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



Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Gooses - Just A Tailor

  Here's a catchy, lo-fi Powerpop single from 1977. Little info exists on this one; so I guess I'll ramble and speculate a bit. I found a couple of mentions that suggest, they may have been from the Cleveland Ohio area. The record appears to be self released and it doesn't look like a picture sleeve exists. The only names on the record are: S. Szilagyi, G. Morell and Mickey Szilagyi. If anyone knows anything, Do Tell!!


♫♫►►What Secrets Does Your Spirit Hold◄◄♫♫

Monday, July 12, 2021

Neighborhood Brats - Confines of Life

   There's many bands now days that look, sound and feel like by the numbers re-hash. To me anyways, (guess I'm getting old...) Actually, I guess it's probably always been that way but I digress. Every now and then, I come by one, that sounds reminiscent of past bands but has something more to them. You just know when you're hearing something authentic, not just a soulless copy.
   Neighborhood Brats are a four piece, originally from San Francisco, now based in L.A. The band formed in 2010 and this tracks taken from their third full length. If you're into bands like: Legal Weapon, Vktms or the Avengers, with hardcore sprinkled in; you definitely should check this band out.

Line Up

Jenny Angelillo - Vocals
George Rager - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Aguilar - Drums
Mike West - Bass

Links




Friday, June 25, 2021

The Perks - The Perks EP

    Here's an obscure one from London, Ontario, Canada. Not sure if these guys were a real band or if this was a project. At any rate; it was released in 1978 and it came in a silk screened, manila envelope. Great quirky, super catchy example of why I'm such a fan of Canadian, Punk/Powerpop from this period. If anyone has any info on these guys; please share..

Credits

Greg Diakun
Ben Parfitt
Steve Brent
Martin Goldstein


AWES BETTG 264

1. Mcpig
2. Escape
3. Hollis Grand

♫♫►►To Clean Out Your Intestine◄◄♫♫

Back Seat Romeos - Zero Ambition Single

    a re-post by request, originally posted 1/24/2009. New rips and scans, enjoy!

   Back Seat Romeos were a three piece from Lincolnshire, England. The band formed in 1977, originally calling themselves The Classics. 1980 brought about a name change and this, their only single. 1000 copies were pressed. They called it quits the following year.


Line Up

John Clay - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Ash Aisthorpe - Bass, Vocals
Mick Freer - Drums

Future Earth Records 1980

1. Zero Ambition
2. In The Night

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

The Reactions - Official Release and Love You EP's

 a re-post, originally posted 8/15/2010. New rips and scans, enjoy!

   The Reactions were a Miami Beach, Florida four piece that formed in 1978. They self released these two great Ep's, before disbanding in 1981. Here's an interview of Isaac and Joey discussing the bands origins. Cheap Rewards Records reissued both Ep's with additional material in 2011 but I don't believe it's an easy find these days.

Line Up

Issac Baruch - Guitar
Joey Maya - Drums
John Salton - Bass
Tony Suppa - Vocals


Official Release
Reaction Records 1980

1. Tonight
2. Marianne
3. In Society
4. It's Our Turn Now



The Reactions Love You EP
Reactions Records 1980 & 1981

1. Nights On End
2. Marianne
3. I Can't Help It
4. Rebel Rousers


Monday, April 26, 2021

The Switch - I Think It's Better Single

   Here's one on the Houston, TX label, Earth Records. I wasn't able to find any info at all on The Switch. The name on the label is Jim Travis. If anyone knows anything about them; please enlighten us. Anything I say about them will be pure conjecture; so I'll talk about the content a bit..
   To start, the record has a space theme. Second, I think it's better starts with heavy 80's sounding synth, reminiscent of video games I played when I was young. Once the song gets going, it's catchy, 80's, synth Power pop; that seems to be about wearing earplugs, to not have to listen to someone... Maybe me, enough of my rambling, Enjoy!

Earth Records 1983

1. I Think It's Better
2. Alien

♫♫►►And Not Hear A Thing◄◄♫♫

Sunday, April 25, 2021

The Wigs - File Under: Pop Vocal

 By request, a re-post, originally posted 7/7/2009. New rips and pics.

