Saturday, 31 December 2011

'68 Comeback - Flip, Flop & Fly. Get Hip Records 7". GH-168.

Finally, and on the last day of 2011, more from '68 Comeback. The band, as previously noted, featured a dazzling array of talent, including Peg 'Mo Tucker' (look at that pic above) O'Neill of Gories fame, Darin Lin Wood who played with Fireworks and Blacktop and the esteemed Monsieur Jeffery Evans, who had previously fronted The Gibson Brothers. Here we have covers of Big Joe Turner's Rhythm and Blues blast, Flip, Flop & Fly and traditional gospel track, He's My Everything. Much, much more to come. See you in 2012. Enjoy.

'68 Comeback - Flip, Flop & Fly. Get Hip Records 7". GH-168.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Boris The Sprinkler - Grilled Cheese. Bulge Records 7". Bulge 1.

Daft arse, madcap punk from Green Bay, Wisconsin. Frontman The Rev. Norb used to have a column in Maximum Rock and Roll and his taste for the SF Budget Rock sound chimed well with that scene's love of the cheap and theatrical. Such as The Rezillos, whose Bad Guy Reaction is covered on the flipside of this first release. It sounds like the kind of record that would be released by the kind of band who would wear glasses to make them look like a fake 'new wave' band on CHiPs. In a good way. Enjoy.

Boris The Sprinkler - Grilled Cheese. Bulge Records 7". Bulge 1.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Cud - Lola. Imaginary Records 7". Mirage 007.

Cud were, in their time, on the side of the Good Guys. Sometimes seduced by promises of commercial success, but always lured away from it by their need to embrace the stupid, the random, the uncommercial. This Kinks cover is a bit polite, the production a bit flat, but you can hear what they were getting at. The flipside was from their debut LP 'When In Rome, Kill Me' and is more representative of their sound. They were always more of a live band, anyway. Enjoy.

Cud - Lola. Imaginary Records 7". Mirage 007.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Grow-Up - Joanne. Object Records 7". OM12.

My introduction to Grow-Up was through their debut LP, 'The Best Thing', which was also released on Object Records a few months before this single. 49p from Virgin Records in Manchester when it was at the bottom of Market Street. Cheers, Richard. A few years later when in Brighton and enthusing about the LP it gets assumed that I already had a copy of this. I didn't, but I heard it and I knew that I had to have it. But this was the olden days and finding a record, particularly a limited release, niche market independent 7" from a few years previous, meant you had to actually get off your arse and trawl through record shops new and second-hand as well as rely on huge amounts of luck. And eventually I did. I wish I could remember where, but I just recall that it was just sitting there and it was cheap. And now you can have it too. Sleeve lists tracks as A. Joanne. B. Two Tunes. Label echoes the sleeve for the A, but B is 1a. Affirmation of Existance. 1b. Reaffirmation of Existance. 1c. Swept Away (0.36) 2. GGGDADGADADAD (1.46). Enjoy.

Grow-Up - Joanne. Object Records 7". OM12.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Don Caballero - AndAndAnd... Third Gear Records 7". Third Gear 3G-04.

Some call it Post-Rock. Whatever that is or was, this is, fundamentally, full-on instrumental rock and roll. And that chimes with my hatred of smarty-pant lyrics and posey-arsed singers. Give me silence or give me stupid, Mr or Ms. Show-off vocalist. Then fuck off. Enjoy.

Don Caballero - AndAndAnd... Third Gear Records 7". Third Gear 3G-04.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Impala - Power Of Bob Records EP. POB 01.

File under I Wish I'd Seen 'Em. Impala were/are a Memphis, Tennessee, instrumental band. This 7" on Power of Bob was, based on the label number, their first release. Received wisdom is that their first release was a split-cassette with The Oblivians, but that has a later label number. As far as I am aware, The Oblivians set was later issued by Goner as a limited edition LP. If, and I know this is a long shot, anybody has and would care to share the cassette... Kisses all round. Anyhow, here are Impala. They're not a surf band. Enjoy.

Impala - Power Of Bob Records EP. POB 01.

