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 ROOTS OF POWERPOP! [1979-1981]

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This compilation chronicles the style that happened right after punk rock, when some of the bands learned how to play their instruments a little better and started borrowing melodies and harmonies from old ’60s pop records. This marriage of melody and energy spawned a couple years’ worth of exciting music and a lot of it happened on Bomp during the years 1979-1981.

Fine overview of late 70’s US power pop scene supported by famous Bomp! records, including bands like The Romantics, The Real Kids, The Flamin’ Groovies, Shoes, 20/20, The Nerves, The Zeros, The Last, The Plimsouls and some lesser known acts as M&Ms, Mystery Machine, Nashville Rumblers or Wombats. Dig The Pop!

 

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BUZZCOCKS – Beating Hearts / Small Songs With Big Hearts [Live! 1978/79]

 

And now the real punk classics! Legendary Manchester pop punkers 70’s live action issued on two double LP sets by Get Back records. ‘Beating Hearts’ recorded live at Apollo theatre, Manchester in ’78 and ‘Small Songs With Big Hearts’ from London Rainbow theatre ’79. Almost feel like I’m Sixteen Againalright, Dig!!!

 

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POWERPEARLS Vol.1-10 [70’s/80’s Worldwide New Wave/Power Pop/Punk Rarities]

 

Ten volumes unofficial lp collection series of mostly rare late 70’s/ early 80’s mod, pop, punk and new wave from all over the globe. Some fine power pop stuff mixed with some rather lame tunes. You can find well known acts as The Only Ones. The Records, The Barracudas, Plimsouls, Shoes, Stiv Bators, Rich Kids … Quality varies from part to part with vol. 10 being the weakest one. Anyways, there are enough cool shit to dig alright?! Dig!

 

SYLVAIN SYLVAIN – … In Teenage News [1977/78]

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”Ex-New York Doll Sylvain Sylvain attempted to launch a new band during the late ’70s, the Criminals, for which the guitarist cooked up quite a few rockers in the same mold as his former band. While the material went unnoticed by many at the time, by the early 2000s these tunes were popping up on compilations left and right — including 2000’s …In Teenage News. Featuring much of the same material as Sylvain’s Bowery Butterflies set, there are quite a few standouts here, including the title track, which was performed live by the Dolls just before their 1975 split, as well as the Stonesy album-opening “Kids Are Back,” the upbeat “14th Street,” and the low-key “Deeper and Deeper.” While he never topped his former band, Sylvain did pen subsequent tunes that would have fit right at home in the Dolls’ repertoire.” [Greg Prato]

Rockabilly-punk-glam NY Dolls style. Say… Dig!!!

 

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THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS – Sick On You [70’s Glam/Punk]

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”Formed in 1972, the band harnessed the New York Dolls’ trashy punk aesthetic and cranked it up to 11. Decked out like a pack of tacky trannies, the band played street rock ’n’ roll, with a twisted sense of humor. The Brats’ look was pop metal way before the likes of Mötley Crüe, while their sound was straight-up punk filtered through the feedback of garage guitars. With the strength of their live set, and the patronage of The Who’s Keith Moon, the band struck a deal and recorded its eponymous debut in 1973. But when things went awry behind the scenes, the finished product wouldn’t get put out until 1975, when Mercury Records Norway released the material as Grown Up Wrong. Cherry Red would later issue a single “Then He Kissed Me” in 1979, then eventually, the entire album years later.

 

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Sick On You is the ultimate reissue of the band’s debut. The opening track “Chez Maximes”—with its ironic piano intro, is as dirty as they come. “Another School Day” is an ode to the 1950s via trashy guitars and a sneer. “Sick On You” is driving punk rock some three years too early, which in essence is the story of the Hollywood Brats—bad timing. The band would implode somewhere around 1976. But all was not lost—keyboardist Casino Steele would soon go on to form punk pioneers The Boys among other sordid activities, while Brats singer Andrew Matheson would pen the recent critically lauded book Sick On You: The Disastrous Story of Britain’s Great Lost Punk Band.”

The classic ‘lost’ debut from London proto-punk legends and masters of disorder The Hollywood Brats + previously unheard outtakes, rarities, live tracks.

 

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THE JOLT – st [1978] + Singles

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”Band from Glasgow, Scotland formed in 1976, put together by a young local newspaper journalist, drummer Iain Shedden, singer/guitarist Robert Collins and bassist Jim Doak. They started out playing 1960s covers and then sped up their music, playing a mix of punk rock and power pop. The band built up its following playing at the Crown Hotel, Wishaw. They enjoyed moderate success during the punk and early new wave era. They moved to London, England and signed to Polydor Records. They opened for bands such as The Jam, The Saints, Generation X and The Motors. They were precursors to the mod revival, which came to fruition around 1979, the year the band split.” [wiki]

History of the Jolt [from Punk 77]

Killer Mod Punks. Vinyl rip!!!

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The album is dedicated “to the memory of the Saturday lunch times at Wishaw”.

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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!!!

 

STEVE HOOKER’S SHAKERS – Really Gone [1984]/ The Missing Link EP [1986]/ This Stuff Gonna Bust Your Brains Out [1986]/ Back In The Day [1988]

 

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!!!

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