

Anyways, thanks, Spider (although I know you will never read this), always looking for contributions and
you do often come through for me........I live and die by contributions here, lately more than ever, and I LIKE going in that direction.....offers up more variety than my mere 20,000+-odd CD collection (trust me my wife just LOVES them all over the house).


DISC 4, TRACK 2 (Tapping the Vein) is defective, I am looking for a replacement version, sorry!


DISC 1-01 DIMMU BORGIR-Progenies of the Great Apocalypse/02 IMMORTAL-One By one/03 HYPOCRISY-Scrutinized/04 GOREFEST-The Glorious Dead/05 KATAKLYSM-Manipulator of Souls/06 BENEDEICTION- I Bow To None/07 PUNGENT STENCH-Shrunken and Mumified Bitch/08 BELPHEGOR-Sanctus Perversum/09 NILE-The Language of Shadows/10 DEATH-Scavenger of Human Sorrow/11 MALEVOLENT CREATION-Assassin Squad/12 DESTRUCTION-The Butcher Strikes Back/13 DEW-SCENTED-Cities of the Dead/14 GRAVEWORM-Legions Unleashed/15 EXODUS-Riot Act/16 DEATH ANGEL-The Devil Incarnate/17 I-Warriors

DISC 2-01 SONIC SYNDICATE-Psychic Suicide/02 CLAWFINGER-The Price We Pay/03 IN FLAMES-Only For the Weak/04 MESHUGGAH-Future Breed Machine/05 SOILWORK-Exile/06 THE DESTINY PROGRAM-Project Hoax/07 SCAR SYMMETRY-The Illusionist/08 THREAT SIGNAL-Counterbalance/09 MNEMIC-Ghost/10 EKTOMORF-Destroy/11 AGNOSTIC FRONT-Warriors/12 ALL SHALL PERISH-Eradication/13 BLEED THE SKY-God in the Frame/14 DARKANE-Solitary Confinement/15 THE DUSKFALL-Trust Is Overrated/16 ONE MAN ARMY & THE UNDEAD QUARTET-So Grim, So True, So Real/17 CHILDREN OF BODOM-Hate Me/18 WINTERSUN-Winter Madness

DISC 3-01 HAMMERFALL-Hammerfall/02 RIDE THE SKY-New Protection/03 EDGUY-King of
Fools/04 BLIND GUARDIAN-The New Order/05 SONATA ARCTICA-Caleb/06 GOTTHARD-Master of Illusion/07 RAGE-Full Moon/08 GRAVE DIGGER-Valhalla/09 HELLOWEEN-Immortal/10 STRATOVARIUS-Why Are We Here/11 TAROT-Before the Sky Comes Down/12 THUNDERSTONE-Face In the Mirror/13 COMMUNIC-Conspiracy In Mind/14 THRESHOLD-Slipstream/15 CANDLEMASS-Of Smoke and Stars/16 CATHEDRAL-Corpsecycle

DISC 4-10 AFTER FOREVER-Transitory/02 TAPPING THE VEIN-Complicate It/03 EPICA-Never Enough/04 ECHOES OF ETERNITY-Voices In a Dream/05 SIRENIA-The Other Side/06 DEATHSTARS-Greatest Fight on Earth/07 SAMAEL-Valkyrie's New Ride/08 THE KOVENANT-In The Name of the Future/09 AMORPHIS-The White Swan/10 THERION-Der Mitternachtslowe/11 CREMATORY-Revolution/12 FARMER BOYS-For the World To Sing/13 PYOGENESIS-Addiction Pole/14 LIQUIDO-Ordinary Life/15 CHROME DIVISION-Serial Killer/16 DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER-Riders on the Storm/17 SUBWAY TO SALLY-Meine Seele Brennt/18 KNORKATOR-Wir Werden Alle Sterben/19 SUCH A SURGE-Mission Erfullt

OK, if you DARE, what do ya think of this......hoping my favorite niece, AKMETALCHICK comes across
it (Hi AW!!!), and if course thanks to Spider for contributing this (assuming he is still living as you read this, you NEVER know about THAT guy)......anyways, this stuff serves a purpose, it's dark, it's menacing, there's some of that non-English language stuff that I love so much (I don't know why, I just do), and no question it is ROCK N ROLL......please sample and leave comments accordingly.....what tracks did you discover and especially enjoy? I can feature probably most of these bands if there were a demand (Spider has a HUGE collection of stuff like this)........as always, please comment, isn't it the least a can do?