Josef K - Sorry For Laughing - Les Disques Du Crepuscule 7" TWI 023

Recorded especially for Les Disques Du Crepuscule in January 1981. Presumably at a time when the band were passing through Belgium, otherwise why ship four Scotsmen over just to record two tracks? Sorry For Laughing was the title of Josef K's aborted first release. The LP that made it as far as test-pressings and art samples but was then binned (until later revival on CD, naturally). Anyway, good stuff... Enjoy.

Josef K - Sorry For Laughing - Les Disques Du Crepuscule 7" TWI 023.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Jack O'Fire - Soul Music 101 Chapter 3. Sympathy For The Record Industry 7". SFTRI 253-3.

More from The World's Greatest Cover Band. Jack O'Fire tear up a storm no matter who they cover, and a band who can cover The Fall and Sonny Boy Williamson with equal levels of respect are deserving of your love. Here they take on twitchy Seattle Power Poppers, The Fall Outs and deceased instrumental powerhouse Link Wray. Enjoy.

Jack O'Fire - Soul Music 101 Chapter 3. Sympathy For The Record Industry 7".  SFTRI 253-3.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Supersnazz - I Wanna Be Your Love. Lucky Records 7" LKY005.


An all-female Japanese guitar band who took their name from the The Flamin' Groovies' first LP. Does this stuff get any more 'niche'? Probably. They released their first LP on Sub Pop and their second on Sympathy For The Record Industry. More? The two songs on the flipside are, of course, Sonics covers. And now? Well, not now, but more recently they ceased being an all-female band and feature Shoe on drums and Marky on guitar. That's Shoe from Teengenerate. And Marky, who is no doubt some Japanese kid who yearns for The Ramones. Enjoy.

Supersnazz - I Wanna Be Your Love. Lucky Records 7" LKY005.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Various Artists - Revenge of the Amphetamine Generation. Dig The Fuzz Records LP.

Living proof that the garage explosion set off by The British Invasion in America had a recoil action. A vinyl-only collection of Freakbeat, Punk and R&B acetates that can live alongside anything with a comics code stamp on it.

Sleeve notes and more detail of those bands who can be identified (some of the best tracks are anonymous) can be found at the Acid Visions website. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Revenge of the Amphetamine Generation. Dig The Fuzz Records LP.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Various Artists - Teengenerate / Screaming Bloody Marys split. Wallabies Records 7". WAL-002.

Screaming Bloody Marys are the curiosity here, and possibly the reason for many to download this, given the two Teengenerate tracks are on the Smash Hits LP (that said, they don't benefit from proper 7" mastering and crackle on that compilation). The first SBM track, 'Junior', is about the Peter Bagge character from Neat Stuff comic. I tried to use Google Image to find a picture of Junior as I can't be arsed scanning a picture, but nothing particularly great came up apart from the picture below which shows up if you search for 'Peter Bagge Junior'. It's The Bionic Man with Big Foot. The real Big Foot, not the fake one from that Super 8 Footage.
The real peach of this download is Teengenerate owning The Nervous Eaters' 'Just Head', but you knew that already. We're in Sinatra Sings Cole Porter territory. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Teengenerate / Screaming Bloody Marys split. Wallabies Records 7". WAL-002.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Bastards - Who Cares? - Treehouse Records 7" TR011.

This little piggy was in the bag of records my good old pal RHJ lent me a few months back. A bag of records which I'll be handing back to him when we have a curry at the Yadgar on Thursday. I'll pass on your thanks to him. So, Bastards. Noise rock on Treehouse Records from the days when every other release felt like it was noise rock from Minneapolis. Or New York. And sometimes on PCP. You know the scene. Very humdrum. The song titles - 'Who Cares' and 'Shit For Brains' pretty much say it all. Enjoy.

Bastards - Who Cares? - Treehouse Records 7" TR011.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Go-Betweens - Hammer The Hammer - Rough Trade Records 7". RT 108.

