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Fine Musical Trash from Canada and Beyond

Updated: 2017-09-28T13:16:59.278-07:00




SONGS WE TAUGHT THE DETROIT COBRAS-cdr2007 (bootleg)Re-up! by request from the mighty Chocoreve, no less.THE summer compilation.Originally from Mikael at the now-defunct forum.This is a slightly condensed version (ie. my personal faves). I removed a few tracks that don't float my boat, and my original copy is lost in the hard drive meltdown... No matter, what's here is leaner and meaner. 45 out of 53 ain't bad, heh. Disc 1:01 Tony Valla And The Alamos - Maria Christina - Fortune 85902 Gino Washington - Out Of This World - Amon 9058003 Nathaniel Mayer - Village Of Love - Fortune 44904 Brice Coefield - Cha-Cha Twist - Madison 13705 Irma Thomas - Break-A-Way - Imperial 6601306 Ronettes - He Did It - Colpix 48607 Mary Wells - Bye Bye Baby - Motown 100308 Shangri-Las - It's Easier To Cry - Redbird 10-00809 Gabriel And The Angels - Chumba (aka Chumbawa) - Amy 80210 Mickey Lee Lane - Hey Sah-Lo-Ney (aka Hey Sailor) - Swan 422211 Otis Redding And The Pinetoppers - Shout Bamalama - Confederate 135 - Sue 36212 Shirelles - Putty (In Your Hands) - Scepter 50413 Solomon Burke - Stupidity - Atlantic 219614 Marvelettes - I'll Keep Holding On - Tamla 5411615 Hank Ballard - I'll Be Home Someday - Federal 1228516 Dusty Wilson - Can't Do Without You - Bronse 180017 Charlie Rich - Midnite Blues - Phillips 358218 Barrett Strong - You Knows What To Do - Anna 111619 Irma Thomas - Hittin' on Nothin' - Minit 66620 Solomon Burke - Home In Your Heart (aka Find Me A Home) Atlantic 218021 Oblivians - Bad Man (aka Bad Girl) - Crypt 6522 Deviants - Slum Lord - Sire 9700523 Question Mark And The Mysterians - Ain't It A Shame - Tangerine 98924 Billy Lee And The Rivieras - Won't You Dance With Me - Hyland 301625 5 Royales - The Slummer The Slum - King 515326 Polka Dot Slim - A Thing You Gotta Face (aka Down In Louisiana) - Instant 326927 Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas - Over To My House - Paramount 12977Disc 201 Gary U.S. Bonds - I Wanta Holler (But The Town's Too Small) - Varese 593802 5 Royales - The Real Thing - King 516203 Nite Riders - Lookin' For My Baby (aka Ya Ya Ya) - Sue 71904 International Kansas City Playboys - Everybody's Going Wild - Wheelsville 11505 Percy Sledge - Baby Help Me - Atlantic 238306 Gloria Jones - Heartbeat Part 1 - Uptown 71207 Hoagy Lands - Baby Let Me Hold You Hand - Atlantic 221708 Ike & Tina Turner - You Can't Miss Nothing That You Never Had - Sonja 200509 Irma Thomas - Cry On - Minit 62510 Jimmy Robins - I Can't Please You (aka Just Can't Please You) - Jerhart 20711 Sister Rosette Tharpe - 99 And Half Won't Do - Mercury 2020112 Davis Jones & The Fenders - Boss With The Hot Sauce (aka Boss Lady)13 Clarence Carter - Slippin' Around (stereo) - Atlantic 819214 Betty Harris - Mean Man - Sansu 47815 5 Royales - Right Around The Corner - King 486916 Olympics - Secret Agents - Mirwood 5513 (stereo) (aka My Baby Loves The Secret Agent)17 Ruby Johnson - Weak Spot - Volt 13318 Staple Singers - Don't Knock (aka You Don't Knock) - VeeJay 90219 Irma Thomas - It's Raining - Minit 65320 Koko Taylor & Willie Dixon - Insane Asylum - Checker 119121 Gardenias - I'm Laughing At You - HI-Q 5005 H2422 Dorothy Love Coates - 99 And A Half Won't Do - Speciality 213423 Chiffons - Oh My Lover - Laurie 315224 Clyde Mcphatter - Let's Forget About The Past - Mercury 7194125 5 Royales - When I Get Like This (Silver And Gold) - King 480626 Bobbie Smith - Now He's Gone (aka Now You're Gone) Big Top 312927 Strokes - Last Nite (stereo) - RCA 68101here[...]

That Olde Tyme Music (1920-1940ish - V/A)


That Olde Tyme Music (1920-1940ish)

2013 (bootleg) 

So... I finally replaced a hard drive, and got a new tape deck. Slowly transferring files, will re-up the rest as I find em.

This compilation is a real dog's breakfast of pre-war blues / folk / jazz / field recordings, likely harvested from the late great Locust St. blog. Top-shelf stuff!

01. Cocaine Habit Blues - Memphis Jug Band
02. I'm Gonna Get High - Tampa Red & The Chicago Five
03. The Haunted House - unknown
04. Shave 'Em Dry I - Lucille Bogan
05. Rosie - C.B. and axe gang
06. It Don't Mean A Thing - Billy Banks
07. I'm Just Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail - The Blue Sky Boys
08. Don't Tear My Clothes - Chicago Black Swans
09. The Nasty Swing - Cliff Carlisle
10. My Bones Gonna Rise Again - Dave and Howard
11. Evil Motherfuyer - Dirty Red
12. I Ain''t Got Nobody - Emmett Miller
13. Blue Yodel No. 9 - Jimmie Rodgers
14. Busy Bootin' - Kokomo Arnold
15. Dangerous Blues - Mattie May Thomas
16. You Keep A-Knockin' - Milton Brown
17. Dan The Banana Man - Nettles Brothers String Band
18. Shave 'Em Dry II - Lucille Bogan
19. She's A Hum Dum Dinger From Dingersville - Sheriff Buddy Jones
20. Two Little Fish And Five Loaves Of Bread - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
21. Polly Put The Kettle On - Sonny Boy Williamson 
22. Crazy People - The Boswell Sisters
23. Walk Around - The Soul Stirrers
24. The Mighty Number - The Trumpeteers
25. No More The Moon Shines On Lorena - Carter Family
26. My Buddy - Alvino & Luise Rey