   The Wigs were a Milwaukee, Wisconsin three piece that formed in 1979. Besides this Lp, there's also a single titled, "Sing This Song/Hozoji" but I've never heard it. Shorty after this records release; the band broke up, then re-grouped for several years in Los Angeles. There were a couple of attempts to release a second full length, the second being with CBS Records but unfortunately, neither worked out. They appeared in the 1986 movie, " My Chauffeur" in 1986. There's some live footage of the band in it; you can see it Here. Marty Ross landed a part in The New Monkees TV series in 1987. After his departure, the wigs morphed into 57 Braves, released a single titled, " A Little Affection" and eventually disbanded. There's been a few band reunions since then.

Line Up -

Jim Cushinery - Vocals, Guitar
Marty Ross - Vocals, Guitar
Bobby Tews - Drums

Streetwise Records 1981


Monday, March 22, 2021

Phonads - Talk To Me

The Phonads were a Petersfield, UK five piece. After a lengthy google search, I turned up little on the band. I found no evidence of any other records either. Shame, since this is a great one; definitely leaves me wanting more.
    All proceeds from this record went For Wheelabout '81. A 23 year old quadriplegic named Neil Slatter, spent two months in 1981 travelling from his home town of Petersfield, to Portsmouth partly by electric wheelchair. His goal was to raise £100,000 to buy wheelchairs for other quadriplegically handicapped people.
    The record came in a paper sleeve with a sticker, giving the band members names and where the proceeds were going. Unfortunately, my copy is missing the sleeve. If you want to see it; click on over to the always excellent, "My Life's A Jigsaw Blog". It's hard for me to believe but his post is from over 10 years ago already...

Line Up

Neil Mercer - Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Holland - Guitar, Vocals
Dave Hartbottle - Drums, Vocals
Tizz Stoakes - Bass, Vocals
Dave Futcher - Keyboards

Wheelabout '81 1981

1. Talk To Me
2. You and Me

Saturday, March 13, 2021

The Bozos - Weekend Girl Single

    The Bozos were a London five piece. I couldn't find much info on these guys but best I can tell; they were around from 1977 to 79. Looks like this was their only release.

Line Up

Ted Lemming - Guitar, Vocals
Stan Bland - Guitar, Vocals
Roger Brad - Guitar, Vocals
Glen Lamberton - Bass
Chris Macauley - Drums

Other Records - 1978

1. Weekend Girl
2. Fool Out Of Me

Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Pengwins - Small Vacation Single

    The Pengwins were a Kennedale, Texas four piece that formed in 1976, while still in high school. They recorded two self released singles, (this being the second); 500 copies were pressed of each. In 1988 a six song lp called, " Mad About the Band" was released. They called it quits in the early 90's.





Line Up

Lannie Flowers - Guitar, Vocals
Alan Petsche - Guitar, Vocals
Delbert Raines - Bass
Danny Wilkerson - Drums

Arctic Records - 1980

1. Small Vacation
2. Don't Be A Girl About It

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Belltowers - Day Breakaway

    Here's the first full length from Orlando, Florida's The Belltowers. Originally released in 2015 on Twenty Stone Blatt Records and now available to purchase, through download, from Bandcamp. Formed in 2004 by Paul Mutchler, of The Lears; they also have a few singles and a a couple of mini Lp's to their credit. A great mix of: Psych, Folk Rock and Powerpop; the right influences are on full display here: Byrds, Beatles, Kinks, Etc. Check it out..

Facebook



Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Promises / Fun With Numbers Split Single

     Here's a double a sided split single, with a couple of Canadian bands from the Vancouver area. Each side is represented by a different band, on a different label. The Promises later released a 12" single in 85 with the songs, "Shark and Yesterdays Girl". I read They later became The Last Corvairs. They have a track on the Molson Canadian Homegrown Volume IV comp from 1990. I really couldn't find anything else on either band. Enjoy!

