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