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Monday, December 8, 2008

THE PHOBES THE BEGINNING OR THE END

Hello it's time for another bunch of records, I recently had one of my post's taken down by Blogger. I must have infringed on the copyright's of the Ramones . I guess who ever has the rights to their stuff isn't done sucking the marrow out of their bones yet . Oh well , I like everything that I own from this band . At times they kind of remind me of the Imsomniacs . The standouts for me are come a little closer , greenwood park , and she's into . I'm sure you can still find their stuff cheap . The Phobes were a rock'n'roll band based in Washington DC, USA from 1997 - 2005. Mixing British mod sounds, American garage-punk, and a dose of power-pop and punk-rock, The Phobes entertained the masses at home and abroad with wild stage antics, loud guitars and stylish threads.The Phobes released three full-length albums; Poverty Jetset, The Beginning or The End, and Fine Tune as well as a slew of limited edition colored vinyl singles. Highlight performances (for the band) include the Millenium Ball at the famed El Mocambo in Toronto, a headlining slot at the mighty Purple Weekend in Leon, Spain, backing up John Sinclair and his 'blues rants' at Signal 66 art-space in Washington DC, the 24 Hour Psycho exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum on the Mall in Washington DC, all of the Immediate! gigs at Silk City in Philadelphia, the 'Dance to Keep from Crying' Allnighter in Montreal, and that Atlantic City gig with adopted Spanish brothers Art School, to name a few.Although The Phobes' powerful catalogue of hook-filled rockers, literate pop songs and soulful ballads showcased their intelligently crafted song writing, The Phobes also had a strong affinity for drinking, which cost them some valuable career opportunities including an honest attempt by one Ryan Gentles (of Strokes fame) to showcase both bands together for Rough Trade Records (the very night The Strokes were signed), a brief courting by Virgin Records, and a few similiar opportunities by outright not even showing up.Though The Phobes could've been considered a lazy band, when they did show up to perform, they could not be matched. Each gig usually included the band performing in the crowd, on tables, or marching down the bar kicking drinks over. The Phobes managed to get signed to a New York indie-label, with support from punk-rocker Dave Smalley (Dag Nasty), only to pillage the company of wads of cash and all the product they could sneak into the elevator while keeping the suits busy in the meeting room. Then breaking from the label on a technicality, The Phobes set up their own label, Beat Neat-O Records, and did everything on their own terms while answering to noone. They chronicled their tour stories through their hilarious Phobes' Comix and for their final album, they autographed every copy that was manufactured.In 2005, The Phobes decided to call it quits while they were still in their prime; no need to drag it out like so many other solid groups that become only a shadow of their former glory.Singer/guitarist Grumbles went on to form The R.I.P.S in Philadelphia, PA, USA, Bassist Mumbles chose to permanently remain in Spain, and drummer Wobbles remains in Washington, DC painting his large scale expressionist
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FASTMUSIC 2000
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