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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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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LEVI DEXTER & STEVE HOOKER – Rockabilly Dolls [2011]

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”Steve Hooker hails from Southend-on-Sea, Essex in the UK. He is best known for his stagecraft as guitarman for garage trashers The Shakers, Morrissey and Polecats mainman Boz’s Bozmen, rockabilly trio Rumble and record nuggets with Feelgood and Blockhead Wilko Johnson and Demented Are Go’s; Captain Drugbuster. He has shared stages with Mr Maybellene; Chuck Berry, New York Doll – Johnny Thunders, Loveless star Robert Gordon and toured relentlessly since the 70’s throughout Europe and across to New York and Japan.”

 

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‘Rockabilly Dolls’ as tittle suggest is best to describe as a mix of r-billy and NY Doll – Johnny Thunders sounds, so it must be real cool allright. There are even two Thunders covers ‘Downtown‘ and ‘Blame It On Mom‘. UK r’n’r/punk veteran Steve Hooker on guit with r-billy ”Idol” Levi Dexter on vocals proved as a winning combination. If you’re a Johnny Thunders or rockabilly fan don’t miss this. Check some favs down there. Special bonus trax included, Dig!!!

 

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NERVOUS EATERS – Hot Steel And Acid / Eaterville #1 [70s/80s Punk]

 

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!!!

 

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R@M0#E$ – !t’$ Al!^e [Vinyl Rip!]

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”This amphetamine-paced double-LP served as a Ramones career retrospective, smack at their peak, and shows the Queens crew almost stumbling across hardcore around the same time California was inventing it. Over four nights in 1977 at London’s Rainbow Theater, the punk pioneers blasted through 28 songs from their first three albums. (Thanks to their tidily short length, they squeezed in nearly all of ’em.) The final LP version came mostly from the last night, charged with an energy so electric that fans are said to have ripped seats from the floor and thrown them at the stage in enthusiasm. It’s no surprise, as the entire record pulses with American punk’s promise, a spittle-spewing Joey Ramone barely pausing between “Pinhead,” “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Chain Saw.” He even barely pauses long enough to get out all the lyrics, the band buzzing away behind him like they’re in a machine shop. During post-production, the speed was something with which even the band itself struggled to keep up. In his book, Hey Ho, Let’s Go: The Story of the Ramones, Everett True writes that Dee Dee needed extra fuel to record bass overdubs: an extra-heavy helping of black coffee.” Arielle Castillo

 

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Ahh, sweet memories of teenage years. This was the first R@M0#E$ lp I’ve bought in ’84. while in highschool. It was a time when I was headbanging to the beat of The Clash, The Stranglers, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Blondie, Pistols, Dead Kennedys … It’s a West German issue that was most easier to find in Europe back then. I know you’re over stuffed with R@M0#E$ stuff but then again… they are my no.1 favorite band and this is one of the best live rock lps and Surfadelic vinyl rip is far superior to CD version you can find out there. So… 1-2-3-4 … Dig!!!

 

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BINGO! French Punk Exploitation 1978-1981/ PAINK – French Punk Anthems 1977-1982

 

”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!

 

 

WHO’S A PUNK? / JE SUIS PUNK – The Very Best of British & European Punksploitation

 

 

”First came ‘Je Suis Punk”, a collection of unheard French Punk “punksploitation” obscurities (i.e. band’s who were created to – or changed their sound in order to cash in on the burgeoning “punk fad”), and now comes “Who’s A Punk?” – the British counterpart to those finicky Francs. LOADED with razor-sharp riffs and catchy as hell melodies designed to make you pogo your safety pins right off!”

”Absolutely scorching compilations of what is known, alternately, as either “fake punk” or “punksploitation;” in other words, the short-lived practice of putting together a group of seasoned session musicians and asking them to produce a loud and crude punk single in order to quickly cash in on the punk “fad” that was peaking in the late 70s. You would think that this would be a recipe for disaster, but in practice it’s actually great. To me, it’s the best of both worlds; you have people who are seasoned veterans at writing and arranging songs, but you’re asking them to do something very immediate, loose, and off the cuff. So, what you end up with is very well-written and well-arranged songs that are kind of deliberately stupid. What could be better? If you have a Crass tattoo or something I could see finding this whole scene kind of offensive, but if you like a lot of those early British punk groups who were actually around before punk but adopted the look in order to ride the wave of punk’s popularity–bands like the Boys, Slaughter and the Dogs, the Vibrators, maybe even the UK Subs and Cock Sparrer–then you will absolutely love this compilation… there isn’t a dud on it.”

Vinyl rip of these two great unofficial comps with rare UK & French late 70’s early 80’s punk/new wave exploitation gems. Fake punk rules! Do you feel lucky, well, do ya, punk?

THE BARRACUDAS – I Wish It Could Be 1965 Again [80’s Surf/Punk] Vinyl Rip!!!

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”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
Bacarruda…”

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”

 

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IGGY POP – Garden Of Evil (1987)

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’80s Unofficial Release on limited vinyl [in various colors], mostly with “Zombie Birdhouse”, “New Values”, “Soldier” outtakes, live trax and radio show appearances. Pretty interesting stuff from his new wave phase as Warrior TribeFire Engine, Old Mule Skinner, Popper World, cover of Fortune Teller and ballads One For My Baby [Sinatra] or Pretty Flamingo. Well ya know Iggy, what should I say. Vinyl Rip, Dig

Track details as detailed on back cover:
A1: IG The Pig – [Recorded in a Montreux church in ’86 during the “BLAH-BLAH” Sessions]
A2: Repo Man – [An ’83 studio outtake – later used in the soundtrack]
A3: Warrior Tribe – [“ZOMBIE” outtake]
A4: 96 Tears – [A very rare ’83 live version]
A5: The Idiot – [Should have been the title track to the ’77 Pop/Bowie lp]
A6: One For My Baby – [A ’78 live rarity – James Osterberg meets Frank Sinatra]
B1: Fire Engine – [“ZOMBIE” outtake]
B2: Fortune Teller – [recorded during rehearsal to “SOLDIER” in spring ’79.]
B3: Search & Destroy – [This version was recorded during the ’77 Mantra sessions]
B4: Driftin’ From Town To Town – [This bizarre little piece was done in ’74 on a FLO & EDDIE radio-show]
B5: From The Inside – [This is the original ’77 recording]
B6: Old Mule Skinner – [“ZOMBIE” outtake]
B7: Pretty Flamingo – [“NEW VALUES” outtake]
B8: Speak To Me – [“NEW VALUES” outtake]
B9: Popper World – [Taken from the “ZOMBIE” rehearsals live on tour]

 

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BRATS – 1980 + The Lost Tapes – Copenhagen 1979 ‎

 

“Brats was a Danish band formed in 1977 as a punk band. After recording the songs “Dreams”, “I Do What I Wanna Do” and “Magazine” for Danish Pære Punk compilation, the band split up in 1979, not much later reforming as a heavy metal band (playing a hybrid of punk and metal) with new members. This line-up signed a contract with CBS in 1980 and released the promotional debut single B-Brains and one self-titled full length LP.”

Hey boys, Let’s Make A Noise! These Danish punks really won me over with their brand of metal & punk mix. Their great 1980. slab reminds me on Hanoi Rocks or Steve Jones solo works. Here are their unreleased 1979. debut + 1980 LP vinyl rips! Check ’em out, Dig!!!