Saturday, June 28, 2014

jeff hill band - something's wrong with my baby 7"

     here's a fantastic powerpop record that was put out in 1979. after some a few aborted projects from various labels, the band decided to start their own label to put something out. too bad it's the only thing they put out before breaking up a year later. but i mean, that's the fate of so many great acts. the winner here is the extremely catchy a-side, super infectious. the flip is great too and worthy of an upload, but can't compare to the greatness of the first side. mandatory stuff right here.
01. something's wrong with my baby (just a classic.)
02. whatever she wanted (great too.)
the original is up there in price. luckily sing sing put out this much needed re-issue about five years ago, pick it up!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

grudge - when christine comes around 7"

     here we have one of the earliest, or even first examples of punk, that i know of. this was put out in 1973 and credited to a band called grudge. though the man behind it is a guy named laurice. he went on to claim small success once he started putting out disco music in the later half of the 70s. but this stuff was before all that. both sides are super catchy pop music with hideous lyrics. both songs sound similar, and have some of the same lyrics, but i've got to give it to the b-side here. it's the real standout.
01. when christine comes around (great song.)
02. i'm gonna smash your face in (so catchy.)
might mouse records put out a much needed re-issue of this, bringing this unknown gem back into circulation. they also put out an lp of the best of laurice. it's pretty good too, though the tracks lead mostly on the rock genre.

Monday, June 23, 2014

victims - s/t 7"

     not my favourite band named victims, but these guys did put out some great tracks. released back in 1978 on plan 9, which is interesting since it's the only release on that label that isn't a misfits record. this is the second effort by them, and the record is split in two. the x-rated side and the pg-rated side. the x-rated side is indeed pretty crass, and it's not really that interesting musically. the pg side is the killer here. two really great driving tracks that get you going. the production sounds so raw, love it.
01. annette (actually catchy.)
02. i want head (awful and way too long.)
03. behind the times (easily my favourite.)
04. nervous (great too.)
the original release carries an extremely high price tag. 1977 records put out a great re-issue recently, grab it while you can (only 300).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

love committee - s/t 12"

     first of all, i'm not the one who wrote soul-man on the cover. love committee put out two great albums, this one being from 1980. before being a more disco-sided band, they were originally called the ethics. as the ethics, they put out a hand full of really funky 7"s, which have become quite pricey through the years. even an lp collection of some of their 7"s fetches a few hundred dollars. but anyway, this is the last stuff they did. all seven tracks are pretty great, but the real stand-out is the second to last track.
06. boogie papers (groovy.)
another inexpensive record, the way i like it.

the records - s/t 12"

     the only reason i bought this was for starry eyes and that track alone. though i did assume there might be at least one other good track. but nope, mostly just boring stuff that leans more towards plain rock. i could have just bought the single version of starry eyes, but this was the same price. plus it was a last additional to a bunch of records i bought online from the same guy. anyway, this one track is worth it. great catchy powerpop track out of 1979.
04. starry eyes (super catchy.)
inexpensive record pressed in high numbers. the gate-fold does look nice.

the andrea true connection - more, more, more 12"

     yep, the record that everyone had back then. more, more, more was one of the biggest disco songs ever. though to me, there are two far superior tracks on the album. the first one and the very fast. andrea's vocals are actually great. especially on the last track, she really belts it out loud! and who wrote and performed on all the tracks, gregg diamond of course. my god he knows how to come up with catchy stuff. my favourite disco record of all time is bionic boogie's first lp, and that's all him. anyway, this is pretty great too. and yeah, that's a picture of the back instead of the front cover, since it's way better. it doesn't even look like her on the cover.
01. party line (fantastic opener, catchy as hell.)
02. keep it up longer (sounds quite similar to more, more, more actually.)
03. more, more, more (known classic.)
04. fill me up (heart to heart) (good, longest track here, ten plus minutes.)
05. call me (my favourite track, super groovy. fantastic vocals, wish there were more.)
cheapo record available in every single record store, gotta like that.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

ambulance - it's all up to you 7"

     another quick powerpop record. it's ambulance's only effort on wax, put out in 1980. the first track is good and all, maybe if the flip side was weaker i'd enjoy the first track a lot more. but the flip side is so damn catchy, it leaves the a-side in the dust. i actually remember radio heartbeat records was going to re-release this 7" along with an lp of never before heard studio cuts. unfortunately the label folded i guess, you can still see the promos on their stagnate site. they were also planning on putting out the unreleased stuff of the limit, which luckily cheap rewards records picked up on and put out. i wish someone would get on the ambulance unreleased stuff too, anyway.
01. it's all up to you (very good track, but nothing speculator.)
02. i remember (fantastic, classic.)
so yeah, sing sing came in and did put out the great re-issue that you see here (but not the unreleased stuff). the original goes for insane amounts of money.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

junior - ji 12"

     some boogie for today. junior was pretty much a one hit wonder with his track, "mama used to say." which is the first track on this, released in 1982. pretty close to my cut off for funk and boogie, so it's no wonder i'm not a fan of anything else he did. most of the record is just boring stuff. but his one hit is a really great track. the only other good track here is on the a-side too. it's slower and longer, but the chorus is really catchy.
03. too late
nice cheapo record. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

cell 609 - remember 7"

     here's one of those mega rare kbd punk 7"s. this one comes from belgium in 1979. just two tracks of driving punk rock. according to the cover art, they won belgium's first punk contest and got to make a record from that. it says their story is to be continued but they never did anything after this. but it's just as well, nothing could live up to the greatness of these two tracks. at the start of the track on the flip-side, i took out the intro with a toilet flushing sound and the singer saying what he says. why? well, it was indeed repulsive.
01. factories (those vocals with that drum beat, crazy.)
02. re-pulsion (that guitar riff.)
you can thank that company out of japan again for at last, making this available at a decent price, instead of the hundreds of dollars the original fetches.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

straight eight - shuffle 'n' cut 12"

     i'd never heard of these guys, but i was looking through a record store the other day and came across this record. there was a small sticker on it that said 'powerpop' and it was only $4 so i picked it up. released in 1980 in the uk, though i got the canadian press (much better sleeve then the uk original). wasn't really expecting much, but when i put that needle on, i was taken aback. the opening track 'i'm sorry' is killer. however, it's really the only thing on here that verges towards powerpop. i'd really just call the album pop. the rest is mostly boring or alright stuff. though there is one slower straight pop track on the flip side that is pretty catchy, so i thought i'd up that too.
01. i'm sorry
07. christine
cheapo found in 'punk' sections of record stores.