PRIMAL SCREAM – S/T [1989.Vinyl Rip!]

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”Ivy you’re a girl that I can never taste
I get violent feelings when I see your face
You’re so warm and beautiful and soft and kind
I close my eyes but you’re still shining in my head”

”Primal Scream is the second album by Scottish indie rock band Primal Scream. Released on 4 September 1989 through Creation and Mercenary Records, it took a harder rock approach than their debut album Sonic Flower Groove. The song “I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have” was later remixed to provide the breakthrough single “Loaded” that appeared on their much celebrated third album Screamadelica.” [wiki]

 

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”You’ve got a heart of gold
You can’t be bought or sold
You’ve got a heart of gold baby
I got the blues for you
I give myself to you
I got the blues for you, baby”

This is my favorite PS slab and the most rocking one. Always remind me on real cool fall of ’89. No electronica or dance/house shit here, just high energy MC5, Stooges, Ramones influenced rockers – Ivy Ivy Ivy, Sweet Pretty Thing, She Power,Gimme Gimme Teenage Head, Lone Star Girl, and Stonesy/Velvet Underground style ballads – You’re Just Dead Skin To Me, Kill The King, You’re Just Too Dark To Care and personal fav Jesus Can’t Save Me. ”I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have” was a prequel to legendary “Loaded” single. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Gimme Teenage Head, Dig !!!

 

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JAYNE/WAYNE COUNTY & THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS – Let Your Backbone Slip / Rock ‘n Roll Cleopatra [Transgender Punk Rock]

 

Jimi played guitar with rock and roll cool.
You wanna dirty sound you’ve got to treat your guitar cruel.
Manic depresssion’s gonna take you higher.
If you wanna make hot love you’ve gotta stand next to your fire.
[”Rock & Roll Resurrection” 1978]”

Jayne County was the John Waters of rock music, crafting blatantly offensive and goofy music that delivered mean-spirited entertainment and a hilarious freak show. Bragging up her own importance on virtually every other song, some of County’s best music can be found on this compilation. “Storm the Gates of Heaven” is one of the most silly, offensive, angry, and campy songs to grace the punk movement, delivering a disdain for Christianity with tongue firmly in cheek and middle finger proudly raised. Elsewhere she chastises those who won’t take her home (“Fuck Off”), celebrates the twisted men who go through her life (“Mean Muthafuckin’ Man”), and sings a tribute to filthy bathroom affairs (“Toilet Love”). Vile, nasty, and hilarious, County is obviously not for everyone. In fact, as the years go by, the audience who would enjoy her routine seems to get narrower and narrower. But this is a document of an important performance artist; in the ’70s her live shows couldn’t be touched for sheer energy and entertainment. And these songs were the backbone of those shows; even if they weren’t always good, they at least had the charismatic snarl of County delivering their hideous message. For anyone curious about the New York punk scene, this is high-priority stuff even if it contains some of the least-important music of the period. County, like many punk musicians, has overcome her talents to become a personality, and that personality is strong enough to make this a recommended collection. [Bradley Torreano]

”Rock me Jesus, roll me lord. Wash me in the blood of rock and roll”

 

”Jim was the master of show and tell.
You wanna go to heaven you gotta raise some hell.
The crystal ship is sinking. The ocean waves are rough.
If you wanna get down you’ve got to learn to get it up.”

 

Ambitious, eclectic, and absolutely contagious, Let Your Backbone Slip is the successor to the dynamite Rock ‘N Roll Cleopatra, a compilation that trawls a back catalog that too many people overlook — but which most would certainly enjoy. Image and reputation notwithstanding, Jayne County’s songwriting and performance evince an understanding of pop at its purest, one long series of electrifying jolts that evoke memories of a golden era as readily as they pinpoint the purpose of the modern age. That the modern age was usually too busy contemplating other charms at the time is its own problem. Chronologically, Let Your Backbone Slip opens by rounding up material from the first two Electric Chairs albums that was omitted from the earlier set; the avoidance of the group’s third LP, the sensational Things Your Mother Never Told You, meanwhile, is at least partially remedied by the inclusion of three tracks from a 1979 BBC session. In truth, the performances are nowhere near as great as the originals — “Berlin” is too fast, “Waiting for the Marines” is too straight — but they’re a fine inclusion regardless. The heart of Let Your Backbone Slip, however, delves into County’s 1980s material, a period that received precious little attention at the time and allowed two excellent albums, Betty Grable’s Legs and Private Oyster, to pass by unnoticed. Six tracks from the latter include the anthemic “Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?,” the Cossack-themed “I Fell in Love With a Russian Soldier,” and the exquisite ’60s girl group pastiche “The Lady Dye Twist” (chorus: “I want a wedding just like Lady Diana”), all three of which insist that County’s grasp of rock & trash/kitsch & roll is as tight as it ever was at the height of her earlier, New York-centric fame. County’s true appeal, however, exceeds whatever parameters that description might lay out. Great pop music should be sexy, fun, moving, and motivating. From the deifying “Max’s” to the cruel “Bad in Bed,” from the mocking “Mr Normal” to the moving “Love Lives on Lies,” Let Your Backbone Slip is all four — and then some. [Dave Thompson]

