Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Phantom Surfers - Besame Mucho. Standard Recordings 7". SR71.

 The first single from the golden glove champs of the west coast Go Sound from way back in 1991. A propos nothing at all, here's a good video of them playing in Portugal a couple of years ago. I see Johnny's back. It would have been a GREAT video, but some nit cut out all the inter-song banter. The best thing about any Phantom Surfers performance is the inter-song banter. And the jokes. The music is incidental to the banter.  And if any of you were technically-minded enough to download the video (in the best possible quality) and send me a copy I'd be very, very happy.

The Phantom Surfers - Besame Mucho. Standard Recordings 7".  SR71.

Monday, 27 June 2011

The Untamed Youth - Minor Chaos. Hillsdale Records 7". HR-17.

I've not posted any Untamed Youth since March, and that long without access to Mace is verging on the inhuman. Two tracks - the a-side is an uptempo instrumental, it's flip is an emotional cry from the heart from this most sensitive of bands. Issued on Johnny Bartlett's Hillsdale Records long after the tracks were recorded in 1987 and 1991. Enjoy.

The Untamed Youth - Minor Chaos. Hillsdale Records 7". HR-17.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Lord High Fixers - Scat Man. No Lie Records 7". NL-006.

I never had as much time for Lord High Fixers as I did for Tim Kerr's previous band, Jack O'Fire. In retrospect that's a bit of a shame, but I was also slightly burnt out by what I perceived as a second wave of inferior garage bands and lack of quality control by some of the more prominent labels on the scene. So unlike the tower of vinyl I have for Jack O'Fire, Lord High Fixers are represented in my collection by this single only. It's a good one, though, showcasing the slightly rockier feel of Lord High Fixers and packaged with consumate care by record label, No Lie. The Cub Card shown above is membership card-sized. The inserts continue Kerr's journey with Young Lions Conspiracy USA.

In addition I've linked to a record sent to me by Tim Kerr back in the mid to late nineties. It's a clear vinyl, unlabelled 7" with just the one track on it. In the meantime I have totally forgotten what it is and who recorded it. Any information will be gratefully received. It's a departure musically, but not thematically. As you will hear. Enjoy.

Lord High Fixers - Scat Man. No Lie Records 7". NL-006.

Lord High Fixers - Scat Man Revolution - Free 7".

Thursday, 23 June 2011

The Astronauts - Lost In Space. Pin Up Records 10".

Germany's finest surf band, The Astronauts, with a superb release on Pin-Up. These fellas could hold their own against any other hard working surf band out there - The Phantom Surfers, Dick et les Espions, even The Trashwomen. Enjoy.

The Astronauts - Lost In Space. Pin Up Records 10".

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Bassholes - John Henry. Sympathy For The Record Industry 7". SFTRI 175.

It wasn't until I spoke to Don Howland that I found out it's Bassholes as in assholes not Bassholes as in bass guitar. And I'd been getting it wrong for all that time. The version of John Henry on this is completely different to the one on the Haunted Hill LP. Enjoy.

Bassholes - John Henry. Sympathy For The Record Industry 7". SFTRI 175.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Josef K - The Farewell Single. Les Disques Du Crepuscule 7". TWI 053.

A Postcard band but not a Postcard release. Josef K are sharp and angular. Postcard had, I seem to remember, gone West before the release of this single on Holland's super sexy Les Disques Du Crepuscule . The a-side is from a Peel session. The flip side is two versions of the same song. I've upped the bit rate in response to several requests, particularly that from the talented and mysterious Mr. Noon at 'not for the children' blog Nothing But Trash. Enjoy.

Josef K - The Farewell Single. Les Disques Du Crepuscule 7". TWI 053.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Makers - The Devil's Nine Questions. Estrus Records 10" ES104.

I've been wanting to upload more from my collection of 10" singles and EPs but have held back for lack of cover material. That is, my scanner is smaller than 10" so it's impossible to scan the sleeves like I do for the 7"ers. Yesterday, though I had the idea to mount the camera on its tripod and shoot the sleeves. Due to the angle of the lens the pictures are slightly skewed, so the cropping is a bit messy. I hope it's an acceptable 'work around' until I decide to invest in an A3 scanner.

So. The Makers. They seemed to come out of nowhere to release a bunch of stuff on The Right Labels, driving to their gigs in a Mummiesesque hearse and championed by their manager, the charismatic Vic Mostly, who would have not been out of place managing a WWE wrestler. This is one of two ten inch EPs by the group that survived The Great Garage Punk Sort Out a few years back. It's all instrumental and is good and all. It's more rocky than surfy, but with only 10" of vinyl to fill they don't outstay their welcome. Enjoy.

The Makers - The Devil's Nine Questions. Estrus Records 10" ES104.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Cee Bee Beaumont - Chef Do The Business - Hangman's Daughter 7".

What a lovely object, eh? After Hangman Records went west following distributor problems Billy Childish started Hangman's Daughter. This instrumental gem from Cee Bee Beaumont was an early release. C.B. Beaumont was a character in Ray Dennis Steckler's movie Rat Fink A Boo Boo. And that's it. Enjoy.


