samedi 22 mars 2014

29. HYSTERIC NARCOTICS "Wild As Soul" (1985)

Here's the first single by The Nysteric Narcotics a grat unknown band from the second 80's garage revival scene, More psychedelic than many of the garage band of that time  the Hysteric Narcotics delivered a great modern garage music and also released an album higly recommanded and two more singles. You can buy a retrospective of all their music THERE.
"Originally the Hysteric Narcotics came from Livonia, a western suburb of Detroit that wasn’t known for much other than being the home of the local horseracing track.  Livonia didn’t have the “coolness” associated with Royal Oak or Ferndale or the grittiness of Hamtramck or Detroit, but it proved to be a fertile breeding place for musicians like the Hysteric Narcotics and Bob Mulrooney (Ramrods, Bootsey X).  The lineup of the Hysteric Narcotics in 1986 consisted of Mike Murphy (vocals), Charles "Chip" Frayne (aka Sercombe) (drums), Keith Soucy (bass), Dave Feeney (organ), Mark Niemenski (guitar).  Sean Curran was their original guitarist.  According to Mike Murphy, the name “Hysteric Narcotics” was put together by combining the names “the Hysterics” and “the Narcotics” and held no special significance.  By this time Mike Murphy had played in a series of local bands that spawned the original “punk rock” movement in Detroit: the Denizens, the Rushlow-King Combo, Jerry Vile and the Boners.  I was lucky enough to see all of these bands in their heyday at Bookies and the Red Carpet and was constantly amazed at the wide variety of music that could be found around Detroit.
In an interview with Dennis Loren in 1986 for RPM magazine, the music of the Hysteric Narcotics was described as combination of “garage music” and the “psychedelic sound” of the 1960s.  Those influences are heard in their music, but the Hysteric Narcotics sound took that music from the 60s and added their own brand of individuality and some good old-time Detroit edge to it.  During this time the band released their debut single on Tremor Records and followed it up with 2 more singles on Rafscallion Records.  This was followed by their only LP – “Batteries Not Included” from 1986 and also on Rafscallion Records.  This album is essential listening for anybody that loves “garage music” and appreciates how good rock & roll music should sound.  The Hysteric Narcotics also appeared on several Detroit-area compilations that were put out by Tremor Records and others.  They played frequently in such local clubs such as Paycheck’s, St. Andrew’s, Lili’s, Traxx and the like.  Several lineup changes also occurred during their career.  Jerry Barterian came in to play drums and Larry Ulrich played keyboards.  The Hysterics toured around the country playing shows in places as diverse as CBGB’s in New York City, Rochester, NY and San Francisco, CA.  They were working on their second album, which unfortunately was never done because the band parted ways." from the great nestorindetroit blog.


Les Hysteric Narcotics, comme leur blaze peut le laisser supposer, firent partie de la seconde vague revival garage US avec une nette tendance au psychédélisme. Venant de la banlieue de Detroit et ayant joués dans divers obscurs groupes punk, les Hysteric Narcotics épousèrent la cause garage dans le milieu des 80's et produisirent en plus de ce premier single, un album très recommandables "Batteries Not Included" et deux autrex singlex avant de disparaître (pour se reformer pour quelques concerts vers 2010 à l'occasion de la sortie d'un CD compilation). Vous trouverez cette rétrospective de leur oeuvre ICI.






 Charlotte's Web from "Batteries Not Included" Lp

dimanche 9 février 2014

28 THE OULETS "Sheila / A Valentine Song" (1985)

The Outlets have been one of the most prolific and exciting live bands in the Northeast since the early 80′s. There have been several line-up changes throughout the years but the music by David Barton, an extraordinarily talented songwriter, has remained brilliantly intense, with power pop hooks and a punk attitude. Live, The Outlets, then and now, create an overpowering presence, great music and kick ass rock! The Outlets’ first releases were on Modern Method (Mike Dreese/Newbury Comics‘ label); they later released singles on American Music/One Way Productions and One Way Productions.This third single is on the great Throbbing Lobster label. A side is a fantastic power-pop song that will directly blow you outta mind! B side is a slowest song specially for nex Valentine DAy!!

Les Outlets étaient de la seconde vague punk/Power pop de Boston, trop jeunes pour faire partie de la bande du Rat et trop précoce pour avoir le succès des futurs Lemonheads. Ils ont sortis 4 singles entre 80 et 85, celui-ci est le troisième avec une superbe power-pop tune "Sheila", du vrai caviar! Il signèrent ensuite chez restless/Enigma sans rencontrer le succès escompté et se reformèrent à la fin des 90's puis dans les années 2000...