 

”Speed demon, Hell is for heroes, I’m told
Speed demon, Lake of fire and brimestone
World War I, World War II,
World War III, that’s me and you

 

Collections of recordings from the first transsexual star of Punk rock which is definitively not for the faint of heart. Wayne started out doing impersonations of Cher, Dusty Springfield and Janis Joplin before finding his way with the Electric Chairs and spearheading the Punk movement of the mid-west. She shocked, she outraged, she pulled no punches. Her in-your-face attitude empowered her followers and helped usher the late ’70s Punk movement into the mainstream. These two comps feature 2 x 20 tracks from albums, singles and rare EP’s. Jayne/Wayne’s is one of the greatest unsung heroes of the early N.Y. punk scene. I’ve already posted his/hers entire catalogue but these are great best of collections, a MUST HAVE for punkers and other r’n’r’ faces. It’s a ”Transgender Rock ‘n Roll” alright! Dig!!!

 

”If you wanna rock and roll resurrection
you gotta have a rock and roll reformation.”

 

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GIRL TROUBLE – Surfadelic Collection !!!

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Garage punk band from Tacoma, Washington, formed in 1983. From 1987. to 2003. they released five albums and bunch of singles on different independent labels. Their style is heavily influenced by The Cramps and acts like Link Wray or The Sonics. Girl Trouble is one of my fav garage punkers from 90’s next to Swingin’ Neckbreakers, Boss Martians, Devil Dogs, The Gories, or Blues Explosion! Although I’ve already posted their whole catalogue, I think they deserve a special Surfadelic tribute. This is kinda best of collection, a selection of favorite trax from their LPs and singles. If you ain’t familiar with GP this comp will be a fine introduction. Check out some fav tunes down there ‘n’ Dig!!!

 

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R@m0#e$ – Br@!n Dr@!n [1989] Vinyl Rip!

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”It landed in a field in Idaho
Where it came from, I don’t know
It did not look like it came from Japan
And out of the dark walked a strange man…”

 

Huh! Can you believe it’s almost 30 years since this lp was out? ”Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me” said some bigmouth poet. Anyways, ’88/89. were pretty cool years for r’n’r – Iggy’s comback with “instinct”, Bowie too with Tin Machine, Keith Richards cool solo slab “Talk is Cheap”, Lou Reed’s ‎”New York”, then there were underground & alternative rock forces as Pixies with ”Doolittle, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain ”Automatic”, The Godfathers ”More Songs About Love & Hate”… In the summer of ’89 I was on trip in Italy where I bought two great records – comeback lp for The Cramps “Stay Sick” and this Ramones 11th studio album. Over the years, I’ve changed my opinion on this record several times and now think it’s a cool one. On ”Brain Drain” [the last lp with Dee Dee] Ramones continued with harder, Motorhead kinda rockin’ style, starting out with the great opener ”I Believe In Miracles” [well I do, alright!] and other favs as killer ”Zero Zero UFO”, ”Don’t Bust My Chops”, fine cover of Freddy Cannon’s ”Palisades Park”. On side B you got ”Pet Sematary” which became one of Ramones biggest hits, and solid tunes like ”Can’t Get You Outta My Mind”, ”Come Back, Baby” and ”Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight). There are couple of tunes heavily influenced by Motorhead ”Learn To Listen” and ‘‘Ignorance Is Bliss”. Altogether, It’s a pretty solid slab, they don’t make it like that anymore! And remember, Ramones don’t have a lame album.  Don’t Bust My Chops ‘n’ Dig!!!

”If you think it’s a pack of lies,
I saw it happen with my own eyes
A million miles from the milky way
A hundred years, a month and a day”
[”Zero Zero UFO”]

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BARRACUDAS – Through The Mysts Of Time [Surf-Punk/Power Pop]

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”This London-based Anglo-American band was formed in 1979 and scored a U.K. chart hit in 1980 with the neo-surf song “Summer Fun.” Their punkish attitude comes from a red-hot, enthusiastic amateurism. The band melded together the sounds of pop surfers like Jan & Dean with hip urban post-garage rockers like Flamin’ Groovies and song-oriented ’60s ensembles like the Byrds. The result of this formula is infectious, unexpected, and raw. This collection comprises demos, outtakes, and alternate versions from the same era as the Drop Out and Meantime LPs.”

