Monday, August 1, 2016

Division 4 (On The Beat Ep)

Wow, time goes by so fast. I can't believe it's been three months since my last new post. If your a regular of this blog; I guess your pretty used to me apologizing for long absences by now. This isn't the way I want to run things but it's all I have to offer right now. I guess a faint pulse, is better than no pulse at all. Anyway, lets get back to what really matters, The Music!
Division 4 were a four piece from Sydney, Australia; that were around from 1980 to 84. Brothers Brad and Kieren Fitzpatrick, formed the band out of the ashes of a short lived Punk outfit, The Bland. Feeling like the Punk scene was dying, they recruited Joe Genua and Anthony Howell to form the band. Anthony left and was replaced by Ian Schofield, who played on this, their only record, (as far as I know) which was independently released. If you would like to read more about Division 4, go check out their Facebook Page.

Line Up -

Brad Fitzpatrick - Guitar
Kieren Fitzpatrick - Vocals, Guitar
Ian Schofield - Bass
Joe Genua - Drums, Vocals

Independently released 1982

1. She's Just Not Anybody
2. Stop Dreaming
3. I Can't Give You Everything

♫♫♫...I've Got My Own Problems...♫♫♫

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Process Of Elimination E.P.

 a repost, by request, originally posted 11/18/09, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   Here's the classic Mid West V/A Process Of Elimination E.P. Their were three pressings (that I know of) of this record. Mine being a third, with the yellow labels. The original Process of Elimination artwork was by Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat/Dischord Records), but got lost in the mail. Early ads for the Process EP featured a completely different mock-up of the cover, presumably based on Jeff's art. My favorite on here is the great early version of Toxic Reason's Riot Squad, with the fix running a close second. The Necros track is cool too. Honestly except for maybe the Mcdonalds track (which I think is a joke) There all good. I didn't have the room to include all of the band bios but, I put links for most of their Myspaces.

Touch & Go Records 1981

1. Necros - Bad Dream
2. Meatmen - Meatmen Stomp
3. Negative Approach - Lost Cause
4. Youth Patrol - Americas Power
5. Toxic Reasons - Riot Squad
6. Violent Apathy - I Can't Take It
7. Mcdonalds - Miniature Golf
8. The Fix - No Idols

♫♫♫..They'll Take You Away...♫♫♫

Benwah Torpedos (Fingerprints Single)

a repost, by request, originally posted 9/15/10, new rips and scans, enjoy!
  After searching the web for a while, I basically came up empty on this one. I can tell you, the band was from Philadelphia, and the single is from 1981, that's it. Both tracks are great, Pop/Punk, that's well produced. I found the b side a few places on the web,(I think it was comped, on one of the Hyped To Deaths) but I prefer Fingerprints, I really like the intro. Anyway, as usual, any info you may have is always appreciated.

Dead Stan Records 1981

1. Fingerprints (Love Addict)
2. Debbie's Like London


The Rudies (Sherri Goodbye Single)

a repost, by request, originally posted 2/05/11, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   The Rudies were a late 70's outfit from NYC, who named themselves after a reference on a Vivian Stanshall (Bonzo Dog Band) album. The original lineup was: Ed Ryan, (Guitar, Vocals) Razz, (Drums) and Mark Charles Lamendola, (Bass, Vocals). In 1978, they added John Maguire on, (Guitar, Vocals) and became a four piece. I think this was their only record, but I'm not sure. Go check out their MYSPACE PAGE.

Badge Records 1980

1. Sherri Goodbye
2. Macho Man

♫♫♫...Why Can't I Let You Go...♫♫♫

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Works (You're Just A) Button On A Shirt Single

Here's a nice slab of Guitar driven, hooky Powerpop, from 1979 for ya, (well, the a side anyway). I want to give a big thanks to Bruce from the always amazing, My Life's A Jigsaw Blog; for information on these guys. Bruce's knowledge and collection, never cease to amaze me. Describing themselves as "Sydney's full-on raging, foot-tapping, Rock 'n' Roll outfit"; The Works were a Australian four piece around in the late 70's that eventually became, Brave New Works. Far as I know, this was their only release as The Works.

