Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Trademarks (It's up to you flexi)

The Trademarks were a great Boston five piece that were around in the early Eighties. This flexi disc was given away with the first issue of Take It Magazine. Two more singles followed, "Magic In Her Eyes" b/w "Run For Your Life" and "She Knows" b/w "Prisoner Of Your Eyes". I read at one time they were close to a record contract with Warner Bros; but it doesn't look as though that ever happened.

Lineup -

Dave Morrison - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Matt Langone - Guitar, Vocals
Jack Moran - Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Hollowell - Bass
Chris McCauley - Drums, Vocals

♫♫♫...It's Gonna Hit You Hard...♫♫♫

News (Stop EP)

This was originally posted 1/16/10. After hearing of Nate Mountel's passing, I felt a repost was appropriate.
News were a Cincinnati five piece that formed in 1978. They performed around the midwest from 1978 to 1980. News produced two records and were included on a compilation LP. This EP and another single on a limited press run were released on the Waldo Records label. Most of the band lived in the Waldo Apartments in downtown Cincinnati, hence the name. News also had a piece titled Experimental Animals, on an LP produced by C.A.G.E. (Cincinnati Artists Group Experience), which featured various area artists.Nate Mountel left the band late in 1980. The rest of the band reformed with slightly different personnel as The Fourth Estate, but had a brief career. Paul and Jim moved to San Francisco to form a group called Pray for Rain. Paul Trupin passed away in 1995; you can read more about him in this post's comments. Sadly, Nate Mountel also passed away 2/25/15, from lupus complications, RIP.

Lineup -

Paul Trupin - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Hershberger - Lead Guitar
Peter Alexander - Bass
Jim Woody - Keyboards
Nate Mountel - Drums
Carol Shloss - played a bass line on Stop and the insistent drone keyboard note on Stop

Waldo Records 1980

1. Stop
2. To Begin With
3. Brothers
4. Dix-Mille Kilometres De Moi (Ten-Thousand Miles From Me)

♫♫♫...Let's Stop...♫♫♫

The Sneaks (Success...The Hard Way E.P.)

This is a repost by request; originally posted 4/20/10.
The Sneaks formed around 1980, they were a Arcadia, California-based band, who release two E.P,'s. One was titled Sneak Preview from 1981, and This one which came out in 1983. Some time around 1984, they called it a day. Since then, there have been a few reunion shows, and a CD compiling their two E.P.'s along with Demos and unreleased tracks. I pulled the best three tracks from this for your listening pleasure. Here's a link for a website that will tell you all you want to know about these guys, as well you can purchase their CD for a measly $10.00.

Line Up -

Brett Perkins - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Rob Schilling - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Howie Orell - Bass, Vocals
Greg Tortell - Drums, Vocals

Upbeat Music 1983

♫♫♫...You'll Come Runnin' To Me...♫♫♫

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mod Lang (Because of You Single)

Mod Lang is a three piece that I wasn't able to find any info on. Unfortunately, the sleeve doesn't yield much either. If anyone can help fill in the blanks, it would be most appreciated. I guess I'll stop rambling now..... Enjoy!

Jettset Records 1982

1. Because of You
2. When It's Time

♫♫♫...I'm With A Real Girl...♫♫♫

The Toys (Livin' Fast Single)

This is a repost by request; originally posted 6/7/10.
   Formed in 1979 by brothers Alan, and Kevin Kalicki, (Rocky Starr and Kevin Rat), from the ashes of their previous band Aunt Helen,(who released one single titled "Big Money / Rebecca in 1978). The Toys became one of the premiere live bands of Buffalo N.Y.'S Punk movement. This single, and a track on a compilation that's unknown to me were their only releases. In 1982, they changed their name to the New Toys, picked up a new Bass player, and relocated Staten Island, before disbanding in 1984. Sadly, Alan Kalicki passed away In 1996, he was 41 years old.

