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Monday, July 6, 2015

Another break in Mega-Stranglers, for some more Bitchin guest material.....

And, yes, the Stranglers will be back.......when people send me stuf, though, I am anxious to post it as
I am  a "True' TEAM PLAYER......first let me point out that the great Cliff (Reggae man) is having some health issues, lets' all say a prayer for him that he gets well quickly, he's a FINE contricutor to this blog, and I hope he recovers 100%.........hope all you gys agree with me, too...

What we DO have tonight is Part 1 of a spectacular posting from our new great contributor Jonder......he is planning on sharing ALL of his great Duke Spirit materieal with us (sounds GREAT to me), and he has told me of a few other bands he'd like to feature......THAT is how I want this to work, with EVERYONE contributing, so without further ado, here is Jonder, with part ONE of his MEGA-Duke Spirit post.......who knows when the next part will be, it'll probably alternate between his and the rest of my Mega-Stranglers.......and, what the hell is so wrong with THAT?


The Duke Spirit began releasing singles in 2002, first under the name Solomon, later adopting The Duke Spirit as a band name from the title of an Augustus Pablo track. The first Duke Spirit album, Cuts Across the Land, appeared in 2005.

An old Rolling Stone review of Siouxsie and the Banshees' debut said that Siouxsie's voice "sounds thrillingly like a young Grace Slick." I think the Duke Spirit's singer Liela Moss can be far more accurately compared to Grace Slick in terms of the two vocalists' power as well as their tone and range.

The music of the Duke Spirit has a strong shoegaze influence, but they are primarily a rock band, and a great one at that. Their choices of cover songs reveals the range of their influences (from garage rock to reggae, punk, blues, and psychedelia). I would like to share those covers in another post, with Big Scott's permission.

CUTS ACROSS THE LAND: 01 Cuts Across The Land/ 02 Love Is An Unfamiliar Name/ 03 Darling You're Mean/ 04 Win Your Love/ 05 Hello To The Floor/ 06 Bottom Of The Sea/ 07 Fades The Sun/ 08 You Were Born Inside My Heart/ 09 Lion Rip/ 10 Lovetones/ 11 Stubborn Stitches/ 12 Red Weather/ 13 Take A Look Around/ 14 So Good To Hear/ 15 Boot Hill. This is the US version of the album, with bonus tracks (13-15).

The band went to Rancho de la Luna to record their second album, Neptune (2008). This trip brought the Duke Spirit into the orbit of QOTSA and the Desert Sessions collective. Liela Moss has since sung on projects by Jesse Hughes and Dave Catchings.

NEPTUNE: 01 I Do Believe/ 02 Send A Little Love Token/ 03 The Step And The Walk/ 04 Dog Roses/ 05 Into The Fold/ 06 This Ship Was Built To Last/ 07 Wooden Heart/ 08 You Really Wake Up The Love In Me / 09 My Sunken Treasure/ 10 Lassoo/ 12 Neptune's Call/ 13 Sovereign

The third Duke Spirit album, Bruiser (2010), was their last. The band continued playing live through 2012. Moss and Duke Spirit guitarist Toby Butler formed a duo called Roman Remains, and signed to Dhani Harrison's label. Toby Butler has done remixes for other artists, and Liela Moss has been in high demand as a guest vocalist for numerous bands and soundtrack albums. I have a lot of Liela's songs to share as well, if there is interest among you readers.

BRUISER: 01 Cherry Tree/ 02 Procession/ 03 Villain/ 04 Don't Wait/ 05 Surrender/ 06 Bodies/ 07 De Lux/ 08 Sweet Bitter Sweet/ 09 Running Fire/ 10 Everybody's Under Your Spell/ 11 Northbound/ 12 Homecoming/ 13 Procession (Gary Numan remix)/ 14 Cherry Tree (remix) 15 Bodies (remix)/ 16 Don't Wait (remix). Tracks 13-16 were added to a 2012 re-release.