Piranha Brothers Records 1979

1.(You're Just A) Button On A Shirt
2. Don't Blame Me

♫♫♫...Promised Me A Coconut...♫♫♫

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Night Brigade (Gotta Place In My Heart Single)

The Night Brigade were a three piece, that appear to have been from NYC. I'm making that  assumption because this was recorded at Blank Tapes Studio. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any other real info on the band. Both tunes are top notch Powerpop; making this a classic and a must own.

Line Up -

S. Erani - Drums, Lead Vocals
D. Shweky - Bass, Background Vocals
A. Tobias - Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals

Night Brigade Production 1981

1. Gotta Place In My Heart
2. Make Believe

♫♫♫...Pretty Girls In Bikinis Shaking...♫♫♫

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Doctors (Be My Lawyer SIngle)

Here's a cool Canadian two sider, that I basically couldn't find any info on. The Doctors may have been from Ontario but I'm guessing from the record label. Be my Lawyer is a solid Powerpop tune, while the flip, Hey You has a upbeat Punky, New Wave feel. Hey You is my pick of the two but both tunes are solid. I'm guessing the scarcity of info means this record is fairly rare so if anyone has any info on the band to share; I would appreciate it, Enjoy!

V.S. Records 1981

1. Be My Lawyer
2. Hey You

♫♫♫...Don't You Remember The Thrill...♫♫♫

The Infidels (X 4)

   a repost, by request, originally posted 10/01/08, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   The Infidels were, (or are?) a great four piece from Youngstown, Ohio. They have at least: three full lengths, a couple of E.P's and a few singles to their credit. I can't speak for anything after the first Lp but all of their early releases are a must. I'm not sure but it looks as though they may still be at it; here's their Facebook Page.

Line Up -

Pete Drivere - Lead Guitar and Vocals
John Hlumyk - Bass, Vocals
John Koury - Drums, Vocals
David Lisko - Guitar, Vocals

Scream Records 1986

1. Take One More Look
2. Evil Change Of Season
3. You Should See Yourself
4. I Can't Take It No More

♫♫♫...See What's In Front Of You...♫♫♫

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Vectors (The Vectors EP)

a repost, by request, originally posted 05/06/10, new rips and scans, enjoy! 
The Vectors were from Fullerton, California. They first made their mark in 1979 by landing a spot with a novelty song called "Death To Disco" on the " Insane Darrell Wayne No Disco Album". After gaining airplay on KROQ, KNAC and several college radio stations, a permanent line-up was put together and they began gigging around Orange County, and Los Angeles. Although The Vectors earned a large following, major label success eluded them. I think sometime around 1981 they called it a day. I'm pretty sure their only releases were the Death To Disco Single, and this EP. Other than the comp track listed above, Hey Kirby also appeared on the "The Up Another Octave Transmission" comp. They have a Myspace , other than that there's not much on them.

Line Up -

Dave Guccione - Guitar, Vocals
Dan Rosman - Vocals
Mike Moore - Bass
Stan Embry - Lead Guitar
John Pyburn - Drums

Red Zone Records 1981

1. Black Pills
2. Bondage Man
3. Bad Situation
4. Fast Cars (fast girls)
5. Hey Kirby

♫♫♫...Here Comes The Radiation...♫♫♫

The Braille Party (Welcome To Maryland)

a repost, by request, originally posted 11/30/09, new rips and scans, enjoy!
a repost, by request, originally posted 11/18/09, new rips and scans, enjoy!

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a repost, by request, originally posted 11/18/09, new rips and scans, enjoy!

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The Braille Party was a Maryland three piece that left us with this lp and a couple of compilation tracks. Musically this record is all over the place. It ranges from dreamy pop, to blazing fast hardcore. Overall it's somewhat strange but, there are some really memorable songs that grow on you with every listen. My favorite has always been, Who's Patronizing Who. The great lyrics, swirling almost TSOL like guitars, and short bursts of speed, made(for me anyway) this an instant DC classic. I spent quite a while trying to separate these tracks. If it's not perfect I apologize.

