Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Offbeats ("In Rhythm Off Beat")

The Offbeats were a four piece from Medway, England that were around from 1983 to 87. " In Rhythm Off Beat", was the bands only full length and appears to have been self released. It's a full on 60's British Invasion assault that leans heavily towards The Beatles, Kinks, Etc; but at times has a darker Zombies edge as well. I read there was a second LP that was never finished or released, what a shame. My copy is a promotional copy with a bio sheet and a concert announcement sheet I included with the download. Glenn Prangnell, (Rhythm Guitar and Vocals) went on to form The Kravin' A's and now resides with an outfit called Groovy Uncle. Here's a Web Site, if you want to check them out.

Line Up -

Glenn Prangnell - Rhythm Guitar And Vocals
Martin Adams - Lead Guitar And Vocals
Pete Jordan - Bass
Ian Harris - Drums

Offbeat Records 1984

♫♫♫.How Could I Say That.♫♫♫

Blue Peter (Best Of First Three LP's)

Per request, a re-up originally posted 11/20/10, new rips and scans
 Blue Peter were a four piece from Toronto Canada, that were around from 1978 to 1985. In All they released four full length's, two singles, and an E.P. titled Version. Included here, are my favorite tracks from their first three LP's. It's cool to hear the transition from a Pop/Punk outfit, to more of a main stream sounding, New Wave band, while maintaining a knack for writing excellent songs. That's something only a handful of bands were able to accomplish. Linked above is a very well done site with all of the information you could want on Blue Peter, as well as reissues of their LP's, Links, and other Releases.

Line Up's -

Paul Humphrey - Vocals And Keyboards
Geoff McOuat - Bass (Test Patterns For Living and Radio Silence)
Rick Joudrey - Bass (Up To You)
Chris Wardman - Guitar
Ron Tomlinson - Drums (Test Patterns For Living)
Mike Bambrick - Drums (Radio Silence)

Ready Records 1979,1980,1982

♫♫♫. I'm Just Here For The Ride.♫♫♫

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Next (Make It Quick EP)

(Per request, a re-up originally posted 3/15/11, New rips and scans)
The Next were a four piece from Austin Texas. They released two records, this EP and a second titled, "Kick Ass" with a different lineup. They also had a couple of tracks on the "Live at Raul´s Comp".

Line Up -

Ty Gavin - Vocals
Skip Seven - Guitar
Lee Shupe - Bass
Arthur Hays - Drums
Sharp Records 1979

1. Monotony
2. Cheap Rewards
3. Mr. Wonderful

♫♫♫.Destroy Them.♫♫♫

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Revolver (Some Other Guy Single)

   If you've followed this blog for any period of time, you may have figured out by now that I have a soft spot for Beatlesque, or 60's British Invasion sounding Bands. Here's another record in that vein to add to the list. I couldn't find any info at all on these guys, which is funny since there's a quote on the back of the sleeve calling Revolver, "The Biggest, Hottest, Property in the history of American show business". I found one band with the same name, from the same period out of Cleveland and a more recent one out of California; neither of which appear associated with these guys. At any rate what we have here is a solid two sider, consisting of two covers that were part of The Beatles  live repertoire around 1962-63. Some other Guy was originally written and released as a single by Richie Barrett in 1962 and I'm gonna sit right down and cry over you was written in 1953 by Joe Thomas and Howard Biggs. It looks like these guys may have been from Sierra Madre, CA and drummer Rolo Sandoval has been associated with other Beatles tribute acts, but that's all I have.

Line Up -

Mark Estes - Rhythm Guitar
Howard Lea - Lead Guitar
Jim Wootten - Bass
Rolo Sandoval - Drums

Revolver Records 1983

1. Some Other Guy
2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry Over You

♫♫♫.I'm The Lonely One.♫♫♫

Sunday, November 3, 2013

!! My New Blog !!

  I've been kicking the Idea around of starting a new blog for years. You may be asking yourself why I would start a new blog when I can't even update the one I have on a regular basis. That's a very valid question....... I guess the only answer I can give you is I'm not sure hahaha. I guess the main reason is to post newer music and to give newer bands exposure. I receive requests all the time from current bands asking if I can review their music and I usually shy away feeling like it doesn't fit in with this blog; the new blog will allow me to do it as well as post records from newer bands I'm into. When I started Shotgun Solution, I never meant for it to have a specific format but over the years it just went in that direction. Neoteric Melodies format will be Post 1990 Punk, Powerpop, Pop, Garage, Hardcore etc. Shotgun Solution's format will be Pre 1990 Punk, Powerpop, Pop, Garage, Hardcore etc. Eventually, I plan on transferring all of the post 1990's post's over to the new site. For now on, any request's having to do with any music post 1990; please direct them to the new blog. Please check it out and let me know what you think, I think it turned out pretty cool.


