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Monday, May 31, 2010

The Breakers (Radio Love Single)

The Breakers were a L.A Powerpop outfit that formed in 1979 out of the ashes of an acoustic group called Buck Royce Rye. originally a four piece, they became fixtures on L.A's local club scene. This single was released in 1981, so although the bands WEBSITE says they cut down to a three piece in 82, I' going to assume it was a little earlier. Sometime in 83 The Breakers wrapped it up. They have a 2 disc CDR called Past and Way Past with 30 songs on it, you can purchase HERE . They have a cool website as well, go check it out.

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Riot Records 1981
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1. Radio Love
2. My Momma Told Me
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Clones (Tired Of Hiding Single)


If you have never heard this record, or band before, your in for a real treat! Both songs are excellent ! The Clones were a New South Wales Australian band, who formed in 1978.They became popular, playing around Sydney, and released One single in 1980, on RCA records. It hit #87 on the national charts, and sold around 2000 copies. By late 1980 due to many of the usual reasons, The Clones called it a day. Their last ever gig was at the Betsy nightclub in North Sydney. Members of The Clones went on to form Sydney bands, such as ;The Persuaders, The Reasons Why, and The Touched. They have a MYSPACE , that seems to have been hijacked, and an OFFICIAL SITE , that goes into allot of detail on the history of the band. It would definitely be worth your time to check these guys out.
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RCA Records 1980
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1. Tired Of Hiding
2. Happy I'm With Her
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Chicaynes (Further Thoughts Single)

Here's a great record from another band I couldn't find any info on. They were a U.K. band that were around in the early 80's. Other than this single, the only other record I've ever seen by them was a split with a Philly band called the Patriots. If anyone would like to fill in the blanks, please be my guest.
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Bam Caruso Records 1981
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1. Further Thoughts
2. Cry a little
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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Ugly (Stranded In The Laneway Single)

For a band that had such a bad reputation, this is a really a melodic Pop influenced record. The Ugly were one of the earliest Punk bands from from Toronto’s east end. They formed in 1976 as The Rotten, but changed their name to "The Ugly" when they realized Johnny Rotten had already claimed the name. Being the loudest, and one of most intimidating bands of the Toronto underground, they earned the moniker "hoodlum rockers". One of the bands biggest problems was, at least one of them were constantly in trouble with the law, or in jail. They would often play places off the beatin path to avoid the police, and singer Mike Nightmare would wear disguises, such as a black leather mask or big yellow sunglasses to conceal his identity. As they put it, the band disbanded in 1978 as a result of the never ending chaos. In 1996 Other Peoples Music released a 17 track disc of material recorded in 1977 called "Disorder," that you can pick up HERE . I read, singer Mike Nightmare passed away The next year while in jail. In all, The Ugly appeared on The "And Now Live From Toronto, The Last Pogo comp from 1978",This Single, and a few more recent releases of older material, including a video titled,"The Last Pogo recorded in 1978, released in 2008. The band reunited in 2007, and has a show scheduled on Sat. July 17, 2010. at : The Garrison 1197 Dundas St. West. Toronto, Time: 9:00 PM.Price: $10. Here's the Official Ugly Web Site , go check them out.
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Explosion Records 1978
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1. Stranded In The Laneway (of love)
2. To Have Some Fun
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Showbiz Kids (She Goes To Fino's Single)

I couldn't find a whole lot of info on The Showbiz Kids. Here's a few things I came across, I have no way of knowing if there true. The Showbiz Kids were a former band of OLGA (Michael Algar) of Toy Dolls fame. He wrote She Goes To Finos, (which by the way was a night club in their home town of Sunderland England) he is not listed as a band member. The band was around from 1976 to 1981, and named themselves after the Steely Dan song ?I read that Robert Coyle, changed his name from Robert Kent, and then gave the name to the bands drummer. He again changed his name to Robert kane and did time with The Animals, and Dr Feelgood. I couldn't find any thing on Pat Mcmahon, or Phil Hyslop, so if you have any info on the band I'm curious. Both songs are great Pop influenced Punk, Enjoy !!!
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Top Secret Records 1980
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1. She Goes To Finos
2. I Don't Want To Discuss That
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Reducers (Out Of Step Single)

Here's one of my favorite singles from New London, Connecticut's, The Reducers. I posted Their first LP a while back, and I added Out Of Step as a bonus track. This is such a great record I thought it deserved a proper posting. If your interested in hearing the LP, and learning about the band, as well as links look HERE . I have an extra copy of this in vg- condition for trade, if anyone is interested email me.
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Reducer Music 1982
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1. Out Of Step
2. No Ambition
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Cute Lepers (So Screwed Up Single)

Here's a great record from Seattle Washington's The Cute Lepers. Their sound is a mix of 70's retro Powerpop and punk. The band was started by Steve E. Nix of The Briefs in 2007 and I guess you could say they really don't stray too far from the Briefs musically but, they definitely have a poppier edge.
As far as I know they have at least five singles, a couple of splits, and two full lengths. All their records are definitely worth picking up. It looks as though their in the middle of an over seas tour right now promoting their new LP "Smart Accessories". I hope to get a chance to see them live one day. Here's some sites where you can pick up some of their merchandise and learn more about them. Official Website , Myspace , and Wikipedia .
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Drunk' N ' Roll Records 2007
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1. So Screwed Up
2. Cool City
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Masterswitch (Action Replay single)

