Sunday, December 27, 2009

Kim Fowley - Living In The Street (1977) LP vinyl-rip

Kim Fowley official site, HERE
Info on Wikipedia, Here

A1 Motorboat
A2 25 Hours A Day
A3 Big Bad Cadillac
A4 Man Without A Country
A5 California Summertime
A6 Hollywood Nights
B1 Born To Make You Cry
B2 Thunder Road
B3 Summertime Frog
B4 Love Bomb
B5 Living In The Streets
B6 Sex, Dope & Violence

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner Once (1977) 7" vinyl-rip

Jonathan Richman,born in 1953, was infatuated with The Velvets, from the first moment he heard them on the radio in 1967. He met the band many times in his native Boston, opened for them in Springfield, and in 1969 even moved to New York, sleeping on their manager's sofa. Roadrunner owes its existence to the Velvet Underground's Sister Ray, though the three-chord riff has been pared back to two, just D and A.Richman apparently wrote the song in around 1970.

There are plenty of versions of Roadrunner.

The Unofficial Jonathan Richman Chords website lists 10 discernibly different versions: seven given an official release and three bootlegs. The 1972 John Cale version was a demo for Warner Brothers, and only saw the light when the Beserkley label in California collected the Modern Lovers' demos and put them out as the Modern Lovers album in 1976. Two more 1972 demo versions, produced by the notorious LA music svengali Kim Fowley, would be released in 1981 on a patchy album called The Original Modern Lovers, and a live version from 1973 would appear a quarter of a century later on the live record Precise Modern Lovers Order. In late 1974, Richman recorded a stripped-down version of the song for the Beserkley, which apparently took a little over two hours. This would be the Roadrunner (Twice), the most successful version. A further take, extended beyond eight minutes, and recorded live, was titled Roadrunner (Thrice) and released as a single B-side in 1977.

While every version of Roadrunner begins with the bawl of "One-two-three-four-five-six" and ends with the cry of "Bye bye!", each contains lyrical variations and deviations in the car journey Richman undertakes during the song's narrative, though it always begins on Route 128, the Boston ringroad that Richman uses to embody the wonders of existence. In one, he's heading out to western Massachusetts, and in another he's cruising around "where White City used to be" and to Grafton Street, to check out an old sporting store, observing: "Well they made many renovations in that part of town/ My grandpa used to be a dentist there." Over the course of the various recordings he refers to the Turnpike, the Industrial Park, the Howard Johnson, the North Shore, the South Shore, the Mass Pike, Interstate 90, Route 3, the Prudential Tower, Quincy, Deer Island, Boston harbour, Amherst, South Greenfield, the "college out there that rises up outta nuthin", Needham, Ashland, Palmerston, Lake Champlain, Route 495, the Sheraton Tower, Route 9, and the Stop & Shop.

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VV.AA. - Beserkley Chartbusters Vol 1 (1975) LP vinyl-rip

Beserkley Records was founded by Matthew King Kaufman along with members of the Bay Area band Earth Quake. Kaufman was a law graduate who became co-manager of Earth Quake, and helped them sign with A&M Records in 1970. After experiencing frustration at what he saw as A&M's incompetence in handling the band [1], and winning some compensation for the unauthorised use of Earth Quake's music in the movie The Getaway, he set up Beserkley Records, in 1973. Kaufman produced virtually all of Beserkley's output throughout its existence, often in association with Glenn Kolotkin, less frequntly with Kenny Laguna.

For the first two years of its existence, Beserkley only put out singles. The first release (in late 1973) was Earth Quake's version of the Easybeats' "Friday On My Mind".

Initially none of the Beserkley singles were especially successful, but in 1975 some were assembled, together with newly recorded tracks, into the album Beserkley Chartbusters Vol. 1. As well as tracks by Earth Quake, this included tracks by power pop group The Rubinoos, Jonathan Richman and Greg Kihn. Richman's recordings were his first as a solo performer (after the disbanding of the original Modern Lovers) and included the first released version of "Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman, backed by Earth Quake.

Kaufman and Richman had previously worked together on the Modern Lovers' sessions for A&M in 1972. In 1976, Kaufman licensed those recordings, together with the ones the band had made around the same time with producer John Cale for Warner Bros., and released them on Beserkley as a highly acclaimed album, The Modern Lovers. Though neither Richman nor the Modern Lovers made the American charts, they were quite successful in the UK, with the singles "Roadrunner (Once)" and "Egyptian Reggae" making the UK top twenty.

Other 1970s Beserkley acts had less commercial success, although The Rubinoos made the US charts, hitting #45 with a cover of "I Think We're Alone Now" in 1977. As well, Earth Quake made the lower rungs of the American LP charts with their second of four albums for Beserkley (1976's 8.5, which peaked at #151).

Beserkley's records were initially distributed by Playboy Records until about 1977 (and during part of 1976, Playboy itself was distributed by CBS Records, and Beserkely was included in that arrangement, taking it from a small independently distributed label to briefly being a part of the huge CBS distribution system), then by Janus/GRT until 1979 and subsequently by Elektra.

