Sunday, March 30, 2014

Martin Newell (Young Jobless Single)

Martin Newell is an English Musician, Author, Poet, that grew up in an Army family. This guy's body of work is mind numbingly extensive; so I'm not even going to try to capture it here. If you would like to read more, Here's A Good Place To Start. Both sides of this single are absolute pop jubilation.

Off Street Records 1980

1. Young Jobless
2. Sylvie In Toy Town

♫♫♫...You'd Better Find A Career...♫♫♫

The Monks (Nice Legs + Johnny B Rotten Singles)

Re-posted per request, originally posted 11/11/10, New Rips And Scans, Enjoy!
    The Monks were a London five piece, that started out as an English folk band called The Strawbs, in the late 60's. As the Monks they existed from around 1979 till 1982. During that time, they released at least four singles, and two LP's. Nice legs reached #19, on the UK Singles Charts. If your parched for knowledge, here's a few sites that may quench your thirst. The Monks Myspace, Allmusic, Wikipedia .

Line Up -

Terry Cassidy - Vocals
Brian Willoughby - Guitar
John Ford - Guitar
Richard Hudson - Bass
Clive Pierce - Drums

Carrere Records 1979

1. Nice Legs Shame About Her Face
2. You'll Be The Death Of Me

♫♫♫...A Real Tasty Bird...♫♫♫

EMI Records 1979

1. Johnny B. Rotten
2. Drugs In My Pocket

♫♫♫...My Record's Been Banned...♫♫♫

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Shadowfax (The Russians Are Coming)

As great as this record is; I'm surprised how little info regarding these guys is available. The record yields little; not even the band members names, anyone ?
 Shadowfax were a short lived London based outfit. To my knowledge, this was their only record; it was self-released on their own Risky records label. The single was only available at their gigs and via mail order from the band themselves. I have seen other records by a band, or bands of the same name; but I don't think it's the same band, but I could be wrong ? If this message board is accurate, sadly there's been allot of Death and tragedy involving a number of the band members, as well as people closely associated with the band.

Risky Discs Records 1980

1. The Russians Are Coming !
2. Calling The Shots

♫♫♫...I Know Their Coming...♫♫♫

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slowguns (Both Singles)

A re-post per request, New Rips and Scans; originally posted 06/18/09 and 07/01/10,
I've been trying to catch up on some requests, if I forgot yours, let me know. I decided to include both singles, Enjoy!!

The Slowguns were a short lived four piece from Stockport England. The band consisted brothers, Peter and David Daulby, Terry Podmore, and various drummers.Their first single, released in 1978, was "T.V. Movie" backed with "American HeartBeat". The single garnered praise from John Peel, and was voted joint record of the week with The Not Sensibles "I'm in Love with Margaret Thatcher" in the English music journal Sounds.
The second single "The Time Is Right for Us" backed by "My Karma" was poppier and less angular than their first outing but met with little success. Internal dissent within the group caused them to split in 1980. An abandoned Lp, is said to exist but has yet to come to light.

Line Up -

Peter Daulby - Vocals
David Daulby - Guitars
Terence Podmore - Bass
Paul Kearslake and Andy G on 2cnd single - Drums

MPA Records 1979

1. T.V. Movie
2. American Heart Beat

♫♫♫...Life In The USA...♫♫♫

Cult Records 1980

1. The Time Is Right For Us
2. My Karma

♫♫♫...When Radio Caroline Sailed Away...♫♫♫

The Newtown Neurotics (Blitzkrieg Bop EP)

A re-post per request, New Rips and Scans; originally posted 09/30/09, Enjoy!
Formed in the English post-war "new town" of Harlow, Essex, the Newtown Neurotics produced a fine blend of pop and punk rock with a strong left-wing political slant. Formed in the spring of 1978, the group comprised Steve Drewett (vocals, guitars), Colin Dredd (bass, vocals) and Tiggy Barber (drums). "Hypocrite" (1979) and "When The Oil Runs Out" (1980) appeared on their own No Wonder label, after which Barber was replaced by Simon Lomond. The bands strong socialist rhetoric was apparent on their third single on the short-lived but impressive CNT label, "Kick Out The Tories", in May 1982, followed in December by an attack on Britain's "Licensing Hours". When CNT folded, the Newtown Neurotics moved to Razor Records for their debut album. Beggars Can Be Choosers was an entertaining yet pertinent mix of scathing observation and new wave power and was promoted on single by a cover of The Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop". In November 1984 the band moved back to their No Wonder label for "Suzie Is A Heartbreaker" (again hinting at a Ramones connection), before the Neurotics dropped the "Newtown" from their name, signing to Jungle Records in the process. The first fruits of this contract emerged as Repercussions in 1985, showcasing a group that had lost none of its musical vigour or political evangelism. "Living With Unemployment" followed in 1986 (with the help of ranting comedian Porky The Poet and the rumbustious Attila), preceding Kickstarting A Backfiring Nation. The Neurotics turned up occasionally during the late 80s (with Is Your Washroom Breeding Bolsheviks?) while the new decade was celebrated with 45 Revolutions Per Minute, a singles compilation of the band's "twelve blazing rock anthems" from 1979-84. The band had actually broken up in October 1988 when bassist Colin Dredd contracted pleurisy, going on to play a series of astonishing farewell shows in Harlow with a stand-in bass player. Drewett and Mac went on to form the Unstoppable Beat.

