Tuesday, August 27, 2013

V.A. White Dopes on Punk: 50 Punk & New Wave Rarities [2005]

The world needs a '77-era punk version of Nuggets series, one that focuses on the lesser-knowns of the era rather than the same old names ad nauseum. However, rather then break new (old) ground by doing their own version of Killed By Death, re-issue mavens like Rhino Records make do with re-capitulations of the obvious like No Thanks.

Castle Music's 2005 collection White Dopes on Punk limits the obvious choices (Sham 69, Damned, Adverts, UK Subs, Eater, Slaughter & the Dogs do make it on) but mostly features more obscure bands. To be fair,  it's a bit of a mess. In the 51 [!] tracks herein you get KBD bands like Cyanide, Genocide, Powerpearls bands bands like the Distractions, Tin Openers and The Out, more Messthetics entries like John Cooper Clarke, Gyro not mention a few entries that are more so tangentially related to punk rock (Deaf School, The Fabulous Poodles, Dead Fingers) plus quite a few punxsploitation 'bands' like Jilted John, The Water Pistols and The Punkettes. All in all, it's a pretty glorious mess.

01. The Damned - New Rose
02. The Adverts - One Chord Wonders (Live)
03. Sham 69 - (There's Gonna Be A) Borstal Breakout
04. Sister Ray - Suicide
05. John Cooper Clarke - Innocents
06. Eddie Mooney & The Grave - I Bought Three Eggs
07. The Distractions - It Doesn't Bother Me
08. Tin Openers - Set Me Free
09. The Out - Who Is Innocent?
10. Cyanide - I'm a Boy
11. Toy Dolls - Tommy Kowey's Car
12. Gyro - Central Detention Centre
13. Genocide - Renegade
14. Speed - She's All There
15. V2 - Man in a Box
16. Victim - Why Are Fire Engines Red?
17. I.Q. Zero - She's So Rare
18. Frantic Elevators - Voice in the Dark
19. Deaf School - All Queued Up
20. Dead Fingers Talk - Can't Think Straight
21. Slaughter & The Dogs - Cranked Up Really High
22. The Freshies - Yesterday / Tomorrow
23. Chelsea - Right to Work
24. The Teardrops - Seeing Double
25. Alberto y Los Trios Paranoias - Anarchy in the UK

01. The Nosebleeds - Ain't Bin to No Music School
02. The Water Pistols - Gimme That Punk Junk
03. The Punkettes - Goin' Out Wiv a Punk
04. Eater - 15 (Live)
05. Cyanide - Do It
06. Steroid Kiddies - Seaside Teaser
07. Horrorcomic - I'm All Hung Up on Pierrepoint
08. Frantic Elevators - Hunchback of Notre Dame
09. U.K. Subs - I Live in a Car (Live)
10. Norman & The Hooligans - I'm a Punk
11. Matt Black & The Doodlebugs - Punky Xmas
12. Jilted John - Jilted John
13. Ed Banger - Kinnel Tommy
14. Pathetix - Love in Decay
15. Private Sector - Just Wanna Stay Free
16. Public Zone - Naive
17. The Fabulous Poodles - Convent Girls
18. Toy Dolls - She Goes to Finos
19. Lucy - Really Got Me Goin'
20. The Teardrops - Colours
21. Chris Sievey - Baiser
22. Direct Hits - Back to the Sixties
23. Public Skool - Walking the Rat
24. The Damned - Help
25. Ritchie Hale & the Stormers - Punkski
26. Alberto y Los Trios Paranoias - Fuck You

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Amazing Billy Idol Fan Art Uncovered!

I love scouring through stacks of vinyl records from a collection about to be dispersed. This is not because I'm an absolute die-hard vinyl junkie, I just enjoy music-related surprises. So, yesterday morning when I volunteered to help do some what-chaff separation on a friend's vinyl collection, I had expectations of serendipity. The fact that much of the collection was bought from thrift shops in the 90's, the low-point of record collecting, only heightened my expectations. So, while rifling through the mish-mash of trash 'n treasure, I couldn't resist pulling out that old used bin stand-by, Rebel Yell by Billy Idol. Sure, I'm more of a fan of Idol's seventies punk band, Generation X but I do have a soft spot for this LP. Then, lo and behold, as I pulled out the vinyl, something extra slipped out.