Line Up -

Meat Cleaver - Bass
Kevin Rat - Drums
Rocky Starr - Guitar
Mick Tyler - Guitar

Maxwell Music 1980

1. Livin' Fast
2. I'm Telling You Now

♫♫♫...Never Think About The Past...♫♫♫

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Donuts (All The Innocent Girls)

   I wasn't able to uncover much about The Donuts. What little I was able to find came from a memorial tribute, posted on YouTube.
   Here's a couple of things I found interesting....
The back of the sleeve lists three Guitar players and the song order on the sleeve is reversed. The dead wax lists "All The Innocent Girls" as the A side. That's my favorite of the two anyway; so that's the order I went with. I apologize for the small amount of noise at the beginning of both tracks. Sometimes, records look better than they play.
   The Donuts transplanted to Los Angeles, from the Bay Area in the late 70's. Soon after, Chris Hauptmann was recruited to round out the line up. This was, (as far as I know) the bands only record; and it appears to have been self released. As I mentioned above; Sadly, Paul Skelton passed away in 2009, RIP.

Line Up -

Chris Hauptmann - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Tom Alexander - Guitar, Vocals
Paul Skelton - Guitar, Vocals
John Nolan - Bass
Eric Jerde - Drums

No Label 1980

1. All The Innocent Girls
2. She May Be Your Girl

♫♫♫...I Had A Problem...♫♫♫

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Easy Money (Getting Lost and Standing In Your Shadow Singles)

Easy Money were a Victoria, B.C. four piece, that existed from around 1978 till 1984. Here's both of their excellent singles; on Richards Records, which I think was a local area record store. It's a shame they didn't release anything else. As catchy as both of these singles are, I'm sure they would have released a top notch full length. I'm really left wanting more.

Richard's Records 1980

1. Getting Lost
2. High Fashion

♫♫♫...It's Hopeless...♫♫♫

Line Up -

Rob Lifton - Guitar, Vocals
Karl Hourigan - Vocals, Guitar
Linda Humphries - Bass, Vocals
Dave Hill - Drums

Richard's Records 1980

1. Standing In Your Shadow
2. No Stranger To Danger

♫♫♫...My Hearts Breakin'...♫♫♫

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Keepers ( By The Same Name Ep )

This is a repost, by request, originally from 8/17/09
   The Keepers were a five piece from Oxford, OH that formed sometime in the early Eighties. When I first posted this record six years ago there was very little information to be found on these guys. Since that time unfortunately, not allot has changed; I did however find this Facebook Page. I remember reading somewhere, the band eventually moved to Boston and after little success, called it quits.

Line Up -

Craig Bloom - Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals
Stephen Dougherty - Guitars, Lead and Backing Vocals
Laurens Vernot - Bass, Backing Vocals
Craig Stephens - Guitars
Keith Fleming - Drums

Nu - Bob Music 1984

♫♫♫...Isn't That What You Told Me...♫♫♫

NewToys (Say It LP)

This is a repost by request from 5/25/11.
The Newtoys were a Buffalo, N.Y. four piece that formed in 1979, originally as The Toys. They released one single as The Toys in 1980. In 1982 the band changed their name to The NewToys, released this LP, and relocated Staten Island. They continued as The NewToys for a couple more years, before disbanding sometime around 1984.

Line Up-

Rocky Starr - Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Starr - Drums, Vocals
Meat Cleaver - Bass, Vocals
Mick Tyler - Guitar, Vocals

Mark / Playtime Records 1982

♫♫♫...You Let Me Down...♫♫♫

The Reducers (The Reducers Lp)

This is a repost, by request from 10/15/09.
   The Reducers were a New London, Connecticut four piece that formed in 1978. In all, they released nine Lp's and a hand full of singles. This, their first full length effort was released, (as is the case with all of their records) on their own Rave On Records label. The Reducers disbanded in 2012, following the sad passing of their bassist Steve Kaika from cancer. If your interested in learning more about the band, here's a few links you can check out:
The Reducers.Com - Facebook - Twitter - Youtube
You can still purchase the majority of The Reducers releases; click on the Rave On Records Link below.