NOWHERE-LP1994 (Matador)Re-Up!"Barbara Manning is the noise-lovers pop singer. Of that, everyone is certain. We could tell you more about her formative years raised in a junkyard, her long-term relationship with the San Francisco music scene, and her unabashed love of baseball, but I can't find the press kit. Besides, this isn't about Barbara Manning (yeah, right) but the San Francisco Seals, her new band...So what do you need to know? The album, Nowhere, is on Matador. It's loaded with covers and ever-so-tuneful B.Manning originals . . . bouncy pop numbers cut up with scratchy needles, sampled noise and fragments." - Franz Kunst and Carrie McLaren"barbara manning has such a gorgeous voice -- cool as a popsicle, transparent as a whisper of chiffon -- that her general creepiness might throw you for a loop...She has a way of adding weight and heft to the stark beauty of her voice by giving us multiple layers of meaning to swim through. And unlike gloomsters like Nick Cave, Manning doesn't distance herself from the misery of the characters in her songs -- she collapses that distance, moving right in like a zoom lens to show us what makes these people tick." - Stephanie Zacharek"I always had a hell of time trying to peg Barbara Manning until I realized that was probably the reason I liked her so much. She's thought of as 'alternative' (whatever that means) though she sounds like a sweet-voiced folkie who plays a dizzying range of rock covers and then writes even better songs on her own. I guess it was out of laziness that she was lumped with the 'grrl' movement (Courtney, Liz Phair, L7) but she's too smart and thoughtful to fall into categories that easy. A baseball fan who sings of sour relationships and toasts her favorite bands through covers and name checks, she didn't make it easy to say what she was. Manning is definitely an original." - Jason Gross"In the early nineties, World of Pooh members Barbara Manning, Melanie Clarin, and Kim Osterwald transformed into the San Francisco Seals. Lead vocalist Manning wrote the band's original songs; Clarin handled the drumming duties and also sang and played accordion, as well as other instruments, while Osterwald played cello. The music of SF Seals was largely pop-oriented, drawing inspiration from the '60s Bay Area scene and often spiced with samples and strange noises -- although as the band grew instrumentally, those aspects became less prominent in their live work. Manning was particularly fond of covering other artists -- often obscure tunes -- both on record and in the Seals' live shows.After recording a series of seven-inch singles with Margaret Murray, formerly of U.S. Saucer, on bass, SF Seals toured with bassist Chris Milner of the Molecules and drummer Jay Page. Guitarist Brently Pusser of Nerd Rock Pioneers and 3 Day Stubble joined the band for the recording of Nowhere, their first LP, released in 1994 on the Matador label. Murray and Clarin also played on the album. The band's second album, Truth Walks in Sleepy Shadows, was released the next year, and they toured in support of the release, after which they disbanded." - Nick Kemper"I've gotten lots of bad reviews of this record. But, to tell you the truth, I just don't care. The record was completely a selfish thing; I wasn't even thinking of how to please my sister or my mom. I was completely pleasing myself. Every single second on that record I know really well. We'd been collecting sounds for months. I knew I wanted to have a nice, long improv piece. Maybe certain things were calculated because I knew I wanted to do them. But they were only for myself. I guess I shouldn't be so selfish and make a record that makes more sense to me than anyone else but I was really trying to make a soundtrack for how I was feeling and I wasn't feeling that happy at the time. A lot of the extra soundbits meant something, for me, like an upset stomach or your brain getting overwhelmed by voices...These things are like an inside joke and I'm the only one who gets it." - Barbara [...]



1997 (Roto-Flex)


"...the very best of recent Canadian Garage, surf, instro, trash, punk, etc. WAY COOL!" - Patrick S.

"Just in time for the celebration of garage rock known as the Boat and Trailer show, Roto-flex Records has released a compilation of some of the dirtiest rock in Canada. Nothing Beats a Royal Flush is an 18 song collection of terrifically crappy songs. Featuring the likes of Huevos Rancheros, Chixdiggit, Maow, The Shinolas, The Mants and Curse of Horseflesh, the CD quenches the thirst for rock and roll the old fashioned way: straight up." - FFWD Weekly

01. AQUA VULVA - The Shinolas
03. CEMETARY STOMP - The Knurlings
04. INSOMNIA - The Mach III's
05. ALLEY CAT - The Infernos
06. 7 DAYS OF CRYING - The Brewtals
07. TROUBLE A BREWIN' - Huevos Rancheros
08. CROSS-DRESSIN' DADDY - Jackson Phibes
09. HEAVY LOADED - The Scat Rag Boosters
10. SKELETON HILL 90210 - Curse Of Horseflesh
13. MINDBENDER - The Tonics
14. BETTY LOU GOT A NEW TATTOO - The Von Zippers
15. INDIAN GIVER - The Irritations
16. DISCO DETONATOR - The Stinkies
17. BACKSEAT BOOGIE - The Spaceshits
18. 2000 FLUSHES YELLOW - Chixdiggit

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Some Re-ups!



Hey everyone, here's a heads-up for a bunch of re-ups coming in the next couple o' days...


Greg Gory Johnson (The Fiends, The Worst) - 1968-2009 The Memorial


It was just over a year ago that Greg Gory Johnson, singer for The Fiends, and previously The Worst, suddenly fell ill and passed away suddenly. Everyone close to him was shocked and devastated.

