Saturday, June 23, 2018

HOW ANDY SPENT A WEEK ONE NIGHT IN BAKERSFIELD - Various Artists (Late 80's or Early 90's)

I've always liked various artists LPs and compilation tapes, and "How Andy Spent A Week One Night In Bakersfield!" is a cool example of what was going on musically in the fine community of Bakersfield, California in the late 80's and early 90's. This cassette was put together by the owner of the local used record store called Andy Noise. The owner's name was Paul, and being an avid collector, I frequented the place a lot. We've never been known as the most social guys in the world, but I gave Paul a copy of our first tape, so he included our song called "Return Of The Blade" on this tape of local artists. Paul's Dad took the cover photo of downtown Bakersfield. I don't think I ever met or even heard any of these bands play, although I do think one of them was playing at this party we stumbled into one night. The other groups featured on this tape were Premonition, Nyet! Censorship, Freeze Dried Death, Miss Alans, Cradle Of Thorns (who ended up recording for KORN's label Elementree Records), Fatal Vision, Sonic Brain Jam, Cal. All Stars, Fantasy, Chaotic Evil, Light Boy, and last but not least, The Examples!
THE EXAMPLES - "The New One" 
Here's also some rare footage I found on YouTube of The Examples playing their first gig at Mike McClain's house around 1985, and a very cool song called 
"Charles Engalls!"

Friday, June 15, 2018

REV. TOM FROST - "Mysteries & Manners" (2016)

 Although not from the 80's or 90's, the Reverend Tom Frost is a friend, and a French musician who is a modern day version of that era! Tom is an incredibly talented musician who epitomizes the concept of D.I.Y. music, and is damn good at it, if I do say so myself! Years ago Tom had a blog that was basically a history of early blues, rock, and country music called "Spread The Good Word," that inspired me to start our "Dwrayger Dungeon" movie blog, and this one too!

 Tom not only sings, but he also plays all the instruments on this feel good song that should be blaring on the radio all Summer everywhere! Turn It UP!!!
Rev. Tom Frost - "Lucky Old Sun"

Friday, June 8, 2018

LET US OUT - "Let Us Out" (1991)

 After a couple of years of sending tapes to musicians, magazines, and radio stations, it finally got to a point where people actually started sending unsolicited tapes to me, and I thought that was very cool! This 1991 tape by Colorado's "Let Us Out" is a fine example!

Here's the letter I got from Terry that explains the type of theatre they perform. "Let Us Out" was Terry Gould - writer, engineer, producer! Everything else including vocals, sound effects, and keyboard was done by Sue Niedringhaus, Joe Schultz, Susan Gibson, and Howard Thompson. Howard also did the cover art, and is the narrator on this piece, and Sue was the director. There was also dramatic assistance from Cliff Whitehouse, and engineering assistance from Steve Clayton and Max Hernandez! Grab yourself some chips because you're going to need them to go along with this fishy story!!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

STARK RAVING BRAD - "Stark Raving Brad" (1992)

 Well, I don't know how mad Brad was, but I do know he has some kind of insane sense of humor. I don't have much to go along with this, but it doesn't matter because I think you'll find the music pretty dang entertaining all by itself! So here he is in all his glory, from San Francisco, Calif. in 1992! Damn straight!!

Monday, May 28, 2018

CRASH-N-BURN - Self-Titled (1988)

CRASH-N-BURN was one of my favorite bands of this era, and I wouldn't know how to describe them completely, but let's try Funky Punky Chunky Rock. They covered a lot of bases. The band members were John Sanders on keyboards and guitar, Amy Sanders on bass, Dean Menta on another guitar, and Parry Wolf on the drums.
Here's a song from the first self-titled tape John sent me! Turn it up!
 CRASH-N-BURN - "The Big Business"

John and I wrote back and forth a few times, and this is a flyer for a "One Dead Cow Show and Rodeo" gig that he wrote me a letter on. I've tried to find some current information on the band or it's members, because I just assumed they'd be pretty famous by now, but instead, I can't find anything, so I guess they must have really just Crashed N' Burned!

 Anyway, I liked CRASH-N-BURN so much that I asked them to give me something for my "Refried Dreams" compilation tape, which they kindly obliged, and I got this extra cool sticker too. Check it out, it's another great song called "Last Night Stand."

Saturday, May 26, 2018

HEATHER PERKINS - "Land-O-Newts Sampler" (1987-1988)

Heather Perkins was from Eugene, Oregon, but I think she lives in Portland these days, and she likes to make music that is completely unique! I have nobody to compare Heather to except herself! We traded tapes a couple of times, and this 'land ö ñéwts' Sampler is one of the tapes I got from her. On this song, Heather is doing the vocals, playing the guitar, and the 'drumlike unit.'

The Land-O-Newts website looks a little funny because it's under construction, but if you go there, you'll find a lot more of Heather's music that you can listen to for free! There's also a link to an interview from the Portland Tribune that came out on my birthday eleven years ago that was written by Peter Korn, and that's where this foto of Heather came from also!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

LAME DUCK - "Logo" (1991)

 In 1991 in La Mirada, Calif. there were a couple of zany rebels named Matt Ter and Sadchop, also known as Jon Gillespie and John Zalewski, or Lame Duck! They had heard that home taping was killing the recording industry, and they wanted to do their part to help, so they came out with this tape called "Logo," that has songs like "Ass Sid," "Pass The Butler," and "Depressed Mold," among other things on it!