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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Back Soon

Just figured I would check in, I'm taking a little break; should be back soon. Please *Note* I deleted my Yahoo Email Address, I got tired of all the spam. My new address is to the right. In case I'm not back till after the holidays, I wanted to wish everyone a happy, and safe holiday season!
Frank

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Bangs (Sidetracks'd EP)

The Bangs were a six piece, from Union City, NJ who I presume formed sometime around 1978. They became fairly popular, opening for acts like Pat Benatar, The Pretenders, The Stray Cats, and Iggy Pop. The Bangs sound ranged from 50’s, and 60’s Rock N Roll, and R&B, to Powerpop. Their records were released on their own East West Record Label, which was also the name of a novelty store based in Union City, owned by their manager Alex Suvino; singer, Gary Roupenian worked in the store. I read somewhere, the Bangs had threatened to sue the (then LA Bangs), forcing them to change their name to the Bangles; but I’m not sure if that’s true. The Bangs released three EP’s before they disbanded, although it appears they re-united a few years ago.Much of the info for this post, came from The Bangs Myspace, go check it out.

Line Up:

Gary Roupenian – Vocals
Armand Siciliana – Lead Guitar
Bob Schaeffer – Guitar
Frank Sofio – Bass
James Heath – Sax
John Mansmann – Drums

East West Records 1981

1. Too Many
2. Think It Over
3. Dig That Beat
4. B’Line

***DOWNLOAD***

Sunday, November 27, 2011

X-Wires (All That I've Got Single)

I want to thank Joseph Lisa for the info provided in his comment.
   The X-Wires were a four piece from Bergen County NJ; that were around from 1982 till 84.
   This single was self released with a pressing of 1000. Videos exist for Both Songs, check them out.
   All That I've Got, is a great Powerpop tune, enjoy!

Line Up:

Joseph Lisa - Bass, Synth, Vocals
Dave Rubens - Guitar, Vocals
Richard Barnes - Guitar
Dewey Ribustello - Drums

Self Released 1982

1. All That I've Got
2. Fun Fun Weekend

***DOWNLOAD***

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Protagonists (Hard On Me Single)

If I didn't know better, I would guess this record was from the 90’s. It has many of the attributes that became popular with many of the PopPunk bands from that era, ( driving guitars, nasally vocals), especially the B side (not that that’s a bad thing mind you). As it turns out, The Protagonists were a four piece from Naperville, Illinois; a city about 30 miles west of Chicago. They formed sometime in the early 80’s, and I think this may have been their only record. According to their Facebook Page; they were 16 year old High School kids, at the time. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything else about the band. (Link Updated 5/5/12)

Line Up:

Johnny Lukashevich – Guitar, Vocals
Todd C. Ude – Bass, Vocals
Scott O’Daniel – Drums
Jeff Eichler – Phase Piano

Nova Records 1985

1. Hard On Me (You Make It So)
2. So Alone
3. Another Monday

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, November 11, 2011

Babylon Dance Band (When I'm Home Single)

Kentucky doesn't necessarily have the warmest place in my heart, but I do like this record; Remains Of The Beat kind of reminds me of The Dicks a little bit. Anyway, In short I lived in a small town called Morehead, KY for a summer when I was a young man. Things didn't work out, I didn't fit in, and as a result; I found myself hitchhiking on Route 64 with a twenty dollar bill in my pocket across the state. I remember walking through Louisville at 3 o'clock in the mourning, looking at a sign that said "Welcome to Louisville Home Of The Kentucky Derby", on my way over a bridge that spanned into Indiana. I fell asleep under a tree in a small industrial park, and woke up in the mourning with a snake on me. I turned around, and hitchhiked all the way back to Pennsylvania. Maybe if I could have hooked up with the right people things could have been different. Babylon Dance Band were one of Louisville, KY’s earliest punk bands; they were around from 1978 – 1983.The band was formed by childhood friends, Chip Nold, and Tim Harris. Tara Key was recruited from the band “No Fun”, and after multiple drummers, Sean Mulhall, joined the group through a newspaper ad. Their recorded output was a cut on a four way split titled “New Accounts”, two singles, and a reunion LP in 1994 called “Four On One”. If you want to read more on the band, check out this site.

Line Up:

Chip Nold – Vocals
Tim Harris – Bass
Tara Key – Guitar
Sean Mulhall - Drums

Self Released 1981

1 When I’m Home
2 Remains Of The Beat

***DOWNLOAD***

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ambush (Pleasing Peace Of Mind Single)

Ambush were a four piece, that appear to have been from Indiana. This was recorded at Home Grown Studios, in Bloomington; so who knows. I found zilch in the way of info; except a couple of LPs that I don't believe are the same band. The winner here (for my money) is the flip side, "Tell Me"; it's a great slice of fuzzed out Powerpop, but the A side is descent as well . If anyone would like to shed some light on this mystery band, don't be shy.