In January 2015, the band announced on their Facebook page that they were recording a new album with Simon Raymonde from the Cocteau Twins (who produced part of the Duke Spirit's debut). The band is scheduled to play a UK festival in September, and hopefully their new record will come out around then.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mega-Stranglers, Part 4,the EP's and Singles

OK, hope like hell you've been enjoying the Stranglers greatness, as promissed there is quite  abit
more to come, lets just see how bad ya REALLY want it !!!!!!!!

Let's begin with an unusual 9" disc, evidently given away for free to fans of the band,,,,,,,hey, don't quibble......three fine tracks ("Tits", "Walk On By", and "Mean to Me") are al great, I wish I would have tripped over one f these great bands in 1993 or so.......

The also released a fine EP, "Don't Bring harry", has some good stuff, not available elsewhere.....there are English and French versions both of the title cluster, but in betweeem there are semi-Stranglers classics such sa "Crabs" and "In the Shadows"......this is a worthwile EP, I'd appreciate yur givin it a chance

Next a 2-sided single from 1982, nothing spectacular, except, there's a special 12" mix of :Midnight Summers", as well as multiple versions of "Vladimir and Olga"......

The "Paradise" single has some good stuff on it as well, no undiscovered classics, but three Stranglers tracks with which you MAY feel are essential (I don't really), but ya try to put ALL yer cards on the table.

Another 12' Single is 1984's "Let Me Down Easy".......three intruging tracks (one an instrumental) as I continue to TRY to get you your radiohead FIX, I know that by now they are considered a litle dated, but WHEN DID I EVER CARE ABOUT THAT? Nope, not my mindset, I am just trying tonight to to HELP these people with the disabilites........PLEASE support the discs that are posted in honor of some disabled soldier or something, lets continue, through small steps, to try to make the world something of a beter olace on which we can ALL Live

The next mega-single (as best as I can determine, is 1984's "Skin Deep", with a tremendous extended version of the title track here......I'd LOVE to show up and play catch with them at one of thier preactices, but that;s just that..........I

Thier classic reworking of "96 Tears" gets a lot of lve, no need to worry,,,,this was put together by
my cousin Eric, also a military man .....there are also a couple more tracks here that are worthwhile
it's the STRANGLERS for God know NOW, without hearing if this is for you,but lemme tell ya......this is yet another version of that oft-covered clasic, and the rest of the shit here is great as well.......
Last One I got for ya is "Sweet Smell of Success".....I THINK this gives us all the Stranglers non-lp stuff, I could be wrong.......anyway, look for some LIVE stuff tomorrow (or next time I post)!)

FREE 9" EP-01 01 Walk On By/02 Mean To Me/03 Tits

DON'T BRING HARRY-01 Don't Bring Harry (english)/02 Wired/03 Sveriege/04  Crabs/05 I the Shadows/06 Don't Bring harry (French)

MIDNIGHT SUMMMERS DREAM-01 Midnight Summers Dream/02 Vladimir and Olga

PARADISE-01 Paradise/02 Prwsher/03 Permission

LET ME DOWN EASY-01 Let Me Down Easy/02 Achilles Heel/03 Place De Victores

SKIN DEEP-01 Skin Deeep (extended)/02 Here and There/03 Vladimir and the Beast (Part 3)

96 TEARS-01 96 Tears/02 Instead of This/03 Poisonality

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS-01 Sweet Smel of Success/02 Motobike/03 Something

Kay, these are kinda sorta rare, hope you appreciate I said, next up is LIVE material hopefull tomorrow.......until then enjoy the remainder of your weekend

Apantabapanta and the latest Encyclopedia Submission

(Scott): As I've said before thi guy go all out to expand the bases of our musical knowledge, selecting
defunct rock bands of various genres, linking to Wikipedia for complete (such as it is) info on the bands, followed by generally a link to a classic album or a compilation from the band in question,,,,,,sometimes it's hard to fit these in BUT DO NOT EVER FORGET.......DAMN NEAR ANYTHING GOES HERE, as log as YOU GUYS benefit something from it.....and I think you will from at least some (if not al), of his submisssions this week.


