Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Trashwomen - Hillsdale Records EP HR01.

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.

The Trashwomen - Hillsdale Records EP HR01.

*Yes, I know they're all old with beer bellies and second wives now, but I've been a bit out of touch with Mel Bergman's Moribund Music of the Early 90s.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Vulcaneers - Last Call. Radio X 7" RX06

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.

The Vulcaneers - Last Call. Radio X 7" RX06.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Heaven Seventeen - Something's Wrong. Bubastis Records flexi-disc.

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.

Heaven Seventeen - Something's Wrong. Bubastis Records flexi-disc.

Monday, 13 September 2010

The Brentwoods - Fun In South City. Radio X LP. RX-05.

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 Brentwoods - Fun In South City. Radio X LP. RX-05.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Gibson Brothers - Huckleberry Friend. Giant Claw GCS-002.

Front
Back
Insert
Back of insert.
Gibson Brothers provide kicks for Australia's Giant Claw records. Main song is pretty neat, cover on the flip is not.

Gibson Brothers - Huckleberry Friend. Giant Claw GCS-002.

The Fingers - Melons On Melrose EP. Sheer Filth Records PFR-595903.

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.

The Fingers - Melons On Melrose EP. Sheer Filth Records PFR-595903.

More to follow, including more, better, Fingers,Vulcaneers, Brentwoods LP, Loli and The Chones on Repent etc.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Greg Lowery and The Mummies - Rekkids Single - Rekkids 005.


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.

Greg Lowery and The Mummies - Rekkids Single - Rekkids 005.