Wednesday, 24 August 2016

RADIO BIRDMAN








































"Radios appear"
Year:  1977
Country:  Australia
City:  Sydney
Label:  Warner Music
Format:  CD , LP , Box
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Garage Rock




























Although the best-known band of the early australian proto-punk or already punk scene of the late 70s was The Saints, the first band to wave the punk rock flag in the land down under was Radio Birdman. Formed by Deniz Tek and Aussie surfer-turned-vocalist Rob Younger in 1974, Radio Birdman's approach to rock & roll and garage rock was rooted in the high-energy, apocalyptic guitar rant of The Stooges and New York Dolls, sprinkled liberally with a little East Coast underground hard rock courtesy of Blue Öyster Cult. Their first EP "burn my eye" released in 1976, was a great record and still remains a seminal chunk of Aussie punk. Loud and snotty, with Younger bellowing his guts out and Tek on a search-and-destroy mission with his guitar, this was a great debut that set the stage for the impending deluge of Aussie punk bands waiting in the wings. After the release of their debut LP, Radios Appear (the title comes from a lyric in the Blue Öyster Cult song "Dominance and Submission"), in Australia a year later, Radio Birdman seemed poised to break Aussie punk worldwide.
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Monday, 22 August 2016

THE KINKS







































"the ultimate collection"
Year:  2002
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  2 x CD
Tracks:  44
Time:  138 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Mod        Classic Rock






























The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock groups of the era. The band emerged in 1964 during the height of British rhythm'n'blues and mod movement, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the US until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of hit singles; studio albums drew good reviews but sold less than compilations of their singles. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style. Albums such as Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period. After a fallow period in the mid-1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 70s and early 80s with albums Sleepwalker, Misfits, Low Budget, Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion. In addition, groups such as Van Halen, The Jam, The Knack, Pretenders and The Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks' record sales. In the 90s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence. The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

MC5








































"kick out the jams"
Year:  1969
Country:  US
City:  Detroit
Label:  Warner Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Garage Rock






































"kick out the jams" is the debut album by proto-punk band MC5 and it was released in February 1969, through Elektra Records (own of Warner Music). Although the album received several unfavorable reviews upon its release, it has gone on to be considered an important forerunner to punk rock music  and in 2003 was ranked number 294 on Rolling Stone magazine "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. Despite its superficial non-political appareance, members of the band like Wayne Krammer or Rob Tyner, showed publicly their sympathy for democracy, socialism and activism pacifist. Their behavoir against Vietnam war and all wars in general, was repeated in different live concerts along USA during the first MC5 periode. This album is normally described as "garage rock" but it keeps also many similarities with rhythm'n'blues and classic rock.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

AU PAIRS



































"playing with a different sex"
Year:  1981
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Universal Music
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Post Punk































Blasting into the post-punk consciousness with a tremendous debut album, the Au Pairs, fronted by lesbian-feminist Lesley Woods, played brittle, dissonant, guitar-based rock that shared political and musical kinship with the Mekons and (especially) the Gang of Four. The music was danceable, imbued with an almost petulant irony, and for a while, very hip and well-liked by critics. Unlike many bands of the day, however, the Au Pairs (at least initially) backed it up with searing, confrontational songs celebrating sexuality from a woman's perspective. Also, they took swipes at the conservative political climate sweeping England after Margaret Thatcher's election as Prime Minister. Occasionally, Woods' commitments to sexual and social politics made her sound inflexible, doctrinaire, and hectoring (especially on their OK second album). But, at first blush, the Au Pairs were a mighty intimidating proposition, able to take on so much and deliver great music in the process. After a desultory live album in 1983 (Live in Berlin), the band split up, and Woods and her bandmates have maintained a low profile.
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Monday, 1 August 2016

HDQ



































"when worlds collide"
Year:  2014
Country:  UK
City:  Leeds
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:          Post Hardcore


































The successful band from Sunderland were one of the leading lights of the late 80s hardcore punk scene. After numerous tours and the release of three critically acclaimed albums, two Peel Sessions, plus seven inch and twelve inch singles, 75% of the band went on with Frankie Stubbs to form LEATHERFACE and have even more success over the years. Now, David Golledge (Vocals), Dickie Hammond (Guitar) have reunited with Skruff Owen (LEATHERFACE + Abrasive Wheels – Drums)*, Mick Jones (guitar) and Dean Liddle (bass) to record the first new HDQ album in 23 years - and "Lost In Translation". Skruff is the current drummer of HDQ replacing Lainey who appears on 4 of the recorded tracks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland order from Rookie Records.
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

POST REGIMENT


































"Idem"
Year:  1992
Country:  Poland
City:  Warsaw
Label:  QQRYQ
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  24
Time:  54 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hardcore      Punk





























