Thursday, 31 March 2011

The Untamed Youth - Doin Me In. Teen-Rage Records 7".

Released, at a later date, on Deke Dickerson's Teen-Rage Records (a subsidiary of ECCO-FONIC INTL.), this contains the earliest recordings of The Untamed Youth. But you can read all that in the sleeve notes, can't you. Ignored by the many, loved by the few, The Untamed Youth were the very best of the many frat / surf bands, and you can hear their 'chops' developing in this ancient relic. Enjoy.

The Untamed Youth - Doin Me In. Teen-Rage Records 7".

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Various Artists - Get A Board! 16 Surf and Hot Rod Ho-Downs! Satan Records LP. Satan 1007.

More great 60s surf tracks from the ever-excellent Satan Records. When released on CD this was combined with tracks from Wail On The Beach!, which will be on here soon enough. This release has a good balance of vocal and instrumental tracks. The Shut Downs' Four On The Floor alone makes it worth the download. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Get A Board! 16 Surf and Hot Rod Ho-Downs!  Satan Records LP. Satan 1007.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Various Artists - Oh Canaduh. Lance Rock LP. LRR-19.


No image, so here's a 'video' of UJ3RK5 doing the original version of 'Eisenhower and The Hippies' which Man Or Astro-Man cover almost note for note. Oh Canaduh is an LP of 90s surf, punk and garage rock bands covering Canadian New Wave Hits of the late 70s and early 80s. What makes it better than so many 'cover' LPs is that rather than just looking at one act - Link Wray or Sam The Sham, for example - where the choice can get a bit thin, there is an opening up and the opportunity to cover one band's best song. And there are a lot of best songs on this brilliant record. I'd love to hear all the originals.

Track-listing (original artists listed at the end):

1. Teengenerate: Top Down (Teenage Head)
2. Bum: Screaming Fist (Viletones)
3. Lord High Fixers: Fuck You (Subhumans)
4. The Tonics: I Hate Music (K-Tels)
5. Young Fresh Fellows: Disco Sucks (D.O.A.)
6. The Smugglers: What Do You Want Me To Do (Pointed Sticks)
7. Al Perry: Fun While It Lasts (Active Dog)
8. Fastbacks: Won't Have To Worry (Modernettes)
9. Supersnazz: I Don't Love You (Dishrags)
10. Evaporators: I Can't Puke (The Dry Heaves)
11. Man Or Astroman?: Eisenhower & The Hippies (U-J3RK5)
12. The Onyas: I Don't Give A Shit (The Biz)
13. The Cryin' Out Louds: Now I Ain't Got No Face (No Fun)
14. The Stupes: American Bandstand (Infamous Scientists)
15. Nardwuar The Human Serviette - Secret Track (?)

Various Artists - Oh Canaduh. Lance Rock LP. LRR-19.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The Powers That Be - Crude Morning Mother. Amphetamine Reptile Records Scale 48.

Blimey, Charlie, it's an AmRep band from MANCHESTER, ENGLAND??  Bucking the trend for dancey wancey sub-Roses, post-Mondays, under par Madchester drivel, The Powers That Be played buzzy, droney, smokey almost-metal in the early 90s. Sometimes seen at The Boardwalk, one of them worked in a bank and the vocalist affected an American accent when performing. That's about all I can remember about them. apart from the fact that they were all nice fellas and they stood out like a thumb as big as Uma Thurman's in Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Rave on.
The Powers That Be - Crude Morning Mother. Amphetamine Reptile Records Scale 48.

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Sinister Six - Deloused. Bag of Hammers 7" BOH04.

Part of the great Seattle Garage Rush of the early 1990s, The Sinister Six were a band led by James Burdyshaw, who I thought was something to do with Bag of Hammers records, but I can't find anything to back this up. However, he and many other members of The Sinister Six also played in Yummy, who shared a split with The Sinister Six. It's a classic slice of garage/grunge/guitar pop.

The Sinister Six - Deloused. Bag of Hammers 7" BOH04.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Man Or Astro-Man? - Creature Feature Flexi-disc. Kronophonic Records SEXI FLEXI 002.

No image for this one as flexi-discs don't scan very well. Instead, here's a picture of last night's 'Super Moon' emerging from behind the trees. This flexi came free with a split issue of Highball Magazine and Monsters International. I no longer own the magazine. At least one of the tracks on here has, as far as I know, never been reissued - the cover of Joe South's Creature In The Surfers Lagoon.

While I was trying to find out more about this release I found this tremendous blog cataloguing all the vinyl output of Man Or Astro-Man? More importantly, I found out that current Man Or Astro-Man? operative Victor Vector fell ill with pneumonia and was hospitalised, very seriously ill, at the end of the band's last tour. Like most musicians working at grass roots level, Victor does not have health insurance so an appeal has been set up to raise funds for him. I would ask that if you have been enjoying this blog, the Man Or Astro-Man? stuff in particular (and there is plenty more to come), you go to the band's Facebook page and follow the link to donate towards his medical fees via Paypal.

Man Or Astro-Man? - Creatue Feature Flexi-disc. Kronophonic Records SEXI FLEXI 002.

Friday, 18 March 2011

That Petrol Emotion - Keen. The Pink Label 7" Pinky 004.

That Petrol Emotion were an act formed out of the ashes of The Undertones by brothers Damian and John O'Neill, drummer Ciaran McLaughlin and American in Europe, Steve Mack. This was their first single, on the Pink Label. A more politically-upfront act than The Undertones, they went on to have minor success in Europe and the USA. I've included some correspondence from the time.

That Petrol Emotion - Keen. The Pink Label 7" Pinky 004.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Stumpy Joe - Sugar and Glue. Top Drawer Records 7" TDR V2.


Very much 'a game of two halves' is this release. The a-side, Sugar and Glue, is perfect rip-snorting garage. The b-side is an insipid cover of the insipid theme for a totally so-what TV series. Stumpy Joe was, of course, the ill-fated Spinal Tap drummer who 'choked on vomit of unknown origin, other than his own'. "Because you can't really dust for vomit." In the documentary, This Is Spinal Tap, Stumpy Joe is brought back to life by well-known drummer and producer Russ Kunkel. (Not a made-up name, honest). Enjoy.

Stumpy Joe - Sugar and Glue. Top Drawer Records 7" TDR V2.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Teengenerate - Sex Cow. Estrus Records 7" ES749.

I'd like to hope that the term Sex Cow is some kind of bad, bad Japenglish translation. If not, what does it mean? A-side is a Teengenerate original, complete with daft arse title, B-side is a Larry Williams cover. Enjoy.

Teengenerate - Sex Cow. Estrus Records 7" ES749.