Thursday, 24 November 2011

Various Artists - Teengenerate / Screaming Bloody Marys split. Wallabies Records 7". WAL-002.

Screaming Bloody Marys are the curiosity here, and possibly the reason for many to download this, given the two Teengenerate tracks are on the Smash Hits LP (that said, they don't benefit from proper 7" mastering and crackle on that compilation). The first SBM track, 'Junior', is about the Peter Bagge character from Neat Stuff comic. I tried to use Google Image to find a picture of Junior as I can't be arsed scanning a picture, but nothing particularly great came up apart from the picture below which shows up if you search for 'Peter Bagge Junior'. It's The Bionic Man with Big Foot. The real Big Foot, not the fake one from that Super 8 Footage.
The real peach of this download is Teengenerate owning The Nervous Eaters' 'Just Head', but you knew that already. We're in Sinatra Sings Cole Porter territory. Enjoy.

Various Artists - Teengenerate / Screaming Bloody Marys split. Wallabies Records 7". WAL-002.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Bastards - Who Cares? - Treehouse Records 7" TR011.

This little piggy was in the bag of records my good old pal RHJ lent me a few months back. A bag of records which I'll be handing back to him when we have a curry at the Yadgar on Thursday. I'll pass on your thanks to him. So, Bastards. Noise rock on Treehouse Records from the days when every other release felt like it was noise rock from Minneapolis. Or New York. And sometimes on PCP. You know the scene. Very humdrum. The song titles - 'Who Cares' and 'Shit For Brains' pretty much say it all. Enjoy.

Bastards - Who Cares? - Treehouse Records 7" TR011.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Go-Betweens - Hammer The Hammer - Rough Trade Records 7". RT 108.

The sleeve for this one is hardly going to keep the World's greatest graphic designers awake at night. Well done, Rough Trade. Flip side By Chance is from The Go-Betweens second, and greatest, LP, Before Hollywood. This was the A-Side's debut appearance. It has since appeared on a number of compilation releases. The Go-Betweens are a band whose lack of wider success is a mystery for many, but this release is from their earlier, less compromising, post  new wave period. The production budgets were smaller and the sound was more thud and crash than the smoother pop sound which was introduced on their next LP, their major label debut, Spring Hill Fair. All periods of The Go-Betweens, have their merits, though. More from them soon. Enjoy.

The Go-Betweens - Hammer The Hammer - Rough Trade Records 7". RT 108.

Monday, 21 November 2011

The Swingin' Neckbreakers - Workin' & Jerkin' - Estrus Records 7". ES747.

Inside
The Swingin' Neckbreakers are, unless things get weird, the only band likely to feature on this blog AND appear on The Sopranos. The only thing more uplifting than seeing this bunch in The Bada Bing was hearing John Cooper Clarke's Evidently Chickentown played over the end credits of Sopranos episode Stage 5. Basten Street, Salford 7 meets Noo Joisey. Back to The Swingin' Neckbreakers. The band look like they've stepped out of the photocopied sleeve notes for one of Crypt Records' Back From The Grave releases. And that's also what they sound like. Enjoy.

The Swingin' Neckbreakers - Workin' & Jerkin' - Estrus Records 7". ES747.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Wolfhounds - The Anti-Midas Touch - Pink Records 7". Pinky 14.

Following their inclusion on the NME's C-86 cassette - an influential but patchy grab-bag of indie, angry, shambling or shite white kids - The Wolfhounds outgrew an early, limiting, obsession with The Fall and started to issue blinders like this. Somewhere in the dictionary of finger-popping hipster slang there is an entry for this record correctly identifying it as a 'tune'. Enjoy.


The Wolfhounds - Anti-Midas Touch - Pink Records 7". Pinky 14.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The James Taylor Quartet - Blow Up. Re-Elect The President Records 7". FORD1.

Some super-wiggly organ pseudo jazz for you all. One of my favourite memories of my time in Brighton was seeing this lot at The Concorde Bar on the beach. A total invasion by 80s mods and skins that could have gone either way ended up with people recreating one of those typically bonkers swinging party scenes from a 60s movie. This was by far their best release. Enjoy.

The James Taylor Quartet - Blow Up. Re-Elect The President Records 7". FORD1.

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Mono Men - Shut The Fuck Up. Estrus Records 10". ES101.

Those who bought the CD version of this 10" found a bra crudely drawn onto the chest of the young lady pictured and the title changed to the much more sedate Shut Up! You get what you pay for, I guess. Here are Bellingham's finest smashing their way through a mix of original and cover version instrumentals. Enjoy.

The Mono Men - Shut The Fuck Up. Estrus Records 10". ES101.

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Wishing Stones - Wildwood. Heavenly LP. HVNLP4.

