Monday, 30 May 2011

Laurie Steele - Music From The BBC T.V. Series 'Joe'. Decca EP. DFE8672.

Now here's a diversion for you, but bear with me on it. It's worth it. Joe was a children's television show on the BBC in the late 1960s. I'm old enough to have had enough memories of it that when I saw this EP in a charity shop over twenty years ago I picked it up. I was glad I did as the theme song is an excellent rush of 60s 'wiggly' organ and guitar. The rest is a bit more hit and miss, but I've heard a lot worse. One for connoisseurs of a particular 60s sound. It's also worth noting that although six tracks are listed, the fifth and sixth song merge together so closely it was too difficult to split them. Enjoy.

Laurie Steele - Music From The BBC T.V. Series 'Joe'. Decca EP. DFE8672.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

King Sound Quartet - The Getdown Imperative - In The Red Records LP. ITR 052. REPOST.

This was due to be issued on CD for the first time in 2001, according to the In The Red Records website, but that never happened. A garage rock 'supergroup', King Sound Quartet includes Tim Kerr of Poison 13, Jack O'Fire and Lord High Fixers, Mick Collins of Gories, Blacktop and Dirtbombs, Stephanie Paige Friedman of Lord High Fixers, Big Foot Chester and Sugar Shack and Alex Cuervo of Blacktop and The Now Time Delegation. Heroes all. This is a bit of a mixed bag, a lot of people balking at the ten minute plus cover version of The Sun Ra Arkestra's Space Is The Place. It's worth it if only to hear Mick Collins take on Ray Charles (and lose!). Enjoy.

King Sound Quartet - The Getdown Imperative - In The Red Records LP. ITR 052.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Son of Sam. In The Red Records ITR-011.

To complement the Blues Explosion giddiness of Bad Vibe fanzine, here's a Blues Explosion single. The a-side is a cracking cover of the '77 original by Chain Gang. The flip is an Blues Explosion original. This was the second in In The Red Records series of Juke Box Explosion releases by the band. More to follow and, when I find the record sleeve where I've secreted them all, scans of the Jukebox labels which accompanied each single. Enjoy.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Son of Sam. In The Red Records ITR-011.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Rocket From The Crypt plays The Music Machine - Sympathy For The Record Industry 5" single. SFTRI 373.

Mission creep. That's what they call it. I start a blog in order to post digital copies of seven inch singles and what happens next? Ten inch EPs, twelve inch singles, Long Playing records and a fanzine. So, here is another spin in the format game, a five inch single. Rocket From The Crypt cover two songs by 60s faves The Music Machine. No CDs, though. Fuck CDs. Enjoy.

Rocket From The Crypt plays The Music Machine - Sympathy For The Record Industry 5" single. SFTRI 373.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

June Brides - In The Rain - Pink Records 7". Pinky1.

Two prime slices of brass-driven, Postcard-influenced pure pop from The June Brides, and the first release on The Pink Label. I could hear In The Rain every day for the rest of my life and still never tire of it. Enjoy.

 June Brides - In The Rain - Pink Records 7". Pinky1.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

TV Personalities - Where's Bill Grundy Now? King's Road Records E.P.

A D.I.Y. classic from 1978. Part-time Punks is what the young people and house heads would call An Anthem. The back of the sleeve gives a budgetary breakdown of how much it cost to make the record. The kind of democrative, inclusive gesture that would inspire a billion independent labels. Enjoy.

The Television Personalities - Where's Bill Grundy Now? King's Road Records E.P.

Friday, 20 May 2011

STP - Smoke 'em EP. Circuit Records Circa 7004.

A classic rarity featuring Julia Cafritz of Pussy Galore (mis-identified as Julie on the sleeve) and Sally Edroso from The Honeymoon Killers, it was produced by Don 'Gumball' Fleming and Kim Gordon. The record company went bust just after this was issued and, despite rumours of a compilation cropping up now and then, it has never been fully reissued. Crank it up. Enjoy.

STP - Smoke 'em EP. Circuit Records Circa 7004.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Thee Headcoats - Girl From '62. Regal Select Records RS13.

I've not heard everything - particularly material from the past ten years - but this has to be far and away my favourite Billy Childish-related seven-incher. And that's just for the title track as I'm struggling to remember what the flip side sounds like. Enjoy.

Thee Headcoats - Girl From '62. Regal Select Records RS13.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Various Artists - If I Were A Carpenter. Geffen Records 7". Redd Kross / Sonic Youth.

Another branch of Sonic Youth's obsession with Karen Carpenter paired with a moody Redd Kross take on The Bachelors. At this level, this kind of thing should only benefit charity, but this doesn't. Shame. Enjoy.

Various Artists - If I Were A Carpenter. Geffen Records 7".

Monday, 9 May 2011

The Roofdogs - Havin' A Rave Up With The Roofdogs. Estrus 7". ES714.

The Roofdogs was an earlier incarnation of The Mono Men. From what I remember, the tracks on this EP and on the split single with The Phantom Surfers (available here) were from a cassette-only release. The Mono Men returned to this sound later on with the release of ten-inch all-instrumental EP, Shut The Fuck Up. Enjoy.

The Roofdogs - Havin' A Rave Up With The Roofdogs. Estrus 7". ES714.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Bradford - In Liverpool. The Foundation Label 7". TFL1.

Another day, another bunch of pale-faced softies with guitars. Bradford were one of a number of bands who were selected then rejected for the New Smiths title after that band had imploded. Their credentials were boosted when they were chosen as the support act for Morrissey's first post-Smiths live performance in Wolverhampton, but they just never caught on. As you might expect this is melodic pop with strangulated vocals. Never as aggressive as The Smiths at their best, but still an agreeable slice of plastic. Enjoy.

Bradford - In Liverpool. The Foundation Label 7". TFL1.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Scars - All About You. Pre Records 7". PRE-014.

Another one of those Number One in an Alternative Scottish Universe singles to file alongside All The Boys Love Carrie by Another Pretty Face, Breaking Point by Bourgie Bourgie and Something To Do by Buba and The Shop Assistants. At the time it did appear to be a reality that Scars would be a breakthrough band, they were hugely championed by NME, featured heavily on The John Peel Show and had this super-catchy single available to buy. Except it never happened. For whatever reason, All About You failed to reach even the top seventy-five. It's good, though. A bit 'produced', but still good. Enjoy.

Scars - All About You. Pre Records 7". PRE-014.