WHO’S A PUNK? / JE SUIS PUNK – The Very Best of British & European Punksploitation

 

 

”First came ‘Je Suis Punk”, a collection of unheard French Punk “punksploitation” obscurities (i.e. band’s who were created to – or changed their sound in order to cash in on the burgeoning “punk fad”), and now comes “Who’s A Punk?” – the British counterpart to those finicky Francs. LOADED with razor-sharp riffs and catchy as hell melodies designed to make you pogo your safety pins right off!”

”Absolutely scorching compilations of what is known, alternately, as either “fake punk” or “punksploitation;” in other words, the short-lived practice of putting together a group of seasoned session musicians and asking them to produce a loud and crude punk single in order to quickly cash in on the punk “fad” that was peaking in the late 70s. You would think that this would be a recipe for disaster, but in practice it’s actually great. To me, it’s the best of both worlds; you have people who are seasoned veterans at writing and arranging songs, but you’re asking them to do something very immediate, loose, and off the cuff. So, what you end up with is very well-written and well-arranged songs that are kind of deliberately stupid. What could be better? If you have a Crass tattoo or something I could see finding this whole scene kind of offensive, but if you like a lot of those early British punk groups who were actually around before punk but adopted the look in order to ride the wave of punk’s popularity–bands like the Boys, Slaughter and the Dogs, the Vibrators, maybe even the UK Subs and Cock Sparrer–then you will absolutely love this compilation… there isn’t a dud on it.”

Vinyl rip of these two great unofficial comps with rare UK & French late 70’s early 80’s punk/new wave exploitation gems. Fake punk rules! Do you feel lucky, well, do ya, punk?

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PHANTOM GUITARS vol.1&2 [UK 60’s Twangin’ Instros]

 

”In the three year span between Rock & Roll and the full flush of Beat, guitar-led instrumental groups took control of the UK. In the wake of The Shadows and their magical brand of twanging melody, coffee bars, dancehalls and fairgrounds reverberated to the sound of Binson echo units and primitive Bigsby-esque tremolo arms…”

”The instrumental rock scene was a vitally important part of the rise of homegrown British rock, and if this deals in obscurities rather than hits, Phantom Guitars documents how pervasive this sound once was, and how many great pickers were making the rounds in the early ’60s.”
[Mark Deming]

Two Real COOL instrumental comps made by Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond. If you dig The Shadows, Duane Eddy and Joe Meek style instros, this is fer ya.

 

THE BARRACUDAS – I Wish It Could Be 1965 Again [80’s Surf/Punk] Vinyl Rip!!!

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”Your Plymouth dealer is a dealing man, Yeah, Yeah
I’m a Plymouth dealer dealing man
Right now I’m giving the best deal ever on that view Plymouth
Bacarruda…”

These UK surf-punkers were a part of early 80’s garage revival scene. They recorded several LPs and 45’s [with ”Drop Out With The Barracudas” as their most famous slab], style ranged from surf influenced punk to power pop. This here is a ’85 Franch Lp collection of their early singles with surf-punk anthems as Summer Fun, His Last Summer, Surfers Are Back, Chevy Baby, Kgb, I Can’t Pretend, Rendez-Vous… From my point of view, this is their best slab, A MUST, dont miss it. Vinyl Rip by Surfadelic!

 

 

”…I dont care for the rest of the year
This is what I wanna do
The sun is out
The feelings right
It’s all up to you
In the sun, summer fun”

 

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THEE MIDNITERS – In Thee Midnight Hour!!! [60’s Garage]

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And now!… Back to thee garage. Pounding East LA rock n’ roll! Original Whittier recordings of this legendary group’s mid sixties stompers, collected together in one mad set for the first time! NO BALLADS!! Killer after killer of loud, tense, massively attitudinal teenage howlers- prime cut slammers that ram the Stones into a hot, crowded bullpen wearing long red capes and little else! For the first time, the universe outside East LA can dig the majestic slam of THEE MIDNITERS! Instant party never had it so good!

”Indisputably the greatest Latino rock band of the ’60s, Thee Midniters took their inspiration from both the British Invasion sound of the Rolling Stones and the more traditional R&B that they were weaned on in their native Los Angeles. Hugely popular in East Los Angeles, the group, featuring both guitars and horns, had a local hit (and a small national one) with their storming version of “Land of a Thousand Dances” in 1965. Much of their repertoire featured driving, slightly punkish rock/R&B…” [allmusic]

 

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You could hear rippin’ ”Jump, Jive & Harmonize” and hilarious I Found A Peanut” on Teenage Shutdown! comps, ”Never Knew I Had It So Bad” on A Journey To Tyme, and now you can check out other cool originals as ‘‘Love Special Delivery”, ”Whittier Blvd.”, ”Welcome Home Darling”, ”Looking Out A Window” and fine covers as ”Everybody Needs Somebody” or ”Empty Heart”. Feel the Chicano Power!

