The first release from The Trashwomen is an all-instrumental treat which underlines how under-appreciated they were as a pure surf band. I'd put them up against any surf band you care to mention and expect them to emerge victorious. They'd kick away Dick Dale's walking stick, they'd surfers stomp The Phantom Surfers, they'd steal Man Or Astroman?'s lunch money*. Get stuck in.
Star Trek-themed Surf trash on Radio X. Between these, Thee Shatners and The Apemen, the Star Trek/Surf music crossover crowd are well catered for. The A-side is the sound of a Klingon Bar Man calling Last Orders; no 'Time, Gentlemen, please" here. The flip is an instrumental. I have an LP by this lot on Repent which I will post at some point. They also released a second 7" on Radio X, but I don't own it.
No, not that Heaven Seventeen. This one precedes the Human League spin-off, but was, interestingly, also from Yorkshire. Bradford, as opposed to Heaven Seventeen's Sheffield. Adding more White Rosery Hosiery into the mix, I got this from Red Rhino Records in York. It apparently came with issue twelve of Wool City Rocker fanzine, a magazine I don't remember buying, but could well have done so given that I was interested in a lot of bands from that area at the time. I believe I also bought I'm So Hollow's 'Dreams That Fill The Vacuum' single that day having heard it on Peel.
As far as I know nothing else was ever heard from this version of Heaven Seventeen. They got into a spat with the Virgin-backed Heaven 17 and that was that. Gone. This one-track flexi is a real treat and very, very Buzzcocks-influenced, but with that pharp pharp cheap keyboard sound so prevalent in the day.
A full LP for a change, and one of the most sought-after rarities of the Budget Rock scene. Following the acrimonious split-up of Supercharger, Greg Lowery started The Rip-Offs with the White brothers, Jason and Shane, and drummer Jon Von and Darin Rafaelli and Karen Singletary kick-started The Brentwoods with the mysterious Patty on vocals and Danielle Pimm of The Trashwomen on bass. Somewhere along the line Dr. Pat Phelan late of The Saturn V featuring Orbit joined in, but details of who played what, where and when is lost to known civilisation. Click on the image of the front cover to read the story of Colonel Brain's ruckus with 'The Riff-Raffs'.
It's an acquired taste and very much the logical end-point of the Supercharger sound. The Brentwoods are to Supercharger as Loli and The Chones would be to The Rip-Offs; sonic extremes. Anyhow, if you like badly-recorded, badly-played, badly-sung, immature shite then this is the record for you.
The last release from The Fingers (to date, there are ongoing rumours of a CD compilation) goes back to their earliest days when they had just changed their name from Chainsaw Blues. It's not their best by a long way, but does at least show they were beginning to pull it together (in as much as they ever pulled it together). There is a great article on the East Los Angeles scene here.
It's the Million Dollar Session of the Budget Rock Scene, Greg Lowery of Supercharger fronts up The Mummies on side one, with covers of The Mummies and Larry and The Blue Notes. On the flip, The Mummies pull their usual spoiler trick.