Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sorry for the lack of activity on Purepop....but I am currently unable to upload new sound files to Divshare who stored all my sound files (before they lost them all). Not sure when normal service will be resumed...In the meantime enjoy this wonder...A pulverising Proto Punk masterpiece from 1969 that was unreleased at the time. Before settling on the name Half Life they were called No Fun. Yes a Detroit band named after The Stooges number. Wow.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tribal Sinfonia - Do You Want Me/Something Has You Turned Around–Tribe Records Z4KM- 3010 (1970 US)
Out of Detroit, here is quite an oddity. Horn driven Rock with some blistering guitar riffs and lead. It is not so much Chicago as a mutoid marching band crossed with the heaviest of what Michigan could offer, only slightly hindered, by a weedy interlude. Compiled on one of those Michigan Meltdown comps, it sounds best as nature intended. It appears they released a second single but supposedly in a more Funky vein. The b side is pants and features flute, so is best avoided
Hear a full version of Something Has You Turned Around
Note: I am unable to upload files to Divshare…yet AGAIN! Arrrgh…
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Vodka Collins –Sands of Time./Automatic Pilot- Express ETP -2857 (1972 Japan)
A wondrous and killer single released in 1972 by Alan Merrill whilst in Japan following the initial line up of Streak and forming hit-makers Arrows in the UK. Automatic Pilot could have been huge beyond Japan, if only their management and label had seen the wisdom of recording the song in English and looking beyond the Nippon market, but it was not to be. Alan’s Japanese sojourn did bring local success and they also recorded an album Tokyo New York. Automatic Pilot is the perfect Glitter choogler with a chorus that is pure T.Rex bliss in its hooky melodicism.
Hear a full version of Automatic Pilot
Alan was kind enough to fill in the gaps and tell the tale...
Streak was formed by Alan with Jake Hooker and John Siomos (drums) “We started Streak in New York while I was on holiday from Japan waiting for a work visa to go back there. It usually took 3 weeks to a month. We recorded a demo tape that reached Tony Hall" (Black Sabbath/Arrival manager), John soon left the band and Streak reconvened in London recruiting David Wesley on drums. However things weren’t moving fast enough for Alan. “At this point my money was running low and with no retainer in sight I got cold feet and took a flight back to Japan where I knew I'd have solid work and a record deal…”
Alan had co-written (although un-credited) "Gonna Have A Good Time and Be Your Ryder which was the first Streak singe on A&M featuring Alan’s replacement Ben Brierly on bass Meanwhile back in Japan… "While Jake was struggling to make Streak a hit band in the UK I had managed to make the first ever Japanese language glam rock records, singing in Japanese with Vodka Collins. I wrote the songs in English in 1971 and my drummer Hirsohi Oguchi made Japanese lyrics for the songs. "Automatic Pilot" & "Sands Of Time" in 1972. It was a double a-sided hit single. I think at that point in time I had made the right decision to return to Japan rather than stay in England with Streak..."
Was Automatic Pilot ever recorded in English at the time?
"No, that was one of the major sore points. I wrote the song in English but EMI Japan would only release the Japanese language version. That confirmed my fear that they had no interest in promoting the product outside of Japan. It was so frustrating. Compound that with only a very small trickle of money coming my way from Vodka Collins' management, so I had to say 'Sayonara" and jet it to London to start the Arrows. I took a big chance. When I got to England in 1974 I was broke, slept on Jake Hooker's floor until we got the record deal with RAK a few months after I arrived in London. It all worked out somehow. We were soon in the charts and touring as Arrows. I see in Vodka Collins you were a duo then were joined by a guy from The Spiders plus another..."
Was Automatic Pilot recorded as a duo?
Vodka Collins started as a duo, much like T Rex in the UK. We rehearsed my original songs just bass and drums for a few weeks. When the time was right we brought in a bass player (who was actually a fine guitarist, top musician) to complete the live line up. "Automatic Pilot" was recorded as a trio with Hiroshi Oguchi on drums and Take Yokouchi on bass. I played all the guitars (Gibson Les Paul) and sang the lead vocal (and the high falsetto octave vocal, overdubbed) in Japanese. Monsieur Kamyatsu of the Spiders joined us for live gigs, his being such huge star in Japan it was a great plus having him aboard.