Visit their site and buy their records!  http://www.outletsrock.com


samedi 4 janvier 2014

27 THE COMMANDOS "Psycho/My Baby Loves Monster Movies" (1985)

Commandos were the band of Suzy Elkins and Garry Felton . They settled in Austin at a time , the mid 80's when the city moved a lot around the Leroi Brothers. On this single, released for Halloween on Jungle , the label of the Leroi Brothers, we also found Mike Buck and Don Leady of Leroi fame and Omar Dykes, from Omar and the Howlers and Wes Star, another Howler . Side A is a cover of  The Sonics "Psycho"  that evokes the early Leroi Brothers  but my favorite is the B-side, "My Baby Loves Monster Movies" , a amazing  rock-country tune, certainly one of the best of that time when it was about country- punk (Jason & The Scorchers ... ) . The Commandos released a more classic album"Edge of town"  ( it was posted on Son Of The Dolls blog a few years ago ) and another single in Holland , it seems thet they even toured in Finland. Suzy was in another band The Drapes with Webb Wilder and made ​​a country album in 2004.Note the participation of Al Lewis, the actor playing the role of "Granpa" in the series "The Munsters".



Les Commandos étaient le groupe de Suzy Elkins et de Garry Felton. Ils s'étaient installés à Austin à une époque, les mid 80's où la ville bougeait beaucoup autour de la clique des Leroi Brothers. Sur ce single, sorti pour haloween sur Jungle, le label des premiers Leroi Brothers, , on retrouve d'ailleurs Mike Buck (qui signe la pochette) et Don Leady des Frères Leroi ainsi que Omar Dykes, le Omar de Omar and the Howlers et Wes Star, un autre Howler. La face A est une reprise du "Psycho" des sonics qui évoque les Lery Brothers des débuts mais ma face préférée est la face B, "My baby Loves Monster Movies", un superbe morceau rock-country, certainement un des meilleurs de cette époque où l'on parler de country-punk  (Jason and The scorchers ...). Les Commandos ont sortis un album plus classique "Edge of town" (il avait été posté sur Son Of The Dolls il y a quelques années) et un autre single en Hollande, ils tournèrent même en Finlande, semble-t-il. Suzy a participé à un autre groupe The Drapes avec Webb Wilder et a réalisé un album country en 2004. A noter la participation de Al Lewis, l'acteur jouant le rôle de "Granpa" dans la série "The Munsters".
Suzy Elkins and Garry Felton 1985

mercredi 25 décembre 2013

26 THE HIJACKERS "When I Came Home" (1986)


For Christmas, if you tired off christmas songs, here's a powerfull swedish garage quatuor from back in the Eighties! It's on Super Stuff , the same label than the first Highspeed V single and Mats Kempe of the Highspeed is playing piano on "That's my baby", the best song of the EP, a real screamer! Originally started out in ca 1981 as a punk outfit 77-style with Freddy, Anders, Stefan and others called BSB - Begreppslösa Stefans Band playing fast punk rock. Influenced by the New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders the band joined forces with garage rock guru Tommy Ferdi Andersson and the band went back to the roots of punk rock through pub rock to glam/New York Dolls/ Johnny Thunders to the 60's garage bands 60's soul and further back to country music and rockabilly... The Hijackers also appeared on Raw Cuts 5 compilation in 1987 with " Don't Care", and on A Real Cool Time Revisited compilation in 2010 with When I Get Home. So all in all there where only four songs released by the band. Later, Tommy and Anders played with the band Turpentines - touring Europe. Tommy also later did recordnings with The Nomads and The Hellacopters. Stefan, Freddy, Anders and Mats (and also including late Hijacker member Sarah Englund) played for a while in more pop oriented group Blame signing a publishing deal with Sony/ATV music, but split up shortly after. Back in the days, Lindsay Hutton wrote about them "The Hijackers will banish that post psychedelic depression back into it's garage and nail up the door. The smartest thing to do is to let them take you whereever they want to go" and Miriam Linna also loved their stuff. Super stuff for sure!



