“On Fyre” is a Matador reissue of the of the Lyres 1982 debut album on Boston’s homegrown Ace of Hearts label. The Lyres, lead by the charismatic Jeff “Monoman” Conolly were among the premiere bands of the early 80s club band renaissance in Boston Massachusetts. Only two other bands, Mission of Burma and the Pixies were arguably more significant players in a music scene that revolved around tiny, smoke-filled, standing- room-only music venues like Cantone’s, the Rat, the Underground and the In Square Men’s Bar. The neo-garage rock of the Lyres was particularly well suited to the sweaty hard edged clubs of that era. The Lyres embodied all that was pure and passionate in the music of the venerable Boston school of garage punk. Monoman, a walking archive of garage rock, was initially involved with DMZ, the seminal Boston garage rock band of the late sixties. DMZ, along with performers like Willie “Loco” Alexander, provided a blueprint for the for the the Boston punk scene. If Willie Alexander was the godfather of Boston punk, then Monoman and DMZ were his heir apparents. DMZ actually got signed by a major label (Sire), but production quality was so abysmal that even garage afficiandos hated the Flo and Eddy (of the Turtle’s) drum heavy mix of sound of the mix. DMZ mutated into the Lyres in the early eighties and the band recorded “Help You Ann” a local hit on Ace of Hearts. “On Fyre” is arguably the most significant album of the post-punk garage movement. Monoman’s choppy Vox Continental organ is the signature sound of the Lyres. The snarling vocals, the punky Danelectro guitar and the flat un-miked drum sound suggested a time tunnel back to the mid-sixties heyday of true garage bands like Question Mark and the Mysterians and the Seeds. The technical ability of the Lyres surpassed those “one-hit wonder” bands and put them in a class of garage bands that were actually musically accomplished, like Roky Erikson’s legendary 13th Floor Elevators.
“On Fyre” has a dazzling and warm analogic mix which enriches authentic garage esthetic the Lyre’s sound. The first song, “Don’t Give It Up” became the Lyres anthem of hope and glory, in their turbo changed live shows. It is as close to perfect as garage rock has ever gotten. There is a fade-in guitar and drums which is joined by the organ and Mono’s half spoken vocals which segues into a pummeling chorus of “don’t give it up”. The bluesly guitar break which is charmingly eccentric because Danny McCormack resolutely refuses to bend a single note on his vintage Daneletro guitar. All the while, Mono bangs a tamborine on his hip, while chording the ubiquitous Vox Continental with his right hand. On “Help You Ann” Danny’s guitar is on a delay switch, and the guitar’s cascading echo displays Danny’s mastery of pre-digital guitar technique. “Love Me Til the Sun Shines” is one of those innocent but seductive flower power ballads that shows the Lyres mastery of Hart and Boyle school of songwritting. The odd time signature and slowed tempo of “Tired of Waiting” comes close to trumping (but not quite) the original Kinks version. Another triumph is a cover of Pete Best’s obscure “The Way I Feel About You.” The choice of covering a song by the “failed Beatle” is yet another trademark obscurantist ploy Monoman’s enless bag of tricks. The Matador release has also included 10 bonus tracks in this amended issue of the original. These are not throwaways or outtakes, but terrific studio cuts which actually enhance the legacy of the original album. The orginal cover art with the distinctive Lyre’s logowork is wisely retained from the 1982 Ace of Heart’s vinyl release. The Lyres’ cult following has expanded steadily since there final album in 1993. The passage of twenty years since the original “On Fyre” has cemented the Lyres reputation, in the hearts and minds those fans of; the Stooges, the 13th Floor Elevators and other “ragged but right” architects of timeless garage rock. [Gavin B.]
A comprehensive compilation of studio and live tracks by this band hailing from Vancouver, Canada, ‘Get It Straight’ highlights the evolution of Modernettes’ music from the short, anthemic punk nuggets of their first EP, ‘Teen City’, to the more ambitious rock of their ‘Viewed From the Bottom’ EP which was remixed for the occasion and included a cover version of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Femme Fatale’ convincingly sung by bassist Mary-Jo Kopechne as well as a brilliant jangle-pop number called ‘Rebel Kind’. [Popphil]
The Fallen Angels was formed in 1984 with Knox (singer/songwriter from the Vibrators) on vocals and guitar, with the Hanoi Rocks rhythm section of Sam Yaffa on bass, the late Razzle on drums, and Nasty Suicide on rhythm and some lead guitar. Also guesting on the first album were Cosmic Ted and the Psychedelic Kid, (Mike Monroe and Andy McCoy respectively). The band came about because Knox was on the same management as Hanoi Rocks and had a lot of songs he wanted to do. One of Hanoi’s manager’s Richard Bishop had the bright idea of putting Knox together with Hanoi Rocks to record an album. The album was rehearsed and recorded at the now legendary Alaska Studios down under the arches at Waterloo, London. The album band never played live though Nasty Suicide did guest at a London gig.