You know, odd as it seems to this day I am still considered a domestic Japanese act, and not a foreign act in Japan. In that sense I'm unique and an anomaly. The only foreigner who will always be considered a home grown local act…
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Bruce Spelman -29 Years to Doomsday/Cutting The Traces Leaving The Places/Remember This –Montagu -Mont 3000 (UK 1972)
Montagu Records was an off-shoot of Beacon Records. Bruce actually had an LP on Montagu “You Don’t Know What You’re Paddling in”, so Phil was a bit of an eco-warrior and 29 Years to Doomsday is another one of those “respect the planet or will drown in a cesspool of muck” ditties, however it goes beyond being an expected laidback folky dirge and is actually quite a concise driving and catchy tune similar to a Phil Cordell or Hetherington type number with a nice line in cutting fuzz guitar.
Hear a full version of 29 Days To Doomsday
Friday, May 15, 2015
Mike King –All the Boys and Girls/ Rock n’ Roll Waitress –O Brothers PW 440 (197? US)
Here’s a strange one that I can’t find any information on. It appears to be out of Oklahoma City and I assume it’s late 70s. Rock n’ Roll Waitress is a grinding cross of Johnny Thunders/Heartbreakers (One Track Mind) and Flies on Sherbert (I’ve Had It) era Alex Chilton minced through a Bonehead grinder. Simple, rough and effective. The A side is also pretty decent, but with more of a bar band tinge. Why is this a Google ”0”?
Hear a full version of Rock n’ Roll Waitress
Hear a full version of All the Boys and Girls
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Pesky Gee! –Where is My Mind/A Place of Hearbreak –Pye 7N. 17708 (1969 UK)
Pesky Gee! Was in fact Black Widow before their name change. Their cover of this Vanilla Fudge track finds them leaving their soul cover band origins behind and heading into the weirder territory they would later occupy. The saxophones and high vocals add a certain baroque feel which is odd yet fitting with the Heavy dose of Psych fuzz. Ex Pesky Gee! members Clive Jones and Clive Box would later re-appear in the late 70s as Agony Bag, releasing the incredible Rabies is a Killer. I was lucky enough to see Clive perform the track live with Guida last year shortly before his untimely death.
Hear a full version of Where is My Mind
Monday, April 20, 2015
OST Ultime Gride Dalla Savana –For You and Me/ Leave The Rest To Me –AMP 157 (1975 Italy)
On the soundtrack of the tame and mostly stagged Italian Mondo movie “Ultime Grida Dalla Savana” (Savage Man Savage Beast) lurks this driving gritty rocker which melds Barry McGuire with Chicory Tip into a 3 chord Beat on The Brat no hope wonder. It sounds like it was recorded more as an afterthought with an ending that is more than abrupt. The lyrics attempt some form of socio realism from its factories and assembly lines to switchblade knives, dealers, Junkies, street fighting men and honky tonks with fun results.
If you like this tune, you’re in luck as there are literally dozen of really cheap copies out there. The A side starts out like Neil Young then goes all Italo-schmaltz…so quite listenable for the first 30 seconds! Gilbert Kopland appears to be a pseudonym; however he sounds reassuringly American.
Hear a full version of Leave The Rest To Me
Monday, April 13, 2015
Over the years, through its different permutations, Shindig! has not just been the finest (and readable)music mag out there, but also the most influential. It's the shared vision of Jon Mills and Andy Morten that has made Shindig! special and unique. Now through some ghastly underhand tactics, their vision has been ripped out of their hands by Volcano Publishing and has been replaced by some ersatz /pale imitation under the name of Kaleidoscope. If you believe in integrity, if you believe a publication would be hollow with content stitched together without a driving vision. Stay away from Kaleidoscope and give Volcano a right earful. Shindig! will be back and hopefully soon.
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Sunday, April 12, 2015
OK, all done now. Today was half price or "Sunday prices" on most of the stuff, so it was worth doing a relaxed last walk around the stands. The weirdest purchase was the 4 track Thai Bloodrock EP!
All in all Utrecht remains the best record fair anywhere and is a constant reminder of how crap fairs are in the UK.
Until November then!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
A more compact bunch today, including this corking heavy Swedish double-header
Zane –Step Aside
Panda –Medicine Man
The rest of the 45s...
Now not my usual buying behaviour, but I also picked up 4 LPs....
Tomorrow I will spend a few hours and perhaps a few Euros more at the fair before flying back to the UK...
Friday, April 10, 2015
Now this no longer really happens in this day and age, but the bunch of 32 singles below cost €2 each. Nice to get those Smoke and Creation singles. Bargain!
More nice stuff including the Dutch Jetz single at a reasonable price.
