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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Alsatians (Teen Romance Single)

The Alsatians were from Canning Town, London. The bands origins were in 1976; called The Barley Wine Band, they changed their name to the Alsatians in 1978. After a number of lineup changes they recorded this record in 1980. After further lineup changes, they called it a day in 1981. I believe this was their only record, and this was never in a picture sleeve. Band members were: Dyl Draper, (Vocals) Alen Draper, (Vocals and Guitar) Tim Scott, (Bass) and Bruce Stockley,(Drums). Here's a great article at Bored Teenagers you can check out.
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SRTS Records 1980
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1. Teen Romance
2. Our Man In Marrakesh
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Killerwatt (S/T Single)

Killerwatt were from the San Francisco area, I think this may have been their only single. It was produced by Tubes founder, Bill Spooner, On Our way back home is Powerpop, while Main Idol has a harder edge to it. After Killerwatt, Scotland born lead vocalist Ken Cameron, played around LA in various bands, and eventually became the house sound engineer at Madame Wongs in Chinatown until it burned down, he now owns a Guitar and Ukuleles store in Hilo, Hawaii . Bass Player Terry Nails would later go on to bands such as: The Steve Jones Band, Ozzy Osbourne, Bone Angels, and Hard Luck. Keyboard player, Jesse Bradman went on to play with: Eddie Money, Aldo Nova, Keel, and Night Ranger. Drummer, Paul Zahl, went on to The Yanks, and The Flamin' Groovies. I couldn't find anything on Guitarist George Falbo, Here's Ken Camerons MYSPACE PAGE, it has some info, as well as a link to his store. As usual any additional info or corrections are welcome.
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Brainchild Records 1977
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1. On Our Way Back Home
2. Main Idol
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Last Ones (Number One Again EP)

The Last Ones were from Boston, they released this Ep as well as two full lengths: Purgatory Cove, and Don't Follow Me . Band members were: Rick Coraccio, (Guitars, and Vocals) who was in bands such as: DMZ, The Boize, pre Real Kids,The Lyers, and The Shambles. Ricky Carmel, (Guitars, and Vocals) also in The Lyers, Danny Dell'Ano, played guitar on Much too much, as well as both Lp's, Dean Carmel, who I couldn't find anything about, a relation to Ricky perhaps? (Bass) and Richie Johnson, (Drums) who was in bands such as: The Knobs, Mark Thor, The Boize, and Baby's Arm. Paul Murphy, played drums on Much too much, as well as both Lp's, Paul was also in: DMZ, The Lyers, and The Shambles.
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Star Rhythm Records 1983
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1. Number One Again
2. Bit Of You
3. Waiting For You
4. Much Too Much
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Scandal (Comic Book Hero Single)

Here's a great little record, from a band I know nothing about. It was the second release from Local Records, an independent label based in Tottenham, who mainly released Reggae, and, Dance records. I can only assume the band was from that area as well.
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Local Records 1979
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1. Comic Book Hero
2. Casualty Of Love
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Monday, January 17, 2011

The Rattlers (Singles Plus Bonus)

I'm sure most of you are familiar with The Rattlers. The On The Beach Single is a classic, and Definitely a favorite of mine. I never got to see the Rattlers live, but I've been told in their early days as a three piece they did these songs much harder, and faster than the recorded versions. They played a show with 999 around 1980, at a place called The Castle Inn, which was a club in my home town of Phillipsburg NJ. The club has since been renovated, and now serves as The Unemployment office. Anyway, I'm sure you all know the leader of the Rattlers was Mickey Leigh, Joey Ramones younger brother. I think it must have been difficult, being in the shadow of The Ramones, but The Rattlers managed to carve out a nice niche for themselves, and were a great band in their own right. The Rattlers formed in NYC, around 1979. Before parting ways in 1988, they left us with Two Singles, and an LP titled Rattled. I included both of their singles in this post as well as I won't be your victim, from the LP. In my opinion, that's their best songs. Mickey has a MYSPACE page, with more information before, and after The Rattlers.
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Ratso Records 1979
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1. On The Beach
2. Livin' Alone

Faulty Products 1982
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1. What Keeps Your Heart Beatin'?
2. Let's Move
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PVC/Gem Records 1985
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1. I won't be your victim
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Essentials (Fast Music In A SLow Town E.P.)

Sorry I haven't posted much lately, I've been trying to keep my New Years resolution and get myself in better shape.Years ago when I had a radio show, I used to like playing Turn off your radio. Not only was it funny to play, but it's a great song as well. I wanted to try to put together a bio on the Essentials, but as always info is scarce. I borrowed most of my information from THIS article. I shortened it up quite a bit, so if you would like to read more go check it out. The Essentials were from South Florida. Influenced by the likes of: The Beatles, The Who, Credence Clearwater Revival, and The Jam, Walter Cz (guitar) placed an ad in a magazine, that was answered by; Phil Stingray,(guitar) and Lois Lane,(Bass). Early on John Galway played drums while gigging. In 1980, after catching an Essentials show, Pete Moss saw them perform, impressed, he persuaded Walter to let him join the band. By 1981, Phil left to start his own band, and The Essentials became a three piece. Lois eventually left as well to pursue a managerial position with McDonald's. Steve (Sincere) Anthony took over on bass for awhile, but was never committed to the band. He did however play on this record which was put out by Herald critic, and unofficial Essentials manager Bill Ashton, who basically started Safety Net records with the purpose of putting out a record for The Essentials, he used his own tax refund to do it. Towards the end of 1982 Henry Sarria took over on bass, and The Essentials moved to LA, I'm not sure what happened to them after that. Walter designed the cover for this single as well as covers for bands such as: the Wrap, the Eat, Charlie Pickett and the Eggs , and a compilation titled The Land That Time Forgot. Pete Moss passed away on May 20th, 1997. That's all I Have, If you have anything to add or correct please feel free.
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Safety Net Records 1982
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1. Turn Off Your Radio
2. I Don't Get
3. Johnny
4. It's Essential
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Seen (When I Was Young Single)

The Seen were a three piece Mod/Garage outfit from Pennsylvania, around from 1981 till 1988. Their recorded output was an LP Titled Under The Sun/In The Rain, This single, a self-released 3-song cassette EP, a track on The Declaration of Fuzz comp, and a great more garage sounding tune called Jealous Girl, on The Battle of the Garages 2 comp which I included it for your listening pleasure. I found THIS PAGE For a great authentic sounding 60's revival band from the late 90's called The Berkeley Squires, that included; Glenn Sadin. I'm not sure if their still around or not. I did however find this Myspace page as well as this Facebook page for The Seen that mentions a new LP, so maybe The Seen are back.
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Paradox Records 1986
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1. When I Was Young
2. Stopping On Go !
3. Jealous Girl
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Nosebleeds (Ain't Bin To No Music School Single)

Here's one I think most of you should know. This is one of the first punk records I ever bought when I was a kid. I really played the hell out of it, and blew out a speaker or two in the process. The Nosebleeds formed in 1976 in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England. This was the only record they put out, it sold 10,000 copies. Here's a Wikipedia page with a more in depth history of the band, as well as some great links.
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Rabid Records 1977
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1 Ain't Been To No Music School
2. Fascist Pigs
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Monday, January 3, 2011

The Veins (Lose Control To Rock n Roll)

I hope everyone had a great holiday, thanks for all the comments and well wishes. Here's the second effort from the Penkhull based outfit known as The Veins. While researching the band, I stumbled upon Their first single. You can check it out at the great Punk Business Manager site, along with lots of info, especially in the comments. Although I agree with Tony, this record shows signs that it may suck, I think it's a solid release. Side one's a upbeat pubrock type stomper, while side two has sort of a later Dammed feel to it. I found THIS Page, as well as a MYSPACE page for your reading pleasure. The Myspace page says there's a third single which I'm gonna assume was unreleased.
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Redball Records 1979
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1. Complete Control Rock n Roll
2. Champagne
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