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".

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Gaunt - Jim Motherfucker. Get Hip Records 7". GH-158.

One of the least celebrated of the Ohio-based garage/blues bands, I saw Gaunt on a triple bill at TJs in Newport, Wales with Teengenerate and The New Bomb Turks and they held their own in such acclaimed company. So much so that Gaunt's drummer sat in for the NBT drummer who has injured himself in some way. I suspect this release is Gaunt's best known (based on no firm information whatsoever) and is super-catchy. Enjoy.

Gaunt - Jim Motherfucker. Get Hip Records 7". GH-158.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Various Artists - Alive In The Living Room. Creation Records LP.

I've had this one squirreled away for a while. I don't know if it ever came out on CD but if it did it would be a completely redundant release given the bootleg quality of the original release. Still, it's Creation Night on BBC Four tonight and there's a clip of The Loft included in it. In addition, on this record you can hear early Creation acts The Legend! (aka journalist Everett 'Jerry' True), The Jasmine Minks and The Pastels, as well as other pre-C86 luminaries The Three Johns, The Television Personalities, The Mekons, ATV and God's Own Band, The June Brides. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Alive In The Living Room. Creation Records LP.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Halo of Flies - Death of a Fly. Amphetamine Reptile Records 7". Scale 19.

The power trio is one of rock and roll's creatures of rare beauty. The Gories, Husker Du, The Minutemen, The Oblivians and Minneapolis' finest, Halo of Flies. Pick'n'mix guitar on top of a bed of solid, pounding rhythm foundation and take turns at singing. Enjoy.

Halo of Flies - Death of a Fly. Amphetamine Reptile Records 7". Scale 19.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Wah! Heat - Seven Minutes To Midnight. Inevitable Records 7". Inev004.

Wah! Heat, male slags, male slates, at their thrashing, crashing post-Clash best. The production on their records became increasingly mannered, with all the rough edges knocked off and utilising that over-compressed super-tidy 80s major label sound. This, however, is the band at their peak and with production to suit. Enjoy.

Wah! Heat - Seven Minutes To Midnight. Inevitable Records 7". Inev004.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Waste Kings - Garden Of My Mind. Estrus 7". ES745.

I wasn't planning to upload another of the weekend's loft-finds for a while, but the flipside to this single, with its relentless Stoogey skronking saxaphone has been in my head all day and deserves to be in yours. The a side is a cover of a 67 track by The Mickey Finn which is as near to a complete rip off of Purple Haze as you will ever hear. Grunnen Rocks lists an additional two releases by this combo. I'm pretty sure I had one (or one that isn't listed - GR is pretty flaky these days) and the band had completely changed their sound. Enjoy.

The Waste Kings - Garden Of My Mind. Estrus 7". ES745.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Girl Trouble - The Track - Estrus 7" ES789.

I 'found' a bunch of Estrus singles in the loft last week when I was up there looking for horror magazines* for a work colleague. (*I know. I am a cliche). They were at one point e-bay bound. This was one of them. I tried, several times, to 'get into' Girl Trouble, but it never really happened for me. In retrospect this railway-themed single is pretty damned fine, and the one-sided 78-aping sleeve is very, very good. It's not credited, but screams Art Chantry. Enjoy.

Girl Trouble - The Track - Estrus 7" ES789.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Various Artists - The Whyte Boots / The Girls split single. Lauper Death Records 7". LD69.

A bit of retro glamour to celebrate the autumnal sunshine that's beaming down this afternoon. Two slices of prime 60s girl band melodrama. Both these tracks were included on the later Girls in the Garage Volume Two LP on Romulan Records, and from the sleeve notes on that I can pass on the following:

The Girls - This California quartet consisted of four sisters: Diane, Sylvia, Rosemary, and Margaret Sandoval. Their two singles for Capitol were outstanding, combining the tricks of the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las, but more garagey. Reportedly they played the clubs awhile with a repertoire based on Stones, Beatles, and original songs. "Chico's Girl" is a Mann-Weil song produced by Steve Douglas (Spector sidekick) which maybe tries a bit too hard for the Shangri-La slut opera style, but is great fun anyway.

