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Victims Family - Maybe If I...
Original Release Date: April 18, 1994, 7'' Ep + CD Ep
Label: Alternative Tentacle/Konkurrel
1. Maybe If I...
2. Balderdash '93
3. Burly Jalisco
Petaluma's near-legendaries with the follow-up to The Germ. Both formats feature the title track plus two more songs.
Quirky, rockin' tunes from the tightest trio south of Nomeansno.
"These guys return again with their latest effort... A three song EP. Two of the songs are funk-styled punk, that reminds me of the Minutemen at times.
The third track is a jazzier instrumental groove, that makes me feel like I'm crushing along a desert highway when I'm listening to this." (Flipside)
Formed in 1984, Sonoma county's groove/thrash/bad-acid/punk/noise/metal/samba trio Victims Family has earned a reputation as one of the most consistently interesting bands in the underground.
Musically diverse and lyrically ironic and topical, the group has become known for its prodigious displays: intense, impassioned playing while maintaining a sense of humor when singing about war, mass-murder, Barbara Walters, David Korsesh, greed, disease, soggy cereal, white bread, CIA drug smuggling, suicide, religious dogma, psychoanalysis, roommates from hell, unrequited love, and the music industry, among other things.
The group released two albums before the departure of drummer Devon VrMeer, who left to pursue fatherhood.
When Tim Solyan, the band's former roadie, stepped in to fill Devon's shoes, the guys had a solid roadworthy unit for touring, which they proceeded to do - a lot.
Their third album, White Bread Blues, soon followed and was received on a much wider critical and commercial scale than before.
More touring throughout the US and especially Europe cemented the group's reputation as an incendiary live act.
The Germ, their fourth album, and their debut for Alternative Tentacles Records, was a brooding, noisier excursion.
More touring. Then, after a severe case of road-burnout forced them into a premature split, the guys went their separate ways for a time.
After a ten-month breakup they reformed in the spring of 1993 to play a sold-out show at San Francisco's Kennel Club, and this led to plans for a new album.
Headache Remedy was the resulting recording, and was released by Alternative Tentacles in February, 1994.
A recording of the band's final show was released less than a year later, in 1995. Entitled Four Great Thrash Songs (due to some hatemail displayed in album inlet) the NorCal trio is showcased doing what they do best: astounding one and all with sheer excess!
Founding members Ralph and Larry went on to play in Alternative Tentacles artists' Saturn's Flea Collar, Hellworms, and now, The Freak Accident and Triclops! (Alternative Tentacles)
Le prétexte: Juste parce que j'ai remis la main dessus! VF fucken rules!
224~320kbs Mp3, maybe if you'd share a little bit more...
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Die Kreuzen - Die Kreuzen
Touch&Go Records 1984 LP
- This Hope
- In School
- I'm Tired
- On the Street
- Get 'Em
- No Time
- All White
- Pain / Sick People
- Hate Me
- Live Wire
- Not Anymore
- Think for Me
- Dirt and Decay
- Don't Say Please
- No Name
First album, ragin' and screamin' from this golden year 1984 (George Orwell wouldn't have liked this one!).
Vinyl rip, just a few cracks and pops... perfect anytime!
Dan Kreuzen - Vocals
Keith Brammer - Bass
Herman Egeness - Guitar
Erik Tunison - Drums
Formed in 1981 by two Rockford, Illinois and two Brookfield, Wisconsin natives in the midpoint of Milwaukee, Die Kreuzen (pronounced dee kroytzen) chose their name specifically to avoid stereotyping because “no one knows what it means.” The band combined early hardcore with heavy metal leanings. ‘Die Kreuzen’ roughly translates out of German meaning ‘to intersect’ or ‘to hybridize,’ which is exactly what they did on their five LP’s for Touch and Go. Remember that flannel shirt movement in the 90's? Yeah. This is what those guys were listening to.
Die Kreuzen was simultaneously one of the most thrilling and conservative exponents of American hardcore.
While many quality thrash bands have escaped the genre's brutally circumscribed conventions by delving into metal, psychedelia, funk or bohemianism, this quartet played punk strictly by the book.
Cows and Beer, a six-song 7-inch debut (all of which is reprised on Die Kreuzen), contains such numbers as "Hate Me," "Pain" and "In School." Although well-played, the music of these brief songs is as familiar as the titles.
On the first LP, armed with an antagonistic attitude and a predilection for velocity, the band burns through 21 explosive songs (riffs, really) that are interchangeable but not redundant.
The primary ingredient, hyperkinetic energy, remains constant throughout Die Kreuzen, but the riffs are all different and uncommonly well-articulated. As loud and fast as these guys are, their playing remains crisp.
Cows and Beer EP (Version Sound) 1982
Die Kreuzen (Touch and Go) 1984
October File (Touch and Go) 1986
Century Days (Touch and Go) 1988
Gone Away (Touch and Go) 1989
Cement (Touch and Go) 1991
Internal (Touch and Go) 1993
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Surf Punks - Locals Only
1982 Day-Glo Lp / 1993 Restless Records Tape
01. Locals Only
02. Shark Attack
03. No Fat Chicks
04. I'm a Valley
05. Tube Rider
06. Water Sports
07. Born to Surf
08. Spoiled Brats from Malibu II
09. Hey, Mr. Lifeguard
10. Kanan's Doomed
11. Tijuana Weekend
12. New Lead Guuitar
13. Spoiled Brats from Malibu I
14. Sealed With a Kiss
The Surf Punks were a pop punk band formed in 1976 by Malibu residents Dennis Dragon (son of the Symphony conductor Carmen Dragon, and brother of Captain & Tennille's Daryl Dragon), and Drew Steele. Dennis recruited the additional talents of Malibu residents, Tony Creed AKA "Hulk", for lead guitar and blues harp, fellow bodysurfer/frisbeeist John Hunt on bass, and south bay resident John Heussenstamm for lead guitar. This was the original core group, produced and engineered by Dennis in his garage studio across the street from Zuma Beach, his favorite body surfing spot.
Their 1978 first album, an independent release on their own label, Day Glo Records, garnered them enough airplay on the then fledgling L.A. alternative radio station KROQ to lead to a re-release of the album on Epic Records in 1980, and the release of two further albums, Locals Only and Oh No, Not Them Again on Enigma, with Mark Miller, keyboard player Jerry Weber and lifeguard/guitarist Andy Jackson.
The lyrics of the band centered primarily on the in-group/out-group experiences of "locals" (surfers living on the beach in Malibu) and "valleys" (commuters from the San Fernando Valley to the private and public beaches of the exclusive Malibu Beach community). Never truly "punk" in the traditional sense of the word, the Surf Punks were sort of a "Beach Boys" of the punk world, offering an intelligent take on the "turf wars" over the southern California beaches and its waves.
