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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Here is the great Cliff's latest submission

Here is the latest submission from the wonderkind that is Cliff, my great and wonderful friend in the UK.......he is my reggae "go to" guy, compared to him I don't know shit about it, but I appreciate the fuck out of the work that he does to help me out, to be honest, he is so fucking great he should start his own reggae blog, but until he does I am THRILLED that he contributes his fine stuff here.......thanks Cliff, love you like a brother, even though I have never met you, which if you think about it, is one of the highest praises I could give you (unless, of course you were a hot babe, then all bets would be off, of course)....
Dread Inna Inglan Pt.2
As I said last week I would post part 2 of bands that emerged in the UK in the late 70’s – early 80’s; so here you are.
MATUMBI – POINT OF VIEW Matumbi were one of the earliest and most influential British reggae bands but also one of the lesser known. They set out to show that that British reggae could sound as good and be as "rootsy" as Jamaican reggae. Driven by the great Dennis Bovell who built himself a formidable reputation as a musician, producer and sound engineer ‘Point of View’ is a wonderful commercial roots reggae album with tinges of pop. However whilst they had a sound that could crossover they remained firmly rooted in the reggae sound of drum and bass that should please everyone. 
 Track List: 1. Point of View (Squeeze a Little Lovin') 2. Come With Me 3. Blue Beat and Ska 4. Things I Do for You 5. Pretender 6. Guide Us 7. Hook Den 8. Black Civilization 9. Music In the Air 10. All Over the World (Money)

I love the sound of this album; it’s as good as introspective reggae gets. Sadly as their career gathered pace they began to turn towards more a soul/funk based sound, which didn’t really do it for me. However not before they turned out 2 or 3 other quality albums. This was their debut album and displayed some wonderful organic roots reggae. Aswad attempted a fusion of Rastafarianism with social issues that affected the Black populatuion in the hostile environment of the UK at the time which helped produced a sound of their own.  "Concrete Slaveship" is hard-hitting social justice number and the instrumental "Ethiopian Rhapsody" is worth the cost of the album alone
Track List: 1.  I A Rebel Soul, 2: Can't Stand The Pressure, 3: Ethiopian Rhapsody, 4: Natural Progression, 5: Back To Africa, 6: Red Up, 7: Ire Woman, 8: Concrete Slaveship

Forming in 1979 Black Roots didn’t release this, their debut album, until 1983; but it was well worth the wait. No nonsense production, potent messages, strong vocals, and exhilarating music made this album a welcome addition to the British Reggae scene. They may not be as well known as Steel Pulse or Aswad but for me they were the equal of them at the very least. Black Roots probably evoked the sound of late 70’s Jamaican reggae more than other British bands but there was no crime in that.  Stand out tracks for me are  ‘Juvenile Delinquent’, with its compulsive rythmn and at the time spot on message, and the repatriation themed ‘Africa’ with its melancholy guitar lead. 
Track List: 1. The Father 2. Survival 3. Juvenile Delinquent 4. What Them A Do 5. Opportunity 6. Tribal War 7. Africa 8. Move On


I didn’t know whether to include any UB40 or not.There is only one word to describe UB40 and that is SHIT!! Over the years they have churned out some of the most insipid, bland reggae it has been the misfortune foranybody to hear. BUT they debuted with an album that makes you think they were a completely different band then. Tracks like ‘Burden of Shame’, ‘Tyler’, ‘King’ and the anti-Thatcher Madam Medusa carried heartfelt political statements set to fine grooves and echoey dubs. Sadly though despite the decent tracks on this album and also ‘Present Arms’ UB40 went on to  turnout album after  album after album of forgettable crapMy advice to you is to listen to this, ‘Present Arms’  and consign 99% of the rest of the stuff they inflicted upon us to the trash.

Track List: 1.Tyler 2.King 3.12 Bar 4.Burden Of Shame 5.Adella 6.I Think It's Going To Rain Today 7.25% 8.Food For Thought 9.Little By Little 10.Signing Off 11.Madam Medusa 12.Strange Fruit 13.Reefer Madness


Thanks to Cliff for another awesome submission, I will be here as long as you continue to send me this great stuff, no need to worry about a "3-day bender", fuck it, I have at least two of those a week....wish you could be here in the USA to help me celebrate my birthday Friday May 1, but the stuff you send is so great it's like you sent me a gift-wrapped present!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Richard & Linda Thompson "Shoot Out the Lights"

This is one of my favorite of all albums, I was never a fan of the type of celtic/folkish stuff that Richard Thompson did with Fairport Convention....however, here is the skinny....."Shoot Out the Lights" is one of the greatest albums ever released, any genre, an era, period.

This is an absolutely brilliant statement about the diffiuclties of marriage and of love, but to describe it in such terms is to underrate it tremendously.......I am NOT a fan, in particular, of Richard's previous work, making it all the more stunning that this album would EASILLY rank as one of my top 20 releases, ever, by anyone.

