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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Various (Ha! Ha! Funny Polis)

   Keeping with the youth rebellion against authority theme; here's four more Scottish anthems from The Groucho Marxist Label. Ha! Ha! Funny Polis is the follow up release to Spectacular Commodity and a declaration of war, of sorts; in the face of police harassment of Paisley's Punks...
    There's three new bands on this one and a repeat appearance for XS Discharge. Musically, I think this one's a bit more accomplished than the first comp with my favorite being Urban Enemies.

Groucho Marxist Records 1981

1. The Fegs - Mill St (Law And Order)
2. XS Discharge - Lifted
3. Defiant Pose - Fight
4. Urban Enemies - Who Do You Hate

♫♫♫...We Only Wanna Rock-N-Roll...♫♫♫ 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Various - (Spectacular Commodity!)

   Follow up from last post.. Went and saw the Hives, with The Refused and a couple of local Philly opening bands. The refused were solid musically but not really my cup of tea. There was a strong Revelation crew presence that seemed to dig em'.
   The Hives were a good band but screwed around too much, continually begging the crowd for approval, praise and applause. It's my experience, when a band puts on a great show; applause is a natural reaction. The great one's don't have to ask for it..
 
   Anyway, Up next is the first offering from the Groucho Marxist Record Label. Spectacular Commodity, features five bands from Paisley Scotland. For my taste, Irrelevance, from The Mentol Errors is the stand out track.


Groucho Marxist Records 1979

1. Mod Cons - Buildings Of The 70's
2. XS Discharge - Machete Shuffle
3. Sneex - Radiomania
4. The Poems - Posters On The Wall
5. The Mentol Errors - Irrelevance

♫♫♫...I Just Wanna Be With Me...♫♫♫

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Flying Squid (Question, Only Questions)

   Heading to Philly tonight, with my Wife and Daughter to check out The Hives. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to see them. Hoping they still rock; could use a good show.
 
   Speaking of..... Here's a mystery two sider from Flying Squid. I believe I had a request for this one, years ago; sorry for taking so long. Couldn't find anything on the net but best I can tell; they were a Philly three piece and this appears to be their only record. Not sure how many copies exist but all the ones I've seen are signed. Could be, they recorded the record and sold them a couple of years later. Oddly, the record label is dated 1980 and the sleeve lists 1982. The only Flying Squid mention I found was on an Ebay listing, that called them a metal band. At any rate, to my ears; this is Punky Powerpop, all the way.
Enjoy!

Line Up -

Rhys George - Vocals, Guitar
Pasquale Paris - Drums
Ken Webb - Bass

Polliwog Records - 1980 

1. Questions, Only Questions
2. Commercial Potential

♫♫♫...Where can I find some answers...♫♫♫   

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Untouchables - So Long Honey / I Need You

   Here's a fairly rare one, that I don't believe's been comped yet. I couldn't find a shred of info anywhere on these guys; so hopefully posting the record will yield something. For my taste, the a side is a so so, punky, New wave tune. It's the flip that makes the record. I need you is great Powerpop, with an Everly Brothers vibe, minus a few harmonies. If I had to guess, I would say these guys were probably from NY state or maybe even the midwest but honestly, I have no clue, Enjoy! 

Foo King Music 1981

1. So Long Honey
2. I Need You

♫♫♫...On The Loosing End...♫♫♫

Sunday, April 7, 2019

What's the deal with new vinyl?

 
   I'm curious if any of you share my opinion on some new vinyl releases? I've tried different cartridges, different alignments, etc and no matter what I do; a number of records just sound like shit. A couple of examples like: anything on Queen Mum records or 1977 records. I have some of the originals and, (in my opinion) these reissues are clearly inferior. I bought a copy of The Not Amused, (Totally Destroyed) on Queen Mum. It's a new recording and it sounds terrible? This issue isn't pertaining only to these labels. I've noticed many new records, just sound like shit. I pop on a record from the 70's and it sounds great? I would think with all of the advances in recording equipment, records should be improving, not regressing? Are they making them sound bad on purpose or are they using cheap, inferior equipment to make them? Does that make them more Punk? I'm not saying all new records sound bad; I run into some that sound great also. I understand the whole DIY thing but many records from the 70's and 80's were DIY and they just sound superior too me. It's almost getting to the point, where I won't buy anything new unless I hear it first.   

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Wurms (Running In A Dream)

The Wurms were a four piece from Pittsburgh, that formed in 1979. I believe this was the bands only release, before disbanding in the mid 80's. In 2011 the band reformed and appear to still be active. Check them out Here.