The term "surf punk" was a generational adaptation of the term "surf Nazi" which was in wide use in the early days of the sport in the 60s and 70s, and also used tongue-in-cheek to describe people who were fanatically dedicated to their sport.(more on Wiki)
Original tape extracted from Teac W-750R with DMC Auxiliary Input to Wave, then 224~320 Mp3 encoded + scans & tags; 4 locals only, do not drop in the sand!
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The Piss Drunks - Alcoholocaust
Ransom Note Recordings 1996 CD
01. Vacuum Tube
02. I Don't Care
03. Time for a Change
04. Hate My Life - Piss Drunks, Blood Sausage
07. Self Abuse
08. Psycho Snizz
09. Double Shot - Piss Drunks, Swingin' Medallions
10. Drag Me Down
11. What I Need
12. Richard's Wife
13. One Way
14. Goat Show
PISS DRUNKS are:
BUZZY: Drunk with Microphone.
JOE: Lead drunk on stringed thing.
HOWARD: Other drunk on stringed thing.
SEANY: Drunk with fewer strings.
BRIAN: Seated drunk.
They're influenced by ZEKE, BAD BRAD MORRIS, PURE GRAIN ALCHOLOL, STINK, FULL DIAPER, C.O.A, STOREROOM TAVERN, M.T.D, SUFFOCATED, QUISP, DAVE DOBERMAN, THE JOHNSONS, ALDRICHES, STARGELS, PATCHOULI SEWER, THE BISHOPS, BLACK LABEL BEER, LAKE UNION PUB, SHARK CHUM, CORPORATE SLUTS, HUSH STUDIOS, PUFFERS, CHET, JOHN-JOHN, BINKY FOR THE SLASH SOLO 911, ERIC, BRISTLE.
Now disbanded drunks reunion from Seattle, WA. Both of their albums are out of print.
Unfettered punk and hardcore slam, drawing on this music's inherent chaotic nihilism. A steaming amalgam of 1-2-3-4 thrash and old-style punk and in your face without any sugarcoating.
These ruffians get the job done, once again! (search for "Urine Idiot" 1st Lp in my shares, will post here later)
The two last tracks listed on backcover somehow didn't make it onto the cd pressing... bummer.
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Fully Realized 2004 directors cut - The 20th Anniversary DVD!
We Got Power Films Presents: A Film By David Markey
Starring Jennifer Schwartz, Steven McDonald, Janet Housden, Kim Pilkington, Jeff McDonald, Tracy Lea, & Michael F. Glass
Featuring Vicki Peterson, Sky Saxon & Jello Biafra
Music Score by Jeff McDonald, Abby Travis, Kristian Hoffman, Mario Lalli, Paul Roessler, Andrew Weiss & Sim Cain
Featuring Music by Redd Kross, Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Dead Kennedys, Painted Willie, Swa, Lawndale, Annette Zilinskas, Anarchy 6 & The Lovedolls
Written by David Markey, Jennifer Schwartz, Jeff McDonald & Steven McDonald
Executive Producers Jordan Schwartz & David Markey
The Lovedolls return from their untimely demise in this 1986 sequel to Desperate Teenage Lovedolls.
Patch Kelley (Janet Housden) becomes Patch Christ, the leader of an acid-damaged religious cult who rescues has been Kitty Karryall (Jennifer Schwartz) from a boozy, wasted life.
Once reunited, they recruit Sunset Boulevard hooker Alexandria "Cheetah" Axethrasher (Kim Pilkington) to replace the recently murdered Bunny Tremelo (Hilary Rubens). Rainbow Tremaine (Steven McDonald), from the Freedom School in New Mexico ventures to Hollywood to discover his twin brother Johnny has committed suicide after taking The Lovedolls to the top, as their manager.
The She Devils leader Tanya Hearst's mother, Patricia Ann Cloverfield (Tracy Lea) is back in town to even the score.
Meanwhile obsessed fanatic Carl Celery (Jeff McDonald) lives in his own world of Lovedoll worship, only to carry out an assassination of Brews Springstien (Jordan Schwartz).
With special guest appearances by Vicki Peterson (Bangles), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) & Sky Saxon (The Seeds).
With major rocking by Redd Kross, Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Dead Kennedys, & more! You can't kill a Lovedoll, babe... because Superstars never die!
Toujours pas de sous-titres en vue, mais encore un beau soundtrack fourni avec
Redd Kross, Lovedolls, Black Flag, Annette, Gone, Sonic Youth, Painted Willie,
Lawndale, Anarchy 6, Meat Puppets, Dead Kennedys
que je me résoudrai peut-être à ripper du vinyl un de ces quatre.
1986 Fully Realized movie: 81mn
Deleted scenes: 10mn
Tribute to filmaker David Markey: 15mn
Video: 712x368 XViD. 23 fps
Audio: 128kbs Mp3
Lasting: 1H 46mn 25s
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Desperate Teenage Lovedolls
Directed by David Markey
Starring Jennifer Schwartz, Steven McDonald, Jeff McDonald, Hilary Rubens, George Harrison, Ringo Starr...
Distributed by Eclectic DVD Distribution (a USA-based distributor)
Release date(s) 1984, May 20, 2003 (DVD release)
Running time 60 min.
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls is a 1984 low budget underground film, shot on super-8 film by David Markey, about a rock band of teenage runaways (loosely based on the story of The Runaways, the 1970s band that launched the careers of Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie) and their misadventures.
We Got Power Films Presents A Film By David Markey:
Desperate Teenage Lovedolls was received as an instant cult classic when first released on the Los Angeles punk underground in 1984. Since then, the no budget super 8 film has gained international and aboveground praise.
Bunny, Kitty & Patch (Hilary Rubens, Jennifer Schwartz & Janet Housden) are three teenage runaways who form the hottest all-girl band of all-time, The Lovedolls.
Their meteoric rise to the top from a drug addled street life in Hollywood comes not without a price, thanks to sleazy rock manager, Johnny Tremaine (Steve McDonald). Rival all-girl gang The She Devils and their leader Tanya Hearst (Tracy Lea) have it in for our heroes, as do annoying mothers and psyche ward doctors.
The film also features legendary LA Punk musicians Jeff McDonald, Phil Newman, Vicki Peterson, Annette Zilinskas & Dez Cadena. Directed by David Markey, the saga is continued in the 1986 sequel Lovedolls Superstar.(WeGotPowerFilms)
Voyez ce post pour le soundtrack de qualité avec les groupes de qualité suivants:
Redd Kross, Nip Drivers, Black Flag, Greg Graffin and Greg Hetson, White Flag, Sin 34, The Bags, Darkside...
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Audio: 128kbs Mp3
Lasting: 49mn 19s
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Another State Of Mind (1982)
# Directors, Writers: Adam Small, Peter Stuart
# Actors: Dennis Danell, Brent Liles, John Macias, Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris
# Producers: Adam Small, Peter Stuart
# Format: Color, Compilation, DVD-Video, NTSC Region 1
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Studio: Time Bomb
# DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
# Run Time: 78 minutes
Another State of Mind is a documentary film made in the summer of 1982 chronicling the adventure (and misadventure) of two punk bands,
Social Distortion and Youth Brigade as they embark on their first international tour.