It was the main factor in crashing this blog to a halt for the past while...

A number of radio shows paid tribute to Greg.

I'm posting three podcasts, totalling 5 hours of rare and unreleased Fiends/Worst tracks, road stories and assorted tales of his bands, as well as choice cuts from some of his favourite garage/psych artists...

A What Wave Tribute To Greg Gory (90 min)
hosted by What Wave Dave
Originally broadcast Dec. 11/2009, CHRW 94.9FM

The Downliners Crypt Tribute To Greg Gory (30 min)
hosted by Grant Shankaruk (original bassist of the Worst)
Originally broadcast Dec. 15/2009, CJSF 90.1FM

Rumbletone Radio A-Go-Go Tribute To Greg Gory (180 min)
hosted by Frank Rumbletone, with 4 generations of Fiends live in-studio, plus a surprise guest calling in...
Originally broadcast Dec. 16/2009, CITR 101.9FM




Helloween Howl!!!-cdrbootlegSo I'm back from the dead, sort of.Long story.Anyways, here's a ghoulish comp of old-school punk and garage guaranteed to keep the joint a-jumpin'!Tracklist:Disc 1:.45 Grave - EvilPointed Sticks - The WitchGeneral Foodz - Love Potion #9Plasmatics - Butcher BabyStiv Bators - You Must Be A WitchHollywood Squares - Hillside StranglerThe Gravedigger V - Night of the phantomDickies - You Drive Me ApeJim Carroll Band - People Who DiedShindiggers - Black 'N' HairyThe Gruesomes - Three Men, One CoffinThe Cramps - Human FlyRamones - You Should Never Have Opened That DoorSNFU - The GravediggerNew York Dolls - Stranded In The JungleThe Stomachmouths - The Cat Came BackDeja Voodoo - CemeteryThee Mighty Caesars - Lil' Red Riding HoodThe Revillos - VoodooThe Controllers - JezebelDetention - Dead Rock 'n RollersUrinals - Im a BugTav Falco's Panther Burns - She's My WitchStrap Ons - Psycho Ghost TruckerStark Naked and the Fleshtones - I Was a Teenage StockbrokerDisc 2:The Fuzztones - Jack the RipperTSOL - Black MagicRoy Loney - Rockin' In The GraveyardThe Revillos - Monster ManThe Gravedigger V - SpookyGo Four 3 - Seventh VictimDeja Voodoo - Monsters in My Garage Got MarriedThe Afrika Korps - Cute Little She DevilSpitballs - Boris The SpiderThe Cramps - Get Off The RoadThe Valves - Robot LoveSNFU - Bodies In the WallPlasmatics - Black Leather MonsterRamones - I don't want to go to the basement (demo)The Judy's - Man On A Window LedgeUK Subs - I RobotRobert Gordon with Link Wray - Flying Saucers Rock & RollThe Cramps - Teenage WerewolfWayne County and the Electric Chairs - Rock 'N Roll CleopatraPhilisteens - Elephant HeadThe Nomads - Where The Wolf Bane BloomsThe Ugly - Alley CatThe Adverts - Gary Gilmore's EyesTall Boys - Another Half hour Till' SunriseGet it here...[...]

POPPERS Vol. 8 1985-89 - V/A


POPPERS Vol.8 1985-892009(bootleg)Final volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.Some Liner notes:This series is dedicated to the lovely and talented (and Poppers cover grrrl) Ms. Kara Beaner:One day, (knowing full well that she'd get a mixtape out of it) Ms. Kara asked me why there wasn't much from the 80's that followed in the wake of Stiv Bators? After explaining to her that Stiv's Disconnected album was just a part of PowerPop's 1978-83 "golden age", I quickly (6 weeks) tossed together a couple of C-90's for her...Well, before I knew it, she was performing one of the shiny new (to her) finds:As well, my then-roommate Jordin from Halifax (who's somewhat of a This Is Boston, Not L.A. hardcore snob), had asked me for a mix of some Killed By Death-era punk tunes. As I put that mix together, my ears could hear a fair bit of "pop" crossover...At the same time, rare and out-of-print tracks from the Borack Top 200 PowerPop list were circulating in the blogosphere. I heard a lot of gems, for the first time, that had never made it to wherever I was (usually on tour) back in the day. I decided to expand on my original premise as I sifted through it all.The Flys, Testors, and Sunnyboys are a few of the bands that I'd never heard of even 2 years ago... But the biggest, bestest, yummy-yummiest surprise for me, was France's Dogs, who were awesome throughout their entire existence, IMO.I hope that you've enjoyed Poppers. I'm working on the next compilation series, should be ready to start posting it in the new year.One more thing:There is a "spot the blogger" element buried in these discs... but that's another story.TRACKLIST:01 - The Stems - Make You Mine02 - The Smithereens - Behind the Wall of Sleep03 - Lyres - Here's A Heart04 - The Moment - Games We Played05 - The Jesus And Mary Chain - Head On06 - Johnny Thunders and Patti Palladin - Treat Her Right07 - Mystic Eyes - The Subject Of My Thoughts08 - The Finks - Bright Lights, Nighttime Illusions09 - The Pussywillows - Don't Say He's Gone10 - Dogs - Down At Lulu's11 - Miracle Workers - I'll walk away12 - The Nomads - My Deadly Game13 - The Primitives - Sick Of It14 - Hoodoo Gurus - Bittersweet15 - Ukase - Runaway16 - The Infidels - Here I Am17 - Rapiers - It's Been Nice18 - Wreckless Eric - Tell Me I'm The Only OneDOWNLOAD[...]

