Sunday, June 12, 2022

Apple - Holes In the Ceiling Single

   Here's a Powerepop 2 sider for ya that's a bit on the moody side. The band is pretty much a mystery, (at least as far as the internet and myself are concerned..lol). Other then a few Ebay listings and Discogs; there's no mention of them anywhere. The white paper sleeve, is autographed by Scott Wittenburg. I found an Author/ Photographer from Ohio, with some bands in his past but I'm not sure if it's the same guy. Discogs has it, released in 1979; so I guess we'll spin with that? Going Back is my favorite, of the two.

Lost Nation Records 1979

1. Holes In the Ceiling
2. Going Back

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Romford Stompers - Mary & Ken - Split Single

   The Romford Stompers were a four piece from Glenton Close, Romford, London. I lifted most of this info from the record sleeve itself. They originally wanted to call the band, The Yorkshire Rippers but ultimately decided against it. There were 1000 pressed, with only a small number having sleeves. The record seemed to have been met with some public outrage; over the band making money off the misery of the victims and their families. I couldn't find anything on the flip, Mary & Ken. Three of the members, ( Harding, Dale and Hanson) ended up in a Electronic, Synth band called Famous Rays. They put out a full length in 1990, titled "Ending Beginning.

Line Up

Phil Harding - Bass, Vocals
Dave Dale - Guitar, Vocals
Mick Hanson - Guitar, Vocals
Chris Brown - Drums

Rott, ( Right Over The Top) Records 1981

1. The Romford Stompers - Dead Girls
2. Mary & Ken - Happy

Monday, May 30, 2022

Myron Skau - Too Many Movies Single

a re-post, by request, new rips and scans. Originally posted 8-29-2010, Enjoy!
   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.



Line Up 

Gilbert Prescott - Skins
Johne Maul - Simulated Ivory Tickler
Kevin Donovan - Vocals, and Strings

Destiny Records 1985

1. Too Many Movies
2. Ritzi Anna

The Cads - Do the Crabwalk EP

a re-post, by request, new rips and scans. Originally posted 5-16-2009, Enjoy!
   Guessing this is the only release from this Toronto five piece. I like this record, it's lo-fi production adds to it's charm. These guys have a great sense of humor. Reminds me of releases from midwest bands such as the Gizmo's or the Bizarros. Four members of the Cads are or were in a band called the Lost Anglers.


Line Up

John Korvette - Bass
Chris Terry - Drums
Bag Asteroid - Vocals
John Ford - Guitar
Glen Binmore - Guitar

Bi-R Records 1978

1. Do the Crabwalk
2. You Weren't Born Yesterday
3. Over My Dead Body
4. Sex Was the Only Way Out

Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Rattlers - Singles Plus Bonus


 
a re-post, by request, new rips, same  scans. Originally posted 1-17-2011, Enjoy!

    
   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, their best songs. 

Ratso Records 1979

1. On The Beach
2. Livin' Alone

Faulty Products 1982

3. What Keeps Your Heart Beatin'?
4. Let's Move

PVC/Gem Records 1985

5. I won't be your victim

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Boulevard - Extended Pop EP

    Boulevard were a Chicago four piece that left us with two, self released efforts; this being the second. Although I've never heard it, I read the 1st record has more of a 60's flare.
   Sometime in the mid 2000's; the band surfaced again as a three piece, minus Scott Murray, under The Boolevards. They released a couple of full lengths; with a 60's pop edge.
   One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing this blog is learning things I didn't know about bands. The full lengths titled, " Real Pop & More Real Pop" sound really good. I'm definitely planning on grabbing them up. If you're interested in checking them out, here's a couple links.

Facebook

The Boolevards

Line Up -

Hugh Murphy - Guitar
Scott Murray - Guitar, Vocals
Joe Nowik - Drums, Vocals
John Nowik - Bass, Vocals

Ranger Records - 1980

1. I Got a Feelin'
2. Radio Romance
3. Yeah, She's the One
4. Moron City
5. Coming On Strong

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Toes - Heads

   Not much info on this one. Best I can surmise; The Toes were a Hartford, Connecticut, three piece. I found a comp called, " Homespun WHCN - 106 FM"; that features Heads. The band's pictured on the back as a three piece. I'm guessing this was they're only record and it appears self released. Gil Francis Yaskovic gets writing credits for both tunes.
   Under normal light, the record appears black but if you hold it up to the light; it's a dark, translucent, purple. 
   If anyone has anything to add or correct, please let me know. 

