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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Dickies, Part Five and OUT

These guys had a LOT of material, hopefully you have enjoyed what I've put up until now, this FIFTH part is going to clean up some loose ends, and should fill in any gaps in your Dickies collection.......they were a GREAT and under-appreciated band, as before I compare them to the Ramones, as they rocked it hard and fast AND had a wicked sense of HUMOR, which is so often forgotten about by those of us who take our rock n roll "SERIOUSLY, maaaaaaaaan!", Good God.

OK, so what is left? "All This and Puppets Stew" is another full-length, released in 2001, this was thier final full-length epic......OK, for me, it's not great, I'm trying to give you a FULL picture of these dudes, ANYONE who started out mid 1970's and was still at it in 2001, well, you give them credit, BUT how many ideas can they have left? Well, even though "Free Willy", "My Pop the Cop", "Whack the Dali Llama" and a few more are without a doubt amusing, to ME this ship had sailed, as it would with ANY band that had been at it this long........there's also (finally) a studio recording of "Nobody But Me".

The 7" "Free Willy" disc has a couple of tracks available as well on the "Puppets" release, I'll include it here if you are an obsessive completist.

Next up, we have an audio presentation of a live DVD, "Best of the Flipside Live",  from a vintage 1985 performance.....I highly recommend this one, these guys had "it" live and this is a good representation of thier live shows. Most of thier best known shit is here, and especially take note of the frantic encore of "Paranoid" (I always LOVED thier version of that tune for some reason)....this is worthwhile and (I think) kind of hard to locate in non-DVD version.

OK, "The Punk Singles Collection" everything here has already been presented in the earlier parts of this post, I really shouldn't, BUT (1) The Dickies WERE a great singles band, and (2) everyone isn't as huge a fan as myself, thus justifying the need for such a collection, which is nearly flawless......I'd like to hope that MOST of you, if unfamiliar, explore some of the other angles, but if you are a dabbler, you GOTTA at least have THIS, right? It's ALL here, and is greatly programmed and works wonderfully as a unified effort.

"The Dickies Go Bananas" is a recent (2007 or so, don't care enough to check) of a 2002 live I've said before, Stan Lee and company were a great live act, and although this ship had sailed, trust me, if they are a fave of yours, what ever could be wrong with hearing yet another version of "Paranoid" or "Nights in White Satin", they STILL bring a smile, and this disc features a guest appearance from Olga Toy Doll, performing his hit "Nellie the Elephant"....always SOMETHING of value with these blokes, all in all not a "great" LP, but, hey, you can't say I'm not laying them out there for ya, right?

"Live at the Masque" (Volume 3) is a find, part of a series of live stuff from the scene from that particular era........actually, the other bands featured here are more inteersting than the Dickies, to me, simply because they are less accessible.......tracks from Black Randy and the Metrosquad, The Eyes, and The Randoms are outstanding, not to sell our beloved Dickies short, but interesting/entertaining stuff.......anybody out there (calling Dave Sez or Andie James?) got the other two volums, I think they'd be a wonderful addition.

Oh, speaking of Andie James......he sends us (submitted in the comments a few days ago) 4 wonderful original singles with the original sleeve art, goddamn wonderful of him to contribute them to us to enjoy, you can graab them here, and PLEASE check out his new (great, of course) blog where he posts a lot of his fine collection HERE:, Thanks Andie, you are the fucking shit (dunno about the UK, in the USA this is a huge compliment, I'd hate for you and I to have another language confusion issue, ya know, English/English!)

OK, that's gonna about do it for the Dickies..... download numbers pretty good, but commentary/remarks not all that great......come on you guys, believe me that bloggers like me and Andie and Brian and ChrisGoes and Silent Way and ALL the others do this shit for YOU, because we wish to spread and share the music that we love.......when all we ask in return is a "I love this, thanks", or, just as welcome, a "This fucking sucks, what the hell is wrong with you?" it really doesn't seem like that high a price to me, we all invest a lot of our time in this, it really IS quite a bit of effort, and it REALLY DOES mean much to us when you SPEAK UP and comment on what we are trying to do for the rest of the I said yesterday, I'll not stop, unless forced to somehow, because I think I have a sort of "duty" to do this, BUT some of the others may not feel the same way and simply throw up their hands and say "fuck it".......I've seen it happen 100 times and it will happen again.......we are a community, guys......bonded by our love of music, we do this as a TRUE "labor of love"..........please, please, please, if you sample any of the wares (here or on ANYONE else's site), at least be human enough to say "Thanks", or to say "Go Fuck Yourself", which, trust me, is better than simply acquiring the music we share and saying NOTHING. Thanks for reading and listening, love to everyone.