Line Up:

Bruce Taylor - Guitar, Vocals
Dan Conway - Guitar, Vocals
Margaret Taylor - Bass, Vocals
Tom Evans - Drums, Vocals

Self Released 1981

1. Pleasing Peace Of Mind
2. Tell Me

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Disconnects (...Are Healthy EP)

The Disconnects are a Neptune City, NJ four piece that have a great retro seventies edge with allot of New York Rock–n-Roll Attitude. Musically they make no secret of who their influences are, think: Heartbreakers, Dead Boys, Ramones. I got to see them live at their record release show for this EP last week, and I really enjoyed them. Front man Ryan Switzer, has a great stage presence, and is a really nice guy. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to talk to the rest of the band, but they were tight, and really seemed to enjoy themselves. I think there were only 30 people there, but they blasted through their set as if they were playing for a thousand; to me, that’s the sign of a good band. I believe this EP was first released as a cassette, and even the vinyl is in a very limited supply. In all I think the pressing is limited to 300 copies; 200 on black, and 100 on glow in the dark vinyl; that’s the one I bought. I included the first two tracks for you to check out, if you want to pick up a copy you can get one Here. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.

The Disconnects are:

Ryan Switzer- Guitar/Vocals
Tommy Miller- Guitar
Tony Nova- Bass
Joe Brendell- Drums

Trick Turn Records 2011

***DOWNLOAD***

Monday, October 31, 2011

Great Pop Singles, That Won't Brake Your Wallet,Vol.1

These days it seems, (to me anyway) that many records are regarded more for their rarity, and worth; rather than the content that lies in the grooves. I thought it would be fun to post a few singles, that can be had without breaking your wallet. That's not to say that there's not many great high dollar records out there as well. I just wanted to start a periodic series that appreciates some Pop records that are just as great; but can be had for less money.

The Searchers (Hearts In Her Eyes Single)


The Searchers are a four piece from Liverpool that originally formed around 1957, as a five piece. After countless line-ups, and records I believe The Searchers are still at it with John McNally, being the only original member. This little Powerpop gem is also found on their 1979 LP titled, "Searchers". If you would like to know more about the group; here's a link for their Official Website. The line-up on this record was:


John McNally: lead guitar, vocals
Mike Pender: rhythm guitar, vocals
Frank Allen: bass, lead vocals
Billy Adamson: drums

Sire Records 1979

1. Hearts In Her Eyes
2. Don't Hang On

***DOWNLOAD***

The Pinkees (Danger Games Single + Bonus Songs)

The Pinkees were a great Beatles influenced five piece from Basildon, in Essex, that were around for a short time in the early 80's. I also included a few bonus tracks from their excellent self titled LP for your listening pleasure. I think they had a couple more singles, and that was it.





The Pinkees were:

Andy Price - Vocals/Guitar
Paul Egholm - Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Max Reinsch - Lead Guitar/Keyboards
Nevil Kiddier - Bass
Paul Reynolds - Drums

Creole Records 1982

1. Danger Games
2. Keep On Loving You

***DOWNLOAD***

Shake (Invasion Of The Gamma Men Single)

Shake were a short lived four piece from Scotland that formed after the disbanding of the Rezillos, in 1978. The line-up consisted of, Troy Tate, (Guitar/Dialogue) ex Index, future Teardrop Explodes, together with former Rezillos: Jo Callis, (Vocals/Guitar) Simon Templar, (Bass/Vocals) and Angle Paterson,(Drums). Shake released a 10” ep titled “Culture Shock”, and this single before calling it quits.


Sire Records 1980

1. Invasion Of The Gamma Men
2. Night By Night

***DOWNLOAD***

The Civilians (In America Single)

The Civilians, were a London four piece, who I believe formed sometime around 1979, and disbanded shortly after this, (their second single) was released in 1980. Their first single was released on the Arista Label in 1979, and was titled “Made For Television”, bw “ I See My Friends”.



Band Members:

Trevor Herion – Vocals
Mark Scholfield – Guitar
Michael French – Bass
Paul Simon - Drums

Secret Records 1980

1. In America
2. In Seach Of Pleasure

***DOWNLOAD***

Snips (9 O'Clock Single)

I’m not really sure about my facts on this one; so if anyone wants to correct me, have at it. Snips a.k.a Steve Parsons grew up in Bridlington, Yorkshire. He was lead singer for a number of bands including:The Baker Gurvitz Army, and Sharks. He released a pair of LPs: "Video King" and "La Rocca!" in the late 70’s, early 80’s. This single was taken from “La Rocca”; the LP was supported by the likes of Bill Nelson, Chris Spedding, and Midge Ure.