OK, this weeks submission from Apantabapanta are as follows:

A bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.
Post 007
a) The idea is to know the music of the bands all around the world that their music style is
close to – Pop / Rock-Folk / Rock-New / Wave-Punk / Rock-Hard / Rock-Prog / Rock
b) I’ll try to post 5 bands every week.
c) Some bands have been reformed.
d) If anyone like this idea and have something to post please do.
e) Volunteers needed for finding & posting bands starting from letter ‘’B’’.
f) If you play the songs with Windows Media Player you will see info about the bands.
Next Week Post 008
Arti e Mestieri ITA
Asfalto SPN
Ash Ra Tempel GER
Ashra GER
Ashton, Gardner and Dyke UK
 (Scott):, thank you Apanta for another winner.........Argent? Art Bears? Artful Dodger? Some GREAT and LONG FORGOTTEN bands me, rock n rollers, there is stuff here you will LOVE, you have nothing to lose by checking it out..........thanks, Apantabapanta, hope to see you next week as ususal!
Great submissiones he creates I am LUCKY and honored he chooses to do so HERE!

Mega Stranglers Part 3

From 1990, "10" was the final album the band released, prior to the departure of founding member
Hugh Cornwell. People share mixed emotions on it, I am not that fond of it (they cover "96 Tears" and "All Day and All of the Night") both really fine efforts, but the band is sounding tired.......not a worthless record by any means, "Sweet Smell of Success" is a good one, and at least this is a loaded, bonus edition CD version with a lot of extra tracks.

New members Paul Roberts and John Ellis take over on "Stranglers in the Night".....I like it, personally, it harkens back to thier rough-edged, Music-Machine influenced greatness....often a major participant leaving is a death knell, but in this case, it seemed to offer the band a bbit of breathing room. "Heaven and Hell", "Sugar Bullets", and "Brainbox" all work fine for me, a surprisingly good and listenable album.

"About Time" came out in 1995, andd, reminded me more of what I thought "Stranglers in the Night" may sound like......the horns return, electric violins, is it "interesting"? well, no, not terrible, nor does it rock especially......however, I'm sure it has its fans, here is is for any of you Strangler junkies!

"Written in Red", I think, is kind of a mess as well, it appaers in several versions with live numbers and the like, this version doesn't have much to recommend it, save perhaps "In Heaven She Walks", which really IS a good one.

"Coup De Grace", also falls short, JJ Burrell really steps to the forfront with writing and singing a lot more material than in past, sorta sounds like maybe a solo effort for the band had been entertaining military troops in placaes such as the Falkland Islands and Bosnia, there are recurring 'war" themes tthroughout, nonetheless, I am not/was not terrible impressed........

ALL bands (well, NEARLY) Do reach this point at some time.........often, if I have the maerial, it's good that we can "document" the fall as well as the rise.

in 2004 (2004!) the resurfaced with a new strummer, Baz Warne, and released "Norfolk Coast", it's not NEARLY as awful as I thought it would be.......the title track is realy good, and "Tucker's Grave" is a winner as well........the traditional Stranglers swirling keyboards are FINALLY back up frnt where they belong. No classic, but a good one, worth a download anyway.

I found on the bay something called "Suite XVI".......gotta say, never heard anything on it, and don't REALLY want to......this ship has sailed. It's here for you though......and, aparently, they released another album, subsequently, "Giants", which was not available, I don't have, andI guess we will have to live without.....

No matter you have a full picture pretty much of the once-great Stranglers, this will wrap up the studio albums, but I have a LOT of other stuff coming from their glory days. Maybe some even later tonight.

Do you enjoy the Mega-post format? I do, as long as it doesn;t become permanent.....would be too
restrictive for me, you know I GOTTA be free form.........I've "done" many of the greas in :mega" format, but if there is someone else, please suggest.

