“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!”
“In a bizarre way you have to admire Bebe Buell. She’s certainly followed her own path through life which has included stints as a model, a Playboy centerfold, a slew of high profile relationships with rock stars including David Bowie, Barry Cowsill, Elvis Costello, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Todd Rungren, John Taylor, and Steven Tyler (father of her daughter Live Tyler), a talent manager, and a musician.
Hangin’ with rock stars seemingly convinced Buell she had what it took to be a musician herself. Working separately with Rick Derringer and The Cars, she made her recording debut with the 1981 four track EP “Covers Girl”. The two tracks on side ‘A’ were produced by Rick Derringer, while the flip side found Buell working with Ric Ocasek and the rest of The Cars. All four tracks reflected a distinctive new wave orientation.”
Bebe was a fine young girl with a burning desire for rock’n’roll. This is Rhino rec. EP with four cool & sexy covers of Bacharach, Tom Petty, The Nightcrawlers and especially of Iggy’s “Funtime”. Comes with Playboy pics inside! Rated R 😉
“Georgia-born transsexual County was a (male) fixture on the budding New York club scene in the early ’70s, stretching the limits of vulgarity and outrage on stages alongside the New York Dolls. After writing and recording the theme song for the legendary venue Max’s Kansas City, County migrated to England, just as the London punk scene was getting underway. Having been commercially unappreciated at home, County found a sympathetic British label and recorded a series of albums, none of which were ever released Stateside. High camp posturing and foul-mouthed (but not unfunny) lyrics form the basis of County’s work. Along with a skillful trio playing routine rock, The Electric Chairs finds County singing (with more enthusiasm than talent) touching ballads (“Eddie & Sheena,” a minor hit single recounting a love story between a teddy boy and a punk), catty putdowns (“Bad in Bed”) and trotting out the old narcissistic scene celebration of “Max’s Kansas City.” [Trouser Press ]
“One of the most outstanding acts from the early days of punk was ‘Wayne County and the Electric Chairs’ (as they were known at the time). In amongst the break-neck rock n’ roll, buzzsaw guitars and in-yer-face attitude was one figure determined to make the most of the opportunity the new musical form provided. Born Wayne Rogers in 1947, Jayne County defied every ‘rule’. The greatest aspect of the punk movement was the liberty it offered. Some applied that fashion, others to music. Jayne County had those bases covered. But County also applied it to gender identity. And unlike several others who cross-dressed as if it were a game, County wasn’t playing. It was very real. ‘I was the first completely full-blown, in-your-face queen to stand up on a rock n’ roll stage and say, ‘I am what I am, I don’t give a damn.’’ County would later say.”
Released in 1982 on various colors of vinyl, this collection is a definative statement on the first wave of punk and a good starting point to get into the filthy & trashy transgender rockin’ world of Jayne/Wayne County. This comp gathers tunes recorded for Safari records, from albums The Electric Chairs (1978), Storm the Gates of Heaven (1978) Things Your Mother Never Told You (1979), Rock ‘n’ Roll Resurrection (1980) and several singles.15 trax + 1 bonus = 16 tracks of transgener rock’n’roll!
Undeservedly overlooked, The Crooks got lost in the Mod Revival mania of 1979/1980. The fact that they never laid down a bad track is encapsulated here. It includes all their studio work, one album and two singles A&B sides. Like all good bands that stand out it’s the songs that make or break it and the Crooks had at least a dozen good ones. Unlike many other mod bands that were accused of miming The Jam, the Crooks had their own sound that tended more towards the guitar driven power pop, never punk, sound. Mod bands tended to have more accomplished musicians than punk or the dreaded “new wave” outfits and the Crooks were no exception, an excellent rhythm section (bass and drums) they also threw in just enough beyond the g/b/d formula in the studio to keep it interesting without ever getting pretentious.