The sleeve for this one is hardly going to keep the World's greatest graphic designers awake at night. Well done, Rough Trade. Flip side By Chance is from The Go-Betweens second, and greatest, LP, Before Hollywood. This was the A-Side's debut appearance. It has since appeared on a number of compilation releases. The Go-Betweens are a band whose lack of wider success is a mystery for many, but this release is from their earlier, less compromising, post  new wave period. The production budgets were smaller and the sound was more thud and crash than the smoother pop sound which was introduced on their next LP, their major label debut, Spring Hill Fair. All periods of The Go-Betweens, have their merits, though. More from them soon. Enjoy.

The Go-Betweens - Hammer The Hammer - Rough Trade Records 7". RT 108.

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Swingin' Neckbreakers - Workin' & Jerkin' - Estrus Records 7". ES747.

Inside
The Swingin' Neckbreakers are, unless things get weird, the only band likely to feature on this blog AND appear on The Sopranos. The only thing more uplifting than seeing this bunch in The Bada Bing was hearing John Cooper Clarke's Evidently Chickentown played over the end credits of Sopranos episode Stage 5. Basten Street, Salford 7 meets Noo Joisey. Back to The Swingin' Neckbreakers. The band look like they've stepped out of the photocopied sleeve notes for one of Crypt Records' Back From The Grave releases. And that's also what they sound like. Enjoy.

The Swingin' Neckbreakers - Workin' & Jerkin' - Estrus Records 7". ES747.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Wolfhounds - The Anti-Midas Touch - Pink Records 7". Pinky 14.

Following their inclusion on the NME's C-86 cassette - an influential but patchy grab-bag of indie, angry, shambling or shite white kids - The Wolfhounds outgrew an early, limiting, obsession with The Fall and started to issue blinders like this. Somewhere in the dictionary of finger-popping hipster slang there is an entry for this record correctly identifying it as a 'tune'. Enjoy.


The Wolfhounds - Anti-Midas Touch - Pink Records 7". Pinky 14.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The James Taylor Quartet - Blow Up. Re-Elect The President Records 7". FORD1.

Some super-wiggly organ pseudo jazz for you all. One of my favourite memories of my time in Brighton was seeing this lot at The Concorde Bar on the beach. A total invasion by 80s mods and skins that could have gone either way ended up with people recreating one of those typically bonkers swinging party scenes from a 60s movie. This was by far their best release. Enjoy.

The James Taylor Quartet - Blow Up. Re-Elect The President Records 7". FORD1.

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Mono Men - Shut The Fuck Up. Estrus Records 10". ES101.

Those who bought the CD version of this 10" found a bra crudely drawn onto the chest of the young lady pictured and the title changed to the much more sedate Shut Up! You get what you pay for, I guess. Here are Bellingham's finest smashing their way through a mix of original and cover version instrumentals. Enjoy.

The Mono Men - Shut The Fuck Up. Estrus Records 10". ES101.

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Wishing Stones - Wildwood. Heavenly LP. HVNLP4.

The Wishing Stones were the evil twin brothers of the more successful, but infinitely more irritating, Creation Records act, The Weather Prophets. Both bands emerged from the split up of The Loft. Bill Prince (Bill Black when he wrote for the music press) formed The Wishing Stones, Pete Astor convened The Weather Prophets. The Wishing Stones released a couple of singles on pre-Heavenly label, Sub Aqua, but this, their debut LP, didn't see light of day until two years after the band had split. Originally released on this very day in 1991, here are The Wishing Stones. A splendid band. Enjoy.

The Wishing Stones - Wildwood. Heavenly LP. HVNLP4.

Transcript of accompanying press release:


It's 1988, Caroline Coon's predicted date for the end of the influence of Punk Rock. It's Spring and London, in the full ripened years of Enterprise Culture, sees its youth overdosing on style facism, commodity-buying and credit binges.

Meanwhile, back in the world that never went away, that smoke-infested demi monde of pub backrooms and college bars, a band called THE WISHING STONES are presenting something for the disenfranchised to buy into.