Along the way they meet up with another progressive punk band, Minor Threat, whom they hang out with at the Dischord house for about a week near the end of their ill-fated tour.
This is a classic punkumentary, which shows the reality of the road for up and coming bands. I don't think you'll see Sum 41 or any other of the pseudo punk bands on the road like this.
This documentary makes Mike Ness and the Stern brothers look like dicks, especially Shawn who is so full of himself, but lets face it Mike (Orange County Sid Vicious) was a nihilistic prick when he was high/drunk anyway. I wish there was more footage of Minor Threat.
If you want a raw and realistic look at the punk scene in the early 80's and what it took to tour with out the help of the music industry and producers, which are the death of creativity, then grab this documentary. Don't believe everything you see and hear...regardless of being honest and raw, the makers of this film are not a part of the scene and loaded the movie with filler (pre-fab and post-fab)that was pre and re created for the movie. The only truly punk rock, I mean nothing to live for, no tomorrow type of punk rock is Mike Ness and maybe Monk. That being said...Ian Mackaye and Minor Threat are for real. They are sold out... for their cause and truly real. Do to the fact that they are straight edge, somewhat responsible, hold jobs and are squared away, they do not appear to be of the same credo as Mike Ness.
Love the music of Youth Brigade and the compilations that BYO has put out; Someone Got Their Head Kicked In et al...But if you really know who they are and their background...not so punk. Sorry but I hate some of the "college punks" they represent. I grew up in Huntington Beach circa 1980 (age 11) with no future, no money, single parent alcoholic hell...blah blah blah. Hearing college punks try to tell me how it is and explain the deep meaning of the punk movement while they still live under the privilege provided by the establishment they supposedly hate makes me wanna puke. I have a strong work ethic and want certain successes in life...so what, does that make me a sell out? I grew up watching poseurs with a nice house and two parents, pretending to be hardcore...WTF! Rebelling against what? They were the same teacher's pets, jocks and the apple of their parents eye, GO DIE! The whole dress code punk rock thing that in these days the mall stores market to, the instant punk/goth/whatevers,I feel ill. These are the same type that acted like jocks "What's up dick!" while wearing the new Descendents T-shirts. Mike Ness was for real...Ian MacKaye and his brotherhood for real. (Dr. I.C.Brown at Amazon)
Video: 704x472 pxls XViD, 23 fps. Audio: 160 kbps Mp3. Lenght: 78:35 Mn
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X - The Unheard Music
# Director: W.T. Morgan
# Actors: John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, D.J. Bonebrake, Ray Manzarek
# Writers: Alizabeth Foley, W.T. Morgan, Christopher Blakely, Everett Greaton
# Producers: Christopher Blakely, Everett Greaton
# Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC Region 1
# Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
# Studio: Image Entertainment
# DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
# Run Time: 84 minutes
In the late 1970's, a new sound burst upon the Los Angeles music scene--the music made by a four-person rock band with the enigmatic name of X.
Playing in clubs like the Whisky and the Starwood, X set a new standard for driving, forceful songs that both critics and the public felt revolutionized the California sound. "X:The Unheard Music" takes long, detailed, and often funny look at this scene, but focuses on the group which critics have singled out as the leader of the underground pack.
It was filmed by Angel City Productions between 1980 and 1985 in around Los Angeles. Post-production was completed almost five years to the month after shooting began.
Features all of the original band members: vocalist Exene Cervenka, bass player John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake.
One of the most important, acclaimed and popular West Coast bands of all time, changed the face of punk music and an entire decade with their vital, vibrant sound propelled by a raw, wholly distinctive style.
Now see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make and documents a powerful story with a striking, visionary style accompanied by unforgettable music.
They all said X's music is "too hard, too wild, too insane, too dirty," said Ray Manzarek of the Doors, spouting excuses made by the reams of record companies that passed on what would become one of the most essential, celebrated and admired West Coast bands of the late 20th century.
Manzarek produced the first three albums for the pioneering punk-rock quartet and plays a supporting role in this long out-of-print documentary, which impeccably details the hostility and exploitation of the eighties LA underground.
The 85-minute film includes interviews and band rehearsals, and captures X at its zenith--potent, teeth-rattling live versions of "Year One," "Come Back to Me," "Real Child of Hell," and "Johnny Hit & Run Paulene"--as well as behind-the-scenes gems like an MCA executive boasting the merits of eighties' posers Point Blank and Doe and Cervenka crooning Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man" in their living room.
Part "The Kid's Are Alright," part "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle," "The Unheard Music" is a well-crafted visual diary and a revolutionary soundtrack from a band whose story continues to rewrite itself 20 years after the original release. (Scott Holter at Amazon)
Video: 720x480 XViD. 23 fps. Audio: 128 kbps Mp3. Lenght: 01:24:23
Le rip des parties musicales seulement avec l'audio en 192kbs Mp3 et les mêmes specs vidéo, 35 minutes de plaisir! N-joy.
Musical out takes only here!
Ladies and germs, we have a new champion here. This is probably the best documentary I've ever seen on punk music.
Not since The Last Waltz have I seen a band treated with such depth, beauty, and subtlety. X - Exene Cervenko, John Doe, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake - will in time be considered the most important band of the modern punk era. After watching this film you'll feel the same way, even if you don't own any of their albums. Home movies, interviews, acted vignettes, live concerts, random movie and TV clips, still photos and show flyers are flawlessly edited to present the band and their era in the most engaging and professional way imaginable.
X - The Unheard Music presents X as legitimate artists with roots in blues, jazz, rock and poetry. A completely different picture of the band is painted here than in The Decline Of Western Civilization, where Exene is depicted as a deranged bag lady. Exene looks like Catherine O'Hara. John Doe is Bill Paxton's doppelganger. Billy Zoom is the grinning stone-faced Liberace of the rockabilly guitar while D.J. Bonebrake is quite the jazz man and a wizard on the xylophone. Each member's talents are shown to contribute to a tight and serious unit of musicians. I like this approach more than the "We're punk, we're losers, we're the product of your crappy society and we don't care about nothing." It’s a nice change indeedy-do.
The non-fatalistic view of this film is also a positive change of pace. A major theme (and the title) of the film is that often great music doesn’t get a chance to be heard by a large audience. X isn't really pissed about it as that is how life works. Hell, they seem pleased as punch just to be the subject of a documentary. Their lives and creativity are shown to be relative success stories inLos Angeles, a weird and eccentric amalgamation of contrived Hollywood glamour and the west's faded glory.
Record industry executives are interviewed, and they talk about how X isn't commercially viable enough to interest their companies. This is shown by clever visual juxtaposition to be unfair, narrow-minded, and all that, but the stuffed shirts are only telling the truth. Large corporations exist to make a profit and that's done by appealing to as wide an audience as possible. Emerging acts have always been signed to major labels but their main purpose is to eventually sell many, many CDs. Thankfully the underground music label scene exists to find, record, distribute and promote bands that will never sell more than a few thousand copies. No one should get mad when major labels don't sign thrash garage bands. That's not their responsibility. Would you prefer there be no underground record labels?