Band Members Were:

Steve Parsons - Vocals
Mick Dyche - Lead Guitar
John Bentley – Guitar
Jackie Badger - Bass
Graham Deakin - Drums

Lark Records 1979

1. 9 O’Clock
2. What’s Your Number

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dot Dash (Spark > Flame > Ember > Ash)

I started this blog to share mostly old records, not to review new material; so please don't view this as a green light to bombard me with emails, asking me to review your bands release. It's nothing personal, I'm sure your band is great, and I'm honored you think enough of this site to ask; but it's just not a direction I wish this site to head in. With that said, I have a couple of newer records that I promised to review; and then after that I think I'm going to stick to, for the most part, pre 1990's, unless it's something that really strikes me.


I noticed the great Wilfully Obscure blog, articulately reviewed this the other day; which makes this post a bit redundant, but I like the disc, Dot Dash seem like nice guys, and I already said I would review it, so here it goes.

Dot Dash are a Washington D.C. four piece who's influences are bands like: The Jam, Joy Division, and The Byrds. Musically one might expect this, to have a Wire influence; but other than its clean minimalist production, and upfront vocals, similarities pretty much end there . To my ears, this disc has a moody Indy feel to it; with a hint of British Pop Sense sprinkled in. Singer/Guitarist, Terry Banks, formerly of bands such as: Julie Ocean, The Saturday People, Tree Fort Angst, Glo-Worm, and St. Christopher, reminds me at times of Robert Smith, from The Cure. Other members include: Hunter Bennett - Bass, also from Julie Ocean, Bill Crandall - Guitar, from Modest Proposal, and Danny Ingram - Drums, previously of bands such as: Swervedriver, Strange Boutique, and Youth Brigade, who (in my opinion) released one of the most brutal, blistering Hardcore/Punk records ever. Overall this is a solid debut effort, with some nice Guitar work. Spark > Flame > Ember > Ash, offers some well crafted Pop melodies; along with a few darker tracks to keep things interesting. I picked three songs for preview; if you like what you hear, you can pick the disc up from the Canadian Label, Beautiful Music. It's also available for download from Itunes, and they Have a Facebook page. If you would like to check out Dot Dash live; their next outing will be at The Black Cat, along with The Chameleons, Nov. 28th in DC.

***DOWNLOAD***

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Razz (Air Time)

The Razz were a five piece from Washington, DC. I'm not exactly sure when they formed but I'm guessing it was around 1977, and were around till 1979. I think this was their second, (officially released) single; it came out on their own O'Rourke Records label, in conjunction with Limp Records. Members went on to play in bands such as Nightman, and The Howling Mad.


Band Members (on this record) were:

Michael Reidy - Vocals
Ted Niceley - Bass
Bill Craig - Guitar
Tommy Keene - Guitar/Vocals
Doug Tull - Drums

O' Rourke Records / Limp Records 1979

***DOWNLOAD***

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pistol Whip (Heart Throb Single)

This was the lone single from Erie, Pennsylvania's Pistol Whip. I found This Page That offers some info, as well as band pictures. I found the page a little confusing; as far as when the band formed, ended, and line-ups. The picture sleeve is blank on the back, so it yields nothing.There's a retrospective disc titled "Terminal"; that includes this single as well as some unreleased Demos you can pick up Here for $14.99.

Endangered Species Records 1977

1. Heart Throb
2. Untouchables

***DOWNLOAD***

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Modulators (She's So Cynical Single Plus LP Bonus Tracks)

Yesterday I got a chance to see one of my favorite NJ 80's Powerpop bands. They played a handful of their classics in celebration of the re-release of their "Tomorrows Coming LP", at Vintage Vinyl, a long time record store in Fords NJ. I posted both their LP, and this single when I started this blog a few years back. Since the LP is back in print, and I was never really happy with quality of those early post's; I decided to take both post's down; and replace them with this post of their classic single, and a few bonus Lp tracks; this isn't from the new disc' I re-recorded them myself. If you would like to purchase the LP, you can pick one up through Kool Kats Musik, or through Amazon, for 12.00. I don't usually add Utube footage to my post's but I wanted you to see that after all these years, these guys definitely still have it. This was shot yesterday at the in store appearance that I attended; I would like to thank Mark for the great footage. If you like what you hear, The Modulators are part of The International Pop Overthrow Festival, go check them out.


