Thursday, November 19, 2009

POPPERS Vol. 8 1985-89 - V/A

POPPERS Vol.8 1985-89

Final volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

Some Liner notes:
This series is dedicated to the lovely and talented (and Poppers cover grrrl) Ms. Kara Beaner:

One day, (knowing full well that she'd get a mixtape out of it) Ms. Kara asked me why there wasn't much from the 80's that followed in the wake of Stiv Bators? After explaining to her that Stiv's Disconnected album was just a part of PowerPop's 1978-83 "golden age", I quickly (6 weeks) tossed together a couple of C-90's for her...

Well, before I knew it, she was performing one of the shiny new (to her) finds:

As well, my then-roommate Jordin from Halifax (who's somewhat of a This Is Boston, Not L.A. hardcore snob), had asked me for a mix of some Killed By Death-era punk tunes. As I put that mix together, my ears could hear a fair bit of "pop" crossover...

At the same time, rare and out-of-print tracks from the Borack Top 200 PowerPop list were circulating in the blogosphere. I heard a lot of gems, for the first time, that had never made it to wherever I was (usually on tour) back in the day. I decided to expand on my original premise as I sifted through it all.

The Flys, Testors, and Sunnyboys are a few of the bands that I'd never heard of even 2 years ago... But the biggest, bestest, yummy-yummiest surprise for me, was France's Dogs, who were awesome throughout their entire existence, IMO.

I hope that you've enjoyed Poppers. I'm working on the next compilation series, should be ready to start posting it in the new year.

One more thing:
There is a "spot the blogger" element buried in these discs... but that's another story.

01 - The Stems - Make You Mine
02 - The Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep
03 - Lyres - Here's A Heart
04 - The Moment - Games We Played
05 - The Jesus And Mary Chain - Head On
06 - Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin - Treat Her Right
07 - Mystic Eyes - The Subject Of My Thoughts
08 - The Finks - Bright Lights, Nighttime Illusions
09 - The Pussywillows - Don't Say He's Gone
10 - Dogs - Down At Lulu's
11 - Miracle Workers - I'll walk away
12 - The Nomads - My Deadly Game
13 - The Primitives - Sick Of It
14 - Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet
15 - Ukase - Runaway
16 - The Infidels - Here I Am
17 - Rapiers - It's Been Nice
18 - Wreckless Eric - Tell Me I'm The Only One


Thursday, November 5, 2009

POPPERS Vol. 7 1985-89 - V/A

POPPERS Vol.7 1985-89

Seventh volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

01 - The Headless Horsemen - Same Old Thing
02 - The Vaselines - Son of a Gun
03 - The Smithereens - Blood And Roses
04 - The Tweeds - Part Of The Game
05 - The Finks - You Made Me Smile
06 - The Jesus And Mary Chain - Snakedriver
07 - Ukase - Jealousy
08 - Dogs - I Love Music
09 - Lyres - Worried About Nothing
10 - Watermelon Men - Back In My Dreams
11 - Wreckless Eric - I'm Not Going To Cry
12 - The Pussywillows - Turn Her Down
13 - The Chesterfield Kings - Time Will Tell
14 - The Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
15 - Lime Spiders - Can't You Read My Mind
16 - The Primitives - Crash
17 - The Sting-Rays - Behind The Beyond
18 - Fortunate Sons - Wastin' Time
19 - Mystic Eyes - I Woke Up In Love This Morning
20 - The Pandoras - Stop Pretending
21 - Fade To Gray - Land Of Love


Friday, October 30, 2009

The IMMORTAL BAEBES At The Festival Of Immortality (2002)

The IMMORTAL BAEBES At The Festival Of Immortality
2002 (bootleg)

"From their first performance, in a graveyard, England's Mediaeval Baebes have toured the world, playing everywhere from castles to fetish clubs, and enchanting audiences with their unique blend of music and sensuality.
But for this performance, they went so far as to give up their mortal lives..." Crimson Mink, EVEtv

"We're going to be doing something or having something done to us that's never happened before. It's never been done to us and I don't know if it's ever been done to anybody else... I really wouldn't like to say." - Rachel Van Asch, Mediaeval Baebes

"...a crew of vampires crept onstage, did a Dracula on the ladies and led them off in a trance. It seemed to be just what they needed, because when they returned as “The Immortal Baebes,” their performance was driven by a dark magic...the addition of electric guitar, bass, cello and keyboards made the Baebes and their material fly, Best of all was a hypnotic, power-packed Taiko drummer on a riser high above the stage." - PENELOPE MULLIGAN

Recorded NOV.15 2002,
Vancouver Canada

The Immortal Baebes:

Katharine Blake

Teresa "T.C." Casella

Audrey Evans

Marie Findley

Emily Ovenden

Claire Ravel

Cylindra Sapphire

Rachel Van Asch

Dorothy Carter - Multi-Instrumentalist

Vince Johnson - Percussion

Syd Croaker - Guitar

Jason Filipchuk - Synthesizers

Byron Flad - Cello

Pete Gripp - Bass

Esme Friesen - Taiko Drum

01 Invocation
02 Miri It Is
03 When Thy Turuf Is Thy Tour
04 Erthe Upon Erthe
05 Adam Lay Ibounden
06 Circle Of The Lustful
07 How Death Comes
08 So Spricht Das Leben
09 Dringo Bell


Thursday, October 29, 2009

The LIVING DEADBEATS (CANADA) - Live! Radio!Tonite!

