Friday, October 30, 2015

41 singles and 4 LPs just listed on ebay

Hi I have just listed 41 singles and 4 LPs on ebay...
Here is the link

Purepop1uk records on ebay

Plenty of great stuff including the woefully obscure and great Boppers single

Boppers -Cleveland Dolls/ Rocket City -Wild obscure US Proto Punk -1972?

Cleveland Dolls

 Dancing in Rocket City

Here is the full list. More funds for the upcoming Utrecht welcome –Thanks!

Bilbo Baggins -Saturday Night -Dutch Pic Sleeve -Hard Glam Stomper-1974
Stud Leather -Cut Loose -Proto Punk Garage Madness-1973
Tiger -I Am an Animal- Wild Glam Cruncher -Demo 1975

Equals -Diversion -Crunching Stomper -German pic sleeve 1973

Easybeats -Easy Fever Vol 2 EP - Vanda and Young with All Gone Boy 1967

Grapefruit (Vanda & Young) -Sha Sha/Universal Party -German pic sleeve 1971
Blakbone -Louisiana Cockfight - Heavy Psych FREAK Bonehead -1974

Stepson -Rule in The Book -Hard Rock Bonehead JAPANESE sleeve RARE-1974

Mach II -Concorde - Quirky UK Lush Supersonic Pop -1976

Creation -Midway Down Freakbeat Killer German picture sleeve -1968
Roky Erickson -Red Temple Prayer (Two Headed Dog) -Mars 1975

Messengers - In The Jungle/Way a Woman is PSYCH Dancer picture sleeve 1971
Blue Cheer -All Night Long -German picture sleeve - Heavy Psych Rock -1969

Velvet Underground -White Light/White Heat Original US Promo 1967
Velvet Underground -Head Held High -French Picture sleeve 1972

Velvet Underground ‎– Have A Real Good Time-Limited ed.100 copies screen printed
Sleaz Band -Midnight Man -UK Bonehead Cruncher 1974 -Hear!

Jets -YEAH! -Killer Glam Cruncher -French pic sleeve 1973
Stray -Move It -Hard n' Heavy Glam Cruncher – 1973

Rats -Don't Let Go/Dragon Child -Killer Glam Stomper - Demo 1974
Reparata -Your Life is Gone -Great 70s Girl Group Death Disc -1972

Jook-Oo Oo Rudi -Stomping Glam-John's Children 1973
Paul & Barry Ryan-Carry The Blues -French Picture Sleeve 1974

Blue Maxi -Here Comes Summer -Psych era Surf Powerpop -1970
Blue Planet -I'm Going Man- Great Dutch HEAVY Psych Hard Rock 1970

Glass Menagerie -Do My Thing Myself -Driving Hard Hitting Hard Rock -1969

Cobra –Midnight Walker - Heavy Psych FREAK Hard Rock 1971

Apocalypse -Neurotic Reaction -Wild German Heavy Psych 1970
Buster Jangles Flying Mattress - Love Taken Over My Brain FUZZ Psych-1971

Blue Goose -Loretta -Wild Glam/Hard Rock Cruncher -Demo 1975
Renegade -My Revolution -STOMPING Glam Crusher 1974

Paul Ryder and Time Machine - Are You Ready- GLAM STOMPER -1974
Marrakesh -The Prodigal Son Returns -Great UK Glam Rocker 1973

Suzi Quatro -Rolling Stone/Brain Confusion -Portugal pic sleeve 1972
Long Tall Ernie -Rockin' Rocket -Great NederGlam -1975

Dee Dee - Woman -South African Glam Stomper 1975
Yellow Bird -Attack Attack- Frenetic Junkshop Glam Killer -Demo 1974

Giggles -Reaching Out - Glam/Hard Rock -Demo 1977
Little Sammy Gaha -Rock n Roll is Back Again -ROUSING Glam Cruncher -1973

Punchin' Judy - Settle Down - Tough Girl Hard Glam Scorcher -1974

And 4 LPs

BONEHEAD CRUSHERS (Crunchers) VOL 2 14 Demented Fuzz-Faced Monsters from the USA
BONEHEAD CRUNCHERS VOL 4 Streelight Fight -Proto Punk/ Heavy Rock/Glam ltd 300

ULTIMATE BONEHEAD Volume 1- 14 Hard Rock/Heavy Psych/Proto Punk Nuggets ltd 300
ULTIMATE BONEHEAD Volume 2- 14 US Proto Punk/Hard Rock/Heavy Nuggets ltd 300

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

T.C. – Zoom City

T.C. –Zoom City/Long Way Home –Self released (1980 US)

Here is as truly wonderful unknown Powerpop gem out of Arizona. Although quite slick, the killer hooks and tough guitars make this a true classic. T.C.’S vocals are great with a strident edge that gab you on first hearing. It has been mentioned that it sounds like a tougher Rick Springfield playing with The Cars. T.C. was a big Cars fan, and that was the sound he was going for at the time, but this goes way beyond that!