POPPERS Vol. 7 1985-89 - V/A


(image) POPPERS Vol.7 1985-89

Seventh volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

01 - The Headless Horsemen - Same Old Thing
02 - The Vaselines - Son of a Gun
03 - The Smithereens - Blood And Roses
04 - The Tweeds - Part Of The Game
05 - The Finks - You Made Me Smile
06 - The Jesus And Mary Chain - Snakedriver
07 - Ukase - Jealousy
08 - Dogs - I Love Music
09 - Lyres - Worried About Nothing
10 - Watermelon Men - Back In My Dreams
11 - Wreckless Eric - I'm Not Going To Cry
12 - The Pussywillows - Turn Her Down
13 - The Chesterfield Kings - Time Will Tell
14 - The Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
15 - Lime Spiders - Can't You Read My Mind
16 - The Primitives - Crash
17 - The Sting-Rays - Behind The Beyond
18 - Fortunate Sons - Wastin' Time
19 - Mystic Eyes - I Woke Up In Love This Morning
20 - The Pandoras - Stop Pretending
21 - Fade To Gray - Land Of Love


The IMMORTAL BAEBES At The Festival Of Immortality (2002)


The IMMORTAL BAEBES At The Festival Of Immortality-DivX2002 (bootleg)"From their first performance, in a graveyard, England's Mediaeval Baebes have toured the world, playing everywhere from castles to fetish clubs, and enchanting audiences with their unique blend of music and sensuality.But for this performance, they went so far as to give up their mortal lives..." Crimson Mink, EVEtv"We're going to be doing something or having something done to us that's never happened before. It's never been done to us and I don't know if it's ever been done to anybody else... I really wouldn't like to say." - Rachel Van Asch, Mediaeval Baebes"...a crew of vampires crept onstage, did a Dracula on the ladies and led them off in a trance. It seemed to be just what they needed, because when they returned as “The Immortal Baebes,” their performance was driven by a dark magic...the addition of electric guitar, bass, cello and keyboards made the Baebes and their material fly, Best of all was a hypnotic, power-packed Taiko drummer on a riser high above the stage." - PENELOPE MULLIGANRecorded NOV.15 2002,Vancouver CanadaThe Immortal Baebes:Katharine BlakeTeresa "T.C." CasellaAudrey EvansMarie FindleyEmily OvendenClaire RavelCylindra SapphireRachel Van AschDorothy Carter - Multi-InstrumentalistVince Johnson - PercussionSyd Croaker - GuitarJason Filipchuk - SynthesizersByron Flad - CelloPete Gripp - BassEsme Friesen - Taiko DrumTracklist:01 Invocation02 Miri It Is03 When Thy Turuf Is Thy Tour04 Erthe Upon Erthe05 Adam Lay Ibounden06 Circle Of The Lustful07 How Death Comes08 So Spricht Das Leben09 Dringo BellDOWNLOAD[...]

The LIVING DEADBEATS (CANADA) - Live! Radio!Tonite!


(image) From East Vancouver, Canada:

Current and ex Fiends, Dirty and The Derelicts, Finks, Dropouts, Jaded Jinas, Piss Ups, Gynosaurus X,
bringin you heaps of gritty garage punk'n'roll straight outta the PacNW!

Lindsay Kasting - vox
Dirty Swagger - guitar
DeadPete Fiend - bass
Kyla Rockingham - drums

Performing live tonite @ CITR 101.9-FM
10 PM Pacific Time (2200h GMT-8)

listen to the live stream (mp3 or ogg) here.



The Braineaters-7 inch EP1979 (Wrong World Record)By Request!"Amazing punk rock out of Canada. Badly mastered. Low volume all around. Sloppy and hectic instrumentation. Short songs. What more can you ask for?" - The Flakes // Drummer"Its quite hard to explain just what the Braineaters do, besides working and playing very hard, but visually their art is a bizzare melange of science fiction and sword and sorcery, flavoured with punk mythology." - The Georgia Straight"Fucking great record! Good shit! Short songs rule." - Slobodan Burgher"Better known as Canada's Legendary Punkrock & Art Icon, Braineater is the master mind of Jim Cummins from Vancouver. The 1979 'Braineaters' EP was a punk manifesto and featured guest appearances by Buck Cherry (Modernettes) and "Art Bormann" (aka Art Bergmann) of K-Tels/Young Canadians fame.Jim was the designer of album covers for many bands, including The Pointed Sticks - Skinny Puppy - Itch - Pure - Dog Eat Dog. He has had more than 40 art exhibits and over 100 gigs in Vancouver, Toronto, Seattle, Montreal, and Amsterdam over the last 30 years . .....his music videos show up on MUCHMUSIC and Bravo!" - official fanclub page. . . and their [Braineaters] new record is simply the best thing to emerge from Vancouver, musically, conceptually, and in its packaging. this record is the best buy on earth." - Dense Milt"There was a young artist who grew up in horse racing tracks up and down the West-Coast. This kid saw comic books collide with canvas at an early age. Jim Cummins ( aka I, Braineater, to the world at large) lived a life full of cartoons, rock n' roll and kicks. He made art of this comic book life. And he still does. The spirit of Braineater has always been the juice and verve of a larger than life pop parody. His music, films, artwork and performances are as entertaining as a Merry Melody cartoon, and just as amazing. Like the best pop artists, say. Lichtenstein, Warhol, Oldenburg, Big Daddy Roth or R.Crumb---Jim Cummins has made the common extraordinairy." - Art Perry"It's only when you hit a nerve that you know you're on the right track." - Jim CumminsThe Braineaters:Jim CumminsSteve La VioletteTrevor Jonesguest musicians:Art BergmannBuck CherryTracklist:01 I, Braineater02 Fun Time03 Last Date04 Rock Rock05 EdgeDOWNLOAD[...]