From East Vancouver, Canada:

Current and ex Fiends, Dirty and The Derelicts, Finks, Dropouts, Jaded Jinas, Piss Ups, Gynosaurus X,
bringin you heaps of gritty garage punk'n'roll straight outta the PacNW!

Lindsay Kasting - vox
Dirty Swagger - guitar
DeadPete Fiend - bass
Kyla Rockingham - drums

Performing live tonite @ CITR 101.9-FM
10 PM Pacific Time (2200h GMT-8)

listen to the live stream (mp3 or ogg) here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The Braineaters
-7 inch EP
1979 (Wrong World Record)

By Request!

"Amazing punk rock out of Canada. Badly mastered. Low volume all around. Sloppy and hectic instrumentation. Short songs. What more can you ask for?" - The Flakes // Drummer

"Its quite hard to explain just what the Braineaters do, besides working and playing very hard, but visually their art is a bizzare melange of science fiction and sword and sorcery, flavoured with punk mythology." - The Georgia Straight

"Fucking great record! Good shit! Short songs rule." - Slobodan Burgher

"Better known as Canada's Legendary Punkrock & Art Icon, Braineater is the master mind of Jim Cummins from Vancouver. The 1979 'Braineaters' EP was a punk manifesto and featured guest appearances by Buck Cherry (Modernettes) and "Art Bormann" (aka Art Bergmann) of K-Tels/Young Canadians fame.

Jim was the designer of album covers for many bands, including The Pointed Sticks - Skinny Puppy - Itch - Pure - Dog Eat Dog. He has had more than 40 art exhibits and over 100 gigs in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Montreal, and Amsterdam over the last 30 years . .....his music videos show up on MUCHMUSIC and Bravo!" - official fanclub page

. . . and their [Braineaters] new record is simply the best thing to emerge from Vancouver, musically, conceptually, and in its packaging. this record is the best buy on earth." - Dense Milt

"There was a young artist who grew up in horse racing tracks up and down the West-Coast. This kid saw comic books collide with canvas at an early age. Jim Cummins ( aka I, Braineater, to the world at large) lived a life full of cartoons, rock n' roll and kicks. He made art of this comic book life. And he still does. The spirit of Braineater has always been the juice and verve of a larger than life pop parody. His music, films, artwork and performances are as entertaining as a Merry Melody cartoon, and just as amazing. Like the best pop artists, say. Lichtenstein, Warhol, Oldenburg, Big Daddy Roth or R.Crumb---Jim Cummins has made the common extraordinairy." - Art Perry

"It's only when you hit a nerve that you know you're on the right track." - Jim Cummins

The Braineaters:
Jim Cummins
Steve La Violette
Trevor Jones

guest musicians:
Art Bergmann
Buck Cherry

01 I, Braineater
02 Fun Time
03 Last Date
04 Rock Rock
05 Edge


POPPERS Vol. 6 1981-84 - V/A

POPPERS Vol.6 1981-84

Sixth volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

01 - Ramones - We Want The Airwaves
02 - Screamin' Sirens - Love Slave
03 - Dogs - Never Come Back
04 - The Swingers - One Good Reason
05 - Romeo Void - Just Too Easy
06 - Justin Love - Looking For A World
07 - The Plimsouls - Play The Breaks
08 - Nasty Facts - Drive My Car
09 - Mink Deville - Spanish Stroll
10 - The Chesterfield Kings - You Better Look Now
11 - Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
12 - Go-Go's - Skidmarks On My Heart
13 - Sunnyboys - The Seeker
14 - Redd Kross - Heaven Only Knows
15 - Roky Erickson - Starry Eyes
16 - The Pandoras - You Lie
17 - The Sponsors - In And Out Of Love
18 - The Plugz - Achin'
19 - The Bangles - Tell Me
20 - Crash Street Kids - Tears


Monday, October 26, 2009

The FIENDS (Canada)

1998 (Dionysus)

"This record rocks! If you're thinking about getting this record then you probably know whats up and this won't let you down. If you're into bands like THE MUMMIES, BOMBORAS, MAKERS, SATELITERS and just fuzzy,LowFi, REAL ROCK! Then you'll poop your pants listing to these #'s. I'd sell my soul to see these cats live!" - NickyDaFish