Line Up-

Steve Drewett - Vocals and Guitar
Colin Dredd - Bass and Vocals
Simon Lomond - Drums

Razor Records 1983

1. Blitzkrieg Bop
2. Hypocrite
3. I Remember You

♫♫♫...You Just Agree With The Loudest Voice...♫♫♫

Die Kreuzen (Cows And Beer EP)

Re-uped by request, new rips and scans, originally posted 09/06/08, Enjoy!
Die Kreuzen was formed in mid-1981 by two refugees from Rockford, IL (vocalist Dan Kubinski and guitarist Brian Egeness) and two from Brookfield, WI (bassist Keith Brammer and drummer Erik Tunison). Their first recorded output was four songs on Noise magazine's Charred Remains cassette compilation, followed by three on The Master Tape compilation LP. This and the ensuing press in Milwaukee and (especially) elsewhere led to the release in late 1982 of a 7" six-song 45 on the Version Sound label, entitled Cows And Beer, the title being "an in-joke on peoples' preconceptions of life in Wisconsin". This proceeded to sell out two pressings of 1,000 apiece (and is incidentally a much sought-after collector's item), prompting them to undertake their first tour of the South and West Coast in the summer of 1983. Upon returning, they were greeted with the news that Touch And Go records wanted to release an album, which for various reasons did not appear until July 1984. This 21-song self-titled LP then proceeded to sell upwards of 13,000 copies in the U.S. and Europe (and is still selling today). The release was followed by two years of repeatedly touring the States and Canada and gradually (through word of mouth and press of all sorts) spreading their name everywhere. Gradually, also, their songs were changing, their sound evolving and maturing. This was exhibited on their second LP for Touch And Go, October File, released in May 1986 (12,000 and counting). Two more years of slow but steady songwriting and touring, helped along by positive critical response resulted in the release, in July 1988, of their third Touch And Go album Century Days. Progress, variety and melody are the key words here, adventurous songwriting accented by diverse production and outside help from horns without losing the band's trademark drive and excitement. Attractive packaging, multiple formats (11 song LP, 12 song cassette, 13 song CD), international distribution and increased airplay helped Century Days do very well indeed. After a great tour of Europe and the U.S. the band returned to the studio to record a new song entitled Gone Away, along with a version of Aerosmith's Season's Of Wither. This saw release in two formats: a limited edition (2,000) white vinyl 7" with deluxe foldout cross-shaped sleeve (Gone Away/Different Ways (Live)) and an extended play 12" and cassette (Gone Away & Seasons Of Wither/Stomp, Cool Breeze, Man In The Trees, Bitch Magnet, Number Three (all live)). After more extensive touring and various side projects (Keith played for Wreck, Dan performed in The Muckrakers, Impact Test 1990, War On The Saints and Chainfall. and both were in Boy Dirt Car. Dan and Brian even started a Cheap Trick tribute band called Chick Treat), the band flirted with some new record labels but eventually released their fourth LP for Touch And Go records in 1991, Cement. Of course, the band resumed touring in support of their new album. On April 1, 1992, Die Kreuzen disbanded amid much conflict when guitarist Brian Egeness decided to quit the band. "He had different things to do, a different agenda", Keith Brammer said. The remaining members formed a band entitled Chainfall, which included Nerve Twins and SODA member Charles Jordan on guitar. They also stayed busy with other projects (Keith Brammer played in the Carnival Stripppers while Dan Kubinski and Erik Tunison were in Fuckface). What are they up to now? At last report Erik Tunison had moved to Europe, Brian Egeness works as an engineer/producer in a recording studio, Keith Brammer plays in Crime And Judy and Dan Kubinski has a new band called Decapitado.

Line Up-

Dan Kubinski - Vocals
Brian Egeness - Guitar
Keith Brammer - Bass
Erik Tunison - Drums

Version Sound 1982

1. Hate Me
2. Pain
3. Enemies
4. In School
5. Think For Me
6. Don't Say Please

♫♫♫...Fight For What's Right...♫♫♫

No Alternative (Backtracks)

Re-uped by request, new rips and scans. Originally posted 10/15/08, Enjoy!
No Alternative was a San Francisco three piece that were around from the late 70's into the early Eighties. Sadly, the band's lofty reputation among Bay area punks never extended far beyond the borders of California. No Alternative's relative obscurity wasn't due to any lack of chops; if anything, the band's fast-and-furious aural assault and socially conscious lyrics showed deeper artistic influences and more intelligence than many of  their contemporaries. If your interested, you can read, and hear a piece of this and a whole lot more HERE.

Line Up -

Johnny Patterson - Guitar and Vocals
Jeff Rees - Bass
Greg Langston - Drums

Subterranean Records 1980

1. Make Guns Not Love
2. Metro Police Theme
3. Rockabilly Rumble

♫♫♫...The Rich Will Slit Your Hide...♫♫♫

The Modern look (Romance Minus One Single)

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  The Modern Look were a four piece from Hartford, Connecticut, originally called The Look. They changed their name so not to conflict with a English group of the same name. As far as I could find, they only released this one single. Musically, I think this record has a British Mod/Pop feel to it. From what I've read the opinion was, it failed to capture the punch the band had live, but I think it's still a good record. This single comes with a cartoon comic book, which has a brief history of how they got together.

Line Up-

Wayne Lagasse - Vocals and Guitar
Morris McCarthy - Guitar
Lynne Maiocco - Bass and Vocals
Bob Aucoin - Drums and Vocals

Revolving Records 1981

1. Romance Minus One
2. Milk From A Contented Cow

♫♫♫...The Dial Tone Is My Friend...♫♫♫