POPPERS Vol. 6 1981-84 - V/A


(image) POPPERS Vol.6 1981-84

Sixth volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

01 - Ramones - We Want The Airwaves
02 - Screamin' Sirens - Love Slave
03 - Dogs - Never Come Back
04 - The Swingers - One Good Reason
05 - Romeo Void - Just Too Easy
06 - Justin Love - Looking For A World
07 - The Plimsouls - Play The Breaks
08 - Nasty Facts - Drive My Car
09 - Mink Deville - Spanish Stroll
10 - The Chesterfield Kings - You Better Look Now
11 - Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun
12 - Go-Go's - Skidmarks On My Heart
13 - Sunnyboys - The Seeker
14 - Redd Kross - Heaven Only Knows
15 - Roky Erickson - Starry Eyes
16 - The Pandoras - You Lie
17 - The Sponsors - In And Out Of Love
18 - The Plugz - Achin'
19 - The Bangles - Tell Me
20 - Crash Street Kids - Tears


The FIENDS (Canada)


GRAVEDIGGER-LP/CD1998 (Dionysus)"This record rocks! If you're thinking about getting this record then you probably know whats up and this won't let you down. If you're into bands like THE MUMMIES, BOMBORAS, MAKERS, SATELITERS and just fuzzy,LowFi, REAL ROCK! Then you'll poop your pants listing to these #'s. I'd sell my soul to see these cats live!" - NickyDaFish"The Seeds' "Pictures and Designs"? Screamin' Lord Sutch's "Jack the Ripper"? I'm sold. These Vancouver garage-dwellers deliver the goods with tales of murder and J.D. Rebellion in the spirit of 1966. DMZ, the Lyres and the Fuzztones all receive the Vox-powered nod and some of the snottiest singing since the Makers. If you dig your garage rock drenched in reverb with a splash of tremolo then the Fiends have come for you." - Johnson Cummins"The Fiends first came together in some garage in Canada... The Fiends, who use horror and creature movies as their "theme", has the following band members: Jason Voorhees plays the human skins (drums that is); Michael Meyers is on the bloody organs (keyboards); the Brain is on the fuzzbass (hopefully, self-explanatory); Vanishing Grog plays the Wirez & Skeleton Keys; and Greg Gory is responsible for screamin’. Along with their monikers and alter-instrumental egos, the band don themselves in costumes, makeup and pretty outlandish duds. On a musical level, expect some sinister Phantom of the Opera-like keyboards, sounds of people digging graves, twanging distorted guitars and screaming singing. Although this sounds like some GWAR-like musical nightmare, it is exactly quite the opposite. The thematic approach to their music may be ghoulish; the music resembles the psychedelic-garage sounds that popularized the west coast in the 1960s. Michael Meyer’s keyboards (I mean, bloody organs) are similar to the effects of 60s band like the ? and the Mysterians and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. While Meyers returns us to the beauty of the Farfisa organ, the fuzzy guitar work Vanishing Grog is equally reminiscent of an older more evil era." - Brian L. KnightTracklist:GravediggerTwo’s A CrowdOuttasightBad WomanNo GoodWriting On The WallQuit Pickin’ On MeJack The ripperX-Ray EyesShake Thru My HeartJust In Case you WonderThe Lyncher (Hangs Ten)She’s Not BrokenPictures & DesignsDownload[...]

POPPERS Vol. 5 1981-84 - V/A


(image) POPPERS Vol.5 1981-84

Fifth volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.


01 - Moondogs - Imposter
02 - Roy Loney - Magdalena
03 - The Tesco Bombers - Hernando's Hideaway
04 - The Vibrators - Amphetamine Blue
05 - Stark Naked - Hey Little Darlin'
06 - The Adicts - Who Spilt My Beer?
07 - Teenage Head - Something On My Mind
08 - Tenpole Tudor - Swords of a Thousand Men
09 - X (USA) - The Once Over Twice
10 - The Plimsouls - Oldest Story In The World
11 - Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
12 - Violent Femmes - Add It Up
13 - Cock Sparrer - Where Are They Now
14 - The Judy's - Man On A Window Ledge
15 - Droogs - Change Is Gonna come
16 - Hazel O'Connor - Decadent Days
17 - Joey Ramone and Holly Beth Vincent - I Got You Babe
18 - The Extras - Italian With An I
19 - Sunnyboys - Guts of Iron
20 - The Bangs - Call On Me


POPPERS Vol.4 1978-80 - V/A


(image) POPPERS Vol.4 1978-80

Fourth volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.


01 - The Rousers - Rock'N'Roll Or Run
02 - Joe Jackson - Sunday Papers
03 - Stiv Bators - It's Cold Outside
04 - Magazine - Rhythm Of Cruelty
05 - The Trainspotters - High Rise
06 - Small Hours - The Kid
07 - 999 - Found Out Too Late
08 - Ramones - Danny Says
09 - Salford Jets - Gina
10 - Roy Loney - Born To Be Your Fool
11 - Testors - Lonely Nights
12 - The Gears - Darlin' Baby
13 - The Maroons - No Condition
14 - Lester Bangs and Birdland - Accidents Of God
15 - The Bureaucrats - Grown Up Age
16 - Purple Hearts - Nothing's Left
17 - The Soft Boys - Kingdom Of Love
18 - The Nips - Happy Song
19 - Secret V's - Waiting For The Drugs To Take Hold
20 - The Monks - Inter-City Kitty
21 - Wipers - Tragedy
22 - Forgotten Rebels - I Think Of Her
23 - Western Hysteria - Moving Target
24 - Pointed Sticks - New Ways
25 - D.L. Byron - No Romance, No Weekend, No Love


The FIENDS (Canada)


(image) The Fiends In Scareo
1996 (Dionysus)


It's time... to blow your mind... with a creepy crawly mess of sixties-inspired fuzz'n'farfisa courtesy the Fiends, the perfect soundtrack for midnight garden raids & grave robbing expeditions...