"The Seeds' "Pictures and Designs"? Screamin' Lord Sutch's "Jack the Ripper"? I'm sold. These Vancouver garage-dwellers deliver the goods with tales of murder and J.D. Rebellion in the spirit of 1966. DMZ, the Lyres and the Fuzztones all receive the Vox-powered nod and some of the snottiest singing since the Makers. If you dig your garage rock drenched in reverb with a splash of tremolo then the Fiends have come for you." - Johnson Cummins

"The Fiends first came together in some garage in Canada... The Fiends, who use horror and creature movies as their "theme", has the following band members: Jason Voorhees plays the human skins (drums that is); Michael Meyers is on the bloody organs (keyboards); the Brain is on the fuzzbass (hopefully, self-explanatory); Vanishing Grog plays the Wirez & Skeleton Keys; and Greg Gory is responsible for screamin’. Along with their monikers and alter-instrumental egos, the band don themselves in costumes, makeup and pretty outlandish duds. On a musical level, expect some sinister Phantom of the Opera-like keyboards, sounds of people digging graves, twanging distorted guitars and screaming singing. Although this sounds like some GWAR-like musical nightmare, it is exactly quite the opposite. The thematic approach to their music may be ghoulish; the music resembles the psychedelic-garage sounds that popularized the west coast in the 1960s. Michael Meyer’s keyboards (I mean, bloody organs) are similar to the effects of 60s band like the ? and the Mysterians and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. While Meyers returns us to the beauty of the Farfisa organ, the fuzzy guitar work Vanishing Grog is equally reminiscent of an older more evil era." - Brian L. Knight

Two’s A Crowd
Bad Woman
No Good
Writing On The Wall
Quit Pickin’ On Me
Jack The ripper
X-Ray Eyes
Shake Thru My Heart
Just In Case you Wonder
The Lyncher (Hangs Ten)
She’s Not Broken
Pictures & Designs


POPPERS Vol. 5 1981-84 - V/A

POPPERS Vol.5 1981-84

Fifth volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.


01 - Moondogs - Imposter
02 - Roy Loney - Magdalena
03 - The Tesco Bombers - Hernando's Hideaway
04 - The Vibrators - Amphetamine Blue
05 - Stark Naked - Hey Little Darlin'
06 - The Adicts - Who Spilt My Beer?
07 - Teenage Head - Something On My Mind
08 - Tenpole Tudor - Swords of a Thousand Men
09 - X (USA) - The Once Over Twice
10 - The Plimsouls - Oldest Story In The World
11 - Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
12 - Violent Femmes - Add It Up
13 - Cock Sparrer - Where Are They Now
14 - The Judy's - Man On A Window Ledge
15 - Droogs - Change Is Gonna come
16 - Hazel O'Connor - Decadent Days
17 - Joey Ramone and Holly Beth Vincent - I Got You Babe
18 - The Extras - Italian With An I
19 - Sunnyboys - Guts of Iron
20 - The Bangs - Call On Me


Saturday, October 17, 2009

POPPERS Vol.4 1978-80 - V/A

POPPERS Vol.4 1978-80

Fourth volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.


01 - The Rousers - Rock'N'Roll Or Run
02 - Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
03 - Stiv Bators - It's Cold Outside
04 - Magazine - Rhythm Of Cruelty
05 - The Trainspotters - High Rise
06 - Small Hours - The Kid
07 - 999 - Found Out Too Late
08 - Ramones - Danny Says
09 - Salford Jets - Gina
10 - Roy Loney - Born To Be Your Fool
11 - Testors - Lonely Nights
12 - The Gears - Darlin' Baby
13 - The Maroons - No Condition
14 - Lester Bangs and Birdland - Accidents Of God
15 - The Bureaucrats - Grown Up Age
16 - Purple Hearts - Nothing's Left
17 - The Soft Boys - Kingdom Of Love
18 - The Nips - Happy Song
19 - Secret V's - Waiting For The Drugs To Take Hold
20 - The Monks - Inter-City Kitty
21 - Wipers - Tragedy
22 - Forgotten Rebels - I Think Of Her
23 - Western Hysteria - Moving Target
24 - Pointed Sticks - New Ways
25 - D.L. Byron - No Romance, No Weekend, No Love


The FIENDS (Canada)

The Fiends In Scareo
1996 (Dionysus)


It's time... to blow your mind... with a creepy crawly mess of sixties-inspired fuzz'n'farfisa courtesy the Fiends, the perfect soundtrack for midnight garden raids & grave robbing expeditions...

