Sunday, February 17, 2013

Duggie Briggs Band, The - 1977 - Punk-Rockin' Granny! 7'' (UK)

Duggie Briggs Band, The - 1977 - Punk-Rockin' Granny! 7'' (UK)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Stimulators - 1982 - Loud Fast Rules! (tape) (US)

Stimulators - 1982 - Loud Fast Rules! (tape) (US)
The Stimulators, a formerly well-known underground New York punk/rock band (1978-1982) have not played on a bill with the internationally renowned, profoundly acclaimed and much-copied Bad Brains since 1981 or 82. This special reunion at CBGB's during its farewell days is a not-to-be-missed event!  In the distant past these two bands played numerous shows together, helping mobilize what was to become a large underground punk community in NYC.  The Stimulators classic anthem "Loud Fast Rules!" became a battle cry for local punks while their song M.A.C.H.I.N.E. can be acknowledged as one of the earliest "hardcore" songs. They were instrumental in introducing the Bad Brains, a black punk/rock band from D.C. to the world via the clubs of New York and to the large, very young audience the Stimulators had at that time. The Stimulators were unique, playing speeded-up punk/pop featuring an 11-year-old-wunderkind drummer Harley Flanagan (who went on to form the Cro-Mags, considered by many throughout the world to be the defining metal-core band), and Denise Mercedes, the Stimulators founder and blazing guitarist/primary songwriter. Singer Patrick Mack (deceased) somersaulted throughout the set and dived in the audience with wildly dancing fans, making it necessary for clubs like Max's Kansas City to start removing all tables and chairs from the stage area before their shows. Bassist Nick Marden, a legend in his own right who played with the band in its heyday, will complete the lineup at Wednesday's show and take on the singing. The Stims had a legion of underage safety-pinned, ripped-t-shirted fans that flocked to every gig the group played, a monumental achievement in the pre-internet world of the late 70's/early 80's where only word-of-mouth was the coin of the day. This widely noted phenomenon led to the creation of the "matinee" at CBGB's, where underage kids who wanted to hear this kind of exciting music could legally enter a club and watch the bands.

Together in those early days, The Stimulators, the Bad Brains, along with The Mad, a theatrical punkish/rock group featuring Screaming Mad George, were at the forefront, helping keep punk rock alive in NYC during the transitional period when the press was dismissing these and other local bands of the ilk stating that "Punk was dead." There were few venues to play in the still-dangerous Lower East Side of the late 70's-early 80's. Limited clubs in town to perform this music included Max's, Irving Plaza, basements, & a small pizzeria-turned "Club X" (upon occasion) by impromptu punk promoter Johnny Stiff, plus a few other far-flung places. Fan-turned-rock writer Jack Rabid helped the budding scene with documentation of its activities.

The introduction and effect the music of the Bad Brains (formed 1978-present) had on the rising scene at that pivotal time was explosive. Their completely original attack on punk/rock hooked listeners from the first screaming notes to the thunderous grand finale, with singer H.R. vocalizing lyrics at lightening speed while tumbling and doing huge stage acrobatics thrilling the awestruck crowds.  The Bad Brains turned everything up side down and it hasn't come down since. The Stimulators and the Bad Brains are credited with mid-wife-ing the birth of New York Hardcore (NYHC), the fast & furious assault on rock music that has taken on long-lasting world-wide proportions, with many acclaimed New York bands like Cro-Mags, Murphy's Law, Agnostic Front, etc. achieving international prominence. The Stimulators left little recorded documentation of their presence, but for further information on this band and these specific early days of the New York Punk to the New York Hardcore scene, see ROIR (Reach Out International Records) liner notes on The Stimulator's 1982 cassette format live-album "Loud Fast Rules!" written by Peter Crowley, former talent coordinator at Max's Kansas City and Jack Rabid's Big Take Over magazine's earliest editions.
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Friday, January 4, 2013

Suburban Lawns - 1979 - Gidget Goes To Hell 7'' (US)

Suburban Lawns - 1979 - Gidget Goes To Hell 7'' (US)
The brainchild of CalArts students William "Vex Billingsgate" Ranson and (Minneapolis born) Sue "Su Tissue" McLane, Suburban Lawns formed in Long Beach, California in 1978 out of the ashes of previous incarnations Art Attack and The Fabulons, recruiting Huntington Beach natives Richard "Frankie Ennui" Whitney and Charles "Chuck Roast" Rodriguez, as well as John McBurney (aka "John Gleur").

