Sunday, April 13, 2008

TUNES FROM THE CRYPT (Canada) - V/A

CRYPTIC TYMES presents TUNES FROM THE CRYPT
-CS
1990 (Cryptic Tymes)


Re-Up!


"Alan Wright wrote about rock'n'roll music for a wide variety of zines and magazines starting in the mid-'80s, including What Wave, Feline Frenzy, Maximum Rock 'N' Roll, Flipside, Between The Lines, The Rocket, The Stranger, Brutarian, 10 Things Jesus Wants You To Know, The BOB, Ugly Things, Misty Lane and Hit List. He published his first zine What Now? in 1987 and later produced Cryptic Tymes and Do The Pop!. His head was a library of rock and punk information and he helped coordinate a few '60s garage and '70s punk band reissues and anthologies. Originally from Canada, he and his wife Lisa moved to Seattle in 1993, where he wrote, published zines, played in bands, and worked for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. He was a drummer and played for a bunch of bands, including The 14th Wray, Thee Upper Crust, The Primate 5, The Castros, The Infernal Three, The Reckless Bastards, and finally The Earaches." - Zine Wiki


"Alan was a freak. A fucking beautiful freak. There was no end to his enthusiasm for music. The guy couldn’t keep track of his glasses for five minutes but could tell you who played bass on the mono British b-side of a Count Five single. He couldn’t load gear for shit, but he would tirelessly promote the band. He sent out over 400 copies of our first demos and I swear it was copy #401 that got us signed. Whatever band he played in he put his entire heart into it. Alan didn’t have perfect meter but he had a hunger that made up for it. If you made even the most casual reference to a band he would immediately inundate you with tapes, CDRs, videos, ‘zine articles or whatever about that band. He was a walking encyclopedia and it was usually hard to shut him up just because he’d be so into it. Fuck, when I think about it, most of what I’ve learned about the history of rock and roll in the past seven years has been because of Alan. He turned me onto so many great bands, both old and new, which in turn influenced the music that we made together. But not just me, Alan would talk about music to anyone who would listen. He just wanted to turn on the world to all the great rock and roll out there." - August




Tracklist:
01 - Marshmallow Overcoat-Cinderella
02 - Smugglers-5-4-3-2-1
03 - 14th Wray-The man who lives next door
04 - Beatpack-My baby left me
05 - Cattle-Little black egg (Live)
06 - Prehistoric Cave Strokers-Cave bangin' (Live)
07 - Silent Mercenaries-I wanna be an accountant
08 - Captain Crunch-You don't exist in transit
09 - Mourning After-Pauline (Live)
10 - Jig Saw Seen-8 Lancashire lads
11 - Misc.'S'-Cream soda kill! kill!
12 - Stand-Losing my frustrations
13 - Sanity Assasins-Once upon a time
14 - Screaming Daisies-Caught within your game
15 - Nightstalkers-Too many images
16 - 1313 Mockingbird Lane-Pretty boy (Live)
17 - Fish Karma-I'm so lonesome, I could cry
18 - Big Scary Daddies-Shrimp aren't vegetables
19 - Deja Voodoo-Swamp of love (Live)
20 - Al Perry-Dancing bear
21 - Hurtin' Kind-Look inside


Download (192 k, 82 Mb)

12 comments:

Rainy Day Sponge said...

This is great! Better than the "What Wave" tapes (and slightly better sound). I drooled for the two Al Perry's tracks (but I like everything Al Perry did, so...).

Dgrador said...

I certainly agree about the sound quality. I have a soft spot for WW, I remember Dave and Rena showing up at gigs with the boombox back when I lived in London.

Anonymous said...

When the Gruesomes comp came out on Sundazed, I desperately wanted to write the review for Ugly Things, Alan got first to Mike. Sadly it turned out to be one of the last things he wrote, and a fitting tribute to a life spent on the Cult of Fuzz. RIP Alan.

MIKE PSYCHE said...

WOW, I NEVER KNEW THAT THIS TAPE WAS OUT THERE. LOOK LIKE A GREAT ONE. ANY CHANCE OF A RE-UP FOR FRIEND OF THE GARAGE SCENE? THANKS IN ADVACNE.

MIKE PSYCHE

TURN ON, TUNE IN, PSYCHE OUT.

MIKE PSYCHE said...

MANY THANK FROM YOUR GARAGE FRIEND FROM PA USA

YOU MELT MY MIND
MIKE PSYCHE

Anonymous said...

THANXXX FOR THE SOUNS!!!PUNK NOT PROFIT BLOGSPOT CREW!!!

Uncle E said...

I left Canada in 1994, but while in Toronto I was fortunate enough to see the Gruesomes twice! Thanks for the memory kick-start! Now, just where is that LP...

Oscarkotj said...

Hey.
I Remember Alan, I made a fanzine here in Spain, he writes about it in his Cryptic Tymes mand send all their issues and finally one of the best fanzines i never read DO THE POP, really a great great guy and in the liners he wrote you can feel a man who loves the music
Oscarkotj
(Excuse me for my english)

Anonymous said...

i used to order records from alan and madame X when they were in kingston ontario. i'm playing bass on that cave strokers tune on this tape. i believe alan was also in a band for some time called 'big scarey daddies'. we would write each other reviewing record scores. i always thought he was a very very nice man.

nemethjames@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

What's all this shit about WW tapes and not so great sound quality...LOL....We used to connect 5 or 6 tape decks up serially and record 5 or 6 tapes at a time..in REAL time! And we'd do 1000 or more for some issues! Now you know why we're insane!!!

Boom Box at shows?? Used to have a hand held walkman that recorded in stereo...still have literally 100's of live tapes from back then that i occasionally play on the radio...

And back to the topic, Alan was a GREAT guy! AMAZING musical taste!! One of the unsung heroes of Canuck garage music and he's sadly missed!

whatwave@rogers.com

Dgrador said...

Glad to see that you finally decided to jump into the discussion, Dave.
Better late than never, eh? LOL

My early 80's walkman-like portable was pretty darn huge by late 90's walkman standards. 4 batteries, 2 headphone jacks, external mic jack as well as the built-in mic.

My first WW tape was "Garunge", still my fave of the bunch. It lived in my car til it got stolen (the tape, not the car).

I also remember that it was always a race to get the latest WhatWave issue in London cuz only the limited first run had a compilation included.
Ya snoozed ya losed...

As far as sound quality goes, we bands were connecting tapes serially too. Different decks had different results...

I made mixtapes back then that were 3rd and 4th-generation from original 50-watt CHRW source.
Now those were tinny!

Dave said...

This compilation is great. There was another put out by the same people I believe, it was called Some Kinda Weirdos In That Cave There!
You wouldn't happen to have this would you?