"Formed from various garage bands (The Enigmas, The 14th Wray, The Minstrels) Vancouver, Canada's The Fiends take their cue from faves such as The Music Machine, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Kinks, The Seeds and other 60's garage bands. Even though singer Greg says that the first two albums he bought were by 80s garage bands, The Gravedigger V and The Untold Fables! The Fiends sound like they carry switch-blades instead of garage records, using fuzz guitar, Farfisa organ and snotty, sometimes blood curdling screams, evil laughter, playing tight, creepy ditties with a gore-gore theme to 'em. This is super energetic 60's trash wrapped in graphics that will appeal to any horror film fan! Anyone who has seen them live can testify to their atomic powered energy level! -Dionysus

1. Get off My Back
2. Coming Down
3. Go-Go Girl
4. Zombie the Greek
5. Blinded by Love
6. Ain't It Hard
7. Made for Me
8. Eerie Ave.
9. City of People (bonus)
10. Leave Me Alone (bonus)

Download (192 kbs, 35 Mb)

Monday, October 12, 2009

POPPERS Vol.3 1978-80 - V/A

POPPERS Vol.3 1978-80

Third volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.


01 - Dogs - A Different Me
02 - The Scientists - Frantic Romantic
03 - The Boys - Bad Day
04 - The Nips - Nobody To Love
05 - Holly & the Italians - Tell That Girl To Shut Up
06 - Leyton Buzzards - Can't Get Used to Losing You
07 - Psycotic Pineapple - I Forgot Who I Was
08 - Testors - Time Is Mine
09 - Wipers - Mystery
10 - The KingBees - My Mistake
11 - Salford Jets - Last Bus
12 - The Soft Boys - Human Music
13 - The Beat - Work-A-Day World
14 - The Dickies - Nights In White Satin
15 - White Heat - Nervous Breakdown
16 - The Vores - Forget That Guy
17 - Chelsea - All the Downs
18 - The Tearjerkers - Murder Mystery
19 - The Rousers - Nice And Friendly People
20 - The Heaters - I Don't Like Your Face
21 - Pop Detectives - Twist
22 - Stiff Little Fingers - Barbed Wire Love
23 - The Gas - Ignore Me
24 - Joe Jackson - Got The Time
25 - Pointed Sticks - Nothing Else To Do
26 - Stiv Bators - Circumstantial Evidence
27 - U.K. Subs - She's Not There


Sunday, October 4, 2009


1994 (K)


"Rumors have it that bootleg cassettes of their early projects often trade hands in Japan and England for a week's salary...Kicking Giant composes such creative, almost visionary music in the midst of today's mass-produced indie rock that you can't help but wish them more commercial success." - Edwin Ong

"This NY Duo is all over the place. A man and a woman. They play very addictive pop at times. Then movie soundtrack type stuff. Then DNA noisy items. Hard to figure out but on the edge of some other reality. I like a lot of the songs and the mix is nice, like listening to the radio; lots of styles. I like the graphics and the direction. They may get better with age." - BdeV

"When the Pacific Northwest's underground punk music became the Western world's mainstream rock, one of the few bands to dig deeper into its bunker was Kicking Giant. The duo--guitarist/vocalist Tae Won Yu and drummer/vocalist Rachel Carns--became cult favorites in this region, playing raw, raucous live shows at venues like the X-Ray Cafe in Portland and the Capitol Theater in its hometown, Olympia, throughout the early '90s." - ALYSSA ISENSTEIN

"THIS PERFECTLY NAMED combo blows outta the K stable like a mortar. The indie label is frequently associated with more shambling, cutesy pop, and with mewling grrrl punk as well. K.G. references both, but its roots seem to extend deeper, back to late '70s Great Britain when groups like The Raincoats, The Slits, Mekons, ATV and others beat the post-Pistols tribal tom-tom loudly and lustily.

In other words, K.G. knows how to rock a three-chord progression when it wants to keep stage divers happy. And it also engages the brainier element in the audience by tossing in slightly askew melodies, trance-drone interludes, hiccupy rhythmic clatter and dissonant vocal harmonies." - Fred Mills

"The chemistry here is so even-tempered that the NY/Olympia duo have obviously contemplated their options well-beyond "love rock/punk rock/noise rock" and are making huge strides into rock-oriented compositional scores. Tae Won Yu ... combines the precise rhythm of surf-beat rhythm with a plucky melodic groove that always seems to suggest other instrumentation altogether. Rachel Carn whips up a frenzied stand-up/stripped-down beat meant for dancing and loving it." - J. Free

"From the opening guitar rev up of the title track, Kicking Giant's Tae Won Yu (guitar/vocals) makes a declaration of unadulterated indie rock. Combined with the primal-stomp drumming of Rachel Carns (played standing up à la Maureen Tucker), Alien I.D. proves just how unnecessary a bass player can be when making hook-laden indie punk-pop. What's most impressive about Kicking Giant is just how complete sounding their meager two instruments can be. From the cardigan sweater power ballad of "Drownings" to the Sonic Youth-style tone poems of "Inside out Flower and "Serrated Edge," there is never a feeling that something is missing. In fact, the addition of an excess performer, Sue P. Fox's irritating spoken work on "Town Idiot," is the only misstep on the album. The closer, "She's Real (Version)," crystallizes not only the lo-fi independent ethic of K and its founder, Calvin Johnson, but also the '60s garage pop lineage from which that sound was formed." - Joshua Glazer

Rachel Carns staples the drums.
Tae Won Yu drops the guitar.

