Sunday, July 24, 2011

Here's Some More Summer Related Records !

Keeping with the Summer theme; here's some more cool records, to help you beat the heat. None of them are rare, but they're all fun Summer type records, except for the Mental As Anything Single; but when I listen to that record, I can't help but think of sitting on a beach with a cool drink watching the waves come in, Enjoy!

Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias formed in Manchester, England in 1973. If you would like to learn more about them; I posted THIS record a while back.

El Mocambo Records 1980

1. Teenage Paradise
2. Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie


Washington D.C.'s The Slickee Boys are one of my favorite bands; you can't go wrong with any of their records. If you would like to know more about them; I posted THIS record, a while ago.

Dacoit Records 1983

1. When I Go To The Beach
2. Invisible People


Squeeze are a London outfit; that formed in 1974. They originally played under several names, most frequently "Captain Tundlow's Sky Company" or "Skyco", before selecting the band name "Squeeze" after The Velvet Underground's 1973 album. It looks as though they're still around in some form; If you want to read more about them; check THIS PAGE out.

A&M Records 1980

1. Pulling Mussels From A Shell
2. What The Butler Saw


As I'm sure you all know, The Dickies formed around Los Angeles, California, in 1977. I don't need to tell you how great these guys are. If you want to brush up on your Dickies history; HERE'S a good place to start.

A&M Records 1979

1. Nights In White Satin
2. Waterslide


The Barracudas formed in London, around 1978; they released many great records. I posted one of them HERE. If you would like to read up on them I found THIS PAGE. On a side note; Guitarist Robin Wills, has a great blog called, PUREPOP, its in my blogroll, but just in case you missed it.

EMI Records 1980

1. His Last Summer
2. Barracuda Waver
3. Surfers Are Back


Once again, I'm not going into allot of detail here. The Ramones formed in Queens N.Y.C. in 1974. Here's a PAGE, if you feel like reading.

Sire Records 1977

1. Rockaway Beach
2. Locket Love


Mental As Anything formed in Sydney, Australia in 1976. It looks as though, these guys are still around; check out THIS PAGE.

Virgin Records 1979

1. The Nips Are Getting Bigger
2. Instrumental As Anything


I think I've gotten the whole Summer theme thing out of my head now; maybe I'll post some more Summer records next year!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Punsters (We're Drunk Again EP)

Keeping in line with the Summer theme; I thought this would be a fun record to post. Honestly, I really don't know much about The Punsters, and there's not much online about them as a group. Most of the info online surrounds Robert Kaplow , who seems to have started the band; and is an Author, as well as an English teacher in Summit, New Jersey. I'm not sure if The Punsters were a real band, or a joke, (no pun intended). I found evidence of a Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters, who apparently did a number of parodies, and sketches for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Other than this single,(which looks as though it was self released) I've seen an LP a few times, but I never picked it up. If you look on Utube there's a few Punsters videos you can check out. The other Punsters were: Tim Korzun, Marc Lanzoff, and Carmen Presti. Rosebud Records 1980 1. We're Drunk Again 2. Oh! Sarah 3. Boardwalk Santa 4. In Her Disarray

Friday, July 22, 2011

Red Cross (S/T EP + Bonus)

It's been really hot lately; here in my neck of the woods. The thermometer's hit triple digits the last two days; so I thought I would post something with a summer feel to it. Even though it's not the same line-up; I included a Bonus track I've always liked from The American Youth Report.
Red Cross were from Hawthorne, California; they formed around 1980, and this was their first E.P. Band members on this EP were: Jeff McDonald, (Vocals) Steve McDonald, (Bass) Greg Hetson, (Guitar) and Ron Reyes, (Drums). I believe at the time this was recorded, the McDonald brothers were fairly young. As I'm sure most of you already know; Greg Hetson, went on to the Circle Jerks, and eventually Bad Religion; and Ron Reyes, (Chavo) went on to Black Flag. I guess not too long after this EP the band changed the spelling of their name to avoid legal action. Red Kross are still around; If you would like to read more about them, you can check out this Wikipedia Page, as well as their Official Website.