Vox Pop (Just Like Your Mom Single)

(By request, a re-up originally posted 2/7/2010, new rips and scans)
  Vox Pop was a Los Angeles band formed by Jeff Dahl around 1979. Other Members of the band were Don Bolles (drums) from The Germs and 45 Grave, Mary Simms (aka Dinah Cancer),from 45 Grave, Michael Ochoa(from Nervous Gender), Paul Cutler (originally from the Consumers) also from 45 Grave (and eventually the Dream Syndicate), and Del Hopkins,who drums with the Jeff Dahl Group now, other than that, I couldn't find much info on him. Darby Crash called Vox Pop the worst band he had ever seen(pretty funny huh!). After Vox Pop folded around 81 or so, Jeff Dahl went on to do a short stint with the Angry Samoans as well as forming the L.A. metal outfit Powertrip, He's been involved with many other projects to present day.

Bad Trip Records 1980

Triangle Side - Just Like Your Mom
Square Side - Cab Driver

♫♫♫...I Got No Love For You...♫♫♫

Dred Scott (Believe You All E.P.)

(By request, a re-up originally posted 7/4/2010, new scans and rips
 Dred Scott was a Los Angeles four piece formed in 1979 by Journalist Greg Burk. There's not much info out there on these guys. In all I believe they had two singles, and possibly an LP(but I'm not sure),before they disbanded around 1985. Every time I look at this cover it reminds me of Shemp, from the Three Stooges.

Line Up -

Greg Burk - Vocals
Chris August - Bass And Vocals
Dave Van Huesen - Guitar
Jeff Hands - Drums

Red Spot Records 1979

1. I Believe You All
2. Honest Boy
3. What A World
4. Rocker

♫♫♫...And It's Bleeding Me...♫♫♫

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Edsells ( Don't Wanna Go To School Single)

The Edsells were a five piece, that I believe were from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Three of the five band members are brothers. I found This Facebook Page and This Blog Article and that's where the trail went cold. Both songs are great Enjoy!

Line Up-

Chris Schoenefuhs - Guitar and Vocals
Shaun Murphy - Bass and Vocals
Al ?? - Drums and Vocals
Gene Murphy - Guitar and Vocals
Darren Murphy - Lead Vocals

D.S.M. Records 1981

1. Don't Wanna Go To School
2. She Escaped

♫♫♫...Just Wanna Play My Guitar...♫♫♫

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Krayolas (All I Do Is Try Single)

The Krayolas, were a four piece from San Antonio, TX that formed around 1975. They released a number of singles, (this being the first) and two full lengths before splitting in 1988. In 2007 a compilation of singles and rare tracks called "Best Riffs Only" was released and the Krayolas reformed in support of it. Since then they've released four more full lengths and a couple EP's. Go check them out at The Krayolas.Com Website. There you'll find where to purchase their music, Bio's, a Discography, and lots of other band related info. Both of these great tunes are included on the "Best Riffs Only" disc, however I find these slower, more primitive versions more appealing. I apologize for the sound, my copy has certainly seen better days; hopefully one of these days I'll upgrade to a cleaner copy.

Line Up -

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

Krayola Records 1977

1. All I Do Is Try
2. Sometime

♫♫♫...Can't You Feel It...♫♫♫

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Trouble Boys (Nice Girl Single)

I've been after this record for quite a while. I just, recently came by a copy and lucky for you, I've decided to share it with you. Far as I can tell, The Trouble Boys were a three piece from Toledo, OH and this was their only record. There's very little about these guys online and the sleeve yields nothing. The Only info I could find was this Teenline Links Page.

Taint/Detour Productions 1982

1. Nice Girl
2. Kristina

♫♫♫...Never Been Bad...♫♫♫

Monday, September 2, 2013

TV21 ( Playing With Fire and On The Run Singles)

 Per request, new rips and scans; these two singles were originally posted separately in 9/16/08 and 6/17/09.
    For your listening pleasure, here's my favorite TV21 records, with "On The Run" being my favorite of the two. The B side, "End Of A Dream" is still to this day one of my favorite songs. I added a bonus song, "Ambition" from the free single that came with "Snakes and Ladders" to the "Playing With Fire Single" download. Ambition was also part of a three song Ep released on Powbeat Records in 1980.
   TV21 were a four piece from Edinburgh Scotland, that formed in 1979. The bands name comes from a weekly British children's comic from the latter part of the 60's. They recorded a number of singles and an LP before parting ways in 1982. In 2005 they reformed and released a second LP titled Forever 22; if interested you can pick it up Here. A couple of years back, Cherry Red released an almost complete discography you can pick up Here. TV21 has a Myspace for you to check out as well, Enjoy!

