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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...♫♫♫

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tommy Ramone, R.I.P.

I'm not always best at keeping up on the passing of musicians but I wanted to mention the unfortunate sad passing of Tommy Ramone. As I  may have said once a long time ago; The Ramones were one of my biggest influences as a kid. They were the gateway band that drew me to punk and underground music to begin with. It's hard to believe all the originals are now gone, all of them passing way too young. When I say originals, I mean that in a literal sense. Even though Marky may have missed the first three Lp's; he'll always be as much the Ramones drummer as Tommy was, and therefore, (in my mind anyways) an original.
In the beginning, Tommy was supposed to be The Ramones manager but ended up taking over drum duties when Joey moved to vocals. He remained their drummer from 1974 to 1978, playing on and co-producing their first three Lp's, as well as playing on the classic live LP, "It's Alive".
Tommy passed away July 11th, 2014 at his home from cancer, he was 65, R.I.P.

♫♫♫...Gabba Gabba Hey...♫♫♫

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Legendary Earthlings ( Get Out Of Harms Way Ep)

Here's a six piece from, (I'm guessing) the New York / New Jersey area. This appears to be their sole release and unfortunately, I can't find anything on the band. Lead singer, Vic Harrison previously released a great single with an outfit called Cheese. If you've never heard the single it's worth finding. That's all I got.

Line Up-

Jack Bashwiner - Bass, Vocals
Donna Fiducia - Flute, Piccolo
Vic Harrison - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jim Robinson - French Horn
Steve Rowe - Piano
Randy Zweiban - Drums

Boswell Records 1982

1. Get Out Of Harm's Way
2. Gone Cat Gone
3. You Never Leave

♫♫♫...Cut Out On The Double...♫♫♫


The Mod Frames ( Still Smiling Today Single)

Re-posted, per request, new rips and scans, originally posted 7/20/09, enjoy!!
Excellent first single from New York's The Mod Frames. Both tunes are great 60's influenced Powerpop . I know very little about these guy's so, if anyone has info to share please feel free. Since the sleeve has no info on it, I'm using the second singles line - up; if this is not correct, I apologize.

Line Up -

Ben Rosenblatt - Vocals, Guitar, Piano and Organ
Billy Altman - Vocals and Guitar
Bruce Gordon - Bass and Backing Vocals
David Donen - Drums
Mark Michaels - Guitar

Hit Records 1979

1. Still Smiling Today
2. Little Miss Lonelyheart

♫♫♫...You Can't Face The Truth...♫♫♫

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Mod Frames (Anyone After You Single)

Here's the second, (and I'm guessing the final) single from The Mod Frames. Both records are totally worth owning. Anyone after you is super catchy 60's inspired powerpop, with great harmonies, hooks and hand claps, (what more could you want). I posted their first single a few years back and honestly, I haven't learned a whole lot more about the band than I knew then. However, here's a few things of interest. They seem to have been a five piece from the NYC area and Billy Altman, (Vocals and Guitar) has quite a resume. He's a Grammy-nominated critic, whose work has appeared in: The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Spin and Sound & Vision. He founded a music mag called Punk, back in the 60's, was longtime editor of Creem Magazine and a former curator, for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Line Up -

Ben Rosenblatt - Vocals, Guitar, Piano and Organ
Billy Altman - Vocals and Guitar
Bruce Gordon - Bass and Backing Vocals
David Donen - Drums
Mark Michaels - Guitar

Hit Records 1981

1. Anyone After You
2. I Don't Want To Cry

♫♫♫...Lay It On The Line...♫♫♫

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fools Face ( I Could Tell Single)

Fools face were a Springfield, MO based five piece that were around from the late 70’s, through the early 80’s. In all they released three full lengths and a couple of singles, (this being their first and my favorite) I’m not sure when it was released as there’s no date on the record, but the general consensus seems to be 1979. You can check out the Tell America LP over at The great Wilfully Obscure blog.