Beserkley's major breakthrough came with Greg Kihn, who sang backup on Earth Quake and Richman records before forming his own band. Beginning with his third album (1978's Next of Kihn), Kihn regularly made the American album charts and received steady airplay on FM radio. By the end of 1980, Kihn was the only artist on the Beserkley roster, and in 1981 he had his first top 40 hit with "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)". Kihn's early 1980s albums Rockihnroll (1981), Kihntinued (1982) and Kihnspiracy (1983) all reached the top 40 on the LP charts, and his 1983 single "Jeopardy" became Beserkley's biggest-ever hit, peaking at US #2.

The label's demise was relatively swift. After several years of success, Kihn's 1984 single "Reunited" flopped (peaking at #102) and the parent album Kihntagious stalled at #121 on the charts. Beserkely founder Kaufman then essentially dissolved the label and allowed Kihn to sign with major label EMI, where Kaufman would continue to act as Kihn's producer.

The Beserkley catalogue was licensed to Rhino Records in 1986. Kaufman later operated the Son of Beserkley label for a time in the 1990s; his current label is called Fun Fun Fun Recordings.(WIKIPEDIA)

The first thing the world at large heard by Jonathan Richman didn't feature the Modern Lovers at all. These four tracks are credited to just 'Jonathan Richman', though he is backed by Earth Quake on 'RoadRunner' and 'It Will Stand' and by The Rubinoos on 'The New Teller' and 'Government Center'.

Shortly after the LP was released, a single coupling the Chartbusters version of 'RoadRunner' with 'Friday On My Mind' by Earthquake was released in the US

Roadrunner was also
released as a 7" in the UK by United Artists in August '75, this time with 'It Will Stand' on the b-side. It become a cult favorite, but nothing more. The arrangement of 'RoadRunner' loses the organ and uses acoustic guitars, taking it is a long way from 'Sister Ray'. It was recorded live (with one overdub), features some great ad-libbing and is a fantastic performance. 'Government Center' (also cut live, this time with no overdubs) is more suited to this new arrangement, while of the new songs, 'The New Teller' is a fab song about Jonathan's crush on a bank teller sung with such verve and feeling it becomes irresistible. Finally, 'It Will Stand' is a cover of a soul/doo wop track by the Showmen which may seem odd until you realise 1) it's about rock 'n' roll, and 2) it's a favorite of Iggy Pop that was introduced to Jonathan by Kim Fowley.

These four tracks are not the only ones on the LP featuring Jonathan - he can be heard clearly singing back up on Kihn's 'All The Right Reasons'.

Beserkely's set up was incestuous, with either Earthquake or the Rubinoos playing on every track, giving the LP a unified sound. It was a simple power-pop sound that harked back to the bubblegum era and heralded punk and new waves return to simplicity. It was both out of date and ahead of it's time. Jonathan would sometimes sing live with the Rubinoos around this time, coming on for a few songs, often including 'The New Teller'.


Earthquake Friday On My Mind
Greg Kihn All The Right Reasons
Rubinoos Gorilla
Jonathan Richman The New Teller
Jonathan Richman RoadRunner
Earthquake Tall Order For A Short Guy
Jonathan Richman Government Center
Jonathan Richman It Will Stand
Greg Kihn Mood Mood Number
Earth Quake (Sitting In The Middle Of) Madness

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fast Floyd and The Famous Firebirds - Devil's daughter (1983) LP Vinyl-Rip

Early Mink DeVille sideman Fast Floyd (vocals/guitar) fronts this red-hot San Francisco R&B quintet, breathlessly belting out sizzling numbers (most of them covers) like "You Talk Too Much," "Wish You Would" and "Got the Water Boiling." Floyd's punkabilly whoop — like Tav Falco on steroids or Lux Interior minus the punk kitsch — adds gusto to the frenzied atmosphere; Franco St. Andrew blows a horny enough tenor sax to steam up some windows of his own. Capping off this dynamite blast of retro-styled party rock, the nudie cover shot of '50s sex queen Candy Barr nuzzling up to a phonograph perfectly captures the album's goodnatured sleaze.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

The Photos - Irene (1980) 7" EP

Four songs from the poor men's Blondie (that' how they were pictured).
Great and catchy power pop here.

The first two tracks appeared on their self-titled debut album. The last two tracks did not.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Atrox - Sporco Natale (1992) 7" Vinyl-Rip

Let's begin December with the right attitude.
A christmas song from Italy.

