Monday, 24 January 2011

The Sprague Brothers - Battle of the Bands! Hillsdale Records HR-19.

Straying more into a West Texas picking sound, here are the enigmatic Sprague Brothers on Johnny Bartlett's Hillsdale Records. Christopher Sprague and Deke Sprague were part of teen beat combo, The Untamed Youth. Texan powerhouse Frank L. Sprague has his own one man record party going on out there.

The Sprague Brothers - Battle of the Bands! Hillsdale Records HR-19.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Halo of Flies / Mudhoney - Big Mod Showdown 7"

One from the ever-collectable Amphetamine Reptile Records, except I think that of the 'good' records they released (and they didn't half chuck out some metallic dirge towards the end) this is the easiest to find. AMRep house-band and uptight 'Mod' noise combo Halo of Flies kick in with a John's Children cover. Seattle Grungeniks (c. every music reviewer in the universe circa 1988) Mudhoney choose the easier option with their take on William Hampshire's paean to Gary Puckett and The Union Gap.

Halo of Flies / Mudhoney - Big Mod Showdown 7".

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Fingers - The Rusty Quan E.P. 1992. Rat City Records RC-8.

Four more tracks by The Fingers. This is another post-split up release and features material recorded by Mr. Raul Balcarcel on a boom box. Allegedly. What's In It For Me? was meant to be The Fingers track on the announced but never released Pre-BS Fingers/Supercharger split single. It was also later recorded by The Rip-Offs, but, as Mr. Shane White indicates in his comprehensive and learned sleeve notes, "that version sucks balls compaired (sic) to this one."

The Fingers - The Rusty Quan E.P. 1992. Rat City Records RC-8.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Various Losers - The Winners of the Vincent Price Beauty Contest (The Best of Repent Records Volume One). Repent 5432.


Hey! It's another LP! And because my scanner is too small and because I go to work when its dark and come home when its dark meaning I can't take a photo of the sleeve and also because the flash makes it look crap but mainly because no other loser has ever bothered making an image of the sleeve of this record and put it onto the web for me to steal ... there is no picture of the sleeve. It's pretty messy, anyway. So, instead, here's a picture of Mr. Michael Lucas drinking from what looks like a bottle of cough medicine from all that writing on the side of it. I lifted the picture. Sorry. I've done worse. Thanks, Toe Stubber. You've really captured the entrepeneurial spirit of Mr. J.P. Gutrock.
Just to prove I'm not totally lazy, here are the sleeve notes from the back. Hand-written by JPG himself.

"FROM THE DESK OF J.P. Gutrock
IT GIVE ME GREAT PLEASURE, ETC., 5 UP AND COMING, ETC, "TOUGH" (OR IS THIS EXPRESSION DATED? PLEASE CHECK - IF SO, CHANGE) PUNK/INDIE/ALTERNATIVE/NEW WAVE (CHECK DEMOGRAPHICS THIS WEEK & SELECT MOST SELLABLE GENRE) (THOUGHT - MAYBE "GARAGE"?). MENTION OTHER RELEASES BY THESE BANDS (REPENT RELEASES ONLY, OF COURSE), COUNT BACKWURDS (CHECK SP.) COURTESY SUMPP, WERTHEIMER MANAGEMENT GROUP, ETC. "DOING IT FOR THE KIDS." HOPE YOU ENJOY, ETC., OTHER FINE REPENT RELEASES (PLUG VULCANEERS LP ESPECIALLY). CLOSE WITH "ROCK ON" OR SOMETHING.
SHIRLEY - THE ABOVE ARE LINER NOTES FOR "V.P.B.C." - TYPE UP AND HAVE IT ON MY DESK TUESDAY A.M. ANY PLANS WEDNESDAY LUNCH?"

Various Losers - The Winners of the Vincent Price Beauty Contest (The Best of Repent Records Volume One). Repent 5432.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Statics - An Unrespected Man. Empty Records MT-307.

More Statics. Doing 'The Static'. Enjoy. For more information on The Statics (and maybe some tax-deductible freebies) why not write to Sven-Erik Geddes, 1800 Market Street, #45, San Francisco, CA94102, USA. Don't forget to include a return address.

The Statics - An Unrespected Man. Empty Records MT-307.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Bum - Mrs. Rock'n'Roll. One Louder Records Loud 2.

I've only got this as a promo copy and a quick trawl of the net reveals nothing beyond the sad news that the last update on the Bum fansite was in August 2001. So, Bum. Canadian, power pop and seemed to have an affinity with Japan as they released split singles with both Teengenerate and Fifi and The Mach Three. The former will appear here. Eventually.

Bum - Mrs. Rock'n'Roll. One Louder Records Loud 2.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Tiny Town - Flexi disc. 1983.

I got this free with a fanzine way back in the early 80s. The date on the record itself is 83, but I think I got it a year or two later. It's survived because it was bundled with a bunch of other flexis. It has that very peculiar early 80s Aussie sound.

Tiny Town - Flexi disc. 1983.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

The Phantom Surfers - Bikini Drag. Estrus Records ESP4.