Line Up -

Jimmy Frink - Guitar
Brian Coffman - Guitar
Jim Wirt - Bass
Dale McCoy - Keys
Tommy Dwyer - Drums

Bubble Records 1979

1. I Could Tell
2. Modern Lover

♫♫♫...I Didn't Need To Turn Around...♫♫♫

White Boy (Never Mind Single)

Re-posted per request, originally posted 11/12/11, new rips, Enjoy!
White Boy were a father son duo from Washington DC, that were around from 1977 to 1983. Mr. Ott, and Jake Whipp, were the only constants; the rest of the line up was somewhat of a revolving door throughout the existence of the band. Their first single, “Sagittarius Bumpersticker” was released in 77, and is credited as being one of the earliest punk records to come from DC area. White Boy’s recorded output, (as far as I know?) was four singles, (this being the third) and a 12” ep all on their own Doodley Squat Record Label.

Line Up:

Jake Whipp – Guitars, Vocals
Mr. Ott – Vocals
Scott Pusey – Bass
Chips Bumalowe – Drums
Axle Standoff – Synthesizer

Doodley Squat Records 1978

1. Never Mind
2. Heavens Of Hell

♫♫♫...All Your Friends Stink...♫♫♫

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Great Invisibles EP

The Great Invisibles appear to have been a five piece from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. For me, "Walk Home" is the stand out track here; It's a great slice of driving Pop Punk with a Farfisa, Arp 2600, Synth. The record looks to have been self released and unfortunately the net yields little else about the band. I did find a page for Arvid Smith, you can check out below.

Line Up -

Robin Poore - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Arvid Smith - Guitar, Ring Modulator
David Gall - Farfisa, Arp 2600, Backing Vocals
Bobby Grimes - Bass
Brian Cook - Drums

Invisible Music 1982

1. Private Collection
2. Walk Home
3. Unsung Heroes

♫♫♫...If You Wanna Go...♫♫♫

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Kids (Pop "N" Roll With The Kids)

Here's one of about half of a dozen bands (that I can think of anyway) that called themselves The Kids. These Kids appear to have been a four piece from San Antonio, Texas. This classic, self released, (I'm assuming) 10" slab of Powerpop euphoria; as far as I know, is their only release. I found a couple of mentions online that place this as being released in 1985; but I'm not sure because there's no date on the record.

Line Up -

Chris Curry - Guitar, Vocals
Ed Holmgreen - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Orbelo - Bass
Billy Carey - Drums

Self Released 1985 ?

1. California Girls
2. Writing This Letter
3. There Goes My Heart
4. Hey Little Girl

♫♫♫...You Better Stop...♫♫♫

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Martin Newell (Young Jobless Single)

Martin Newell is an English Musician, Author, Poet, that grew up in an Army family. This guy's body of work is mind numbingly extensive; so I'm not even going to try to capture it here. If you would like to read more, Here's A Good Place To Start. Both sides of this single are absolute pop jubilation.

Off Street Records 1980

1. Young Jobless
2. Sylvie In Toy Town

♫♫♫...You'd Better Find A Career...♫♫♫

The Monks (Nice Legs + Johnny B Rotten Singles)

Re-posted per request, originally posted 11/11/10, New Rips And Scans, Enjoy!
    The Monks were a London five piece, that started out as an English folk band called The Strawbs, in the late 60's. As the Monks they existed from around 1979 till 1982. During that time, they released at least four singles, and two LP's. Nice legs reached #19, on the UK Singles Charts. If your parched for knowledge, here's a few sites that may quench your thirst. The Monks Myspace, Allmusic, Wikipedia .