Line Up -

Hugh Birdsall - Guitar, Vocals
Peter Detmold - Guitar, Vocals
Steve Kaika - Bass, Vocals
Tom Trombley - Drums, Vocals

Rave On Records 1984

♫♫♫...Open Up Your Eyes...♫♫♫

The Chameleons (Nostalgia E.P.)

This is a repost by request from 3/11/09.
   This is my favorite Chameleons record; "Nostalgia" is such a great song.
   The Chameleons formed in Manchester, England, in 1981 from the ashes of a number of local groups. Mark Burgess, ( vocals/bass) began with the Cliches, (Guitarists) Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding from the Years and John Lever ( Drums, who replaced founding member Brian Schofield) from the Politicians.
   After releasing three full lengths and a number of singles and Ep's; The Chameleons disbanded in 1987, following the  death of their manager Tony Fletcher. The band reformed in 2000 and released a couple more Lp's before once again disbanding in 2003.

Statik Records 1985

1. Nostalgia
2. In Shreds
3. Less Than Human

♫♫♫...Share My Nostalgia With You...♫♫♫

Hip Chemists (Pop Songs Single)

 This is a Repost, by request from 4/17/11. I've taken the information for this from comments associated with my original post of this record. If anything I've wrote here is incorrect, please let me know.
   The Hip Chemists were a short lived Carbondale Illinois four piece; that formed in 1982, while attending Southern Illinois University. Originally called the Dead End Kids, they changed their name to Hip Chemists and recorded this, their only single. "Pop Songs" was inspired by the assassination of John Lennon. Dave Balchen, (Bass) and Stan Barker, (a friend of the band, who wrote "Pop Songs") were in Chicago's first punk band, The Crucified in 1977. They were the first Chicago punk band to release a record; a 4 song EP on they're own Power Records label. The Crucified broke up in 1978, due to the lack of clubs in Chicago willing to book punk bands at the time. Sadly, Stan Barker passed away Sept. 22, 2014, RIP.

Line Up-

Stace England - Vocals
Dave Balchen - Bass
Shaun Mason - Guitar
Dan Balchen - Drums

Kio Records 1984

1. Pop Songs
2. I Wanna Be A Brit

♫♫♫...You Thought Pop Would Save Us All...♫♫♫

Monday, February 2, 2015

My apologies

   As seems to have been the case these last couple of years; I once again find myself apologizing for an extended absence. Unfortunately, my life just doesn't afford me an abundance of time to work on this site anymore. Additionally, for what ever reason; when I do have time, my hearts just not into it. I've been seriously considering selling my record collection, taking the money and buying myself a new Indian motorcycle. As you might imagine; that decision would definitely spell the end for this site and my music collection, as I couldn't and wouldn't be able to replace everything. Even though I've been feeling this way, I still love music. A bit burned out but still in love; which makes it a tough decision. Rather than leave this site hanging around unattended; I'll most likely delete it, if I chose to go that route. It's been hanging by a thread anyway, the last couple of years. For the moment, I'll try my best to post all of the re up requests and maybe a few new ones. We'll see how things go and how I'm feeling. Thanks for all of your comments and support over the years!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Peens (Four Song EP)

The Peens were a three piece from Erie, PA. I couldn't find anything about them, so I'm going to assume this is somewhat rare. Three out of the four tunes are kind of strange and quirky, however the song "Thrill Me" is an underrated late 70's style Punk smasher.

Line Up -

Kevin Bort - Guitar
Jan Linendoll - Drums
Lenny Bove - Bass, Vocals

Endangered Species Records 1980

♫♫♫...Come On And Trill Me...♫♫♫

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Trend (Lucky Day Single)

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150862655369747.475569.41437134746&type=3 The Trend were originally a four piece from Kennett, Missouri. John McMullan formed the band in 1979 while in High School; he was 16 at the time. Other than this single, they also released a LP titled "The Trend Is In"; as a five piece in 1982. The Trend disbanded in 1987 for many of the usual reasons. As is the case with mine, most copies of this record were sleeveless. I found a picture of an actual picture sleeve that I included with the download for you to check out.