If you like British power pop from the mod revival era (1978 – 1981), or just like power pop, You won’t be disappointed. [Amazon review]
This Surfadelic comp. is kinda like “Songs we taught…” collection, this time with tunes and songs covered & abused by Miss Grace Jones, my favorite 80’s dance pop glam queen. Well, some of the songs really surprise me ’cause I thought it’s hers originals like Warm Leatherette, Walking In The Rain, Use Me… but I was wrong, dead wrong baby. Check out some favs down there, mostly 70’s new wave songs and some other classic tunes. Use the dig!
This is reissue of a real fine double LP bootleg with live show recorded at the Stardust Ballroom L.A. 11-30-79. Featuring Glen Matlock, Klaus Krüger, Ivan Kral, Brian James as Iggy’s backing band playin’ songs from “Soldier” LP before it was released in 1980. and The Stooges stuff as well. Only a 1,000 copies of this LP were made. Are you ready for Knocking ’em Down? Dig!!!
Yeah! This is planet Mars, red planet, a planet that symbolize high energy and violence. In this case it represents high energy rock’n’roll and punk rock! As you can see, lately I’m in the “punk mood” so I’ve made another collection with some of my favorite 70’s & 80’s punk rock tunes. It features bands as The Customs and DMZ from Boston, The Pagans from Ohio, The Boys, Fallen Angels, The Professionals, Chelsea, The Vibrators and Generation X from London, The Jolt from Scotland, F.U.2 [with members of legendary 60’s garage band Downliners Sect], Fun Things from Australia, The Barracudas, Lazy Cowgirls, Nervous Eaters, The Joneses… 25 trax of killer high energy rockin’ & rollin’. It’s a Surfadelic PUNK ROCK EXPLOSION! Dig!!!
This is debut LP by somehow overlooked Detroit new wave punkers formed in 1977. It’s turn out to be a gem full of hard rocking melodic punk tunes as Don’t Come Crying To Me, Better Dead, Wondering Why, Girls Who Play Tricks On You, Wake Up, I Don’t Want Nothin’ From You… Somehow reminds me on X. Vinyl rip of 10 trax lp + 4 bonus cuts. Check some favs down below ‘n’ Dig!!!
This Surfadelic compilation is dedicated to 70’s & 80’s punk and new wave bands those who dared to cover some of their 60’s heroes like The Sonics, The Seeds, the Standells, The Wailers, The Kingsmen, The Music Machine, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Chocolate Watchband, The Shadows of Knight, The Doors…
As you know many 70’s punkers were fans of 60’s mod & garage rock bands. Boston garage punkers DMZ were one of the first to dig into 60’s punk legacy. Wayne County of The Electric Chairs is a big fan of sixties garage bands, Nuggets and stuff and made maybe the definitive version of The Electric Prunes ’67 classic “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night”. The Cramps create their whole style and career around the covers of 50’s & 60’s r-billy, trash and garage loosers. Some bands like UK The Inmates, a pub rockers which were not expected to dig US garage rock but did just that with cool cover of The Standells hit “Dirty Water”. You’re already familiar with Johnny Thunders & Patti Palladin silky cover of the Seeds “Can’t Seem To Make You Mine”. NY proto-punkers The Dictators covered “California Sun” well before their neighbors the Ramones. Bebe Buell [ya know Bebe?] sings “My Little Red Book” anyone cares? There’s an really cool cover of “I Never Loved Her” [originaly by The Starfires from Pebbles 8] by The Vogue, little known new wave group from Vienna. Todd Clark Group did a great job with Paul Revere & The Raiders hit “Hungry”. Also you can hear Hollywood Brats doin’ The Kinks’ “I Need You”, The Undertones cover of CWB classic “Let’s Talk About Girls”, Pagans with “Little Black Egg” etc. The most recent cover is from 1990. by my fav garage punkers The Devil Dogs doin’ great cover of The Shadows of Knight classic “I’m Gonna Make You Mine”. 26 trax of supercool garage-punk-new wave action Surfadelic style! Enjoy!