Gli Atrox nascono un imprecisato giorno dei primi anni '80 come band "scolastica" . Non c'era allora un gruppo vero e proprio, ma un insieme di persone senza la minima cognizione tecnico-musicale (chiunque poteva fare parte degli Atrox), che interveniva ai vari concerti di natale, carnevale o fine anno per protestare contro i gruppi che ad oltranza proponevano covers di Eagles, Deep Purple, cantautori o cori da stadio. Le prime fugaci apparizioni portarono subito alla luce quella che resterà poi la linea base del gruppo, ovvero l'espressione in "musica urgente" delle urgenze creative dei componenti, nonché un primo nucleo fisso composto da Roberto (voce) e Francesco (chitarra). Persi per strada gli elementi di contorno ai due si uniscono Alberto (batteria) e Rubé (basso), con i quali il gruppo mette in piedi i primi veri pezzi ed affronta i primi gigs seri. Nell'84 Alberto lascia la formazione e viene sostituito da Concobeach. Con questa line-up gli Atrox registrano artigianalmente nell'85 un primo nastro, "Senza Tregua" , auto prodotto e distribuito dalla Pacifist Words Attack di Ferrara. All'inizio dell'86 Rubé abbandona il gruppo e i tre superstiti, col passaggio di Roberto al basso, registrano sul finire dello stesso anno, un secondo nastro, "Orme Perdute", auto prodotto e auto distribuito un po' ovunque grazie soprattutto alle ottime recensioni ottenute. Ultimo entrato, verso la metà dell'87, Paolo Shock, voce, la cui presenza apporta tra l'altro un notevole miglioramento dei live acts, cosicché la band intensifica l'attività concertistica. Nell'88 la necessità di avere nuovo materiale inciso e la mancanza di fondi per farlo, porta alla decisione di far uscire un nastro dal vivo, "Aldo Moro Lived Hard core". L'89 è l'anno che vede gli Atrox impegnati nella registrazione del primo lavoro su vinile. "Fiori Neri", L.P. contenente 25 pezzi, costituisce un po' il riepilogo dell'intera attività svolta fino ad allora. Nel dicembre del '92 l'EP 7" Sporco Natale, fresco di stampa, diventa l'hit delle vacanze invernali in tutto il network di Radio Popolare. La gestazione di "Domani Rosso Sangue" occupa l'intero 1993; il lavoro vede alfine la luce del laser (in quanto stampato su CD) nel settembre del '94. "Ventitré gustosi pezzettoni di conciso, efficace, fragoroso hard core italiano", come lo definisce Linus di novembre dello stesso anno, dove gli Atrox raccontano a modo loro gli stravolgimenti del mondo negli ultimi anni.
(per l'ntervista completa clikka qui)

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U.K. Subs - Keep on running(til you burn) (1981) 7" Vinyl-Rip

The last single for GEM was their all out attempt to get a top ten single. This included slick production and bribing the band to ware new romantic clothes. It did chart and the Subs played their last Top Of The Pops. They rushed out a limited version with two extra tracks to try and puss the single higher into the charts, but instead it fell. GEM tried to re negotiate the contract but could not make an agreement and the Subs moved on to NEMS records.
1) Keep On Running (Till You Burn) (Harper/Gibbs)
2) Perfect Girl (Harper/Garratt)

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U.K. Subs - Party in Paris (1980) 7" Vinyl-Rip

The debut with the new rhythm section. A video was shot for the single featuring a lame can can by Sun page 3 girls behind the band. It was not used. Neither was the top Of The Pops recording where fans jumped the stage at the BBC.

1) Party In Paris (Harper)
2) Fall Of The Empire (Harper/Garratt/Nixon)

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U.K. Subs - Teenage (1980) 7" Vinyl-Rip

This single was released while the band were on tour with unauthorized artwork. It did chart, but more popular were the two unreleased tracks on the B side.

1) Teenage (Harper)
2) Left For Dead (Harper/Garratt)
3) New York State Police (Harper/Garratt/Slack)

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U.K. Subs - Warhead (1980) 7" Vinyl-Rip

This was the 4th top 30 single for the Subs. The front cover was developed from a drawing by Nicky Garratt.

1) Warhead (Harper/Slack)
2) The Harper (Garratt)
3) I'm Waiting For The Man (Reed)

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U.K. Subs - Tomorrow's Girls (1979) 7" Vinyl-Rip

Remix version from "Another Kind Of Blues" backed with two songs left off the album. Charted in the top 30 of the UK National charts. The model on the front is Joanne Slack, Steve & Paul's younger sister who later ran the fan club.

1) Tomorrows Girls (Harper)
2) Scum Of The Earth (Harper/Garratt)
3) Telephone Numbers (Harper/Garratt)

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Porch - 7" (1993) 7" Vinyl-Rip

Taking their own quirk of experimental, indie noise, San Francisco's Porch advantage their background angst of growing up while being taunted by the neighborhood bullies and took it out on their instruments. With each member being an alumni of other underground heroes (guitarist/ vocalist Todd Hutch was part of the original Primus, drummer David Ayer beat it for Samiam while bassist Chris Frey moved from Today Is The Day and his Mid-West contacts), Porch's impressive background lead them to some local press and a deal with Jello Biafra's label Alternative Tentacles Records. With a self-titled EP in 1993, Mammoth Records came through and put out their full-length the following year, appropriately titled "Porch." (

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