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Monday, August 30, 2010

Saucers (What We Do Single)

The Saucers were a New Haven Connecticut four piece, founded by Craig Bell. He had moved there from the Cleveland area, where he was in bands such as The Mirrors, and Rocket From the Tombs. (I found THIS ! site that has allot of great PreSaucers info). Muckraker was a RFTT'S song that was written by craig when he was with The Mirrors. In August of 1975, Rocket From the Tombs split in two. David Thomas and Peter Laughner formed Pere Ubu, and Gene O’Connor and original Rockets drummer John Madansky started Frankenstein, who would eventually become The Dead Boys. Craig was asked to join both bands, but declined.
In 1976, he moved to New Haven, and through a series of personal ads started The Saucers in 1977. The band consisted of Bell, (bass guitar and vocals), Mark Mulcahy, (drums and vocals later of Miracle Legion), Malcolm Doak, (keyboards), and Malcolm Marsden, (guitar and vocals). The Saucers went through a couple of line up changes, released two singles, (this being the first) and by 1980, or 81, called it quits. You can purchase all of the Saucers recordings on one disc titled "What We Did", for $11.00, buy it HERE .
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Orange Recording 1979
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1. What We Do
2. I Didn't Get It
3. Muckraker
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Myron Skau (Too Many Movies Single)

Myron Skau were a three piece, from (I'm going to assume) the New England area. Unfortunately, as is the case with allot of bands, little or no info is to be found. Both songs are good, but my favorite of the two is definitely the flip side. Band members were; Gilbert Prescott, (Skins) Johne Maul, (Simulated Ivory Tickler) and Kevin Donovan (Vocals, and Strings).
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Destiny Records 1985
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1. Too Many Movies
2. Ritzi Anna
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Friday, August 27, 2010

The Boxboys (American Masquerade Single)

The Boxboys Formed in Los Angeles,around 1978. They're credited as being one of the areas earliest Ska bands. Band members were; Betsy Wiess,(vocals) David Loren Burg,(guitar, keyboards, saxophone) Larry Monroe Monroe,(guitar)Scott Ska Sigman,(keys)Ivan Wong, Jr.,(bass)and Greg Sowders(drums).They recorded two singles, this was their first. Their second Skaletons in the Closet also featuring Betsy on vocals, however when it was released, she had just left the band. After leaving the Boxboys Betsy went on to front the 80's Metal band Bitch.The Boxboys replaced Betsy with a new singer named Lisa Bosch, however shortly after, the band soon came to an end. Here's A Myspace to check out.
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Zone-H Records 1980
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1. American Masquerade
2. Come See About Me
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Action (She's Got My Heart Single)

The Action were a three piece, from the Stow, Akron, Ohio area. They formed sometime around 1977, and self released three singles, this being their third . They're all worth owning, but this, and Radio Music, are definitely my favorites. By 1983 they decided to call it quits. Both of these songs are absolute classics. Band members were; Michael Purkhiser, (Guitar, and Vocals) Brian Scherer, (drums) replaced by Cliff Bryant, (Drums on this and the Radio Music single at least) and Brent Warren (Bass, and Vocals). Michael Purkhiser, repairs, and builds amps, specializing in tube amps, here's his Myspace , and his Website.
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Radiogram Records 1982
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1. She's Got My Heart
2. Till I See You Again
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pushups (Empty Faces Single)

Pushups were a four piece San Fransisco band. This was their only record, which they released themselves in 1979. Empty Faces kind of has a Gary Numan feel to it, while Global Corporation, (my favorite of the two) is more pumped up, sort of reminding me of a New wave sounding Generation X, or even The Headaches. I'm rambling because as usual, there's very little band info out there. I did however find THIS PAGE, which was written by Larry Livermore, who's co founder of Lookout Records amongst other things. He posted Pushups demos there for your listening pleasure.