The Whyte Boots - Most girl group fans have at least read about this classic record. The group, who set out to be a trashier Shangri-Las, succeeded in waxing the ultimate sleaze-melodrama, owing no little thanks to the production of Pam Sawyer and Lori Burton, who also wrote the song (along with plenty of hits in the '60s, such as 'Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore"). The song can also be found on Lori Burton's fine solo album.

I don't know how common the surname Sandoval is in California, but do wonder if there's any connection between the four Sandoval sisters and shy modern songstress Hope Sandoval. Enjoy.

Various Artists - The Whyte Boots / The Girls split single. Lauper Death Records 7". LD69.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Mummies - Get Late. Estrus 7". ES94017R.

My first automated blog post. I'm writing this, slightly pissed. As usual. At 23.56 on Octobobober 19th. But I've set it off, like a little timebomb, to go live when I'm Not At Home. So, fingers crossed you will all be able to access this shoddy, cash-in reissue of a 7" which was initially used to promote The Mummies Play Their Own Records while I do Other Stuff. The sleeve of this reissue is fucking awful. The sleeve of the original ticks all the usual garage punk boxes. And more. Enjoy.

The Mummies - Get Late. Estrus 7". ES94017R.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The Lone Surfer and his Super Pals - Planet Pimp Records Present ... Planet Pimp 7" PPR-003.

A garage rock/surf super group that only came about because one member of The Phantom Surfers choked when Dick Dale had a gig the same night they were due to play at The Pony Express Pizza Parlour. The full story, along with the story of the fella getting a fist full of cash at the bottom left of the sleeve, can be found here. This release is pure Planet Pimp flogging a dead horse exploitation. Enjoy.

The Lone Surfer and his Super Pals - Planet Pimp Records Present ... Planet Pimp 7" PPR-003.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Various Artists - Seattle vs. Austin 7". Static Records SR701. The Primate 5, The Statics, Jack O'Fire, The Inhalants.

What's the point of setting up a fight if there's no way to resolve it? Who wins this particularly pointless battle? Both sides have one 'heavyweight' (and I bet that's the first time The Statics were ever, without irony, referred to as a Seattle 'heavyweight') and one hanger-on. I'm not even sure of the covers to originals ratio on this. Jack O'Fire take on Sonny Boy Williamson's Western Arizona, The Statics amplify their Billy Childish fetish by covering his Kinds of Women (which he no doubt lifted from some other source, light-fingered and unacknowledged). The Primate 5 and The Inhalants? Who knows? I suspect it's their own material as they are the support acts and they have songs to burn. The second release on this label was a Japanese Tour 7" by The Statics. If anybody has it, please share. I'd love to hear Hoppenrath's take on Loli and the Chones' I Hate Your Guts. In the meantime, enjoy.

Various Artists - Seattle vs. Austin 7". Static Records SR701.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Supercharger - Rev It Up! Bag of Hammers 7". BOH009.

The oddest thing about Supercharger is how few singles they released. In my head they are a 'singles' band, but they only released three singles before they split up. This one, their debut on Pre B.S. and the promo 7" that was available from various select sources when their second LP was issued by Estrus. There were an additional three releases which were split between the 'charger and other, less superior, acts. Sadly, one of these was not the Supercharger/Fingers split which was 'announced' on the label of the band's first single.

Supercharger - Rev It Up! Bag of Hammers 7". BOH009.

As with the Whirl! post, here's a contemporary interview with the band, from long-gone garage site Furball, taken by them from even longer-gone print fanzine Moral Sense.

Rev it up and go with... Supercharger.

It all seemed simplicity in itself. One of Furball's most trusted Gentleman Agents had found himself taking a break in the fair German city of Berlin. After he had unpacked his shooting stick and plus fours he found that two of the New World's finest Garage Punk bands, Supercharger and The Mummies, were entertaining the troops at the oddly-named Knaap Club. Putting through a call to headquarters he requested whether an interview with these American entertainers might be in order. We readily agreed and drank a toast to him with the finest matured Highland whisky that very night. It was here that things began to go rather awry.

"HEY FURBALL. THIS IS GREG OF SUPERCHARGER. YOU GUYS NEED TO GET ONE THING STRAIGHT, I AM RIP OFF RECORDS, NOT DARIN, I PLAY BASS, NOT DARIN. AND ALL THE ANSWERS THAT YOU TRANSCRIBED AND CREDITED TO DARIN, ARE ACTUALLY ME, AND VICE VERSA. YOU GUYS FUCKED UP BIG TIME.