Do you honestly believe X would have sold five million records if they opened for Madonna? Are you punk because you want to be different or are you punk because you want to be the same?
Thankfully X - The Unheard Music doesn't beat its points on major label obliviousness into the ground. Jello Biafra's brief appearance makes you wonder how this film would be different had he directed. There would be no subtlety - only a mad bludgeoning of screaming and confusing images of death, suffering and record industry execs smiling as they sign The Backstreet Boys and Loverboy to million dollar contracts. That's my big problem with the rhetoric of Jello and Crass. They assume we are as dumb as how they think governments, religions and corporations see us. They create mind-numbing collages of Big Brother's own propaganda and spew it back at us as if we're fat drooling morons who will only look away from our TVs if they can show us something louder and faster.
X - The Unheard Music is a sweet film and I recommend it to punk scumbags from eight to eighty. As we say in Brooklyn, New York, "It's got f--king class". (Oldpunks.com)
Sofa Glue - You've Changed
Brentwood/Ransom Note Recordings 1997 CD
1. I Want (Sofa Glue) 2:20
2. Richard the Third (Sofa Glue) 2:12
3. Geisha (Sofa Glue) 1:53
4. Becca (Sofa Glue) 2:57
5. My Trained Eye (Sofa Glue) 3:00
6. Hate the Phone (Sofa Glue) 3:06
7. Dead Weight (Cathy, Looney) 1:55
8. Warsaw (Joy Division) 2:20
9. You've Changed (Sofa Glue) 3:16
10. Youngblood (Childish) 3:36
11. God's Children (Corier) 3:00
2nd and last release from this cool band from Seattle, WA. Produced by Dan Farwell (Afgan Whigs).
Alike previous opus "Smile" (also on Ransom) this album delivers power driven punk rock with warp-9 tempos and machine gun vocals that make you strain in vain to keep up!
Not much infos about Sofa Glue are to be found on network alas...
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X - Under The Big Black Sun
Elektra 1982 / Rhino 2001 Remastered & expanded issue CD
01. "The Hungry Wolf" – 3:45
02. "Motel Room in My Bed" – 2:32
03. "Riding with Mary" – 3:40
04. "Come Back to Me" – 3:43
05. "Under the Big Black Sun" – 3:23
06. "Because I Do" – 2:2107. "Blue Spark" – 2:06
08. "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" (Huddy Ledbetter) – 2:20
09. "Real Child of Hell" – 2:59
10. "How I (Learned My Lesson)" – 2:12
11. "The Have Nots" – 4:44
12. "Riding with Mary" (Single version) – 3:12
13. X Rewrites "El Paso" (Rehearsal)/"Because I Do" (TV Mix/Instrumental)" (Marty Robbins, Cervenka, Doe) – 2:56
14. "Universal Corner" (Live) – 4:08
15. "Breathless" (Single mix) (Otis Blackwell) – 2:20
16. "How I (Learned My Lesson)" (Live) – 2:20
X sort son troisième album, en 1982, signant pour la première fois de leur carrière sur une Major.
En 2001, Under The Big Black Sun bénéficie d'une réédition soignée: l'enregistrement a été remasterisé et une poignée d'inédits accompagne l'album original.
X est un groupe punk. Mais il ne saurait se réduire à cette formule. Il suffit d'examiner le parcours de ses membres pour s'en rendre compte. Billy Zoom, guitariste pour X, est un vétéran poly-instrumentiste de la scène Rockabilly. Exene Cervenka, chanteuse et auteurs du groupe, fut poète avant d'être musicienne. Quant à John Doe, le bassiste-chanteur, il a fondé, en compagnie d'Exene et du batteur de X, 'The Knitters', une formation qui sévit dans le registre country.
La finesse des compositions (oui! Nous parlons toujours d'un groupe Punk !) d'Under The Big Black Sun est étonnante et s'exprime à travers de nouvelles utilisations d'éléments rock'n'roll fifties, de rockabilly, de soul music, et de folk music. Tout un pan de l'histoire musicale américaine est réinterprété subtilement. Les vocalistes enfilent les perles mélodiques, pendant que le guitariste déploie ses riffs riches et cultivés, sous une forme compacte et efficace, caractéristique d'un son punk.
De même que les compositions de 'The Clash' surent intégrer à leurs brûlots des composantes essentielles des communautés musicales anglaises, à travers le reggae par exemple, la musique de X a, elle aussi, grandie sur le terreau culturel de sa ville natale, Los Angeles, et de la côte ouest américaine. En témoignent, ses textes, politiquement engagés, ainsi que la discrète, mais bien présente influence, du Jefferson Airplane (fait qui témoigne d'une grande indépendance artistique car le mouvement Punk s'est toujours construit en opposition au mouvement hippie !). X est un groupe essentiel à redécouvrir ! (Xsilence.net)
X's Elektra debut, Under The Big Black Sun, is a cathartic masterpiece. Their trademark punkabilly 'tude kicks hard against an ethereal backdrop -- now expanded with five tracks of unreleased and live material. Deluxe booklet includes liner notes, band commentary, photos, memorabilia, and lyrics.
John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake were critical and popular heroes on the bristling LA club scene of the late '70s to early '80s. With X, the four took a hardcore approach that combined traditional blues, folk, country, rockabilly, and punk rock with a dark lyrical sensibility that reflected the cynical times.
Among the band's biggest early fans was ex-Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who produced X's acclaimed first album, Los Angeles, for the fledgling local label Slash. After 1981's equally praised Wild Gift, X signed a major-label deal with Elektra, which would release 1982's Under The Big Black Sun and their next four albums -- each a raging slab of musical invention that would help sow the seeds of the "alternative" revolution. (Rhino.com)
By the time the title track's triumphant riff chime-growls out midway through Under the Big Black Sun, the listener has already been through the most wrenching sequence of X songs yet assembled.
After the thumping bike-club anthem "The Hungry Wolf" opens this 1982 major-label debut, its tough-ass romanticism is quickly plowed under by memories of a motel bed "with rubber sheets" and two heartrending songs about Exene Cervenka's sister Mirielle, who'd been killed in a car crash.
In fact, even without "Blue Spark," this would easily qualify as the group's most indigo record yet; the second half offers a lovingly surf-music-tinged remake of an old Tin Pan Alley tune, "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" and "The Have Nots," whose alcohol-soaked social comment clings so fiercely to mournfulness that hardly a wisp of punk anger can take hold.
Rootsier than X's previous albums, Sun updates noirish dread with guitar wisdom. This remaster includes five bonus tracks, including the original mix of their Jerry Lee Lewis cover "Breathless." (Rickey Wright at Amazon.com)
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Director: Rene Daalder
Tomata DuPlenty, Carel Struycken, Beck Campbell, Mike Doud, Sheela Edwards
Produced by Bianca Daalder. Executive producer Joseph Kaufman.
