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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Normals 1977-1984 Your Punk Heritage

Never heard this before until this morning. This is awesome!! Punk rock from Louisiana which was also home to The Red Rockers who moved to San Francisco. Just like The Red Rockers, The Normals moved too. But instead of the "go west young man" thing, they moved to NYC instead. Apparently they did not do well there and broke up. This great release can be found at the wonderful blog ISKSP. If you like The Dils, Zeros, Red Rockers then please check this out. I am so glad that I have had a chance to hear this. I cannot believe that this has been under my radar for the last 30 years or so. Wow.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

American Steel-Dear Friend and Gentle Hearts

If there is one album that I can reccomend this year it is this one. Ok, Rancid's new one is amazing (yes I am biased!), Green Day's new one is damn good (yes I am biased!) and Anti Flag's new one is pretty good. But man, this is something else. So far the best release that I have heard this none. One or two of these guys were in Christ On Parade who were MAJOR fixtures on the SF hardcore scene from 1985 until 1989 or so. American Steel is much different than COP. Much more in The Clash vein here. This album is stunning. Plain and simple. I won't post it on here but if you go here...
and DL it you will see. Longy please check this out. They are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

SVT-New Year 7" 415 Records 1979

Ok this might be my last one today. SVT is a strange one. Jack Cassidy might sound familiar to some of you older one's. He played in Jefferson Airplane and then in Hot Tuna. With the punky sounds of North Beach making waves, Jack decided to take one of his Hot Tuna members and one future Huey Lewis and the News member and start SVT. Don't let this fool you, this is quite a good rockin 7" that was released on 415 Records, which was home to The Red Rockers, Translator, Romeo Void, and others. They released another single after this in 1979, an Ep entitled Extended Play and an album I think in 1981. I have a few friends that swear by these guys, and to be honest, this single is good! Didn't I say that a few seconds ago?


The Dead Kennedys-1978 Demos

Sometimes this is refered to as the Cold Fish Demo. 15 songs of The Dead Kennedys demos from 1978. Some of the songs you will recognize and some never made it to the final stages. The sound quality is good and you get a good idea of what they sounded like prior to them becoming the power house that they were from 1980-1983. I bought this on Ebay for $20 or so, you get it free from me. Aren't I nice.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Dead Kennedys-Live At The On Broadway, San Francisco, CA

My first post of The DKs. Live at The On Broadway which was above the Mabuhay Gardens in North Beach. I only went to The Mab once but saw many, many great bands at The On Broadway, I guess though that if I were to choose what venue I saw the most bands it would probably be The Farm, but that is another story. Most notable show was at The Elite Club (The Filmore) in around 1982 or '83 with The Dead Kennedys, TSOL, and The Bad Brains and I think.....Bad Posture. I was very drunk that night and the only reason that I know I was there, is tthat my friends to this day, keep telling me I was there and how I acted. Anyways, my old buddy Jeff Rahn who would later sing for The MRR darlings Diesel Queens turned me onto this strange group out in our church parking lot. The name Dead Kennedys and a singer called Jello Biafra who smeared mayonaise and other assorted goods all over him made this band like my UK counterparts have with The Sex Pistols. Kind of a forbidden fruit so to speak. Well at the time I was into bands like Gen X, Pistols, Clash, SLF, Ramones, Damned, Dead Boys, Buzzcocks etc. I was not into US Hardcore that much. Well that did change and now I list the DKs as one of my alltime faves. The On Broadway always holds a special place for me, I cut my teeth as a 16 year old going to shows, speeding, staying out all night in the Financial Dist. awaiting the next train in the morning after walking the streets to take me home so I could get grounded. Usually the grounding would last a night with me popping the window open and heading off for more fun. Those were the days. This show is heavily booted and I relish mine. I was at this show! I just wanted to highlite a great band and a great night for me. I have since seen the Jello-less DKs a few times, and hell..... my old band supported them, but to me, no matter how good East Bay Ray, and Klaus Flouride are, it is not the same. I have taken this from another Blog and for every boot on the web that I have seen, track 11, Bleed For Me does not work!!!!!!!!!!! Don't let that sway you from not DL'ing this, It is a great live document!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Pop-O-Pies White 7"

The Pop O Pies are a strange group. They are one of the more "out there" bands from San Francisco. They started out around 1979 or so and the only constant member throughout their career was Joe Pop O Pie who sang and played guitar. Tongue and cheek lyrics, interesting song titles and plain catchy tunes make this a punk classic! One of the songs on here is a cover song of a VERY famous Sixties psychedelia band. I won't tell ya what the song is because I want you to be surprised. This song was probably the most favorite Pop O Pies song live too. My vynil on this is way scratched, and so I borrowed this from the awesome Blog ISKSP. Go over there and check out some wonderful tunes. That blog is one of the best around!

The Punts-7"

Ok Ok Ok....I just got back from backpacking the High Sierra's for 5 days and had the toughest, yet the most enjoyable hike of my life. My vacation extends to this Sunday and I am hoping for some California sun at the beach.

The Punts? SF New Wave band that featured Bonnie Hayes who would morf this band into Bonnie Hayes and The Wild Combo which this A Side would be featured on their debut album. The song would also be featured in the movie Valley Girl that starred a young unkown Nicholas Cage. You know the typical story, boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets girl from the good side of town. Well it was the new wave LA version. This is somewhat lighter fare in Kennyhel77 land, but hey, I like what I like. I must state again that San Francisco had many different types of bands that formed the embryo of new music, and The Punts were one of them. Anyways DL this and bop around to a nice couple of pop songs.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Mercenaries 7"

Ok..all I know is that these cats were from San Francisco and released this gem in 1980. That is all I know. Sooo if anyone would like to fill me in on these guys please do. This is good garagey punk stuff here!

The Detonators-Emergency Broadcast System Lp

Started out in Los Angeles...Long Beach I think? Then relocating to San Francisco, before finally ending up in Eugene, Oregon at the end of their career. What you have hear is hardcore similar to DOA, Toxic Reasons, Kraut with a little Motorhead. I cannot believe that none of their releases have been reissued. Sometimes life is strange. This band is extremely underrated.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Big Boys-Frat Cars 7"

Well here is another Austin, Texas band. Released in 1980 this is their debut studio recorded 7". You see before this, they released Live At Rauls as a split with The Dicks. The Big Boys were insanely popular with skaters around the country which to me was strange, because they did not have the faster, faster play faster approach. The Big Boys Incorporated funk, blues, rock and punk in a very interesting and volatile blend. Vocalist Randy Bisquit Turner was a big dude that would dress in drag and scare the crap outta ya. In fact all of the Big Boys were well ummm big boys. So if you were to get offended by Randy it would be tough luck on ya! For those that know some US Hardcore history. The Bad Brains freaked out in Austin while staying with The Big Boys. You see, Randy was the first openly gay hardcore dude. I guess it did not mix with the Rasta lifestyle. What is it about Austin...MDC, Dicks, Big Boys. Other assorted trivia, the bassist would later turn up in Junkyard with Brian Baker of Minor Threat, Government Issue, Dag Nasty and now of Bad that sure is a who's who in punk huh.
Anyways, I am a big Big Boys fan and it is my pleasure to share this with you. I might even do teh Fun Fun Fun ep sometime.