Front. Back is blank.
Insert.
It would be too easy to sit here and say that money alone cannot buy you this sort of thing. Too easy and wrong, because I did buy it. But let's pretend that I didn't. Is there any other band so giving? Any other band which such utter respect for its fans? Any other band who would give away the secrets of their multi-million dollar-earning technique for practically nothing ($4 IIRC)? Download this, print out the the instructions on the printer at work, pick up your bass guitar and play along with The Phantom Surfers on 'Pleasure Point'. And don't forget ...gliss...

The Phantom Surfers - Bikini Drag. Estrus Records ESP4.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Teengenerate - Play The Kids. Wild Wild Records WILD13.

Teengenerate? Again? So soon? I know. The truth is that this particular slice of Franco-Nippon/Belgique excellence would have been posted up here last year but for the fact that Bloody Belgium kept bloody jumping. I persevered by playing it through on 33rpm and it seemed to clear whatever it was. So, here, for you is one of The Greatest Singles Ever Released. Teengenerate playing three songs by vintage Belgian punk band, The Kids. Steve Baise from The Devil Dogs dishes up the vocals on Do You Wanna Know?

Teengenerate - Play The Kids. Wild Wild Records WILD13.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Various Artists - Twistin' Time. Vol. 1. Knight Records. Knight LP 001.

This is not the sleeve to Twistin' Time Vol. 1.
An LP for a change. This one is a compilation of various twist tracks brought together by one of the USA's current top twisters, Tubby Chess. As he states, "The songs on this album represent the archaeological remains of a dance craze that hit this big, blue marble a few decades ago. It literally shook every nook and cranny of every country - allowing entertainers (and self-perceived entertainers, as you will hear) of every stripe to exploit this stupid fad. Out of the avalanche of twist records released, we have culled the most rockin', novel, stupid, inept and twistacular examples from an amazing time in American history."

Cheers, TC.

(Please note, my scanner isn't big enough to take a 12" record, the light is too bad to grab a photo, and I can't find a copy on the web, so no cover scan for this one. Sorry!)

Various Artists - Twistin' Time. Vol. 1. Knight Records. Knight LP 001.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Shop Assistants - Subway Records EP. 1985.

Insert - Front.
Insert - Rear.
Shop Assistants were a band from Scotland who wanted to be The Ramones. And The Shangri-Las. This was their first release. Like all bands who start cheap, their early recordings (and there weren't actually that many in the end) eclipse the later ones through guile, tenacity and the kind of amateurism that gets me out of bed every morning. Plenty of crackles on the quieter track.

Shop Assistants - Subway Records EP. 1985.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

The Count Backwards - Double Decker Bus / Bad Little Woman. Big City 7".

Sometimes something is less than the sum of its parts. This band features three Trashwomen and one Mummy/Go-Nut, was recorded by Darin 'Colonel Brain' Rafaelli at Radio X studios, and has sleeve notes by Michael 'JP Gutrock' Lucas. What comes out is the result of one cross-breeding experiment too far. A lazy mess. That said, as I've hardly ever played it, this copy doesn't crackle and pop too much. Just a bit.

More from this band when I post their Repent material. From what I remember, it's much better. Let's just wait and see...

The Count Backwards - Double Decker Bus / Bad Little Woman. Big City 7".

Monday, 3 January 2011

Various Artists - The Rip-Offs / Teengenerate split single. Wallabies Records WAL-005.

It's like all your Christmas's coming at once. Two of the finest 90s garage punk bands on a package as compact as you'd want it without getting all silver and pointless. The Rip-Offs tracks have never been reissued. The Teengenerate tracks have. Or were from earlier sources. Unless they are different versions of those previously and subsequently released, of course. If any of you have a clue about any of this, please let us all know. In the meantime, get stuck into this beauty.

Various Artists - The Rip-Offs / Teengenerate split single. Wallabies Records WAL-005.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Thee Headcoats - My Dear Watson. Estrus Crust single. ES726.





Interior design.

Insert - Front and Rear.
 It sometimes appears that there are as many Billy Childish-related seven-inch singles as there are stars in the sky. I used to own a small solar system's worth, but sold them when I realised that they all sound roughly the same. Apart from the really good ones, that is. Like Girl From '62. That's a good one. A really good one. This one is okay, and shows Hampshire's love for The Goons to full effect.
Thee Headcoats - My Dear Watson. Estrus Crust single. ES726.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The Tiki Men - "Sneak-A-Drink" with The Tiki Men. Secret Center 7".

The male Trashwomen ... Oh, hang on, that makes them The Trashmen, and there's no vacancy there. In that case, the female Phantom Surfers, although they're all male. The Tiki Men are one of those bands who released some excellent surf sounds in the early 90s but are all but forgotten now. As well as this, their first, self-released, single, they managed to persuade Dave Crider at Estrus to release an EP, and Johnny 'Charity begins at home' Bartlett to release a single AND a full length LP on his super-fine Hillsdale label. Expect them here, some time in 2011. In the meantime, happy new year.


The Tiki Men - "Sneak-A-Drink" with The Tiki Men. Secret Center 7".