The 1979 debut single "Gidget Goes to Hell" (released on their own Suburban Industrial label) gained the band notoriety when its Jonathan Demme-directed music video was shown on Saturday Night Live.

Their sole album, Suburban Lawns, produced by EJ Emmons, was released in 1981 on I.R.S. Records, featuring New Wave radio favorite "Janitor." Gleur departed during the recording of the Richard Mazda-produced 5-song EP Baby, released in 1983, and the band folded shortly afterward.

The lyrics of "Janitor" were derived from a real-life conversation between Sue McLane and friend Brian Smith. According to Brian, the two were conversing in a loud room when they first met:

"She asked me what I did for a living. I said 'I'm a janitor,' and she thought I said 'Oh my genitals.' [Richard Whitney] overheard this and wrote the song."

After Suburban Lawns folded, Whitney and Ranson formed a new, short-lived band called The Lawns, while McLane attended Berklee College of Music, where she studied piano.

In 1982 McLane recorded a solo album, Salon de Musique. She also played the role of Peggy Dillman in Demme's 1986 comedy movie Something Wild opposite Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta.

A Suburban Lawns poster is seen in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High, hanging on the wall in the bedroom of the character Damone.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Demob - 1981 - Anti Police 7'' (UK)

Demob - 1981 - Anti-Police 7'' (UK)
Demob formed in late 1978 by guitarist Terry Elcock and drummer Johnny Melfah, and they were soon joined by Mike Howes (vocals), Tony Wakefield (bass) and Chris Rush (guitar). Howes ex-army skinhead friend Andy Kanonik soon joined, also on vocals. It was this line-up that first rehearsed and played the first gigs in and around Gloucester, the Viking youth club becoming the main place of rehearsals and Tracy's night club was the first venue that Demob played in 1978, and became the local night club hangout for all the band and punks at that time. Elcock had previous experience on guitar as a member of a church band.

Demob's first big break came in the summer of 1979 when they fooled the authorities into letting them have a place in the Gloucester annual carnival parade. The ever increasing support for the band resulted in a mass riot between the punks and the bikers and, ultimately, the suspension of the carnival. The riot made national press and attracted the interest of the local record label, Round Ear Records.

In 1980, Howes was sacked from the band, and Kanonik was imprisoned for three months, leaving the band without a singer. The band had just recruited Mark "Miff" Smith to replace Rush, and he took over the role of singer, with Paul "Fatty" Price also replacing Wakefield on bass. Smith soon become an integral part, arranging and organizing gigs. With the line-up now comprising Mark Smith (vocals), Terry Elcock (guitar), Paul Price & Barry Philips (bass guitar), and Johnny Melfah (drums), the band worked on their first recordings. "Anti-Police" was Demob's first release on the independent Round Ear Records, the record supported by the late John Peel, and journalist Garry Bushell. The record spent over two months in the UK Indie Chart, peaking at number 34.

On the back of the success of "Anti-Police", Demob supported many acts around the punk circuit at this time, including U2, UK Subs, The Angelic Upstarts, Discharge and The Beat. Most performances ended with a police presence and inevitable violence with their notorious hardcore followers, the Demob Riot Squad. The band's mult-racial line-up sometimes attracted hostility from Nazi skinheads who attended their gigs, and the band would play several concerts in aid of the Anti-Nazi League.

A second single, "No Room For You" quickly followed to add to the success, but unfortunately, like so many punk acts of the era, musical differences soon developed amongst the line up and Demob split to pursue other musical avenues in 1983.

Since 1983, some of the band members had gone on to other bands, while others had given up on music. Melfah had some success as a boxer and opened a boxing gym in Gloucester.[4] Smith formed a new band called Garrison Damn. Elcock had played with several bands, including Kiss The Blade. Spurred on by interest from American label Grand Theft Audio in re-releasing the old material, in 2001 Elcock reformed Demob with a revised line-up to tour the United States, Japan and Europe. The revised line-up consisted of Terry Elcock (guitar), Andrew Kanonik (vocals), Richard Baldwin (bass), and Timothy Howkins (drums). They were involved in recording * below. This line-up split, but in 2005, Elcock and Kanonik reformed the band again with Natalie Porter (bass) and Marcus Harley (drums), Porter soon replaced by the returning Baldwin, the band embarking on a worldwide tour.