Masterswitch were a London based five piece that formed in 1976. Band members were; Jimmy Edwards, (vocals) Ray Simonee,(guitar) Steve Wilkes, (guitar) Mark Steed, (bass) and Martin Lee (drums).
This was their only release, and what a release it was, a real classic! Unfortunately, due to many of the usual reasons, 1978 saw Masterswitches end.
I found some info on WIKIPEDIA that said: Jimmy and Ray went on to join Time UK with former The Jam drummer Rick Buckler. After three singles they split, although Jimmy and Buckler formed the short-lived Sharp with Buckler's ex-Jam band mate Bruce Foxton. It looks as though, Detour, or one of their affiliated labels is releasing Masterswitches unreleased LP. I couldn't actually find it for sale but for more band info, and info on the LP, you can look HERE .
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Epic Records 1978
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1. Action Replay
2. Mass Media Meditation
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Readymades (Terry Is A Space Cadet Single)

The Readymades were a five piece from San Francisco. I believe they were around from 1977 to 79 ? As far as I know, this was their only single. I'm partial to Electric Toys but, Supergirl is pretty cool as well. They also did the theme song for a 415 Records comp. I found an lp titled Mostly Live put out on Rave Up Records You can get HERE .For more information, go check out their MYSPACE AND FACEBOOK pages .
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Automatic Records 1977
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1. Terry Is A Space Cadet
2. Supergirl
3. Electric Toys
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Freshies (Wrap Up The Rockets Single)

Here's another great single from Manchester's The Freshies. I posted Their Yellow Spot single, a while back, you can check it out HERE . They formed some time in the mid 1970's, and released their first single on Chris Sievey's own Razz Records in 1978. After a number of singles on Razz Records they reached number 54 in the UK charts with Their biggest selling and best known song on MCA records, "I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk", renamed as "I'm In Love With The Girl On A Certain Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk" By request of Virgin Records. Two more singles followed on MCA, including this one, and one on Stiff records before calling it a day. Oddly enough they never recorded an album.
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MCA Records 1981
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1. Wrap Up The Rockets
2. Gonna Get Better
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Monday, May 10, 2010

The Speedies (Something On My Mind Single)

Here's the second classic single from N.Y.C' S, The Speedies. It was produced By Clem Burke, and mixed at Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Lady Studios". I posted their first single some time ago, you can find it HERE along with band info. You can also check out their MYSPACE , OFFICIAL SITE , and The Mod Pop Punk Archives for more in depth info. Radio Heartbeat Records, has an lp titled "Speedy Delivery" you can pick up HERE . They also have a digital only LP called "You Need Pop", you can pick up HERE on their website.
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Speedy Delivery Productions 1981
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1. Something On My Mind
2. Time
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Moondogs (Imposter Single)

The Moondogs are a Irish three piece who formed in 1978. They have four singles this being the fourth, it was produced by Ray Davies. They also have 2 LP's to their credit. Their album, "That’s What Friends are For" was produced by Todd Rundrent, and released in 1981 on Sire Records.(Germany only). A few months later The Moondogs hung it up. If you can believe it, the story goes the band didn't even know the LP was released until 1985. Sometime around 2000 they decided to reform and in 2003 released their second lp Red Fish, which you can buy HERE . Also in 2003, Detour Records released a disk of their John Peel sessions which I believe is out of print. All of their records are great and totally worth posting, I just happen to pick this one out of the box. They have a really well done web site you can find HERE . The last entry on their history timeline says They're set to wind back the clock and record for Good Vibrations. We have something to look forward to !
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Real Records 1981
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1. Imposter
2. Baby Snatcher
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***DOWNLOAD***

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Vectors (The Vectors EP)

The Vectors were from Fullerton, California. They first made their mark in 1979 by landing a spot with a novelty song called "Death To Disco" on the " Insane Darrell Wayne No Disco Album". After gaining airplay on KROQ, KNAC and several college radio stations, a permanent line-up was put together and they began gigging around Orange County, and Los Angeles. Although The Vectors earned a large following, major label success eluded them. I think sometime around 1981 they called it a day. I'm pretty sure their only releases were the Death To Disco Single, and this EP. Other than the comp track listed above, Hey Kirby also appeared on the "The Up Another Octave Transmission" comp. They have a Myspace , other than that there's not much on them.
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Red Zone Records 1981
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1. Black Pills
2. Bondage Man
3. Bad Situation
4. Fast Cars (fast girls)
5. Hey Kirby
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Quick (In Tune With Our Times Single)

The Quick were a Los Angeles five piece that formed around 1975. They had one lp titled : Mondo Deco, on Mercury Records, in 1977, and a couple of limited-edition fan club releases. This single is a reissue of In Tune With Our Times disc, (minus Over The Rainbow). I think they only released a couple hundred originally. The band found little commercial success, and broke up in 1978. There's a couple of great reads HERE and HERE with some great band info. Besides the many Dickies connections, members later went on to be with bands such as ; Great Buildings The Rembrandts, and Three O'Clock. You can pick this record up HERE !!!! Get it while you can.
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Bacchus Archives 2005 ??? (I'm not really sure when this came out)
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1. Pretty Please
2. You Yeah You
3. Jimmy Too Bad
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