Line Up -

Matt Riedl - Vocals, Bass
Lou Gigger - Guitar
Gerry Rolfe - Drums, Vocals

Fountain Of Youth Records 1984

♫♫♫...Home Of The Masquerade...♫♫♫

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The City Limits (Morse-Code Messages E.p)

I was introduced to this record a few years back by Bruce, who posted it on his excellent "My Life's A Jigsaw Blog. It became an instant favorite, from the moment I heard it and I've been trying to get a copy ever since. Unfortunately, it rarely shows up and when it has; my bankroll never seemed to coincide with it's appearance. Recently, the moon and the stars lined up and I was able to finally obtain a copy. To celebrate my acquisition, I've decided to post it here for you. If you've never heard this record, your in for a treat, Enjoy!
  The City Limits were a five piece from Leeds, England; that were around in the late 70's. Unfortunately, this was their sole release. If you would like to read more about the band, check out Bruce's great post's HERE. I've been told, this may soon to be reissued on the Sing Sing Label and Queen Mum Records, so keep a look out!!

Line Up -

Ted Waite - Vocals, Guitar
Anthony Pearl - Vocals, Guitar
Jonathan Beardsworth - Guitar
Paul Hartwoods - Bass
Colin McCaig - Drums

Luggage Label 1979

1. Morse-Code Messages
2. If I Had The Time
3. I Just Can't Say Goodbye !

♫♫♫...I Only Wanna Hold You...♫♫♫

Monday, February 22, 2016

Krypton Tunes (First Two Singles)

Krypton Tunes were a Four piece from Wales that released three singles between 1977 and 1979. I've included their first two, for your listening pleasure. The first single comes with a red label and a blank white label. I'm not sure how many were pressed but I have both versions. I must admit, I've never heard the last one. If any of you are willing to share it with me, I'd love to hear it. All four of these tracks are crudely recorded, 77 style Punk smashers; Love It ! I found a disk you can buy, that includes all three singles. Check it out HERE.

Line Up -

John Wadlow - Lead Vocal, Guitar
Dave Bass - Bass, Vocals
January - Guitar, Vocals
Bob Black - Drums, Vocals

Black And Red Records 1978

1. Behind Your Smile
2. Coming To See You

Lightning Records 1978

1. Limited Vision
2. (All In) Jail

♫♫♫...Your Life Is A Prison...♫♫♫

S.O.A (No Policy E.p)

a repost, by request, originally posted 11/18/09, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   State of Alert, fronted by Henry Garfield, who would later rise to fame as Henry Rollins formed in October 1980. They released this ten song 7" ep and contributed three songs to the compilation Flex Your Head, both on Dischord Records. The EP was financed by Henry since Dischord wanted to afford releasing the first Minor Threat 7" as well. S.O.A. played a total of 12 gigs in and around the eastern US, their first on December 6, 1980, in Washington, D.C., and their last on July 10, 1981, in Philadelphia. After S.O.A Rollins joined Black Flag and then founded Rollins Band .Guitarist Michael Hampton went on to form The Faith in 1981 with Alec MacKaye (brother of Ian MacKaye, later in Ignition) who joined on vocals and Ivor Hansen, S.O.A.'s final drummer. Later Hampton went on to Embrace with Ian MacKaye in 1985, and One Last Wish with Guy Picciotto (Fugazi, Rites of Spring) and Brendan Canty (Deadline, Fugazi, Rites of Spring). Bass player Wendel Blow went on to play in Iron Cross and Lethal Intent.