Posh Boy Records 1980


Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Sighs (The Sighs E.P. + Bonus She's Not The Girl I used To Know Single)

The Sighs were a four piece from Holyoke, Massachusetts; that formed around 1982. Their first single was an absolute classic that included the songs, "She's Not The Girl I Used To Know", backed with one of my favorite powerpop songs, "I'm Really Allright". Unfortunately, I've only ever seen it a couple of times, and couldn't afford the hefty price tag when I did. But fortunately for us, my friend Jason Litchfield, was kind enough to rip, and send it to me; so I included it. The Sighs EP, was released a few years later in 1985. It's a little more polished, but still a strong effort; the stand out song as far as I'm concerned is, "Bedroom Craze". I believe, Both the single, and the EP were self released. The Sighs followed up with a pair of solid LP's in the 90's titled: "What Goes On", and "Different" before calling it a day; I added a couple of tunes from "What Goes On" as well for your listening pleasure; both LP's are worth owning, and shouldn't be to hard to find. I did see, they did a reunion show in 2008, so maybe the Sighs aren't finished yet? I Found This Facebook page, that has some great live footage worth checking out. Band members were: Bobby Laroche, (Lead vocals, and Guitar) Dave MacDonald, (Lead Guitar,and Vocals) Rick Griffin, (Bass, and Harpsichord) and Tommy Pluta (Drums) (Updated Link 5/5/12)

Relief Records 1982/1985 Charisma Records 1992


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Those XCleavers (S/T LP)

Those XCleavers are a Milwaukee, Wisconsin four piece; that started sometime around 1979, or 80. They released three LP's, (this being the first) and three singles. Here's a well done WEBSITE to check out, with lots of information, pics, and merchandise for sale. If you like this record; they have a retrospective disc you can pick up. Band Members: Terry Tanger, (Guitars, Keys, Vocals) Tom Lesions, (Bass, Keys Vocals) John Gaskell, (Drums, Keys, Vocals) and Carter Hunnicutt (Keys, Guitar, Vocals).

Mainstream Records 1982


Friday, July 8, 2011

The Moderns - (Protect And Serve LP)

Here's a three piece from Auburn, Alabama called The Moderns; they were around from 1980 through 1983. As far as releases go, there's this LP, and a cassette only release titled, "Jagged Edges"; I'm not sure if they released anything else officially or not. I Found This Facebook Page, containing some info, and a couple of cool unreleased songs for you to check out. If you go to the Imaginary Records Website, It looks like you may still be able to pick this, and the cassette up. Sorry about the lousy picture; my copies cover is a cut out, and pretty beat. It does however include a press kit; I included a picture from it.

Imaginary Records 1982


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Jim Bob And The Leisure Suits (S/T LP)

Jim Bob And The Leisure Suits were a four piece from Birmingham, Alabama that formed around 1979. I've read claims they were one of the first Punk bands to come from that area. They released two singles, and this LP, on their own Polyester Records Label. Out of the three, this is my favorite; by 1983, the band called it quits. Band members were: Leif Bondarenko, Matt Kimbrell, Henrik (Mots) Roden, and Craig Izard. Roden and Bondarenko went on to form the Primitons with Brad Dorset. Kimbrell joined up with the Ho Ho Men and The Mambo Combo. Sadly, Matt Kimbrell passed away last year, at the way too young age of 51 years old; If you would like to read more about him, you can check Here.

Polyester Records 1982


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Modern Pioneers (The Big Hookup E.P.)

   The Modern Pioneers were a NY three piece I couldn't find much info on. I'm thinking they may have been from Long Island. The bands recorded output consists of: this 12" EP, and two singles, a 12" and a 7". All three records are on what I'm guessing was their own Adventure Records Label.

Line Up -

Eric Neher - Vocals, Guitar
Joe Mollura - Bass, Vocals
Phill D' Ancona - Drums

Adventure Records 1982

1. The Big HookUp
2. Roman Times
3. Far Away Places

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Holme (Just A Matter Of Time EP)

I have a few EP's,and LP's I plan on posting in the near future. I'm only going to pick a few songs from each one. If you like what you hear, they shouldn't be overly expensive, or too hard to find. Let's start with Belmar, New Jersey's Holme. They got their start in the 70's, and are still active to present day. I Found THIS website, if you would like to check them out. For me, the song Weekend is the stand out track here; its a great powerpop tune with a cool New Wave edge to it. Other than this, they had a single in 1978 titled "Feel This Record" on Thin Ice Records. I don't remember seeing any other records from these guys; but that doesn't mean anything. The Line up on this record was: Kip Conner, (Bass, and Lead Vocals) Billy Coleman, (Guitar, and Vocals) Dan Gralick, (Keyboards, and Vocals) Joel Krauss, (Guitar, and Vocals) and Frank Sementa (Drums).

Drive Records 1982