THE RAMONAS – Out Of The Basement [1990]

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”The original Ramonas were from San Francisco & were not a “tribute” band [ not to be confused with the all female U.K Ramones or Australian cover bands]. They were four women who loved the Ramones & if anything, their music was an homage to the punk foursome (think The Donnas only punkier). The Ramonas performed throughout the Bay Area, once opening for Nirvana at the Warfield & on Dec. 17, 1999, played a reunion show at the official Ramones CyberPunk Blitz at CBGB, New York City.”

If you love Ramones you’re gonna like The Ramonas too, ok. Check out these girl punkers in cool versions of 60’s garage hits as ”Run Run Run” [The Gestures], ”He’s The One” [The Chartbusters] or Everly Brothers classic ”Gone Gone Gone” and fine Ramonesoid originals. Dig!!!

 

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THE SPOONS [90’s Garage Rock Revival]

 

Complete re-post of this Croatian garage rockers discography. Formed in late 80’s in Pula, they started with their own brand of 60’s garage punk rock and gained somethin’ of a cult status. Influenced by such garage acts as Lyres, Fuzztones, Dead Moon, The Stooges, The Seeds, The Sonics they just can’t do wrong. Their ‘classic’ first two albums [my favs] ’91. ”Voxin” and ’94. ”Web Of Fuzz” featured all great original tunes [unlike most of 60’s garage revival acts].

 

On ”Strychnine”, collection of unissued ’93/’94 stuff, you got cool covers of some of their favorite garage tunes originally performed by The Sonics, Moving Sidewalks, Litter, Love, Human Beinz, 13th Floor Elevators etc. With new line-up they recorded their 3rd album ”Supervoxin” in ’95. The sound gets more sophisticated here but it feels as somethin’ of their previous magic and edge were lost. Anyway here you got some fine originals like You Better Run, Kicks, Solar Machine and Mysterious Way. Also, as there are few covers of 60’s garage classics like L.S.D., Strychnine and Love’s legendary instro Emotions.

 

Again reformed In 1999. they issued their final album ”Here Are The Spoons” they are back to primal garage sound of The Kinks, Pretty Things, The Wailers, with cool tunes as ”Motorvation”, ”Bell Above Us”, ”Gotta Get My Fee” and fine covers of ”Rainin’ In My Heart” and ”Dirty Robber”. ”Take The World As It Comes” is very first garage recording ’88 session issued as Lp in 2002, with the originalline-up [Brunetto Subiotto on vocals]. This is pre-debut Lp stuff, almost all covers of classic garage tunes. So now, check this stuff below, it’s a must for fans of 60’s garage revival and others. Dig!!!

 

Guitar Ace – Link Wray Tribute + Think Link! 1&2

 

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“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!”

”24 scrappy garage,surf, and punk artists from across the globe contribute versions of popular and obscure Link Wray nuggets, proving that his music transcends cultures, ages, genres, and trends. With a sufficiently primitive approach and more vocals than you might expect from someone best-known for his instrumentals, ringers like The Fleshtones (blitzing though a minute-and-45-second, raucous beach party rave-up of “Soul Train”), Southern Culture on the Skids (grinding out “I’m Branded” with lo-fi raw power) and Calexico (the lovely “Fallin’ Rain” is this album’s least-frantic cut) rub elbows with lesser-known yet talented bands; all of whom deftly capture Wray’s eclectic musical personas. From the reverbed, spaghetti western twang of The Hellbenders “The Outlaw,” The Space Cossacks “Mustang,” and Boston’s Four Piece Suit “Roughshod,” to variations on the “Rumble” theme courtesy of an international crew featuring Belgium’s Fifty Foot Combo (“Slinky”), Finland’s The Downers (“Genocide”), and the Scandinavian ad-hoc group Spy-Fi (“The Shadow Knows”), Guitar Ace leaves few Wray guns holstered. Excursions into surf (San Francisco’s Pollo Del Mar‘s frantic “Jack the Ripper”) country (Deke Dickerson & The Eco-Fonics finds his inner Ricky Nelson on “Run Boy Run”), and poppy garage rock (The Gore Gore Girls run “Baby Doll” through the Shangri-Las’ tough but tender wringer) show how Wray was far from a one-chord pony.”[Hal Horowitz]

Guitar Ace plus two 10” vinyl ”Thin Link” volumes add up to the total tribute post to the king of power chord. Featuring instrumental action by 90’s garage/surf revival acts as The Galaxy Trio, Mono Men, The Volcanos, Thee Headcoat Sect, Impala, The Phantom 5ive, Huevos Rancheros, Man Or Astroman…   Think… Link!!!

 

”It’s not fair to judge a man by the color of his skin,
or the size of his wallet, but rather the number
of Link Wray records he owns.”

 

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QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS – More Action

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Already have posted this on my old blog, so this is a re-post 🙂 ’99 comeback album for ? & The Mysterians and it’s great. Although most tunes are re-recordings of their classic 60’s stuff , they’re done in cool neo 60’s fashion [not with goofy ‘modern’ sound], so don’t worry. There are also great covers of Lyres [Don’t Give It Up Now], It’s All Meat [Feel It], Suicide [Cheree] and Stones [Satisfaction]. Don’t miss it. Dig !!!