Written, directed and music produced by Rene Daalder, 1985.
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
Approximate Run Time: 77 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33.1 Fullframe
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Region Code/Format: NTSC Region 0
DVD Released by: Cult Epics
Synopsis: When there's only one person left, America becomes a one-man band. Twisted history lesson provided by punk favorite Tomata de Plenty (the Screamers) with assists from members of Los Lobos, the notorious El Duce (Kurt and Courtney) and Grammy-winner Beck among many others. Uncannily anticipates both the whole music video era and our present world situation.
With Tomata DuPlenty and Sheela Edwards playing themselves, the storyline of this rock/punk/jazz-filled ghetto blaster of a movie exists in the imagination of DuPlenty, who sees himself as the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust. His mind's eye then traces the history of civilization (different from Kenneth Clark's version) back through World War II and beyond, concluding with a long-ago nuclear holocaust that cleared the planet of life. DuPlenty was a founding member of the influential San Francisco syntheziser-punk ensemble The Screamers; since the group never released a record, this is one of the few places one can hear (and see) what DuPlenty's performance style was like. (Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide)
Population: 1, an american memoir.
¤ Full screen version of the newly restored director's cut
Video: 704 x 480. XViD. 23 fps.
Audio: 160 kbps Mp3
DVD1 & 2 EXTRAS in this order:
¤ New trailer (2mn)
¤ Rene Daalder in-depth interview (35mn)
¤ "Mensch" scenes, the lost prequel to Population: 1 (7mn)
¤ Original trailer (2mn)
¤ Sheela Edwards & Tomata du Plenty clip (3mn)
¤ "Je Maintiendrai" a provocative Hollywood spoof a la Spinal Tap starring Rene Daalder and Carel Struycken (The Adams Family) as down and out Hollywood filmmakers. (26mn)
¤ Live music video of "Vertigo" by The Screamers (3mn)
Video: 704 x 480. XViD. 23 fps.
Audio: 128 kbps Mp3
¤ The Screamers Live at LA's Whiskey a Go Go, may 1979 (40mn)
¤ "Punish Or Be Damned" a tribute to the art and music of Tomata du Plenty (6mn)
Video: 720 x 400. XViD. 23 fps.
Audio: 160 kbps Mp3
Preview of the whole set plus the tribute to Tomata on db wideoz!
DL/WatchDirect SCREAMERS: Link
X - More Fun in the New World
Elektra 1983 / Rhino / Wea 2002 Remastered Issue
01. The New World
02. We're Having Much More Fun
03. True Love
04. Poor Girl
05. Make the Music Go Bang
06. Breathless - X, Blackwell, Otis
07. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
08. Devil Doll
09. Painting the Town Blue
10. Hot House
11. Drunk in My Past
12. I See Red
13. True Love, Pt. 2
14. Poor Girl
15. True Love, Pt. 2
16. Devil Doll
17. I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts
Although Exene Cervenka and John Doe should be remembered as the most influential punk songwriting team, they remain a cult favorite.
Oh well, that hardly diminishes the lasting impact of More Fun in the New World. Released as a follow-up to 1982's earth-shattering Under the Big Black Sun, this CD catches the grimy Los Angeles quartet at the height of its power, lashing out at Reagan's increasingly synthetic and sodden America and turning a blind eye to the emerging new wave scene that would soon overrun their city.
Songs like "True Love" and "Hot House" are essentially timeless, reaching back to the very heart of rock & roll's primal roots with appropriately ravenous production by former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, while looking forward with their widescreen melodies.
If it wasn't for X we would have never had the Go-Go's, the Pixies, Sonic Youth, No Doubt, or the White Stripes. And that would be a sad world, indeed. (Aidin Vaziri)
X had a pitch perfect four album run in the early 80's - Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun, and then More Fun in The New World were gifts to the music world. They're punk/ beat/ rockability explosions that each took a different foray into the ethos and assertion of rock at its most furious. More Fun had moments of great politics, like "The New World," the fist-pumping opener sung from the persona of a drunk who can't get booze on election day. But it also groped at painful emotions made only more painful in their constructions - "The Hot House" sings of romantic malaise under an ironically bounceable beat, and "I See Red" may be the loudest I-caught-you-cheating song ever recorded. John Doe and Exene Cervenka always had a slithering chemistry in their voices and writing that made them thrilling cohorts, and More Fun marked the last time the band had a creative vision. After this record, they made an unsettling couple of studio-friendly record, but this album proved this was the period where they were having much more fun. (E. Kutinsky at Amazon)
This cd represents an end of an era for X - it is the last of the classic, harder edged punk studio performances. The songs are brash, aggressive, and catchy.
Exene and John have a great acerbic sense of humor, which sparkles on songs like "The New World" and "True Love".
"Devil Doll" is one of my favorite X rockers; "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" is one of X's best ballads. There are no low points here.
Turn up the volume, let it rip, wake up the neighbors. It doesn't get much better than this. (umze at Amazon)
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X - Wild Gift
Slash 1981 / Rhino / Wea 2001 Remastered Issue CD
01. The Once Over Twice
02. We're Desperate
03. Adult Books
04. Universal Corner
05. I'm Coming Over
06. It's Who You Know
07. In This House That I Call Home
08. Some Other Time
09. White Girl
10. Beyond and Back
11. Back 2 the Base
12. When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch
13. Year 1
14. Beyond and Back
15. Blue Spark
16. We're Desperate
17. Back 2 the Base
18. Heater - X, Doe, John
19. White Girl
20. The Once Over Twice
Though a small handful of its 13 songs predate Los Angeles, X's second album represents a giant leap forward for the band.
Wild Gift stands as one of the 1980s' most fully realized rock & roll LPs. John Doe and Exene Cervenka bring altogether more personal and biting lyrics to the mic, making for riveting, curiosity-promoting performances. ("If I wrote a song like 'White Girl,'" Doe tells critic Kristine McKenna in this remaster's liner notes, "there was an unspoken pact that this may happen, but I love you more.")
From the metallic riff of "It's Who You Know" to the surf-wise lines of "In This House That I Call Home," guitarist Billy Zoom is given freer rein, while drummer D.J. Bonebrake fuses the Ramones and Beefheart to enduring effect on "We're Desperate" (improved from an early single version by a slight lyric change). And "Back 2 the Base" and "Year 1" stand out as two of the most complex statements about punk's icon-smashing impulses ever.
The 45-rpm take of "We're Desperate" is included here, along with six other bonus tracks. Shut up and smoke. (Rickey Wright)
For X's second release, 1981's Wild Gift, the quartet followed the same path they had taken a year earlier on their debut, Los Angeles, creating another batch of timeless compositions that merged the energy of punk rock with other musical styles.
Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek reprised his role as producer on what would turn out to be X's last independent release before signing to Elektra.
Included are such eventual punk standards as "We're Desperate," the melodic hookfest "White Girl" (sampled years later by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in their song "Good Time Boys"), and "Beyond and Back" (which would serve as a title for their 1997 two-CD anthology).
Other highlights include the '50s-prom feel of "Adult Books," the punk-pop composition "In This House That I Call Home," and the rapid "Back 2 the Base." While it may be a shade less exceptional than its predecessor, Wild Gift is nonetheless a classic effort. (Greg Prato at AllMusic)
This a a solid and biting collection of some of the Best punk ever recorded!
Arguably the best of the genre and rock that stands the test of time! (Biting at Amazon)
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X - Los Angeles
Slash 1980 / Rhino / Wea 2001 Remastered Issue CD
01. Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not
02. Johnny Hit And Run Paulene
03. Soul Kitchen
06. Los Angeles
07. Sex And Dying In High Society
08. The Unheard Music
09. The World's A Mess; It's In My Kiss
10. I'm Coming Over (Demo)
11. Adult Books (Demo)
12. Delta 88 (Demo)
13. Cyrano De Berger's Back (Rehearsal)
14. Los Angeles (Dangerhouse Version)
Steeped in poetry and class issues, X was the first L.A. punk band to fully incorporate a dark West Coast sensibility. Singer/lyricists/spouses John Doe and Exene Cervenka forged a stray-cat approach to vocal harmonies while spieling reports on crash-pad sex and drugs, casual hatred, and the occasional spotting of the "idle rich." Full-powered and intelligent, X's sound also spotlighted Billy Zoom, a pompadoured guitarist schooled by Gene Vincent, and flexible drummer D.J. Bonebrake. Los Angeles, the first of four productions by ex-Doors Ray Manzarek, made an excellent case for the group, though its ambitions were to be quickly outstripped by the evolving personal takes of Doe and Cervenka. For the most part, the album is fast, hard, and fleet, like the motorcycles Zoom loved: "Your Phone's Off the Hook," "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline," the title track, and a Ramones-style cover of the Doors' "Soul Kitchen" are touchstones that reach beyond their era. Only "The Unheard Music," a turgid bit of suburbia-bashing, mars the original LP, which is augmented on this reissue by five bonus tracks that bring the running time close to 40 minutes. (Rickey Wright)
X's debut album, Los Angeles, was released in 1980 and was produced by Ray Manzarek of The Doors. X emerged out of the burgeoning L.A. punk rock scene of the late 70's. Unlike most of their contemporaries who were more raw style than substance, X consisted of gifted musicians. They fused the raw power & frenzied emotion of punk with strands of rockabilly and country twang. The quartet of Exene Cervenka on vocals, John Doe on bass and vocals, Billy Zoom on guitar and DJ Bonebrake on drums were supplemented by Mr. Manzarek on keyboards. The nine songs are quick bursts of power and precision. The opening track's spurned lover fury of "The Phone's Off The Hook, But Your Not", the date rape victim of "Johnny Hit & Run Pauline", the feverish remake of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen", the banality of rich people's existence in "Sex & Dying In High Society" (which was used a theme in Bret Easton Ellis' book Less Than Zero) and the majesty of the title track, the album's finest moment. The reissue is augmented beautifully by five tracks. X was a band never destined for mainstream success, but nearly a quarter of a century later, this album as with much of their music, still sounds fresh and vital. (Thomas Magnum at Amazon)
Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (also a California native) had some success post-Doors as a producer & was charged with helping X develop an identity in the studio. While as time went on, X would go for a much cleaner sound & approach, Manzarek pretty much let the band just play live on LOS ANGELES (with the occasional overdub like Ray Manzarek's organ). The result was an audio snapshot of the punk scene in California that showed so much potential to reach national acclaim, but that didn't happen but posthumously.
From the start, it was clear that X was probably the most talented & accomplished of the California punk bands & this is proven with the vocal harmonies between bassist John Doe & vocalist Exene Cervenka that no other punk band could claim. Songs like the sped-up cover of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" (probably a tribute to their illustrious producer), "Sugarlight", "Sex & Dying In High Society", "The Unheard Music" & the epic closer "The World's A Mess; It's In My Kiss" show the prominent set-up of Exene (or Doe) singing solo with the other later chiming in on the chorus & occasionally on the verses. This turned out to be the folk influence coming to the fore & this was just one of many things X had on their fellow punk rockers. (See 27 customer reviews on Amazon)
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Killdozer - Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Touch & Go Records 1994 CD
01. Final Market
02. Knuckles the Dog (Who Helps People)
03. Turkey Shoot
04. Grandma Smith Said a Curious Thing
05. Hot n' Nasty
06. Peach Pie
07. Enemy of the People
08. Earl Scheib
09. Das Kapital
10. The Pig Was Cool
11. Working Hard, or Hardly Working?
12. Hamburger Martyr
15. Hot n' Tot
16. One for the People
17. I'm Not Lisa
North Stoughton Young Socialists Basketball Team - Background Vocals on "Hot n' Nasty" and The Pig Was Cool". The Killdozer Ladies Brigade - Background Vocals on "Hot n' Nasty" and "The Pig Was Cool". Also includes "BURL"(TG17) 1986. Other [Liner Notes] - Michael "Che" Gerald. Producer, Mixed By - Brian "The Fixer" Paulson.
Bass, Vocals - Comrade Michael Gerald
Drums - Comrade Dan Hobson
Guitar - Comrade Paul Zagores
Piano - Butch Vig
This little red gem comes from mid to late period Killdozer, a time when their fascination with communist rhetoric and imagery mirrored my own fascination with all things Marx. Not only does the band pay lip service to tenants of socialist ideology via gruff, burly, thud-rock, but they also manage the most heart wrenching song of recent memory in the ode, "Knuckles The Dog (Who Helps People)". That's a double threat y'all.
This is the cd version which contains the Burl ep, originally released in 1986. It is less Leninist, and more backwoods stomp (Tad Doyle was taking copious notes no doubt), but nonetheless, I assume it champions the overthrow of the bourgeoisie. Just a hunch. (shinygreymonotone)
After nearly half a decade of silence on the recording front, Killdozer returned with a new guitarist, Paul Zagoras, a new producer, Brian Paulson (unsurprising given Butch Vig's overstuffed schedule at the time), and the same bad attitude.
Treating the triumph of the alternative rock empire with all the respect it deserved in the end -- not much -- Killdozer stuck to its guns with Uncompromising War, designed and marketed as a piece of Soviet propaganda.
Not just with the great, hilarious cover art -- Gerald (or Michael "Che" Gerald, as the liner notes say) thoughtfully explains every song in the context of radical Marxist analysis, making for a hilarious sucker punch against critics always searching for "meaning" in everything.