"Formed from various garage bands (The Enigmas, The 14th Wray, The Minstrels) Vancouver, Canada's The Fiends take their cue from faves such as The Music Machine, Screaming Lord Sutch, The Kinks, The Seeds and other 60's garage bands. Even though singer Greg says that the first two albums he bought were by 80s garage bands, The Gravedigger V and The Untold Fables! The Fiends sound like they carry switch-blades instead of garage records, using fuzz guitar, Farfisa organ and snotty, sometimes blood curdling screams, evil laughter, playing tight, creepy ditties with a gore-gore theme to 'em. This is super energetic 60's trash wrapped in graphics that will appeal to any horror film fan! Anyone who has seen them live can testify to their atomic powered energy level! -Dionysus

1. Get off My Back
2. Coming Down
3. Go-Go Girl
4. Zombie the Greek
5. Blinded by Love
6. Ain't It Hard
7. Made for Me
8. Eerie Ave.
9. City of People (bonus)
10. Leave Me Alone (bonus)

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POPPERS Vol.3 1978-80 - V/A


POPPERS Vol.3 1978-80

Third volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.


01 - Dogs - A Different Me
02 - The Scientists - Frantic Romantic
03 - The Boys - Bad Day
04 - The Nips - Nobody To Love
05 - Holly & the Italians - Tell That Girl To Shut Up
06 - Leyton Buzzards - Can't Get Used to Losing You
07 - Psycotic Pineapple - I Forgot Who I Was
08 - Testors - Time Is Mine
09 - Wipers - Mystery
10 - The KingBees - My Mistake
11 - Salford Jets - Last Bus
12 - The Soft Boys - Human Music
13 - The Beat - Work-A-Day World
14 - The Dickies - Nights In White Satin
15 - White Heat - Nervous Breakdown
16 - The Vores - Forget That Guy
17 - Chelsea - All the Downs
18 - The Tearjerkers - Murder Mystery
19 - The Rousers - Nice And Friendly People
20 - The Heaters - I Don't Like Your Face
21 - Pop Detectives - Twist
22 - Stiff Little Fingers - Barbed Wire Love
23 - The Gas - Ignore Me
24 - Joe Jackson - Got The Time
25 - Pointed Sticks - Nothing Else To Do
26 - Stiv Bators - Circumstantial Evidence
27 - U.K. Subs - She's Not There




ALIEN I.D.-CD1994 (K)Re-Up!"Rumors have it that bootleg cassettes of their early projects often trade hands in Japan and England for a week's salary...Kicking Giant composes such creative, almost visionary music in the midst of today's mass-produced indie rock that you can't help but wish them more commercial success." - Edwin Ong"This NY Duo is all over the place. A man and a woman. They play very addictive pop at times. Then movie soundtrack type stuff. Then DNA noisy items. Hard to figure out but on the edge of some other reality. I like a lot of the songs and the mix is nice, like listening to the radio; lots of styles. I like the graphics and the direction. They may get better with age." - BdeV"When the Pacific Northwest's underground punk music became the Western world's mainstream rock, one of the few bands to dig deeper into its bunker was Kicking Giant. The duo--guitarist/vocalist Tae Won Yu and drummer/vocalist Rachel Carns--became cult favorites in this region, playing raw, raucous live shows at venues like the X-Ray Cafe in Portland and the Capitol Theater in its hometown, Olympia, throughout the early '90s." - ALYSSA ISENSTEIN"THIS PERFECTLY NAMED combo blows outta the K stable like a mortar. The indie label is frequently associated with more shambling, cutesy pop, and with mewling grrrl punk as well. K.G. references both, but its roots seem to extend deeper, back to late '70s Great Britain when groups like The Raincoats, The Slits, Mekons, ATV and others beat the post-Pistols tribal tom-tom loudly and lustily.In other words, K.G. knows how to rock a three-chord progression when it wants to keep stage divers happy. And it also engages the brainier element in the audience by tossing in slightly askew melodies, trance-drone interludes, hiccupy rhythmic clatter and dissonant vocal harmonies." - Fred Mills"The chemistry here is so even-tempered that the NY/Olympia duo have obviously contemplated their options well-beyond "love rock/punk rock/noise rock" and are making huge strides into rock-oriented compositional scores. Tae Won Yu ... combines the precise rhythm of surf-beat rhythm with a plucky melodic groove that always seems to suggest other instrumentation altogether. Rachel Carn whips up a frenzied stand-up/stripped-down beat meant for dancing and loving it." - J. Free"From the opening guitar rev up of the title track, Kicking Giant's Tae Won Yu (guitar/vocals) makes a declaration of unadulterated indie rock. Combined with the primal-stomp drumming of Rachel Carns (played standing up à la Maureen Tucker), Alien I.D. proves just how unnecessary a bass player can be when making hook-laden indie punk-pop. What's most impressive about Kicking Giant is just how complete sounding their meager two instruments can be. From the cardigan sweater power ballad of "Drownings" to the Sonic Youth-style tone poems of "Inside out Flower and "Serrated Edge," there is never a feeling that something is missing. In fact, the addition of an excess performer, Sue P. Fox's irritating spoken work on "Town Idiot," is the only misstep on the album. The closer, "She's Real (Version)," crystallizes not only the lo-fi independent ethic of K and its founder, Calvin Johnson, but also the '60s garage pop lineage from which that sound was formed." - Joshua GlazerRachel Carns staples the drums.Tae Won Yu drops the guitar.Additional personnel:Joanna Bronstein, Sue P. Fox (vocals); Tim Green (guitar)Tracklist:1. Alien i.D.2. Appetite3. Dreamland Burns4. Inside Out Flower5. This Song6. Drownings7. A Blonde's Blonde8. The Town Idiot9. Wire10. Lucky11. Dubious12[...]

The COBALT 2000-2009 R.I.P.