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Pop Up Discs 1979
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1. Empty Faces
2. Global Corporation
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Marigolds (I've Had Enough EP)

The Marigolds were from Perth Australia. They formed in 1985, and put out two singles, this being their first.. The band endured multiple lineup changes before eventually calling it quits in 1987. They reformed in 1989, and released their lone full length titled "Wild". You can find a more detailed band bio HERE !
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Cherrytop Records 1985
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1. I've Had Enough
2. Feel Of You
3. Sticks And Stones
4. Let Me Guess
5. Girlfriend
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Mixed Up Files

It's been brought to my attention that a few of my music files were mixed up. It must have happened when I transferred from Mediafire. Anyway, I fixed four so far, if you come across any please feel free to email me, and let me know.
Thanks,
Frank

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Reactions

I was hoping I could find more info on these guys, what else is new. Most sites having anything on The Reactions, have them originating from Ft. Lauderdale, but everything I've read points a little further south to Miami Beach.
They formed around 1979, and released two gems on (I assume) their own Reaction Records Label.
The band broke up shortly after their second release, The Love You E.P., singer Tony Supa left the band to take over his families business.
If anyone would like to add to this, or correct me, please feel free. One of the main reasons I do this, is to learn about my favorite records, I like being corrected.
I found a pretty cool Utube interview with Joey Maya, and Issac Baruch you can check out HERE . I decided to list both of these classics together, enjoy! The Band was; Tony Suppa, (Vocals) Issac Baruch, (Guitar) Johnny Salton, (Bass) and Joey Maya (drums).
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Official Release EP Reaction Records 1980
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1. Tonight
2. Marianne
3. In Society
4. It's Our Turn Now
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Love You EP Reaction Records 1981
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1. Nights On End
2. Marianne
3. I Can't Help It
4. Rebel Rousers
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Flashcubes (Wait Till Next Week Single)

The Flashcubes were a Syracuse, N.Y. four piece who formed around 1977. Band members are guitarists Paul Armstrong and Arty Lenin, bassist Gary Frenay and drummer Tommy Allen. This is the second of two singles on the bands own Northside Records. I considered posting both of them, but I think this one is the better of the two, so I decided to just stick with this one. Unfortunately, my copy isn't in the best condition, but I've been listening to it allot lately, and thought it would be a good one to post. By 1980 The Flashcubes called it quits.
The band reunited in 1993,and released an lp titled Bright Lights which was a mix of old and new material. As recently as 2002 they released another disc titled Brilliant, and did some touring. I'm not sure if they're still going , or not, but you can check them out HERE .
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Northside Records 1979
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1. Wait Till Next Week
2. Radio
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Singles (Love of Loves, the Singles Collection)

