Here's a little mystery 2 sider that proved to be quite headache inducing when I attempted to Googled up on it. Besides the obvious hub info, I found out that it was released in 1980 and that the band was from South England. The record was pressed in France which I assume was cheaper to do there at the time. The song See Me is powerful, catchy and very well played. The singer has Paul Weller-like qualities within his voice. The flip has sort of a Stranglers feel with more New Wave overtones and is also very catchy. Enjoy!
Hello everyone! And welcome to the first post of the new site. Still working on cleaning up some stuff on here but it will be at 100% in the next few days.
I caught wind of this one through another collector buddy of mine who scored his when he purchased a lot on eBay. The first time I heard it, I could not figure out where they were from. They had such a unique sound that I was thinking probably New York or some big city. Fortunately, I didn't have to wait too long to get a copy of my own as I was able to get in touch with the bass player, Guy Chris. I asked him about the band and here's what he told me:
"I was 15 yrs old when we recorded this in 1982. I play the Bass and wrote the music and my brother played the keyboard and Tina played guitar and sang lead vocals. It was fun days."
15 YEARS OLD!!!!!! Unbelievable. These guys were kids from of all places, Maryland, when they made this record. I was shocked to say the least. Tripping Groupies is an art punk tour de force of sharp gritty guitar with a catchy shouted chorus and keyboards in just the right places. The flip is a cover which they do well but, Trippin Groupies is where the real heat lies on this one.
I've been putting this comp together for close to 2 years now and I'm very excited to announce that the first press of 500 copies is finally finished. "Destroy All Art" is a collection of 17 under-the-radar punk 7"s from the 90's. Much like the records featured on other comps such as the Killed By Death series, Bloodstains series and Back From The Grave series, the records collected here were pressed in small quantities ranging from 100 copies to 1000+ copies and typically released by the band them selfs or small labels with practically zero budget for promotion. Asking price is $14 ppd in the U.S. Over seas get I touch for postage rates. If interested in ordering a copy or distroing the record please PM. Going Underground, Radiation records, SS Records, NAT as well as Florida's Dying will have copies soon also. A huge thanks goes to my wife Maylanie Winton and Ryan Wells for all of their help with this record.
This Philly 2 sider has been on a constant rotation since procured several months back. I always wonder what some of these bands were into way back when that inspired them to produce such ahead of the curve music. Both tracks on this one have that razor sharp art damage guitar tone mixed with a great vocal effort switching from male to female for each side. Mercenaries has a kinda desperate nervous feel to it mixed with a catchy Farfisa organ that works very well with the tune. Heart Attack sounds like it could pass for something Lili Z would have done earlier this decade. Great vocals with bombastic guitar and drumming. Promotional matchbooks exist that originally came with the record but my copy unfortunetly did not.
With 2013 coming to a close, I figure I should squeeze in one more post before the year is up. This has been a great but busy year which has really slowed down some of my record activities, especially with my blogging. I recently got married to my girlfriend of 9 years and made some pretty great scores with records on the side. This was one of the more surprising records that I came across this past year. It came to me by another collector friend who also hooked me up with my first copy of Crash Street Kidds a few years back. I had never heard or seen this but by first look, I was sold. The Eight Balls were from Youngstown, Ohio and put out this one and only 7" in 1984 to the tune of 500 copies. They still get together a couple of times of year when all members are in town to do reunion shows. I really love the off kilter lyrics and keyboard on the song "Science Gone Too Far". My buddy Clay mention a certain B-52 vibes which I can hear a little."When The Spirit Moves" is more of a straight foreword power pop tune which, is pretty damn good. I could hear the Registrators or a number of other Japanese garage punk bands from the 90's covering it. Here's to the end of 2013! May 2014 be filled with endless record scores and rivers of coffee.