ALL THIS AND PUPPET STEW-01 See My Way/02 Keep Watchin the Skies/03 Free Willy/04 Donut Man/05 Howdy Doody In the Woodshed/06 Marry Me, Ann/07 Sobriety/08 I Did It/09 Whack the Dalai Lama/10 He's Courtin' Courtney/11 Nobody But Me/12 My Pop the Cop/13 It's Huge

FREE WILLY-01 Free Willy/02 Howdy Doody In the Woodshed

BEST OF THE FLIPSIDE LIVE-01 Nobody But Me/02 Gigantor/03 You Drive Me Ape (You Big
Gorilla)/04 Pretty Pleasae/05 Poodle Party/06 She's a Hunchback/07 (I'm Stuck In a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/08 Crosseyed Tammy/09 Saga of Jim Bowie/10 If Stuart Could talk/11 Bedrock Barney/12 Manny, Moe, and Jack/13 Paranoid

THE PUNK SINGLES COLLECTION-01 The Banana Splits (Tra-La-La Song)/02 Paranoid/03 I'm OK You're OK/04 Eve Of Destruction/05 Give It Back/06 You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)/07 Sound of Silence/08 Hideous/09 Got it at the Store/10 Nights In White Satin/11 Water Slide/12 Manny Moe and Jack/13 She Loves Me Not/14 Fan Mail/15 (I'm Stuck In a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/16 Gigantor/17 Bowling With Bedrock Barney/18 Silent Night

THE DICKIES GO BANANAS-01 Solitary Confinement/02 I'm OK, You're OK/03 Nights In White Satin/04 Got It At the Store/05 Give it Back/06 Paranoid/07 I've Got a Splitting Headache/08 Howdy Doody In the Woodshed/09 Water Slide/10 Manny Moe and Jack/11 My Pop the Cop/12 You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)/13 Poodle Party/14 Wagon Train/15 She's a Hunchback/16 Curb Job/17 If Stuart Could Talk/18 See Me Feel Me/19 Gigantor/20 Nellie the Elephant/21 The Banana Splits (Tra-La-La Song

LIVE AT THE MASQUE VOLUME 3-01 THE EYES-Eniwetok/02 Take That Quaalude Now/03 Go Go Bee/04 The Happy Song/05 She's Dead/06 Disneyland/07 THE DICKIES-I'm Ok You're Ok/08 Shake and Bake/09 Shadow Man/10 Canyon/11  You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla )/12 Hideous/13 THE RANDOMS-Let's Get Rid of New York/14 Tricia/15 ABC/16 Let's Get Rid of LA/17 BLACK RANDY & THE METROSQUAD-Idi Amin/18 Randy's Intro/19 Loner With a Boner/20 Trouble at the Cup

This one's been a LOTTA work, to be honest, I really hope you guys and gals enjoy it, some great stuff here!

Dickies Part 4

Ok so fucking sue/shoot/disown me.......I know I said I would continue Dickies stuff over the long holiday weekend, well, FUCK ME, I didn't, I AM trying to find a fucking job and have a family and all of THAT shit......but any-fucking-way, let's continue with the BAD ASS Dickies, we are dealing now with the latter part of their career, FAR "classic" era, but with a band as great as this there are still a great idea or two out there. So where in the fuck did we leave off the other day anyway?

Oh, let's lead off with "Unsafe Sex Volume 1", a 7" release that contains pretty much previously released material.......I include it coz I think it's pretty rare, not that it means that much in this "digital age" in which we's another "unofficial" release, so you're welcome!

"The Second Coming" is one of the very few full lengths these boyos put out, it's decent, NOT essential, if you are a serious Dickies fan by now, you will want this one as well, not up to the level of thier golden era, but still, ya know?.......

Next up we have yet another EP (imagine), "Just Say Yes", which includes 3 pretty good ones, in particular "Ayatollah You So".......another recommended part of their legacy.

From 1990 comes another mini-CD, "Roadkill", if by now I have made you a Dickies fan, you might as well hear this one as well, three tracks, and decent ones at that.

"Locked N Loaded" is a pretty fair live disc, once again reprising these lad's rep as a fine live act.... many of their classics are here, as are much more rare tracks ala "Just Say Yes"....... again, I recommend this, but again, be advised i am a FAN of this band, if you aren't as into them as I am, this may not be your thing........but, if you are a Dickies fan, once again, jump!

A track that I found strictly on this torrent download is "The Spirit of '76"(It's from a soundtrack from a film of the same name)........I had not heard it previously, but please allow me to share it a "no album" context.........pretty good song, actually.....