Needless to say, when we received that response from Mr. Greg Lowery, bass guitarist for Supercharger, and the man behind Rip Off Records, we were mightily shamed. Suspicious that Gentleman Agent JW001's answers were a tad on the brief side we had sent a radio-telegram to the United States of America in the hope of receiving more information. What we didn't expect was confirmation that this Gentleman Agent had 'slacked out', neglecting his claret and cigars for a sordid entanglement with the tawdry narcotics of the stinking hippy crash-pad scene.

Furthermore, the whole world had gone into a state of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome with the news that The Mummies' apparent reformation for a tour of the spas of Europe had only been for what was understood to be a skipful of bandages and rather a lot of liniment, if one knows what one means, after which they were all due back at their ancestral tombs. In the meantime, a second LP now under their belts, Supercharger imploded.

"IN REGARDS TO THE BREAKUP, WELL IT IS LONG AND COMPLEX, BUT I WILL TRY. THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS FOR US BREAKING UP, THE FIRST WAS DARIN'S RELUCTANCE TO PLAY LIVE, AND HIM BASICALLY DESPISING JUST ABOUT EVERYONE WHO SAID THEY WERE FANS, THINKING THEY WERE JUST SAYING THAT TO JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON. HE ALSO WANTED TO BREAK UP THE BAND ALMOST FROM THE BEGINNING, SAYING WE WERE A JOKE AND ALL. BUT THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN WAS DARIN ACTING LIKE A TOTAL ASSHOLE OVER IN EUROPE, TRYING TO SHOW OFF IN FRONT OF THE MUMMIES AND ALL. SO THAT WAS THAT. I KNEW HE WANTED TO BREAK IT UP, AND THIS WAS HIS WAY OF MAKING SURE IT WAS DONE. SO THAT'S THE STORY. IN REGARDS TO YOUR OTHER QUESTION IF WE STILL TALK TO EACH OTHER, ME AND KAREN DO OBVIOUSLY, DARIN AND KAREN ARE STILL FRIENDS, BUT I TOTALLY DESPISE DARIN FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE TO OUR BAND, AND OUR FRIENDSHIP, SO FUCK HIM".

So, let this interview stand as an epitaph for Supercharger. Let those who come after take heed - Supercharger rocked. They rocked shabbily, but they fuckin' rocked.

"IN REGARDS TO THE FIRST ALBUM, WE RECORDED IT WITHOUT EVER PLAYING LIVE OR BEING INVOLVED IN ANY SCENE. ME AND DARIN STARTED THE BAND, AND NEEDED A DRUMMER IN JANUARY 1991. SO WE ASKED KAREN, WHO WAS/IS (Furnote: ISN'T) MY GIRLFRIEND. (GREG, NOT DARIN). SHE NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT, BUT SHE CAME TO PLAY A COUPLE OF TIMES AND LIKED IT, TOOK A MONTH'S WORTH OF LESSONS, AND AFTER A MONTH WE STARTED RECORDING THE FIRST LP. DARIN AND MYSELF WERE PLAYING FOR ONLY A COUPLE OF MONTH'S BEFORE".

Gentleman Agent JW001's questions and answers begin here, any clues as to his whereabouts would be appreciated - he was last seen hitting the Hippy Trail to go 'find himself' in one of those places where nice white boys go.

Do you get out of Daly City often?

"We play San Francisco about once a month - every six weeks - any more would be like tonight, y'know, audience totally bored", said Greg.

So do you have dayjobs then?

"Yeah, yawned Greg, "I sell motorboats, Darin is a brain surgeon".

And Karen?

"Karen is a drug-runner - she smuggles drugs in children's diapers".

So where did you come up with the name Supercharger?

"Well", whined Darin, "I wanted to be called The Superchargers, but was outvoted by Greg and Karen. Greg said 'Supercharger'".

Furball later ascertained that a Supercharger is kind of like our very own Hot Wheels racing track, and is also part of a horseless carriage. What would these mechanically minded young folk be getting up to once they got back to the land of Mom's Apple Pie?