No-Zone Recordings 1979

1. Heads
2. Anyway

Friday, February 25, 2022

Boy Elroy and the Jetsons - Don't Know Why

   Boy Elroy and the Jetsons were a Gainesville, Florida four piece; around in the early 80's. This was their lone, self released, single. They also had a track titled, " Silver Sweater" on the Sinkhole Tapes Compilation
   Mike posted this on the great Cheap Rewards Blog, 10 years ago already, jeez....





Line Up

Mark Mann - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Gold - Guitar
Rick Shafer - Bass
Chas Mann - Drums

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Scattershots

 The Heartbeats - Changing


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Roxies - Don't Wanna Dance Because I'm Told To

 Had this one a few weeks now and I've been listening to and liking it quite a bit.
   The Roxies are a Berlin, Germany four piece. Not sure exactly when they started but they've been around since at least 2019. If you're a fan of 70's / early 80's Punk and Powerpop, with a British lean; this one's a must!




Line Up -

Matthew Conway - Vocals
Bruno Werner - Guitar
Imke Wagener - Bass, Vocals
Tim Müller-Heidelberg - Drums

Links

Bandcamp
Facebook
Instagram
Dirt Cult Records

Here's a tune from their new full length; just released last month on Dirt Cult Records.


Sunday, February 13, 2022

The Fort Worth Cats - Self Titled E.P.

    The Fort Worth Cats were a Fort Worth, TX four piece, formed in 1978. Besides this EP, I found a full length titled, " Earthquake at the O.K. Corral"; released in 1981. Wasn't able to find much else after that; other than this Facebook page. Sadly, there's an announcement on their page, that John Willett passed away in 2012, R.I.P.




Line Up -

John Siebman - Vocals, Guitar
Michael Neat - Vocals, Guitar
David Daniel - Bass, Vocals
John Willett - Drums

Self Released 1979

1. Get It Off Your Chest
2. Now That I'm A Talking Head
3. Go Blank
4. Fun In The Sun

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Scattershots

 Sex Clark Five - I Want You Mine


Thursday, January 20, 2022

David Raven and the Escorts - S/T EP

    David Raven and the Escorts were a three piece from Vancouver, British Columbia. I'm guessing the band probably formed around 1979 or so. They released a single, a couple of EP's and a full length titled, " Stab in the Dark". Not sure if it's legit but all three guys are named David?



Line Up

David Raven - Vocals, Bass, Guitars
David Domino - Keys
David Pemberton - Drums

RadioActive Records 1980

1. Keep On Burning
2. One Way Love
3. Dance Dance Dance
4. Somethin' in Our Way

♫♫►►We'll Dance Till the End Of the World◄◄♫♫

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Scattershots

 The High Dials - Leaving Alphaville


Sunday, January 16, 2022

The First Things - Firsthingsfirst EP

 a re-post, by request, new rips and scans. Originally posted 11-24-2008, Enjoy!

   The First Things were a Champaign, Illinois four piece, around in the early 80's. This was the first of two offerings, ( that I'm aware of anyway). I'm guessing it's self released. A 12" EP titled, " A Nation of Employees", followed in 83 on Hysterical Records. Mel Eberle went on to form The Arms of Someone.

Line Up-

Mel Eberle - Bass, Vocals
Steve Foster - Drums
Pete Govert - Guitar
Mike Majdic - Guitar, Vocals

Skid Records 1982

1. Bodies In the Backyard
2. Pretty Mouth
3. You're Not In LA Anymore
4. Bad Chemicals

♫♫►►Your Golden Coast Is Just A Memory◄◄♫♫

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Tickets - Extended Play EP

    The Tickets were a Calgary, Alberta Canada five piece; that formed in 1979. Looks like this may have been their only release? I found a video of them playing live; you can check it out Here. Sorry but my copy's not in the best of shape..

Line Up

Doug Kuss - Lead Vocals
James Dunlop - Bass, Vocals
Rick Saretsky - Guitar
Ed Kazmir - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Box Office Records - 1980

1. Hey Geraldine
2. Cutting Out
3. It Don't Matter
4. Dry Ice

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Scattershots

 The Sherlocks - You've Made a Mistake


Friday, December 24, 2021

The Krayolas - Christmas Time

   We're certainly living in crazy times.... That said, I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you and your families are Safe, Healthy and Happy and Prosperous!
   The Krayolas were a San Antonio, Texas four piece; that were around from 1975 to 1988. If you would like to read more about the band, look Here and Here.


