I've had this one lined up for ages but overlooked it in favour of other, more esoteric, angry, or rare releases. More fool me, this is a superb slab of girl-crazy pop punk. The Muffs seemed to be one of those bands who, if one of those bands was going to break through, would be that band. For whatever reason it didn't happen. It was, however, a huge kick to hear their version of Kim Wilde's Kids In America light up the opening credits of 1995 hit movie, Clueless.
The flipside to this is a great cover of Beat Your Heart Out by The Zeros ("The Mexican Buzzcocks"). Enjoy.
Released in a hissy fit by Shane White ("I totally regret putting that out," White admits. "Total passive-aggressive bullshit.") this single release of practice session versions of songs hastened the end of The Rip-Offs. (See 'We Never Learn' for the full story). Only one show followed its release (not including the Flogging A Dead Horse gigs of 2007). It's actually not that bad, but it's not a patch on their official releases. Enjoy.
We've not had an insert-heavy upload for a while and I don't remember previously uploading a double seven inch set (please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) so here's a release that does both. This comes as a seven-inch-sized comic book with two records included. A bit like those old Power Records sets. I know nothing about The Wolfmen. Grunnen Rocks lists them as being from the USA with only one other release; a 7" on Dionysus. Of The Mummies, I know that this is about as 'produced' as The Mummies ever got. These two tracks have no production credit but a quick comparison with the Tales From The Crypt bootleg clearly indicates that they come from the Mike Mariconda-produced sessions for the aborted Crypt LP. For both parties take on that I recommend a read of Eric Davidson's We Never Learn. I'll upload Tales From The Crypt in the near future. Read Long Gone John's lame-o comic with great art by The Coop while you listen to this. Enjoy.
This is a nice, solid project. The Keystone Records label only released four singles in total, but if they're as well-presented as this one they're certainly worth seeking out. With Freddie Fortune and Michael Maltese you certainly know what you're going to get, so here's four more slices of Frat Nouveau backed by the ever Phabulous Pallbearers. Fortune and Maltese have a great tumblr here. Enjoy.
On enquiring who the loon was that had livened up Dexy's recent appearance on Later With Jools Holland I was informed that it was Pete Williams, ex of the band who had left when the original line-up had split in 1981. He'd gone on, with other ex-members, to form The Bureau, whose first single I had bought at the time (25p from the reduced rack in Woolworths) but had subsequently moved on. I was keen to own it again so picked it up at eBay for a relatively small amount (no, not 25p). It's as catchy as I remember it and is definitely cut from the same cloth as Dexy's. Enjoy.
There's not really much out there about the Gloo Girls. For some reason they don't even feature on the Grunnen Rocks database, despite ticking many of the boxes required for inclusion. This single was released on Dionysus in 1992 and appears to be out of print, and there was a ten-track release Attention Shoppers on Celluloid. They appear to be active in some form as they have a Facebook site but, again, there's not really much information about them. They're from New York and there's something about them that reminds me of Girls At Our Best. Especially the flipside, Barbie U.S.A. Enjoy.