Tin Huey - 1979 - Contents Dislodged During Shipment (US) download .
Tin Huey is an experimental rock and New Wave band from Akron, Ohio, USA that formed in the mid/late 1970s. Before they came to be known by that name, the band were originally known as the Rags and started out consisting of three members: Mark Price, Michael Aylward, and Stuart Austin. Later, the band decided to rename themselves after Michael's younger brother instead and settled on that. When the trio were the Rags, Mark (who was known as Wesley the Stash) played guitar, Michael played bass, and Stuart (then known as Napoleon Lemens) played drums. Harvey Gold became the fourth member to join on organ. When Mark departs for a time, the remaining members switch to acoustic music before hiring electric guitarist Arthur Baranoff and bassist Wayne Swickley. When they left, Mark becomes the bassist, Micheal takes on guitar, Harvey switches to keyboard, and saxophonist Lochi MacIntosh is added before being replaced by Ralph Carney. Chris Butler (who was the bassist for the Numbers Band (15-60-75)), was the last to join, also on guitar. Tin Huey were just one of the bands emerging from the Midwestern United States' Akron sound scene, others including Devo, Pere Ubu, the Bizarros, Chi-Pig, the Electric Eels and the Rubber City Rebels. Inspired by Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, the Stooges and the Soft Machine, Tin Huey signed with Warner Bros. Records, recorded, and then released their cult classic debut album Contents Dislodged During Shipment in 1979 (later issued for the first time on CD by Collector's Choice Music in 2003). It wasn't a commercial success, due to most of the songs being too out there and far from the norm for the mainstream. Ralph Legnini (a.k.a. Ralph E.) played with the band for several early '80s shows before they went their separate ways. It would be two decades before they released anymore new material. Their follow-up second album, Disinformation, was released in 1999 by Butler's Future Fossil Records. After the new millennium began, they have been playing at a lot of shows, both in Ohio and in a few places in the Northeast, and currently they have been putting together songs from 1978 and '79 for their third album, Before Obscurity: The Bushflow Tapes. 50% will be studio recordings, 50% will be live, some extras from 1973 might be included also. They've also been gathering new material for their fourth, New Stuff: Obscure Deluxe, with 70% of the tracks being studio-based and 30% live-based.They have also been promoting their EP called Sneak Peek: The Obscurity Series to tie fans over, but there's been only a limited amount of copies available (120) through the channels Time Traveler and Square Records on their website. Before Obscurity is set to be released in fall 2009. New Stuff's exact release date is yet to be substantiated. Tin Huey are now a septet, after adding newcomer "Bongo" Bob Ethington, formerly of Unit 5. Sadly, Mark passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer on November 6, 2008 at the age of 56. Following his death, Tin Huey will cease performing.
ROCKS (Never put a "THE" in front) started out as a three piece in late 1976 with Bill Webb (a.k.a. Bill Posters) on Drums/Lead Vocals, Peter Davies on Guitar/Vocals & Steve Vanderschoot on Bass/Lead Vocals. Doing what came naturally, it was a combination of original songs and covers (Ramones, Sex Pistols, Dead Boys Etc.) that made Rocks what they were to become, one of Australia's best Punk bands. Their first gig was at the legendary Grand Hotel on Broadway in Sydney... the bands at The Grand Hotel were booked by Johnny Dole And The Scabs, this was in November of 1977. How Rocks got this first gig would be the catalyst for them becoming a four piece, I was to join soon after. We were always looking for new bands to play at The Grand Hotel, so I started to look for bands around the area where I lived, this was in the southern suburbs of Sydney. I decided to give Bill a call to see if he was still playing, we had started playing together while still at school, playing in my mum and dad's garage (how unique). I figured if anyone was going to be into punk it would be Bill. Of course, I wasn't wrong. When I went down to see them rehearse who would be there with him but Peter & Steve, also from the early days of jamming in my mum and dad's garage. So it was inevitable that I would not only give them gigs at The Grand Hotel but also if the opportunity arose I would join the band. This was to happen sooner than I thought as I was to get kicked out of Johnny Dole And The Scabs not long after Rocks' first gig at The Grand Hotel, so I got straight on the phone and within two weeks of rehearsal I made my debut with Rocks supporting of all bands Johnny Dole And The Scabs. The lineup now was Bill Webb on Lead Vocals, Peter Davies on Guitar/Vocals, Steve Vanderschoot on Bass/Lead Vocals and Greg Morris on Drums/Vocals. We had employed the services of a manager by the name of Lorry Brown, he was a nice guy and to my recollection the best thing he managed to do was misspell the title of our EP we had just recorded. This EP should have been called "YOU'RE SO BORING" not "YOU'R SO BORING". We recorded at Axcent Recording Studios at Kogarah NSW and was engineered by Ross Mcgregor. Ross was blind, and he made his way around a desk better than most. It took about eight hours to record and we came back the following week to mix it down; that took about four hours. Our manager financed the pressing. The EP was received OK, though we weren't around much longer after it was released so that didn't help. Most bands didn't last very long in those days, there weren't many places to play and not many people coming along to see the bands. So bands tended to play, record, split up. If you were lucky enough to release a record then it seems to go on and become a collectible no matter how good or bad it was. Rocks played all the popular venues of the time and some not so popular, some of these were "Blondies" in Bondi Junction "The Last Resort" in Taylor Square and the biggest one was "The Paris Theatre" in Sydney supporting JAB and The Boys Next Door, both from Melbourne. Everything was going along nicely until one particularly unsavory bust-up between some band members. We decided not to continue. Some time later, Bill called me and we got together and formed another band called The Prisoners, however this later folded and since then we have gone our separate ways musically. Over the years Bill has kept Rocks going with Peter with different drummers but that's his story.
