Saturday, May 31, 2014

rip off records - compilation 12"

(((re-post from 11/23/13)))
     time for my first 12" post here, and it's gonna be a little long. hands down, one of my favourites collections of songs ever out on vinyl. this fantastic powerpop comp was released by sing sing in 2010. sold out pretty fast, and you can see why. this comp collects songs from some rip off label 7"s, as well as some unreleased stuff. ireland's rip off records was formed in 1978, and lasted two years. they issued only thirteen 7"s and two comp records, and those records are pretty pricey, if you can even find them at all. the bands on the label were much older then others, and you really can tell in the musicianship, and the fact that most of the songs are about women. sing sing really went for it and got the founder of the label to unleash some unreleased songs, and those songs kill just as much as the others. completely essential powerpop, you need if you don't have.
     first band up is the zipps, their tune is my second favourite, and a great one to start with. next is lenny and the lawbreakers. two tracks by them, suzy 'd' being the great one. the other one they supply is my least favourite of the record, it's a cover track and it's just not that good. next up are minor classics with two killer unreleased tracks, catchy as hell. next is pretty boy floyd and the gems, with a kind of weird tune, steams like a much different style then the rest, but it's good. next is tinopeners with two unreleased tracks as well, both killers. next is the faders with an unreleased track, good stuff. next is no sweat, which are easily the best band on here. their track is so damn amazing, one of my favourites of all time. next is clive culbertson, who was the lead in no sweat. so you know this track is fantastic too. lastly is cramp, with one of the catchiest songs here, just flawless.
01. the zipps-friends (super catchy.)
02. lenny and the lawbreakers-suzy 'd' (nice.)
03. minor classics-you'll never find love (love the vocals.)
04. pretty boy floyd and the gems-sharon (weird but good.)
05. tinopeners-i want you (so great.)
06. the faders-in it for the kicks (love it.)
07. minor classics-i don't like girls (vocals again.)
08. no sweat-start all over again (just flawless.)
09. lenny and the lawbreakers-me and bobby mcgee (very weak.)
10. clive culbertson-time to kill (classic.)
11. cramp-she doesn't love me (should be a classic.)
12. tinopeners-i don't wanna be (great ender.)
it's actually not that easy to track down these days. it sold-out a long time ago.

Friday, May 30, 2014

the heat - instant love 7"

(((re-post from 11/21/13)))
     up here now is some powerpop. great little cheapo record, released in 1978. pretty sure this is their only release. super catchy on both sides. instant love is a really great song, but this time i like the flip better. the saxophone on high school sweater makes it, and the vocals are so catchy. kind of a weird looking cover. the back of the cover is great though, it reminds of last stand's just a number 7".
01. instant love (solid song.)
02. high school sweater (super catchy.)
it's available cheap on the net.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

the moderns - ready for the 80's 7"

(((re-post from 11/12/13)))
     the moderns play top notch powerpop out of sweden. this was the second of their two 7"s. this one being released in 1980. not as good as the first, simply because this one's only got two great songs, opposed to the other that has four great ones. they also released an lp on a major label, but i've yet to hear it. if it's anything like this, it must be great. i can't decide on which side i like better. might give the edge to the b-side on this one.
01. ready for the 80's (super catchy.)
02. identity (might like this one a bit better.)
that famous label out of japan re-issued this, so get on that. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

quick fox - pretty baby (tonight) 7"

(((re-post from 11/04/13)))
     up now is a little bit of unknown. quick fox were from massachusetts and released this little gem in 1982. that's pretty much all that's known about this band. i've never seen this 7" available for listening anywhere on the internet. so here are both sides in their low-fi goodness. the first side being the killer here, great powerpop and super catchy. the other side being a more beatles type song. it's actually pretty catchy and enjoyable. too bad it's acoustic. enjoy!
01. pretty baby (tonight) (tops stuff.)
02. never gonna' love her (if they added drums i feel it would have been way better.)
comes up every now and then for not too much.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

the normals - almost ready 7"

(((re-post from 11/14/13)))
     yep, the normals. everyone knows em, and everyone should love em. this monster was released in 1978. so even though it's available everywhere, i'm still posting it cause i finally picked it up a copy for myself. i think i remember reading peter from kbd said it's one of those records that can't be posted enough. the first track is just a classic tune, one of the best of all time. so huge, really catchy, and it just sounds great with the vocal mix. the flip side is good, but nowhere near the other side. it's very good, but does drag on a bit.
01. almost ready (massive.)
02. hard core (drags a little bit.)
last laugh records put out the re-issue.