Whoa! It was a finely-shaded pencil portrait of Mr. Idol signed by one Debra Posthumus back in 1987 [!] Sitting there, staring at this picture, which the owner of the collection had never seen, was like a little window on a time when music fandom could inspire such fastidious effort. So Debra, wherever you are, I salute your love and dedication to Mr. Idol and for leaving if for me to uncover twenty-six years later.


Friday, August 23, 2013

V.A. The Clash Tribute: The Never Ending Story (1991)

Well we've been talking about the The Price (see HERE) and their label Released Emotions Records (see HERE) and Clash-loving in general, so while were in the thick of things, here's that label's tribute to The Clash which includes The Price's folk-punk take on "English Civil War".

The covers are pretty eclectic (read: some stinkers) and my favourites are the ones with some bloody oomph (The Price, Red Letter Day, PKRK etc.)

1    Crass - Intro        
2    The Indestructible Beat - Capital Radio        
3    Bleach - Complete Control        
4    Kage Engineering - Charlie Don't Surf        
5    Pop Am Good - London's Burning        
6    Attila the Stockbroker - Washington Bullets        
7    Terry Edwards - Version City        
8    Anhrefn & One Style MDV - Bankrobber        
9     Levellers 5 - Hateful        
10   The Price - English Civil War        
11   Walls Have Ears - Spanish Bombs        
12   Mass - London Calling        
13   The Moonflowers - Armagideon Time        
14   Bad News - Police and Thieves        
15   Red Letter Day - Straight to Hell        
16   The Blaggers ITA - Guns of Brixton        
17   PKRK - Somebody Got Murdered        
18   Les Cadavres - Stay Free        
19   Serious Drinking - London's Burning (Reprise)


A Clash/Pistols/Damned tribute album which overlaps a bit with this is available HERE!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Covering Dylan's "Long Ago, Far Away"

Other than a couple of home-made YouTube and Soundcloud versions, there seem to be no recorded cover versions of Dylan's heavy-handed (heavy-fingered?) and somewhat obscure (official release came on the Bootleg Series Vol. 9) 1962 protest song, "Long Ago, Far Away".

Update: Odetta did do a version not available on-line on her "Odetta Sings Dylan" album!

However, after reacquiring A Thousand Words by mega-underappreciated eighties SoCal punk band, Mad Parade (more to come), I discovered that they'd interpolated the first verse from "Long Ago, Far Away" into the album's stand-out tune, "Animal Riot". While I recommend taking in all the nice little arrangement tricks the band pulls out over the course of the song, if you need to get right to Bobby D.'s part, it starts at 2:39, after the break-it-down part and the guitar solo, but before the ultra-brief Robert plant tribute.

Mad Parade on iTunes

Dr. Strange Records


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Joe Strummer: Rock Art & Style.

 [Chris Shary]

It's not east memorializing the immediacy of rock n' roll in pen, ink or paint but fortunately artists aren't dissuaded by challenges.

Yesterday, the famous Strummer memorial in NYC was blasted off. I can't deny my first reaction to that image was not a warm one, however, seeing how it moves so many of my fellow Strummer-ites has raised my esteem of the image greatly.

[Bobby Williams]

Interestingly, the day the mural went Straight To Hell (though it is soon to return), punk artist and portraitist Chris Shary (more HERE) decided to do one of his quick Sharpie portraits of Strummer. It's a strong image that goes for immediacy without much worrying too much about the fidly bits


Monday, August 19, 2013

Superchunk Love Music!

I hate music, what is it worth?
Can't bring anyone back to this earth

Majesty Shredding offered a re-born, revived Superchunk but raised the question, what next? After all, the album-after-the-comeback-album is always met with cynicism. Well Mac & co. have taken that weary cynicism and driven a vinyl stake through its heart with this celebratory video for the joy-giving song, "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo". 


Monday, August 5, 2013

Punk - Past, Present and Future... (1993)

As a quick thanks-you to all my great COMMENTERS, here's a l'il rarity, a compilation put together by Released Emotions, home of The Price (more HERE) in 1993.

As the title implies and label-man Vince spells out in the liner notes shown below, the idea here was to cram 16 years of punk history into 23 songs. It's a revisionist history of course, one that supposes that the English punk sound of '77-'78 never wavered. (How American straight edge satire band Crucial Youth ended up here is anyone's guess!)


Anyway it's fun version of history and there's lots of bands who never got what was coming to them here that you can enjoy and hope I'll be able to dig out some of THEIR obscurities some day...