Line Up -

Norman Rodger - Guitar And Vocals
Alistair Palmer - Guitar And Backing Vocals
Neil Baldwin - Bass
Colin Maclean - Drums

Powbeat Records 1980

1. Playing With Fire
2. Shattered By It All
3. Ambition (bonus)


Demon Records 1981

1. On The Run
2. End Of A Dream

♫♫♫...Hello Stranger Remember Me...♫♫♫

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Kick (Can't Let Go Single)

 Per request, new rips and scans; originally posted 9/22/10.
 The Kick were a London area four piece that were around from 1982 till 1987. In all they released three singles and had a couple of compilation tracks. When I first posted this record I knew very little about the band. But thanks to people who were nice enough to comment such as Mr. Suave and Bruce from the awesome My Life's A Jigsaw Blog, I was able to pick up a few things. Since Bruce never re upped the file, I included their first single as a bonus. It was originally posted along with the third single Here and Here. I can't remember if it originally had it or not, but my can't let go single has a slight warp in the beginning of the record that causes some noise; I guess it's time to upgrade...

Line Up -

Rob Adams - Lead Guitar
Kev Bradley - Vocals and Bass
Richard Brimmacombe - Guitar
Christopher White - Drums

Countdown Records 1986

1. I Can't Let Go
2. Armchair Politician

♫♫♫...There's A Name For You...♫♫♫

Footwear Records 1984

1. Let's Get Back Together
2. Don't Ever Change
3. A Shot In The Dark

♫♫♫...You And Me Girl...♫♫♫

The Daughters (The Daughters EP)

Per request, New Rips and Scans; originally posted 11/10/11.
The Daughters were a short lived three piece from Boston, who formed in the early eighties. They sporadically, opened for, and backed former New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders. Joe Mazzari, has a website that’s defiantly worth checking out. I believe this single was their only release. There were a series of recording sessions for an LP, but it remains unreleased.

Line Up:

Bill Doherty – Bass, Vocals
Joe Mazzari – Guitar, Vocals, an Distracting Leaps
Simon Ritt – Drums, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

Varulven Records 1981

1. German Girls
2. Shiela
3. See You Anymore

♫♫♫...They Follow Orders Well...♫♫♫

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Cheesedogs (Rita Jenrette EP)

The Cheesedogs were a four piece from Clark, New Jersey. Unfortunately that's all I could find on them. Musically, this record has a cool DIY, Synth, Powerpop vibe to it. The title track is about Rita Jenrette, former wife of U.S. Representative John Jenrette who was convicted for taking a bribe during the Abscam investigation in 1980. She is most famous for an interview she gave Playboy Magazine that appeared in the April 1981 issue, accompanied by a nude pictorial. She claimed that she and her husband had made love on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during a break in an all-night House session. I also found this Cheesedogs Facebook Page which doesn't tell much.

Line Up -

Miles Standish - Bass
Michael Perrotta - Guitar
Glenn Moro - Keyboards
Scott Paul Gelfand - Drums

Cheddar Pup Music 1981

1. Rita Jenrette
2. No Fair
3. Radio
4. Something Tells Me No

♫♫♫...No Fair...♫♫♫

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Times (Radio One Single)

Here's a great single from a little known three piece from Nashville, Tennessee. Unfortunately, I found very little info on these guys. I did find some live footage of the band at some place called The Exit In, from 1983. This One, will get you started; there's five or six others. As per usual, info is always appreciated.

Line up -

Frank Harwell - Guitar and Vocals
Mark Gibson - Bass and Vocals
Al Casey - Drums and Vocals

Tak Records 1982

1. I Didn't Know
2. Jet Set

♫♫♫...Searching All The Time...♫♫♫

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Too Much Saturn (Moving Forward Sideways)

Sorry for the extended absence again. Between work and a couple of family issues I've been having lately, I'm left with little time for much else.
   A while back I was contacted by a nice fellow that told me he was a fan of the blog and asked me to re-post a record for him. Turns out that fellow is Dave Franco, drummer for Too Much Saturn. Dave contacted me again recently to inform me the band's released an LP and asked if I would be interested in reviewing it. At first I was reluctant since I try to focus mainly on older records. But being that Dave is a nice guy and a fan of the blog, here it goes...
   Too Much Saturn are a Chicago Five Piece, that's been around for about five years. The band formed from the ashes of several Chicago based bands such as, Great Big Noise, Double Play, Scheme, The Quick, Trendoids, Oh Boy! and The Vandalays. Their name comes from the Francis Dunnery tune Too Much Saturn. Russ Spice, (Guitar) was the technical engineer on The Smashing Pumpkins Billboard Number One LP "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."
   Musically, "Moving Forward Sideways" is modern sounding Powerpop with a slight Indie edge. As I listened to the album I found them somewhat reminiscent of a New Jersey 90's band, Oral Groove. Overall it's a nice effort; you can tell these guys really enjoy great Pop music and it shows through on the disc. If I had to pick, I think my favorite track here is "Funny". I included it below for you to download.
  If your interested in learning more about Too Much Saturn, here's their Bandcamp Page, their Reverbnation Page and their Facebook Page. If you want to buy the disc, here's a couple of places you can find it. Kool Kat Musik, Amazon, ITunes, and CD Baby.