What, really, can I say? The songwriting is brilliant.....Richards guitar work is beyond incredible, as are Linda's vocals....."Walking on a Wire", "The Back Street Slide", the title track, "Did She Jump or Was She Pushed?", and, in particular for me, "The Wall of Death" are stone cold classics, not exactly "rock n roll" classics, but classics of MUSIC, among the greatest ever'll have to just pop this on and listen to it when you get the chance, this is an album I place with "Forever Changes", "Nevermind", "The Clash", "Blonde on Blonde"...........are you getting the idea? This is an INCREDIBLE, brilliant album, even though outside my realm of general listenership, I still fined it amazing on each aned EVERY single listen.....what more can I say? Hurry up before you die without hearing this piece of brilliance.

SHOOT OUT THE LIGHTS-01 Don't Renege On Our Love/02 Walking on a Wire/03 man In Need/04 Just the Motion/05 Shoot Out the Lights/06 Back Street Slide/07 Did She Jump Or Was She Pushed?/08 Wall of Death/09 Living In Luxury (bonus track)

This is one of the greatest albums ever recorded, please do not show it disrespect......sometimes I put up shit for us to laugh at, The Shaggs or Nimoy, or whatever, this is the opposite end of the guys know that the Big Guy has around 200000 CD's, right? Well, this is without question on of my ten favorites......does that intrigue you? It's not a "rocker", but it's just so fucking BRILLIANT that I can't imagine not naming it as one of my VERY favorites

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Another history lesson for ya JUNIOR (been a while)

Like I did with bands that were great for a brief moment of my youth, whom later became parodies of
themeselves (previously, Aerosmith, Heart, not sure whomelse), let's talk tonight about a band that was somewhat unique, for a few minutes there in my hihg school/college years, and then became so unlistenable that they are generally considered a joke......and THAT is what happens, but when it does, we truly forget  about the GOOD STUFF that the band put out EARLY on before, commercialization, greed, internal strife, or whatever stirred things up.

If ever there was a band created for SHORT-TERM excellence, it was Van Halen (!), yes, I was a junior in high school when the self-titled debut came about, "Running With the Devil" was a pretty fair hard-rock single, good enough for me to purchase the album, anyway, and discoverd the unique guitar stylings of Eddie Van Halen.........they also included of course, bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Alex Van Halen, and of course, singer/front-jackass David Lee Roth......I saw these guys my senior year and they were AMAZING live, Roth being such a natural showman and Eddie Van halen being such a unique and skilled axewielder........they were just THAT kind of could have predicted their demise, in my opinion, of course "demise" in my eyes means 'Ultra-popularity" in the eyes of the lesser-enlightened.......ANYWAY yes, Van Halen sucked, in every incarnation beyond thier fourth studio LP, if you like some of the latter crap they spewed, that is totally your problem, not mind......

OK, the first, self titled LP......typical late 1970's metal, or "big rock" as some called it at the time, actually lumping the genre with stuff LIKE Heart and Aerosmith, heavy rocking yet radio friendly, as opposed to something like Rush, for example, with their 20-minute "suiets" and the like.......but for a little while there these guys melded the TOTAL metal experience with a listenable pop/radio sound, it was an accomplishment and NOT a small one, to be honest.....besides the good "Runing With the Devil", there is also the spazzed-out solo "Eruption", which leads into a frantaic cover of the Kink's "You Really Got Me", the great "Jamie's Crying", "Atomic Punk" ( a good song, docked a notch for an attempt to be topical), and my fave, the slow blues cover of "Ice Cream Man"......all in all a 3.5* album, you could do worse.

So, the following year, along came "Van Halen II".....I recall one critic referring to it as "as imaginitive as it's title", and there is a BIT of merit there, but look beyond the dross ("You're No Good" for example), and check out the GOOD STUFF here: "Somebody Get Me a Doctor"......."Beautiful Girls" (silly, but cool), and th albums best cut "D.O.A."........3 stars, but a decent hard rock album as well.

OK, here is where it gets complicated......I thought "hey, they put out two decent albums......they are likely done for...." That was ME, and as usual I was wrong as can be, as "Women And Children First" is a fine album, better than the first two.....the opening single "And the Cradle Will Rock", kinda sucks for my cash, but "Everybody Want Some" is one of their best tracks, as is the epic "Take Your Whiskey Home".......this was a band that was maturing, with the release of a VERY solid album, with a quite cool acoustic title track as well........3.5 *'s for me, and a fine album I still listen to parts of today (on occasion).

What even confuses the issue even more is that album #4 "Fair Warning", is quite good as well.....could these guys have actually been LEGIT? (well, no, as we will see), "Unchained" is one of their better efforts, "Mean Streets" is a good one, as is "Panama" (even better than the Pat Boone version featured here a while back)......for a fourth album, this is a pretty good one, it's pretty damn good.......could I have been wrong?

Well, no....."Diver Down" came out next, its awful, then came all the personnel hijinx, the Sammy
Hagar nonsense, the Roth leaving/returning/leaving/returning.......sorry Dave, you just aren't important anymore, and Van halen has been, since "Fair Warning" been relegated to the status of a joke band in my opinion......

