Saturday, November 16, 2019

“Illusions in G Major”, Electric Light Orchestra

This way: Illusions in G Major

The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1970 by songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood with drummer Bev Bevan. Their music is characterized by a fusion of Beatlesque pop, classical arrangements and futuristic iconography. After Wood’s departure in 1972, Lynne became the band’s sole leader, arranging and producing every album while writing virtually all of their original material. For their initial tenure, Lynne, Bevan and keyboardist Richard Tandy were the group's only consistent members. 

[Spotify] Illusions in G Major

Thursday, November 14, 2019

“Trem Two”, Mission of Burma

This way: Trem Two

Here is a great one from Mission of Burmas 1982 LP “Vs”.

Mission of Burma is an American post-punk band formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1979. The band was formed by Roger Miller (guitar), Clint Conley (bass), Peter Prescott (drums) and Martin Swope (tape manipulator/sound engineer). Miller, Conley and Prescott share singing and songwriting duties.

In early years the band's recordings were all released on the small Boston-based record label Ace of Hearts. Despite initial success, Mission of Burma disbanded in 1983 due to Miller's development of tinnitus caused by the volume of the band's live performances. In its original lineup, the band released only two singles, an EP, and one LP, Vs. Mission of Burma reformed in 2002, with Bob Weston replacing Swope, and has since recorded four more albums, ONoffON, The Obliterati, The Sound The Speed The Light and Unsound.

[Spotify] Trem Two

“A Promise”, Echo and the Bunnymen

This way: A Promise

This is one of my favorite bands of all time. Never got over them. Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. This is one of my favorite songs of their fantastic and prolific 80s period. This is from “Heaven Up Here”, the second album by Echo & the Bunnymen, released on 30 May 1981.

[Spotify] A Promise

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

“The News”, Carbon/Silicon

This way: The News

Carbon/Silicon is a punk rock duo consisting of two experienced punk rock musicians: Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite, and Tony James, formerly of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The band formed around 2002. This song is from 2007.

[Spotify] The News

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

“World Destruction”, Time Zone (Afrika Bambaataa feat.John Lydon)

This way: World Destruction

In December 1984, Time Zone released their most well-known single, “World Destruction”. A collaboration between Bambaataa, ex-Sex Pistol/Public Image Ltd. leader John Lydon, and producer/bassist Bill Laswell. The “World Destruction” single was arranged by Laswell after Lydon and Bambaataa had acknowledged respect for each other’s work:

Afrika Bambaataa: “I  was talking to Bill Laswell saying I need somebody who's really crazy, man, and he thought of John Lydon. I knew he was perfect because I'd seen this movie that he'd made (Copkiller), I knew about all the Sex Pistols and Public Image stuff, so we got together and we did a smashing crazy version, and a version where he cussed the Queen something terrible, which was never released.”

John Lydon: “We went in, put a drum beat down on the machine and did the whole thing in about four-and-a-half hours. It was very, very quick.”

[Spotify] World Destruction

Monday, November 11, 2019

“Face to Faces”, Sleaford Mods

This way: Face to Faces

Sleaford Mods are an English electronic punk music duo formed in 2007 in Nottingham. The band features vocalist Jason Williamson and, since 2012, musician Andrew Fearn. They are known for their abrasive, minimalist musical style and embittered explorations of austerity-era Britain, culture, and working class life, delivered in Williamson's East Midlands accent. The duo have released several albums to critical praise. Sleaford Mods have described their work as “electronic munt minimalist punk-hop rants for the working  class”.
 [Spotify] Face to Faces

Saturday, November 9, 2019

“Wonderboy”, Tenacious D

This way: Wonderboy

Tenacious D is an American comedy rock duo, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1994. It was founded by actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass, who were part of The Actors' Gang theater company at the time. The duo's name is derived from “tenacious defense”, a phrase used by NBA basketball sportscaster Marv Albert.

Prior to the release of Tenacious D’s 2001 debut album Tenacious D, the duo had a three-episode TV series released on HBO, with the episodes broadcasting between 1997 and 2000. These episodes came about after the band had met David Cross and Bob Odenkirk on the Los Angeles music scene—and Black featuring in episodes of Mr. Show with Bob and David. The band also befriended former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, and this would begin a working relationship between Foo Fighters and Tenacious D. Towards the end of the 1990s, the duo supported large rock acts such as Pearl Jam, Tool and Beck.  