Line Up -

Terry Cassidy - Vocals
Brian Willoughby - Guitar
John Ford - Guitar
Richard Hudson - Bass
Clive Pierce - Drums

Carrere Records 1979

1. Nice Legs Shame About Her Face
2. You'll Be The Death Of Me

♫♫♫...A Real Tasty Bird...♫♫♫









EMI Records 1979

1. Johnny B. Rotten
2. Drugs In My Pocket

♫♫♫...My Record's Been Banned...♫♫♫

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shadowfax (The Russians Are Coming)

As great as this record is; I'm surprised how little info regarding these guys is available. The record yields little; not even the band members names, anyone ?
 Shadowfax were a short lived London based outfit. To my knowledge, this was their only record; it was self-released on their own Risky records label. The single was only available at their gigs and via mail order from the band themselves. I have seen other records by a band, or bands of the same name; but I don't think it's the same band, but I could be wrong ? If this message board is accurate, sadly there's been allot of Death and tragedy involving a number of the band members, as well as people closely associated with the band.

Risky Discs Records 1980

1. The Russians Are Coming !
2. Calling The Shots

♫♫♫...I Know Their Coming...♫♫♫

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slowguns (Both Singles)

A re-post per request, New Rips and Scans; originally posted 06/18/09 and 07/01/10,
I've been trying to catch up on some requests, if I forgot yours, let me know. I decided to include both singles, Enjoy!!

The Slowguns were a short lived four piece from Stockport England. The band consisted brothers, Peter and David Daulby, Terry Podmore, and various drummers.Their first single, released in 1978, was "T.V. Movie" backed with "American HeartBeat". The single garnered praise from John Peel, and was voted joint record of the week with The Not Sensibles "I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher" in the English music journal Sounds.
The second single "The Time Is Right for Us" backed by "My Karma" was poppier and less angular than their first outing but met with little success. Internal dissent within the group caused them to split in 1980. An abandoned Lp, is said to exist but has yet to come to light.

Line Up -

Peter Daulby - Vocals
David Daulby - Guitars
Terence Podmore - Bass
Paul Kearslake and Andy G on 2cnd single - Drums

MPA Records 1979

1. T.V. Movie
2. American Heart Beat

♫♫♫...Life In The USA...♫♫♫










Cult Records 1980

1. The Time Is Right For Us
2. My Karma

♫♫♫...When Radio Caroline Sailed Away...♫♫♫

The Newtown Neurotics (Blitzkrieg Bop EP)

A re-post per request, New Rips and Scans; originally posted 09/30/09, Enjoy!
Formed in the English post-war "new town" of Harlow, Essex, the Newtown Neurotics produced a fine blend of pop and punk rock with a strong left-wing political slant. Formed in the spring of 1978, the group comprised Steve Drewett (vocals, guitars), Colin Dredd (bass, vocals) and Tiggy Barber (drums). "Hypocrite" (1979) and "When The Oil Runs Out" (1980) appeared on their own No Wonder label, after which Barber was replaced by Simon Lomond. The bands strong socialist rhetoric was apparent on their third single on the short-lived but impressive CNT label, "Kick Out The Tories", in May 1982, followed in December by an attack on Britain's "Licensing Hours". When CNT folded, the Newtown Neurotics moved to Razor Records for their debut album. Beggars Can Be Choosers was an entertaining yet pertinent mix of scathing observation and new wave power and was promoted on single by a cover of The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop". In November 1984 the band moved back to their No Wonder label for "Suzie Is A Heartbreaker" (again hinting at a Ramones connection), before the Neurotics dropped the "Newtown" from their name, signing to Jungle Records in the process. The first fruits of this contract emerged as Repercussions in 1985, showcasing a group that had lost none of its musical vigour or political evangelism. "Living With Unemployment" followed in 1986 (with the help of ranting comedian Porky The Poet and the rumbustious Attila), preceding Kickstarting A Backfiring Nation. The Neurotics turned up occasionally during the late 80s (with Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?) while the new decade was celebrated with 45 Revolutions Per Minute, a singles compilation of the band's "twelve blazing rock anthems" from 1979-84. The band had actually broken up in October 1988 when bassist Colin Dredd contracted pleurisy, going on to play a series of astonishing farewell shows in Harlow with a stand-in bass player. Drewett and Mac went on to form the Unstoppable Beat.