Red Hare Records 1983

The Promises


A. Valerie


Kong Records 1983

Fun With Numbers


A. Sunny Holiday


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Dials - All I Hear Single

   The Dials were a Middlesex, England five piece; around from 1978-1980. They recorded a second single titled, "Get Up and Dance". The My Life's A Jigsaw Blog posted it a while back. If you want to check it out, you can find it Here. Neil Howes and Jeff Hemsley, later ended up in Thirteen At Midnight.

Line Up

Neil Howes - Guitar, Vocals
Matt Stokes - Vocals
Neil Clarke - Sax, Vocals
Jamie Bolster - Bass
Jeff Hemsley - Drums

Scene Records 1979

1. All I Hear
2. Running

♫♫►I Wish I Didn't Feel So Alone◄♫♫

Sunday, February 21, 2021

God's Lonely Men - All This and More

   God's Lonely Men were a Salo, Finland three piece that formed in 1986. They named themselves after the Lurkers tune or possibly the Lp title, not sure . They released this full length, two singles and and a few comp tracks before disbanding in 1992. On this Lp's insert, they list themselves as a three piece but show four pictures? At any rate, it's a solid offering with a number of memorable songs. 
   A brief re-form in 1999 yielded a mini album titled, "This World" in 2000. I haven't seen any evidence of further activity.
Enjoy!

Line Up

Vesa Vahtera - Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Teemu Horto - Guitar, Bass
Jarkko Jokelainen - Drums

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Schematix - Jagged Edge EP

   Schematix were a Santa Cruz, California four piece that originally formed in 1979 as The X-Dreamists. Far as I know, this was their only record. They disbanded in 1983.

Line Up

Marco Misterioso - Bass, Vocals
Mike Melee - Guitar, Vocals
Jill Fido - Keyboards, Vocals
Harris Harris - Drums


Subliminal Records 1980

1. Jagged Edge
2. Second Story
3. Nothing Special

Sunday, February 14, 2021

The Standbys - The Standbys E.P.

    The Standbys were a San Diego, California, four piece; that formed in 1979. They released this ep in 1980. I read they released a full length titled, "Buy Now or Die Dumb" but I couldn't find proof of it's existence . They called it quits in 1985.

Line Up

Tom Waller - Lead Vocals, Bass
Dave Astor - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Dean - Guitar, Vocals
Ted Olson - Drums

World Records 1980

1. Standby
2. Wasn't He Happy?
3. Withdraw
4. America Is Waiting

Monday, February 1, 2021

12 Inch Love Volume 3

  Happy New Year everybody! I know it's been a while but better late than never, I guess..
   It's time for another installment of 12 inch love to start the year. This time it's love, from the garage...Enjoy!

1. The Gravedigger 5 - Searching
2. The Miracle Workers - Love Has No Time
3. Fuzztones - Cinderella
4. The Brood - Won't You Tell Me
5. The Chesterfield Kings - She Told Me Lies
6. The Greenhornes - Nobody Loves You
7. The Tell Tale Hearts - It Came To Me
8. The Hoods - You Keep On Lyin'
9. Jonny Chan And The New Dynasty 6 - hey
10. The Vipers - Not To Be In Love
11. Plan 9 - Can't Stand This Love, Goodbye
12. The Stomachmouths - I Don't Need Your Love

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Rattlecats - Run My Life Single

   The Rattlecats were a Austin, Texas four piece; that formed in the late 70's. This was their only record, it was self released. 500 copies were pressed. A mistake was made on the label. Run My Life was printed as Run My Live. The V was crossed out by hand and changed to an F. A stamped sleeve, with the band name and paw prints also exists. By 1983, the band called it quits. Cheap Rewards put out a cool unreleased song on, "Radio Ready, Vol 1" If you want to read more on these guys go check his blog out.


Line Up

Steve Lachowsky - Guitar
Glen Worley - Guitar
Allen Cox - Bass
Kevin Connolly - Drums

Scratched Records 1981

1. Run My Life
2. Back To Life

♫♫►►Angry Words Begin To Fly◄◄♫♫

G.Squad - In My Mind Single

    a re-post by request, originally posted 2-27-2009, new rips and pics, enjoy!