Yet another breezy 7" followed, "Money, Coke, and Smack", (unofficial release but seems pretty easy to find), recording quality could be better, but you'd not want to be without thier snotty cover of "Nobody But Me" which could have been written to order. I'll tell ya, despite the many, many personnel changes over the decades, these boyz knew thier formula, again, somewhat paralelling the Ramones to a degree.

In 1994, a true rare occurance popped up.....the Dickies released a full-length, "Idjit Savant"... seemingly, not terribly well liked among the band's fans (too much of a good thing?) it does have its moments for my money at least......."I'm Stuck in a Condo With Marlon Brando" is pretty funny, and there are other moments that will cause you to crack a smile......"I'm on Crack" and "Welcome to the Diamond Mine" come to mind.

"Dogs From the Hare That Bit Us" is a covers album, there is a better version of "Nobody But Me" here, and (Oh GOD) Uriah Heep's "Easy Livin'" (!)........covers were there forte, and this mini album is worth it also.

Let's wrap it up here, there is enough material still in the vault to do another installment......again, seriously, sorry for the delay, looking for a job and all that fun stuff.....I'll try to get the rest of it up tonight or tomorrow, stuff is backing up again as Brian has a few things from his blog he wants me to help him share, Cliff has another reggae post in the bag, and, most excitingly, the lovely Lennon Murphy has given me her personal permission to share her new band It's War's new EP (I PAID for it, yes, because Lennon is so wonderful, but wait to you hear her first release in years, it is of course great!)

So I do have some stuff on the stove, just slowing down a little and if I get a job, it may slow down a
bit more even, but I will never stop doing this until I am forced to or die.

UNSAFE SEX VOLUME 1-01 She's a Hunchback/02 Curb Job/03 Manny, Moe and Jack/04 Gigantor/05 Paranoid

SECOND COMING-01 Hair/02 Monster Island/03 Town Without Pity/04 Cross Eyed Tammy/05 Going Homo/06 Dummy Up/07 Booby Trap/08 Magoomba/09 Caligula/10 I'm Stan/11 Monkey See Monkey Do

JUST SAY YES-01 Justs Say Yes/02 Ayatollah You So/03 Dead Heat

ROAD KILL-01 Road Kill/02 Just Say Yes/03 Dead Heat

LOCKED N LOADED-01 Dickies Intro/02 Killer
Klowns From Outer Space/03 Eve of Destruction/04 Nights In White Satin/05 Pretty Please Me/06 You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)/07 Just Say Yes/08 (I'm Stuck in a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/09 Curb Job/10 Cross Eyed Tammy/11 Going Homo/12 She's a Hunchback/13 If Stuart Could Talk/14 Manny, Moe and Jack/15 Paranoid/16 Gigantor/17 Communication Breakdown/18 The Banana Splits/19 Give It Back

SPIRIT OF '76-(Single Track)

MONEY COKE AND SMACK-01 Fan Mail/02 Toxic Avenger/03 Wagon Train/04 Rosemary/05 Nobody But Me/06 I'm a Chollo

IDJIT SAVANT-01 Welcome to the Diamond Mine/02 Golden Boys/03 Toxic Avenger/04
Zeppelina/05 I'm Stuck In a Condo (With Marlon Brando)/06 Just Say Yes/07 Elevator (In the Brain Hotel/08 Pretty Ballerina/09 Make It So/10 I'm On Crack/11 Oh Boy/12 Roadkill/13 House of Raoul/14 Song of the Dawn

DOGS FROM THE HARE THAT BIT US-01 Dickies Intro/02 Solitary Confinement/03 Easy Livin/04 Unconscious Power/05 There's a Place/06 Nobody But Me/07 Can't Let Go/08 Let Me Out/09 Epistle To Dippy


Friday, May 22, 2015

The Dickies Part 3

So, how are you enjoying the Dickies onslaught thusfar? I have to think that if this is new stuff to ya,
junior, you'd have to think you stumbled on a goldmine. If you are a longtime Dickies fan like me, perhaps some of the singles and rarities are gems for you. If you don't like the Dickies, well, what can I say? Great band, one of the truly least appreciated of their era.....yesterday I referred to them as perhaps a "west coast Ramones", what do you think of that? Fast, hilarious, and simple/ingenious, it just seems as what the Ramones were to New York (ie, the embodiment for this type of goofy punk) the Dickies were the California equivalent. Just a thought.