In October 2007, the band split with Elcock leaving. Kanonik and Baldwin formed a new line-up which continued as Demob for one gig. Kanonik used various session musicians for a short while after. Elcock described them as a 'tribute act', pointing out that the band now contains none of the original Demob line-up. Kanonik and Harley went on to form the Noise Agents in 2009.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Styrene Money - 1977 - Radial Arm Saws 7'' (US)

Styrene Money - 1977 - Radial Arm Saws 7'' (US)
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kids, The - 1981 - Black Out LP (BE)

Kids, The - 1981 - Black Out LP (BE)
One of the first groups in Belgium to really tap into the power of the international punk scene which was erupting in 1976-77 were The Kids. In retrospect, it is a bit foolish to call the Kids a "punk"-group, since they were much too R&B for that, but they certainly communicated the "punk"-feeling.

Front-man Ludo Mariman in "Wit-lof from Belgium": "In 1976 we were together in a band called "Crash". None of us could really play. We just hammered away, hard and fast, sounding like a really bad Velvet Underground. When the first news of the punk explosion in Britain started to come through, I went to London. I wanted to know what was going on over there, and if these guys had the seem feelings of anger I had. I remember the shivers down my spine seeing Eddie & The Hot Rods. I also saw the Ramones and then I knew we had that same music within us. Technically we could handle it, because you don't have to master the instruments to play punk music".

"Bloody Belgium",  "Fascist cops", "No Monarchy" and "Rock over Belgium" were the songs which got them started.

Formed by three angry dock(work)ers, the group evolves from pure energy on the first album to more varied and adult songs. Ludo Mariman (again in "Wit-lof from Belgium") on the changes the band went trough : "Look, punk may be dead and over. But that doesn't mean we have to go away. We are almost a normal rock band now. We even have a slow song. We play better. We don't spit on the public anymore, now we try to amuse them".

Strangely enough, their two first albums were produced by Leo Caerts, the man who had been a band-leader for the likes of Will Tura etc. and the author of the world hit "Eviva España" (see Samantha).

In 1979 they release a single together with Jo Lemaire & Flouze : Jo sings "Tintarella di Luna", the Kids do a cover of "Louie Louie".

The album "Living in the 20th century" becomes a classic. They even hit the hitparades with "Dancing".
Their moment of fame however is the brilliant song "There will be no next time" (or as Humo put it : "the world hit which never was one").

After the split of the group in 1985, the front-singer of the band Ludo Mariman, a former professional soccer-player for Antwerp, keeps trying to make it in the music business. He sings "Angie" for the LSP-band and returns to the public eye four years later with "You never know what's yours" and has kept on recording ever since. Although his records are always of  reasonable quality, he never really manages to produce the excitement which was a trademark for The Kids.

That Mariman is a well-respected artist can be deduced from this expert for the 1994 album "They say" in Humo : "Mariman is, just as when he invented the punk movement for the low countries 18 years ago, still angry and that is a quality of this man. ... Most of the twelve songs on this album were written and sung from the viewpoint of something that somebody who has a much smoother tongue than me has described as the "wet dog syndrome". ... Authenticity. You cannot buy it in your local shopping mall. Ludo Mariman has had tons of it for years, and now he has even produced a very good cd with it."

1996 sees a surprise comeback for the Kids. They decide to reform the band and tour the summerfestivals. In 1998 they are featured on the soundtrack of the Belgian movie "Dief". They also reappear on national television (on "Nieuwe Maandag"). Ludo Mariman says the group now has a status where it can decide to play together once in while. They will also continue to tour in the summer of 1998.

This tour lasted well into 1999. During this they found out that they are doing to their own amazement - well eh - amazingly well in Eastern Germany. "There is a lot of demand for punks of the first generation over there. The sadder the surroundings, the better punkrock thrives", said singer Ludo Mariman in "Het Nieuwsblad".
The group has undergone some changes in personnel : ex-Scabs Frankie Saenen now hits the drums, and young Pieter Van Buyten (see also Flip Kowlier, Chitlin' Fooks) handles the bass. Ludo Mariman and guitar-player Luk Van De Poel remain on their post. On March 13th 2001, a live-concert in the Ancienne Belgique was recorded, and the goal still is to release a CD with this material.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Death - 1976 - Politicians in my Eyes 7'' (US)

Death - 1976  - Politicians in my Eyes 7'' (US)
Death was a garage rock and punk rock band formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1971 by the brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David (guitar), and Dannis (drums) Hackney. The African American trio started out as an R&B band but switched to rock after seeing an Alice Cooper show. Music critic Peter Margasak (incorrectly denoting the youngest brother) retrospectively wrote of their musical direction: "The youngest of the brothers, guitarist David, pushed the group in a hard-rock direction that presaged punk, and while this certainly didn’t help them find a following in the mid-70s, today it makes them look like visionaries."

