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

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Bullet Proof - Tonight Single

   Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Here's one I hunted for quite a few years; it's a tough one to find for sure. Unfortunately, info on these guys is even harder to come by. The only thing I could find is they were from Ontario, Canada. Tonight is a revved up rock-n-roll tune. It's ok but the flip is why I searched for this so long. Broken Promises is super catchy, rock inspired pop, complete with piano. Great stuff, Enjoy!

Lake Records 1982

1. Tonight
2. Broken Promises

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Press - Fodder For The Critics

   I seen this one for sale a few times over the years but never heard it. I finally got my chance when the Short Sharp Kick In The Teeth Blog posted it about ten years ago. A few years later, I finally scored a nice copy for myself. Since no longer available to hear; I figure this is a good time to add it here. It's a great record, with a nice mix of pubrock, pop and a few punk smashers for good measure. Trapped In The Wreckage is my favorite of the bunch.
   The Press were a Sydney, Australia four piece; that were around from 1977, through 1979. Besides this Lp, there's also a single; both are on Laser Records Label. 

Line Up

Steve Kot - Vocals
Bruce Cumming - Guitar
Michel Brouet - Bass
Rick Doolan - Drums

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

denizens - In The Crowd.. Ep

 denizens were a Birmingham, England three piece, around from 1978-1980 or possibly 81. Bassist Gavin Lawson also spent time in: John Dowie & the big girls blouse and Brent ford and the Nylons. Teoman Irmak was added on this one to play Synthesizer. Beside this Ep, denizens recorded output was: a self released cassette titled "People Of The Night" a single on the Big Records label, and a few comp tracks.
Line Up

Andy Downer - Guitar, Vocals
Gavin Lawson - Bass, Vocals
Teoman Irmak - Synthesizer
Rob Bright - Drums

Citizens Records 1980

1. I'm Not Rich
2. Frontier
3. Power
4. Waiting Room

Sunday, November 1, 2020

The Comets - Big Business Jokes Single

   The Comets were a Ocala, Florida three piece. They met and formed in Nassau, Bahamas around 1980. This is the second of two singles. They also released a 10" titled "Pick of the Litter" all on Orange Records. I can't speak for the other records, as I've never heard them but as well documented; this single sounds very Jam like. For me, I love the Jam so as they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". I was always under the assumption, singer Mich Shields probably put on his British accent, which was done by a few US bands of the time. To my pleasant surprise while researching the band; I discovered Mich was actually from London, legitimizing them even more . I saw what appears to be a picture sleeve floating around the net for this but I've never seen one for sale, so it may not be real. At any rate, these guys kicked ass, the tunes are catchy and the drum and cymbal work on Big Business Jokes is just incredible. If any of you happen to have the other two records, I'd love to hear them..

Line Up

Mich Shields - Vocals, Guitar
Harry Burns - Bass
Joe Mach - Drums

Orange Records 1983

1. Big Business Jokes
2. Help Me

Friday, October 23, 2020

Contacts - Young Girls Single

   Big thanks to Bruce, from the excellent My Life's A Jigsaw Blog, for help with this one! Contacts were a Poole Dorset, England four piece and this appears to be their only record. Andy Janik had been in earlier bands called The Mopeds & the Shades.
   Ian Sandy was later in the Da Biz & Biz International with Ronnie Mayor (Producer of this 45 & Earlier in "The Tours") He was also in Cinema 35. Sound clips of these and many other bands can be heard Here.

Line Up

Andy Janik - Vocals, Guitar
Marc Ford - Guitar, Vocals
Andy Park - Drums
Ian Sandy - Bass

Small Operations Records 1980

1. Young Girls
2. Boyfriends

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Appels (Tricia)

   The Appels were an Austin, Texas four piece. Unfortunately, that's about all I have on them. The sleeve was my only source of info.

Line Up-

Brad Henry - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Greg Henry - Drums, Vocals
Scot ? - Bass, Vocals
George ? - Guitar, Vocals, Keys

Eden Records 1985

1. Tricia
2. I'll Be There Tonight

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Windbreakers (Meet The Windbreakers Ep)

   The Windbreakers were a Jackson, Mississippi based four piece, that formed in 1981.This was their debut Ep, released on their own Big monkey Records. They released At least: five full lengths, two more Ep's and a couple of comps, before disbanding sometime in the early 2000's.

Line Up

Jeff Lewis - Guitar, Vocals
Tim Lee - Bass, Vocals, Guitar
Bobby Sutliff - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Eric Arhelger - Drums

Big Monkey Records - 1982

1. Young Republicans
2. The Girl For Me
3. That Girl
4.  Black and White

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Various (Die Jerry Die)

a repost by request, new rip and scans, originally posted 2-25-10, enjoy!
   Had a few requests for this one lately; so I thought it as good a time as any, for a re-post. Cool compilation featuring five early Connecticut hardcore 45's. The bands are C.I.A., Vatican Commandos, Reflex From Pain, Lost Generation and Violent Children. It's a limited, numbered pressing of 400; mine is #53.

Anthrax Records 1987

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 Inch Love Volume 2

   It's time for another installment of 12" Love. This Volume focus's on love from a Punk perspective. It wasn't really intentional but NYC has a large showing here. Come to think of it, so does California... Never mind, just Enjoy!