So where do we pick up?  We left off with the 1983 full length, "Stukas Over Disneyland", and I think that the next thing, in my SORT OF attempt at chronology, would be 1986's wonderful "We Aren't the World", which, for a novice, might be a fair starting place.....a collection of live tracks from here, there, everywhere, and at (to say the least) varied levels of recorded quality, this captures most of their greatest tracks up until that point, this was originally released as part of the odd cassette-only ROIR series (remember those?) I have a cassette rip around here but it sounds shitty so I thought it better to bring a cleaner MP3 version......highlights are obvious, the great "You Drive Me Ape", "Tricia Toyota", "The Banana Splits", and of course lightning-blitz speed versions of "Paranoid" and an especially hyper "Sounds of Silence". Great album.

A mini-album from 1988, "Killer Klowns From Outer Space", is also loaded, although only five tracks, the title track and "Booby Trap" are certainly essential, and the rest are hardly throwaways.....seems like (to me at least, could be wrong) kind of a hard one to find, I don't see em around too often, so, if that's the case, yer welcome!

"Attack of the 50 Foot Dickies" is a 7", released (unofficially, I beleive) in 1989, and contains two tracks from 1983, "Solitary Confinement" and "If Stewart Could Talk", this one, also, I don't think I see on people's shelves that often, wrong or right, here it is at least.

I almost declined to include "Great Dictations", it's a "Best of" set, very well chosen and programmed, however, if you've snagged everything else up, I don't think there is anything unique here, however, if you are sort of indifferent about the band, and maybe want only a sampler, this might be the way to go, so I guess I'll include it here with the rest.

The post-"Great Dictations" stuff contains an occasional highlight, but, as with every band from the best to the worst, the path downward begins........after all, the really DID have a great run, 1970's/80's they shifted membership and had some personnel/drug issues, but they were great, no question.......I think we'll stop here for today, tomorrow, we'll pick up with some of the post-1990 stuff, some more live/rare stuff, more EP's.......although obviously NOT an "album" oriented band, they did release a metric ton of material, and we'll get all of it out there that I can round up. For tonight, though, enjoy these, there is some more great music here, as great as the first two posts, I think.

WE AREN'T THE WORLD-01 Hideous/02 I'm OK, You're OK/03 You Drive Me Ape You Big Gorilla/04 Walk Like an Egg/05 Paranoid/06 Give It Back/07 Sounds of Silence/08 Got It at the Store/09 Eve of Destruction/10 Rondo in A Major (Midget's Revenge)/11 Infidel Zombie/12 Curb Job/13 Gigantor/14 Nights In White Satin/15 You Drive Me Ape You Big Gorilla (version)/16 Pretty Please/17 Poodle Party/18 She's a Hunchback/19 She/20 (I'm Stuck in a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/21 Manny, Moe and Jack/22 Fan Mail/23 If Stewart Could Talk/24 Bowling With Bedrock Barney/25 Banana Splits

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE-01 Killer Klowns/02 Booby Trap/03 Jim Bowie/04
Magoomba/05 Eep Opp Ork (Uh, Uh)

ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT DICKIES-01 Solitary Confinement/02 If Stewart Could Talk

GREAT DICTATIONS-01 Hideous/02 You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)/03 Give It Back/04 Paranoid/05 I'm Ok You're OK/06 Got It At the Store/07 The Sound of Silence/08 The Banana Splits/09 Rondo (The Midget's Revenge)/10 Nights In White Satin/11 (I'm Stuck in a Pagoda With) Tricia Toyota/12 Manny, Moe, and Jack/13 Fan Mail/14 Attack of the Mole Men/15 Gigantor/16 Eve of Destruction/17 Silent Night

A little brief tonight, got some stuff to do this eve, stay with us all Memorial Day weekend as we should get this Dickies marathon wrapped up, and then onto something else (Negativeland? Perhaps, but I may change my mind four times by then).......until then, please utilize the Memorial Day weekend to honor those who died in service to thier country, and, by that, I DO NOT mean only USA......I don't know, honestly, if Memorial Day is celebrated in other lands, but, even if not, still, the men and women who died at various points in thier countries' histories are just as significant to those folks as "ours" are in the USA.......I hope I phrased that OK, it sounds kind of goofy how I put it, but I DO mean it in sincerity.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Dickies Part 2

So, one enquiring mind wanted to know whether "In the US, did "Dawn of the Dickies" come out
before "The Incredible Shrinking Dickies?" Answer: FUCK I DONT KNOW, I think I bought them at the same time, geez the stuff people worry about......I am usre "Incredible" came out first, and I am ALSO certain, WHO GIVES A FUCK? It's all HERE, and that is what matters........SO, nit-picker, the first album we shall lead off with this evening is 1979's "The Incredible Shrinking Dickies", a classic among classics......another great 5-star classic, includes the classic version of "Paranoid", also, "You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)", "Eve of Destruction", "Poodle Party", "Mental Ward" and plenty more short, fast blasts of power-punk greatness.......a MUST HAVE!