10-01 Sweet Smell Of Success/02 Someone Like You/03 96 Tears/04 In this Place/05 Celebrate/06 Man of the Earth/07 Too Many Teardrops/08 Where I Live/09 Out of My Mind/10 Never Look Back/11 Instead of this (Bonus)/12 Poisonality (Bonus)/13 Motorbike (Bonus)/14 Something (Bonus)/14 Something (Bonus)/15 You (Bonus)/16 Viva Vlad(Bonus)/17 All Day and All of the Night (Bonus)/18 Always the Sun (Sunny Side Up Mix)

STRANGLERS IN THE NIGHT-01 Time To Die/02 Sugar Bullets/03 Heaven and Hell/04 Laughing in the Rain/05 This Town/06 Brainbox/07Southern Mountains/08 Gain ENtry to Your Soul/09 Grand Canyon/10 Wet Afternoon/11 Never See/12 Leave it to the Dogs

ABOUT TIME-01 Golden Boy /02 Money/03 Face/04 Sinister/05 Little Blue Lies/06 Still Life/07
Paradise Row/08 She Gave It All/09 Lies and Deception/10 Lucky Fingers/11 And the Boat Sails By

WRITTEN IN RED-01 Valey of the Birds/02 In Heaven She Walks/03 In a While/04 Sliver Into Blue/05 Blue Song/06 Here/07 Joy de Vira/08 Miss You/09 Daddy's Riding In the Range/10 Summer in the City/11 Wonderful Land

COUP DE GRACE-01 God Is Good/02 You Don't Think That What You've done Is Wrong/03 Tonight/04 Jump Over My Shadow/05 Miss You/06 Coup de Grace (SOS)/07 I the End/08 No Reason/09 Known Only Unto God/10 The Light

NORFOLK COAST-01 Norfolk Coast/02 Big Thing Coming/03 Long Black Veil/04 I've Been Wild/Dutch Moon/06 Lost Control/07 Into the Fire/08 Tucker's Grave/09 I Do'nt agree/10 Sanfte Kuss/11 Mine All Mine

SUITE XVI-01 Unroken/02 Spectre of love/03 She's Slipping Away/04 Summat Outanowt/05 Anthing Can Happen/06 See Me Coming/07 Bless You (Save You.. Spare You, Damn You)/08 A Soldiers Diary/09 Barbara (Shagri-La)/10 I Hate You/11 Relentless

This bout wraps up the Stranglers stuff, as per thier studio efforts.....don't despair, they were a fave of mine for quite a while, so I'm not gonna leave you hanging.......LOTS of more stuff any of you Stranglers-junkies will froth over.......BUT I am going to switch gears once again, REALLY quickly, from my buddy from Greece, ApantaBapanta, who continueally works on the "Encyclopedia of Disbanded Rock Bands".......might take him a while, and he could CERTAINLY use some help (Sorry, I WISH I had the time) , but he'd done a fine job up until now, and his posts are just pehnominal........informative, and with the right links to get you SOLID background information. What Apanta does here is a little different than what others might do, and I salute him bug time, for being an ORIGINAL, as well as a great and knowledgeable guest-poster to this blog, one who is welcome here, ANY time he wishes, yes, a favorite contributor of mine (OK, you ALL are favorite contributors of mine!)


A Brief Stranglers' Break to Check on Brian's Mega-Project

Well, I hope the 4th of July weekend finds you and your family well, I thought it was a kick that I got Friday off WITH PAY after just one week (4 days) of starting my new job! Anyway, I've been doing some Stranglers stuff the past few days, get to a bit more of THAT later, but for right now, I know that Brian has been working on this project for some time and labor that extensive deserves favour:

Of coursre Brian's work is also found on rustbeltoutpost, makes neither of a us a difference from which you utilize. Anyway, without further ado,  here's Brian's latest section of his BIG project:

(Scott): I love international (non-English language) rock, and although this doesn't deal exclusively with rock, it runs the gammut on some different and VERY obscure stuff......this is the second part (the first was published earlier), and I must say it is quite impressive.This focusses on Thailand (the second "tour" there), and Burma......redendant for ME to describe them, Brian is the expert, so take it away, sir.......

Southeast Asian Tour #2 - Thailand Part 2 and Burma

And so it begins. Sorry this took so long, a few of the original uploads didn't work, and I wanted to actually listen to all this stuff before offloading it on you.

That last Thai post was fairly popular, and this one should be even more so. Awesome stuff here. Some of it I discovered while assembling this post, but everything gets a thumbs up, trust me....


