Chi-Pig was an Akron, OH-based new wave power trio consisting of guitarist and keyboard player Susan Schmidt, bassist Deborah Smith, and drummer Richard Roberts. Schmidt and Smith were already longtime mainstays of the Cleveland/Akron scene, having participated in the teen all-girl group the Poor Girls from the late '60s. In the mid-'70s they played in the Peter Laughner-led groups Cinderella's Revenge and Friction. Not long after Laughner died, Schmidt and Smith founded Chi-Pig, naming themselves after a local barbecue and rib joint. They performed in matching outfits modeled on the garb worn by 1940s Latin-American entertainers, but their music was in no way "Latin" and had no relation whatsoever to disco. Chi-Pig's music consisted of informed, literate, and exceedingly well-written pop songs that addressed the concerns of women living in a consumer society, with a dash of humor added for good measure. Schmidt and Smith's many long years of experience playing in various Cleveland and Akron groups paid off in the tight precision of their music-making; Deborah Smith deserves singling out as being an exceptionally able and imaginative bass player. Both major and minor labels were swarming around Akron in the late '70s, picking up Devo and Tin Huey in the process. Despite self-producing an excellent single, "Bountiful Living"/"Ring Around the Collar," and recording a full-length album with producer Bruce Hensal in 1979, the band never managed to land a record deal. Chi-Pig hung on until about 1982, but ultimately tired of playing bars and decided to call it a day, and thus the album was scrapped. By that time, female-led groups that had developed a style similar to that of Chi-Pig were just starting to break out — for example, the Go-Go's and the Pretenders, featuring Chrissie Hynde, who as an Akron teenager had been an avid fan of the Poor Girls. In 2004, 25 years after it was recorded, Chi-Pig's abandoned album, Miami, was dusted off and released. This is tremendously good news, as Chi-Pig truly was a pioneering and innovative band whose music stands exactly midway between the producer-driven 1960s heritage of girl groups such as the Shangri-Las and the more self-directed female groups of the 1980s. The emergence of Miami likewise helps to fill a major historical gap in listeners' knowledge of the extraordinary northern Ohio scene of the 1970s, which also brought listeners Devo and Pere Ubu — the first fruits of so-called "modern" rock.
Mercenary God - 1981 - Burning Generation (IT) download .
Born in Gemona del Friuli (UD – Italy) at the end of 1979, in full “punk” period, the Mercenary God have distinguished herself from several other Italian bands from the same time because they where able, in the two years of their short but intensive musical history, to perform outside the proper region borders, attaining to cut a record reviewed on the top musical magazines in that time. In some kind of "competition" with the more structured Great Complotto, the friulan punk circuit was developing himself already from 1977 around bands in continuos mutation (Metalshock, Alternative, Dial 113, Commandos), but was not able to get the creative and organizing homogeneity of the pordenonese scene. The Mercenary God history was from the beginning up for his own: geographically isolated , unconnected to all post-punk trends and too young and ingenuous to capitalize the fast growing celebrity, especially amongst insiders. Their music was starting from the English and American punk from the seventies, accurate avoiding the rising militant hardcore, and mix himself to a certain very personally psychedelically garage, dotted with noise experimentation's and good old rock’n’roll. After a few concerts, most completely self managed, the meeting with the trevigians No Submission and the reporter Claudio Sorge, brings the realization, in 1981, of the split-LP “Challenge”, produced by the Marco Melzi's already born Lombard records label Bootleg Records. He record was including, despite the Mercenary God and the No Submission, also the udineses No Suicide. In the same year 11 track where recorded, destined to the first LP of the band (Burning Generation), kept unpublished until the publication, happened at the end of 2004, thanks to the independent label Big Star Rolling in Preganziol (TV).
Saucers - 2002 - What We Did ('78-80) (US) download .
Any act following on the heels of Mirrors and Rocket From The Tomb's bound to come off like an episode of SHIRLEY TEMPLE THEATER after a few hours of TWILIGHT ZONE, but despite the anticipation of letdown I must say that these Saucers were an excellent late-seventies bunch that took the best that the early-seventies proto-punk era hadda offer (Cle first wave "demonic intensity", Roxy/Eno, Sparks...) and made sure it didn't become obsolete in the anything-goes latter portion of that decade. From Craig Bell's Cle re-dos ("Frustration", "Muckraker", "Annie" and the excell-o "Slow Down") to Malcolm Marsden's pure pop for someoneorother you can't go wrong with this Golden Age of Underground Rock collection that'll bring back tingly memories of just how great it was hearing all this long-gone energy the first time 'round. And if you think I didn't buy it because of the presence of one Seth Tiven (future Dumptruck/ex-NEW HAVEN ROCK PRESS scribbler) and all of the psychic vibrations emanating from my earlier writeup on his brother then you'd be wrong as usual!
An alternate sleeve turned up allegedly in the mid-80's with the singer on stage holding a naked unconscious woman.
LA "supergroup" feat. Geza X plus some 45 Grave people. Catchy LA punk w/ a slight glam/wave touch, still powerful due to the noisy Geza X production. B side is a punk ballad, still OK. Good one.
Prljavo Kazaliste - 1979 - Moj Je Otac Bio U Ratu 7'' (HRK) download .
Prljavo kazalište (meaning in Croatian language: Dirty Theatre) is a rock band from Zagreb, Croatia. Since its formation in 1977, the group changed several music styles and line ups but remained one of the top acts of both the Croatian and the former Yugoslav rock scenes.