Next up another single, this one I think I've already made both tracks available, but here we have "Fan Mail"/ bw "I'm Stuck In a Pagoda (With Tricia Toyota")'s here if you want it , a fine single. Also from 1980, we have the "Gigantor" EP, which has the (I think) only version of "Bowling With Bedrock Barney"......1980 also saw the release of the single version of the (previously available) "Nights In White Satin", which does contain a unique B-side, "Waterslide".

Next up we have a true rarity, the 7" "Dawn of the Outtakes", which features three tracks that I think are available only here (See track list).....yet another 7" from 1983 is the "Out of Sight" b/w "Communication Breakdown" disc.......another one that, if you are a TRUE Dickies fan, you up we have (finally) another full length, "Stukas Over Disneyland", which has some repeat material (ie "Communication Breakdown"), but also the fab "Pretty Please Me" and several live tracks........also essential.

I think I'm going to leave it at here for tonight, I'll put up some more tomorrrow.....this is one of the
great "forgotten" bands of the 1980's, and each morsel here needs to be SAVORED. There is lots more to come, but I wanna go hit the sack for tonight.......see ya tomorrow with a bunch MORE Dickies, some rare as shit, so stick around!

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING DICKIES-01 Give It Back/02 Poodle Party/03 paranoid/04 She/05 Shadow man/06 Mental Ward/07 Eve of Destruction/08 You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)/09 Waterslide/10 Walk Like an Egg/11 Curb Job/12 Shake & Bake/13 Rondo (The Midgets Revenge)/14 I'm OK, You're OK/15 Silent Night/16 Sounds Of Silence/17 Banana Splits/18 Hideous/19 Got It at the Store

FAN MAIL 7"-01 Fan mail/02 I'm Stuck In a pagoda (With Tricia Toyota)
GIGANTOR EP-01 Gigantor/02 Eve Of Destruction (Censored Version)/03 Bowling With Bedrock Barney
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN 7"-01 Nights In White Satin/02 Waterslide
DAWN OF THE OUTTAKES 7"-01 Cross Eyed Tammy/02 Monkey See Monkey Do/03 Why Do
You Do
OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND 7"-01 Out of Sight/02 Communication Breakdown
STUKAS OVER DISNEYLAND-01 Pretty Please Me/02 Wagon Train/03 If Stuart Could talk/04 Stukas Over Disneyland/05 I'm Ok You're Ok/06 Bedrock Barney (Live)/07 Gigantor (Live)/08 Rosemary/09 She's a Hunchback/10 Out of Sight, Out of Mind/11 Communication Breakdown
Savor every bite, the Dickies were the fucking shit.......this is a slice of my young life here, and every second of it is fucking awesome........more tomorrow and the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Finally, Part 1 of the DICKIES!

The Dickies were fucking great. Period. fun, fast, humorous, rocking, stupid (in the BEST way)...... they were tremendous. this is going to take me a few days because a while back I found a huge Torrent with all thier great stuff, singles, EP's and the like, and I am going to post ALL of it, they were a fantastic, fun, and great band, and they deserve to have their legacy cemented HERE.

Something, maybe, of a "west coast Ramones", they had the humor and the good sense to NOT take themselves seriously, which made for some classic moments. This torrent is pretty damn comprehensive, so, I guess we'll just go chronologically....... no matter, they were great, super fast (their  cover of "Paranoid" is long one of my favorites)., and I hope you enjoy all the scraps and rarities this torrent consists of.... I might even have an boot or two back in the back I'll have to throw on here, we'll see, but for now this is gonna take at LEAST 2-4 days, and it will be worth it trust me.....

BTW personal note to my homeboy Andie James, please send me the name of your new blog again so I can link to it, I lost it somehow, (yes, I am a fuckup, or at least a drunken stoner).....

First thing we got here is a 1977's primitive and punky, and has four wonderful tunes here, al clocking in around 2 minutes or so.......hey, if I were you I'd grab THIS rarity, remember we are going chronologically as best I can anyway.

Next we got from 1977 a 7" promo that had something to do with that "Saturday Morning Cartoons" comp, I think, in which the lads take on "The Banana Splits Song" ("Tra-La-La-La")..... backed with "Sounds of Silence", WHAT THE FUCKING HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Do you fucking think I'm JOKING here? YOU WANT THIS!

Our next 7" is the aforementioned "Paranoid", which is done in an incredible high-speed version, (the bass playing is simply to die for), with B side "I'm OK, You're OK", another one which you may never have seen before, this is your chance to snatch this classic single.