The GUESS WHO (Canada)


IT'S TIME-LP1966 (Quality)Re-Up!"This album holds as one of the best ever garage albums because vocally and instrumentally the Guess Who were way ahead of the pack." - Jason"Canadians are not waving a big flag about their own bands and how great they are, as does London, England. Everybody's looking for the latest thing in London, Seattle, or Athens, Georgia. That never happened with Canada. So when a Canadian band came out, it was pretty much a well kept secret." - Randy Bachman"Before the Guess Who became one of the top album rock acts of the '70s, they were a darn good British Invasion-influenced garage band...Chad Allan and Randy Bachman wrote strong melodies, and the band usually sounds inspired and full of verve. They would have been a fun band to see live, sure to have the kids on the dancefloor...The third album, It's Time, is the most successful as the band welcomed Burton Cummings into the band and toughened up their sound considerably, drawing more from garage rock than the British Invasion. " - Tim Sendra"There is no doubt that It’s Time was the best album from the early Guess Who. This 1966 LP was the first Guess Who record to feature the wild Burton Cummings. It’s Time was the third Guess Who album in 3 years, featuring mostly original/self-penned group compositions.The album featured a nice balance of personalities: the original band leader Chad Allen, who favored a moody beat style tempered by a rough, hard edge Rolling Stones-influenced Burton Cummings (future band leader along with Randy Bachman and vocalist on American Woman). Special praise must go to Randy Bachman as well: he conjures a very dirty, fuzzy guitar tone throughout the record. Every song on this album is well-crafted and one can hear the clear influence of the Who, beat era Kinks, Rolling Stones, Zombies, and Byrds. Songs like "Clock On The Wall", "Believe Me" and "Don’t Act So Bad" are a long way from Guess Who radio classics These Eyes, Laughing, No Time, and Share The Land. "Clock On The Wall" is the killer undisputed classic on this record. At the time, Neil Young made special note of this single for it’s dramatic Cummings’ vocals and heavily reverbed guitars. "Believe Me" is also an excellent piece of Kinks-style garage grunge with some interesting keyboard work. Cummings’ vocals come thru again with the Animals-influenced "Seven Long Years" and the raunchy Pretty Things-like "Don’t Act So Bad". Chad Allen really shines on the acoustic beat downer "Guess I’ll Find A Place" while the Bachman-penned "And She’s Mine" has an appealing rural folk-rock Byrds feel. And while the album cannot hide its influences, It’s Time really is a classic piece of Canadian rock music." - JasonChad Allan (vocals, rhythm guitar)Randy Bachman (lead guitar)Burton Cummings (vocals,Keyboards)Jim Kale (bass)Gary Peterson (drums)Tracklist:1 Alright2 And She's Mine3 As4 You Know He Did5 Baby Feelin'6 Clock On The Wall7 Don't Act So Bad8 Believe Me9 Seven Long Years10 One Day11 Gonna Search12 Guess I'll Find A PlaceDownload (192 kbs, 60 mb)[...]

POPPERS Vol.2 (1976-78) - V/A



2009 (bootleg)

Second volume in the 8 disc set, which is a direct response to the Borack 200 list of essential PowerPop albums.

The result is a mishmash, of obvious heavy hitters and no-hit wonders, from the days when it *all* was considered punk.

01 Pointed Sticks - What Do You Want Me To Do?
02 The Saints - This Perfect Day
03 Tuff Darts - (Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste
04 The Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
05 Jilted John - Jilted John
06 The Doll - Trash
07 Flamin' Groovies - Shake Some Action
08 Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
09 Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
10 The Numbers - Sunset Strip
11 The Boyfriends - I Don't Want Nobody
12 Johnny Thunders - You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory
13 The Depressions - Career Girl
14 Magazine - Shot by Both Sides
15 Blondie - X-Offender
16 Bizarros - Laser Boys
17 The Buzzcocks - I Don't Mind
18 Ramones - Swallow My Pride
19 Klark Kent - Don't Care
20 Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Betrayal Takes Two
21 The Flys - Can I Crash Here?




(image) GO TO TOWN
1988 (Other People's Music)


"I purchased this album originally in 1988, and loved it. I lost it for a time and rediscovered the album and the band and can't speak more highly of this album. From the first track to the last, it was what a good solid rockabilly album should be. Full of a strong beat, great guitar work, and lyrics that seem to speak to the listener and tell a great story. Whether that story is true or just a great rock and roll lie... who cares. The album is a must for fans of the Stray Cats, Buddy Holly, or any one who love pure rock and roll. Roll up your jeans, grease back your hair, grab you best girl and dance like mad, and the hold her real close for the slow songs. Have some fun...
Go To Town." - Mike Brown (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Tonny Kenny : vocals / guitars
Jail House Joe : bass
Don Decouchay : drums
Chris Spedding :guitars / piano

produced by : Chris Spedding

It's Saturday Night
Well, I Knocked I And Knocked
Talk To You
Long Rolling Nights
Lower Beverly
I Can't Keep My Baby In Shoes
So Much Fun
All I Need
Calling My Name
Scariest Night Of My Life
Razorback Boogie