Additional personnel:
Joanna Bronstein, Sue P. Fox (vocals); Tim Green (guitar)

1. Alien i.D.
2. Appetite
3. Dreamland Burns
4. Inside Out Flower
5. This Song
6. Drownings
7. A Blonde's Blonde
8. The Town Idiot
9. Wire
10. Lucky
11. Dubious
12. Serrated Edge
13. She's Real (Version)

Download (192 k, 61 Mb)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The GUESS WHO (Canada)

1966 (Quality)


"This album holds as one of the best ever garage albums because vocally and instrumentally the Guess Who were way ahead of the pack." - Jason

"Canadians are not waving a big flag about their own bands and how great they are, as does London, England. Everybody's looking for the latest thing in London, Seattle, or Athens, Georgia. That never happened with Canada. So when a Canadian band came out, it was pretty much a well kept secret." - Randy Bachman

"Before the Guess Who became one of the top album rock acts of the '70s, they were a darn good British Invasion-influenced garage band...Chad Allan and Randy Bachman wrote strong melodies, and the band usually sounds inspired and full of verve. They would have been a fun band to see live, sure to have the kids on the dancefloor...The third album, It's Time, is the most successful as the band welcomed Burton Cummings into the band and toughened up their sound considerably, drawing more from garage rock than the British Invasion. " - Tim Sendra

"There is no doubt that It’s Time was the best album from the early Guess Who. This 1966 LP was the first Guess Who record to feature the wild Burton Cummings. It’s Time was the third Guess Who album in 3 years, featuring mostly original/self-penned group compositions.

The album featured a nice balance of personalities: the original band leader Chad Allen, who favored a moody beat style tempered by a rough, hard edge Rolling Stones-influenced Burton Cummings (future band leader along with Randy Bachman and vocalist on American Woman). Special praise must go to Randy Bachman as well: he conjures a very dirty, fuzzy guitar tone throughout the record. Every song on this album is well-crafted and one can hear the clear influence of the Who, beat era Kinks, Rolling Stones, Zombies, and Byrds. Songs like "Clock On The Wall", "Believe Me" and "Don’t Act So Bad" are a long way from Guess Who radio classics These Eyes, Laughing, No Time, and Share The Land. "Clock On The Wall" is the killer undisputed classic on this record. At the time, Neil Young made special note of this single for it’s dramatic Cummings’ vocals and heavily reverbed guitars. "Believe Me" is also an excellent piece of Kinks-style garage grunge with some interesting keyboard work. Cummings’ vocals come thru again with the Animals-influenced "Seven Long Years" and the raunchy Pretty Things-like "Don’t Act So Bad". Chad Allen really shines on the acoustic beat downer "Guess I’ll Find A Place" while the Bachman-penned "And She’s Mine" has an appealing rural folk-rock Byrds feel. And while the album cannot hide its influences, It’s Time really is a classic piece of Canadian rock music." - Jason

Chad Allan (vocals, rhythm guitar)
Randy Bachman (lead guitar)
Burton Cummings (vocals,Keyboards)
Jim Kale (bass)
Gary Peterson (drums)

1 Alright
2 And She's Mine
3 As
4 You Know He Did
5 Baby Feelin'
6 Clock On The Wall
7 Don't Act So Bad
8 Believe Me
9 Seven Long Years
10 One Day
11 Gonna Search
12 Guess I'll Find A Place

Download (192 kbs, 60 mb)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

POPPERS Vol.2 (1976-78) - V/A


2009 (bootleg)

Second volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

01 Pointed Sticks - What Do You Want Me To Do?
02 The Saints - This Perfect Day
03 Tuff Darts - (Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste
04 The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
05 Jilted John - Jilted John
06 The Doll - Trash
07 Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
08 Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
09 Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
10 The Numbers - Sunset Strip
11 The Boyfriends - I Don't Want Nobody
12 Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
13 The Depressions - Career Girl
14 Magazine - Shot by Both Sides
15 Blondie - X-Offender
16 Bizarros - Laser Boys
17 The Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind
18 Ramones - Swallow My Pride
19 Klark Kent - Don't Care
20 Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Betrayal Takes Two
21 The Flys - Can I Crash Here?



1988 (Other People's Music)


"I purchased this album originally in 1988, and loved it. I lost it for a time and rediscovered the album and the band and can't speak more highly of this album. From the first track to the last, it was what a good solid rockabilly album should be. Full of a strong beat, great guitar work, and lyrics that seem to speak to the listener and tell a great story. Whether that story is true or just a great rock and roll lie... who cares. The album is a must for fans of the Stray Cats, Buddy Holly, or any one who love pure rock and roll. Roll up your jeans, grease back your hair, grab you best girl and dance like mad, and the hold her real close for the slow songs. Have some fun...
Go To Town." - Mike Brown (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Tonny Kenny : vocals / guitars
Jail House Joe : bass
Don Decouchay : drums
Chris Spedding :guitars / piano

produced by : Chris Spedding

It's Saturday Night
Well, I Knocked I And Knocked
Talk To You
Long Rolling Nights
Lower Beverly
I Can't Keep My Baby In Shoes
So Much Fun
All I Need
Calling My Name
Scariest Night Of My Life
Razorback Boogie

Download (128 kbs, 35 Mb)

Saturday, September 5, 2009





Gritty, Old World 60's garagepunk, served up by reservatory !