Thai Pop Spectacular 1960s-1980s Vol. 1 LINK

This is a kaleidoscopic volume. Funky tracks, girl pop, Italo Disco type stuff, horns, twangy guitars, warbling vocals... a great listen.

Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular Volume 2 LINK

That word soul is appropriate. There's moments on this that feel like a lost Stax album or blaxploitation soundtrack, and then a female vocal or odd-sounding horn will come in. It's captivating stuff. There's some strange moments (the erp background vocals on "Kob Kanong Fon"), but the whole thing jams!
Singapore A Go Go LINK

This is one of my favorite Thai albums. Cooing girl pop, badass rock instrumentals...this is a nice, dense compilation. Most unwieldy band name ever? Charlie Electric Guitar Band's Sound of Japan. My favorite? Dong Rong and the Stylers.

Molam - Thai Country Groove From Isan, Volume 2 LINK

Many enjoyed Volume 1 in the previous post. This is more of the same funky native rhythms. Some spacey instruments on this one.

The Sound Of Siam : Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz And Molam In Thailand 1964-1975 LINK

This one is especially's just so damn funky! You can get lost in the groove with this album. Headphone approved!
The Sound Of Siam Volume 2 - Molam and Luk Thung from Northeast Thailand 1970-1982 LINK

These two Sound of Siam volumes might be even funkier than SF's two Molam Country Grooves albums. I've barely heard this one, but you get it, kids. And now, we're done with we're moving to her sister country, sweltering and much-oppressed Burma.


Princess Nicotine - Folk and Pop Sounds of Myanmar (Burma) LINK

Burma has a very polyrthmic kind of folk music. It can be tough finding your way through it, but once you do it's great stuff.
Guitars of the Golden Triangle - Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma), Vol. 2 LINK

This is definitely the most "pop" of the four Burma albums. While it's still very native sounding, there's great 60's pop/soul harmonies and guitar lines throughout. For some reason, when I zipped this, the track order got shuffled a bit.
Music of Nat Pwe - Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma), Volume 3 LINK

More native Burma madness. Some of the percussion here reminds me of the Mothers Of Invention.

The Crying Princess: 78 RPM Records From Burma LINK

The fidelity isn't the greatest - 78s, duh - but this is an interesting collection of hauntingly bizarre, arhythmic folk music.
Hope you guys enjoy this. This isn't all put together anywhere else, other than a torrent somewhere maybe. I was going to put links under each that would take you to the info pages on the Sublime Frequencies site, but figured that would invite disaster. So go check their site for further info on each release.

And if you missed the previous Thai post, it can be found HERE
(Scott): And here is the third section, as Brian concentrates his efforts on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.......more good stuff here, very little of which I already had on hand. If you are a fan of international pop/rock, you can't miss this:
Southeast Asian Tour #3 Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos

This is the final post of music from Southeast Asia. Most of these come from this record label....

This is one hell of a post, too. The Cambodian stuff is really awesome, and if you get it under your skin you'll love it. The two Radio volumes are whirling musical journeys, and the folk music on here is like nothing you've ever heard. Almost all of these are rare. And you can thank me for the Kim Sinh album, trust me....


Cambodian Cassette Archives LINK

I bringing this one back from my previous post, because it fits so well. SF's only contribution to the Cambodian rock genre. One of the best of its kind. And again, there's that poignant thought that everyone on these records died....

Cambodian Rocks (1996) LINK

This was the one that started the whole "Lost Cambodia Rock" genre, and it's still one of the best. Came out on the Parallel World label. This original copy doesn't have artist or track names, but if you poke around the net for awhile, I think people have researched and come up with a tracklist in the years since. A great listen.

Cambodian Rocks 2 LINK

This is not a sequel to the previous volume. There are two Cambodian Vol 1 out there I believe. I've never had Vol. 1 of this series, but the volumes after are definitely great. I made sure there were artist names on these songs, so you can learn who people like Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sorothsyea are.

Cambodia Rocks 3 LINK

In keeping with the title, this volume has even more psych-ier songs. Prime stuff. I believe there's a Vol 4 and 5 of this series, but I don't have them yet.

