THE ROOTS OF POWERPOP! [1979-1981]

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This compilation chronicles the style that happened right after punk rock, when some of the bands learned how to play their instruments a little better and started borrowing melodies and harmonies from old ’60s pop records. This marriage of melody and energy spawned a couple years’ worth of exciting music and a lot of it happened on Bomp during the years 1979-1981.

Fine overview of late 70’s US power pop scene supported by famous Bomp! records, including bands like The Romantics, The Real Kids, The Flamin’ Groovies, Shoes, 20/20, The Nerves, The Zeros, The Last, The Plimsouls and some lesser known acts as M&Ms, Mystery Machine, Nashville Rumblers or Wombats. Dig The Pop!

 

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PAGANS – Street Where Nobody Lives [70’s Punk]

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Legendary US Punk band from Cleveland, Ohio collection of ’77-’79 demos, singles, live & unreleased trax. Raw & angry, take no prisoners punk rock action from start to finish. Posted this before on my old blog. For my money this is their best comp. Killer stuff! Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Dig!!!

 

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BUZZCOCKS – Beating Hearts / Small Songs With Big Hearts [Live! 1978/79]

 

And now the real punk classics! Legendary Manchester pop punkers 70’s live action issued on two double LP sets by Get Back records. ‘Beating Hearts’ recorded live at Apollo theatre, Manchester in ’78 and ‘Small Songs With Big Hearts’ from London Rainbow theatre ’79. Almost feel like I’m Sixteen Againalright, Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents: Songs The MISSING SOULS Taught Us [60’s Garage/R&B]

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As I told you so… Here’s a collection of original tunes covered by French garage band The Missing Souls. Most tunes are 60’s garage songs picked up from classic comp series as Pebbles [The Plague ”Go Away”, The Bruthers ”Bad Way To Go”], Back From The Grave [Painted Ship ”Little White Lies”], Girls In The Garage [Karen Verros ”You Just Gotta Know My Mind”, The What Four ”I’m Gonna Destroy That Boy”], Monsters Of The Midwest/Psychedelic States [Teardrops ”Sweet, Sweet Sadie” & The Scoundrels ”Up There”], Sixties Rebellion [The Dawnbreakers ”Alligator”], Born Bad [The Shells “Whiplash”], Mayhem & Psychosis/Glimpses [The Ruins ”The End”], plus few R&B/Roll tunes as classics Etta James ”Seven Day Fool’‘ or Chuck Berry’s ”I’m Talking About You”.

The Missing Souls proved they’re very good in covering songs as well as they got real cool taste in rock’n’roll. And now ladys & germs… do the Dig!!!

 

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THE MISSING SOULS !!!

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Great garage/mod revival band from Lyon, France. These guys’n gal really dig 60’s garage the right way. On their 2016. debut slab and singles all songs are covers of tunes from Pebbles/Back From The Grave/Girls In Garage kinda comps, done in a real cool and refreshing style & sound. They are one of the best garage revival gang I heard lately. They’re FABULOUS, believe you me! Soon I’ll post collection of 60’s originals they covered, until then Check ’em out!

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EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW… [60’s Garage/Psych Instros]

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Hmmm… You certenly know something ’bout 60’s instros but this Arf! collection gathered some real wyld & weird sides. That means fuzzz, feedback, backmasking, acid and other psychedelic effects to warp your mind. Comparing to ”Buzz Buzz Buzzzzzz” instro comps, this one is more on psych/lounge side ’67-’69 stuff. Anyways there are some ’66 ”b-sides” as feedback drenched Oxford Circle”Mind Destruction”, Vaqueros ”69”, Dantes ‘’80-06”, The Executioners ”I Want The Rain”… Question Mark [& Mysterians] ”Hang In” is actually instro cover of The Squires “Going All The Way” but my favorite trax are The Mussies ”12 O’clock, July” a great garage-fuzz rip-off the Link Wray’s ”Jack the Ripper”, fuzzed-out ”Ballot Bachs” by The Shades, psychedelizied Pinocchio & His Puppets ”Fusion”, The American Dream ”Tioga”, Front Office ”Wow” it’s really Wah-Wah alright! Then  Hal Blaine ”Love In (December)”, The Arrows [Davie Allan] ‘‘Make Love Not War” and three cuts from ”Astro-Sounds: From Beyond the Year 2000” Lp by 101 Strings.

All trax were transferred from original records and rare 45’s so I have to do some cleaning that means… Sound check by Mr.Eliminator [himself] = Real Cool. Dig!!!

 

CALIFORNIA POPPY PICKERS – Sounds Of ’69 / THE PROJECTION COMPANY – Give Me Some Lovin’ [1968]

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The California Poppy Pickers were one of several relatively anonymous studio projects assembled by Alshire label head Al Sherman to record budget-priced copycat LPs of ’60’s pop hits. Virtually all of the groups in question — Fats and the Chessmen, Los Norte Americanos, and the Bakersfield Five, among them — were helmed by producer and songwriter Gary Paxton, best-known for composing the novelty smash “The Monster Mash.” In 1965, Paxton founded his own Hollywood recording studio, assembling a session crew and the group released three 1969 LPs — Sounds of ’69, Hair/Aquarius, and Today’s Chart Busters comprised primarily of covers and thinly-veiled rewrites. [Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide]

 

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‘Sounds of ’69’ is solid exploito album with some cool fuzz instros as Bun Buster, Happy Organ, Do Ya, Do Ya and Wipe Out ’69 [included in Surfadelic “The Hell Surfers” soundtrack] and unfortunately few lame shitty vocal tunes as horrible cover of Blowin’ In The Wind and Why Don’t We Do It In The Road.

 

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The Projection Company lp is another 60’s exploatation slab that includes involvement of famous studio musician Jerry Cole and his crew. Some songs featured on this album are alternate versions of tracks found on his project “The inner sound of the ID” originally recorded for RCA records [Boil The Kettle, Wild Times, Don’t Think Twice]. Here you got some fine psych/lounge  instrumental trax as Kimeaa, Our Man Hendrix, Tune Out Of Place, What Else

 

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Surfadelic Presents: THE HELL SURFERS !!!

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…Kinda like a “Hells Angels on surfboards” or “Surfin’ Angels on Hellboards” or… whatever. Anyways it’s another Surfadelic production, a soundtrack for secret Tarantino/Rodriguez movie project that never existed. So it shoulda be fuzzed-out instro action, mean mutha that’ll leave you brathless. Gathered here are some of Surfadelic alltime favs from 60’s biker and other rare exploatation lps as well from surfin’/hot rod field. You gotta check those evil muthas yourself. As Blues [Peter Fonda] once said “Oh no, Preach, not children of God – but Hells Angels”. Hoka hey! Dig!!!

 

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They’re Coming to Take You Away, Ha-Ha!

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