Line Up-

Steve Drewett - Vocals and Guitar
Colin Dredd - Bass and Vocals
Simon Lomond - Drums

Razor Records 1983

1. Blitzkrieg Bop
2. Hypocrite
3. I Remember You

♫♫♫...You Just Agree With The Loudest Voice...♫♫♫

Die Kreuzen (Cows And Beer EP)

Re-uped by request, new rips and scans, originally posted 09/06/08, Enjoy!
Die Kreuzen was formed in mid-1981 by two refugees from Rockford, IL (vocalist Dan Kubinski and guitarist Brian Egeness) and two from Brookfield, WI (bassist Keith Brammer and drummer Erik Tunison). Their first recorded output was four songs on Noise magazine's Charred Remains cassette compilation, followed by three on The Master Tape compilation LP. This and the ensuing press in Milwaukee and (especially) elsewhere led to the release in late 1982 of a 7" six-song 45 on the Version Sound label, entitled Cows And Beer, the title being "an in-joke on peoples' preconceptions of life in Wisconsin". This proceeded to sell out two pressings of 1,000 apiece (and is incidentally a much sought-after collector's item), prompting them to undertake their first tour of the South and West Coast in the summer of 1983. Upon returning, they were greeted with the news that Touch And Go records wanted to release an album, which for various reasons did not appear until July 1984. This 21-song self-titled LP then proceeded to sell upwards of 13,000 copies in the U.S. and Europe (and is still selling today). The release was followed by two years of repeatedly touring the States and Canada and gradually (through word of mouth and press of all sorts) spreading their name everywhere. Gradually, also, their songs were changing, their sound evolving and maturing. This was exhibited on their second LP for Touch And Go, October File, released in May 1986 (12,000 and counting). Two more years of slow but steady songwriting and touring, helped along by positive critical response resulted in the release, in July 1988, of their third Touch And Go album Century Days. Progress, variety and melody are the key words here, adventurous songwriting accented by diverse production and outside help from horns without losing the band's trademark drive and excitement. Attractive packaging, multiple formats (11 song LP, 12 song cassette, 13 song CD), international distribution and increased airplay helped Century Days do very well indeed. After a great tour of Europe and the U.S. the band returned to the studio to record a new song entitled Gone Away, along with a version of Aerosmith's Season's Of Wither. This saw release in two formats: a limited edition (2,000) white vinyl 7" with deluxe foldout cross-shaped sleeve (Gone Away/Different Ways (Live)) and an extended play 12" and cassette (Gone Away & Seasons Of Wither/Stomp, Cool Breeze, Man In The Trees, Bitch Magnet, Number Three (all live)). After more extensive touring and various side projects (Keith played for Wreck, Dan performed in The Muckrakers, Impact Test 1990, War On The Saints and Chainfall. and both were in Boy Dirt Car. Dan and Brian even started a Cheap Trick tribute band called Chick Treat), the band flirted with some new record labels but eventually released their fourth LP for Touch And Go records in 1991, Cement. Of course, the band resumed touring in support of their new album. On April 1, 1992, Die Kreuzen disbanded amid much conflict when guitarist Brian Egeness decided to quit the band. "He had different things to do, a different agenda", Keith Brammer said. The remaining members formed a band entitled Chainfall, which included Nerve Twins and SODA member Charles Jordan on guitar. They also stayed busy with other projects (Keith Brammer played in the Carnival Stripppers while Dan Kubinski and Erik Tunison were in Fuckface). What are they up to now? At last report Erik Tunison had moved to Europe, Brian Egeness works as an engineer/producer in a recording studio, Keith Brammer plays in Crime And Judy and Dan Kubinski has a new band called Decapitado.

Line Up-

Dan Kubinski - Vocals
Brian Egeness - Guitar
Keith Brammer - Bass
Erik Tunison - Drums

Version Sound 1982

1. Hate Me
2. Pain
3. Enemies
4. In School
5. Think For Me
6. Don't Say Please

♫♫♫...Fight For What's Right...♫♫♫