Radio Phnom Penh LINK

An amazing collection, and one of the best of SF's Radio albums. Southeast Asia is definitely a multicultural place.

Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia LINK

For this one, we head out to the villages. The music is haunting, otherworldly, and hypnotic.


Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-74 LINK

The Vietnamese were just as good at adapting American sounds as the Thais and Cambodians were. It rocks, it's to hoping SF releases more Vietnam stuff.

Radio Vietnam LINK

This is a kaleidoscopic day in the life in modern day Vietnam. English language news, dance songs,indiginous's a smorgasbord, and definitely a worthy cousin to Radio Phnom Penh.

Rough Guide To the Music of Vietnam LINK

This is a good cross section of modern Vietnamese music: immaculately recorded folk songs, instrumentals, pop tunes, even some Asian blues. You might play this one more than you think.

The Art of Kim Sinh LINK
This was one I discovered while assembling this, and man is it gooood. Kim Sinh is a blind guitarist who's also a master of the Dam Nguyen, a very expressive three string lute. With almost no accompaniment, and only occasionally vocals, he makes an amazing solo album. This one is hypnotic!

Ethnic Minority Music Of North Vietnam LINK

Another good village recording. I'm glad they started this series; it's too bad they were only on vinyl and really rare.


This is the only thing I could easily find for Laos. Doesn't seem that they had a documented rock/pop scene like the surrounding countries. But this one is good....
Ethnic Minority Music of Southern Laos LINK

Another in their series of village music recordings. I found this one really immersive. A lot of odd percussion, but with a meditative, rhythmic pace. I had headphones on, grooving to the thing....and one of the old men coughed. I jumped! It felt so live, like he was right next to me. They really recorded these village albums well. Alan Lomax would be proud.
That's it for Southeast Asia. I'll poke around with a few more good Asian releases - including more SF stuff - but there wont be any other big posts world music stuff for awhile.
And one more quick Brian submission, he loaned this to me a couple weeks ago, and I never got around to posting it, but I see that HE has now, so I will also, I haven't had any hate-mail generated in a while now. What we have is the soundtrack album from "Romper Stomper", the Australian skinhead film from a lot of the previous controversial Nazi rock I have posted, this will NOT be popular among a lot of you......but hopefully what it WILL do is generate free-speech discussion, as I have said many times before I have posted LOTS of "hateful" music from the left, and no one utters even a peep. Bet it happens again, here too, but the quality of the music here is superior to some of my previous skinhead posts, and the snippets of dialogue from the film work very well past nazi-type rockers I wouldn't rank (anything) above two stars (THAT would be charitable), this one easilly makes three, IMO.

Romper Stomper Soundtrack

"We came to wreck everything, and ruin your life.
....God sent us."

Here's something you won't see out here much. I couldn't even find it on all the soundtrack blogs I go to. This is the soundtrack to the 1992 Australian skinhead movie that introduced Russell Crowe to the world.
Romper Stomper Soundtrack DOWNLOAD
Here's all I'll do as a disclaimer: I am neither a Nazi nor a racist. This is a favorite film of mine. Sure, I'll occasionally bang my head to some of the tunes ("Pulling On the Boots" especially), but I don't ascribe to their beliefs, and I'm not trying to stir up shit by posting this, so please don't give me any. And if you want me to flip the coin, I got some Black Panther rap from the 70's I can lay on you anytime you say....
The songs are good bashing punk, and the actual soundtrack pieces are good too. The "Dead Nazi March" is particularly affecting, with it's flattened, strange-sounding horns. And the inclusion of dialogue from the film is a stroke of genius. I particularly like the "fuck off" and "we came to wreck everything" dialogue being on the album.
If you're gonna have one album of Skinhead punk, it might as well be this one. Go ahead and download it...I won't tell anybody.
(Scott): I also have a guest post from Apantabapanta, the latest installment of his encyclopedia effort, I don't QUITE have it ready to post, so I'll get it up for now, let us return to the Stranglers, as we have quite a LOT more to showcase from them.....