In the early 1960s, the young Hackney brothers were sat down by their father to witness The Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The following day, David found a discarded guitar in an alley and set about learning to play. Brothers Bobby and Dannis soon followed suit and they began playing music together.

The brothers practiced and recorded early demos in a room in the family home and performed their earliest gigs from their garage. Originally calling themselves Rock Fire Funk Express, guitarist David convinced his brothers to change the name of the band to Death. "His concept was spinning death from the negative to the positive. It was a hard sell", Bobby Hackney recalled in 2010.

In 1974 at Detroit’s United Sound Studios with engineer Jim Vitti, they recorded seven songs written by David and Bobby. According to the Hackney family, Columbia Records president Clive Davis funded the recording sessions, but implored the band to change its name to something more commercially palatable than Death. When the Hackneys refused, Davis ceased his support. At any rate, they only recorded seven songs instead of the planned dozen. The following year they self-released 500 copies from the session on the 7" single “Politicians in My Eyes” b/w “Keep on Knocking,” on their Tryangle label. Death officially broke up in 1977.

The brothers then moved to Burlington, Vermont, and released two albums of gospel rock as The 4th Movement in the early 1980s. David moved back to Detroit in 1982, and died of lung cancer in 2000. Bobby and Dannis still reside in Vermont and lead the reggae band Lambsbread.

In 2009, Drag City Records released all seven Death songs from their 1974 United Sound sessions on CD and LP under the title ...For the Whole World to See. In September 2009, a reformed Death played three shows with original members Bobby and Dannis Hackney, with Lambsbread guitarist Bobbie Duncan taking the place of the late David Hackney.

During a 2010 performance at the Boomslang Festival in Lexington, Kentucky the band announced that Drag City would release a new album with demos and rough cuts that predate the 1974 sessions. The album Spiritual • Mental • Physical was released in January 2011.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Carsickness - 1980- Police Dog EP (US)

Carsickness - 1980- Police Dog EP (US)
Sorry everybody for been away for too long and without saying nothing... everything is all right (btw thanks for all the comments while i was away) and the blog will resume from today, i just can't promise that will be a post everyday like before (perhaps one per week now)...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blades, The - 1985 - The Last Man In Europe LP (IE)

Blades, The - 1985 - The Last Man In Europe LP (IE)
The Blades were an Irish New Wave band from the 1970s and 80s.

The Blades began in the summer of 1977 with five friends got together to play a gig in the Catholic Young Mens Society hall in Ringsend. The band were thrown out for playing The Sex Pistols single God Save the Queen; the organisers thought it was the British National Anthem.
The line up was whittled down to three - Paul Cleary (b. 9 September 1959) on bass and vocals, his brother Lar (b. 2 June 1957) on guitar and friend Pat Larkin (b. 25 November 1956) on drums.
Even from that early stage, the band's unashamed working-class origins and integrity marked them out from the more elliptical art rock being pioneered by U2 and The Atrix.
The band regularly played in Dublin's infamous venues like The Magnet on Pearse Street, McGonagle's on South Anne Street and The Baggott Inn on Lower Baggot Street which they did a six week residency with U2.
Their first single 'Hot For You' was released on Energy Records in 1980, followed by 'Ghost Of A Chance' in 1981 which they played on The Late Late Show.

Reshuffle and continued success (1982-1986)

After Lar and Pat left the band, Paul switched to guitar bring in drummer Jake Reilly and bassist Brian Foley (ex. The Vipers) and add a brass section "in homage to Stax, Motown and Dexy's Midnight Runners".
The band signed to Irish label Reekus, and a double A-sided single, 'The Bride Wore White'/'Animation' was released in March 1982. In the Hotpress National Poll, 'The Bride Wore White' was voted best single while The Blades were voted 'the most promising act in Ireland' and Paul Cleary 'best Irish songwriter'.
In 1985, Reekus released the album 'The Last Man In Europe'.
One of their last gestures was to shun Self Aid, a 'backslapping' concert "to highlight the chronic unemployment problem in Ireland at the time" and instead played the socialist 'Rock the System' Concert in Liberty Hall in 1986.
In 2001, Reekus records released a Double CD Boxset "Those were the Day", which includes both Albums: "The Last Man in Europe" and "Raytown Revisited".


Paul Cleary continued with backing band The Partisans and later led an eight-piece pub rock band called The Cajun Kings. He also released solo material. In 2001, Paul released his first new material in 15 years, the 11 track album 'Crooked Town.
Pat Larkin was later in The Peridots.
Brian Foley was later in The Mountain Climbers.
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