But, shit, that happens......they DID put out four decent hard rock albums, far from "classics", but easy to forget how great these albums were before they got so ridiculous........just my opinion, but I would rather listen to myself urinating than any Van Halen album released since "Fair Warning"......just my opinion, but these other albums, as I have pointed out, DO have some great, hard rocking moments, enjoy them and remember them fondly, as though Sammy hagar never even existed.

Knowing that I am such a swell guy I am going to include a 1979 show from Niagra Falls when the band was just reaching thier peak, it's pretty good, give it a listen.....other than that, can't help ya much......they WERE, in thier day, a FINE live act, and I welcome any boots you can send my way, but after the first four albums, these guys really did bite the big one. Hard Core.

VAN HALEN-01 Running With the Devil/02 Eruption/03 You really Got Me/04 Aint talkin Bout Love/05 I'm The One/06 jamie's Crying/07 Atomic Punk/08 Feel Your Love Tonight/09 Little Dreamer/10 Ice Cream man/11 On Fire

VAN HALEN II-01 01 You're No Good/02 Dance The Night Away/03 Somebody Get Me a Doctor/04 Bottoms Up!/05 Oughta Love Again/06 Light Up the Sky/07 Spanish Fly/08 DOA/09 Women In Love/10 Beautiful Girls

WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST-01 And the Cradle Will Rock/02 Everybody Want Some!!/03 Fools/04 Romeo Delight/05 Tora Tora Tora/06 Loss of Control/07 Take Your Whiskey Home/08 Could This Be Magic/09 In a Simple Rhyme

FAIR WARNING-01 Mean Street/02 Dirty Movies/03 Sinner's Swing!/04 Hear About It Later/05 Unchained/06 Push Comes To Shove/07 So This Is Love/08 Saturday Afternoon In the Park/09 One Foot Out the Door

LIVE NIAGRA FALLS 1979-01 On Fire/02 I'm the One/03 Bass Solo/ Runnin With the Devil/04
Atomic Punk/05 Drum Solo/Little Dreamer/06 Feel Your Love Tonight/07 Ain't Talking Bout Love/08 Guitar Solo

sucks for my money,

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How about the fucking CRAMPS

Jungle-rockabilly-punk-cannabil-rip your flesh shit, if you are not familiar with the Cramps, is it not time to join the rest of the world?

OK, the of the greatest punkabilly bands of our time, I know many people who dislike tham......guess what I say? "Fuck them?" you got it.......the Cramps were bad ass, cranking out great albums as thought they were sausages for a's kinda hard to list thier personel, as so many of them have left us, the main conglomerate were, vocalist Lux Interior, guitarist Poison Ivy Rorscharch, dummer Harry Drumdini, and a list of bassists too long for me to get into here......point it they made some damn good music in thier day, and the idea is to share it here with the uninititated.

First up we have the magnificnet EP, "Gravest Hits", which is a wonderment that should be on any shelf, and if nothing else featuresa  freaked out version of "Surfin Bird".......great starting point.

Well, well, as for LP',s  let us begin with the absloute classic "Songs the Lord Taught Us'" a wonderful album that wasn't taken seriously back in the day, but but should be now, because it FUCKING RULES....this is a magnificnet album, this one filled with great bonus tracks, a PERFECT horror-billy collection that is as great as they get, from the cover of the Sonics "Strychnine", plus GREAT SHIT like "Fever", "I Was a Teenage Werewolf", "I'm Cramped", and a BUNCH more, this is one of the finest aned most overlooked rock albums of the 1980's, and I usggest if you are unfamiliar, JUMP, NOW, ON this SUPER EXTENDED VERSION......MAGNIFICENT effort, not kidding.

1981's "Psychedelic Jungle" is as good, seriously, they show growth as well as keeping thier crude rocking sensibility, how you not gonna love "Green Fuz", "Goo Goo Muk", "Rockin Bones" and about ten more,this is another one that BELONGS on your shelf........

In 1983 they released a live mini-LP, the wonderfully titled "Smell of Female", it's great as well, they have an insane version of "Psychotic Reaction", as well as more wonderful treasures.....great band, if you missed them first time I am TRYING to help ya!

1986 gave us "A Date With Elvis", also a fine album for lovers of this psycho-rockabilly schlock......filled with great stuff , such as "Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?", "The Hot Pearl Snatch" and a whole lot more....these guys were no fucking joke.

In 1990 they released "Stay Sick", yet another fine album of on-the-edge psychobilly rock n roll, certainly you won't wish to miss "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" or "The Creature From the Black Leather Lagoon" least I wouldn't, what are you, some kijnda FAGGOT?

They didn't let up a bit with "Look Ma No Head", which features such gems as "Dames Booze, Chains, and Boots", and "Alligator Stomp"'s another fine disc from these guys, they popped ou classic after classic, and you guys need to educate yourselves as to this GREAT, GREAT American punkabilly thrashing rock n roll!