The Wishing Stones were the evil twin brothers of the more successful, but infinitely more irritating, Creation Records act, The Weather Prophets. Both bands emerged from the split up of The Loft. Bill Prince (Bill Black when he wrote for the music press) formed The Wishing Stones, Pete Astor convened The Weather Prophets. The Wishing Stones released a couple of singles on pre-Heavenly label, Sub Aqua, but this, their debut LP, didn't see light of day until two years after the band had split. Originally released on this very day in 1991, here are The Wishing Stones. A splendid band. Enjoy.

The Wishing Stones - Wildwood. Heavenly LP. HVNLP4.

Transcript of accompanying press release:


It's 1988, Caroline Coon's predicted date for the end of the influence of Punk Rock. It's Spring and London, in the full ripened years of Enterprise Culture, sees its youth overdosing on style facism, commodity-buying and credit binges.

Meanwhile, back in the world that never went away, that smoke-infested demi monde of pub backrooms and college bars, a band called THE WISHING STONES are presenting something for the disenfranchised to buy into.

After flirtations within the narrow parameters of 'indie pop' (and several line ups) Wishing Stones mainman Bill Prince was now fronting a blowzy-but-deft rock'n'roll quartet. Wandering into Camden's Falcon pub in April, I witnessed (along with three men and a dog) one of the most searing guitar duels I'd heard since wearing out the grooves on Television's 'Adventure'.

With Prince-all Stratocaster and gritted teeth vocals - was John Niven, his Billy The Kid, six string cohort perpetually raging full on. Here were frontmen steeped in the Dylan / Robertson, Hell / Quine and Verlaine / Lloyd - style Fender - toting double acts; and in Andrew Kerr and Stewart Garden, the Stones had an effectively unobtrusive rhythm section.

But it wasn't all guitars. Bill Prince is a songwriter in the grand tradition, literate, but never name - droppingly verbose, his lyrics are little paranoid dramas, couched dreamy metaphors, all tossed out with that lugubrious voice - part doom - laden, part starry - eyed and almost innocent.

After two great singles on the Sub Aqua label, the band split on the verge of a major tour. In March '89 I saw their last gig, bombing in front of 100 Spacemen 3 fans at the Notre Dame Hall when a ropey PA and the smell of patchouli oil overcame the miscast quartet. Their parting shot, 'Lost In The Well' was a fitting sayonara.

The album The Wishing Stones had been working on in the Winter of '88 finally saw the light of day on the Heavenly label in 1991. For anyone who ever liked Punk Rock, Neil Young, Television or, erm Paris in the Spring, here's another vital item for your collection.

David Sheppard
London 1991.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Dwarves - Lucifer's Crank. No. 6 Records 7".

Inner flap.
Nine tracks of bootleggy goodness from everybody's favourite perverts, The Dwarves. I say bootleggy because the legal status of this record, and its sister release, Tooling For A Warm Tea Bag, has never been clear. Some, maybe all, of the tracks come from radio broadcasts, but the source is much clearer than that of some other FM-sourced bootlegs, which suggests somebody near the band had a hold of a pre-FM master of the material. Anyway, it's The Dwarves at their juvenile best. Enjoy.

Dwarves - Lucifer's Crank. No. 6 Records 7".

Friday, 4 November 2011

The X-Rays - Booze and Speed EP. ...lowlife 7". MONTY2.

Sometimes you just cannot see what's under your nose. Despite having owned this release since it came out I know virtually nothing about The X-Rays. A proper, go-to, worth-a-listen garage band from Nottingham, England. One of my favourite UK cities and I never saw them live. The bands they most resemble are The Mono Men and The Sinister Six. The latter making even more sense given the information that they released a couple of LPs on Empty Records. I just checked Grunnen and they released a stash of singles during my garage punk blackout period. I should, I suppose, go out and get 'em. Enjoy.

The X-Rays - Booze and Speed EP. ...lowlife 7". MONTY2.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Various Artists - Locked In To Surf - Volume Two. Alopecia! Records LP.



Stop Press - Last minute sleeveage thanks to Brandonio!


Another LP. I can't find a large enough scan of the cover of this one and my own attempts at photographing ten and twelve inch releases were laughably bad, so instead here's some great footage of two of the acts on this LP, The Astronauts and The Trashwomen. The Astronauts were from Germany and can be seen here performing the theme from the hit German TV show, Die Munsters. The Trashwomen treat us to Let's Go, which was simultaneously released, to worldwide acclaim, by German label Pin-Up and US label Repent.

Other acts on here include Sir Bald Diddley and his Right Honourable Big Wigs, Los Kogas, The Finks, The Surf Trio, The Apemen and The Green Hornets. All worthy of your attention. I'm sure there must be a full track-listing out there somewhere...

Various Artists - Locked In To Surf - Volume Two. Alopecia! Records LP.