Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Rattlers - Singles Plus Bonus

a re-post, by request, new rips, same  scans. Originally posted 1-17-2011, Enjoy!

   I'm sure most of you are familiar with The Rattlers. The On The Beach Single is a classic, and Definitely a favorite of mine. I never got to see the Rattlers live, but I've been told in their early days as a three piece they did these songs much harder, and faster than the recorded versions. They played a show with 999 around 1980, at a place called The Castle Inn, which was a club in my home town of Phillipsburg NJ. The club has since been renovated, and now serves as The Unemployment office. Anyway, I'm sure you all know the leader of the Rattlers was Mickey Leigh, Joey Ramones younger brother. I think it must have been difficult, being in the shadow of The Ramones, but The Rattlers managed to carve out a nice niche for themselves, and were a great band in their own right. The Rattlers formed in NYC, around 1979. Before parting ways in 1988, they left us with Two Singles, and an LP titled Rattled. I included both of their singles in this post as well as I won't be your victim, from the LP. In my opinion, their best songs. 

Ratso Records 1979

1. On The Beach
2. Livin' Alone

Faulty Products 1982

3. What Keeps Your Heart Beatin'?
4. Let's Move

PVC/Gem Records 1985

5. I won't be your victim

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Boulevard - Extended Pop EP

    Boulevard were a Chicago four piece that left us with two, self released efforts; this being the second. Although I've never heard it, I read the 1st record has more of a 60's flare.
   Sometime in the mid 2000's; the band surfaced again as a three piece, minus Scott Murray, under The Boolevards. They released a couple of full lengths; with a 60's pop edge.
   One of the more enjoyable aspects of doing this blog is learning things I didn't know about bands. The full lengths titled, " Real Pop & More Real Pop" sound really good. I'm definitely planning on grabbing them up. If you're interested in checking them out, here's a couple links.


The Boolevards

Line Up -

Hugh Murphy - Guitar
Scott Murray - Guitar, Vocals
Joe Nowik - Drums, Vocals
John Nowik - Bass, Vocals

Ranger Records - 1980

1. I Got a Feelin'
2. Radio Romance
3. Yeah, She's the One
4. Moron City
5. Coming On Strong

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Toes - Heads

   Not much info on this one. Best I can surmise; The Toes were a Hartford, Connecticut, three piece. I found a comp called, " Homespun WHCN - 106 FM"; that features Heads. The band's pictured on the back as a three piece. I'm guessing this was they're only record and it appears self released. Gil Francis Yaskovic gets writing credits for both tunes.
   Under normal light, the record appears black but if you hold it up to the light; it's a dark, translucent, purple. 
   If anyone has anything to add or correct, please let me know. 

No-Zone Recordings 1979

1. Heads
2. Anyway

Friday, February 25, 2022

Boy Elroy and the Jetsons - Don't Know Why

   Boy Elroy and the Jetsons were a Gainesville, Florida four piece; around in the early 80's. This was their lone, self released, single. They also had a track titled, " Silver Sweater" on the Sinkhole Tapes Compilation
   Mike posted this on the great Cheap Rewards Blog, 10 years ago already, jeez....

Line Up

Mark Mann - Vocals, Guitar
Martin Gold - Guitar
Rick Shafer - Bass
Chas Mann - Drums

Thursday, February 17, 2022


 The Heartbeats - Changing

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The Roxies - Don't Wanna Dance Because I'm Told To

 Had this one a few weeks now and I've been listening to and liking it quite a bit.
   The Roxies are a Berlin, Germany four piece. Not sure exactly when they started but they've been around since at least 2019. If you're a fan of 70's / early 80's Punk and Powerpop, with a British lean; this one's a must!

Line Up -

Matthew Conway - Vocals
Bruno Werner - Guitar
Imke Wagener - Bass, Vocals
Tim Müller-Heidelberg - Drums


Dirt Cult Records

Here's a tune from their new full length; just released last month on Dirt Cult Records.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

The Fort Worth Cats - Self Titled E.P.

    The Fort Worth Cats were a Fort Worth, TX four piece, formed in 1978. Besides this EP, I found a full length titled, " Earthquake at the O.K. Corral"; released in 1981. Wasn't able to find much else after that; other than this Facebook page. Sadly, there's an announcement on their page, that John Willett passed away in 2012, R.I.P.

Line Up -

John Siebman - Vocals, Guitar
Michael Neat - Vocals, Guitar
David Daniel - Bass, Vocals
John Willett - Drums

Self Released 1979

1. Get It Off Your Chest
2. Now That I'm A Talking Head
3. Go Blank
4. Fun In The Sun

Tuesday, February 1, 2022


 Sex Clark Five - I Want You Mine

Thursday, January 20, 2022

David Raven and the Escorts - S/T EP

    David Raven and the Escorts were a three piece from Vancouver, British Columbia. I'm guessing the band probably formed around 1979 or so. They released a single, a couple of EP's and a full length titled, " Stab in the Dark". Not sure if it's legit but all three guys are named David?

Line Up

David Raven - Vocals, Bass, Guitars
David Domino - Keys
David Pemberton - Drums

RadioActive Records 1980

1. Keep On Burning
2. One Way Love
3. Dance Dance Dance
4. Somethin' in Our Way

♫♫►►We'll Dance Till the End Of the World◄◄♫♫

Tuesday, January 18, 2022


 The High Dials - Leaving Alphaville

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The First Things - Firsthingsfirst EP

 a re-post, by request, new rips and scans. Originally posted 11-24-2008, Enjoy!

   The First Things were a Champaign, Illinois four piece, around in the early 80's. This was the first of two offerings, ( that I'm aware of anyway). I'm guessing it's self released. A 12" EP titled, " A Nation of Employees", followed in 83 on Hysterical Records. Mel Eberle went on to form The Arms of Someone.

Line Up-

Mel Eberle - Bass, Vocals
Steve Foster - Drums
Pete Govert - Guitar
Mike Majdic - Guitar, Vocals

Skid Records 1982

1. Bodies In the Backyard
2. Pretty Mouth
3. You're Not In LA Anymore
4. Bad Chemicals

♫♫►►Your Golden Coast Is Just A Memory◄◄♫♫

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Tickets - Extended Play EP

    The Tickets were a Calgary, Alberta Canada five piece; that formed in 1979. Looks like this may have been their only release? I found a video of them playing live; you can check it out Here. Sorry but my copy's not in the best of shape..

Line Up

Doug Kuss - Lead Vocals
James Dunlop - Bass, Vocals
Rick Saretsky - Guitar
Ed Kazmir - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

Box Office Records - 1980

1. Hey Geraldine
2. Cutting Out
3. It Don't Matter
4. Dry Ice