Saturday, August 27, 2011
My first Ramones post and it is a boot! Recorded live at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco in June of 1979. The Ramones played an afternoon show that was recorded by radio station KSAN. KSAN was a pretty cool FM radio station back in the day. Many boots that you see that was recorded live in the SF Bay Area was from the shows that KSAN put on. This is a good sounding boot and a great performance! I wish that I was old enough and smart enough to know that they played this show. I would have loved to have been there!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Probably my fave lineup of The UK Subs
And a shameless plug of my old band The Forgotten with Charlie wearing a Forgotten t shirt
I just wanted to touch upon something I experienced last night. I went to a BBQ that was attended by a bunch of old high school friends and had a fantatic evening, eating and drinking! Anyways, after a fun evening my wife drives us back home and out comes the music for the hour long drive. I decided upon listening to The UK Subs album Brand New Age. Instantly I was transported back to a teenager and singing along to every song while my wife drove my drunken ass home. While listening to this album it reminded me of the sheer power, excellent musicianship, the fantastic production and just amazing songwriting. I know The Subs were looked down upon by the trendy London punk elite when they started, and the fact that some considered their following to be a little on the simplistic side, again the London elite??? But truth be told, this band was heads and shoulders above many. Their recorded output from 1977-1983 was STUNNING. From Stranglehold to Warhead. From the crushing assault of Endangered Species to Party In Paris. Then the amazing War of The Roses as Nicky and Co. leave Charlie, there is no doubt how damn good this band was. Live? The Subs could, and did wipe up the floor with just about any band. Today we still see Charlie and Alvin still at it, with Nicky joining on certain tours and recordings. I just wanted to shout out how much I love The UK Subs and I am glad that I have met them, listened to them, and how much joy they have given my life. Long live The UK Subs!