""Flamejob" came out in 1996, and guess what, it's pretty awesome too...."Let's Get Fucked UP', and of course "Naked Girl Falling Down the Stairs" are Cramps Classics, "Route 66" and "Mean Machine" are sure as hell pretty damn good as well.

And on and 1997 they released "Big Beat From Badsville", another good one with great shit like "Like a Bad Girl Should", "It Thing Hard On", and "Burn She-Devil, Burn," plus a bunch of bonus tracks......please do not miss this greatness....

Next up is "Fiends of Dope Island", another winner with "Doctor Fucker MD" and "Elvis Fucking Christ', the Cramps are, after all,the FUCKING CRAMPS......

Lastly I have the mammoth "How to Make a Monster" thing, this is a two disc set of all kindsa demos, alternates, and whatever you might enjoy, Cramps fans, here is the stuff for ya.......RIGHT NOW, I am going to the back room and see if I have a boot or two (I think I do), so I'll be back in uno mumento......

OK, Found ONE at least, "Rockin and Reelin In Auckland New Zealand" a fine bootleg from this wonderful band.....this is a bad ass show, I won't even detail it.......we have a BUNCH of Cramps stuff here,if you like em, Merry Xmas,if you don't, well, who knows' what i'll but up tomorrow! God BLESS YOU ALL!

GRAVEST HITS EP-01 01 Human Fly/02 Lonesome town/03 The Way I Walk/04 Domino/05 Surifin Bird

SONGS THE LORD TAUGHT US-01 TV Set/02 Rock on the Moon/03 Grabrageman/04 I Was a Teenage Werewolf/05 Sunglasses After Dark/06 The mad Daddy/07Mystery Plane/08 Zombie Dance/09 What's Beind the Mask/10 Strychnine/11 I'm Cramped/12 Tear It Up/13 Fever

PSYCHEDELIC JUNGLE-01 Green Fuz/02 Goo Goo Muk/03 Rockin Bones/04 Voodooo Idol/05 Primitiave/06 Caveman/07 The Crusher/08 Don't Eat Stuff Off the Sidewalk/09 Can't Find My Mind/10 Jungle Hop/11 Natives Are Restless/12 Under the Wires/13 Beautiful Gardens/14 Green Door

SMELL OF FEMALE (EP)-01 Thee Most Exaltent Penetate of Love/02 You Got Good Taste/03 Call the Wighat/04 Faster Pussycat/05 I Ain't Nothin But a Gorehound/06 Psychotic Reaction/07 Beautiful Gardens/08 She Said/09 Surfin Dead

A DATE WITH ELVIS-01 How Far Can Too Far Go?/02 The Hot Pearl Snatch/03 People Ain't No Good/04 What's Inside a Girl/05 CanYour Pussy Do the Dog?//06 Kizmiaz/07 Corned Dames//08 Chicken/09 Hot pool of Womanneed/10 Aloha From Hell/11 It's Just That Song/12 Blue Moon Baby13 /Georgia Lee Brown/14 Give Me a Woman/15 Get off the Road

STAY SICK-01 Bop Pils/02 God Damn Rock N Roll/03 Bikini Girls With machine Guns/04 All Women Are Bad/05 The Creature From the Black Leather Lagoon/06 Shortnin Bread/07 Daisys Up Your Butterfly/08 Everything goes/09 Journey to the Center of the Girl/10 Mama Oo Pow Pow/11 Saddle Up a Buzz Buzz/12 Muleskinner Blues

LOOK MA NO HEAD-01 Dames, Booze, Chains,and Boots/02 Two Headed Sex Change/03 Blow Up Your Mind/04 hard Working man/05 Miniskirt Blues/06 Alligator Stomp/07 I Wanna Get In Your Pants/08 Bend Over I'll Drive/09 Don't Get Funny With Me/10 Eyeball In My Martini/11 Hipsville 29 BC/12 The Strangeness In Me

FLAMEJOB-01 Mean Machine/02 Ultra Twist!03 Let's Get Fucked Up/04 Nest of the Cuckoobird/05 I;m Customized/06 Sado County Auto Show/07 Naked Girl falling Down the Stairs/08 How Come You Do Me/09 Inside Out and Upside Down (With You)/10 Trapped Love/11 Swing the Big Eyed Rabbit/12 blues blues Blues/13  Route 66 (Get Yer Kicks!)