Monday, May 26, 2014

x-wires - all that i've got 7"

(((re-post from 11/08/13)))
     here is some more kinda unknown powerpop. it came from new york and released in 1982. i've never seen this for sale anywhere. there is only one sold copy on popsike, and it went $90, way way more then i paid. so i really don't know how rare it is. anyway, the a-side here is a great powerpop track. if you ask me, the b-side is just bad, so no need to include it here.
01. all that i've got (catchy stuff.)
02. fun fun weekend (bland.)
copies of this don't turn up too often. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

the nubs - job 7"

(((re-post from 11/21/2013)))
     yep, another well known classic. but hey, i'm just posting everything i like, everything and anything. the nubs' only release came out 1980. both sides are killers here, but the a-side is just a perfect song to me. love it.
01. job (i don't know why i love this so much.)
02. little billy's burning (nice.)
the great last laugh records just re-issued this not too long ago.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

the cold - take all the time 7"

(((re-post from 11/17/2013)))
     just like the last band i posted, the cold were from new orleans. they released this 7" in 1984 and i think was the last of their releases. i believe they had multiple 7"s and an album on top pop records. i much prefer their first 7" to anything else they did, but unfortunately i don't own it. the a-side is a little jerky powerpop song with catchy vocals. the b-side is a cover of an old 60s song.
01. take all the time (feels later than '84.)
02. i go to pieces (it's good, but i do prefer the original.)
doesn't pop up for sale much.

Friday, May 23, 2014

rottweiler - i'm down 7"

(((re-post from 11/10/13)))
     just a killer one here. hailing from sweden are rottweiler. powerpop released in 1980. the singer here has just a fantastic voice, it's so addicting. i've heard many are not too keen on the vocals, but come, they're great. the a-side is the tops here. the b-side is pretty good too, but not as catchy.
01. i'm down (just flawless.)
02. wanna be your friend (good, not great.)
the fantastic label out of new york, sing sing records, re-issued this, so buy it there.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

culture shock - forever + ever 7"

(((re-post from 06/02/13)))
     a canadian classic released in 1983. what a release it is, powerpop extreme. the title track is one of the best songs to come out of this country. super catchy and really packs a punch. the flip side however, isn't as good. it's still pretty good but there is just something missing. but it doesn't matter anyway, the a-side would just demolish any song that would come after it. that label also released a cd with a bunch of extra tracks, which i'd love to hear, but i'm not buying a cd. if they released it as an lp i would have. but anyway there is a sample of one of the songs on their site. the song is it's not true. it's super catchy and i wish it was the b-side to this 7", but oh well.
01. forever + ever (a classic.)
02. thought you were a friend (pretty good.)
re-issued on 1977 records, so get it there.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

brülbåjz (llr) - dödens apostlar 7"

(((re-post from 11/03/13)))
     yeah, i don't know how to pronounce it, but it's from sweden. i guess in english it's the brylcreem boys legoland rockers. so, released in 1980. just straight forward punk here. it came be pretty sloppy at times, which i love. sort of reminds me of a slower version of absurd. eap was on many comps back in the big kbd comp craze, but to me the real winner here is the first track. fantastic packaging on this release.
01. dödens apostla (best one on here.)
02. eap (great too.)
03. underhållningsvåld (brutal.)
re-ken records re-issued this, but they don't have a website that i can find. so here is their discogs where you can buy it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

red rage - total control 7"

(((re-post from 11/02/13)))
     just straight at you punk. released in 1980. the a-side being the winner here. the flip-side is good too, but not as strong. it goes on far too long, three and a half minutes. it's still good, but would have been better around the two minute mark. on the a-side it's almost three minutes, but it works. just a nice little 45 for you to jam to every now and then.
01. total control (great stuff.)
02. i give you this (alright.)
get the very limited re-issue at 1977 records while you can. terrible cover stock though, fingerprints remain forever.