Line Up-

Henry Garfield - Vocals
Wendel Blow - Bass
Michael Hampton - Guitar
Simon Jacobsen - Drums

Dischord Records 1981
1. Lost In Space
2. Draw Blank
3. Girl Problems
4. Black Out
5. Gate Crashers
6. War Zone
7. Riot
8. Gang Fight
9. Public Defender
10.Gonna Have To Fight

The Nubs (Job Single)

 a repost, by request, originally posted 11/16/11, new rips and scans, enjoy!
   The Nubs were a three piece from San Francisco. As far as I know this was their only single. I found this page from a couple of years ago. At the time, they had reformed, been playing out, and released a CD, with this single, as well as a bunch of tracks that I think were recorded later. I've never heard the disc, and I'm not sure if it's still available, or even if The Nubs are still around or not. I know this one can be found other places on the net, but someday when it's time to put this blog to rest; It wouldn't be right to have not included this classic.

Line Up:

David Muniz - Drums, Vocals
Jim Stockford - Vocals, Bass
Steve Wellborn - Guitars

Businessman Records 1980

1. Job
2. Little Billy's Burning

♫♫♫...I Can't Get No Kicks...♫♫♫

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Keys (The Keys Album)

 a repost, by request, originally posted 8/20/09, new rips and scans.
   The Keys Album is a true Powerpop classic; unfortunately, it has really bad production. It's thin sounding and tinny with very little bottom end, (check out You tube and you'll see what I mean). I don't usually like to eq records but this one was begging for it. Hopefully, I made it sound a little better, I tried. Songs like I don't wanna cry and, If it's not too much, are practically flawless examples of Powerpop at it's best. The Keys formed in London around 1979.They were, Drew Barfield, and Steve Tatler who played in a previous band together called John Doe. Ben Grove who played guitar for The Banned, and later the Retros, and ex-Wings drummer Geoff Britton who also later did a stint with Manfred Mans Earth Band. They were signed to A&M records and released the U.K. only LP “The Keys Album”. It was produced by Joe Jackson and drew rave reviews, but unfortunately it didn't sell very well. Besides the album, They also had six singles to their credit. Sadly due to a lack of interest The Keys split in 1983.

Line Up -

Ben Grove - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Tatler - Vocals, Guitar
Drew Barfield - Vocals, Bass
Geoff Britton - Drums

A&M Records 1981

♫♫♫...I Got You Figured Out...♫♫♫

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Toasters (Stuck On You Single)

a repost, by request, originally posted 6/03/11, new rips and scans.
   The Toasters were from LA California. They formed in 1979, and I'm pretty sure this was their only single. They also had a great track on "Waves" a comp from Bomp Records, that I included for your listening pleasure. I read in 1982, they recorded a demo for RCA Records. Unfortunately, they weren't picked up; and a year or two later, they disbanded. If anyone has a copy of the Demo, I'd love to hear it.

Line up -

Mark Lee - Keyboards, Lead Vocals
Bruce Kaplan - Guitars
Marc Navez - Bass, and Vocals
David Doolittle - Drums

Bagel Records 1979

1. Stuck On You
2. Baby's On The Rag
3. Teenage Tease

♫♫♫...I Ain't That Easily Amused...♫♫♫

That Hideous Strength (We Don't Drive We Time Travel E.P.)

 a repost by request, originally posted 9/02/11, new rips and scans.
   That Hideous Strength were a three piece from Brooklyn N.Y. I couldn't find much info on the band. They did release another single; But I don't remember ever hearing it. I'm not sure whether, or not this record was actually meant to be taken seriously but in my opinion, More Powerful Than A Steaming Locomotive, is pretty great and definitely the winner.

Band Members Were:

Roy Wagner - (Guitars, and Vocals)
Mike Ober - (Guitars And Vocals) I found this page with a little bit on Mike.
Harry Britwar - (Bass, and Vocals)
Rodney Smith - (He's Listed, as the designated Drummer; I'm not sure if he was really part of the group?)

Aware Records 1977

1. A Night At The Space Opera
2. They Call Me Energy
3. More Powerful Than A Steaming Locomotive

♫♫♫...I Don't Think I can Boogie Tonight...♫♫♫