Liner Notes:

THE STARFIGHTERS "I Like Trouble" should be the official compiler's anthem, 'cause that's what you'll get sooner or later. This one's a private pressing, probably by the same band that had the fine "Lost John" on Bellaphon.

THE SLAVES The mighty Slaves give us some of the most violent Bo Diddley ever. Paul and Hannes Fischer, Herbert Radakovic, Charlie Ratzer from Switzerland and Austria respectively and German-born Heinrich Behrends on bass. Their 3 singles, issued simultaneously in '66 by Philips in Switzerland and Austria, are among the all-time greats of European 60's R&B. They disappeared following a Swiss drug bust.

THE SKINS Loud, proud and primitive. In 1966 CBS recorded the "Beat Contest of the City of Frankfurt" and released one of the few real live LPs (most others had fake applause). If you've ever heard how The Skins shredded The Kinks' "I Need You" (in spite of the heavy riff, a love song after all) you'll know what a Rock'n'Roll suicide is. They probably took hostages. By the end of the year they had the LP "Beat Party Nr. 4" out on that label (actually a split LP with The Black Points). Among ultra heavy covers of songs you know from The Troggs, The Pretties and The Small Faces, we've found "What To Do", which seems to be an original and The Skins' idea of a ballad.

THE RHYTHM CHECKERS From the zonal fringeland of Alsace. Members of this truly European outfit hailed from Germany, France and Holland. "On Your Way Down The Drain" covers The King Bees from New York City.

THE RED DEVILS They may be the same outfit that recorded for a Swiss label. "Little By Little" is a cover, not the Stones number, but a nearly brutal interpretation of The Pickwicks' final effort.

THE RAGGED MEN This fuzzy stomper on the flip of a decent version of "Take This Hammer" is the finest moment of ... er... well, this single on the Patria label seems to be sole artifact of the Ragged Men. Philosophical views (peeps?) at topic No. 1 lead to the conclusion, "I want new lovers here of the careless kind". Yeah, man, those were the days before safer sex.

THE CANDIDATES While most of Germans bands, trying to keep up with every new trend, developed a strange variety of styles without ever finding their own, The Candidates were strictly R&B. Pretty good at that, but unfortunately a lazy bunch, they never tortured their brains writing original material. Good taste anyway, as the Pretty Things, Rolling Stones and the very popular (in Germany) Renegades obviously were their heroes. In '66 they recorded an LP for budget label Baccarola. "Bad Bad Baby", the continental B-side of the exiled UK-Renegades' greatest hit "Cadillac", gets a great face lift here. A cover version, admittedly, but one that doesn't show up on every second compilation.

THE BATS, another of the early Hamburg bands, came together in '61. They went through the usual Star Club routine, but recorded mainly for Polydor after a quarrel with the Club’s owner Weißleder. While most of their records don’t show the group’s true potential, their 7” on Wam, “Got A Girl”, is a German garage classic. Unlike other 2nd division entries, they stayed active, still gigging in the 90’s. In '81 they issued an LP of unreleased late 60’s/early 70’s recordings on their own Summer label LP.

THE SHAGGYS Ah, the band that started it all! It was the irresistible charm of kindergarten bands like Rene & The 10 Less 5, Ric & The Skyliners, Magic Herbs and Wildcats that pushed us to share the results of our vinyl archaeology with the rest of the world. The Shaggys' first 7" was always top of the bill. Rumours of a second single gave us quite a hard time until we finally tracked it down. Like The Ragged Men's record, it came out on Patria, formerly known as the R&B label. (R&B stands for whatever you like, but definitely not Rhythm and Blues)."I'm Shy" features the immortal line, "You know it's hard to say, because I'm many shy". How can they say there's no German sense of humor?

THE PARTY BROTHERS "Our Love Is Gone" was the a-side of their sole 45, but listen to the sick croaking on "Every Night" and you see why we love the flip even more.

THE ROBOTS When Polydor dropped The Robots after one flopped single, they picked up the pieces, recorded the comparatively heavier "Soldier Beat" and released it on the totally unknown Ursus label, to the same result. And most likely that was it for The Robots, but as this second sign of life comes as a big surprise to those who thought they knew all about obscure 60's plastic (i.e. us)..., who knows?

