Wednesday, December 25, 2013

X-Ray Ted - Santa Claustrophobia // The Big Parade 7" (Radioactive Records, 1978)

Jingle, jangle. A punky (novelty?) record to listen to whilst burning a yule log.

"Santa Claustrophobia" by X-Ray Ted

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bowser Moon - City Girls // Jackie's Kool 7" (Know Records, 1980)

''Originally formed on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, Bowser Moon's popularity soared and consequently moved to Vancouver taking over the club scene during the late 70's early 80's.'' - Royal City Music Project

"Jackie's Kool" by Bowser Moon

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Visitors - Rocket Me Home // Comin' From Behind 7" (Faculty X Records, 1979)

More hard rock/glam than punk but good nonetheless. Never issued with a PS.

Visitors - "Rocket Me Home"

Monday, December 2, 2013

Rise - Hotline b/w Be Together Again 7" (Azra, 1981)

This is the band's fourth release. Two songs, both on one side. The B-side has the babes from the front cover etched on.

Rise - "Hotline"

Rise - "Be Together Again"

Friday, November 8, 2013

Don Juan & The Wind / Eugene Rythem Connection - Don Juan's First 7" (Suppressed Records, 1979)

"Love Sweet Love" is good and all but I think the B-side is slightly more to my liking. The flip is called "Shun The Dead" and it is a short shotgun blast to the ears. The sleeve is super thin and the handwriting on the back of the sleeve is very nice. Proper.

Don Juan - "Shun The Dead"

Novak - RU21 7" EP (Dumb Records, 1977)

Great punk-y new wave. The track "RU21" is killer.

"RU21" by Novak

Here is Novak's "Oh Farrah!" featured on their 1st single...

Neuz - I'm Gonna Pop b/w Take It 7" 1980 (EAR, 1980)

US Powerpop from 1980. Pretty good two sider.

Neuz - "I'm Gonna Pop"

Neuz - "Take It"

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cloverbottom - Anarchy In Music City (Toolbox Records, 1980)

Good punk rock from Nashville, TN. More on this band can be found at Johnny Hollwood's blogspace here: Cloverbottom

Cloverbottom - "Anarchy In Music City"

Cloverbottom - "Cottage Cheeseheads"

Doug McDade and Purple People - I Wanna Do It (Purple, 1973)

Superb Wisconsin garage rock from '73. Flip is a rockasilly song. Produced by Alan Posniak and Purple People.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mechanix - "Maxine/Desperate" 7" (Tempe Records, 1982)

This record used to be on the elusive side until a box of these were discovered, now there's (seemingly) plenty to go 'round. Cool powerpop from the arid land of Arizona. Never housed in a PS.

I'm glad I never dated any girl named Maxine otherwise, much like any song with an ex-girlfriend's name as the title, it would be ruined for me. Good summertime music just in time for the summertime!

"Maxine" by Mechanix

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Student Teachers - Channel 13/Christmas Weather 7" (Ork Records, 1979)

Five piece new wave band from New York. Great jangly guitars on this single. The band existed from 1978-80 and then, just like dust in the wind, they were gone. They also have a second single and a handful of tracks on a compilation that I can't quite think of...

Student Teachers - "Channel 13"

Student Teachers - "Easter 78 - Halloween 80" 7" EP (Not Quite Records, 1980)

Here is a track from their second self-released single. The bass sound on the song "Samantha" is incredibly pleasing to my refined and regal aural tastes. Now where did I leave my grey poupon?

Student Teachers - "Samantha"

For further information here is a link to their official band page.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some Nerve - Gina/Believe In A Lie 7" (Orange Records, 1982)

Very rare 45 on David Peel's Orange label. Both sides are sheer power pop gold! "Believe In A Lie" beats out the track "Gina" but only by a slight margin. Sounds like it may even be GG Allin on vocals? Don't know, don't care. All that matters is that this single is as solid as stone. Presumably sleeveless.

Some Nerve - "Believe In A Lie"

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Brian's Children - Cut Her Hair 7" (Ugly Dog Records, 1979)

"During a break in his regular role as percussionist in jazz trio Broomer, Mars & Smith, John Mars created a rock outlet for his vocal attributes in 1979 called Brian's Children - a snide little aside in reference to the dearly departed Rolling Stones member Brian Jones." - Canoe Jam!

More about this band can be read here.

"Cut Her Hair" by Brian's Children

Monday, June 3, 2013

Da-Works - 4 Song EP (Hard Labor Records, 1980)

Great early New Jerseyan punk that is apparently pre-Fatal Rage (another great Jersey band on the legendary Mutha label). While all four songs are good in their own way I like "Sid Did" and "Modern History" best of all.

Da-Works - "Sid Did"

Da-Works - "Modern History"

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Big Bucks Band - It's Not Enough 7" (Bums Rush Records, 1979)

Might be one of the only punk records to come out of North Dakota at the time. Both sides are fantastic lo-fi punk to the nth degree. Unsure if this ever came with a sleeve or insert but the picture on the label brings back fond memories of my earlier years.