I'm here until Sunday...So I will report back
Thursday, April 09, 2015
Monday, April 06, 2015
Ronnie and Natalie -6 Times/ Stumpwater –Turn Me on Woman –WMC Records (1975 Canada)
Beware Canadian content! Stumpwater emanated from the outlands of Nova Scotia and this is actually the B side of the single which they shared with Ronnie and Natalie. Stumpwater were without any doubt a killer combo supremely loud and heavy, oozing attitude and a rampant sexuality, but not quite as rampant as on the other side which features Natalie Pollock who co-hosted The Pollock and Pollock Gossip Show and who’s screeching vocals complement Ronnie. Judging the size of Natalie’s ample bosom, it is no wonder Ronnie managed to get it up 6 times a night…This single will soon be re-released on the Supreme Echo label, who have already released the Twitch, Sphex and Triton Warrior with much more cool stuff to come.
Hear a full version of Turn Me on Woman
Hear a full version of 6 Times
Monday, March 30, 2015
Spirit of St. Louis-Something Lazy/See Me Go –Hansa 14829 AT (1970 German issue)
This is the first single from this Leiden (NL) band who released at least 4 more singles. The band in this earlier incarnation was comprised of brothers Roland (guitar) and Arthur De Leeuw (drums) with Martin Kramer (bass). See Me Go is a Top Neder-Cruncher which makes me think of The Pretty Things gone Hard Rock filtered through S.F Sorrow but keeping their 60s R&B rawness. It features some cutting lead guitar at the cusp of Freakbeat and Heavier fare. The A side is a good mid tempo number, although less wild in its approach while their next single Down by The Radio (1974) was more commercial a bit like CCR covering Yellow River (Christie). So a one B side wonder?
Hear a full version of See Me Go
Saturday, March 21, 2015
The Jax -The Jax are Back/The Jax are Back (Live) -Baddog -FKU 69 (1973 US)
Talk about primitive. Recorded "live" at The Trashy Trailer, I would be surprised if more than 2 mics were used to capture the pure wild Proto Punk abandonment just about contained here. Pressed in miniscule quantities, their only single featured two versions of the same song, but this is the “Live” side and the wildest of the two. The other side can be found on Youtube. From Clinton, Iowa, who were these guys?
Hear a full version of The Jax are Back (Live)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Seompi - Almost in The Whole/Slide Slide -Black Star S-102 (1971 US)
(Just a quick post using a different sound file storage /player until normal service is hopefully resumed)
Seompi were a legendary Texan congregation part Hippie, part Agit pop, but full FREAK. The performance is wonderfully heavy although they do go a bit dear I say it...Jazz at the end. The band, based in Austin released 3 singles at the time and played on until 1974
Hear a full version of Almost in The Whole
Monday, March 16, 2015
Their customer service is non -existent (well one note on their Facebook page on the 11th of March, since then...ZILCH!) . I am not the only who pays an annual fee for their service, but this is pretty bad.
About 5 years ago they lost half my files and there was another long outage back in February. This explains the lack of posts for the time being until things get resolved. In Feb I tried another service, but it is not as user-friendly as Divshare.
Divshare has a great product, but I suppose weak infrastructure that they can't afford to replace and crap customer service. Oh dear...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
200 Years is a Heavy Michigan fuzz fest in its original incarnation on Signal prior to being licensed to Mainstream albeit only in promo form. This trio comprised of Dennis Pinkston on guitar, Hank Markeson (bass) and Joey Pannesidi on drums didn’t manage to release anything else at the time. The thick layer of fuzz guitar, reminding me of Golden Sun, is exemplary while the performance itself could have gone on for longer than it’s short playing time. The B side is more like a Love Da Capo outtake, extended soft psych with jazzy beats and intricate changes.
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Hear a full version of Castles
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Unknown –Revolution/Drive –Trident Acetate (UK 1974)
The year is 1974, Great Britain ain’t so great anymore, we have the 3 day week, IRA bombings, the constant rain and The Glitter sparkle is fading fast…2 years before Punk and the revolution craved for here, is not about overthrowing the government or kicking Ted in the teeth, these guys just want some comfort and a “decent” life. So basically this is not a Third World War rallying call to arms, but an amiable bouncy near Glitter/Pub rock ditty which is pretty hooky with some cute guitar leads. The other side Drive is er…more driving, but the guys still don’t cut loose at full speed, but it has a nice Kinks-like middle bit So who the hell is this? Could it be an unreleased Bo’ Flyers song? It is definitely a demo, perhaps from a Denmark Street studio nearby. Don’t be fooled by the UA catalogue number. What probably happened is that an engineer at Trident had a few left over acetates, so he called up his mates who had recorded a demo offering to cut them a few copies in return for favours from the singer’s sister…
Hear a full version of Revolution
Hear a full version of Drive
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Martin’s Art- Thoughts Have Wings /Control Group Dropout-Counterpart APG 13 (1975 US)
Here’s an obscure Ohio outing that seems to be a pet project of one Jeff Martin. I’ll focus on the B side here as it’s a delightful mish-mash of Powerpop-like melodic moves tied in with some compressed Psych elements along with a cool guitar break, backward effects and a nice dry drum sound. The A side is more laidback and perhaps lack the outgoing appeal of the B side. It appears that this was originally slated to be released on the subsidiary Applegate label, but ended up on Counterpart with an incongruous catalogue number
Hear a full version of Control Group Dropout
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Unreleased Phil Spector Acetate: Lucy in London (1966)
To feature on the Lucille Ball London special, it appears that Phil Spector was commissioned to provide the main title theme. The song was finally aired in 1966 along with clips of Lucille going All Mod and Fab in and around London…”It was Lucy with The Dave Clark Five…Lucy with a mini skirt on” You can hear and see the full version here
To my knowledge, it was never released in its own right. Lucy in London is a delightful kitsch yet invigorating uptempo melodic winner. Featuring Phil Spector on lead vocals, the full version has that full Gold Star glistening treatment along with a near Pet Sounds dream sequence middle bit.