"Well, I'm kind of excited 'cos my new label should be just about ready to go", gushed Greg, "I'll be home in about two weeks, and should be putting out a one-sided 7" by The Statics soon after".

As this was a double-headed tour with The Mummies, it had to be asked whether Supercharger, too, hated CDs?

"Yeah, well", decided Greg, "we don't hate them that much. I used to have one, but I don't like 'em anymore. The real beauty of vinyl is the hunting for something really rare and just holding it in your hands. You don't get that with CDs".

Are there any bands out there who deserve The Supercharger Seal of Approval in the same way that The Mummies championed yourselves and The Fingers for a while?

"No!! It's the other way around", snorted Greg, "too many bands getting the attention they don't deserve. I see a lot of bands, and the majority of them suck. It's not like I'm saying we don't but I just don't like it".

It appears you don't like much, so who do you hate?

"Hmmm", pondered Greg, "besides each other, we hate everybody. We are a Punk Rock band, we have to hate everybody".

Provoked by this I leapt on the path of low-rent cheap and sleazy journalism by asking them who their favourite fuck was.

"Well I could bet in trouble for this", said Darin, "so I'd better say Danielle". (Pimm, of Trashwomen, Brentwoods and Bobby Teens fame).

"I don't want to sound romantic and say definitely Karen", contradicted Greg.

"Actually, she was my favourite too", interrupted Darin, "probably yours, too".

So, besides Karen reading this, what's your biggest fear?

"Oh, I dunno, probably running out of money in Germany", decided Darin.

"Yeah", grinned Greg, "an earthquake happens and a bridge falls. That's my biggest fear, and it's already happened".

Did the split single with The Fingers ever happen?

"No!"

Oh, okay, then you don't mind me asking about another band? What's Raul Balcarcel from The Fingers up to?

"Ha ha ha!", laughed Darin, "He's up to no good - he just kind of turns up, but he seems to have a lot of fur. Shane is starting a new band, though".

Right then, you are a punk rock band. If it came to a fight between you and The Mummies, who would win?

"Well, there's four of them and only three of us, but I guess Karen could take on two of them, which would kind of even things out", decided Darin.

"Basically we're wimps", interjected Greg, diplomatically.

So, would you win?

"The Mummies would", he concluded.

"No way, I can't see it happening", disagreed Darin.

Have you any message for your legions of UK fans who were denied a visit?

"HAHAHA! What fans?", asked Greg, "I'd have to say buy some real records and then you wouldn't have to like us".

And finally, your thoughts for the day, gentlemen?

"I guess I just want to shit on the ledge", snickered Darin in reference to the great German plumbing system which forces you to savour your load before flushing.

And Greg?

"I'd just like to say that Germany sucks and Berlin is the ugliest city I've ever been in".

Auf wiedersehen, pet.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Man... Or Astro-Man? - The Sounds of Tomorrow. Estrus 7". ES783.

We've not had any Man... Or Astro-Man? for a little while, so here's a 1996 offering from the ever-reliable Estrus records. Track three, Green-blooded Love, is by Thee Shatners, a bunch of Star Trek-loving chancers who had connections with The Ne'er'Do'Wells and The Dukes of Hamburg, and whose only release was an LP on Planet Pimp Records. Enjoy.

Man... Or Astro-Man? - The Sounds of Tomorrow. Estrus 7". ES783.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

McCarthy - Keep An Open Mind Or Else! Midnight Music 7".


From vinyl, from the heart, from deepest darkest Dagenham. It's more McCarthy. A band that worked as the catalyst for other, less worthy, bands. Here's a single off their second LP, The Enraged Will Inherit The Earth. Here also is the press release that came with it. For once, a rare example of a funny, engaging,not just doing it for the cash message to the masses.

Monday, 10 October 2011

The Boss Martians - XKE! - Hillsdale Records 7" HR-45-3.

Back to normal tonight. Here's an early release by The Boss Martians on Johnny 'Slowhand' Bartlett's Hillsdale Records. If you dig traditional-sounding, twangy surf music you'll enjoy this one, crackles and all. Enjoy.

The Boss Martians - XKE! - Hillsdale Records 7" HR-45-3.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Whirl - They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Bootles.