1. GG Allin - Cherri Love Affair
2. Tuff Darts - Your Love Is Like A Nuclear Waste
3. Plasmatics - Sometimes I (Live)
4. Controllers - Jezebel
5. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Love Comes In Sputs
6. Agent Orange - Somebody To Love
7. Wipers - Window Shop For Love
8. Black Market Baby - Gunpoint Affection
9. Adolescents - I Love You
10. Channel Three - No Love
11. TMA - Nancy
12. M.I.A - There Is No Love 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

The Finnsters (On The Way Single)

The Finnsters
were a Lincoln, Nebraska three piece that formed in 1984. This looks to have been their only record and appears to be self released. The band parted ways around 1994. Sadly, I found a memorial stating Timothy Olson; drummer and brother to guitarist Terry Olson, passed away in 2005.
Line Up

Terry Olson - Guitar
TK Olson - Drums
Rick Cowling - Bass

Self Released 1985

1. On The Way
2. Roxine Rude

Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Puppets (No Strings Single)

Hey, if you downloaded the file I uploaded last night; I apologize for the sound quality. It sounded lousy, I didn't really listen to it. I recommend downloading my new upload, it's an improvement.
a re-post, originally posted 8-05-2012, new rips and scans, enjoy! 
   The Puppets were a Washington DC area outfit, that formed in 1977. Although the lineup on this record is a three piece; it appears they began as a quintet. I believe this was their only release.


Steve Avery - Vocals, Guitar
Giles Cook - Drums, Vocals
Billy Minogue - Bass, Vocals

Parade Records 1980

1. Look At The Girls
2. Dear John Letter

♫♫♫►►Breakfast For One◄◄♫♫

Puppet Rulers (Outta My Mind Single)

a re-post, originally posted 6-10-2012, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   Puppet Rulers were a Boston Area three piece that were around in the early eighties. I believe this was their only record.


Dave Cook - Bass, and Vocals
Mark Amberg - Guitar, and Vocals
Scott Williams - Drums, and Vocals

Permanent Press Records 1981

1. Outta My Mind
2. Complicated Girl

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Mata Hari (Building Site)

   Mata Hari are a three piece, Gothic, Post-Punk outfit from Montpellier, France. The band formed in 2016 and released this 5 song disk a few months back; it's a limited release of 300. I've been really liking these guys lately. They have a cool, dark, synthy, in your face groove, that hooked me immediately. 



Monday, August 10, 2020

Monomania (Left The Stage Single)

a re-post, originally posted 6-21-2011, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   Monomania were a four piece from N.Y.C, around from 1980 to 1984. Far as I know, this was their only single and it was self released.

Line Up

Tony Cultreri - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Mike Tugetman - Guitar and Vocals
Brian Lynch Bass and Vocals
Joe Fiori - Drums, and Vocals 

Self Released 1981

1. Left The Stage
2. Come Home To Me

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Jeff Hill Band (The Pathway Tapes)

   The Jeff Hill Band
were a UK three piece, that were around between 1977 and 1980. They released one rare single on Balloon Records in 1979, with a pressing of 500. Sing Sing Records was kind enough to reissue it in 2009. 

   This killer 4 song Ep. was recorded for Chiswick Records in 1977 but went unreleased till now. Different Class Records, (a Portuguese Label) has recently remastered and released it. If you're interested in picking one up and you totally should be, (it's a must have). I wouldn't let any grass grow under your feet; they only pressed 300 copies, (200 on black with a red sleeve and 100 on black with a green sleeve). You can still pick up both versions on Discogs; I put the link below.

Line Up

Jeff Hill - Vocals, Guitar
Dave Buckley - Drums
Ray Humphries - Bass, Vocals



Bored Teenagers

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

12 Inch Love Volume 1

   Any of you that have been following me for a while might remember some of my home made comps from early on. It's been a really long time since I've attempted anything like that. About six years ago, I had an Idea for this concept. I made the cover for it, saved it and for whatever reason, it fell to the back of my mind till recently.
   The only criteria is, it must be from a 12 inch and it must have something to do with love,( dating, relationships, breaking up, etc). I'm not locked in on any particular genres; although I'm guessing they'll be lots of Powerpop. I'm not focusing on rarity and songs may or may not have appeared here in the past. I'm Hoping to make this a fairly regular installment, with multiple volumes, 12 songs each.
   Basically, I'll be pulling songs I like from 12 Inch slabs of vinyl. It should be fun, since I normally focus on 7 inches, Enjoy!

Volume 1
1. The Beekeepers - That Girl
2. Bitter Pleasures - For A Little While
3. Flight Of Mavis - On My Mind
4. Blue Shoes - I Don't Know Why
5. The Broken Hearts - Just Love Ya'
6. Charlie Pastorfield - Tell Me Why
7. The Patriots - She Loves You Too
8. Epicycle - Biological Reaction
9. The Crayons - Trapped With Her Tears
10. Crash Street Kids - Into You
11. City Lights - She Wants To Be Sure
12. Fictions - I Let Go

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Brave New Works (Wasteland Ep)

  Brave New Works were a Sydney, Australia five piece around in the early eighties. Although it appears this may have been their only record; these guys were much more than a one trick pony. I came by, (Guitarist) Marcus Phelan's YouTube Channel. He's posted quite a few live video's to prove it. Go check it out.

Line Up

Lawrence Macefield - Vocals
Rob Luckey - Guitar
Marcus Phelan - Guitar
Arch Browne - Bass
Rick Barrie - Drums

Local Label 1982

1. Wasteland
2. Mixed Up Feelings
3. Radiate

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Julian Leal (Mad About You Single)

 Julian Leal is a singer/musician from  Romeoville, Illinois. He has two full lengths and five singles to his credit; all self released. It looks as though he is still preforming to date.


JLI Records 1986

1. Mad About You
2. A Fantasy