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THE DAYTONAS – Parabolica [1996]

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Double Bubble surfin’ slab by these Swedish band. I think this is one and only 2xLp surf  album in history so it’s kinda curiosity. It contains half instro and half vocal tunes, so it’s pretty complex surfin’ project 🙂 [somethin’ like ‘Exile on main street’ or ‘London Calling’ for surf genre lol ]. Anyways check it out, Dig !!!

 

DOWNLINERS SECT – Dangerous Ground [1998]

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The Downliners Sect were the ragged, rocking real deal, blasting out of England in 1964 on an early British wave that took their contemporaries the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, and the Pretty Things to rock and roll heights and history. But unlike their friends, the Sect stayed true to their rhythm and blues roots and the grungy glory of the two and a half minute record. Cool tracks like “Baby What’s Wrong” and “Little Egypt” gave them stardom in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway and an enduring cult
status everywhere else. Half a century later, they’re still true to those roots and still fronted by founding members Don Craine and Keith Grant. The Sect survives, and SteadyBoy is thrilled to bring this album of tracks that only saw limited release in the nineties.

Dangerous Ground presents the band true to the spirit of American blues-based rock and roll with a British twist, sounding like early Rolling Stones, had they never abandoned the raw sound of their first several albums. Speaking of the Stones, Ronnie Wood’s brother Art Wood painted the inspired Dangerous Ground cover. Blues rock gets no more authentic, no more psychedelic, no more
unrepentant than the Downliners Sect. [Rush Evan, SteadyBoy Records]

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The Sect returns! But in order to venture forward they had to, first, go back. This, the first-ever US release of a Sect studio album, was actually recorded and released in Europe back in 1998, utilizing the same lineup that performed, to date, their only two live concert appearances in America, in 2001 AND 2004, respectively. I was at both shows, and they killed! Harmonica player Paul Martin left the band a few years ago, and, sadly, drummer Alan Brooks left this world recently. The band is still killin’ ’em on the homefront, and who knows? Maybe we’ll still have our chance to see them again Back in The U.S.A. (Uh-huh , EE – VUN!). Not surprisingly, the fiery Rhythm ‘n’ Blues sound of days gone by is all still there, from the Bo Diddley beatin’ rhythm section to the warm, bluesy tone of the slide guitar. Apart from a nod to their Skiffle roots, “Working on The Railroad,” this is an otherwise all-originals collection, and their songwriting skills are as strong as ever. There’s been another studio LP, not yet available in the states, but this is easily their best studio effort since “Showbiz,” the band’s comeback album and call to arms, not against, but with, the pub and punk rock bands they inspired. “Dangerous Ground” is just a great album, whether you’re already a fan, or whether you only know them through Billy Childish, who picked up much of his sound, dress sense and Snagglepuss phraseology from the Sect, or if you’ve never heard ’em at all but know the blues don’t have to be a drag, and Rock ‘n’ Roll does’nt need to sag. Their work here is fun. My work here is done. Exit, stage right!(GUEST REVIEW BY JOHN BATTLES)

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The Sect strikes again! This time with their best slab since 60’s freakbeat classics. Raw garagey Rhythm’n’Blues mixed with pub rock, reminds me on DR.Feelgood early stuff but it’s kinda… Dangerous! Fav tunes: Keep On Rocking, Escape From Hong Kong, Dangerous Ground, Little Queenie (C. Berry), I Just Want To Make Love To You (W.Dixon), Daemon Lover,Midnight ShiftDig !!!

 

THE METROS – st [1999] + 7″s

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”A uni-rhythmic blast of treble, the Metros’ sole album release personifies teenage garage punk. Although the album is slightly more produced than the rest of the Rip Off catalog, it still qualifies as lo-fi. Lead singer Dave Zonca’s masculine howl rages over a consistent rhythm and amped-up guitar wankery. This album’s topical relevance is aimed at the drunken and the horny mostly, but it is slightly intelligent. The opening track, “Black Leather,” is a convoluted cry for help, and a rockin’ punk number at the same time. Other standout tracks include the glammy “Lay It on Me”, the desperate “No More”, “Stop My Heart”, “Venus In Her Eyes” and “White Boy/ Black Love” which is reminiscent of the Dead Boys. Overall, a great album for garage punk fans, and a standout in the Rip Off catalog.”

Killer garage punk slab for Dead Boys fans… and others. Dig!!!

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THE ASTRONAUTS – Lost In Space [1993] / Fire Down Below [1996]

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Surf instro gang from Bielefeld, Germany, not the legendary 60’s US band. In mid 90’s they ”launched” these two LP slabs full of 60’s The Spotnicsks influenced sci-fi themed instros, played in the lo-fi style of The Phantom Surfers. So, ya know… Get lost… In Space!

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VOODOO COURT – Electric Beach [1998] / Nuclear Vacation [2001]

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”Voodoo Court: power surf trio originating from the California town, Santa Rosa. Mark Kuhn began playing surf in his teens and teamed up with Bill Feller and Gerard Locke to form Voodoo Court.”

Here are two of the best albums by these Santa Rosa instro surfers influenced by Dick Dale, The Ventures and some modern stuff as Slacktone. Kinda stupid cover art but some real cool surfin’ tunes you can find anyway, Dig!