How about another 7" single? No? well, blow me......  this is their remarkable 1978 take on "Silent
Night" b/w "Sounds of Silence", (yes I know it's a repeater), this one belongs on every shelf as well, this was a one of a kind band, my earlier "West Coast Ramones" reference is perhaps the best I can come up with in form of comparrion, but let me tell you........ THE DICKIES WERE FUCKING GREAT. PERIOD.

Next up we have an EP from 1978, "Banana Splits", which reprises the earlier classic version, ane adds on the great "Hideous" and "Got It at the Store"...... ya don't wanna miss this one EITHER... yes, I COULD HAVE created an "album" with ALL this stuff on it, BUT I am showing respect to the band and presenting their material as released..... I WANT newcomers to appreciate the picture as a whole.

OK, so now it is 1979 (My year of High School Seniorism! -"The Dudes are Sharp, the ladies are Fine, we are the class of 79!", believe it or not, we actually DID chant that, I apologize to the world), and their first full length "Dawn of the Dickies".... one of the greatest albums of that great year, it is loaded with gems (randomly, "Where Did His Eye Go". "Infidel Zombie", the amazing "Nights In White Satin", the classic "I'm Stuck In a Pagoda (with Tricia Toyota"), "Attack of the Mole Men"..... but why quibble...... 5-star album, on of the greatest soundtrack memories of my senior year in High School...... fantastic set.

To this first batch, I'll add the "Nights In White Satin" single (b/w "Waterslide"), and I think we'll leave it here for now, thusly we can lead off the next post with ANOTHER classic album "The Incredible Shrinking Dickies".......... here is PLENTY of stuff here to scale your fins, trust me, make a damn comment or two, because this shit is DESERVED of our memories as rock n roll kids of the 70's and 80's...... see ya tomorrow with the next chapter!..... Tell "both" of yer friends about this mega post!

1977 DEMO-01 Hideous/02 OK/03 Ape/04 Egg

BANANA SPLITS 7" PROMO-01 Banana Splits (The Tra la Song)/02 Sounds of Silence

PARANOID 7"-01 Paranoid/02 I'm Ok You're Ok

SILENT NIGHT 7"-01 Silent Night/02 Sounds Of Silence

BANANA SPLITS EP-01 Banana Splits/02 Hideous/03 Got It At the Store

DAWN OF THE DICKIES-01 Where Did His Eye Go/02 Fan Mail/03 Manny Moe And Jack/04 Infidel Zombie/05 I'm a Chollo/06 Nights In White Satin/07 I'm Stuck In a Pagoda (With Tricia Toyota)/08 I've Got a Splitting Headache/09 Attack of the Mole Men/10 She Loves Me Not/11 Gigantor

And where would be be without Cliff's Reggae expertise?

Another weekly contributor, of course, is Cliff, reggae-man extraordinaire!.......While I love the
music, my knowledge of it is limited (to say the least) and Cliff has been a Godsend when it comes to delivering classic reggae greatness to the blog. All I can say is THANKS, man, and as long as you have stuff to contribute, I promise you a slot for it!



To credit  this album to Don Carlos and Gold is a bit misleading. Of the dozen tracks on “Ghetto Living” Gold takes lead vocals on only two, he does however provide harmonies to a number of the others. Overall though  “Ghetto Living” is a vehicle for Don Carlos.  The Roots Radics, with their dancehall-friendly beats and melody-driven style are a perfect backdrop for the voice of Carlos which floats perfectly and effortlessly  over their riddims. However on “Plantation” he delivers a number with real passion.  "Come on Over" is stunning , a rub-a-dub offering to the sound systems.
Throughout the album Carlos’ vocals are brilliant buzzing with soul, emotion and conviction. The stand out track for me though is the cover he does of Abysinnians’ “Declaration of Rights” which out performs the original for intenisity

Track List: 1. Never Run Away 2. Declaration of Rights 3. Tear Drops 4. Them say 5. Plantation 6. Ghetto Living 7. Go Find Yourself 8. It Was Love 9. Every Time I See You
10. Come On Over 11. Promise To be True 12. Angel Face Woman


Robin Hood was released when Levy was only 16 years of age and delivers some real class dancehall. It is
probably worth it alone for "Rock And Come In," but there are no fillers on this album. Robin Hood sees a serious, dark side of Barrington Levy pondering about life and love. Backed by the Roots Radics in fine form; as they usually were and produced by Juno Lawes and mixed by Scientist this is an album worthy to be in anybody’s collection.  "Many Changes In Life," is a wonderful dubby tune  whilst "Neh Broke No Fight Over a Woman" has an air of menace about it. Don’t take my word for it, do yourself a favour and pull up a chair, get a drink and smoke of your choice, turn your phone off and give it a listen 