TIME OUT Their claim to fame was a 7" for Hansa for which the company advertised them as "Gemany´s Youngest Beatband". Judging by the picture cover, they were about two years older than Percy & The Gaolbirds had been in ´66, but this was '69 and a bit too late to cause sensation with an old-fashioned term like Beat anyway. And the bungled, out of tune-guitar solo, as much as we like such trash today, was the commercial kiss of death. Time over for Time Out...

A damn rare record from the northern part of the country is THE PONTIACS´ 7" on Mash ('65), seemingly the only release on this very private label. Typical mid-60´s beat by a group of neat looking young gentlemen who hadn´t yet finished discussions about what kind of style they'd like to follow. Great mishmash of influences, and it´s nice to hear how a caveman on drums and a mean stringbender can spoil the ambitions of a crooner.

Although they also recorded a couple of Top Ten covers for Tempo,
THE VENTURE 5's only collectable opus is this 7" from '65 on Munich's Juke Box Records. The plug side is certainly "What's Your Name?", but the flip "Yes Pretty Baby" is a winner too. Exact city of origin unknown, but it wasn´t Munich. They were active between Augsburg, Regensburg, Landshut and Nürnberg, a lower Bavarian or Franconian provincial beatband obviously...

THE ROADRUNNERS Pure-bred Liverpudlians. In '63 and '64, long residencies at The Star Club led to various recordings released only in Germany. "Little Ruby" is the first of 2 non-LP 45's recorded on location. John Peacock on piano sounds under the spell of The Killer from Feriday, who caused spontaneous piano combustions at the Club in '64.

THE LOOSERS From 1966, a private pressing from Bad Oldesloe. Pimply and mysterious.





1986 (Popllama)


"If the staff of Mad Magazine — back when it was good — set out to make a fershlugginer indie-rock record, this would be it. Potrzebie! One side of the brilliant 1986 outing covers pre-Beatles classics (intentionally overlooking the best-known, "Shakin' All Over" and "Please Don't Touch") by Johnny Kidd and The Pirates. The flip, performed by a mixture of musicians dubbed the New Age Urban Squirrels, attacks representatives of the later '60s (e.g., "Hair" and "Spirit in the Sky"), which they devolve into cocktail lounge laxative sleaze." - Scott Schinder / Ira Robbins

"The Squirrels are as crazy as a one eyed tick on a rabid coondog! And Rob Morgan is a demented genius idiot savant charlatan jester if I ever saw one. MY KINDA BAND...could be the biggest thing outta Seattle since The Kingsmen, Jimi Hendrix, and Heart put TOGETHER!!!!!" - Mojo Nixon

"On a REEEEEALLY good night, The Squirrels are probably the most entertaining band on Earth for my money (but since I generally don't have to pay to see them, the point is moot). They're friends so I have to say this. I would anyway. They are a guilty pleasure and I thrive on guilt. What can I say?

"Another group recognized by Spin magazine columnist Andrea Enthal from a list of 1,000 Best/Worst Band Names in 1986, the New Age Urban Squirrels had more names than members. Actually, every new group line up had a new name, all with Squirrels in them somewhere.
Led by certifiable maniac Rob Morgan, the Squirrels (in all of its permutations) read like a who's who of the Seattle scene in the mid to late 80's. The first recording had Rob backed up by the three guys who made up the Young Fresh Fellows, but later recordings had members of the Posies, the Tubes, Roy Loney, ReStyles and more." - Rich Webb

"TO MANY LONGTIME Seattle scenesters, Rob "Captain" Morgan is a local institution. Others would argue that he belongs in one...

Whether they call themselves New Age Urban Squirrels; Crosby, Squirrels & Nate; or just plain the Squirrels, Morgan's madcap collective are part of a glorious tradition of rock 'n' roll pranksters, from Alice to Zappa, taking memorable moments from our musical history and slapping them across the kisser with a healthy dose of surrealist high spirits...

Obsessed with rock's history but blessedly free of any semblance of reverence, Morgan and his merry band of Squirrels are a genuine rarity in these ironic, iconic times: dyed-in-the-wool rule-breaking originals. Long may they rave." - Michael Krugman