Line Up -

Matt Collier - Vocals
John McMullan - Vocals Guitar, Keys
Mike Astrachan - Lead Guitar
Bill Joslyn - Bass
Brian Mitchell - Drums

KSS Records 1981

1. Lucky Day
2.She's Hi Fi

♫♫♫...You Better Beware...♫♫♫

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Kopterz (First Three Releases)

The Kopterz were a four piece from Portland Maine. They released a Single, a four song EP titled "The Kopterz", an Lp Titled "Dancin Disorder", and a final EP Titled "Twistin In The Wind", all on their own Broken Records Label before disbanding sometime around 1989. I've included their first Single and The Kopterz EP in their entirety. I chose my six favorite tracks from the LP and I can't say I've ever heard "Twistin In The Wind". In all, this should give you a good taste of what these guys were all about. I think you might still be able to buy the Lp , as well as their first EP; check HERE.

Line Up-

Joe Brien - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Joe Petty - Guitar, Vocals
Joe Donovan - Bass, Vocals
Bill McGeough - Drums
Joe Galope - Drums (Dancin' Disorder)

Broken Records 1982, 1985, 1986

♫♫♫...Love Let's You Down...♫♫♫

♫♫♫...It Never Get's Dark...♫♫♫

♫♫♫...Take My Sadness Away...♫♫♫

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Charlie Pastorfield (Maybe We Have Changed EP)

 Here's a Great 4 song EP out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlie Pastorfield played with The Skip Castro Band, as well as The Gladstones and The Believers. This Solo effort seems to have been self released. I found another Solo release called "Scenario", from 1986 but I've never heard it.

Line Up -

Charlie Pastorfield - Guitar, Vocals
Haines Fullerton - Guitar. Background Vocals
Jim Jones - Background Vocals
Hugh Patton - Drums
Mark Roebuck - Background Vocals
Eric Schwartz - Background Vocals
Danny Beirne - Keyboards

White Line Records 1982

1. Tell Me Why
2. Maybe We Have Changed
3. Baby It's Your Life
4. Sally Don't Live Here

♫♫♫...What's Done Is Done,,,♫♫♫

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Knobs - (Nun / Pretty Little Fingers Single)

The Knobs were a four piece from Bayonne NJ. Looks like this catchy little two sider may have been their only release. I couldn't find much on the band, but below are a few links worth checking out.

Line Up -

Jimmy Christie - Guitar, Vocals
Peter Zervoulis - Guitar, Vocals -
Tom MacFarlane - Bass, Vocals
Charlie Servello - Drums - Also contributed to the Tonebenders

Requestomatic Records 1984

1. Nun
2. Pretty Little Fingers

♫♫♫...Lord What Should I Do...♫♫♫

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ingemar Bergman Troop (The Modern Girl Single)

Ingemar Bergman Troop were a three piece from Uppsala Sweden. From what I gather, they were actually the Poppier alter ego of a band called Kaipa. It looks as though they released three singles, ( this being the last) and a full length, all on the RCA label.

Line Up -

Lennart Backwall - Guitar
Mats  Lofgren - Vocals
Ingemar Bergman - Drums

RCA Victor 1981

1. The Modern Girl
2. Then I Kissed Her

♫♫♫...Gets what she wants...♫♫♫

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Aerial FX (First Two Singles)

Aerial FX were a Oxford based five piece that formed around 1980. They released three singles, (the first two represented here) and a full length titled, "Watching The Dance".
   Following the full length, they signed to EMI, however no further releases eventually lead to the bands end around 1986.
   In 2010 Other Voices Records release a LP titled "Same River Twice" which is a collection of various unreleased material.

