Well, it's been quite a while. This is actually my first post of 2013 which makes me feel both incredibly lazy and that this year is rolling by a little too fast already. It's been a good year for records so far. This one was acquired not too long ago after I was hipped to it by one of the record slingers at Rockaway Records in Los Angeles. I haven't been able to find any info on it and the guys at Rockaway had nothing on it either. Based off the hub info, it was released in 1986 and came out of the UK. The copy from Rockaway had a stamped dust sleeve but unfortunately my copy is missing it. Musically, it's not really breaking any new ground, just early 80's sounding melodic Punk. I would have guessed they hailed from Southern California based on just listening to it. I would not have guessed it was released in 1986 or that it came from the UK. That's more or less part of the appeal of this record for me. It seems like the late 80's pool of records that sound like early 80's or late 70's releases have not been picked to death which means you can still find under-the-radar gems such as this one. Of the 3 songs, "I'm So Beautiful'" is the stand out track to me. Just a good short straight forward melodic punk tune. "White Flag" is decent and "Last Man On Earth" is probably my least favorite. It's not terrible; it's just not my cup of tea. With any luck, someone will chime in on this one and give me the details. Now grab a chair and enjoy the next six minutes and five seconds of this platter.
I've been sitting on this one for a while now but work and moving have taken up the majority of my spare time from doing too much with records. The neglect has been driving me crazy but I finally have a break which means catching up on recent acquisitions and getting reacquainted with some old standbys like this one. Now, I'm not a big fan of their name because it sounds like a modern day Nu Metal band, to me at least, but their sound couldn't be farther from that. Twisted Value released this one and only 7" in 1985 out of Fort Wayne Indiana. Their location surprised me a bit as I would have guessed they were from the East Coast, maybe Florida based off their sound. That just makes me like the record even more knowing that they were from what was most likely a non existent scene. I really don't know much else about the record or band other than an insert exists which unfortunately my copy is missing. Out of the 5 songs, H20 is my favorite. The crude lyrics and fuzzed out guitar really put it over for me. The song is about turning your faucet on and having shit pour out instead of water. Ya, I know, who hasn't had that happen to them? The song I'm Sick Of You is a close 2nd with a nice mellow intro which quickly turns into a blown out assault lyrically and musically. For some reason, I have a feeling the band may have been a one off studio job. Hopefully, this post will fish out some much needed info and maybe even that insert for me.I
Without even hearing this one, the cover makes it an instant buy. An oversize envelope sleeve with a crude silk screen job has always been a tempting combination for picking up a record that you've never heard. It can also backfire and turn out to be a bad Emo/Screamo record as the 90's were known for churning out. During that period of the 90's, the whole DIY/Emo/Ebulition records thing was kicked into full gear. I'm not necessarily saying that that was a bad thing. There were just a lot of records being pumped out with numerous micro scenes trying to stake their claim in that scene as well. In short, an over abundance of mediocre to shitty records were floating around. Fortunately, this record was far from that. The Unabombers were a short lived (About 7 months) Washington band that did one U.S. tour and one record. 500 were pressed, but only 200 came with a booklet and all were on red vinyl. The record itself is a relentless 6 song noisy, hateful, rager that never lets up. Pick your King era, Poison Idea comes to mind when describing their sound. When the Unabombers called it a day, guitarist Nate Manning and guitarist Gabe, resurfaced in the Murder City Devils where they have gone on to find fame and fortune.
Howdy everyone, it's been a while. I'd like to start 2012 with my best score of 2011. This 2 songer was quite headache inducing for me ever since I caught wind of it's existence a few years ago. Outside of a couple of folks around Bakersfield, the only other mention of the record that I had heard of was from collector great, Johan Kugelburg, on one of his blog posts. It has flown way below the radar of most collectors due to the simple fact that almost all of the records were thrown away by a band member. Coincidentally, another Bakersfield band and KBD alumni, The Lizerds, had the majority of their record pressing tossed out by a band member as well. Dumping their records wasn't the only thing these two bands had in common as the guitar player of the Lizerds also played on the Terrorists 7". Before I got the low down on the record, I questioned rather or not it even existed. After speaking with a couple of people who were involved in the scene back then and getting conformation that the record did really exist, I felt that getting a copy of my own was a pipe dream. The pressing info that was given to me was that a cringe inducing 107 copies were pressed to which 20 copies were sent to Rough Trade records in San Francisco, while a few copies were given away around town and some tossed out at a show only to be broken and thrown back at the band. Around 1985, a band member threw out the remaining press of between 70 to 80 copies. Out of the 2 songs, Crazy Life is my favorite. In a nut shell, if the guitar player of the Endtables joined the Grim/Klone Band and they dropped the drummer for Metal Urbain's drum machine I think it would sound like Crazy Life. The flip, Cry Girl Cry, falls somewhere between the Minutemen and Pere Ubu with it's bouncing base line and scratchy guitar skronk. Enjoy!
Almost forgot to say thanks to Greg and Chris Goodsell and also to Ronald AKA "Ron Jon Silver" for the background info on this one.
This 2 songer was unearthed here in Bakersfield a few years ago and I still know nothing about it's origin except for the obvious. I do know that they are not the Minnesota band with the same name who released the "Little Girls" LP in 1982. I'm guessing they got their name from a Mott The Hoople song since the spelling is the same. The A-side is a catchy Power Pop number with Glam overtones that shows the band had chops. The solid drumming and vocal harmonies really stand out on this one. The B-side is a slower Beatles esque ballad with, again, great harmonizing vocals. There is no address on this thing and only 3 last names for the writing credits. I've Googled this thing to death and have found nothing.