"Jumping into his sporadic album career with an entertaining bang, Morgan fully unleashed his hilariously talented vision on the world with this sort-of split release. Billed as two separate outfits -- Ernest Anyway and the Mighty (Mighty) Squirrels on the one hand, The New Age Urban Squirrels on the other -- Morgan and company showed how in the right hands humor and ability can recombine into something fantastic. As the title indicates, the first side consists of nothing but covers of songs from the legendary early British rockers; that Morgan knows his super boss rock is demonstrated by the fact that the Pirates' biggest hit, "Shakin' All Over," in fact isn't included. Instead it's six other cuts that get the treatment, including the wonderfully weird passion of "Hungry for Love" and fine choices like "I Hate Gettin' up in the Morning" and "Restless." Morgan's own delicious half-croon/half-rocker vocals are in full effect, while the Squirrels (here including Young Fresh Fellows like Tad Hutchison and Scott McCaughey) treat everything with the appropriate sass and fire, when not tripping out completely, as the quavery guitars and vocal yelps on "Growl" show. On the flip, Morgan leads another set of Squirrels, including longtime collaborators Eric Erickson and Joey Kline, though a ridiculously wonderful set of sixties covers hither and yon. Highlights are a devolved loungey version of "Spirit in the Sky" that throws in references to the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the Beatles' "Taxman," a version of "Hair" that has to be heard to be believed, and a romp through the Jerry Reed trash-AM standby "Amos Moses" by way of Led Zeppelin. Kline contributes a nutty original himself, the country & western tragedy "Me and Roger (The Cowboy and the Kid)." Morgan's sense of parodic design is in full flower: the Mighty (Mighty) Squirrels appear in appropriate pirate garb, while the New Age Urban Squirrels grace the front cover à la the John Lennon/Yoko Ono effort Two Virgins, without a stitch on." - Ned Raggett




ROB- Lead Vocals
TAD- Drums
ERIC ERICKSON- Lead Guitar, Vocals
JOEY KLINE- Guitar, Vocals
CRAIG FERGUSON- Bass, Vocals (the "Mystery Bassist")

"Sing The Hits" TRACKLIST:
01 I Hate Getting Up In The Morning
02 Hungry For Love
03 Growl
04 I'll Never Get Over You
05 Never Learn To Love
06 Restless

"Five Virgins" TRACKLIST:
01 Amos Moses
02 My Babe
03 Sweet Young Thing
04 Hair
05 Me & Roger
06 Spirit In The Sky

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

POPPERS Vol.1 (1976-1978) - V/A


2009 (bootleg)

First volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

I loaded in over 24,000 songs culled from these albums, the Yellow Pills and D.I.Y. series, Killed By Death, and the Bomp! comps etc. Tossed in a bunch from my own collection. Hit the shuffle button...

These are the tunes left standing at the end of it all, as filtered through Dgrador's own twisted pop sensibilities.

A few factors played a part in the final outcome:
I kept the lovey-dovey songs down to a dull roar.
1965-influenced stomps on Big Star-influenced.
Most, not all "major" product was discarded because it sounded too "rock".
And finally, a context of listenability re: track sequence, eliminating some obvious choices.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

Special thanks to PPC, PPL, PPO, PVAc, TZ, KBD, ModPopPunk, and all you bloggers that posted the impossible-to-find stuff that made the Borack list.

01 - The Electric Chairs - Eddie & Sheena
02 - Richard Hell & The Voidoids - New Pleasure
03 - The Flys - Love and a molotov cocktail
04 - The Diodes - red rubber ball
05 - The Vibrators - No Heart
06 - The Heartbreakers - All By Myself
07 - The Quick - Pretty Please
08 - The Zeros - Siamese Tease
09 - Television - see no evil
10 - Cock Sparrer - We Love You
11 - The 101'ers (pre-Clash Joe Strummer) - Surf City
12 - Elvis Costello - Pump it Up
13 - The Dictators - Stay With Me
14 - The Rezillos - (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures
15 - Television Personalities - Where's Bill Grundy Now?
16 - 999 - Homicide
17 - The Boys (as The Yobs) - The Worm Song
18 - The Viletones - Possibilities
19 - Radio Stars - Nervous Wreck
20 - The Depressions - Don't Want Your Love
21 - Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated



1990 (Big-Rehab)


"Fine Acid-Psych which reminds on early 70s Bands like Stray.
Try: Freak Flag Express. Recommended." - alie

"Bitchin tones for rolling Paca-lolo & chillin 2" - Hairholder

"Impossible to find private pressing by this US stoner rock outfit, cannabis tokin' acid rock power trio, who perform various tributes to the weed. 'Freak Flag Express' is stunning Hendrix-like blast!" - Freak Emporium

"This picture arrived with the following note:

As a graduate of Hillsdale High School (Hillsdale Knights) in San Mateo, class of '83, and as one of the few punk rockers, I can honestly tell you that you nailed every detail of being the odd man out in a public suburban high school. Me and my friends formed our first band in 1980 (the Dangling Genitals) before any of us played an instrument. We simply assigned who would play what. I was the last to pick and was elected to be on guitar. A few months later we were making noise in the garage and changed our name to Wig Torture. We played at lunch in the "great court" of Hillsdale in 1983 and the reaction from the normal people was as described in King Dork. Our lunchtime gig a year later at San Mateo High wasn't any better." - Dr. Frank

Wig Tortüre:


a1. Mr. Hooper Is Dead
a2. Sisters and Brothers
a3. Yell Phucky Soup
a4. Freak Flag Express
a5. Ernie Fart
b1. Oz and Moses
b2. Psycho Zone
b3. Tokemaster
b4. Marijuana
b5. Mr. Sponge Man
b6. The Bastard

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