The b-side on this is 'Matrimonialmetamorphosyphilis' and it is as good as the title leads you to believe it is, what with nasally vocals, similar in vein to the Absentees or X-Terminators, with strange but cool overlaying tracks of laughter and babies crying. Sheer awesomeness.

Big Bucks Band - "It's Not Enough"

Big Bucks Band - ""Matrimonialmetamorphosyphilis"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bit, The - Don't Wanna Be Rejected 7" (Vista Records, 1980)

This mystery single is definitely American, albeit I don't know where from...  No matter where 'bouts in the Americas this puppy sprung up from, the song "Don't Wanna Be Rejected" speaks for itself in the realm of lost 80's pop songs. I'm not 100% percent sure but I do believe that this was released sans sleeve, and this copy, if not all copies, is a promo, so quantities may of been limited to a small pressing.

Some of the guitar licks have a slight country tinge to them at times which leads me to believe that this may of been a Midwestern band, perhaps from Wisconsin or Nebraska? As per usual, if you know any more information please get in touch!

Bit - "Don't Wanna Be Rejected"

Friday, May 10, 2013

Angels, The - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again/Round We Go 7" (Albert Productions, 1976)

Digging down under has turned up this little obscurity from 1976. 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again' is an excellent Australian hard rock anthem, while the flip-side, clocking in at over 5 minutes, is a anti-society rocker with snotty vocals and a harmonica that can not be ignored.

Angels - "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again (1979 version)"

Angels - "Round We Go"

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Legendary Flobs - Dead Popes/You're In Danger (Flobs Records, 1979)

This time I picked a cut from the UK. The Legendary Flobs, from Hayes, UK, located in the Greater part of London, have a knack for dealing in vagueness... I know next to nothing about this band other than the fact that the song 'Dead Popes' is a total rocker!

At first glance this looks like it might be withholding something similar in vein to a Crass band of sorts. Nothing wrong with Crass bands... I think that Rudimentary Peni are fantastic -- I'm just trying to use a point of reference here. However, once you pull your dusty record player out of the storage closet and drag your blown speakers out of the garage, you spin this sucker and you're sure to have a religious experience. Play loud!

Legendary Flobs - "Dead Popes"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blame, The - Elevator Shoes/Little Girls in Hollywood (ASP, 1980)

Hmm... What have we here? No date is printed on the label or on the die-cut sleeve... Time for a Google search. Well, that didn't work, nothing turned up except the fact that they were from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Looks like the rough estimate based on people's responses is that this record was released circa 1980. Kind of a general answer but it works for me. What doesn't work for me is the reggae song on the A-Side of this single. Mind you, if you turn this puppy over you'll find something else -- A tough, blasting track, with a short but killer solo that I only wish were longer! Have a listen...

Blame, The - "Little Girls in Hollywood"

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Beans - Surf's Up/Neutron Bomb 7" (Lima Bean Records, 1979)

So, this may or or may not be the Bean's first single... Great single either way! There are two singles that I know of released by this band, one of them being this slab here, and another from the same year, back in '79.  Have not heard the other single, so if anyone happens to have mp3's they would be greatly appreciated.

This record comes housed in a paste-on pic sleeve, and was most likely done by members of the band to save a few bucks. There is a couple other sleeve variations on this one that I have seen around, some of which are quite colorful and others than are plain ol' b&w. If you happen to know a member of the band or perhaps you were in this band then please get in touch! Information is always welcomed.

Beans - "Surf's Up"

Powers - Africa/Funnyboys 7" (No Label, 1979)

Here is an interesting band which I know even less about than in my last post... The B-side "Funnyboys" is a catchy song with a slightly snotty tone in the vocals, giving it an all around good sound. Pretty straight forward and not bad, all things considered, but the real stand out track for me would definitely be the song "Africa." With heavy feedback coming from the guitar, a driving beat, and of course let's not forget the most important part of all, a xylophone, which I must add is used to just the right degree of insanity.

Overall a great single, with an almost early GG Allin sound on vocals, performed by none other than Tony Powers himself, the man who founded the group. And of course, any information further regarding this mystery 45 from NY would be greatly appreciated!

"Africa" by Powers

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Blinders - Last Chance EP (Warped Records, 1979)

This gritty sounding EP was, according to the liner notes written inside the fold-out sleeve, recorded in a basement -- And by the way this recording sounds so rough and raw I can believe it too...

Doing a Google search doesn't really turn up too much information on the band, other than the fact that there were two sleeve variations printed out for this release, one with four members on the cover and one with only three! Guess there was some bad blood among the group and they decided to omit one of the members from the cover -- Ouch! Some further information can be found on this splendid Louisville Punk website.

The band also released another later 7" and a 10" record after that. Great early punk hailing from Louisville, Kentucky. The harmonica gives this particular record a great blues-y feel that you can't help but love. Have a listen!

Side F - Can't Sit Down
Side 3 - 1979, Last Chance

Blinders - "1979"