From Brian's blog, some more Monty Python albums


Some more comedy albums from Brian, you can check these out here, or, of course, visit his blog and get them, there is a lot of other stuff there that he doesn't share with me, so you should take a look.....prety sure I've not heard these, as I've said comedy albums are not my field of experetise, but I will trust Brian's judgement since this IS his field of favor....


Monty Python Discography 1.5 - Two More For You!

My Monty Python Discography post got quite a few hits. A few days after putting it up, I found this in a corner of a local record store gathering dust next to the $1 CDs...
The Pythons Autobiography By The Pythons

Now, I've seen the book at the bookstores. What this 2 CD set is is most of the interviews the author recorded in assembling info for the book. That may sound dry, but it's actually assembled with a self-effacing sense of humor, with some linking bits recorded by Michael Palin and the two Terrys. And as for the interviews, they're a very interesting listen. Did you know Graham Chapman studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's? Or that Eric Idle's entire schooling was paid for by the R.A.F. for very sad reasons? Or even that what most of the Pythons remember about meeting Gilliam was the freaky coat he was wearing?

It's all fascinating for me. My only complaint would be that Cleese's parts are recorded in a very echoey place. Nevertheless, this is a great find for Python fans. I've never seen it anywhere else!

And as a bonus for you all, I finally did come across a copy of "Monty Python Sings". If you were kind enough to download that Miscellaneous album I put together in the last post, here's the complete Monty Python in song. But keep that "FCC Song", though.

Monty Python Sings   DOWNLOAD

The Shaggs

Widely considered by many to be among the worst pieces of attempted "rock""music" ever set to wax, now, you too can own not only a copy of the horror that is "Philosophy of the World", but also the "Shaggs Own Thing" which emerged at a later date and was added to the first release as "bonus" material.

Awful in every way imaginable, this is something you HAVE TO experience rather than just be told about. I know a few misguided souls who consider this garbage to be some sort of "masterpiece of minimalism" or some such, fact is, it is simply an album so awful, that like the films "Plan Nine From Outer Space" or "I Spit on Your Grave", this takes on a legend of it's own, so unique is it in its awfulness.

To be brief, the Shaggs were a group of very homely sisters from New Hampshire, who were somehow convinced that they were destined for stardom....looking up thier information on Wikipedia, we find that none other than Kurt Cobain considered "Philosophy" his #5 album of all time, and I always enjoyed Nirvana and most of what Cobain considered to be influential, but in this instance, he was either high, joking, ro just plain out-of-it.

Debra Rae Cohen, writing in Rollings Stone, referred to the band sounding like "a lobotomized Trapp Family Singers", which is much more accurate, Chris Connelly in the same publication states that it "may be, without exaggeration, be the worst album ever recorded."......and I concur. The guitar work could be replicated by grade school children taking perhaps their second lesson, the drummer seems oblivious to the material that the rest of the "band" seems to be playing, the lyrics......oh, my the lyrics......only thing worse could possibly be the vocals, if you can sit through this whole thing you should be eligible for some sort of award, just sitting through the staggering "My Pal Foot Foot" is jaw-dropping enough.

So, have I aroused your curiosity yet? And here some people call something like, oh, Dylan's "Self Portrait" or some Foriegner album as TRUE WORKS OF AWFULNESS, but (as bad as they are), that shit is the first Clash album or Love's "Forever Changes" compared to this torturefest......featured, of course, in the book "The 50 Worst Rock N Roll Albums of All Time", which I think I last referenced in regard to "Pat Boone in a Metal Mood".......this is one (actually TWO, heh, heh) TRULY horrendous recording.

Care to take a chance? Come on, you can do this........full report, I DARE one of ya to try to psuedo-Kurt Cobain-hip and declare that you somehow "like" this in a non-camp way.......if so, I REALLY want the address of your dealer.

THE COMPLETE SHAGGS-01 Philosophy of the World/02 That Little Sports Car/03 Who Are the parents/04 My Pal Foot Foot/05 My Companion/06 I'm So Happy When You're Near/07 Things I Wonder/08 Sweet Thing/09 It's Halloween/10 Why Do I Feel?/11 What Should I Do/12 We Have a Savior/13 Who Are the Parents (demo)/14 You're Somethin' Special to Me/15 Wheels/16 Paper Roses/17 Shagg's Own Thing/18 Painful Memories/19 Gimme Dat Ding/20 My Cutie/21 Yesterday Once More/22 My Pal Foot Foot/23 I Love/24 Shagg's Own Thing (Vocal Version) /25 Love at First Sight

Enjoy this one my children