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PRAE-KRAUT KINDERGARTEN-Bootleg"YOU COULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT IF YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE DOING."Gritty, Old World 60's garagepunk, served up by reservatory !Liner Notes:THE STARFIGHTERS "I Like Trouble" should be the official compiler's anthem, 'cause that's what you'll get sooner or later. This one's a private pressing, probably by the same band that had the fine "Lost John" on Bellaphon.THE SLAVES The mighty Slaves give us some of the most violent Bo Diddley ever. Paul and Hannes Fischer, Herbert Radakovic, Charlie Ratzer from Switzerland and Austria respectively and German-born Heinrich Behrends on bass. Their 3 singles, issued simultaneously in '66 by Philips in Switzerland and Austria, are among the all-time greats of European 60's R&B. They disappeared following a Swiss drug bust.THE SKINS Loud, proud and primitive. In 1966 CBS recorded the "Beat Contest of the City of Frankfurt" and released one of the few real live LPs (most others had fake applause). If you've ever heard how The Skins shredded The Kinks' "I Need You" (in spite of the heavy riff, a love song after all) you'll know what a Rock'n'Roll suicide is. They probably took hostages. By the end of the year they had the LP "Beat Party Nr. 4" out on that label (actually a split LP with The Black Points). Among ultra heavy covers of songs you know from The Troggs, The Pretties and The Small Faces, we've found "What To Do", which seems to be an original and The Skins' idea of a ballad.THE RHYTHM CHECKERS From the zonal fringeland of Alsace. Members of this truly European outfit hailed from Germany, France and Holland. "On Your Way Down The Drain" covers The King Bees from New York City.THE RED DEVILS They may be the same outfit that recorded for a Swiss label. "Little By Little" is a cover, not the Stones number, but a nearly brutal interpretation of The Pickwicks' final effort.THE RAGGED MEN This fuzzy stomper on the flip of a decent version of "Take This Hammer" is the finest moment of ... er... well, this single on the Patria label seems to be sole artifact of the Ragged Men. Philosophical views (peeps?) at topic No. 1 lead to the conclusion, "I want new lovers here of the careless kind". Yeah, man, those were the days before safer sex.THE CANDIDATES While most of Germans bands, trying to keep up with every new trend, developed a strange variety of styles without ever finding their own, The Candidates were strictly R&B. Pretty good at that, but unfortunately a lazy bunch, they never tortured their brains writing original material. Good taste anyway, as the Pretty Things, Rolling Stones and the very popular (in Germany) Renegades obviously were their heroes. In '66 they recorded an LP for budget label Baccarola. "Bad Bad Baby", the continental B-side of the exiled UK-Renegades' greatest hit "Cadillac", gets a great face lift here. A cover version, admittedly, but one that doesn't show up on every second compilation.THE BATS, another of the early Hamburg bands, came together in '61. They went through the usual Star Club routine, but recorded mainly for Polydor after a quarrel with the Club’s owner Weißleder. While most of their records don’t show the group’s true potential, their 7” on Wam, “Got A Girl”, is a German garage classic. Unlike other 2nd division entries, they stayed active, still gigging in the 90’s. In '81 they issued an LP of unreleased late 60’s/early 70’s recordings on their own Summer labe[...]



SING THE HITS OF JOHNNY KIDD AND THE PIRATES/FIVE VIRGINS-LP1986 (Popllama)Re-Up!"If the staff of Mad Magazine — back when it was good — set out to make a fershlugginer indie-rock record, this would be it. Potrzebie! One side of the brilliant 1986 outing covers pre-Beatles classics (intentionally overlooking the best-known, "Shakin' All Over" and "Please Don't Touch") by Johnny Kidd and The Pirates. The flip, performed by a mixture of musicians dubbed the New Age Urban Squirrels, attacks representatives of the later '60s (e.g., "Hair" and "Spirit in the Sky"), which they devolve into cocktail lounge laxative sleaze." - Scott Schinder / Ira Robbins"The Squirrels are as crazy as a one eyed tick on a rabid coondog! And Rob Morgan is a demented genius idiot savant charlatan jester if I ever saw one. MY KINDA BAND...could be the biggest thing outta Seattle since The Kingsmen, Jimi Hendrix, and Heart put TOGETHER!!!!!" - Mojo Nixon"On a REEEEEALLY good night, The Squirrels are probably the most entertaining band on Earth for my money (but since I generally don't have to pay to see them, the point is moot). They're friends so I have to say this. I would anyway. They are a guilty pleasure and I thrive on guilt. What can I say?THE SQUIRRELS IS GOD!" - Roy A. Loney"Another group recognized by Spin magazine columnist Andrea Enthal from a list of 1,000 Best/Worst Band Names in 1986, the New Age Urban Squirrels had more names than members. Actually, every new group line up had a new name, all with Squirrels in them somewhere.Led by certifiable maniac Rob Morgan, the Squirrels (in all of its permutations) read like a who's who of the Seattle scene in the mid to late 80's. The first recording had Rob backed up by the three guys who made up the Young Fresh Fellows, but later recordings had members of the Posies, the Tubes, Roy Loney, ReStyles and more." - Rich Webb"TO MANY LONGTIME Seattle scenesters, Rob "Captain" Morgan is a local institution. Others would argue that he belongs in one...Whether they call themselves New Age Urban Squirrels; Crosby, Squirrels & Nate; or just plain the Squirrels, Morgan's madcap collective are part of a glorious tradition of rock 'n' roll pranksters, from Alice to Zappa, taking memorable moments from our musical history and slapping them across the kisser with a healthy dose of surrealist high spirits...Obsessed with rock's history but blessedly free of any semblance of reverence, Morgan and his merry band of Squirrels are a genuine rarity in these ironic, iconic times: dyed-in-the-wool rule-breaking originals. Long may they rave." - Michael Krugman"Jumping into his sporadic album career with an entertaining bang, Morgan fully unleashed his hilariously talented vision on the world with this sort-of split release. Billed as two separate outfits -- Ernest Anyway and the Mighty (Mighty) Squirrels on the one hand, The New Age Urban Squirrels on the other -- Morgan and company showed how in the right hands humor and ability can recombine into something fantastic. As the title indicates, the first side consists of nothing but covers of songs from the legendary early British rockers; that Morgan knows his super boss rock is demonstrated by the fact that the Pirates' biggest hit, "Shakin' All Over," in fact isn't included. Instead it's six other cuts that get the treatment, including the wonderfully weird passion of "Hungry for Love" and fine choices like "I Ha[...]