”Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!”
Listen up folks and listen well ! This here is a garage rock revival HIT record done by a band from Orange, France and it’s their sole lp. Why they are not better known or should I ask why they are criminally unknown is beyond me. This slab rocks from start to finish with unstoppable attack of organ ‘n’ fuzz drivin’ garage beat that will have ya on yer knees beggin’ for mo’. Killer stuff all over the place with cool covers of Velvet Underground ”White Light/White Heat”, 13th Floor Elevators ”Fire Engine”, and great originals. This is top 60’s garage revival record up there with the best of genre. Don’t miss it! Let’s get ready to ramble!!!
[Special thanx to my friend Fred from France for this extreme pleasure]
Power pop band from Toulouse, France inspired by The Byrds, Flamin’ Groovies and Barracudas. In 80s they recorded these two 5-trax mini lps produced by Robin Wills from Barracudas [later Fortunate Sons]. Rare stuff, vinyl rip, Dig!!!
This is a collection of Steven Hooker’s 80’s recordings, Lp and Eps with The Shakers and Wilko Johnson. As you know this UK cat shared stages with Chuck Berry, Johnny Thunders, Robert Gordon so you can get the story. His style is a mix of rockabilly, rhythm & blues of pub rockers Dr.Feelgood and Johnny Thunders “pirate love” guitar. My favorite is ’86” The Missing Link” Ep and great tunes as ”Prisoner D’Amour”, ”(Like A) Stake Through My Heart”, ”Everybody Knows” or ”How Did You Know (Paris Mix)” from ”This Stuff Gonna Bust…” where he xeroxed that Johnny T. sound from ”In Cold Blood”/“Que Serra” period. Don’t miss it, it’s pretty rare stuff. Vinyl Rips, Dig!!!
The Nervous Eaters, one of Boston’s first punk/new wave bands, debuted in early 1977 with Steve Cataldo on vocals and guitar, Robb Skeen on bass, and Jeff Wilkinson on drums. Along with DMZ and The Real Kids, they were considered among the scene’s “punkier” bands. In the description of Allmusic’s Joe Viglione, they were the “Rolling Stones of Boston…hard-rocking, riff-blasting, tongue-in-cheek” By 1978, they were one of the most popular acts in the city.
In ’76 they recoded their classic punk singles “Loretta” and “Just Head” for Rat Records. You could hear ’em on punk comps as Killed By Death or Feel Lucky Punk.
The band briefly reunited in 1986. to record ”Hot Steel And Acid”, cool punk mini Lp. ”Eaterville” compilation brings together rare stuff recorded between 1973 and 1975!- from studio sessions and demos along with their official Rat singles. Raw mix of Stones/Stooges rockin’ styles. Driving To New York, Dig!!!
”In the face of Plastic Bertrand’s huge success ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’, big labels in France thought they understood how it worked. Very soon, music publishers and majors all wanted a punk hit. Barclay, RCA, Polydor… all of ’em wanted their own ‘Ça Plane Pour Moi’. Sure, most of these punk hoaxes are as lousy as it gets, but one must admit that some of these cuts managed to stand out and surprise.”
More French punk in these two Born Bad Records comps. While Bingo! is punk exploitation oriented collection with many tunes you could already hear on ”Je Suis Punk” lp [Bingo! has improved sound quality], Paink deals with more angry real punks. Anyways, both comps have great sound + Surfadelic bonus with Guilty Razors ’78. Ep, Warm Gun ’77. single and more punk surprises. And now en français: Vive Le Punk!
”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
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”
”The Prisoners split in 1986 after four albums and the sadly inevitable music-industry-induced agony, but the Day / Crockford partnership didn’t stay dormant for long. After a stint as drummer for the Mighty Caesars with Chatham’s very own Renaissance man Billy Childish, Graham Day was re-joined by his old partner in 1989, along with ex-Daggerman Wolf Howard on drums, and formed the Prime Movers. Allan and Wolf had been part of the original line-up of the James Taylor Quartet (formed after the Prisoners split), but were now free agents. The Prime Movers recorded the raw and unpolished ‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ as a three piece, and were soon joined by Fay Hallam (ex Makin’ Time) on organ.”
”‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ took only two days to record & mix, and consequently is almost live, hard-hitting and without compromise, incorporating years of hard slog around seedy nightclubs to the relative glamoure of the Hammersmith Palais and Edinburgh Playhouse”
Graham Day’s The Prime Movers were a continuation of story that have started with The Prisoners, this time with more psychedelic influences. ‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ is a killer garage slab, maybe one of the best in Mr.Day’s arsenal [for my money one of the best in ’80s garage revival movement]. Merging of 60’s freakbeat/mod influences, Hendrix guitar style & wah wah pedal swirl with punk energy proved as a winning combination. All tunes are originals except the cover of Hendrix’s ”Freedom”. You’re gonna listen to this record 6 times a day, OK ?!?
Live At The Town And Country Club [1989-07-23] is soundboard recording with real cool sound and participation of Fay Hallam on keys. Say… Dig !!!
Almost perfect ’86 debut slab [on Voxx records] for these Portland, Oregon surf punkers. You should have know them from various garage/surf revival comps as Locked in to Surf, Takin’ Out the Trash, Mondo Drive-In, Hot Rods To Hell… I personally heard ’em first on a real cool Bomp rec. collection From L.A. With Love [posted on my old blog] with their Ramonesoid hit single Fun In The Summertime.
Their dynamic mix of 60’s inspired garage/surf revival instros & vocals and 70’s punk, influenced by such acts as Link Wray, The Ventures, Beach Boys & Ramones, will appeal to fans of The Barracudas, The Untamed Youth or early Boss Martians. Fav trax: She’s Too Good, Pete’s Mood [great instro], Monster Beach, Can’t Stand This Love, Goodbye [cool 60’s cover], Fun In The Summertime and Yeah! Almost Summer.
Now check this out! This is new found vinyl rip [not mine!] of this ’80s garage/surf revival classic already have been posted on Surfadelic. Don’t know why is so hard to find faultless, straight, correct rip of this great record, but for now this is the best you can meet on the web. Sound fixing & cleaning executed by mighty Mr.Eliminator himself in … visual sound Stereo. Dig !!!
Great vinyl bootleg of live show recorded at the Waves Club Chicago 1st October 1980. It was “Soldier” tour concert where Iggy perform rare tune “Lonely As Hell“. Raw & furious as it should be. Sound check by Mr.Eliminator. One For My Baby, Dig !!!
Another live recording from Volkshaus, Zürich, Switzerland issued on The Swingin’ Pig label , specialized in bootlegs. Iggy was on “Blah Blah Blah” tour to promote his brand new hit album, so it’s interesting to hear fresh variations of his older, and classic stuff. Sound quality is great, so gimme danger ‘n’ Dig !!!