BIG BEAT FROM BADSVILLE-01 Cramp Stomp/02GodMonster/03 It Thing Hard On/04 Like a Bad Girl Should/05 Sheenas In a Goth Gang/06 Queen of Pain/07 Monkey With your Tail/08 Devil behind That Bush/09 Super Goo/10 Hypno-Sex ray/11 Burn She Devil-Burn/12 Wet Nightmare/13 Badass Bug/14 Hualass Hyena

FIENDS OF DOPE ISLAND-01 Big Black Witchcraft Rock/02 Papa Satan Sang Louie/03 hang Up/04 Fissure of Rolando/05 Dr Fucker MD (musical Deviant)/06Dopefiend Boogie/07 Taboo/08 Elvis Fucking Christ/09 She's Got Balls/10 Owwee baby/11 Mojo Man From mars/12 Color Me Black/13 Wrong Way Ticket

HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER D1-01 Quick Joey Small/02 Lux's Blues/03 Love Me/04 Domino/05 Sunglasses After Dark/06 Subwire desire/07 TV Set/08 Love Me/09 I Was a Teenage Werewolf/10 I can't hardly Stand It/11 Sweet Woman Blues.12 Rumble Blues/13 Rumble Blues/14 Rumble Blues/15 Rumble Blues/16 Lonesome Town/17 Five Years Ahead of My Time/18 Call of the Wighat/19 Hanky Panky/20 Journey to the Center of a Girl/21 Jackyard Backoff/22 Everything Goes/23 All Women Are Bad (Demo)

HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER D2-01 Don't Eat Stuff Off the Sidewalk/02 I Was a Teenage Werewolf/03 Sunglasses After Dark/04 Jungle Hop/05 Domino/06 Love Me/07 Strychnine/08 TV Set/09 I'm Cramped (Tracks 1-9 Live at Max's Kansas City 1/14/77)/10 The Way I Walk/11 Love Me/12 domino/13 Human Fly/14 I Was a TeenageWerewolf/15 Sunglasses After Dark/16 Can't hardly Stand It/17 Urnaium Rock/18 What's Behind the mask/19 baby Blue Rock/20 Subwire Desire/21 I'm Cramped/22 TV Set (Tracks 10-22 Live at CBGB 1/13/78)

ROCKIN AND REELIN IN AUKLAND NEW ZEELAND-01 The Hot Pearl Snatch/02 People Ain't No Good/03 What's Inside a Girl/04 CornfedDames//05 Sunglasses After Dark/06 Heartbreak Hotel/07 Chicken/08 Do the Clam/09 Aloha From Hell/10 Can Your Pussy do the Dog?/11 Birdfeed/12 Blue moon Baby/23 Georgia Lee Brown/24 Lonesometown

OK, again, a lottttta  work, so PLEASE let me know your thoughts on this one, PLEASE?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Cliff from the UK, my reggae GO-TO guy submits another masterwork

Well, great friend if the blog Cliff is back, releaseing more reggae joy upon I've said, while I
love the music, my KNOWLEDGE is extremely I let him do the work, which is why, like Brian, Apantabapanta, Dave Sez, and more, he is a valuable member of the team that we cannot live with is what Cliff has to say to us THIS week:


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rancid....don't say I never go for the jugular.....

From Berekely California, the great band Rancid has been a mainstay for a while, quite Clash-
influenced as well as picking up influences such as English bands ala Sham 69 or Stiff Little Finges....Rancid has put out some of the GREATEST in Clash-style US punk that has ever been committed to vinyl.......I consider them a bit underrated, in particular in the light that they had one absolute, no question, 5-star album classic, we'll get to that in a minute, hey?

Rancid have in generaly been Tim Armstrong on guitar and vocals, Matt Freeman on bass, Lars Fredricksen (vocals, guitars), and drumer Branden Steinekert, and these lads have always been able to kick up the high energy noise, PERIOD........great band, and I am going to try to pay them the tribute they desreve here.

The first, self titled LP, is reminiscent of the ska-influenced sounds of Armstrong/Freemans previous band, Operatio Ivy, BUT it's a lot better, IMO, these are short, Ramones/Clash style punk slabs, nothing over 3 minutes, but "Detroit", "Rats in the hallway", "Rejected", "Unwritten Rules" and several more bring this one home as a 4 star album, I doubt it's appreciated as such, but this is AMERICAN PUNK, the real deal, great band, great album.

There are also some magnificent EP's, released prior to the debut, notablly 1992's "Give Em the Boot", which hardly even qualifies as an EP, it's almost and LP's worth of fantastic material,  Some of the material here would turn up on album #1, but there is CLASSIC American Punk shit here, don't miss "The System", "Media Controller", "Battering Ram", and all the rest, if this EP is not on your shelf, can you PLEASE explain to me why not? because it is FUCKING great! I also have a 7" here, "Rancid", I am unsure if it has any unique tracks on it, you check it out for yourself......I have enough to do without cross-referencing all this shit, but, hey, I DO have it, so let's do ourselves a favor and grab it.......these mofo's rock like an absolute, well, MOTHER FUCKER........RANCID was one of the great bands of the 1990's, APPRECIATE THEM!

"Let's Go" was released in 1994, really, it's something of a similar album to the debut, but, nonetheless, it's an ass kicker ass well......again, lots of short, frantic, numbers, intellignet lyrics dealing with varied subjects, ("Gunshot" "Dope Sick Girl", "International Coverup") are all great, and there is a LOT more here as well....four-star and underappreciated album as well..