I'd like to thank Stephen Thompson from The Singles for this great band bio, I decided to delete my previous post, and combine both records into one post.
The Singles were formed in late 1979 by Andrew Campbell from the debris of the pop punk band ‘Broken Toys’ the band Andrew was co-writer in with David Virgin. David went on to form the psychedelic legends ‘Sekret Sekret’.
Initially the Singles line up was Andrew Campbell: guitar/ vocals, Tony Cook: drums and Rod Brunell: Bass. Later they were joined by Geoff Smith on lead guitar.
The Singles started playing the Sydney inner city scene in the early 1980s in venues such as the Civic, Rock Garden, Chequers, Frenchs, the Paddington Green and the Heritage Hotel. Their sound was post punk pop reminiscent of the Buzzcocks. Andrew’s writing was simple, melodic, catchy and straight to the point pop. Songs such as ‘Love of Loves’, ‘Stay’, ‘Perfect Girl’, ‘Sad Clown’ made instant connections to the young inner city Sydney audience moving on from the 1980 punk scene.
At the time there was also the first Mod revival emerging from the Sussex Hotel and a few Mods connected with the Singles. However the Singles were never a ‘Mod’ band and largely stuck to themselves not chasing any scene except their own.
In early 1980 the Singles release their first ep ‘Love of Loves’ on Double Think Records. This ep immediately sold out. The Singles continued to play to the inner city venues. The band soon found a loyal following on the lower North Shore too playing venues such as the Mosman and San Miguel hotels
Later in 1980 the Singles release ‘Someone that I knew’ on Basilisk Records and this further cemented their sound and their audience. ‘Someone that I knew’ started getting airplay on the ABC’s Sydney music station Double Jay. The Singles started to pack out the inner-city venues and booking agencies tried them in the large suburban beer barns where their post punk pop sound didn’t go down with audiences who were into the Aussie booze and biff culture and wanted the sounds of the Radiators, ‘Chisel’ and the Angels.
Around this time the legendary ‘Sunny Boys’ released “Love to Rule’ and they took off playing the suburban beer barns with their harder rock sound winning favour with suburban audiences. Soon the Singles found a slot supporting the Sunny Boys in the caverns of the Brookvale Hotel, Sylvania Hotel, Castle Hill Tavern, and Selinas at Coogee Bay. The Singles also found favour with the InXS audience and soon found support spots with them up and down the NSW coast.
After working hard live for most of 1980 Geoff Smith and Rod Brunell decided to leave to band to focus on their own projects. Andrew asked a mate Stephen Thompson to join the band. After placing an ad in a street press music paper for a bass player they found Andrew Richards formerly of legendary Adelaide band ‘Young Modern’.
The new line up started writing and rehearsing new songs and got back to playing live with a residency at the San Miguel Hotel in autumn 1981. The new sound was different and many of their inner city supporters had moved on. Then interestingly enough the band started to attract a new support base along with their north shore following, this time from the ‘Shire’ area of Caringbah and Sutherland. The kids in these areas rejected the bland booze and biff surfer culture of the area and were looking something different, sharp and smart. The Singles started to play the Caringbah Inn along with the traditional venues in the inner city and the lower North Shore.
The Singles continued to work hard live consolidating their following and making a push into Sydney’s Western Suburbs where they still found hostility as they were considered ‘wimps’. The Singles then added a new venue where they consistently drew good audiences, The Sydney Trade Union Club. The ‘Trades’ as it was know was the new hub of Sydney’s alternative and inner city scene. Here the Singles headlined their own shows and played many great supports to the likes of the Church, the Divinyls, Hunters and Collectors, Sunny Boys, Serious Young Insects, Laughing Clowns and Sardine V.
The Singles continued to work hard through 1982 and recoded the single ‘The Party’ in late 1982. However the scene had moved on and no label would release the record. After many knock backs Andrew Richards decided leave the band. This line up played their last show at the Sydney Trade Union Club in November 1982.
Disheartened but not beaten Andrew and Stephen recruited a new bass player Tim Bottrell and a new guitarist, Stephen’s brother David Thompson. In mid 1983 they recorded the single ‘The Day’. The Singles then played a few shows through 1983 at the Graphic Arts Club keeping a low profile. The band tried to secure a label to release ‘The Day’ but to no avail. The Singles version 3 then became less active. In late 1984 ‘The Day’ was featured on Survival Records compilation ‘Shake and Shout’ that is a record of those heady times of the inner-city pop scene.
Andrew and Tony never played again. Stephen went on to form Doppelgangers in the late 1988 with Christa Hughes. Doppelganger released a self funded release ‘Speak to Me’ in 1989 and a 12” single ‘Sweet Smell of Success in 1990 an album ‘Face the Truth’ 1993 on Phantom Records. Stephen currently works under the pseudonym ‘Les Années’ and with a self titled psychedelic artpop album out on Melbourne’s ‘Off The Hip Records’
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Doublethink Records 1980
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1. Love Of Loves
2. Stay
3. Sad Clown
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Basilisk Records 1980
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1. That's Just Someone That I Knew
2. If You'll Only
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