Tuesday, January 30, 2018

DRAIN THAT DIRTY WATER - Various Artists Compilation (Boston) (1991)

"Drain That Dirty Water" is a 1991 SET Cassettes various artists compilation tape straight outta Boston! Some of the artistes on this tape with some of the best names ever, are DICKTATION, TALL BALD GRANDFATHERS, DEBRIS, ROADKILL, DOUGZIG, and more.....but my fave amongst the bunch is MENTE, a band composed of John Murphy on vocals, Edward Van Mente playing the guitars, Mazz on bass, and Gringo Starr playing the drums! So here they are, the self-proclaimed "Worst band in the world!!" Turn it up and get ready, cause here's

Thursday, January 25, 2018

THE ROSEBLOODS - "Dragon in The Field" (1987)

If I recall correctly (something I don't always do any more), what I used to do was look for cassette reviews in music magazines, and when I read about something I liked, I'd either write or most likely just send them one of our tapes with a request for a trade. In March of 1988, I sent one of our tapes to Bloomington, Indiana to a guy in a band called The Rosebloods, and a tape titled "Dragon In The Field Is" what I got in return from their manager!

  The members of The Rosebloods were Steve Cook on Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Brian "Brain" Kearney on Tenor Sax and Backing Vocals, Phil Reavis on Bass Guitar, Nathan Sturm on Drums and Backing Vocals, John Terrill playing Rhythm and Slide Guitar, Voice and Bad Piano. On the pretty dang cool song I have for you here, Bill Schwarz is playing Tamboura! The cover artwork is also by John Terrill! Enjoy!

Monday, January 22, 2018

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "Live" - Oct 33, 1991

 On Saturday, October 33, 1991, Hermanos Guzanos were asked to play at a party in Los Angeles by a friend of Gary's named John Maffee who had a band named I Can't Find My Sheep, who were going to be the headliners at the gig. Although the core of our music was recorded "live" in the garage, this was the first and only time we actually performed in front of a bunch of people we didn't know! It was bad enough that we were drinking Tequila (Gary doesn't even really drink), but because of it, we also got lost on the way to the party. When we finally arrived, we were greeted by John, who told us not too worry, and that we just needed some bong hits! The opening act called Dune Buggy & the 18 Wheeler were playing when we got there. We had no game plan, set list, or drummer because we just always turned on the drum machine and played along, but at the last minute, another friend of Gary's named Jerry stepped up and offered to play drums with us.

 We did end up getting one good song out of the set which we put on our 1992 cassette called "Bound For Guzburg" that had this cool cover drawn by Brian James Riedel. Gary started playing a good riff, Brian and Jerry joined in, and I started singing what lyrics I could remember from a song by John Bartles called "Poland China Sized." I don't really know why, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and here's the results!
Hermanos Guzanos "Live"- "Poland - China Sized"
We never released anything else from that party, so just for kicks, here's a country song called "Involuntary Reaction" that we also had performed that afternoon with no drummer on Reverend Arnie Achoo's (Tom Ferranti) public access TV show called "Achoo!" It is what it is!
Hermanos Guzanos "Live" - "Involuntary Reaction"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

JOHN BARTLES - "Live" - "Radio Allen Lake" (1990)

 On January 30, 1990, John Bartles went into the studios of radio station WITR  in Rochester, N.Y. and delivered a scathing set of music protesting a proposed nuclear waste site in Allegheny County in New York! This tape called "Radio Allen Lake" is the result! A real artiste on multiple levels, the insert is also drawn and hand-colored by John! With Joe Bonavita on Bass, Jack Bosarge on Drums, Todd Whitman on Sax, The Marvelous One playing the guitars and Allen Lake aka John Bartles on vocals! Get Ready! First up, here's....
"Four Feet Of Sludge"
and if that ain't enough, here's a message for all of us!!
"Callin' All Humans!"
It's been freakin' 28 years now, don't you think it's about time we started listening!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

GLEN ARMSTRONG - "Live" - "Guess What I Was Wearing On My Head And Win A Prize" (Old Miami Bootleg)

 In the early 90's Glen Armstrong sent me this "Live" tape called "Guess What I was Wearing On My Head And Win A Prize" by Glen Armstrong And The Dirty Clergy. The label says "Old Miami Bootleg," so I'm assuming it was recorded some time in the late 80's.

The last song on this tape is a wild affair called "Helter Skelter / Singapour!" The first part of the song is a cover tune unlike anything you've heard lately combined with something I can only describe as being in the same ballpark as the frantic "Hide 'N Go Seek" by Bunker Hill! This, my friends, is the real deal!
Just on case you don't know, Bunker Hill was a heavyweight boxer and gospel singer turned pop star and the backing band providing the crazed music was none other than Link Wray and The Raymen. (Yet another reason why Link Wray should be in the R&R HOF!) The song "Hide 'N Go Seek" made it into the top 40 in 1962, and so you can compare Bunker and Glen, here's a link to "Hide 'N Go Seek" too!

Friday, January 5, 2018

UXORIA - "Theda Bara In Space" (1990)

To tell you the truth, I couldn't think of a better song to start the year!

I was raised on Spike Jones and Mad magazine! I love music and imagery that makes me laugh, and that's what this song, and this hand-coloured insert do!! Uxoria and/or Steven Boone is the man to blame! I featured another one of Steven's tapes here a couple of years ago called "Dead Relatives" that was really interesting, but this is hard to top! So, let's just get right down to it, and get 2018 in gear with a tune from Steven that flat ass cracks me up, here's: