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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Various (Ha! Ha! Funny Polis)

   Keeping with the youth rebellion against authority theme; here's four more Scottish anthems from The Groucho Marxist Label. Ha! Ha! Funny Polis is the follow up release to Spectacular Commodity and a declaration of war, of sorts; in the face of police harassment of Paisley's Punks...
    There's three new bands on this one and a repeat appearance for XS Discharge. Musically, I think this one's a bit more accomplished than the first comp with my favorite being Urban Enemies.

Groucho Marxist Records 1981

1. The Fegs - Mill St (Law And Order)
2. XS Discharge - Lifted
3. Defiant Pose - Fight
4. Urban Enemies - Who Do You Hate

♫♫♫...We Only Wanna Rock-N-Roll...♫♫♫ 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Various - (Spectacular Commodity!)

   Follow up from last post.. Went and saw the Hives, with The Refused and a couple of local Philly opening bands. The refused were solid musically but not really my cup of tea. There was a strong Revelation crew presence that seemed to dig em'.
   The Hives were a good band but screwed around too much, continually begging the crowd for approval, praise and applause. It's my experience, when a band puts on a great show; applause is a natural reaction. The great one's don't have to ask for it..
 
   Anyway, Up next is the first offering from the Groucho Marxist Record Label. Spectacular Commodity, features five bands from Paisley Scotland. For my taste, Irrelevance, from The Mentol Errors is the stand out track.


Groucho Marxist Records 1979

1. Mod Cons - Buildings Of The 70's
2. XS Discharge - Machete Shuffle
3. Sneex - Radiomania
4. The Poems - Posters On The Wall
5. The Mentol Errors - Irrelevance

♫♫♫...I Just Wanna Be With Me...♫♫♫

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Flying Squid (Question, Only Questions)

   Heading to Philly tonight, with my Wife and Daughter to check out The Hives. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to see them. Hoping they still rock; could use a good show.
 
   Speaking of..... Here's a mystery two sider from Flying Squid. I believe I had a request for this one, years ago; sorry for taking so long. Couldn't find anything on the net but best I can tell; they were a Philly three piece and this appears to be their only record. Not sure how many copies exist but all the ones I've seen are signed. Could be, they recorded the record and sold them a couple of years later. Oddly, the record label is dated 1980 and the sleeve lists 1982. The only Flying Squid mention I found was on an Ebay listing, that called them a metal band. At any rate, to my ears; this is Punky Powerpop, all the way.
Enjoy!

Line Up -

Rhys George - Vocals, Guitar
Pasquale Paris - Drums
Ken Webb - Bass

Polliwog Records - 1980 

1. Questions, Only Questions
2. Commercial Potential

♫♫♫...Where can I find some answers...♫♫♫   

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Untouchables - So Long Honey / I Need You

   Here's a fairly rare one, that I don't believe's been comped yet. I couldn't find a shred of info anywhere on these guys; so hopefully posting the record will yield something. For my taste, the a side is a so so, punky, New wave tune. It's the flip that makes the record. I need you is great Powerpop, with an Everly Brothers vibe, minus a few harmonies. If I had to guess, I would say these guys were probably from NY state or maybe even the midwest but honestly, I have no clue, Enjoy! 

Foo King Music 1981

1. So Long Honey
2. I Need You

♫♫♫...On The Loosing End...♫♫♫

Sunday, April 7, 2019

What's the deal with new vinyl?

 
   I'm curious if any of you share my opinion on some new vinyl releases? I've tried different cartridges, different alignments, etc and no matter what I do; a number of records just sound like shit. A couple of examples like: anything on Queen Mum records or 1977 records. I have some of the originals and, (in my opinion) these reissues are clearly inferior. I bought a copy of The Not Amused, (Totally Destroyed) on Queen Mum. It's a new recording and it sounds terrible? This issue isn't pertaining only to these labels. I've noticed many new records, just sound like shit. I pop on a record from the 70's and it sounds great? I would think with all of the advances in recording equipment, records should be improving, not regressing? Are they making them sound bad on purpose or are they using cheap, inferior equipment to make them? Does that make them more Punk? I'm not saying all new records sound bad; I run into some that sound great also. I understand the whole DIY thing but many records from the 70's and 80's were DIY and they just sound superior too me. It's almost getting to the point, where I won't buy anything new unless I hear it first.   

Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Wurms (Running In A Dream)

The Wurms were a four piece from Pittsburgh, that formed in 1979. I believe this was the bands only release, before disbanding in the mid 80's. In 2011 the band reformed and appear to still be active. Check them out Here.

Line Up

Jake Zucco - Guitar
Mark Zucco - Keys
Gary Fischer - Bass
Joey Bruno - Drums

AirCraft Records - 1983

1. Runnin' In A Dream
2. Teenage Suicide

♫♫♫... I Didn't Want To Hear You Whine ...♫♫♫

THE V.I.P.'S (The First Four Singles)

re-post by request, new rips and pics, enjoy!                    The V.I.P.'s were a four piece that formed in 1978; while attending Warwick University. The first e.p. "Music For Funsters" was released shortly after on Bust records. Their second offering was a split on ROK Records, with Urban Disturbance. Sometime around 1980, a deal was struck with Gem Records and the result was four more singles. They called it a day in 1983, due to the usual reasons. I don't believe there was ever a full length released. The first Four releases are represented here.





Line Up - 


Jed Dmochowski - Vocals, Guitar
Guy Morley - Guitar
Andrew Price - Bass
Paul Shurey - Drums

♫♫♫... I Haven't Got A Dime ...♫♫♫


Friday, March 15, 2019

Four Eyes (Penny Pong Single)

   Four Eyes were from San Diego, California. Their beginning's were as a six piece country/rock outfit called Copenhagen. 1980 saw the band trim to four and change there name to Four Eyes. Shortly after, they lost another member and released this, their only single on their manager Mark Shapiro's, Killer-Fish label. The band called it quits in 1990. If you'd like to read more about the band, check them out Here.


Line Up

Mark DeCerbo - Lead Vocals, Bass
Jeff Becker - Guitar, Vocals
Fred Dunsmore - Drums

Killer Fish Records - 1980

1. Penny Pong
2. Dis-Engaged

♫♫♫ Love is not an animal ♫♫♫

New Math (Die Trying Single)

re-post by request, new link, rip and pics. originally posted 10-09-08.  
   New Math were a 5 piece from Rochester NY that formed in 1976. After recording this single, the band didn't have enough money to press it. Reliable records loved it and put it out for them. The resulting press and radio airplay gained them attention from major labels; which led to the band signing with CBS.

Line Up

Kevin Patrick - Vocals
Gary Trainer - Lead Guitar
Dale S. - Guitar
Robert Slide - Bass
Paul Dodd - Drums

Reliable Records 1979

1. Die Trying
2. Angela

♫♫♫ If it takes me my whole life ♫♫♫

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Law King Size Cigarette Plus Three Other Big Hits! Ep

   Hope all of you are well! Wow, it's been a long time, with no post for me.. Oh well, I'll spare you my usual apologies. This blog is almost like an old girlfriend, whom with I once had a hot relationship. No matter where my life seems to take me, it never strays too far from my mind. It's hard
to let it die.
 
   The Law were a five piece from Des Moines Iowa, that were around from 1978 till 1981. This is their lone release, on their own Fly-Girl Records Label. I read that only 500 copies were pressed. I've seen an insert with a bowling pin on it but unfortunately, mines not one of them.

Line Up

Chuckie Suicide - Vocals, Guitars
Tim P. - Guitars, Shouts
Billy Disease - Organ, Sax
Mac Paul - Bass
Bolt Upright - Drums

Fly-Girl Records - 1980

1. King Size Cigarette
2. Hole In My Heart
3. Satellite Rock
4. Reason For Treason

♫♫♫...You Can't Make Us Shut Up...♫♫♫