OK, after all this praise, we must now talk about what I consider a stone cold, 5 star-classic album that not homw should be lacking ......"...And Out Come The Wolves" is one of the best LP's of the 1990's, bar none......Rancid takes it up a notch, these songs are just so amazing I don't know where to start......"Time Bomb" and "Ruby Soho" were the singles, and, while great tunes, NOTHING CLOSE to the greatness hidden inside the rest of the LP......."Roots Radical"," Olympia WA", the amazing "Lock Step and Gone", "Journey to the End of the East Bay", "Disorder and Disarray".......these are simply classic sinppets of the very finest in punk rock, you will LOVE this album as I do, I think, it is simply nothing short of TREMENDOUS.....TURST ME ON THIS-If you are getting only one you MUST make it THIS ONE, it's a "can't live without LP"

They would never match "And Out Come the Wolves", but to thier credit, they tried to add dub,ska, rockabilly, etc to thier sound for thier next LP "Life Won't Wait" is a fine album, and really, I'll give it 3 stars, maybe 3.5, it's a good one too...."Cash Culture and Violence", "1998", "Coppers" aned more make this a FINE listening experience, it'll never match "Wolves", but that is just one of thoe things.

In 2000, the oddly released another album entitled "Rancid", I am not a fan of bands doing that, there are alternate titles ("Rancid 5" or "Rancid 2000"), but the stuff was starting to slip, IMO, anyway.....they return to the shorter, 1.5 minute blasts, which would have been fine, had they not given us a brilliant classic album in the meantime.....still, there is good music on here, personally, I like "rattlesnake", and "Blackhawk Down", there are others that you will like as well, Rancid were/are a fine, hard rocking punk/ska ringed band, and they are quite adictive.

That same year athey released an EP "Let Me Go", which i think you might enjoy as well, it contains three new songs, all of which are quite accessable and enjoyable.

It was at this point that Rancid decided to go in the direction of working with NOFX, they split
several albums with them......I DO NOT HAVE THEM ALL, perhaps some of you may, and I as you to share, but what I DO have is VOLUME 2- I do like the reworking of "Olympia Washington" as well as a few others, ("Vanilla Sex", "The Moron Brothers")......not bad, and far from unintersting!

In 2006, Rancid released "Indestructable".......I know several who do enjoy this disc, I am not crazy about it....reminds me a lot of thier early stuff, but sounds stiff and tired....MAYBE that is just me, I have it here for you if you want to hear it, but simply didn't work for me.

Now, we do have an incredible selection of B-Sides ("B Sides and C Sides") that you will want, this is some great stuff, trust me on this one.....this reminds of of thier wonderful early material and if you are a fan of Rancid, THIS IS FOR YOU 10000 percent!.

In 2009 Rancid releasead "Let the Dominoes Fall", also not a huge favorite of mine, (althought there are STILL good songes here, "Last One to Die" and "Up to No Good", just, you know, how I am, this sounds like a band whose moment is over.......maybe I am wrong.

OK, according to the Bay they have released ANOTHER album "Honor Is All We Know".....I have not heard it, maybe never will, we will see, but since it's lating right here, you may as well checki it out if you so wish.........

Rancid were a kick ass band, perhaps the best American punk band of the 1990's......we can argue if you want, but "Out Come the Wolves" is an inargueable 5-star classic,and see ya tomorrow. Went back looking for some discs and happened to find this live Rancid epic, 3/28/98,(Washington DC) let's all see together how good it is......hope you guys enjoy it all....

GIVE EM THE BOOT (DEMO CD)-01 The Sentence/02 I'm Not the Only One/03 To Hell/04 Media Controler/05 Battering Ram/06 Idle Hands/07 Unwritten Rules/08 Trenches/09 Opposition/10 Inhalation/11 Animosity/12 Borderline/13 Rats In Hell/14 Institution/15 Moonlight/16 Situation/17 Whirlwind/18 Bad Policeman/19 Trenches/20 Unwriten Rules/21 Take You/22 The Line/23 Burn the City Down

RANCID (7")-01 IDLE HANDS/02 I'm Not the Only One/03 Media Controller/04 The Sentence

RANCID-01 Adenia/02 Hyena/03 Detroit/04 Rats In the hallway/05 Another Night/06 Animosity/07 Outta My Mind/08 Whirlwind/09 Rejected/10 Injury/11 The Bottle/12 Trenches/13 Holdiay Sunrise/14 Uwritten Rules/15 Union Blood/16 Get Out of My Way

LET's GO-01 Nihilism/02 Radio/03 Sidekick/04 Salvation/05 Tenderloin/06 Let's Go/07 As One/08 Burn/09 The Ballad of Jim and Johnny/10 Gunshot/11 I Am the One/12 Gave It Away/13 Ghetto Box/14 Harry Bridges/15 Black & Blue/16 St Mary/17 Dope Sick Girl/18 International Cover Up/19 Solidarity/20 Midnight/21 Moorcycle Ride/22 Name/23 7 Years Down