Line Up -

Hector Saldana - Vocals, Guitar
David Saldana - Drums, Vocals
Van Baines - Guitar
Barry Smith - Bass

Saloyark Music 1980

1. Christmas Time
2. Cry Cry, Laugh Laugh

Saturday, December 18, 2021

The Pengwins - Life After High School EP

   The Pengwins were a four piece from Kennedale, Texas, that formed in 1976. They released this EP and a single, (Small Vacation / Don't Be a Girl About It) between 1978-1980. Both releases were small pressing's of 500 each. A 6 song, 12" EP titled, (Mad About the Band) followed in 1988, before the Pengwins disbanded in the early 90's.
   If you're interested in reading more about The Pengwins, go check out Mike's Cheap Rewards Blog; he did a great job researching the band!

Lannie Flowers - Guitar, Vocals
Delbert Raines - Bass, Vocals
Alan Petsche - Guitar
David Bryan - Drums

Fabb Records - 1978

1. Life After High School
2. Look Around
3. It's a Dream

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Scattershots

 Smile - How the Race is Done


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Tearaways - Sounds Like...

    The Tearaways were a four piece from Santa Barbara, California. I'm pretty sure this was the only release with this line-up. The band appears to still be active. The current line-up features Clem Burke on drums. If you want to learn more about these guys, check out the links below.




Official Site

Facebook

Line Up

John Ordazzo - Bass
Dave Humes - Lead Guitar
John Finseth - Rhythm Guitar
Brad Wisham - Drums

Stellar Records - 1981

1. Summer Fashion
2. Don't Feel So Bad
3. Or Something Like That
4. Any Other Girl

♫♫►►Is It Really Worth The Price You Pay◄◄♫♫

Monday, November 29, 2021

Sorry It's Been a While... Help with naming of a new weekly segment

   Here we are. Coming up on the end of another year. I hope you and your families are happy and healthy! I swear, the older I get; the faster time seems to go. I was really hoping to be more active this year but alas, once again, it didn't happen. Unfortunately, my life becomes quite hectic sometimes; not leaving time for anything else.
   I spend allot of time in my truck driving, to and from work. It gives me an opportunity to listen to my sizeable, continuously growing collection. I have a 250 gig flash drive, more than half filled with music and I add to it regularly. I set it to play everything randomly. Songs will hit me and I think about sharing them. Thing is, I'm not interested in putting together a proper post. I'm thinking of sharing one song a week. I've figured out how to make my own player and host the song; it wont be available for download, just for listening. I'll put the name of the band and the song; it will be available for a limited amount of time. If you like what you hear, you can research and pursue it on your own. If anyone has any questions regarding the song; I'll try my best to answer them. The nice thing about not making the songs available for download is; I think it will give me more freedom. The songs won't be of any specific genre or time period. Pretty much, whatever grabs me. These songs will be in edition to my usual post's.
   Anyway, I feel like I should be able to handle one song a week, lol. I've been trying to come up with something to call the weekly segment but keep coming up empty. I'm hoping for suggestions. I'll pick the one I like most and it will be done... Thank You!! here's this week's song.

Fotomatic Take a Ride



Friday, November 26, 2021

The New Breed - 1001 Suburban Nights

   The New Breed were a New Jersey four piece, around in the mid 80's. The contact address on the sleeve is Paramus. Far as I know, this was their only record as The New Breed. A couple years later, another single titled "Teenage Myth" was released under Dennis Michell and the new breed. The band members were the same, minus Tony Romano. A few years later, a cassette was released under Dennis Mitchell and The Wilsons.

Line Up

Dennis Mitchell - Guitar and Vocals
Tony Romano - Guitar and Vocals
Chris Labianca - Bass and Vocals
Jimmy Russell - Drums

Absolute Records - 1984

1. 1001 Suburban Nights
2. Blessings In Disguise
3. Get Yourself Together
4. Place In My Mind

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The Singles - Love of Loves & Someone That I Knew Singles

a repost, by request, originally posted 8/5/10 new rips and scans, Enjoy!
   I want to thank Stephen Thompson from The Singles for this great band bio.
   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’ .

Doublethink Records 1980

1. Love Of Loves
2. Stay 
3. Sad Clown


Basilisk Records 1980

1. That's Just Someone That I Knew 
2. If You'll Only

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Disguise - Hey Baby Single

a repost, originally posted 6-22-09, new rips and scans, enjoy!

   Disguise were a Hartlepool, England three piece, that formed in 1976. This was their only release. The band ended in 1985, after a few line up changes.

Line Up

Peter Scott - Vocals, Guitar
Jimmy Mckenna - Bass
Alan Scully - Drums

Chiswick Records 1978

1. Hey Baby
2. Juvenile Delinquent