Released Emotions licensed some great '77 vintage stuff here and while they weren't able to get any Clash they did end up with THREE Clash covers, including the Indestructible Beat (featuring Steve Drewett of The Neurotics) take on "Capitol Radio":

1 The Vibrators - No Heart 1:50
2 The Lurkers - Walk Like A Superstar (Talk Like A Zombie) 1:49
3 Chelsea - Come On 2:05
4 Maniacs - Chelsea '77 2:35
5 Sham 69 - Questions And Answers 3:18
6 UK Subs - Motivator 2:26
7 Stiff Little Fingers - Tin Soldiers 5:04
8 The Ruts - Babylon's Burning 2:16
9 Angelic Upstarts - When Will They Learn 2:56
10 Red London - This Is England 4:58
11 Resistance 77 - Chelsea Girl 2:38
12 Oi Polloi - Scum 1:59
13 Attila The Stockbroker - Washington Bullets 3:34
14 The Sect - The Whole World Gets Me Down 4:07
15 Red Letter Day - Last Night 2:44
16 Anhrefn - Rhywle Yn Moscow 2:11
17 Last Rough Cause - Hey Lady 3:53
18 Crucial Youth - Turn The Other Cheek 1:35
19 Exit Condition - Plan 9 Channel 7 4:00
20 The Price - Standing In Your Way 3:19
21 Leatherface - Melody Lee 2:09
22 The Blaggers ITA - Guns Of Brixton 3:21
23 The Indestructible Beat - Capital Radio 3:25


Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Price: The Table of Uncles (1989)

For their third and final release Uxbridge's The Price (more HERE) finally broke the 12'' barrier with their 1989 EP, Table of Uncles. As the self-mocking title indicates, their swan song shows the band maturing without surrendering. While there is a little bit of that 80's coldness in the sound here (see "On the Ice"), it's used to build a bit of space around the songs and not to diffuse them. As rocking originals like "Was it You?" and a purpose-defining cover of "You Say You Don't Love Me" from the Buzzcocks under-rated third album, "A Different Kind of Tension" prove, this is a kicking punk/pop record!

A1. Was It You
A2. Standing In Your Way
A3. Goodbye
B1. On The Ice
B2. Changing Places
B3. You Say You Don't Love Me

All rips, scans and info come courtesy of the man himself, Mr. Leigh Heggarty, please consider leaving him (and your friendly neighbourhood blogger) a COMMENT about this fantastic material!

Leigh's Mad World of Guitars

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Price: Between the Lies (1988)

On their second single Uxbridge's The Price's (more HERE) really drove up the ante. With The Ruts' Paul Fox producing, the band upped the ferocity without sacrificing the thoughtful lyrics or the pop hooks.

All rips, scans and info come courtesy of the man himself, Mr. Leigh Heggarty, please consider leaving him (and your friendly neighbourhood blogger) a COMMENT about this fantastic material!

Leigh's Mad World of Guitars

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Price: The Price You Pay 7" (1988)

We've been covering the UK's political-punk underground of the eighties ('cause we're specific that way here at MRML), which allows me the honour of bringing to light the largely undervalued  Uxbridge band The Price.

The Price were led by guitarist Leigh Heggarty (his fascinating blog is here), who currently may have one of the best jobs of the 21st century - playing guitar with The Ruts, The Advert's TV Smith, Back to Zero and more besides! Heggarty's guitar word, so in demand these days, is what gave The Price's sound a fluent urgency and a melodic intensity in the same way Mick Jones did in The Clash.

Heggarty had previously led a studio-only band, Society (get it here) whose sole single came out in l980 and then another band The Others, who recorded a strong demo in the mid-80's.

The Price, also featuring Malcolm Andrews on vocals, Huggy Harewood on bass and Mick Francis on drums, did manage to tour and create a small, cogent discography in the late 80's and early 90's.

The band's debut single on So What Records (SW 001) has a propulsive reggae track, "The Price You Pay" as the AA side and a fast rocker, "The Man With the Plan as the A-side ("So What Records, the label with no B-sides", went the slogan). It's a powerful opening salvo but there was much more to come!

All rips, scans and info come courtesy of the man himself, Mr. Leigh Heggarty, please consider leaving him (and your friendly neighbourhood blogger) a COMMENT about this material!

Leigh's Mad World of Guitars