Track List: 1. Robin Hood 2. Rock and Come In 3. Love Sister Carol 4. Gonna Tell Your Girlfriend  5. You Come To Ask Me What Love Is 6. Why Did You leave Me 7. Many Changes In Life 8. Na Broke No Fight Over No Woman 9. When Friday Come 10. Like How You Kiss And Caress Me



This is one of the best reggae compilation albums of all time. It is the soundtrack to the 1980 film Rockers and is up there musically in the same league as “The Harder They Come”. As the title informs it focuses on one area of reggae, the explicitly political and rather stern "rockers" style that came to the forefront in the late 1970s. It is full of great and classic tunes of that era delivered courtesy of some of reggae’s heavyweight acts at that time. If you only want to have just one reggae album that covers a number of the leading artisits (can’t understand why you would though) then you may as well make it this one. 

Track List 1. We 'a' Rockers (Inner Circle)  2. Money Worries (Maytones)  3. Police and Thieves (Junior Murvin) 4. Books of Rules (The Heptones)  5. Stepping Razor (Peter Tosh)  6. Tenement Yard (Jacob Miller)  7. Fade Away (Junior Byles)  8. Rockers (Bunny Wailer)  9. Slave Master (Gregory Isaacs)  10. Dread Lion (The Upsetters) 11. Graduation in Zion (Kiddus I)  12. Jah No Dead (Burning Spears)  13. Satta Amasa-Gana-(Third World)  14. Natty Take Over (Justin Hinds & The Dominoes)

Another mind-blowing post Cliff, especially the great "Rockers" ya like a brother, man, it's great the stuff you have done to help make this blog better, I could never BEGIN to tell you how much I appreciate it!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WOXY Lounge Acts went surprisingly well, let's hit it again....

I was surprised somewhat by the amount of hits these got, no comments, much, perhaps just a
curiosity factor......I am going to put up 5 more discs of it tonight and then relegate it to a maybe weekly-or-so feature. keep in mind:

These are available no where else that I know of, WOXY 97.7 is LONG gone.

The "Volume" Numbers mean NOTHING to's how I labeled them at the time I made them, you can lable the first one as "Volume 1" or whatever you wish, they are NOT "official"

Each disc contains 2-3 bands, fairly unknown ones performing live in the WOXY studio....many of these bands likely will not be familiar to you, and you may not like them, BUT I discovered many bands here that were featured on my blog from time to time, such as Heartless Bastards and Mommy and Daddy to name two. Listen to it, if you like something investigate further, if you don't like it, hey......

The tracks on each disc are unsplit. There are ususally 2-3 tracks, 20-30 minutes in length, which feature 2-3-4 songs and some studio interview time.......again, I'd like to hear feedback on this, I know I wasn't going to do it more than once a week or so (that's still the plan), but just thought I'd throw a few more of em out for ya, just to fish for comments.

                TRACK 02 SHE, SIR

                        TRACK 02 GEORGE JAMES

                        TRACK 02 JOLIE HOLLAND

                        TRACK 02 THE ANNUALS

                       TRACK 02 SHADE


Let's see if I can scrounge a TINY bit of info about any of these folks? In caase yer interested?

GEORGE JAMES-No info found
JOLIE HOLLAND- (**a fave of mine)

I am trying this out with a lot of enthusiasm, if it bombs, I will stop, but please continue to let me know what you think while I try it out. Thanks!

OOOOOH, and PS......if you hate the Dickies (We'll discuss what's wrong with you later), may as well avoid the blog for the next few days becuase I am going to do an ultra-mega-killer-drop-over-dead DICKIES post, starting tomorrow.......and anyone with a brain knows the Dickies were BAD FUCKING ASS, right? I have so much stuff it'll likely take 3-4  days, but so what? After all it is the FUCKING DICKIES!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Let Them Eat Jellybeans!

Something of a sort-0f but not-exactly USA-centric companion piece to last weeks "Peacec/War" set, this is another collection of Super-leftists, ca. mid 1980's, this is yet another collection of basically 1980's west coast hard core (although not necessarily all FROM the west coast, that sound though, for the most part".