The Band -

Mark Hoffmann - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Chris Cerasoli - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
Russ Spice - Guitar, Vocals
Guy Sheldon - 4 & 12 String Bass, Vocals
Dave Franco - Drums, Percussion

♫♫♫...The Jokes On Me...♫♫♫

Friday, July 19, 2013

Gary Herrewig (4 - Gone Conclusions E.P)

I Picked this up a year or so ago fairly cheap. I knew who Gary Herrewig is and the seller had a sound file that caught my ear so I took a chance. I was happy with my purchase to say the least. Hurt You Too is my favorite song here, but they're all catchy. Goin' Back is a Gerry Goffin and Carole King tune made Popular by Dusty Springfield and the Byrds .
  This is a solo effort from Gary Herrewig who was and I believe still is.. the Guitarist for the long time Powerpop outfit; Fairfax Virginia's Artful Dodger. If you would like to read more about them Check These Pages Out. Gary is joined by long time band mates Steve Brigida (Drums) and Peter Bonta (Keyboards).

Self Released 1985

♫♫♫...Hurt You Too...♫♫♫

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Student Teachers (Channel 13 Single)

 (Per Request, New Rips, originally posted 10/12/11)
The Student Teachers were a NYC five piece, that were around from 1978 to 1980. Other than this single;(as far as I know) they also had a couple of cuts on a comp called, "Marty Thau Presents 2 x 5". If you would like to learn more about the Student Teachers; Here's their Official Website, it has Lot's of cool stuff to check out.

Line up-

Jan David Cruel - Vocals
Bill Arning - Keyboards
Lori Reese - Bass
Phillip Shelley - Guitar
Laura Kay Davis - Drums

Ork Records 1979

1. Channel 13
2. X 'mas Weather

♫♫♫...Student Teachers...♫♫♫

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Question (Both Ep's)

The Question were an La three piece that were around for most of the Eighties, maybe longer? Other than these two Ep's, they had a couple of tracks on the Warfrat Tales Comp in 1983. I found This Facebook Page that suggests they are or were working on a retrospective but I found no evidence of it ever being released. If you want to read more about the band, I found This Excellent Piece over at the great Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World Website.

Line Up (Distance Apart Ep

Tony Rugolo - Guitar and Vocals
Nathan Roberts - Bass
David White - Drums

Warfrat Grammophon 1983

1. Distance Apart
2. Stare You Down
3. Easy

♫♫♫...Distance Apart...♫♫♫

Line Up (Getting Through Ep)

Phil Cusimano - Guitar and Lead Vocals
Tony Rugolo - Bass and Lead Vocals
David White - Drums and Vocals

Old Scratch Grammaphon 1985

1. Getting Through
2. The Right Track
3. Daddy Rolling Stone

♫♫♫...Getting Through...♫♫♫

The Watermelon Men (Seven Years Single)

 (By Request....Originally Posted 2/25/09... New Rip And Scans)
The Watermelon Men were a Swedish five piece that were around from the mid Eighties up till 1994. During that span they released at least, three Lp's, an Ep, and a couple of singles. I read Here, guitarist Imre von Polgar died in the tsunami disaster in Khao Lak in 2004. Shortly after, the band reformed for a one time show in his memory.

Line Up-

Erik Illes - Vocals and Guitar
Johan Lundberg - Guitar
Imre von Polgar - Guitar
Hans Sacklen - Bass
Erik Westin - Drums

What Goes On Records 1986

1. Seven Years
2. I've Been Told

♫♫♫...She'll Dream Her Life Away...♫♫♫

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Jets ( Loverboy/Paper Girl Single)

   The Jets were a Pekin Illinois, four piece that formed in 1972 and were around till 1980. Other than this single, they had another one titled Be For Me bw I Play For You in 1974 with a different line up. This Twin Tone Page says 490 copies of this record were sold, but I'm not sure if that's what was actually pressed. Both songs also appeared on Big Hits Of Mid-America Volume Three; I don't recall ever seeing any other releases.
   If you would like to read more about the Jet's, here's a Wikipedia Page; and be sure to check out the links to the band members pages for more info, tunes, etc.