   Once again, a big thank to Paul Powell for the band info. G squad were a mostly Norfolk, based four piece; around from 1979 til 1982. This single and a few other songs were recorded over two sessions at Octopus Studios in Stowupland, Suffolk. Unfortunately, I've noticed a slight pressing issue with my copy. There's a bit of audible noise on side one but it's not terrible. 


Line Up

Steve Rogers - Guitar, Vocals
Dave (jif) Boucher - Drums
Paul Powell - Bass, Vocals
Dave Curson - FX

Squid Marks Time Records 1981

1. In My Mind
2.Roomfull Of Paper

Monday, December 21, 2020

The Kicks - Get Off The Telephone Single

 a re-post by request, originally posted 1-24-2009, new rips and pics, enjoy!

   The Kicks, originally known as the Incredible Kidda Band; were a Nuneaton, UK six piece. This was the bands third release. Two preceding singles: "Everybody Knows" and "Fighting My Way Back" were released under The Incredible Kidda Band and The Kidda Band respectively. A second single as The Kicks, "If Looks Could Kill" was released in 1981.
   The band changed their name one more time to We're Only Human; before disbanding in 1989.

Line Up

Alan Hammonds - Guitar, Vocals
Graham Hammonds - Percussion, Vocals
Dave Lister - Guitar, Vocals
Les Rollason - Bass
John Rollason - Guitar, Vocals
Paul Gardener - Drums

Carrere Records 1980

1. Get Off The Telephone
2. Big Boys Don't Cry

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Action - She's Got My Heart Single

   a re-post by request, originally posted 10-14-2010, new rips and scans, enjoy!.
 
   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.


Line Up

Michael Purkhiser - Guitar, Vocals
Cliff Bryant - Drums
Brent Warren - Bass, Vocals

Radiogram Records 1982

1. She's Got My Heart
2. Till I See You Again

Friday, December 11, 2020

The Explosives - Restless Natives LP

   a re-post by request, originally posted 10-14-2010, new rips and pics, enjoy!.

   The Explosives were a Austin, Texas three piece that were around from the late 70's, till shortly after this was released. There were also three singles and a couple of tracks on the Live at Raul's album in addition to this record



Line up

Freddie "Steady" KRC - Drums, Vocals
Cam King - Guitar, Vocals
Waller Collie III - Bass, Vocals

Ready Go Records - 1982

Friday, December 4, 2020

Riff Doctors (I Don't Wan't To Go Back Single)

(re-post, new rips)
   Riff Doctors were a short lived four piece from possibly, the Hoboken NJ area. I found a track on one of the Teenline comps that suggests they were from Durham, NC,? Anyway, I'm pretty sure this was their only record; it was put out on Steve Fallon’s Coyote records label, who formerly owned Maxwell’s, a great club in Hoboken. After this, Donna Esposito, (formerly of The Cyclones) joined the band, and they changed their name to “Cowboy, and Spin Girl”. There's a cassette only release you can hear over at the great Wilfully Obscure Blog. As usual, information is limited; so if I have something wrong, or there’s something you would like to add, please feel free.

Line up:

Frank Bednash – Vocals, Guitars
Charles O’Hara – Guitar
Walter Sczesny – Bass, Vocals
Danny Lawrence – Drums

Coyote Records 1983

1. I Don’t Wan’t To Go
2. Falling

♫♫♫►►►I Hope You Understand◄◄◄♫♫♫

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Pop Stress - So Good To Be In Love Single

   Pop Stress were a Montreal, Canada four piece that were around from 1980 through 1982. This single was their only release during that span. I'm guessing it was self released as the band reformed in 2012 and released a full length titled, "Full" on the same label. If you want to hear it and more, check out this Soundcloud page.

Line Up

Charles Foucrault - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Thibodeau - Bass
Janno Hermandez - Drums
Yves Frulla - Keyboards

Micatube Records 1981

1. So Good To Be In Love
2. Neurotic