In a bit of a departure from the usual way I've posted stuff up here, I've decided to post up everything I have from a band. Mainly because they are virtually lost or, at best, exist as a footnote in the history of other bands. Whirl were my favourite local band from the time I lived in Brighton, and this is as much material as I can gather together. Ironically, the two singles were released when I had escaped to northern climes so I have no real idea how they went down. If you like what you hear, there's a live performance available at the Fruitier Than Thou blog. (You might also recognise the graphic from above ... I hope he doesn't mind...)

So, Whirl. A band who loved Television, Hurrah!, The Beatles and The Go-Betweens, a band whose 'intro' music was Nancy Sinatra's Bond Theme, You Only Live Twice, a band who provided future members for Blow-Up, The Wolfhounds and Eusebio. What we have here are nine demo tracks - recorded at different times, I believe, but can't say for sure - that were recorded for me by Trevor Elliot in 1985, two tracks from a various artist cassette LP released through Especially Yellow fanzine (full tape to follow, but it does have significant quality issues), a 12" release on Playroom Recordings and a 12" release on September Records. I've also included an interview which was written around the time the Playroom Recordings 12" was released.

Demo.
Two tracks from Goodnight Miffy Cassette.



Playroom Single

Interview from 'brighton' micro-fanzine.

Of the four bands covered in this Brighton section, Whirl are probably the longest running - Trevor explained their history. "Alan and I formed Whirl about four years ago and had various line-ups with different singers to start with, for about a year. Then we kicked a couple of people out and a couple left, then Caz joined on bass while we had Chris Windows on drums temporarily, and finally Rob joined about eight months ago."

They are obviously very pleased with their debut release, "The Heaven Forbid E.P.", "I think it's fucking wonderful, actually," enthused Trevor. "The engineer we worked with at Bloomsbury Studios, Chris, he was really good with us and made us work." I asked if they felt they would be competing with any particular bands, Trevor replied that he didn't think they'd be competing with anyone. "It might compete with certain things, but that's not the point," interjected Caz. "It seems to be the only way you get heard now, bands get heard on Janice Long or John Peel because they've made a single, not because they've sent a demo in. Soon they'll be so overwhelmed by singles..." "You'll have to make a video to get noticed", concluded Trevor.

Knowing Trevor's interest in The Beatles, I asked if there was any particular recording against which he would ultimately like to be measured. "Well obviously I'd say 'Rubber Soul' was probably the best recorded LP ever. The production on it is fucking brilliant - that and 'Revolver'." The tastes of Caz were a little more modern. "I like the sound of people like Josef K. The way we did the single is like that, I think, it just sounds like we're in there - playing." "It was virtually recorded live, we kept everything really simple", concluded Trevor.

Plans beyond the release of the first single currently include playing more gigs outside Brighton, and eventually releasing a second single for Playroom Recordings. Trevor also pointed out that Alan and he are also going to be busy when the Blow-Up single is released in May, as they are to tour during that month and April in order to promote it.

In keeping with the Brighton of the magazine I asked who their favourite Brighton bands were, outside of the bands in which they play. "I haven't really got one," explained Trevor, "I really liked The Milk Sisters lots, but they split. I don't know, I haven't heard a lot of Brighton bands recently." Caz was a little more certain, "I like some of the Iced Bears' stuff. I like The Quentins [10 Million Quentins] because they're different to everyone else."

The subject of which bands Whirl sound like came up. I favoured R.E.M.and early Hurrah!, but Caz thought that R.E.M. were "a bit boring," and Trevor had been told by somebody that "we're like The Monkees on sulphate, which I thought was a quite good description of us, really, don't you think?" Caz had her doubts, "I don't know. I don't think so, I don't think we sound like anyone. A lot of people say, "Well obviously you like 60s music," and I don't really know much about it - it's not one of my favourite things so I don't really pay much attention to it, but if I knew more then I might link it to something like that."

I asked them what they had done during the 70s. "I went to school and I was into Donny Osmond - that, unfortunately, is my history," apologised Caz, "I had a Donny transfer on my pillow - it was horrible". Trevor's past was sadly not as sordid as he "went to school and then left school, and he became something or other and then I was a punk rocker and I was ...me."


September single.