AND OUT COME THE WOLVES-01 Maxwell Murder/02 The 11th Hour/03 Roots Radical/04 Time Bomb/05 Olympia Washington/06 Lock Step & Gone/07 Junkie Man/08 Listeed MIA/09 Ruby Soho/10 Daly Train/11 Journey to the End of the East bay/12 She's Automatic/13 Old Friend/14 Disorder and Disarray/15 The War's End/16 You Don't Care Nothin//17 As Wicked/18 Avenues and Alleways/19 The Way I feel

LIFE WONT WAIT-01 Intro/02 Bloodclot/03 Hoover Street/04 Black Lung/05 Life Won't Wait/06 New Dress/07 Warsaw/08 Hooligans/09 Crane Fists/10 Liecasaer Square/11 Blackslide/12 Who Would've Thought/13 Cash, Cutlure and Violence/14 Cocktails/15 The Wolf/16 1998/17 Lady Liberty/18 Wrongful Suspicion/19 Turntable/20 Something In the World Today/21 Corazon De Oro/22 Coppers

RANCID (2000)-01 Don Giovanni/02 Disgruntled/03 It's Quite Alright/04 Let Me Go/05 I Am
Forever/06 Poison/07 Loki/08 Blackhawk Down/09 Rwanda/10 Corruption/11 Antenna's/12 Rattle Snake/13 City of Sin/14 Radio Havannah/15 Axiom/16 Black Derby Jacket/17 Meteor of War/18 Dead Bodies/19 Rigged on a Fix/20 Young Al Capone/21 Reconciliation/22 Golden Gate Fields

LET ME GO (EP)-01 Let Me Go/02 Ben Zanotto/03 Dead and Gone

RANCID/NOFX SPLIT VOLUME III-01 I'm the One/02 Olympia Washington/03 Tenderloin/04 Antennas/05 Corazon De Oro/06 Rasio/07 The Moron Brothers/08 Sticken In My Eye/09 Bob/10 The Brews/11 Vanilla Sex

INDESTRUCTABLE-01 Indestructable/02 Fall back Down/03 Red Hot Moon/04 David Courtney/05 Start Now/06 Out of Control/07 Django/08 Arrested in Shanghai/09 Travis Bickle/10 Memphis/11 Spirit of 87/12 Ghost band/13 Tropical London/14 Roadblock/15 Born Frustrated/16 Back Up Against the Wall/17 Ivory Coast/18 Stand Your Ground/19 Otherside

B SIDES AND C SIDES-01 Ben Zanatto/02 Stop/03 Devils Dance/04 Dead and Gone/05 Stranded/06
Killing Zone/07 100 Yearas/08 THings To Come/09 Blast Em/10 Endrina/11 White Knuckle Ride/12 Sick Sick World/13 Tattoo/14 That's Entertainment/15 Clockwork Orange/16 The Brothels/17 Just a Feeling/18 Brixton/19 Empros Lap Dog/20 I Wanna Riot/21 Kill the Lights

LET THE DOMINOES FALL-01 East bay night/02 This Place/03 Up to No Good/04 Last One to Die/05 Disconnected/06 I Ain't Worried/07 Damnation/08 New Orleans/09 Civilian Ways/10 The Bravest Kids/11 Skull City/12 LA River/13 Lulu/14 Dominoes Fall/15 Liberty and Freedom/16 You Want It You Got It/17 Locomotove/18 That's just the Way It Is Now/`19 The Highway

HONOR IS AL WE KNOW-01 back Where I belong/02 Raise Your Fist/03 Collision Course/04 Evil's
My Friend/05 Honor Is All We Know/06 A power Inside/07 In the Streets/08 Face Up/09 Already Dead/10 Diabolical/11 malfunction/12 Now We're Through With You/13 Everbody's Sufferin/14 Grave Digger

RANCID LIVE WASHINGTON DC 3/28/98-01 Maxwell Murder/02 Roots Radical/04 Tenderloin/05 Tattoo/06 Journey to the End of the East bay/07 Avenues and Alleways/08 Time Bomb/09 She's automatic/10 Want Your Salvation/11 Ruby Soho/12 Radio

lottawork, here, hope you guys enjoy


Isn't it just odd.......

I juat think it's a litle perculiar that another "Big Time" blog, much bigger than this one, has criticized me repeaedly over the years, SIMLPY BECAUSE I POST MUSIC WITH WHICH HE IS NOT FAMILIAR.......acutually I thought that was kinda the IDEA, provide people with music they might not other wise hear.....but, evidently, this "big time" blog Doesn'r Like Me, not at all,. and have gone out of thier way to tell everyone as much.........that's all fine with me, HIS blog is still linked to MY blog. as I think he operates one of the greatest blogs out query is that his bitch has always been he "is unfamiliar with the musisc I post" , so he "unlinked me from  his blog"....never did and never will understad that, seems to me that the more music that is made available THE BETTER.....but he feels diferently....I wonder though, why he feels the need to post stuff that I personally have posted YEARS agao (The Pandoras, The Gruesomes, Detroit Cobras, and more.....) I SIMPLY DONOT GET his hostility towards me, probably never will.......I still link his blog too mine as I think he runs a GREAT blog, I will just NEVER, EVER
understand what he has against me......maybe someday, he will grow a pair and tell me, but until then I have no hard feelings, I am sure he hsa his reasons......meantime I have never once said a negative word about his blog and never would........I thought we were all on the same team here, perhaps i am mistaken.......I just have not clue why a blogger woud take such a dislike to another blogger, when we seem to be striving for the same goal........anyway, to the "blog that dislikes me", I wish you all the best, and hope for succes to continue for you in the future.....I just don't KNOW, nor have I ever.unertaood your logic, nor your dislike of my blog..........I will live through it just fine,, I am certain, it just puzzles me though, and I know I would never take any bloger to task, in particular for the reason that I was "unfamiliar with the music you post"..........have a great week, month, and year, and best of conrinued success to your great blog!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Insect Trust