Post Regiment were a Polish hardcore punk band. They formed in Warsaw in 1986. In the early days, Post Regiment had a much slower pace and more conventional singing style with vocalist Darek "Tolek" Gracki. By 1987, he left and Dominika "Nika" Domczyk took over on vocals. The band developed a faster, melodic punk sound by their 1992 self-titled first album. Their second album, Czarzly, was released in 1995 and adopted a faster crust punk sound with rawer vocals and d-beat-style drumming. Their final album, Tragiedia wg Post Regiment ("Tragedy According To Post Regiment") was released in 1998 on Profane Existence records in the USA and Skuld releases in Europe. It was an album of hardcore punk songs by the Polish band Tragiedia, longtime friends of Post Regiment who broke up without ever putting out a record. Post Regiment had a fairly unusual sound in hardcore punk, with some unusual elements like melodic singing, Eastern European modes, instrumentals and the occasional synthesizer. The band broke up in 2001, although they still practice from time to time. Album "Death before the Metal", released in 2007, contains songs recorded between 1988 and 1990.
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Saturday, 9 July 2016

SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS



















































"cranked up really high"
Year:  1977
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Captain Oi!
Format:  CD
Tracks:  12
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:          Punk  Rock





























In fact this is not really the debut of this band, but a collection of its first singles and EP's, released by record label "Captain Oi!" in 1995. SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS have always been a band who has mixed punk with other rock'n'roll subgenres such as: garage rock, proto-punk, glam or even hard rock  in for example the album "Shocking" of 1991 (here below also reviewed). They started in 1976 and still active, despite they have recorded very few studio albums. This compilation could be a very good way to know them for those who never has listened to them yet. It includes songs such as "Boston babies" (covered by GBH), "runaway" or "dame to blame" and all its classic punk rock era, until 1980, when they recorded "bite back", still quite punk but also open to other influences such as new wave, power pop and lots of classic rock'n'roll. True said the official debut album was "Do it dog style" made through label Decca in 1978, but in 1995 label "Captain Oi!" made this compilation with songs writen before 1978.
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"shocking"
Year:  1991
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Receiver
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  10
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Hard Rock































This is the SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS third studio album since its beggining in 1976 and the true is it has nothing to do to punk rock... but despite this fact, the recording is not bad at all. We are in front of a classic, typical and usual hard rock album late 80's decade. Said this, we could have a bored CD which want to emule the millionaire rock stars... but not. This is just a well done, well written and well produced album with few songs which move between hard rock, rhythm'n'blues and classic rock. The vinyl version had ten songs, meanwhile the CD one had thirteen songs. Since 1980 (when the band recorded "bite back") there was a long discography silence until this work of 1991, eleven years after. Great surprise and very good rock... enjoy it.
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"cranked up really high"
Year: 1996
Country:  UK
City:  London
Author:  Stewart Home
Label:  Codex
Format:  book
Pages:  200
Theme:  punk rock history

















A lot of ink has been split on the subject of punk rock in recent years, most of it by arty-farty trendies who want to make the music intellectually respectable. Cranked Up Really High is different. It isn't published by a university press and it gives short shrift to the idea that the roots of punk rock can be traced back to 'avant garde' art movements. As well as discussing sixties garage rock and the British, American and Finnish punk scenes, Home devotes whole chapters to deconstructing Riot Grrl, Oil and the sorry saga of Nazi bonehead band Skrewdriver. This book champions the super-dumb sleazebag thud of Slaughter & The Dogs, Ramones, Stooges, The Vibrators, The Art Attacks, The Snivelling Shits, The Lurkers, The Queers, Germs, The Child Molesters, The Ants and The Blaggers.
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SORE THROAT



































"Never mind the Napalm
here's Sore Throat"
Year:  1989
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Manic Ears
Format:  CD
Tracks:  60
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Crust Punk


























According to the band: "This recording is guaranteed 100% racist, sexist, homophobic, straight edge, carniverous, New York hardcore free! oh dear, that might make the sales drop". Sore Throat were a short lived yet important band in the later 80's UK grindcore, noisecore, hardcore and punk movement which featured members of Doom, Deviated Instinct and other crust punk bands. Sore Throat formed in 1987 in Yorkshire, UK as a crust punk, hardcore punk, and grindcore act with the initial line up as Rich Militia (vocals), Brian "Bri" Talbot (guitar), John Doom (bass) and Nick Royles (drums). They are known as one of the first bands to give rise to and play in the style of "noisecore". Though now largely forgotten, they were a key part of the hardcore/grindcore movement of the mid-late 1980s in the United Kingdom and were commonly known for their "we don't fucking care" attitude, harsh humour and mockery in their music about other contemporary bands and society. They were sometimes seen as a parody band and a drunk political punk band. They were also one of the first bands to heavily incorporate samples in their music.
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