The first release was the single “Amphetamine Blue” (FALL 022) followed by the album “FALLEN ANGELS” (FALL LP 23) (with a cover painting by Knox depicting a murder scene outside the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street), and then the single and 12″ “Inner Planet Love/Precious Heart”
Hey Punks! If you dig Johnny Thunders mid 80’s style glam-punk rama-lama, this stuff’s fer ya. HIGH OCTANE PUNK ROCK ACTION !!!
Punk band from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. “This Ain’t Hollywood…” is The Forgotten Rebels’ second LP released in 1982. on the Canadian Star label. The album is a revved up party platter of excellent Glam Punk and delivers a nice collection of amped up rockers.
“Perhaps after ruffling more than a few feathers with their past two releases, staying clear of mocking sensitive/political topics was a sign The Forgotten Rebels were wiser than their growing legion of haters gave them credit for. On ‘This Ain’t Hollywood…’ the Rebels discard the politically incorrect satire of their previous releases and focus on what they know best, Rock & Roll. As the title states, ‘This Ain’t Hollywood, This is Rock & Roll’, vocalist Mickey DeSadist makes his belief clear throughout the album that superstardom is the death of any great Rock & Roll band. Yet at the same time seems annoyed his band has yet to top the charts (keep in mind this is the man who wrote ‘Fuck Me Dead’ & ‘3rd Homosexual Murder’). The title track says it all. “This ain’t Hollywood you know it’s Montreal / This ain’t Hollywood and it ain’t no good at all”. Mickey further voices his disgruntlement in the Anti-British Invasion anthem ‘England Keep Your Stars’. “Their novel accents made them so rich while I’m stuck playing in a rotting ditch / Radio loves the English bands, radio loves the American bands. Have they censored Canada to get their money from foreign lands?” Unsurprisingly, when Canadian content laws were instated they did absolutely nothing to promote the Rebels. Brilliantly bookend by opener ‘Hello Hello (It’s Good To Be Back)’ – errrr…a Gary Glitter cover – and closer ‘It Won’t Be Long Until You See Me Again’, ‘This Ain’t Hollywood…’ is an exercise in wit rather than the aforementioned political satire. ‘The Me Generation’ is an excellent example of this. Mickey address’ how he fears a future ran by the selfish youth of the day. ‘Don’t Hide Your Face’ shows there is quite a bit more to the Rebels than corny jokes and power chords while ‘Rhona Barrett’ and ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ showcase the group as topnotch power popsters that are second to none. This album also houses the original and superior version of one of the best known song, ‘Surfin’ on Heroin’. Even the covers ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ and ‘Eve of Destruction’ seem to fit in well with the albums concept.
Here’s a funny story. It’s been rumored that drummer Robert Allan (the mustachio dude on the right) was never an official member. Their record company at the time forced Dave McGuire to give up the drum seat.
This is the Forgotten Rebels finest hour. Their ‘Ziggy Stardust’ if you will.”[Mofoking]
“1984 second album by the ultra-cult ’80s NY rocker Justin Trouble. Only once out of a hundred times is the “undiscovered gem” tag appropriate… and this is the one. A lost treasure of early ’80s New York, the perfect blend of Johnny Thunders’s deconstructed raunch ‘n’ roll, the Modern Lovers’ romance rock, Alex Chilton’s twisted productions, and some deranged paisley-pop from an unknown planet. Justin Love (Trouble), the best kept secret in rock ‘n’ roll!”
O my brothers ain’t ya extremely lucky! Here’s a vinyl rip of this late 80s surf/hot rod revival rare gem, sole LP by The Dragsters a surfin’ gang from New York. It’s a cool mix of vocal tunes & instrumentals, originals & covers as Anywhere The Girls Are [The Fantastic Baggys], Goldfinger, Do The Clam, Maria (West Side Story). My favorite tunes are original instros as “Dragster Beach”, “Tractor Pull”, “Radio Surf”, “Surfing With The Godz” and “Maria”. Check some favs down below, get stoked & Dig!!!
It’s a power pop hour at Surfadelic. Here you got collection of 70s/80s pop, punk and glam trax selected by ultra-famous outerspace/outta time D.J. Mr.Eliminator himself! Here are some of his alltime favorite tunes for rockin’ sunny afternoons so you better watch-out! Listen to the POP, feel the POWER! Ya gotta dig alright!
Sequel to a famous “Live Fast” (check the link below!) compilation dedicated to ‘highway rock’n’roll’, with garage, punk, glam and hard rockin’ tunes for fast drivin’ action. Inspired by 70’s car flicks, this is kinda a soundtrack for the unknown drive-in movie. featuring some of my favorite performers as Davie Allan & The Arrows, Boss Martians, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers Alan Vega, Giuda, The Fuzztones, Flamin’ Groovies, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Untamed Youth , The Cramps, Link Wray, The Electric Chairs, The Spoons, Thee Headcoats, Messerschmitt and more. 33 trax, 105 minutes of highway rockin’ action, so fasten your belts and dig!!!