Cee Bee Beaumont - Chef Do The Business - Hangman's Daughter 7".

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The Fall - Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul. Kamera Records 7" ERA 001.

If there were such a thing as Cock of The Walk where bands are concerned (and there isn't, so fuck off U2, Radiohead, White Stripes, Wu Lyf etc.) there have been a few times in their career (and it has been a career) where The Fall have been it. Times when they have been Top Dog. The Best Band In The World. Without parallel. Beyond the pail. This period of two drummers, rockabilly rhythms, intelligent, coherent lyrics and yelping dog-like vocals, for example. Enjoy. It's also got a great Savage Pencil sleeve. So double enjoy.

The Fall - Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul. Kamera Records 7" ERA 001.

Monday, 13 June 2011

The Mummies - 1994 Peel Sessions. No label bootleg 7".

The Mummies on The John Peel Show. Some things were just meant to happen. It's a great shame that the few times the really great surf, garage and trash bands made it over La Manche they didn't record for Peel. So, no Teengenerate, no Oblivians, no Bassholes, no Untamed Youth, no Saturn V featuring Orbit Peel Sessions out there. We do have this, though, which is taken straight from an FM radio broadcast but still manages to sound slicker than the majority of the band's official releases. This is the second line-up of The 'Euro' Mummies with some fella from The Smugglers on bass. Enjoy.

 The Mummies - 1994 Peel Sessions. No label bootleg 7".

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Man ... Or Astroman? - Amazing Thrills in 3D. Estrus Promo EP ESP7.

Some more Man ... Or Astroman? for you all. My copy of this came free with a pre-ordered from Estrus blue vinyl copy of Is it...? A limited amount were also sold in record stores. The reverse of the sleeve is blank. Enjoy.

Man ... Or Astroman? - Amazing Thrills in 3D. Estrus Promo EP ESP7.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

McCarthy - In Purgatory. Wall of Salmon Records 7" MAC001.

A band I would happily listen to every day. This is their first, self-released, single from 1985. They commit the cardinal sin of being catchy and political. Ouch. Bad career move. Tim Gane went on to greater success in Stereolab.

McCarthy - In Purgatory. Wall of Salmon Records 7" MAC001.

Friday, 10 June 2011

The Rezillos - Destination Venus. Sire Records SIRE4008.

I was going to upload this stunner as an accompaniment to Man ... Or Astroman?'s cover of it, but then I realised the Astromen never released their version on 7". So this gets precedence. A record I have owned for nearly 33 years. Ouch. Enjoy.

The Rezillos - Destination Venus. Sire Records SIRE4008.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Marble Orchard - It's My Time. Estrus Records ES736.

A classic 'filler' band, Marble Orchard were one of those bands whose releases you ended up with - like Gravel and The Mortals - when you bought anything on a label. In this case, Estrus. It's not bad. It's just not great. The flipside is an instrumental and yes, it does end that suddenly. Enjoy.

Marble Orchard - It's My Time. Estrus Records ES736.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Teenage Fanclub - Free Again. The International Pop Underground Vol. XXVI. K Records 7".

Teenage FC take on Alex Chilton's Free Again and Beat Happening's Bad Seeds, thus providing the direct bridge between The BMX Bandits and The Gories you always need when playing C86 to Garage Punk Six Degrees of Separation. The Chilton cover is super-catchy. Enjoy.

Teenage Fanclub - Free Again. The International Pop Underground Vol. XXVI. K Records 7".

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The Brentwoods - Go Little Sputnik. Radio X 7" RX004.

More tuneless kerfuffle from the heart of South City. This time released on Darin Rafaelli's Radio X label, as was their debut LP. Purists may want to look away now as I'm going to reveal that I have tinkered with this upload by way of an experiment. I was getting tired of having to sit through The Brentwoods' schtick of having loads of narrative build up to their songs, so I've cut it all away and just left the songs. But ... in order to please everybody I've also included the songs exactly as they appear on the record, with long am-dram intros and a fake radio advert for the LP. So, to clarify, when you unzip this there will be four tracks, not two. What you do with them is up to you. Enjoy.

The Brentwoods - Go Little Sputnik. Radio X 7" RX004.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Car Thieves - Planet Pimp Records Presents The Fabulous Fighting Car Thieves. Planet Pimp Records 7".

More Genius from Planet Pimp Records - FIFA-nominated Label of The Decade for the naughty nineties. Four surf standards and Henry Mancini's 'Baby Elephant Walk' given the out of tune, badly-recorded treatment. None of the tracks are named on the record itself, and the titles given on the sleeve are obviously wrong/satirical particularly with this in mind. Enjoy.

The Car Thieves - Planet Pimp Records Presents The Fabulous Fighting Car Thieves. Planet Pimp Records 7".

The Car Thieves - Planet Pimp Records Presents The Fabulous Fighting Car Thieves. Planet Pimp Records 7" FLAC