Line Up -

Michael Isenberg - Guitars, Vocals
Greg Wilson - Drums
Graham Walker - Guitars, Vocals
Tom Walker - Bass

Twin Tone Records 1978

1. Lover Boy
2. Paper Girl

♫♫♫...Look Through The Window Payne...♫♫♫

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Johnny Darke (I'm Not A Believer Single)

Here's another record I couldn't find anything about. I found mention of a Gangster named John Darke. I'm guessing that's possibly where this guy took his name from. Ok here's a major stretch... I'm sure I'm completely wrong on this, but I figured since I couldn't find anything I would have a little fun and let you all beat me up a bit. The credit on both songs go to a J Mellor.....Wasn't Joe Strummer's real name John Mellor??? I listened to this 10 times and honestly, I don't think it sounds like him but if you look at the guy's face.....it's possible. I included a picture of Joe, so you can judge for yourself....What do you think?? Oh yeah sorry about the sound, my copy has some surface noise in the beginning of each song; funny thing is the record looks almost perfect.

Carrere Records 1979
1. I'm Not A Believer
2. What She Knows

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Bobalouis (First and Second Singles)

Hope all of you are doing well, it's been a while. Sorry the blog hasn't been very active lately; it seems as though I'm apologizing for long absences every time I post something new these days. Unfortunately I just don't have much time anymore and I figure an occasional post is better than quitting all together. Anyway, moving on to the real reason your reading this drivel.....Music Right!
Here's the First and Second singles from Bobalouis; both records are catchy, infectious, Powerpop gems. They seem to have been a UK four piece from Hersham, and I don't believe they released any other records. I couldn't find anything else on them, so if anyone's interested in filling in the blanks, as always it would be most appreciated...Enjoy!

Wea Records 1980

1. Go Ahead
2. Please Please Me

♫♫♫...Life's Not An Easy Ride...♫♫♫

Wea Records 1981

1. Not A Second Chance
2. City Boys

♫♫♫...Don't Ever Say Your Sorry...♫♫♫

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dead Wretched ( No Hope For Anyone Ep + Convicted)

Per Request, (New Rips And Scans) originally posted 8/08/08; since it took me so long to repost this I'm including their second record as well.
Dead Wretched were a foursome from the West Midlands. They released an Ep and a single; both included here. If you'd like to read more about the band; Here's Their MySpace, Enjoy!!

Line Up-

Bill Idiot - Vocals
Mik Doyle - Bass
Bazz Harding - Guitar
Dirty Des - Drums

Tempest Records 1982

1. No Hope For The Wretched
2. Time To Die
3. No Justice
4. Recession

Tempest Records 1982

2. Infiltrator

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Epicycle (School Girls / Residential Area Single)

   Epicycle were a Chicago area four piece that originally formed in 1979 and were only around a year or so. During that span they released two Ep's, this single, and a full length all on the Cirkle Records Label which was founded by front man Andrew (Ellis Clark). The band reformed around 1998 with new members; they released three full lengths before calling it quits again in 2008. Even though the sleeve suggests Residential Area is the A side of the single, the vinyl and label have it as the B side, so that's what I went with.
   On a side note I have a new tube preamp and I've been experimenting with Audacity; trying out some new editing techniques. I recently realized my recordings have allot of clipping. Even though the overall volume of this recording may be slightly lower than my usual recordings; I think it's better quality. If it's not too much trouble; I would like to know what you think?

Line Up -

Terry Turner - Guitars, Vocals
Andrew Clark - Guitars, Keyboards, Lead Vocals
Keith Stenberg - Drums, Vocals
Robert Conte - Bass, Vocals

Cirkle Records - 1979

1. School Girls
2. Residential Area

♫♫♫...And Sunday Barbecue...♫♫♫

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Transmission (Talking To You Single)

Transmission was a four piece from Stockholm Sweden. They started playing together around 1977 calling themselves Harlequin. At some point, I'm guessing 1978 they changed their name to Transmission and released this, I believe their only single. Not too long after this records release they called it quits. Singer Sebastian HÃ¥kansson joined Alien Beat. I couldn't find much info on Transmission so I had to guess a bit; if I got any of this wrong, please feel free to correct me or validate me. Here's a few pages I did find; they didn't tell a whole lot though.
Line Up -
Sebastian Hakansson - Vocals
Anders Carsbring - Guitar
Anders Holm - Samuelsson - Bass, Vocals
Goran Klintberg - Drums, Vocals
Mercury Records 1979
1. Talking To You
2. Pushed Around

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Social Disease (Today E.P.)