Now about this acetate. I believe this version is completely unheard up to now. I bought it thinking it would be the full version, but no. This is something completely different. It appears to be the original demo sung by Phil Spector with piano, drums and a cute celeste part. This version already features the full arrangement ideas but without the orchestration and is 4:20 long. I’m not sure if it’s a Gold Star recording or not and who is playing with Phil. More info is most welcome.
For obvious reasons I am not featuring the full version, but here is an edit
I am in no rush to sell this, however if anyone is really interested, I am open to reasonable 4 figure offers… my email is on my profile page
Friday, February 06, 2015
Brett Smiley –Lying in The Sun/Got To Get Through To You –Gold Star Acetate (US 1969)
Between auditioning for musicals and trekking up and down the West Coast, Brett recorded many demos in the hope of finding that elusive first step to musical success. These recordings were made at least 5 years before he met Andrew Loog Oldham and targeted Europe with the release Va Va Va Voom on Anchor before the dream evaporated with the proposed album being shelved (but not before an unbelievable Russell Harty appearance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9xIvGSj88g )
Lying in The Sun is simply amazing and quite the doom opus. Here The Prettiest Star is deeply poignant, letting reign to teenage death fantasies, but with a maturity beyond his teenage years. Lying in The Sun is in fact an Anti-Vietnam song written in 1968 but recorded in ’69
Brett: “The very same year Charles Manson murdered Sharon Tate...Written one year I believe after The Summer of Love... Anti-War song... Vietnam War at the time... Simply lying in the sun as the song says at Sunset Beach, Ca USA. A simple Truth... The first War the U.S Lost!”
It all ends up a bit like a teenage Nick Drake covering Brian Wilson’s Til I Die, but recalling Dennis Wilson’s unreleased Carry Me Home insofar of its dramatic effect. Superb!
Gotta Get Through To You is more straightforward, It’s enjoyable but perhaps lacks the impact of Lying in The Sun. Glad to say that Brett is alive and well…
Hear a full version of Lying in The Sun
Hear a full version of Got To Get Through To You
Sunday, February 01, 2015
Blue Creed –Need a Friend/ Sugarbabe–Mogo 4570 (1970 US)
Heavy Monster Freak time! Sporting some ridiculous wigs, these West Virginians must have been in the military (like The Monks?) or had secure day jobs that precluded them from growing their hair long. Freak yes, but able to blend into their day to day, so more like Weekend Freak! Anyhow Need a Friend is crude, loud and fuzzy with masterly growly vocals that take the performance out of the Garage and into the realm of Bonehead. The B side is also worthwhile using the same approach. Grrrrrr…
Hear a full version of Need a Friend
Hear a full version of Sugarbabe
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cherry Slush –I Cannot Stop You/ Don´t Walk Away - Cornet 5006 (1968 German issue)
Although a bit earlier and better known than the usual fair future featured here, I just love this track too much not to post it. Also with Dick Wagner’s recent passing, it’s nice to remember him as more than just half the twin leads on Rock n’ Roll Animal or Welcome to My Nightmare. The Slush came out of Saginaw (MI) and had the chance to hook up with Dick somewhere between his Bossmen and Frost Days. I Cannot Stop You apart from being a great tune, features a wonderfully original production, elevating it beyond typical Garage/Psych stuff into a drone infused commercial outing that deserved more than it local success. Read more about The Cherry Slush here: http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mrrl-hall-of-fame/225-cherry-slush
Hear a full version of I Cannot Stop You
Friday, January 16, 2015
Snow -Johnny B. Goode/ Sunflower - Castle 108 (1970 US)
Snow was the new name for Negative Space following the release of their Hard, Heavy, Mean & Evil LP (also on Castle). Fronted by Rob Russen and based in Trenton, their tenure as Snow was short-lived and they seldom played beyond New Jersey. Johnny B. Goode was in fact the A side, but is no more than a perfunctory version, however the B side is where it’s at. A bit overlong, Sunflower features softer interludes between bouts of intense rampant riffing. Although not quite meriting an Ultimate Bonehead accolade, Sunflower stands in its own right as a prime example of lo-fi early 70s heaviness.