Pour Noel, si vous êtes fatigués des chansons de noël, voici un excellent groupe garage suédois des mid 80's! C'est sur Super Stuff, le label du premier single des Highspeed V, d'ailleur on retrouve Mats Kempe de ce groupe au piano sur "That's my Baby", le meilleur morceau du disque. Le groupe débuta en 81 avec BSB, un combo formé de Freddy, Anders et Stefan juant un mélange de pub rock et de rock'n'roll à la Dolls... il furent rejoint par Tommy Ferdi Andersson pour revenir plus au source garage et rockab sous le nom des Hijackers. Ce 3 titres et leur seule trace vinylique mais ils ont également un inédit "Don't Care" sur la compil Raw Cuts 5 et on retrouve "When I Get Home" sur la "Real Cool Time revisited". Après les Hijackers, Tommy et Anders jouèrent avec les Turpentines. Tommy a aussi enregistré avec les Nomads et les Hellacopters. Stefan, Freddy, Anders, Mats et Sara (de la dernière formation des Hijackers) jouèrent aussi dans le combo pop Blame qui signa chez Sony mais sans rien sortir... En 86, Lindsay Hutton écrvait "Les Hijackers vont bannir toute la dépression post-psychédélique dans le garage et bien refermer la porte à clé. La meilleur chose à faire et de les laisser vous emmener là où ils veulent aller!".  Super Stuff, pour sûr!

dimanche 15 décembre 2013

25. J.D. Buhl & The Believers "Five o Clock World / Do ya Blame me" (1981)


In Pop Word, there are sometimes mysteries, how J.D. Buhl never made it is one of them.In 78, J.D. was working at rasputin records in Berkeley when he joined The Jars a new-wave band one of the very first bands to successfully combine 60s garage and 70s punk, they called it psycho-pop (also one of the first to cover Sonics classic "Psycho"). They played gigs around Bekerley opening fo Roky Erickson, The Angry Samoans or The Flaming Groovies, J.D. left before the release of their 2 classic singles. In 1980, he assembled the Believers and self-released the single "Five O'clock World" with the old Jars tune "Do Ya Blame Me?" on the b-side via his own Driving Records imprint. A side is a cover of The Vogues 60's classic with its irrestitible yoddle chorus. It strangely reminds me the Bruce Joyner's work. B-side is a great original covered this year by Driver (hear it on my new Kind Of Kicks). My single is the uk press on Rag Baby Records and don't have sleeve (had it ever have one?). After a second single (the great "Stay True") and a recommended  album (including the singles but not "Do Ya Blame me"), J.D. Buhl left rock'n'roll for a career in education, he's now english teacher at university of San Francisco. here's some words from an interview by Sam Lefevre (SF Weekly nov 2013): "We were writers, painters, journalists, but of a generation that strove for autonomy and not anarchy." He continues, "There was still a sense of continuity with rock 'n' roll history. The Sex Pistols declared that they were out to destroy rock 'n' roll; we were just trying to scrounge up gigs." "Over the years, I did feel as though my music was lost to history," Buhl says. "It never entered my mind that some kids would cover my single in 2013 and learn it right off the record!"  We could hope new stuff from this great pop writer?!


Dans l'univers de la pop, il y a bien des mystères, le fait que J.D. Buhl n'ai pas dépassé le statut de culte du East bay Punk en est un! En 78, alors qu'il vendait des disques à Rasputin (Bekerley), il rejoint The Jars, un combo local mélangeant les racines garage avec le punk 77 pour créer ce qu'ils définirent comme Psycho-pop (ils furent parmi les premiers à reprendre "Psycho" des Sonics, une curieuse version d'ailleurs). Après de nombreux concerts avec les Groovies, Roky Erikson ou les Angry Samoans, J.D. Buhl quitte le groupe avant l'enregistrement de leurs deux singles. Il monte alors son propre groupe The Believers et enregistre un premier single sur son label"Driving records". La face A est une reprise du classique sixties des Vogues "Five O Clock World" ou l'anachronique Yoddle rencontre la modernité d'une pop new wave. La face B "Do Ya Blame Me", un original de l'époque des Jars vaut aussi le détour dans le genre de hit manqué. Mon disque est le pressage anglais et n'a pas de pochette (?) . Après un second single, l'excellent "Stay True" et un album regroupant les singles et des inédits (mais pas "Do Ya Blame Me"), très recommandable et sorti par chez nous sur Line records, J.D. raccrochera le micro pour aller enseigner la langue de Shakespear, ce qu'il fait toujours à l'université de San Francisco. La reprise de "Do Ya blame me" par Driver (voir My New Kind Of Kicks) l'a sorti de sa retraite comme en témoigne ces quelques mots extraits d'un récent interview par Sam Lefevre de SF Weekly: Nous étions écrivains, peintres, journalistes, mais une génération qui cherchait de l'autonomie pas l'anarchie. Il y a toujours une continuité dans l'histoire du R'n'R, les Pistols déclaraient vouloir détruire le Rock'n'Roll, on essayit juste de décrocher des concerts. Au fil des ans, je pensais que mes disques était perdus pour l'histoire, il ne m'est jamais venu à l'esprit que des kids reprendraient mon single en 2013!". peut-être de quoi reprendre plume et micro?!