 Per Request, Originally posted 2/27/09 (New Rips And Scans)
 Social Disease were a Bristol, England five piece that formed around 1980. They had a demo tape, this Ep and another single that I'm not sure was ever officially released. One interesting thing of note was they had two singers; another is the tracks on this Ep are mixed up and they don't list track Three on the record. I've seen it listed a couple of places as "Tomorrows Burning", so I went with that. I always thought this drummer on this record kicks some major ass; anyway, when I was a kid the track Today found its way onto quite a few of my mixed tapes, hopefully it will find it's way onto a few of yours. ENJOY!!!

Line Up -

Hag - Voxx
Drakes - Voxx
Steve - Guitar
Shaun - Bass
Jim - Drums

Karnage Records 1983

1. Today
2. World At Ransom
3. Tomorrows Burning
4. Bully Boys

♫♫♫...Bully Boys...♫♫♫

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Adolescents (Adolescents Lp Original Version)

 (By Request, a repost from 11/30/2009, New Rip)
   The first press of this Lp has different production than later pressings. For some reason, an echo was added to the vocals on later pressings that I never cared for. Kraut did the same thing when they reissued their first record. My uncle bought this recently on cd and the vocals still have an echo. As far as I know this has never been reissued in it's original form.
 The Adolescents were from Fullerton, California. Steve Soto formed the band after leaving Agent Orange in December 1979. The original line-up was led by frontman Tony Cadena, with Steve Soto on bass, Frank Agnew on guitar, John O'Donovan on guitar and Peter Pan on drums. Both O'Donovan and Pan left in June. Later that year, the group released the classic punk single "Amoeba" on Posh Boy Records. The track also appeared on the Rodney on the ROQ compilation, assembled by L.A. DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.
The Band signed with Frontier Records in January 1981 and recorded this Lp, the following month. It quickly became one of the best-selling California punk albums. Despite this success, Rikk Agnew left the band. He was replaced by Pat Smear, formerly of The Germs. This lineup lasted until the end of June, when Smear left.
The Adolescents broke up in August 1981. Cadena formed The Abandoned, Steve Soto and Frank Agnew joined Legal Weapon, Royer formed D.I., and Rikk Agnew joined Christian Death.
Rikk Agnew made his solo album in 1983 then joined D.I. with Alfie Agnew, Frank and Rikk's younger brother.
In 1986 The Adolescents reformed with their original line-up and started to work on a new album. Before recording Casey Royer and Frank Agnew left the band. Royer had wanted to keep D.I. going (until 1995), and Agnew lost interest. Sandy Hansen took Royer's place on drums and Alfie took Frank's place on guitar. They recorded Brats in Battalions in the late summer. The record came out in August 1987 due to the band deciding to produce and release the album themselves with little cash or backing.
At the end of 1986 Alfie went to college and his place was taken by Dan Colburn; by the end of the year Cadena and Colburn left.
In 1988 Rikk Agnew and Steve Soto decided to replace Colburn with Paul Casey and start singing themselves. Casey left after four months and Frank Agnew replaced him on guitar, after touring the band recorded their then-final album Balboa Fun Zone.
The Adolescents broke up in April 1989. Steve Soto, Sandy Hansen and Frank Agnew started Joyride and Rikk Agnew did a couple of solo albums.
The band regrouped to tour for the 20th anniversary of their self-titled album in 2001 and have continued to perform. Live guitarists can vary depending on who is available—their summer 2006 tour had Joe Harrison and Matt Beld in place of the Agnews. They released their first reunion album, O.C. Confidential, in 2005 on Finger Records, a label owned and run by Mel Schantz out of Orange County, California.
In March 2007, bassist Steve Soto confirmed that The Adolescents had begun writing material for their follow-up to O.C. Confidential, which was possibly due for release "by the end of" that year. In late 2007, The Adolescents announced in a MySpace blog entry that they were working on the new album originally expected to released in the spring of 2008. In March 2009, the band announced that they were in the process of writing lyrics to the album and were to begin recording shortly. If you want to read more about the band, here's they're Wikipedia Page.


♫♫♫...Wrecking Crew...♫♫♫

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Rousers (Lp's And Singles)

By Request, Re-Post's from 10/01/2008 and 2/14/2010 (New Rips and Scans, Plus Singles)
I originally started this blog to make music from great bands like The Rousers more available for people to hear. Recently, someone requested re posts of both Lp's; so I decided to post them together and add the singles too. Unfortunately I forgot that my copy of Susans day was warped; I tried to fix it and ruined it like an idiot. Anyway, I recently bought a new copy; when I get it, I'll add it to the post. Additionally, one or two of the other singles had some crackle to them; it's been a long time since I listened to them(I guess It's time to upgrade "Enjoy"!).