Line Up

Jake Zucco - Guitar
Mark Zucco - Keys
Gary Fischer - Bass
Joey Bruno - Drums

AirCraft Records - 1983

1. Runnin' In A Dream
2. Teenage Suicide

♫♫♫... I Didn't Want To Hear You Whine ...♫♫♫

THE V.I.P.'S (The First Four Singles)

re-post by request, new rips and pics, enjoy!                    The V.I.P.'s were a four piece that formed in 1978; while attending Warwick University. The first e.p. "Music For Funsters" was released shortly after on Bust records. Their second offering was a split on ROK Records, with Urban Disturbance. Sometime around 1980, a deal was struck with Gem Records and the result was four more singles. They called it a day in 1983, due to the usual reasons. I don't believe there was ever a full length released. The first Four releases are represented here.





Line Up - 


Jed Dmochowski - Vocals, Guitar
Guy Morley - Guitar
Andrew Price - Bass
Paul Shurey - Drums

♫♫♫... I Haven't Got A Dime ...♫♫♫


Friday, March 15, 2019

Four Eyes (Penny Pong Single)

   Four Eyes were from San Diego, California. Their beginning's were as a six piece country/rock outfit called Copenhagen. 1980 saw the band trim to four and change there name to Four Eyes. Shortly after, they lost another member and released this, their only single on their manager Mark Shapiro's, Killer-Fish label. The band called it quits in 1990. If you'd like to read more about the band, check them out Here.


Line Up

Mark DeCerbo - Lead Vocals, Bass
Jeff Becker - Guitar, Vocals
Fred Dunsmore - Drums

Killer Fish Records - 1980

1. Penny Pong
2. Dis-Engaged

♫♫♫ Love is not an animal ♫♫♫

New Math (Die Trying Single)

re-post by request, new link, rip and pics. originally posted 10-09-08.  
   New Math were a 5 piece from Rochester NY that formed in 1976. After recording this single, the band didn't have enough money to press it. Reliable records loved it and put it out for them. The resulting press and radio airplay gained them attention from major labels; which led to the band signing with CBS.

Line Up

Kevin Patrick - Vocals
Gary Trainer - Lead Guitar
Dale S. - Guitar
Robert Slide - Bass
Paul Dodd - Drums

Reliable Records 1979

1. Die Trying
2. Angela

♫♫♫ If it takes me my whole life ♫♫♫

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Law King Size Cigarette Plus Three Other Big Hits! Ep

   Hope all of you are well! Wow, it's been a long time, with no post for me.. Oh well, I'll spare you my usual apologies. This blog is almost like an old girlfriend, whom with I once had a hot relationship. No matter where my life seems to take me, it never strays too far from my mind. It's hard
to let it die.
 
   The Law were a five piece from Des Moines Iowa, that were around from 1978 till 1981. This is their lone release, on their own Fly-Girl Records Label. I read that only 500 copies were pressed. I've seen an insert with a bowling pin on it but unfortunately, mines not one of them.

Line Up

Chuckie Suicide - Vocals, Guitars
Tim P. - Guitars, Shouts
Billy Disease - Organ, Sax
Mac Paul - Bass
Bolt Upright - Drums

Fly-Girl Records - 1980

1. King Size Cigarette
2. Hole In My Heart
3. Satellite Rock
4. Reason For Treason

♫♫♫...You Can't Make Us Shut Up...♫♫♫  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Demons (Action By Example Single)

a re-post by request, new link, rip and pics, originally posted 3-27-10.
The Demons were a London based band, originally called Demon Preacher, who formed sometime around 1975. They released two singles; The Royal Northern E.P. on Illegal Records and Little Miss Perfect, on Small Wonder Records, both from 1978. The band endured numerous line up changes. For a brief time they shortened their name to the Demons, and released this single on their own Crypt Music label. After this, they changed their name back to Demon Preacher and broke up. The line up for this record was: Nik-E-Wade (vocals), Jim Bryson (guitar), Dave Shark (guitar), Stevie Vincent (bass), and Kim Barti (drums). Nick Wade went on to form Alien Sex Fiend, and the flip side of this single ended up on their first LP.

References - PUNK 77.COM BORED TEENAGERS

Crypt Music 1980

1. Action By Example
2. Wish I Woz A Dog

♫♫♫...All I Want Is Action...♫♫♫

The Crows (Don't Play Around Single)


a re-post by request, new link, originally posted 8-29-11.
I just picked this record up recently; and I've been listening to it quite a bit.The Crows were a four piece out of Belgium. I can't find any info on the these guys; and unfortunately the record yields little. "Don't Play Around", pretty much instantly stuck in my head. Oh well, I'd like to know more about The Crows; if anyone would like to share some info.



Mike "Zip Wookee - Vocals
Skai - Guitars
Caine - Bass
Toche - Drums

LBO 106 1980

1. Don't Play Around
2. Irina

♫♫♫...My Head Is Aching More And More...♫♫♫

Sunday, August 19, 2018

THE CRIMSON SHADOWS (OUT OF OUR MINDS)

a re-post by request, new link, originally posted 11-01-08.
   The Crimson Shadows were a great primitive sounding garage band from Sweden. They started sometime around 1984 . Most of their records are fairly pricey these days. I think this is their complete studio recordings.