All that and the other trappings of the album aside, not to mention a love song of sorts, "Peach Pie," Uncompromising War doesn't really offer much in terms of honest surprise -- if one is already a fan, this will be enjoyed, if not, this won't convince the listener otherwise. Gerald's growled, barked singing stays strong, as the overall rhythm rumbles and blasts, while Zagoras, if not quite as inspired as Bill Hobson, keeps up the fractured blues/hard rock feedback sludge end well.
Indeed, he and Hobson appear to have similar post-punk roots -- a core guitar melody on "Knuckles the Dog" specifically sounds like the Sisters of Mercy's "Some Kind of Stranger," and there are similar spidery touches at other points.
Best song of the bunch was the pre-album single, "The Pig Was Cool," a witty series of tales about cops letting the misbehaving narrator and friends off the hook for their misdeeds (and in the case of one pot bust, smoking out with them). A pity the group's contemporaneous demolition of EMF's "Unbelievable" didn't make the cut here, but a battering of Black Oak Arkansas' "Hot N' Nasty" does. (Ned Raggett at AllMusic)
Killdozer speaks the truth, finally the horrible facts about Earl Scheib's death at the hands of Lee Iacocca are revealed. (Virginia Albanese at Amazon)
Six ans après leur "12 Point Buck", les méchants Killdozer reviennent nous marteller les oreilles avec un album haut en couleurs dans tous les sens du terme ainsi qu'un nouveau guitariste; et cerise sur le gateau, la version CD comprend le 12'' Ep "Burl" de 1986 qui conclut joliment cet album jamais lourd sur l'estomac, uniquement dans les enceintes. Allez répandre la bonne propagande maintenant, il faut reformater ces décérébrés de la conso à la manière d'un disque-dur qui aurait trop tourné sur un système de fichiers redondant et inégalitaire!
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The Weirdos - We Got the Neutron Bomb Weird World Vol 2
Frontier Records 2003 CD
02. Cyclops Hellicopter
03. 7 & 7 Is
04. Shining Silver Light
05. What Will You Do?
06. Hey Big Oil
07. It Means Nothing
08. The Hideout
09. Jungle Rock
10. Fat Back
11. Skateboards To Hell
12. Barbaric Americana
13. We Got The Neutron Bomb
14. Destroy All Music
15. I Want What I Want
16. I'm Not Like You
A mere 12 years after Weird World, Vol. 1, volume two (with We Got the Neutron Bomb given as the dominant title) appeared to mop up odds and ends that hadn't appeared on the first anthology of material by the early L.A. punk band the Weirdos. As you might expect from a band that recorded infrequently and sporadically, there's a ragtag feel to this compilation. Ten of the 16 tracks, indeed, were previously unreleased; also tacked on are the late-'70s singles "We Got the Neutron Bomb" and "Destroy All Music," "Skateboards to Hell" (the B-side of a 1979 Denney Brothers single), "Hey Big Oil" (from the Denney Brothers' 1981 LP), and two songs from the 1990 Weirdos LP Condor. Although the material spans a dozen years (with a big gap between 1982 and 1988), the sound actually doesn't change much. It's straightforward ominous snarling punk, not quite hardcore but getting there, not too big on melody but not one-chord thrash either. A bit of experimental industrial rock creeps into the Denney Brothers' instrumentals "Hey Big Oil" and "Skateboards to Hell," and some rockabilly revivalism into the 1980 live-in-the-studio covers of Link Wray's "Fat Back" and Hank Mizell's "Jungle Rock." It's the late-'70s material that fans will probably be most hungry for, though, including not just the "We Got the Neutron Bomb" and "Destroy All Music" singles, but also a live 1978 track and two slightly crudely recorded 1977 live-in-the-studio numbers. Those are the freshest-sounding cuts on the set, "We Got the Neutron Bomb" sounding a little like a gallows Ramones in its sardonicism, though it all seems a lot less shocking and novel than it did back in the day. (Richie Unterberger at AllMusic)
The Weirdos are one of the often overlooked standouts from the first wave of L.A. punk rock bands (along with the rightfully acclaimed X and Germs). They created some wonderful, quirky punk rock. These songs were recorded live & in studio between 1977-1981 with 3 studio tracks from 1989. This collection runs the gamut of Weirdo rock from the anthemic-punk live version of "We Got The Neutron Bomb" from 1977, the great 60's-garage-punk sound of "Hideout" from 1980, the straight out Rock N' Roll of "7 & 7 Is" from 1989, the almost surf-guitar-rock of "Jungle Rock" from 1980, to three very eclectic instrumentals. An awesome mix of styles that The Weirdos very much make their own. This collection is amazing, The Weirdos are amazing! (Interesting fact: Nicky Beat from The Weirdos played drums on early Germs recordings). (Kerianne Morgan at Amazon)
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The Weirdos - Time Capsule 1977-1981 Weird World Vol 1
Frontier Records 1991 CD
1. Weird World
2. Arms Race
4. Helium Bar
5. Rhythm Syndrome
7. Fort U.S.A.
8. Happy People
9. Message From The Underworld
11. I'm Not Like You
12. We Got The Neutron Bomb
13. Solitary Confinement
14. Life Of Crime
Tempus Fugit, and so in middle age the wise listen to serious music and abandon television for the novel. But wait! There is always time to monitor punk rock. After all, one might want to write a review. Last night I monitored "Weird World Volume 1" as I painted, and after a time all of the words and melodies came back to me from those glory days of hippie baiting and seeking out dadaesque 45s. How The Weirdos came up with such astonishing music I can't say, and why musicians today to not aspire to such glory is best left for psychoanalyists to explain. You must hear this fourteen song collection, the perfect compliment to both Fear and the Germs debut albums. (R. T. Shepherd at Amazon)
The L.A. punk scene's best kept secret (much to the perpetual frustration of their fans), the Weirdos have continued to be kept unjustly arcane over the years. There are probably a number of reasons they are always absent from the all time greats list. But what it really comes down to is that they never put out a proper album. However, the one EP and handful of singles that are included Weird World, Vol. 1 exhibit a band with authentic ability.
First of all, one has to respect that the Weirdos were doing it before most. They formed in '76, and from the earliest of several various stages of their short time as a band, they were one of the most explosive groups in any of the infantile punk scenes. The first half of the album draws from their earliest stage, which bares a truly unique angularity in their melodies. Dix Denney's guitar blisters and whales, and the harmonies are sporadic and brief, but carry that heavily taut and in-your-face style that is so brilliant in later L.A. punk bands.
John Denney's lyrics are insightful and intelligent. His lyrics range from being passionately scornful ("For U.S.A.") to synically hilarious ("Helium Bar"). His voice sounds like a compound of Jelo Biafra and Jack Grisham. The second half of the album would be a little easier to listen to for people looking to simply add to their catalogue of L.A. punk. Starting from "Fort U.S.A.", the melodies are a little more controlled, and the songs are generally less manic. "We Got the Neutron Bomb" is brilliant song, both lyrically and musically, combining the deadpan with the serious.