The Rousers were a five piece from Broek op Langedijk, Netherlands that started around 1977 and lasted till 1981. During that span they released two full lengths and a handful of singles. Near the end of 1980, vocalist Bonne Zigtema left the band trimming the line up to four. Vocal duties were taken over by Cock de Jong and Wieb Zigtema on the Touched Lp. After the break up the band split into The Thought and The Shavers.

Line Up -

Cock de Jong - Guitar and Vocals
Jan de Jong - Drums
Rob Marienus - Bass
Bonne Zigtema - Vocals
Wieb Zigtema - Guitar and Vocals

Torso Records 1979,1980
Ariola Records 1980

♫♫♫...A Treat...♫♫♫

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Justin Trouble (Ponytail Single)

(Per Request, Originaly Posted 9/29/12, New Rips)              Justin Trouble was a NYC four piece that were around in the early Eighties. They released this their first single, and a self titled full length both on Casino Records before parting ways. The flip of this single, "No Love" was produced, and co- written by Johnny Thunders. Justin Trouble changed his name to Justin love and followed up with a number of releases. He's also an accomplished artist with a studio located in Woodstock, Upstate NY. If you would like to check out his Art, as well as his Music you can Click Here. Bass player Brett Wilder went on to bands such as: The Rousers, The Backbones, and The Trick Babys.

Line Up

Justin Trouble - Vocals, Guitar
Louie Louie - Guitar
Brett Wilder - Bass
Tommy Montana - Drums

Casino Records 1980

1. Ponytail
2. No Love

♫♫♫...No Love...♫♫♫

The Henchmen (Death Machine Single)

(By request here's a repost from 9/5/11, New Rips)
   The Henchmen were a Auckland, New Zealand four piece, that formed from the ashes of an earlier outfit called, The Dum Dum Boys. I Believe this was their third single; I'm not exactly sure when it was released, the article linked below says 1985, but I think it was recorded earlier. After numerous line up changes; they eventually moved to Sydney, Australia and changed their name again to Reptiles At Dawn. If you would like to read more about The Henchmen, as well as The Dum Dum Boys, and Reptiles At Dawn, Here's a great article.

Band Members:

Tony Norman - (Guitar)
Tony Collins - (Vocals)
Jeremy Chunn - (Bass)
Billy Williams - (Drums)

Cadaver Records 1985

1. Death Machine
2. Bitch Goddess

♫♫♫...Death Machine...♫♫♫

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Musical Chairs (Because It's You Single)

In the near future I'm going to eliminate all of my files from Mediafire; I think I finally found the answer to my fileshare problems with SugarSync, so far I've been very happy. About a year ago I posted The Musical Chairs First Single. As I often do I asked if anyone had any info and as is usually the case I came up empty. Anyway, here's what I think is the bands second single; funny thing is it looks exactly like the first one. The sleeves are identical; however the insert is different, they're on different labels and this single is from a year later. I believe The Musical Chairs were a three Piece from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I found a full Length titled “Fall On Deaf Ears”, that I’ve never heard and this single mentions a second Lp titled "Kilowatt Romance" that I've never heard either, would like to though.....anyone. Here's a  Myspace, and I found this Reverbnation page belonging to a Dave Matthies, who resides in Houston, Tx. In his bio he mentions a band called D.C.Matthies & amp; Co., also containing Don Stanley; so I’m assuming it’s the same guy; but he doesn’t mention The Musical Chairs.

Line up:

Dave Matthies – Lead Vocals, Drums, and Keyboards
Don Stanley – Guitars, and Vocals
George Prescott – Bass, and Vocals

M.C.M. Records 1983

1. Because It's You
2. One Mans War

♫♫♫...Have A Change Of Heart...♫♫♫

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Slyk (Even The Girls Don't Know Single)

  Here's another band I couldn't find much info on. Slyk looks to have been from Rhode Island. I think this was self released and probably their only record; I've never seen a copy with a picture sleeve. The only name on the record is Robert Lavalley, so I'm not sure if Slyk were a real band or if it was Robert backed by some friends or studio musicians. This was posted a few years back over at the Sing Sing Blog, but the file doesn't play anymore and they didn't post the B side of the record. If you would like to check out their write up on Slyk you can find it Here. As per usual; If anyone can shed some light on this it would be much appreciated.
Slyksongs 1983
1. Even The Girls Don't Know
2. Rock 'N' Roll Your Bones

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hooks (Lipstick On Your Collar/Young And Boring Single)