Inbetweens Records 2000

A Taste Of The Prisoners


 a re-post by request, new download links, originally posted 11-19-12.
   Since I've had numerous requests for Prisoners re post's, I'm doing away with my three earlier post's and combine them into one. Basically, I recorded a bunch of my favorite tracks from various releases, all ripped from good old vinyl, except a couple from "In From The Cold", and a bonus track from the CD version of A Taste Of Pink". My copy of "A Taste Of Pink" is on pink vinyl, and although it looks mint, it has a little snap crackle to it; oh well, it adds to the charm. I added a couple of tunes from the awesome Prime Movers Lp as well. It's a large file so I had to break it into two parts, I also added the cover scans to the downloads as well, "Enjoy"
      The Prisoners were a three piece from the Medway region of southern England that formed in 1980.They took the name from fellow Medway band the Vapours first single 'Prisoners'. The original line up consisted of 16 years old's, Graham Day (guitar, vocals), Allan Crockford (bass) and Johnny Symons (drums). Bruce Brand from the Milkshakes was with the group briefly as a second Guitarist, but it wasn't until 1982 when James Taylor (Organ) was added to the line up when they officially became a four piece. In all The Prisoners released at least four full lengths, four singles, and contributed numerous compilation tracks before calling it a day sometime around 1986. Besides the Prime Movers a few other post Prisoners related bands include: Planet, The Solarflares, Graham Day and the Gaolers, Gift Horses, Thee Mighty Caesars, The Buff Medways, Galileo 7, The Stabilisers and The James Taylor Quartet.If you would like to read more about the band's here's a few links to get you started.

The Prisoners Wikipedia, The Prisoners Myspace, All MusicGraham Day and the Gaolers Myspace, The James Taylor Quartet Official Page, Galilio 7.FourFour.Com

♪♪♪ Taste Of The Prisoners Pt 1 ♪♪♪
♪♪♪ Taste Of The Prisoners Pt 2 ♪♪♪

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Ecstatics (Sound Of Breaking Glass Single)

   I hope all of you had a great holiday and I wish you all a Healthy, Happy, Prosperous, 2018!
   I found very little info online about The Ecstatics but judging from where this was recorded, I'm guessing they were a New York area band?
   Breaking glass is a solid Powerpop tune with vocal stylings reminiscent of Peter Perrett, of the Only Ones.

Line Up

Mark Strife - Vocals, Keys
John Ian tense - Guitar
Spike - Bass
Mike Burke - Drums

M.S.I. Records 1981

1. Breaking Glass
2. Body Shake

♫♫♫...She Dazzled Me...♫♫♫

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Windows (Don't Hang Up Single)

The Windows were a Tennessee four piece that formed in 1980. They released this single and a full length titled "Runnin' Alone" in 1987. Despite opening for the likes of: Peter Frampton, Hall and Oates and Jefferson Starship; The Windows never broke through nationally and eventually called it quits in the mid 90's. If you would like to read more about the band, I found THIS website you can check out.

Line Up-

Larry Brewer - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Paul Cooper – Drums
Paul Doege - Bass, Vocals
Lowell Wiley - Guitar

Self Released 1982

1. Don't Hang Up
2. My Dear

♫♫♫...don't keep me hangin' on...♫♫♫
 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Verdix (Lookin' Around Single)

The Verdix were from Calgary Canada's first Punk wave. This excellent single was the bands only record. Sadly, Singer/Guitarist Mick Joy, passed away in 2007. I wasn't able to find any other information on them.

Aura Records 1981

1. Lookin' Around
2. Media

♫♫♫...They're Doin' It To You...♫♫♫

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Propellors (Tell Me That Single)

The Propellors were a Forest Hills, Queens based four piece. I found an appearance from 1980 on The Uncle Floyd show; you can check it out Here. They show a picture sleeve for this single but Jimmy McElligott informed me, it was a mock sleeve that never went to print.

Line Up:

Jimmy McElligott - Vocals, Guitar
Tommy McElligott - Bass, Vocals
Jimmy Santoro - Guitar
Artie McKeehan - Drums

Esquire Records 1980

1. Tell Me That
2. Just A Fool In Love

♫♫♫...My Doctor Thinks I'm Crazy...♫♫♫

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Sorry for my long absence.