For anyone looking to add a lesser known essential to their punk catalog, Weird World is a must have. (punknews.org)
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The Weirdos - Destroy All Music
Original Release Date: 1977. Remastered 2007 Bomp Records Reissue
1. Teenage (Demo)
2. Destroy All Music (demo)
3. A Life of Crime (demo)
4. Why Do You Exist? (demo)
5. Destroy All Music
6. A Life of Crime
7. Why Do You Exist?
8. Happy People
9. Big Shot
10. Jungle Rock
11. Hit Man
12. Idle Life
13. For U.S.A.
The Weirdos were in many ways the greatest of L.A.'s punk bands. In early 1977 their mighty sound and singular style were the big-bang igniting the L.A. punk rock scene, as they proclaimed "we're not punks, we're weirdos from Hollyweird!"
This wasn't just goofy sloganeering, this was a stance intended to distinguish them from the burgeoning punk rock scenes in New York and London.
The Weirdos were not only bringing a new sound and writing teen punks anthems, they were also responsible for their graphics (posters, covers, flyers) and designed their own clothes!
Their 1977 Bomp single "Destroy All Music" was a nihilistic anthem, and is now regarded as a classic, and by the time they made their mini-LP for Bomp two years later they had turned into a powerful, polished band, without losing any of their outrageous attitude.
"Destroy All Music" compiles their first single on Bomp ("Destroy All Music" b/w "A Life Of Crime" and "Why Do You Exist?") and the 1979 "Who, What, When, Where, Why?" in its entirety ("Happy People", "Big Shot", "Jungle Rock", "Hitman", "Idle Life", and "Fort U.S.A.").
Also included in this release is The Weirdos first demo plus some never-before released tracks recorded live and at rehearsal in 1977and 1978.
Although some of these tracks have appeared on various compilations before, they have never been released together in their original form. "Destroy All Music" has been remastered and includes liner notes, as well as cool photos and graphics. Welcome to Hollyweird punks!
If you have never heard the majesty and power that exemplifies the Weirdos early recordings, here's your chance. So get cracking. As Cliff Roman once said "I am looking for a guitar sound that will make your teeth itch and turn the corners of your eyes icy cold" This stuff is the best punk rock that ever came outta the LA Basin... (bdub383 at Amazon)
The Weirdos' sound was influenced by The New York Dolls and The Stooges, but their look was a post-modern farrago that even today would look right at home in the crowded streets of Harajuku.
Destroy All Music was a American punk watershed, and in less than 6 minutes, The Weirdos established themselves as cultural pioneers who deserved to be mentioned in the same breath with The Germs. (myoldkyhome.blogspot)
It's a curious thing. As collectors of punk ephemera age, maintain jobs that can support frivolous habits and continue to stock pile any remotely relevant snotty nugget, this community of nerds, grown ups and label heads seem to ever more resemble jazz collectors. Surely, there's some overlap, but even in the releases being offered up, one notices similarities to track sequencing and packaging.
For instance, would the listener prefer to hear the two existing studio versions of "Destroy All Music" back to back? To a certain extent, it doesn't matter, because this release will be purchased by those that hoard music. These songs are all of a variety of punk that has been disseminated in the past thirty years.
However, the Weirdos helped create what would become trite and clichéd.
There are demos, most of which would eventually become the Destroy All Music disc and the single itself.
Curiously, the Dangerhouse single We Got the Neutron Bomb is absent. With that glaring omission collectors, geeks and completists will unquestioningly keep the Weird World compilations within arms reach. (chewingpine.com)
What really makes this special are demos of the three songs from the first EP and a powerful recording of "Teenage" that trumps the version on Weird World 1. Longtime fans have to wonder how many more demos like this exist. It's manna from Heaven.
These tracks do nothing to change my opinion that the Weirdos were the only LA punk band that truly had it all. Except a prolific recording output, that is. Now who's gonna reissue the Action Design EP??? (B.L. Trudell at Amazon)
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Agression - Grind Kings
Lucky 13 Records 2006 CD
01 Intense Energy
02 Grind Kings
04 Locals Only
05 Ripped Off
06 Body Count
07 Cash Crush
08 Voo Doo Stew
09 No Mercy
10 Skate This
11 Don't Be Mistaken
12 Secret Sex
14 Brain Bondage
The original Southern California Skate Punk band Agression formed back in the early 80s. This CD contains some new material and re-recorded versions of some of the old skate rock classics.
This album's a strange one. Original Oxnard band Agression split years ago, getting back together and getting ready to record again when vocalist Mark Hickey passed away in 2000. Guitarist Henry Knowles died in 2002, leaving bassist Bob Clark and drummer Mark Aber. Oddly, Bob is nowhere to be seen on here. While normally a reunion of one is something I'd stay far away from, the album is made up mainly of old Agression songs and that's the lure that pulled me in. Hey, this is no first lineup recording, and it's strange hearing skate hardcore from 20 years ago remade, but getting a dose of old-fashioned nardcore these days is a rarity. It's not great, it's not terrible, it's like a slighty better-than-average Mystic release from that time with much better production. If you liked Agression before, you'll probably like this, even with new band members. The nardcore message board has some folks complaining about this being a sellout sort of thing, and others praising Mark for carrying on. I don't sway one way or another, not knowing any of them personally, but I will say it's rare to lose 3/4's of a band and still sound good. (StrangeReaction.com)
CURRENT WHEREABOUTS: Sadly, Hickey died in 2000 of liver failure, and in 2002 guitarist Knowles succumbed to leukemia. Still, releases came out: A best-of was released in 2003, as was Full Circle, which included five live tracks. With only one original member left (drummer Aber), Agression released new material on Grind Kings in 2006. Dr. Strange Records plans to release an Agression tribute album, Taking Out A Little Agression, featuring seminal bands like MDC, Verbal Abuse, Fang and Channel 3 putting their own touches on Agression (AskThatGuy archives)
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Agression - Don't Be Mistaken
Mystic Records/BYO Records 1983. 1997 Reissue CD
01. It Can Happen
02. Brain Bondage
03. Non Person
04. Body Count
05. Money Machine
06. No Mercy
07. Don't Be Mistaken
08. Intense Energy
10. Locals Only
12. Secret Sex
13. Stop the Clock
14. Cat Killer
15. Dear John Letter
16. Rat Race
Agression was an American rock band from Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard, California. Considered as one of the most influential founding bands of the Nardcore sound within the hardcore punk scene, and generally considered the creators of the subgenre "skate punk", being the first band to fuse the skate culture with the punk scene- featuring a song about skateboarding (Intense Energy), and a skater in a pool as album art on the on the cover of their first and most popular album, "Don't be Mistaken".
The band was very well known for its fast-paced, aggressive songs such as "Slammin' at the Club", "Money Machine", "Intense Energy", "Never Alone", "Go to War", and "Locals Only". (Agression History on Wiki)
Also check out the later and pretty cool 'Grind Kings' album even though we can't call it a reunion one...
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