The Modulators were a NJ three piece (now a Four piece) who played around the NJ, NY area quite a bit in the early 80's, especially The Dirt Club in Bloomfield NJ. In all they released two singles, this being the second, an LP called Tomorrow's Coming, and they had a cut on The Dirt Club Comp, Vol, 1. Both this single as well as the LP were on Vintage Vinyl Records. Joe Riccardello, who originally played Bass, and split Vocal duties, used to work in the original Irvington store. I got to meet him yesterday, and he was a very nice guy. He now handles the guitar rhythm section in their new four piece line up. If you would like to read more on the band, I found THIS cool page.

Band members (on this single were)

Joe Riccardello - Bass, Vocals
Mark Higgins - Guitar, Vocals
Mark Westlake - Drums

Vintage Vinyl Records 1982

1. She's So Cynical
2. Dream Girls

***DOWNLOAD***

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Human Switchboard

A few Years back, I posted The second single from Cleveland Ohio's, The Human Switchboard. I've been wanting to post their other records for some time; so rather than put up the records individually, I decided to pull together my favorite tracks as sort of a best of comp (at least from my perspective). Contained within, are my favorite tracks from the first three singles, as well as a few choice cuts from the LP. If you want to research the band, here's a Wikipedia Page.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Stepford Husbands (Why Aren't You There? Single)

My favorite holiday, "Halloween", is right around the corner; and although this isn't really Halloween related, it's got a great creepy primitive sound, that gets me in the mood. The Stepford Husbands (at least on this record) were a duo comprised of Dave Amels, and Gary Thomas; Cryptovision Record's label boss Mike Linn, filled in on Drums. They formed in N.Y.C., sometime in the early eighties, and released: five singles, (this being the first) and a full length. There's more to The Stepford Husbands story; if you'd like to learn more, Here's A Great Page To Check Out.

Cryptovision Records 1984

1. Why Aren't You There?
2. Yeah

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, September 30, 2011

I have the new RIfles LP

In case I never mentioned it; I'm a huge Rifles fan. I'm listening to the new LP called "Freedom Run" right now, and I just wanted to comment on it. While it's less edgier than their previous LP's, it definitely has it's moments. I'm listening to a song at the moment called Nothing Matters; that's worth the price of admission alone. It's giving me chills, a truly beautiful piece of music.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Mutants (New Dark Ages Single)

Here's a classic single from San Francisco's, The Mutants. They formed around 1977, and released this single as well as an LP titled "Fun Terminal". The Mutants, (at least on this record) were an army, at seven members. My favorite track here is definitely "New Dark Ages"; I think it has a dark Wipers feel to it. Most copies I've seen have a green The Mutants Stamp, or print over the black print; I guess they forgot, on my copy. I think The Mutants are still around; if you want to know more about them, here's a link for their Official Site, and a Wikipedia Page.

Members:

John Gullak - Rythm Guitar
Brendan Earley - Lead Guitar
Tony Vandetta - Bass
Dave Carothers - Drums
Sue White - Vocals
Sally Webster - Vocals
Frederick (Fritz) Fox - Vocals

415 Records 1980

1. New Dark Ages
2. Insect Lounge
3. New Drug

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, September 16, 2011

El Seven (Radio Tokyo Single)

El Seven were a Reading area four piece that formed towards the later part of the 70's. This was their first release; they also had an EP called Magnifico, that I've never heard. I think they decided to called it quits, around 1982. Both sides of this are well played, catchy, UK Powerpop; but if I had to pick, my favorite is Turn Out The Light.


Band Members:

Jon Hosking - Keyboards
Dave Hughes - Drums, and Vocals
Garry Jones - Bass, and Vocals
John Townsend - Guitar, and Vocals

Pop Records International 1980

1. Radio Tokyo
2. Turn Out The Light

***DOWNLOAD***

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jerry's Kidz (Well Fed Society E.P.)

I just realised, on September Second; this blog officially has existed for three years. I missed it's anniversary, oh well. I started this blog, out of boredom. I had ACL reconstruction surgery, and I was off my feet for a while. Early on, I must admit I knew very little about computers; so I winged it, and learned as I went. I was confined to my chair, and I would literally post eight, to sometimes ten records at a time; I had nothing else to do(you can only watch so much Jerry Springer!). Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed the site; I guess I'll keep it up, until I totally despise doing it. Since It's a special occasion, (and I'm Bored!) here's a second post today.

Jerry's Kidz were from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I believe this classic little slice of hardcore, was their only vinyl release. There was a Demo Cassette, titled Counting Calories. You can download it, along with some live tracks over at The cool Noise Addiction Blog. My copy is the second press; I cropped it a bit, because its quite oversized. I made the B side, one track because its too close of an edit; and I didn't want to ruin it. Unfortunately only first names are given on the back side of the cover; if anyone knows their last names, please feel free to fill in the blanks.

