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Saturday, February 6, 2010

THE SLICKEE BOYS (GOTTA TELL ME WHY)

The Slickee Boys are one of my all time favorite bands. I think this is their third release, and my favorite, of their singles. It's got three great originals, and a great cover of the Downliners Sect tune Glendora. Their LP'S are awesome as well. Once again, a criminally underrated band. Most of this info is from Wikipedia. The Slickee Boys were from the Washington D.C. area, they were founded in the mid-1970s by guitarists Kim Kane and Marshall Keith, with Kane as principal songwriter, and featured Martha Hull on vocals. The band released its first EP, "Hot and Cool", in 1976 — an event documented by members of the new wave community as the third DIY new wave record ever recorded. In 1978 Mark Noone replaced Hull as the singer, with the band benefitting from Noone's showmanship as well as his songwriting. In 1983, a music video for their song "When I Go to the Beach" placed second in MTV's Basement Tapes competition. This resulted in the video being shown regularly as well as garnering the band the distinction of being first from the D.C. area to get airplay on the then-new video channel.
In 1988 after a short European Tour, founding member Kim Kane departed to focus on his band Date Bait. The band soldiered on with long-time roadie, John Hansen, taking over on rhythm guitar until they called it quits in 1991
Starting shortly after the break-up, reunion shows have taken place most years (as recently as December 2008 at the Ottobar in Baltimore, MD), usually the week between Christmas and New Years, with one show each in Baltimore and D.C. Frequently the line-up changes during the course of the show, with band members taking turns playing on different songs.

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LINKS - MYSPACE TWINTONE RECORDS
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LIMP RECORDS 1979
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1. GOTTA TELL ME WHY
2. FORBIDDEN ALLIANCE
3. GOLDEN LOVE
4. GLENDORA
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***DOWNLOAD***

9 comments:

Nazz Nomad said...

we should compare notes on the slickee boys- i used to see em everytime they came up to nyc in the early and mid 80's.

FRANK MILLER said...

I never got to see them,I wish I had though. Your a lucky guy ! Thanks for the comment Nazz.

Anonymous said...

They play at 930 club in DC around New Years every year. Still Rockin!

FRANK MILLER said...

Thanks for the info, I'm always looking for something to do on New Years. That sounds like it would be fun.I'm only a few hours away.

Let's Find H-Man A Wife said...

I love the liner notes on the Slickee Boys CD I have. It says the "drunks at the Childe Harold made the boys play Gotta Tell Me Why three straight times." Good for those drunks.

Peyote Mudbug said...

The Slickee Boys = Power Pop GREATNESS!!!

Thanks!

Zach said...

i always saw this 7" available to buy for cheap but never bought it cause i thought it wasn't any good. now after looking through your blog and i saw this, i thought i'd give it a listen. boy did i make a mistake of not buying this. this is so great. next time i see it, i'm buying it for sure! thank you!

Frank Miller said...

Thanks for the comments, the Slickee Boys are definately one of my favorite bands. I think I have most if not all of their records. Zach, if you like them the best part is; you can still get most of their records pretty cheap. There all worth owning, they even had a great live LP. You cant go wrong with these guys.

Zach said...

sweet, i'll be looking!