In the face of the recent spate of 7" bootlegs of the awesome "You'r so boring" six-song 7"EP, we got in touch with the band - via Sydney's garage-punk renaissance intermediary Steven Danno - to do it legit. This LP contains the enitre EP on side A. The flip contains as assortment of songs from '80s comps. "Not so Humdrum" (Aberrant) and "Swingin' from the trees" (Au-go-go), and some raw 1978 demos. New insert features a stack of never-published pics.
The Spelling Mistakes were a New Zealand punk band which had minor success in the local scene in 1979 and 1980. Formed in 1979 from the remnants of two bands, Get Smart and The Aliens, their line-up was Nick Hanson (vocals), Julian Hanson (drums), and Warwick Fowler (guitar). Initial bassist, Keith Bacon, was replaced early in 1980 by Nigel Russell. Their first recording was Reena, which featured on one side of a single (with The Whizz Kids) on Ripper Records in early 1980. It is purported to be inspired by actress Rena Owen of Once Were Warriors fame, who was involved in the punk scene at the time. After winning a band talent quest, organised by their manager, they signed to Simon Grigg's Propeller Records label, and released a single, Feels So Good in June, 1980. This peaked at #29. A second single was recorded but remained unreleased for two decades as the band split in September 1980 after finding it increasingly difficult to find bookings because of the nature of their under-age following. They reformed briefly in 1999 but parted ways for good later that year. In 2004 Feels So Good was re-recorded and featured on an Export Gold advert. A complete, semi-official, collection of available recordings was released in 2002 as a 2-disc set under the name The Spelling Mistakes: Epileptic Apocalypse 1979 - 1999. It was nominated for 'best rock release' by bNet NZ Music Awards in 2003.
Cabaret Voltaire - 1978 - The Living Legends 7'' (UK) download .
Cabaret Voltaire were a British music group from Sheffield, England. Initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Watson, the group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, a nightclub in Zurich, Switzerland that was a center for the early Dada movement. Their earliest performances were dada-influenced performance art, but Cabaret Voltaire later developed into one of the most prolific and important groups to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music.
The band formed in Sheffield in 1973 and experimented widely with sound creation and processing, these early experiments are documented on the triple album CD set Methodology (Mute 2002). They eventually turned to live performance. In one incident, Mallinder was hospitalised with a chipped backbone after the band had objects thrown at them. However the arrival of punk rock brought a more accepting audience for their industrial, electronic sound and they were championed by Sheffield punk fanzine Gunrubber edited by Paul Bower. In 1978, Cabaret Voltaire signed to Rough Trade Records. With Rough Trade they released several acclaimed musically experimental singles and EPs, including Extended Play, "Nag Nag Nag" and "Three Mantras", and albums such as The Voice of America in 1980, and Red Mecca in 1981. During this time they toured Europe, Japan and America without major record label support, releasing Hai!, a live album recorded in Japan, in 1982. In 1983, coinciding with the departure of Watson (who went on to found The Hafler Trio with Andrew M. McKenzie before becoming a BBC sound engineer and then a soloist), Cabaret Voltaire decided consciously to turn in a more commercial direction, with the album The Crackdown on Some Bizzare / Virgin Records. This decision was rewarded with the album reaching number 31 in the UK Albums Chart - over 60 places higher than their previous (and then only) chart placing. In 1984, the singles "Sensoria" and "James Brown" from the album Micro Phonies (also on Virgin) charted on the UK Indie Chart, as well as getting play in the underground dance scene. In 1987, the band released Code, followed by the house-influenced Groovy, Laidback & Nasty in 1990. A series of completely instrumental works under the Cabaret Voltaire name were released on Instinct Records in 1993 and 1994. The last Cabaret Voltaire release to feature Mallinder singing was on the single, "Colours" in 1990. Since the mid-late 1980s, Kirk began a solo career under several names, including Electronic Eye and Sandoz, while Mallinder has relocated to Perth, Australia and records with a collaborator under the name Sassi & Loco and, more recently, in another collaborative effort the Kuling-Bros. Mallinder also helps run his own Offworld Sounds label and contributed to synthesizer and programming on Shaun Ryder's solo album Amateur Night at the Big Top. In 1996, Mallinder reported to Inpress magazine's Andrez Bergen that "I do think the manipulation of sound in our early days - the physical act of cutting up tapes, creating tape loops and all that - has a strong reference to Burroughs and Gysin; in terms of the Dada thing, there's a similarity between the Dadaists' reaction to the bourgeoisie and the war and our own position - we felt alienated from popular culture ourselves. I think those kinds of attitudes become embedded within you, but I'm not sure how it relates now..." Hopes of a Cabaret Voltaire reunion were raised when Kirk dropped hints in the late 1990s, the most significant being in the notes of a reissue of Radiation, but this never happened. In a special 'Depeche Mode/History of Electro-pop' edition of Q magazine, Kirk suggested he is still considering resurrecting the Cabaret name, but this time he plans to "Get some young people involved".