Brandon - Drums
David - Vocals
Gordon - Guitars
Kevin - Bass

Test Site Records 1983

1. Marionetts
2. B.R.S.
3. Thats Life
4. D.W.I./ Insanity

***DOWNLOAD***

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Crows (Don't Play Around Single)

I just picked this record up recently; and I've been listening to it quite a bit.The Crows were a four piece out of Belgium. I can't find any info on the these guys; and unfortunately the record yields little. "Don't Play Around", pretty much instantly stuck in my head. Oh well, I'd like to know more about The Crows; if anyone would like to share some info.



Mike "Zip Wookee - Vocals
Skai - Guitars
Caine - Bass
Toche - Drums

LBO 106 1980

1. Don't Play Around
2. Irina

***DOWNLOAD***

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Libertines US (Voices From The Past Single)

If I had to guess without looking at the record sleeve, where these guys were from; my first guess would definitely be Australia. But The Libertines were actually from Cincinnati Oh. The band originally formed as a three piece in 1983. Only the band members first names, are listed on the back of the sleeve. Members were: Walt, (Guitar, and Vocals) Randy, (Bass) and Joe (Drums). I think this was the bands second single, and it appears to have been self released. If you would like to find out more about The Libertines; I found This Myspace. They also released a best of disc in 2007 titled Greatest Hits, The Libertines US; that you can pick up for $10.00 HERE.

Self Released 1986

1. Voices From The Past

2. Something In The Water

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Beatles Costello (Washing The Defectives E.P.)

I'm guessing this record wasn't meant, to be taken very seriously. (But, at least for me anyway); the cover of Arthur Alexander's "Soldier Of Love" makes this worth owning. You get three other instrumental covers as well. Eric Rosenfeld, (Guitar) and Andy Paley, (Guitar, and background Vocals) were previously in the Boston outfit, The Sidewinders(a band that also included Billy Squire). Other band members were: Jim Freeman, (Drums) Chuck Chaplin, (Piano) and Jim Skinner, (Vocals). I couldn't find anything else on these guys; this might be their only release. If you read the back of the sleeve; there's a pretty funny story on the bands origins.

Pious Records 1978

1. Soldier Of Love
2. I Feel Fine
3. Theme From A Summer Place
4. Outer Limits

***DOWNLOAD***

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Name (Forget Art Let's Dance Single + Bonus)

The Name were a Peterborough area outfit that formed from the ashes of The Gobblinz , And The Now sometime around late 1978, early 79. I'm pretty sure this was their only single. After a number of line-up changes; they called it a day in 1981. If you'd like to read more on them; check out THIS SITE. I included the naughtier version of F Art for your listening pleasure. Detour Records, released a retrospective on The Name, you can find HERE.

Dindisc Records 1980

1. Forget Art Let's Dance
2. Misfits

***DOWNLOAD***

Sunday, August 7, 2011

File 13 (Hot On The Beach Single)

File 13 were a Jersey Shore area Powerpop three piece that were around from the mid Eighties through the early Nineties. I couldn't find allot of info on these guys. Jim Baeszler, (Guitars, and Vocals) and Joe Rubin, (Drums) now reside in a three piece Pop/Rock outfit called Glen Close; and Jim Shaw, (Bass, and Vocals) is a solo artist.




Black Cat Records 1986

1. Hot On The Beach
2. Laura

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, August 5, 2011

Paradox (Be Impressive Single)

Paradox were from Alkmaar, Holland; which I've read, is known for their Cheese, (sounds like my kind of place). The band was around from 1979 to 1982; and I believe this was their only release, which is a shame because I like their sound. I know the cover looks a little scary; but don't let it fool you, this is a slick record. I couldn't find much in the way of info; but I did find THIS SITE.


Band Members Were:

John Admiraal - (Drums)
Rob De Jonge - (Bass)
Jurriaan Leyen - (Keys)
Walter Van Reisen -(Guitar)
Arnold Schellens - (Vocals)

Pink Point Music 1980

1. Be Impressive
2. Don't Worry

***DOWNLOAD***

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mark Lane (Need Me Tonight Single)

I couldn't find anything on these guys. It looks like this was self released; and they were probably from Massachusetts. Band members were: Will Harrigan, (Bass, Synth, Sax, and Vocals) Matthew Conway, (Drums, Vocals) Robert Wood, (Guitars, Vocals) and John Todd (Piano).




Harrigan & Todd Productions 1980

1. Need Me Tonight
2. Dues And Don'ts

***DOWNLOAD***

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Here's Some More Summer Related Records !

Keeping with the Summer theme; here's some more cool records, to help you beat the heat. None of them are rare, but they're all fun Summer type records, except for the Mental As Anything Single; but when I listen to that record, I can't help but think of sitting on a beach with a cool drink watching the waves come in, Enjoy!

Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias formed in Manchester, England in 1973. If you would like to learn more about them; I posted THIS record a while back.

El Mocambo Records 1980

1. Teenage Paradise
2. Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie

***DOWNLOAD***


Washington D.C.'s The Slickee Boys are one of my favorite bands; you can't go wrong with any of their records. If you would like to know more about them; I posted THIS record, a while ago.

Dacoit Records 1983

1. When I Go To The Beach
2. Invisible People

***DOWNLOAD***


Squeeze are a London outfit; that formed in 1974. They originally played under several names, most frequently "Captain Tundlow's Sky Company" or "Skyco", before selecting the band name "Squeeze" after The Velvet Underground's 1973 album. It looks as though they're still around in some form; If you want to read more about them; check THIS PAGE out.




A&M Records 1980

1. Pulling Mussels From A Shell
2. What The Butler Saw

***DOWNLOAD***

As I'm sure you all know, The Dickies formed around Los Angeles, California, in 1977. I don't need to tell you how great these guys are. If you want to brush up on your Dickies history; HERE'S a good place to start.






A&M Records 1979

1. Nights In White Satin
2. Waterslide

***DOWNLOAD***

The Barracudas formed in London, around 1978; they released many great records. I posted one of them HERE. If you would like to read up on them I found THIS PAGE. On a side note; Guitarist Robin Wills, has a great blog called, PUREPOP, its in my blogroll, but just in case you missed it.





EMI Records 1980

1. His Last Summer
2. Barracuda Waver
3. Surfers Are Back

***DOWNLOAD***


Once again, I'm not going into allot of detail here. The Ramones formed in Queens N.Y.C. in 1974. Here's a PAGE, if you feel like reading.

Sire Records 1977

1. Rockaway Beach
2. Locket Love

***DOWNLOAD***


Mental As Anything formed in Sydney, Australia in 1976. It looks as though, these guys are still around; check out THIS PAGE.

Virgin Records 1979

1. The Nips Are Getting Bigger
2. Instrumental As Anything

***DOWNLOAD***

I think I've gotten the whole Summer theme thing out of my head now; maybe I'll post some more Summer records next year!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Punsters (We're Drunk Again EP)

Keeping in line with the Summer theme; I thought this would be a fun record to post. Honestly, I really don't know much about The Punsters, and there's not much online about them as a group. Most of the info online surrounds Robert Kaplow , who seems to have started the band; and is an Author, as well as an English teacher in Summit, New Jersey. I'm not sure if The Punsters were a real band, or a joke, (no pun intended). I found evidence of a Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters, who apparently did a number of parodies, and sketches for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Other than this single,(which looks as though it was self released) I've seen an LP a few times, but I never picked it up. If you look on Utube there's a few Punsters videos you can check out. The other Punsters were: Tim Korzun, Marc Lanzoff, and Carmen Presti.

Rosebud Records 1980

1. We're Drunk Again
2. Oh! Sarah
3. Boardwalk Santa
4. In Her Disarray

***DOWNLOAD***

Friday, July 22, 2011

Red Cross (S/T EP + Bonus)

It's been really hot lately; here in my neck of the woods. The thermometer's hit triple digits the last two days; so I thought I would post something with a summer feel to it. Even though it's not the same line-up; I included a Bonus track I've always liked from The American Youth Report.
Red Cross were from Hawthorne, California; they formed around 1980, and this was their first E.P. Band members on this EP were: Jeff McDonald, (Vocals) Steve McDonald, (Bass) Greg Hetson, (Guitar) and Ron Reyes, (Drums). I believe at the time this was recorded, the McDonald brothers were fairly young. As I'm sure most of you already know; Greg Hetson, went on to the Circle Jerks, and eventually Bad Religion; and Ron Reyes, (Chavo) went on to Black Flag. I guess not too long after this EP the band changed the spelling of their name to avoid legal action. Red Kross are still around; If you would like to read more about them, you can check out this Wikipedia Page, as well as their Official Website.