Line Up -

Chris Hufford - Vocals
Andy Melton - Bass
Richard Hart - Guitar
Bryce Edge - Keyboards
Simon Bladon - Drums

Square Records - 1980

1. So Hard
2. It's About Time

♫♫♫...It's So Hard...♫♫♫

Island Records 1981

1. Take It From Here
2. Somewhere

♫♫♫...Where Can You Hide...♫♫♫

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Playboys (Nightbus Single)

The Playboys were a UK four piece, (London area maybe?) and it appears that this was their only record. Nightbus is a reggae number, while the flip, (my fav of the two) is a pretty rockin' Powerpop tune.

Line Up -

Mark Leigh-Davis - Bass, Vocals
Rod Rafter - Drums
Jim Gleeson - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Paul Mogg - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

Smash Hit Records 1979

1. Nightbus
2. I'm In A movie

♫♫♫...You Can Pull Your Gun...♫♫♫

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Radio Ghosts (Say Hello To The World Of Love EP)

The Radio Ghosts were a Scottish four piece that were around in the early eighties. I can't find much else about them except in 1982 they also released a mini LP titled "Handfuls Of Everything" that I've never heard. I like this record, especially the great Bass lines and choppy, jangly Guitar work on Author.

Line Up -

Martin Cotter - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Iain Bain - Guitar
Paul Quinn - Bass, Vocals
Craig Lesley - Drums

Static Records 1980

1. Author
2. Actor
3. My Room

♫♫♫...I Am Your Creator...♫♫♫

The Wimps (Hamburger Radio EP)

Reposted per request, New rips and scans, originally posted 6/21/09
  The Wimps were a London based Powerpop outfit that existed from '77 to '80. They were a bunch of 17 year old schoolboys. They made two records, the Hamburger Radio e.p. and a single called "At the Discoteque.

Sniff Records 1979

1. Caroline
2. Hamburger Radio
3. New Girl At School
4. Modern Girl

♫♫♫...No Music In Your Eyes...♫♫♫

Bad Brains (Pay To Cum Single)

Reposted by request, new rips and scans, originally posted 1/12/09.
 This is an Essential early hardcore record from 1980 . If you follow this music I shouldn't have to tell you how great this is . Bad Brains was first founded as a jazz-fusion ensemble called Mind Power (1975), with singer Sid McCray, in the mold of bands such as Chick Corea's Return to Forever and John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. In 1977, McCray introduced the rest of the band, who were already interested in bands such as Black Sabbath, to punk rock, including the Dickies, the Dead Boys, and the Sex Pistols. Mind Power became obsessed with punk rock and changed their name to "Bad Brains", after the Ramones song "Bad Brain" but with the word "bad" in the sense of "powerful". Despite their burgeoning punk sound, the early Bad Brains also delved deep into reggae music. McCray left in the early days of the group's hardcore-punk era, and guitarist H.R. became the band's singer. In 1979, Bad Brains found themselves the subject of an unofficial ban among many Washington D.C. area clubs and performance venues (later addressed in their song, "Banned in D.C."). The band subsequently relocated to New York City.
Bad Brains broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers and/or drummers. The band's classic and current lineup is singer H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson, H.R.'s younger brother.

REFERENCES - Wikipedia - Myspace - Bad Brains.Com

Bad Brain Records 1980

1. Pay To Cum
2. Stay Close To Me

♫♫♫...With Just Our Minds...♫♫♫

D.O.A (Disco Sucks EP)

Reposted per request, new rips and scans, originally posted 12/22/08.
  What can you say about these guys... D.O.A. were one of the most influential Punk bands to come out of the early Canadian punk scene; I'm a huge fan. D.O.A were a Vancouver area three piece; that formed in 1978, from the ashes of the Skulls. If they're still around, (and I'm assuming they still are) they've spanned over 36 years, countless releases and lineups. If your interested in reading about the band, here's their Wikipedia Page.

Line Up

Joe Shithead - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Randy Rampage - Bass, Vocals
Chuck Biscuits - Drums, Vocals

Quintessence Productions 1979

1. Royal Police
2. Woke Up Screaming
3. Disco Sucks
4. Nazi Training Camp

♫♫♫...Stompin Around...♫♫♫