AWESOME 1982 classic hardcore compilation of LA/Southwest bands, from Phoenix proto-skate punks JFA to glam wierdos Red Kross.Also includes obscure band Sin-34 which was one of the few woman-fronted hardcore bands ever.
1. JFA "Low Rider"
2. JFA "Guess What"
3. JFA "American Buttfucker"
4. SIN 34 "Only Love"
5. SIN 34 "Nuclear War"6. SIN 34 "Who Needs Them"
7. MORAL DECAY "America"
8. MORAL DECAY "TV News"
9. CRANKSHAFT "Life is Getting Faster"
10. CRANKSHAFT "Massacre Killer"
11. SADIST FACTION "Twisted Cross"
12. SADIST FACTION "Peace Corpse"
13. THE SINS "Rat Society"
14. THE SINS "All Your Tomorrows"
15. THE SINS "Sins Prayer"
16. THE DEMENTED "Back to the Bed"
17. THE DEMENTED "Deadly Game"
18. THE DEMENTED "How Can I Kill You"
19. REDD KROSS "Tatum O'Tot and the Fried Vegetables"
Jags, The - 1979 - Back Of My Hand 12'' (UK) download .
The Jags were a British rock band formed in London in 1978, and composed of Nick Watkinson (vocals), John Alder (guitar/backing vocals), Steve Prudence (bass) and Alex Baird (drums). They signed to Island Records in July 1978 and initially released a promising four-track EP. On 8 September 1979, the powerpop single "Back of My Hand", written by Nick Watkinson & left-handed guitarist John Alder, entered the UK Singles Chart. It had a chart life of 10 weeks and peaked at Number 17. "Back of My Hand" was included on their debut album Evening Standards, which was released the following year. Their follow-up single "Woman's World" entered the UK Chart on 2 February 1980 at Number 75 - dropping out the next week. 1981 saw the release of their second, and what proved to be, final album, No Tie Like a Present. The Jags disbanded in 1982.
Tazers, The - 1982 - Don't Classify Me 7'' (US) download .
The Tazers is a punk rock band that was formed in 1979 in the city of La Habra, California. The group was a part of the Orange County music scene. The band members included Charlie Glancy on lead guitar and metal trash can, Craig Brisco on drums, Mitch McNally, and Sean Brown on vocals and guitar.
Weirdotronix Southern California Punk Gig Diary remembers Tazers in 1982 as "a Fullerton bar band, who had recently made the transition from main stream rock to punk. They were competent musicians, with lots of performing experience, but their approach to punk was rather cliché and formulaic." The review goes on to say that the group apparently decided on having purple hair, torn clothes and sneering after watching the film Valley Girl. In a later review, Tazers are remembered as "well practiced (and well-equipped) musicians, yet there seemed to be something missing from their act. They lacked a powerful stage presence; they were really more new wave than punk, and their original material sounded too much like covers of other bands' songs."
In 1982, the group released a 7" vinyl single called Don't Classify Me!, featuring five tracks with titles like "Neo Natal Hospital" and "Microwave Mother." Two years later, the group put forth their self-titled LP in which new comer to the band, Dave Brown, played lead guitar.
During their peak of popularity, while drawing crowds of 400 to 500 people at shows, the band was promoted by using airtime on southern Californian radio stations such as, KNAC and KROQ. Most of the band's legitimate and paying shows were Ichabod's in Fullerton with bands like Chequered Past, D.I. and 45 Grave. The band played mostly undocumented backyard and house parties, often being paid only in beer and alcohol. Undoubtedly, their most prestigious gig was a slot opening for the heavy metal comedy group, Spinal Tap. The Tazers song "Alcoholic’s Anthem" was featured on the soundtrack to the 1987 film Surf Nazis Must Die, commonly recognized as one of the worst movies of all time. The group disbanded in the late 1980s, with Glancy and Brisco continuing on to play in a new band called D/Railed. Mitch McNally currently plays bass in the group Mama Hagglin.
Following the turn of the century, the Tazers became somewhat of a legend in the Orange County punk scene, and their original records began to routinely sell on eBay for hundreds of dollars.  In the early 2000s, Rave Up Records announced that they would be re-releasing Don't Classify Me! on vinyl, with a package including vintage photos and extensive liner notes written by the lead guitarist Charlie Glancy. Around the same time, a CD titled Where Has All the Vinyl Gone?, compiling the bands complete discography of one LP and two EPs was self-released.