   Man, I can't believe it's been four months since my last post. So much for being more active this year, I've had a extremely trying, busy, last four months. For starters, I sold my house. I spent allot of time and money, getting it ready to sell. Unfortunately, the drainage field of my septic system failed during inspections; causing me to have to hook the home up to the sewer, to sell it. In the end, it cost me 20,000 dollars.
   I found a new home but unfortunately I got caught in the middle of a nasty divorce. I'm not going into everything I went through but buying my new home turned into quite an ordeal. Since then, I've been spending all of my time and money, working on my new home. It's taken me this long to have a little free time. Although I still have much to do; my intentions are to get the blog going again. Bare with me a little while longer. It will be worth the wait. I still have piles of great records to post. By the way....Moving my record collection, really Sucked!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Aristocrats ( My Date Single)

Here's a cool slab of Keyboard driven Powerpop for ya. Catchy tunes, great harmonies and snappy drum work, make this platter a must. Not much about the band except they were
from Harrisburg, Pa. Definitely looks like a self released effort. Band members listed are: Jay Spiegel, Ray Burkett and Joe Trojcak.

Aristo-Music 1981

1. My Date
2. I Want To Be A Landlord

♫♫♫...You're own little castles...♫♫♫

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Resistors - (e.p. for Jeanie)

Keeping with the Irish theme..
   The Resistors were a Dublin Ireland outfit, that formed in 78. They released a song titled, "Service with a smile" on a Kick Records sampler titled, "Just for Kicks, (you can hear it here) and this self released e.p.; before disbanding in 1981. Paul O'Reilly and Tim McStay continued writing songs, signed to Scoff records and release a single titled, "That's it", backed with, "Steal my love" in 1983. Shortly after they called it a day.

Line up -

Peter McEvoy - Vocals
Paul O'Reilly - Guitar
Tim McStay - Keyboards
Valentine - Bass
Brian Curran - Drums

Break Records 1980

1. Jeanie
2. Takeaway Love
3. End Of The Line

♫♫♫...Did you think it would be so easy...♫♫♫

The Moondogs (Imposter Single)

a repost, by request, originally posted 11-30-10, new rips and scans, Enjoy!


Read more: http://shotgunsolution.blogspot.com/#ixzz4fOT1rdGX
a repost, by request, originally posted 5-9-10, new rips and scans, Enjoy!
   The Moondogs are a Irish three piece that formed in 1978. They released four singles, this being the fourth and two Lp's. The first Lp, "That’s What Friends are For" was produced by Todd Rundgren, and was released in 1981 on Sire Records,(Germany only). A few months later The Moondogs hung it up. Around 2000 the band reformed and in 2003 released their second lp "Red Fish". The same year, Detour Records released a disk of their John Peel sessions, which I believe is out of print. All of their records are great and worth owning. If your interested in reading more about the band; they have a web site you can find HERE .
Line up -

Gerry McCandless - Guitar, Vocals
Jackie Hamilton - Bass, Vocals
Austin Barrett - Drums

Real Records 1981

1. Imposter
2. Baby Snatcher

♫♫♫...who's the intruder...♫♫♫

The Lookalikes (Can I Take You Home Tonight ? Single)

a repost by request, originally posted 1/24/09, new rips and scans.


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a repost by request, originally posted 1/24/09, new rips and scans.


Read more: http://shotgunsolution.blogspot.com/#ixzz4fMVV0f00
a repost by request, originally posted 1/24/09, new rips and scans.


Read more: http://shotgunsolution.blogspot.com/#ixzz4fMVV0f00
a repost by request, originally posted 1/24/09, new rips and scans.


Read more: http://shotgunsolution.blogspot.com/#ixzz4fMVV0f00
a repost, by request, originally posted 11-30-10, new rips and scans, Enjoy!
The Lookalikes were a popular four piece from Dublin Ireland, that I'm pretty sure were around from the late 70's, through the early 80's. In all they released, three singles, and one full length.


Line up -

Sean O'Connor - Guitar and Vocals
Eamonn Doyle - Bass
Mike Mesbur - Drums
Peter Keenan - Keyboard

Riva Records 1980

1. Can I Take You Home Tonight ?
2. Radio
3. Don't Cry For Me

♫♫♫...I'll be ever so polite...♫♫♫

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Last Shot (Cry Sister Cry Single)

Here's another catchy, fairly unknown single. Both tunes were written by William Sandwick. I couldn't find anything else, so unless any of you can fill in the blanks, I guess this mystery will remain. I found a live version of Cry Sister Cry, you can Check Out.


LMA Records - 1980

1. Cry Sister Cry
2. Nearly Had A Heart Break

♫♫♫...Let Emotions Fly...♫♫♫

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Zox (Strange Love Single)

Here's a catchy, mostly unknown two sider for ya. There's virtually no information on the Net regarding this band. Most of the copies I've seen have an Englishtown, NJ address written on the label. The credits list : Holland, Danger, Gunn; produced by Mike Holland. Seems fairly likely this was a DIY effort from Jersey but I'm just guessing, anybody?

Pyramis Records 1979

1. Strange Love
2. Star

♫♫♫...I Wanna Make You Feel Alright...♫♫♫