“Rougher and rawer than this old English power pop quartet’s otherwise fun singles and LPs, this 71-minute, 25-track collection of earlier demos, outtakes, and other rarities replaces such works as 1981’s Drop Out and 1983’s Mean Time as the definitive statement on a truly underrated ’60s-infested band. The Barracudas were looking back in the midst of a punk revolution — covering Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Little Red Book” just like Love or the Standells — and succeeding just the same, probably because, like the unrelated but not totally dissimilar mod revival bands of the time, they brought a purely modern crunch and crackle to the thick guitars underneath the songs about girls. This is boy/girl punkish pop before it became an ’80s/’90s staple”[Jack Rabid]

 

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THE UNTAMED YOUTH – Untamed Melodies / Major Chaos! [Garage/Surf Revival]

”Well, they’re dancing all over, yeah
They’re dancing everywhere I go
You know I see ’em on the tv
And I hear it on the radio…”

 

Missouri’s finest, the Untamed Youth (Deke Dickerson, MACE, Steve “Sammy” Rager, Joel Trueblood) is one of the best groups of 90’s garage/surf revival wave and my favorites next to The Boss Martians, The Bomboras, Man Or Astro-Man, Los Straitjackets etc. They play energetic & fun 60’s influenced frat rock/hot rod/surf music with loads of real cool covers, perfect for wyld beach parties. ”Untamed Melodies” is great best of collection of trax from their first three 1988-1992 Norton lps and 45’s. ”Major Chaos!” is kinda rarities compilation with unreleased songs rare 45’s and stuff from 1987. to 1998. This stuff is A MUST for all you dragsters & surfers out there. It’s almost summer here kiddies and it’s time for some untamed rockin’ beach fun! Do the wobble and the watusi, Dig!!!

 

”Gonna twist, gonna stomp with you
Do the wobble and the watusi too
Locomotion, here we come
Gonna have some kind of fun”

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THEE MIGHTY CAESARS – English Punk Rock Explosion!! [80’s Garage Punk] Vinyl Rip!

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”Thee Mighty Caesars – punk raconteur Billy Childish’s interim band between the retro-revivalism of the Milkshakes and his ultimate rock & roll expression in Thee Headcoats — were the ideal bridge between the Shakes’ stylish, loyal Merseybeat revivalism and the fully-functioning threadbare punk-rock cathartic songwriting Childish began wielding like a rusty knife once Thee Headcoats had formed. Even though the aesthetic trappings were the most ridiculous of any of Childish’s outfits (the band was pictured and, presumably, performed in togas with leaf wreathes donning their noggins) Thee Caesars allowed him a forum for making a transition between rocker and artist. English Punk Rock Explosion!, a greatest hits compilation, was the only Mighty Caesars album to capture the full scope of this rock & roll culture collision. From brutal guitar instrumentals such as “Death of a Mighty Caesar,” with it’s tribal beat and percussive guitar, to the first recording of the nihilist, venom-spewing anthem “You Make Me Die,” English Punk Rock Explosion! is an unrelenting parade of melodic-yet-raw diamonds in the rough. While this may have been Childish’s least prolific and shortest-lived band, this is a crucial document of DIY punk’s (ancient?) history. Full of all the hubris of youth and tempered by the wisdom of a jaded experience, Thee Mighty Caesars were a force with which to be reckoned.” [Chris Handyside]

 

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Issued in 1988. this lp is kinda like a “Best Of” part 1 [part 2 is ”Surely They Were The Sons Of God”]. Raw lo-fi garage punk action with Downliners Sect 60’s  r&b/garage influences. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. Et tu, Brute? Dig!!!

 

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THE MILKSHAKES – 20 Rock & Roll Hits Of The 50’s & 60’s [1984. Garage/Beat] Vinyl Rip!

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For goodness sake, I got the hippy hippy shakes…

 

”On 20 Rock & Roll Hits of the 50s & 60s, Thee Milkshakes attempt to inject new life into some old chestnuts and succeed, to a point. Billy Childish and Mickey Hampshire both shred things up vocally and their guitars growl and sting in all the right places, while the lo-fi recording gives the set an authentic feel full of vim and vigor. Their choice of songs to cover is both happily inspired (the Shirelles’ “Boys,” Link Wray’s “Comanche,” Eddie Cochran’s “Something Else,” Chan Romero’s “Hippy Hippy Shake”) and sadly pedestrian (Chuck Berry’s “Carol,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Barrett Strong’s “Money,” Little Richard’s “Rip It Up”).” [allmusic]

When in the mood for some wyld garage beat action I pick this among 100’s of Billy Childish slabs. This is one of my favorite all-covers lps and my fav Milkshakes album too. It brings back memories on those early Hamburg days of The Beatles wyld R’n’R rumble. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic. For goodness sake, Dig!!!

 

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THE WOMBATS – Zontar Must Die! [80’s Surfin’Garage/Punk]

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Yeah you’re right. This ain’t UK indie pop band but Cleveland, Ohio garage punk gang and their ’84. debut slab on Voxx records. You could hear ’em on ”The Roots Of Powerpop’,’ ”Experiments in Destiny” and ”Battle of the Garages”. Their sole Lp with cover art from an episode of “Twilight Zone” is kinda strange mix of surfin’ garage-punk with touches of new wave/Joy Division kink. Interesting stuff indeed. Vinyl rip is a courtesy of the Days of Broken Arrows blog. Package comes with singles bonus trax. Dig!!!

 

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