Hooks were a NYC five piece, that were around from 1978, to 1983. The bands origins began in Hollywood Ca in 1978. Singer Sharon 7 teamed up with Guitarist Jerome Youngman and Drummer Quito Equador to record a demo of the Exciters 60's hit "Tell Him". Afterwards the three moved to New York City where Keyboardist J. Elliot and (although he's not listed on this single) bass guitarist Lew Mazzeo completed the line up. Hooks played clubs such as CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and The Ritz. They Appeared live with bands like: Duran Duran, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Heartbreakers, The Speedies and The Beat. Other than this single, Hooks recorded an Lp titled "No Deposit, No Return" that I've never heard. 
Line Up -
Sharon 7 - Vocals
J. Elliot - Keyboard
no bass played listed
Quito Equador - Drums
Hooks Records 1980
1. Lipstick On Your Collar
2. Young & Boring

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Buzzards (Three On One Ep)

The Buzzards were a three piece from Iowa City that formed in 1979 and were around til 1983. As far as I know this was their only record. If you would like to read more about the band, I found this article on the Iowa Rock-N-Roll Music Association Site.
The Band -
Steve Gingerich - Bass, Vocals
Marv Hain - Drums, Vocals
Nick Stika - Guitar, Vocals
Rock'n Rok Records 1982
1. She's The One
2. I'm Innocent
3. Missing Person

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Clerks (Dancing With My Girl Ep)

Here's a charming Ep from a somewhat mysterious Birmingham four piece, The Clerks. From what I gather the band formed in the late 70's; released two classic tracks, ("When The Lights Go Out" and "No Good For Me") on the legendary Rok Records comp "Odd Bods Mods & Sods" the latter was also released as a split single with Hazard both around 1979. This Ep however doesn't appear to have been released until 1984. Although there's no release date on the record; everything I've been able to find points in that direction anyway. I'm not sure why there was such a long lay off between releases or what happened to The Clerks afterwards but one things for sure, these guys had a knack with a hook. 
The Band-
Paul Day - Guitar, Vocals
Paul Chops James - Drums
Mart Booth - Guitars, Vocals
Martin Poole - Bass, Vocals
Puddiscs Records 1984?
1. Dancing With My Girl
2. On The Telephone
3. All I Want Is You

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Blazers (Top Of My World Single)

The Blazers were a four piece from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I guess, I would call this a promotional single; it pairs the two best tunes from their Lp titled, "How To Rock". I don't think this came with a picture sleeve. Band member Rick Miller, (Guitar) changed his name to Parthenon Huxley and went on to have a fairly successful solo career. The rest of the band consisted of: Sherman Tate (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ronnie Taylor (drums) and Lee Gildersleeve (bass).
Moonlight Records 1980
1.Top Of My World
2. Don't Worry About It

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Crackers (What Did I Do? Single)

The Crackers were a five piece from Albuquerque New Mexico that formed in the early eighties. Other than this, they had an earlier single titled "Be Smart b/w I'm Tired Of You, an Lp titled "Guaranteed" which was a Billboard pick hit,and an Ep titled "Contraband". I found this video they made for What Did I Do you can check out and that's about all I could find.
The Band-
Brad Aubry - Lead Vocals
Drew DiGregory - Bass
Vince Malkoski - Lead Guitar
Don Patrick - Rhythm Guitar
Jim Steger - Drums
Edison Records 1984
1. What Did I Do?
2. Tell Me All The Time

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Squad (Millionaire Single + Bonus)

Squad were a four piece from Coventry England that formed around the end of 1977. The original line up had Terry Hall on vocals who later went on to the Specials. Terry was replaced by Gus Chambers, as well as many other line up changes. I read that six months after this record was released; none of the original band remained. In all before calling it quits Squad released two singles; Red Alert / £8 A Week, which you can listen to Here and Here, this single, and a cut on the Sent From The Coventry Comp which I included with the download. After Squad Gus Chambers went on to bands such as: 21 Guns, Sons of Damnation and Grip Inc, formed by Dave Lombardo of Slayer fame, and Squad 21 who released an Lp titled "Skullduggery", that had reworks of 21 Guns, The Flasher and Millionaire. Sadly in 2008, Gus Chambers died from an accidental mixture of his medication and alcohol. If you want to read more about the band, you can check Here, Here, and Here.

The Band-

Gus Chambers - Lead Vocals
Danny Cunningham - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Edwards - Bass, Vocals
Rob Hill - Drums

SQS 1979

1. Millionaire
2. Brockhill Boys
3. Flasher

♫♫♫...Take A Look At This...♫♫♫

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Boys Life (I Found Her Single)

Boys Life were a Boston four piece that were around in the early Eighties. I read the average age of the band was 16 when they started. In all they release A split single with the Outlets, some comp tracks, An Ep, and this single (that's all I know of anyway). That's all I got, please feel free to add.
The Band-
John Surette - Lead Vocals Organ, Guitar
Joe McCormack - Bass
Neal Sugarman - Saxophone
Robert Weiner - Drums, Vocals
Seco Records 1981

♫♫♫...I Finally Found Her...♫♫♫