More info here: http://psychedelicbaby.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/negative-space-my-interview-with-rob.html
Hear a full version of Sunflower
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Pagan Blitz –Slippen Away/Rosalie –self release (US 197?)
Quick Fox –Feel My Touch/Indian –Wild Records A11-0678 (US 1978)
Sometimes records just don’t fit either in a fixed time period or match a pre-identified style. The two records in question ring all the right bells, but are too late for Proto Punk, as in one case at least, were released after the first wave of Punk. Both releases have Powerpop tendencies, but not overtly so…They are not AOR, as both releases have an energy and sensitivity that elevate them far from that field. Wherever they sit, both records are most enjoyable. All I can say about Pagan Blitz, is that they were from Greenwood Virginia and they cover Bob Seger’s Rosalie on the B side which probably betrays a bar band background. Quick Fox were from Massachusetts and released at least one other single (Pretty Baby) 4 years later. Here the mix is even more engaging with anglophile near Milk and Cookies vocals over some tasty and tough guitars. The B side Indian even reminds me of a Hard Rock Buffalo Springfield. (Thanks to Collin for turning me on to Quick Fox)
Quick Fox (from left to right) Nick Soldato, Johnny Soldato and Mick Valenti
|Photo: Dan Valenti|
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Hear a full version of Feel My Touch
Monday, December 29, 2014
GYGAFO –Wino/Broken Smiles –Look Records SP. 6061 (1975 UK)
GYGAFO from Yorkshire, were named after an enlightened Northern promoter told the band to Get Your Gear And F*** Off during a sound check. In 1973, they got as far as recording an unreleased LP Legend of The Kingfisher which is full of proggy moves and flute, but this single appeared a couple of years later and is a different kettle of (king)fish. Loutish, bratish and rousing; Wino stomps and pounds and features some fine lead guitar. Although they had already shorn off their earlier Prog leanings, by 1976 they were “knocked for 6” by Punk and the band imploded.
Hear a full version of Wino
Friday, December 19, 2014
Monument –Infarctus/Computer Love –AFA 639 (1971 France)
This was the only single release by these teenage miscreants from the outskirts of Paris. Already responsible for a Heavy Psych LP in 1970 titled Volume 1, this was their only further output, released under the banner of “Plays Hard Rock”. Both sides do as they say on the tin, and if anything the Cro-Magnon attitude hits deeper lows (or exultant heights?) with plenty of fuzz, guttural vocals and overall heaviness. Both songs are pretty long and although they could have been more succinct, the sheer unrelenting thumping will batter you into submission. Both tracks are totally wild. Monument were Micky Wals (vocals, guitar), Joël Averbouch (guitar), Lou Lou Laguerre (keyboards), Patrick F. (bass) and Tony Laguerre (drums)
Hear a full version of Infarctus
Hear a full version of Computer Love
Friday, December 12, 2014
Green Point seems to be the new centre of record buyers, with Academy and Record Grouch moving from Williamsburg.
Co-op 87, at 87 Guernsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 had some good stock and is well worth visiting. It looks like there is a good stock turnover. Some good singles.
Academy have recently moved to 85 Oak Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, and the focus is currently more on LPs, however once they get organised, 45s should be making more of a comeback. Some very reasonable prices.
Captured Tracks at 195 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, have a good selection of LPs, perhaps more of a Soul focus
Apparently a big hit with Japanese tourists is The Thing opposite from Record Grouch at 1001 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222, is quite amazing. When you walk round the mounds of stuff, you walk downstairs to the catacombs just filed wall to wall with vinyl. Wonder where records go when no one wants them? Well it looks like at 250.000 of them end up here. The last stop before landfill. Now if you had 2 days, there may be some finds, but it is a tad overwhelming..
By early evening we headed to The Archive of Contemporary Music at 54 White Street, New York, NY 10013 as they were holding a cocktail party (well cheese and wine) as a pre-sale event. Picked up nice copies of the A Square SRC/Rationals and MC5. I was holding out getting the pic sleeve, but the copy they archived was not for sale at any price...
Never seen that red cover for the Thundertrain...