Actually a  few tunes off of this bad boy are considered classics, by some, in the genre....leading off is one of Flipper's best/oddest "Ha Ha Ha", floowed directly by a certifiable classic, Washington DC (see? NOT west coast but fits in here) Bad Brains "Pay To Cum".....kepping them coming are the Dead Kennedy's "Nazi Punks Fuck Off", a song which allegedly set off newspaper investigations of nazi/skinhead violence in San Francisco, if true, great that they brought it to light. The rest of this stuff isn't going to be as well know to someone who is not a huge hardcore fan, but all quite worthy:
as examples, Black Flag's "Police Story" appears here in an alternate version, the version on "Jellybeans" features Dez Cadena on vocals, available uniquely here. ("Nazi Punks" "Pay to Cum" also appear here in alternate versions, somewhat different from the originals, but i BELEIVE (don't quote me) available only here in this format. Others of note on side one include "Paid Vacation" by the Circle jerks, and the eloquently titled "Slave To My Dick" from the Subhumans.

The second sound is a little more low-key, some lesser-known (relative to side one) acts, Half Japanese is well known they appear here with "Fun Again", "Isotope Sopa" by Geza X is a standout, and, well, hell......this is  a good comp, hard to find, too, so if you enjoyed "Peace/War" last week (Many did), you'll want this one as well........good stuff, pure period piece ca early 1980's, go get it, it's worth your time!

LET THM EAT JELLYBEANS-01 FLIPPER-Ha Ha Ha/02 DOA-The Prisoner/03 BLACK FLAG-Police Story"/04 BAD BRAINS-Pay to Cum/05 DEAD KENNEDYS-Nazi Punks Fuck Off/06 CIRCLE JERKS-Paid Vacation/07 REALLY RED-Prostitution/08 THE FEEDERZ Jesus Entering From the Rear/09 SLAVE TO MY DICK-Subhumans/10 GEZA X-Isotope Soap/11 BPeople-Persecution-That's My Song/12 THE WOUNDS-An Object/13 THE OFFS-Everyone's a Bigot/14 STEVE FISK-Corporate Food/15  HALF JAPANESE-Fun Again/16 CHRISTIAN LUNCH-Jokes On You/17 VOICE FARM-Sleep


Not the full discography (cause I don't HAVE IT ALL, that's why), but always did like these three discs from these good Scottish alt-rockers who, accurate or not, sort of reminded me of a blend of REM and Pavement, if that intrigues you, right place.

Forming in Scotland, 1995, they consisted of vocalist Roddy Woomble, axe-man Rod Jones, drummer Colin Newton, bassist Andrew Mitchell, and keyboardist Luciano Rossi....another band they somewhat remind me of for some reason is Stratford 4, for some reason, but no matter.....

Their first full length was "Hope Is Imortant" (1998), it shows promise and not a lot more, the influences cited above shine through somewhat but it is a bit sloppy.....there are good songs here, "A Film For the Future " and "When I Argue I See Shapes", it's interesting but not much else.

The second album they released (2000) was 100 Broken Windows, I don't have it, think I've heard it a time or two, so no commentary, but the whole point here, the WHOLE point, is 2002's "The Remote Part".......THIS is an excellent album, their legacy. Joes wonderful and innovative guitar is everywhere, but never does it dominate the sound, leaving plenty of room for the other instruments, much like the Cars or Roxy music operated.......nearly every track here is worthwhile, it goes without saying that if you are only interested in grabbing ONE of there, it needs to be THIS one....the others I posted because, well, because I HAVE THEM, this one I posted cause I love it! 4.5 * album, and nearly a forgotten one at that.....impress your friends.

To me, the final offering here, "Warning's/Promises" isn't much either, not bad, but kind of, ehhhh......they tredge on even today, actuallly according to some notes here, putting out a disc yet this year. Good for them, but the point of this posts is REALLY "The Remote Part", trust me, it is an excellent album, the others are window dressing I put here just to see if there is any interest.....but by any means, don't miss "The Remote Part", its a REALLY good one.

HOPE IS IMPORTANT-01 You've Lost Your Way/02 A Film for the Future/03 Paint Nothing/04
When I Argue I See Shapes/05 4 People Do Good/06 I'm Happy to Be Here Tonight/07 Everyone Says You're So Fragile/08 I'm a Message/09 You Don't Have a Heart/10 Close the Door/11 Safe and Sound/12 Low Light

IN REMOTE PART-01 You Held the World In Your Arms/02 A Modern Way of Letting Go/03 American English/04 I Never Wanted/05 (I Am) What I Am Not/06 Live in a Hiding Place/07 Out of Routine/08 Century After Century/09 Tell me Ten Words/10 Stay the Same/11 Teh Remote part/Scottish Fiction

WARNINGS/PROMISES-01 Love Steals Us From Lonlieness/02 Welcome Home/03 I Want a Warning/04 I Understand It/05 As If I Hadn't Slept/06 Too long Awake/07 Not Just Sometimes But Always/08 The Space Between All Things/09 El Capitan/10 Blame It on Obvious Ways/11 Disconnected/12 Goodnight