[Spotify] Wonderboy

Friday, November 8, 2019

“Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard”, Puddles Pity Party

This way: Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard

Originally, Puddles was a Shriner clown, but eventually developed into Puddles Pity Party, wearing the distinctive whiteface clown costume. Geier now considers himself and Puddles to be separate people, and refuses to break character for anything. Like Geier himself, Puddles has a baritone singing voice, and sings mostly covers of songs. Puddles has a depressed persona and refrains from speaking on stage or giving interviews.   

[Spotify] Folsom Prison Blues/Pinball Wizard

Thursday, November 7, 2019

“Back in Flesh”, Wall of Voodoo

This way: Back in Flesh

Wall of Voodoo was an American new wave group from Los Angeles, California, United States, best known for the 1983 hit “Mexican Radio”. The band had a sound that was a fusion of synthesizer-based new wave music with the spaghetti Western soundtrack style of Ennio Morricone. Sardonic comes to mind.

In 1977, with the addition of Skulls members Bruce Moreland as bassist and Chas T. Gray as keyboardist, along with Joe Nanini, who had been the drummer for the Bags, the Eyes, and Black Randy and the Metrosquad, the first lineup of Wall of Voodoo was born.

[Spotify] Back in Flesh

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

“Bobby Shannon”, Sister Double Happiness

This way: Bobby Shannon

Sister Double Happiness was an alternative blues rock band that existed from 1986 until 1995, formed in San Francisco. Its core members were Gary Floyd and Lynn Perko, who were in the seminal punk rock band The Dicks, and Ben Cohen of the Pop-o-Pies.

Sister Double Happiness recorded and released four LPs, one EP, and one live record in its nine-year existence. After they disbanded, Floyd went on to front Black Kali Ma and recorded solo material. Perko later joined Imperial Teen.

[Spotify] Bobby Shannon

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

“Don't Want to Know If you are Lonely”, Hüsker Dü

This way: Don't Want to Know If you are Lonely

Hüsker Dü was an American rock band formed in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1979. The band's continual members were guitarist/vocalist Bob Mould, bassist/vocalist Greg Norton, and drummer/vocalist Grant Hart. Hüsker Dü first gained notability as a hardcore punk band, later crossing over into alternative rock. Mould and Hart were the principal songwriters for Hüsker Dü, with Hart's higher-pitched vocals and Mould's baritone taking the lead in alternating songs.

Following the release of three LPs and an EP on independent label SST Records, including the critically acclaimed Zen Arcade in 1984, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1986 to release their final two studio albums. Hüsker Dü disbanded in January 1988. Mould later released two solo albums before forming Sugar in the early 1990s, while Hart released a solo album on SST and later formed Nova Mob.

[Spotify] Don't Want to Know If you are Lonely

Monday, November 4, 2019

“Dark Entries”, Bauhaus

This way: Dark Entries

Bauhaus are an English rock band, formed in Northampton, England, in 1978. The group consisted of Daniel Ash (guitar, saxophone), Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). The band was originally named Bauhaus 1919 in reference to the first operating year of the German art school Bauhaus, although they shortened the name within a year of formation. One of the pioneers of gothic rock, Bauhaus were known for their dark image and gloomy sound, although they mixed many genres, including dub, glam rock, psychedelia and funk.

Bauhaus broke up in 1983. Murphy began a solo career while Ash and Haskins continued as Tones on Tail and, later, reunited with David J to form Love and Rockets. Both enjoyed greater commercial success in the United States than Bauhaus had, but disappeared from the charts in their homeland. Bauhaus eventually reunited for a 1998 tour, again from 2005 to 2008, and once again in 2019.

[Spotify] Dark Entries

Saturday, November 2, 2019

“Punkrocker (Feat. Iggy Pop)”, Teddybears

This way: Punkrocker

Teddybears (formerly Teddybears STHLM) are a Swedish alternative rock band formed in 1991, known for mixing pop, rock, hip hop, electronica, reggae, punk and many other genres. Here is a great tune they did in collaboration with Iggy Pop. The record features several other great collaborations (Go Mad Cobra). 

[Spotify] Punkrocker

Friday, November 1, 2019

Songs compiled monthly: October

What if I complied the MP3s into a zip and posted them for download?
I guess that could happen.

Realizing that the YouTube method is lame, but MP3s are not lame.

Try it: Hi

—brENDan

“Luisa’s Bones”, Crooked Fingers

This way: Luisa’s Bones

Love this version: Luisa’s Bones

Crooked Fingers is an American North Carolina-based indie rock band, led by the former Archers of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann. The band was previously based in Seattle, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Denver. The band released albums on WARM Records and Merge Records before going completely independent in 2008. They tend to have a rotating lineup. And mostly Eric is releasing solo albums these days.