Posh Boy Records 1980

***DOWNLOAD***

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Sighs (The Sighs E.P. + Bonus She's Not The Girl I used To Know Single)

The Sighs were a four piece from Holyoke, Massachusetts; that formed around 1982. Their first single was an absolute classic that included the songs, "She's Not The Girl I Used To Know", backed with one of my favorite powerpop songs, "I'm Really Allright". Unfortunately, I've only ever seen it a couple of times, and couldn't afford the hefty price tag when I did. But fortunately for us, my friend Jason Litchfield, was kind enough to rip, and send it to me; so I included it. The Sighs EP, was released a few years later in 1985. It's a little more polished, but still a strong effort; the stand out song as far as I'm concerned is, "Bedroom Craze". I believe, Both the single, and the EP were self released. The Sighs followed up with a pair of solid LP's in the 90's titled: "What Goes On", and "Different" before calling it a day; I added a couple of tunes from "What Goes On" as well for your listening pleasure; both LP's are worth owning, and shouldn't be to hard to find. I did see, they did a reunion show in 2008, so maybe the Sighs aren't finished yet? I Found This Facebook page, that has some great live footage worth checking out. Band members were: Bobby Laroche, (Lead vocals, and Guitar) Dave MacDonald, (Lead Guitar,and Vocals) Rick Griffin, (Bass, and Harpsichord) and Tommy Pluta (Drums) (Updated Link 5/5/12)


Relief Records 1982/1985 Charisma Records 1992

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Those XCleavers (S/T LP)

Those XCleavers are a Milwaukee, Wisconsin four piece; that started sometime around 1979, or 80. They released three LP's, (this being the first) and three singles. Here's a well done WEBSITE to check out, with lots of information, pics, and merchandise for sale. If you like this record; they have a retrospective disc you can pick up. Band Members: Terry Tanger, (Guitars, Keys, Vocals) Tom Lesions, (Bass, Keys Vocals) John Gaskell, (Drums, Keys, Vocals) and Carter Hunnicutt (Keys, Guitar, Vocals).

Mainstream Records 1982

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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Moderns - (Protect And Serve LP)

Here's a three piece from Auburn, Alabama called The Moderns; they were around from 1980 through 1983. As far as releases go, there's this LP, and a cassette only release titled, "Jagged Edges"; I'm not sure if they released anything else officially or not. I Found This Facebook Page, containing some info, and a couple of cool unreleased songs for you to check out. If you go to the Imaginary Records Website, It looks like you may still be able to pick this, and the cassette up. Sorry about the lousy picture; my copies cover is a cut out, and pretty beat. It does however include a press kit; I included a picture from it.


Imaginary Records 1982

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jim Bob And The Leisure Suits (S/T LP)

Jim Bob And The Leisure Suits were a four piece from Birmingham, Alabama that formed around 1979. I've read claims they were one of the first Punk bands to come from that area. They released two singles, and this LP, on their own Polyester Records Label. Out of the three, this is my favorite; by 1983, the band called it quits. Band members were: Leif Bondarenko, Matt Kimbrell, Henrik (Mots) Roden, and Craig Izard. Roden and Bondarenko went on to form the Primitons with Brad Dorset. Kimbrell joined up with the Ho Ho Men and The Mambo Combo. Sadly, Matt Kimbrell passed away last year, at the way too young age of 51 years old; If you would like to read more about him, you can check Here.


Polyester Records 1982

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Modern Pioneers (The Big Hookup E.P.)

The Modern Pioneers are another band I couldn't find much info on; but I'm thinking they were from Long Island. They Released this EP, and a single; on what I'm guessing, was their own Adventure Records Label. If they had any other releases; I've never seen them. I found THIS MYSPACE for Eric Neher, (Guitar, and Vocals) but I'm not sure if it's the same guy, or not. Other band members were: Joe Mollura, (Bass, and Vocals) and Phill D'ancona. I think the opening guitar line for The Big Hookup, has a Moondogs feel to it.

Adventure Records 1982

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holme (Just A Matter Of Time EP)

I have a few EP's,and LP's I plan on posting in the near future. I'm only going to pick a few songs from each one. If you like what you hear, they shouldn't be overly expensive, or too hard to find. Let's start with Belmar, New Jersey's Holme. They got their start in the 70's, and are still active to present day. I Found THIS website, if you would like to check them out. For me, the song Weekend is the stand out track here; its a great powerpop tune with a cool New Wave edge to it. Other than this, they had a single in 1978 titled "Feel This Record" on Thin Ice Records. I don't remember seeing any other records from these guys; but that doesn't mean anything. The Line up on this record was: Kip Conner, (Bass, and Lead Vocals) Billy Coleman, (Guitar, and Vocals) Dan Gralick, (Keyboards, and Vocals) Joel Krauss, (Guitar, and Vocals) and Frank Sementa (Drums).