Long Way Home is  less obviously a work of genius; sounding more like Supertramp covering Willie Nile! Surprisingly it was Long Way Home that became the plug side and garnered airplay in Phoenix, Springfield (MO), St. Louis and even in Bolivia!!! It appears that he performed there, receiving “star treatment”.

So who is T.C.? Well he is one Thomas Ben Chambers, he still has a Myspace page with other stuff he has recorded. Not included on his site is the Morning Sunlight single he released in 1976; where the high pitch voice sounds like it was recorded when he was 13.

It’s folky and orchestrated and doesn’t gel at 45rpm, however when played at 33.3rpm Morning Sunlight could be a Forever Changes outtake with T.C. sounding like a dead ringer for Arthur Lee. These two records appear to be the only vinyl releases by T.C.

Thanks to Mark P. for turning me on to this wonder and for the background info

Hear a full version of Zoom City

Hear a full version of Long Way Home

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Salt –Lucifer

The Salt –Lucifer/A Whole Lot of Rainbows –Cotillion 44012 (1968 US)

Here’s a marvellous Joey Levine oddity. Giving The Dark One the levity he sometimes deserves, Lucifer is a wondrous mix of Heavy Bubblegum/Psych, OTT orchestrations and goes off in all directions while remaining a united focused effort. At times I wonder if this was not a Third Rail outtake as it takes in near Pet Sounds interludes amid the Captain Groovy Grooves. It must have been fun creating this one in the studio as it sure is fun listening to it 47 years later! Immortal stuff…

Hear a full version of Lucifer

Monday, October 05, 2015

Hot Lucy –Kid Stuff

Hot Lucy –Kid Stuff/Switchitter –Whale Records 1079 (1976 US)

Randy Meyers has featured on Purepop before as one of the forces behind the great Dwarf singles. He was older than the Dwarf teens and served as an experienced hand to guide them and serve as engineer. Randy was quite the local hero having served with The Pagens who released the sought Garage Punker Mystic Cloud, but the story didn’t end there as he then formed Julia who backed Bob Seger (post System –pre Silver Bullet Band) as well as releasing 2 singles in their own right as Julia on Palladium. The break-up of Julia let straight to the formation of Hot Lucy who only released this great two-sider during their existence. Kid Stuff is a perfect Proto Punk rocker, exhuming sass as well as savoir-faire, although the sax break provides a Marmite effect (for the puzzled non UK residents –substitute Marmite with polarizing) and takes a bit of getting used to. Switchitter is a more unified effort reminding of Dwarf in the verses with more melodic twists and turns, catchy as hell providing a typical US Powerpop dimension. Short and succinct both tracks are winners and amplifies the shame that the band didn’t release anything else during their existence

Hear a full version of Kid Stuff

Hear a full version of Switchitter

I had the opportunity to catch up with RandyMeyers. Randy is still busy touring with The Drysdales and playing with other acts so is far from hanging up his sticks.

Hot Lucy was really the continuation of Julia which was comprised of 3 members of The Pagens augmented by the arrival of Calvin Hughes (who went to form Hot Lucy with Randy). Julia marked themselves outside of the whole heavy Michigan scene “We got to be really popular in Detroit. We were the anti -group. When everyone was into the MC5 or Stooges, we were the Pop guys; we were doing The Beatles and Badfinger…”

Julia was managed by Punch Andrews (Bob Seger, Kid Rock) they opened for many visiting acts and ended up backing and recording with Bob Seger.  Bill Mueller was asked to join Bob Seger without the other band members and that led to the eventual split of the band. Hot Lucy started in 1973 when Julia broke up and was in existence until the summer of 1977. “Hot Lucy had a lot of people go through it; it was almost a revolving door...” Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent) was probably the best known member.

 If Julia were the pop guys, who were Hot Lucy?
We went for a harder edge with Hot Lucy. The bass player was more into R&B and Blues, so we got into that…We just want to create our own sound...” They opened for many acts including Kiss, Bob Seger, The New York Dolls and The Raspberries. They also built their own studio and did a lot of recording, although the Kid Stuff single was the only release at the time.
We recorded the single at the end of 75/early 76 and released it ourselves. We got very little airplay but sold it through the little fan club we had and at our gigs…” 500 copies of the single were pressed.

There is a powerpop edge to the single and recalls a more grown up Dwarf “I produced the 3 Dwarf singles and their EP. It kind of morphed as both groups had a similar sound…”Although influenced by bands like Free, they retained a pop sound. “We wanted some pop sensibility where it wasn’t so far out that people couldn’t hear the commerciality about it. Calvin and I came from a pop background with Badfinger, Beatles, Raspberries and The British Invasion stuff which was how we cut our teeth in the mid 60s …”

The line-up on the single was Calvin Hughes (guitar/vocals), Gary Czabot (bass), Michael Harner (guitar) and Randy Meyers on drums. They also brought in a sax player on the A side from a 50s band called Moose and Da Sharks. Hopefully now is the time for further material from Hot Lucy to finally seethe light of day. Thanks to Randy!

L-R   Gary Czabot, Calvin Hughes, Randy Meyers, Michael Harner  (Late 1975)