How about a couple of light-psych albums from Insect Trust, tried to write these last night but never got to
it.....Insect Trust released a pair of LP's, 1969-70, and were composed of singer Nancy Jefferires, guitarist Bill Barth, multi-instrumentalist Luke Faust, Trevor Koehler on saxaphone, Robert Palmer on Clarinet and alto sax, as well as a pair of drummers, Elvin Jones and Bernard Purdie.

Highly intellectual stuff, sophisticated melodies and lyrics, if these are missing from your late 60's psych collection, they shouldn't be.....they are pretty fine albums. The self titled debut features some stuff that REALLY sounds like nothing else, my fave being the raved-up "Special Rider Blues", but there are jazz/country/blues/rock influences all over the place, this is simply a damn fine album.

The follow up, "Hoboken Saturday Night", is nearly as good if not better, with great songs like "The Eyes of a New York Woman" and "Our Sister the Sun"....this might remind one of "bathing at Baxters" era jefferson Airplane to a point, and wha the hell would be wrong with that.....these are damn fine albums, like, really, when have I ever steered you wrong my children? These are two fine pieces of late 60's psych-rock, I love them both to death, see what you think and of course PLEASE COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW!

INSECT TRUST-01 The Skin Game/02 Miss Fun City/03 World War I Song/04 Special Rider Blues/05 Foggy River Bridge Fly/06 Been Here and Gone So Soon/07 Declaration of Independence/08 Walking on Nails/09 Brighter Than Day/10 Mountain Song/11 Going Home

HOBOKEN SATURDAY NIGHT-01 Be a Hobo/02 Hoboken Saturday night/03 The Eyes of a New York Woman/04 Ragtime Millionaires/05 Somedays/06 Our Sister the Sun/07 Reciprocity/08 Trip on Me/09 Now Then My Sweet Man Mr Garfield/10 Reincarnations/11 Glade Song/12 Ducks

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Masterplan

From 2004, here is an overlooked garage rocking gem from The Masterplan, masterminded by the
Dictators Adny Shernoff and Keith Strong from the Fleshtones.....this is a FANTASTIC unknown album, a masterpiece of sloppy, loud, ugly garage rock, YOU DO want to hear this, have you not already.......lotsa fab cover versions here, such as The Cadet's "I Got  Loaded" and Hank Ballard's "Annie Had a Baby".......if you are not familiar with this classic album, GET FAMILIAR with it rigth now, a totally fantastic piece of over the edge garage rock n roll......I will say NOTHING ELSE, and I hope you guys trust me, try this one out, and let me know what you think.....this is a PHENOMINAL rock n roll album, one which should be on most EVERYONE'S shelf......often times I enjoy bringing up a "classic" no one has ever heard of, THIS is one of those!

THE MASTERPLAN-COLOUSSUS OF DESTINTY-01 What's Up With That/02 Better get Better/03 Dead Horse/04 You're Mine/05 I Got Loaded/06 Find Something Beautiful/07 Just Because/08 Annie Had a baby/09 Loves You/10 Pickett's Charge/11 Kickin' It Old School/12 Broken Arrow/13 Walking

GREAT album here, PLEASE don't miss out on it, I'm gonna put one or two more up tonight to make up for the Cream-Void of the last week, but if you trust me (?) this is a fabulous album that you WANT to hear!

My man Cliff from the UK with more reggae greatness

My great friend Cliff has presented me with another package of reggae greatness, I am not at ALL knowledgeable about this wonderful music, (I do love it), but have very, very little knowledge on the my great friend Cliff generously sends us a few classic reggae LP's each week, and I am grateful as hell.......people like Cliff, Brian, Andie James, Apantabapanta, Jose, and Dave Sez are FANTASTIC contributors to this blog from all over the planet, and I LOVE them for all the work they do, that is the absolute truth....I likely would have given up on this shit a year ago, had it not been for WONDERFUL guest contributors who have been such incredible helpers over the months.......I will be here as long as you all want me to be, and my assistants will be here as long as they wish to that is that.....ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU for helping me create this blog, in sort of the image I always imagined it........I want people from WHEREVER to contribute ANY THING, ANY KIND OF STUFF......let's make the world SMALLER and all enjoy what the other man has to share. As for now, here is Cliff's latest fantastic contribution.