Drive Records 1982

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Nils (Glory Daze)

I've been wanting to post a Nils record for a while; but I couldn't decide which one(I like them all). Since I couldn't make up my mind; I thought it would be cool to put together a comp, with a few of my favorites from each release. I used the cover from the "Paisley ep" which is pretty hard to find these days. The Nils were from Montreal, Canada; they were around from 1978, through 1994. Although the band went through a number of line up changes; the core was brothers: Alex, and Carlos, Soria. Before they called it quits, the Nils released; one Demo Cassette, two ep's, one full length, and a few Comp tracks. In 1997, Mag Wheel Records released a retrospective compilation titled "Green Fields In Daylight". I borrowed the first three tracks for this from it; but I riped the rest from vinyl. Green Fields has these songs as well, minus the LP tracks; but I never felt the quality was that great. Sadly, in 2004, Alex Soria committed suicide; if you'd like, you can read about it HERE. I found THIS PAGE as well for reading. Unfortunately, (in my opinion) The Nils were another one of those bands, that really weren't appreciated like they should have been. If for some reason your not familiar with these guys; give this collection a listen; and hear for yourself.


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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Device (Make It Last Single)

I stumbled upon this while browsing Ebay about a month ago. A most excellent seller was kind enough to have a sample for previewing. The song, "Is It Ever Gonna Change" instantly sunk its hooks into my brain; and I decided I had to have it. It rose to around $70.00, and unfortunately, I had to let it go. A couple of weeks went by and to my surprise I found another one for sale. This time however, it went for half the price, and it became mine. I'm doing all this rambling, because there's absolutely no information to be found on this band what so ever. There's not even a date on the record. So, unless any of you have any information on this great record; I guess it will remain a mystery.

CTS Records ???

1. Make It Last
2. Is It Ever Gonna Change

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monomania (Left The Stage Single)

Monomania were a four piece from N.Y.C, that were around from 1980 to 1984. Band members were: Tony Cultreri, (Lead Guitar, and Vocals) Mike Tugetman, (Guitar, and Vocals) Brian Lynch, (Bass, and Vocals) and Joe Fiori, (Drums, and Vocals). I found THESE two WEBSITES, that have band info, as well as links to Utube videos and new music.



Self Released? 1981

1. Left The Stage
2. Come Home To Me

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Broncs (Tele-k-Killing E.P.)

Here's a great record from Cleveland, Ohio's The Broncs. The title track, and Reason to whine, (for me) are both cool, but Reason to whine is my favorite of the two, I'm a sucker for a walking bass line. The Broncs shared members with Cleveland outfits such as: The Pagans, The Offbeats, and The AK-47's. I'm pretty sure this was their only record, and it came in two sleeve variations, I think this is a second press. Band Band members were: Keith/Lair Matic, (Vocals) Tim Allee, (Guitars, and Vocals) Rand Primos, (Bass) and Bart Hidebrant, (Drums). If you would like to read more about The Broncs, HERE"S a COUPLE of places to start.

Terminal Records 1981

1. Tele-k-Killing
2. Reason To Whine
3. Part Of The Problem

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hysteric Narcotics (Justice Single Plus Bonus Tracks)

The Hysteric Narcotics were a Detroit area band that formed in 1983, and lasted till 1989. During that time span, they released four singles, (this being the second) an Lp titled "Batteries Not Included" which I included a couple of my favorite tunes from, (both are covers) and four comp. appearances. Since the break up, they've kept the band alive through a number of reunion shows, and in 2010 released a 25-song retrospective CD called, “From the Desolation Where the Greasewood Grows,” on the Gangplank Records Label . There's a great band bio for you to check out there; and if you like what you hear, you can pick up their disc through CDbaby.

Raffscallion Records 1985

1. Justice
2. Crayola
3. Shop Around
4. Do Like Me

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Backdoor Men (Going Her Own Way Single)

The Backdoor Men were a Swedish four piece that formed in 1984. This was their second of two singles. They also appeared on the compilations: “Best Of Electric Eye Records”, "Raw Cuts #2", and "Roots Of Swedish Pop Vol. 2". If you would like to read more about the band; HERE'S a great place to start. Band members were: Hans Ingemansson, (Guitar,Vocals,and Organ)
Robert Jelinek, ( Guitar,and Vocals) Stefan Nilsson, (Bass) and Ismail Samie, ( Drums)

Fab Records 1986

1. Going Her Own Way
2. Dance Of The Savages

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Secrets* ( It's Your Heart Tonight Single)

The Secrets* were from Kansas City, they formed in 1978, and this was their first single, only 1000 were pressed. This is my favorite release from Titan Records. They also released a comp track, another single, and an LP containing a more slick version of It's Your Heart Tonight; that you can find over at The Sons Of The Dolls Blog. I guess around 1983 they called it a day. There's a 2 disc set of Titan Records releases called "It's All Pop", that you can find HERE . Band members were: Brent Hoad, (Guitar, and Vocals) Norm Dahlor, (Bass) Steve Davis, (Lead Guitar) Pat Tomek, (Drums).

Titan Records 1979

1. It's Your Heart Tonight
2. Get Your Radio

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