Saturday, April 12, 2014

Doomed On Planet Earth 7" Mercenaries/Heart Attack (BTCP Records 1982)



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.


Side 1 - Mercenary


Side 2 - Heart Attack



Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Eight Balls 7" Science Gone Too Far/When The Spirit Moves Me (Underdog Records 1984)

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.



Side A: Science Gone Too Far


 Side B: When The Spirit Moves Me







Monday, March 25, 2013

The Molotov Cocktail Party 3 Song 7" (Rare Records 1986)


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.

 Side A
1. Last Man On Earth


Side B
2. White Flag


3. I'm So Beautiful





Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Tweenagers 7" California Clones/Brown Cal Sun (Hollywood Records 1980)



  Oh, the joy of living in California. Love it or hate it, I have called it home for my entire life. For all the sunshine and fun, it has more than it's fare share problems. A couple of those problems were perfectly addressed on this seldom seen 2 sider. The Tweenagers put out this one and only 7" in 1980 on Hollywood records and then seemed to disappear. The little info I have on it is that Johnny Forever was a member and that either most of these were junked or someone is sitting on a box of them somewhere. Either way, not many of these are floating around out there. Both sides are undeniably catchy and well recorded. These songs bring to mind another great California band from the same period, The Shock. They have a similar style of writing in that they have a very balanced blend of melody, power, and spite. In my internet digging I did find this page that has a little info on the band http://www.qm21.com/mystical30.html It seems they played around at the right places. Too bad there's not more info out there on them.

Side A: California Clones


Side B: Brown Cal Sun


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Twisted Value 5 Song 7" (Weasel Records 1985)


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.

SIDE A
Song 1. Legal Murder


Song 2. I'm Sick Of You







SIDE B
Song 3. Social Outcast


Song 4. H2O


Song 5. You Give Me Lice

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Unabombers 7" 6 Minutes Of Hell (Hellbound Records 1996)



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.

Side A

1. Prepare The Transmitter


2. Pistol Whip


3. 45th and 8th


Side B

1. Van-Eating Suicide Pack


2. Windstorm 95


3. More Gold

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Terrorists 7" Crazy Life/Cry Girl Cry (Rorschach Records 1981)


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.

Side A: Crazy Life


Side B: Cry Girl Cry