jeudi 5 décembre 2013

24. THE SHIFTERS "Coming Too Fast" (1986)


A promise is a promise... here"s the first single of the french Shifters on Teenage Records. It's produced by
Dick Taylor of Pretty Things fame. It's as good as the second single and you can also trust me and buy the album! "Coming Too Fast" is quite the opposite song of "(I Can't Get) no Satisfaction", if you don't see what I mean, have a look at the cover!



Le premier 45 des Shifters, "Coming Too Fast", le meilleure chanson sur l'éjaculation précoce à ma connaissance! 
Je me souviens des concerts endiablés des toulousains dans quelques bars montpelliérains, de l'humour de Zara et du jeu impressionnant de l'Estebe, je me souviens aussi de leur dernier concert dans une grande salle après la sortie de l'album qui s'était terminé en engueulade entre les différents membre du groupe.... Je me souviens avoir rencontré Thierry, le batteur,  quelques temps après dans un train entre Toulouse et Paris, il m'avait confié avoir monté un nouveau groupe "les Elephants"... quelques mois plus tard, il décrochait la timbale avec No On Is Innocent.....


samedi 16 novembre 2013

23. THE SINNERS "Hotshot" 7" + bonus (1986)


Hey Kids. I'm back with a real hotshot specially for your young ears!!
The Sinners, Lund's major contribution to the history of rock'n'roll, started playing in the winter of 1982-83. Prior to the Sinners, the members were involved in various punk and new wave bands without gaining more than local success. The Sinners did their first live appearance in September 1983 when they played support to Wilmer X at Fredman's in Malmö. They've been doing gigs regularly ever since and have secured a position as one of the most exciting bands from southern Sweden. In the very beginning they covered old Nuggets standards, but very soon they begun writing their own material. They released three singles (Open Up Your Door/Echoes (From Your Heart), Won't Be Back and Hotshot/I Won't Take That From You) on their own label Teenage Kicks. In April 1986 the Sinners did their first tour abroad with six successful gigs in France and appeared on French TV and radio. That was during this first french tour that I met The Sinners. On stage it was a real hot band, mixing sisties influences with pub rock in very exciting way. Out of stage, they were kind guys quite surprised by the success of their french tour. 
Here's the third single on their own "Teenage kicks" label, pearhaps the best one with "Hotshot" and ""I Won't Take That From You", two great rockers. And for your patience, I deliver you a rare 2 songs' flexi disc on teenage Kicks with 2 covers "Teenage Letter" and "I Can't Tell"

Hey Kids! Me voilà de retour avec un vrai "coup fumant"  pour vos oreilles sensibles!!
The Sinners, contribution majeure de la ville de Lund en suéde à l'histoire du Rock'n'Roll!
Formé en 1982 par différents membres de groupes punk et new wave, les Sinners firent leur première apparition live en septembre 83 en première partie de Wilmer X à Malmö. A leur débuts, ils se contentaient de faire des reprises de vieux standards ou de titres sixties tirées des Nuggets, à la manière de leurs grands frères des Nomads, mais rapidement ils se mirent à écrire leurs propres compos. les trois premiers singles sortirent sur leur propre label "Teenage Kicks"; celui-ci est le troisième, peut être le meilleur, avec deux titres de première bourre "Hotshot" et 'I Won't Take That From You" et pour le même prix j'y ajoute un rare flexi de la même époque avec un medley "Teenage letter/I Can't tell" qui traduit bien l'énergie des 5 garçons sur scène. Au printemps 86, ils avaient tous embarqués dans une camionette pour une tournée des clubs français. Sur scène, leur mix de'influences sixties et de pub rock était diablement efficace et j'ai le souvenir de gars vraiment cools tout surpris du succès de leurs prestations en France.