After flirtations within the narrow parameters of 'indie pop' (and several line ups) Wishing Stones mainman Bill Prince was now fronting a blowzy-but-deft rock'n'roll quartet. Wandering into Camden's Falcon pub in April, I witnessed (along with three men and a dog) one of the most searing guitar duels I'd heard since wearing out the grooves on Television's 'Adventure'.

With Prince-all Stratocaster and gritted teeth vocals - was John Niven, his Billy The Kid, six string cohort perpetually raging full on. Here were frontmen steeped in the Dylan / Robertson, Hell / Quine and Verlaine / Lloyd - style Fender - toting double acts; and in Andrew Kerr and Stewart Garden, the Stones had an effectively unobtrusive rhythm section.

But it wasn't all guitars. Bill Prince is a songwriter in the grand tradition, literate, but never name - droppingly verbose, his lyrics are little paranoid dramas, couched dreamy metaphors, all tossed out with that lugubrious voice - part doom - laden, part starry - eyed and almost innocent.

After two great singles on the Sub Aqua label, the band split on the verge of a major tour. In March '89 I saw their last gig, bombing in front of 100 Spacemen 3 fans at the Notre Dame Hall when a ropey PA and the smell of patchouli oil overcame the miscast quartet. Their parting shot, 'Lost In The Well' was a fitting sayonara.

The album The Wishing Stones had been working on in the Winter of '88 finally saw the light of day on the Heavenly label in 1991. For anyone who ever liked Punk Rock, Neil Young, Television or, erm Paris in the Spring, here's another vital item for your collection.

David Sheppard
London 1991.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Dwarves - Lucifer's Crank. No. 6 Records 7".

Inner flap.
Nine tracks of bootleggy goodness from everybody's favourite perverts, The Dwarves. I say bootleggy because the legal status of this record, and its sister release, Tooling For A Warm Tea Bag, has never been clear. Some, maybe all, of the tracks come from radio broadcasts, but the source is much clearer than that of some other FM-sourced bootlegs, which suggests somebody near the band had a hold of a pre-FM master of the material. Anyway, it's The Dwarves at their juvenile best. Enjoy.

Dwarves - Lucifer's Crank. No. 6 Records 7".

Friday, 4 November 2011

The X-Rays - Booze and Speed EP. ...lowlife 7". MONTY2.

Sometimes you just cannot see what's under your nose. Despite having owned this release since it came out I know virtually nothing about The X-Rays. A proper, go-to, worth-a-listen garage band from Nottingham, England. One of my favourite UK cities and I never saw them live. The bands they most resemble are The Mono Men and The Sinister Six. The latter making even more sense given the information that they released a couple of LPs on Empty Records. I just checked Grunnen and they released a stash of singles during my garage punk blackout period. I should, I suppose, go out and get 'em. Enjoy.

The X-Rays - Booze and Speed EP. ...lowlife 7". MONTY2.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Various Artists - Locked In To Surf - Volume Two. Alopecia! Records LP.



Stop Press - Last minute sleeveage thanks to Brandonio!


Another LP. I can't find a large enough scan of the cover of this one and my own attempts at photographing ten and twelve inch releases were laughably bad, so instead here's some great footage of two of the acts on this LP, The Astronauts and The Trashwomen. The Astronauts were from Germany and can be seen here performing the theme from the hit German TV show, Die Munsters. The Trashwomen treat us to Let's Go, which was simultaneously released, to worldwide acclaim, by German label Pin-Up and US label Repent.

Other acts on here include Sir Bald Diddley and his Right Honourable Big Wigs, Los Kogas, The Finks, The Surf Trio, The Apemen and The Green Hornets. All worthy of your attention. I'm sure there must be a full track-listing out there somewhere...

Various Artists - Locked In To Surf - Volume Two. Alopecia! Records LP.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Various Artists - Puget Power Volume Four. Regal Select Records 7".

The final Puget Power compilation and the final release on Regal Select. The Statics and The Sinister Six are the box office pull on this release, although Flathead bring some kudos earnt from the garage cogniscenti's appreciation of their split single with The Gorls. And, before you ask, I had it, I sold it. Something had to give. More Statics soon. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Puget Power Volume Four. Regal Select Records 7".