 

 

 

WHAT IT IS! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves [1967-1977]

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”Too many reissue compilations are content to merely slice ‘n’ dice familiar catalog choices in not particularly original ways. But this four-disc, 91-track trove of obscure ’70s R&B and funk from Warner-distributed labels great and small argues there’s still treasure to be gleaned from studio vaults–a five-hour groove-fest that’s as interested in shaking booty as in opening ears. Even the genre’s groundbreaking usual suspects (Wilson Pickett, the Bar-Kays, Curtis Mayfield, Earth, Wind & Fire, et al) are represented by selections that aren’t immediately familiar, while Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin serves up a radically different, previously unreleased take of “Rock Steady.” Still other stars contribute their sonic touches to some of the lesser-known cuts, as witnessed by the patent trippiness of Sly Stone alter-egos 6ix and Stanga on “I’m Just Like You” and “Little Sister,” respectively; the stark, party-not-so-hearty contrast of the Mayfield-written-and-produced “Hard Times” by Baby Huey & Baby Sisters; and the Meters’ version of “Tampin’,” released under the moniker of the Rhine Oaks.

Sequenced in rough chronological order, it’s a savvy window into a musical evolution as well, with the rhythmic guitars, organ swells, and horn flourishes of traditional ’60s R&B giving way to sinewy synths and increasingly chunky bass lines as the decade grooves on. While savvy hip-hoppers will note that many of the rarities here have already been repurposed by shrewd mixers, it’s a revelation to hear them in their original form. A compelling deconstruction of an often clichéd and too-narrowly-defined genre, this is an anthology that showcases music that has influenced such contemporary artists as Tupac, the Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, and Kanye West, annotated by many of the original musicians who set the dance floor in motion.” — Jerry McCulley

 

 

”This is a pretty sick compilation. It’s funkin’ awesome. You will be funkin’ all night to it. Alright no more shtick. Get it, if you love funk.”

”I am 1% cooler for having listened to this.”

”Quite possibly the finest compendium of funk one could possibly lay their ears on. Takes a while to get through and digest, but is high on accessibility and nearly perfect in quality and diversity (big names as well as guys I’ve never heard of before). Mark this one as essential.”

 ”Pimpin, Simply pimpin.”
”Basically the Nuggets of R&B, except it consistently beats its mainstream competition.  If you’re into the style, this is essential.  A good number of these are instrumentals, but that’s not a bad thing.”
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Funky Surfadelic, Dig!!!

JEAN-CLAUDE PELLETIER – Streaking! [1974. Euro Funk/Lounge]

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Streakers! Streaking! Streak!

Continuing the story of 70’s Euro funk, here’s superfine ’74 ”streaking” funky slab by French composer, arranger and conductor Jean-Claude Pelletier and his orchestra. You could hear ”Special Streaking” on Funky Flea comp., and now you can taste entire lp of cool funky instro/lounge dedicated to runnin’ nude maniacs. Hello Streakers!

FUNKY FLEA vol.1 [Rare 60’s & 70’s Euro Lounge]

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Interesting non official, custom made compilation [by Space Debris] of rare 60’s & 70’s lounge, latino & funky grooves by Euro acts as Chakachas, Chicken Curry & His Pop Percussion Orchestra, 101 Strings, Chocolat’s, Nico Gomez, André Brasseur, Brasil Tropical Sound, Francis Lai, Jean-Claude Pelletier, The Chinese Fighters, The Manzanilla Sound… Sound check by Surfadelic. Cool & Sexy, Dig!

MACONDO – Macondo [1972]

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”Discovered and produced by Sergio Mendes, Macondo was one of the more interesting, and frustrating groups to fuse Latin music, heavy rock, and funk in the wake of Santana’s huge early-’70s success. Though the band featured several able instrumentalists (particularly bassist Ron Chretin) and loads of raw energy, no one in the group was a particularly good vocalist and the unit’s songwriting was often amateurish. Consequently, none of the tracks here live up to the promise of their great introductions, grooves, and instrumental passages. Leader Max Uballez has a nice knack for melody and loads of interesting musical concepts, but the songs usually seem to be cramming in too many ideas at once. Perhaps sensing that they rocked but didn’t have anything close to a hit, on side two the group (or perhaps Mendes) decided to include Macondo’s very own “Oye Como Va” (a full two years after Abraxas) in the form of “Cayuco,” a similar Tito Puente composition. The tune sounds a bit out of place considering not a word of Spanish is sung on the entire first side of the record. Also, the arrangement is laughably Santana-esque, right down to Albert Hernandez’s lead guitar playing (which, unfortunately contains none of Carlos Santana’s virtuosity). In the end Macondo, though strictly B-list, is an enjoyable listen, as the band is so obviously having the time of their lives. Not as tight, dark, or pop-savvy as Santana or Mandrill, the group still had an appealing acid rock stoner vibe that conjures up images of a hard-partying Latin Foghat. Not exactly a lost classic, Macondo is certainly an obscurity worth looking out for and highly recommended to fans of the genre.” [Pemberton Roach, All Music Guide]

Cool rare latin-funk slab with touches of Santana and Funkadelic. Street fighting Hard-funk, Dig!!!

 

FUNKADELIC – Motor City Madness [Psych/Funk 1970-1976]

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”If you will suck my soul, I will lick your funky emotions…”

Motor City Madness is a compilation featuring songs recorded for Westbound Records during the band’s career with that label from 1968 to 1976.”

”Ah, yes. Funkadelic who do it all here. They rocked, they funked, they rhythmed & a few other things too. Eddie Hazel is a forgotten legend on lead guitar (“Maggot Brain”) & Bootsy Collins a well remembered bassist. There are only two songs here that got chart action & neither of the two were actually on the traditional Pop Singles chart. But Funkadelic was not about hits. There were about funk, partying &, in general, to use one of our more recent phrases: shock & awe. The two songs that actually charted were “A Joyful Process” which went to #38 on the Black Singles chart & “Get Off Your A** and Jam” which went to #14 on the Club Play chart. Some of the better known songs included in this collection are: “Free Your Mind and Your A** Will Follow”, “Standing on the Verge of Getting It On”, “Funky Dollar Bill”, “Cosmic Slop”, “Loose Booty”, “I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing”, “Music For My Mother”, ”I Wanna Know If It’s Good To You”, ”I’ll Bet You”, ”You And Your Folks”, ”Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic”
This is a great collection of Funkadelic with George Clinton at the helm, sailing into waters that few groups dared to venture into. Get this and get your freak on, you freakazoids. Sure, there’s some songs missing as always on any compilation. Solution; Get all their freaking music, you maggot brain.” [amazon reviews]

 

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”Freedom is free of the need to be free,
so free your mind, and your ass will follow:
The kingdom of heaven is within…”

 

”Eeny, meeny, miney mo, catch a junkie by the toe.
If he hollers, let him go. If he don’t, do the loose booty…”

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Funkadelic meets Surfadelic… Detroit acid funketeers best collection after superfine singles comp. ”Music for Your Mother.” Here you got wyld bunch of acid rockers from their best period ’70-’76. Two and a half hours of Funkadelic music + Surfadelic bonus cuts. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND JAM!

 

HOWLIN’ WOLF – Message To The Young [1971] / The Back Door Wolf [1973]

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”1971 marked the release of Howlin Wolf‘s second experimental offering, ”Message To The Young” . Oft-considered his second attempt (after the ”Howlin Wolf Album” he famously shunned) at offering the masses a psychedelic record, the sound on the record ranges from acid-rock, to blues, to funk, and back again. The title track on Message To The Young is exactly what the title suggests; Wolf s attempt at reaching the youth of the era in a beautiful spoken word ballad which can easily be summed up in two words Be Yourself . Originally released on the newly formed Chess Grt label, a subsidiary of legendary imprint Chess Records.” [Amazon Editorial Review]

 

 

Another overlooked gems, this time from Howlin’ blues legend 70s rumble. ”Message To The Young” is a cool funky-blues slab in style of Muddy Waters ”After The Rain” or “Electric Mud” albums [but not so heavy], made for the new generation rockers of early 70s. You can hear influences of early Funkadelic, late period Jimmy Hendrix and even ”Beggars Banquet”/”Let it Bleed” era Stones.

The Back Door Wolf is pretty solid, straight blues effort marked Howlin’ Wolf’s return to his well known ground. Check it out!