[Spotify] Luisa’s Bones

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Halloween”, The Dream Syndicate

This way: Halloween

The Dream Syndicate is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1981 to 1989, and reunited since 2012. The band is associated with neo-psychedelia and the Paisley Underground music movement; of the bands in that movement, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Dream Syndicate "rocked with the highest degree of unbridled passion and conviction." Though never commercially successful, the band met with considerable acclaim, especially for its songwriting and guitar playing. Bandleader Steve Wynn reformed the band in 2012, and a fifth studio album was announced in February 2017.  

[Spotify] Halloween

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

“Halloween”, Siouxsie and the Banshees

This way: Halloween

Siouxsie and the Banshees were a British rock band, formed in London in 1976 by vocalist Siouxsie Sioux and bass guitarist Steven Severin. They have been widely influential, both over their contemporaries and with later acts. Mojo rated guitarist John McGeoch in their list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" for his work on "Spellbound". Preaching to the choir never sounded so good.

[Spotify] Halloween

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

“Goo Goo Muck”, The Cramps

This way: Goo Goo Muck

The Cramps were an American punk rock band formed in 1976 and active until 2009. The band split after the death of lead singer Lux Interior. Their line-up rotated frequently during their existence, with the husband-and-wife duo of Interior and guitarist Poison Ivy comprising the only ever-present members. The addition of guitarist Bryan Gregory and drummer Pam Balam resulted in the first complete lineup in April 1976. 

They were part of the early CBGB punk rock movement that had emerged in New York. The Cramps were one of the first punk bands, and also widely recognized as one of the prime innovators of psychobilly.

[Spotify] Goo Goo Muck

Monday, October 28, 2019

“Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood”, 45 Grave

This way: Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood

45 Grave are an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1979. The band was founded by Paul B. Cutler in Los Angeles, California during the punk rock movement, formed alongside another band with almost the same lineup called Vox Pop, which produced two singles.[1] Its original lineup consisted of Cancer (formerly of Castration Squad) on vocals, Cutler (formerly of the Consumers-Hello Phoenix!) on guitar, Rob Graves (also known as Rob Ritter, formerly of the Exterminators, the Bags and the Gun Club) on bass, and Don Bolles (of the Exterminators, the Germs and Nervous Gender) on drums. The name, according to Bolles, derived from a mysterious button Cutler found at a thrift store and gave to Bolles for Christmas that said “WE DIG 45 GRAVE”. Bolles stated that this needed to be the name of the band, and everyone agreed.  

In 1980, 45 Grave recorded their first released song, “Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood”, included on the Los Angeles Free Music Society compilation album, Darker Skratcher. The song was a cover version of the novelty song originally performed by Don Hinson and the Rigamorticians on their 1964 album release Monster Dance Party. The 45 Grave recording (as with the original, produced by Gary S. Paxton of Skip & Flip) achieved cult status and became a signature song of the band's live sets.

Despite never achieving major success, 45 Grave were recognized as being one of the first American gothic bands, predating the formation of Christian Death. The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles listed 45 Grave and Christian Death as early proponents of American Gothic Rock. 

[Spotify] Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood

The original: Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Poly-Unsaturated Blood

Sunday, October 27, 2019

“I walked with a Zombie”, Roky Erickson

This way: I walked with a Zombie

Roky Erickson (July 15, 1947 – May 31, 2019) was an American musician and singer-songwriter. He was a founding member of the 13th Floor Elevators and a pioneer of the psychedelic rock genre.

I would just like to reiterate, He walked with a Zombie, and I’m pretty sure this happened last night.

[Spotify] I walked with a Zombie

Saturday, October 26, 2019

“Horror Business”, Misfits

This way: Horror Business

“Horror Business” is the third single released by the American horror punk band Misfits. It was released on June 26, 1979 through vocalist Glenn Danzig’s own label, Plan 9 Records, and is commonly said to have been inspired by the unsolved murder of Nancy Spungen. The B-side of the single features the songs “Teenagers from Mars” and “Children in Heat”. 

The single’s cover artwork features a skeletal figure inspired by the titular character from the 1946 film serial The Crimson Ghost. The figure became a mascot for the band, and its skull image would serve as the Misfits’ logo for the rest of time. 

Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. Founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, by vocalist, songwriter and keyboardist Glenn Danzig, and drummer Manny Martínez. Eventually Jerry Only joined on bass guitar and Danzig and Only were the only consistent members throughout the next six years

[Spotify] Horror Business

Friday, October 25, 2019

“The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”, XTC

This way: The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead

XTC were an English rock band formed in Swindon in 1972. Led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, the band gained popularity during the rise of punk and new wave in the 1970s, later playing in a variety of styles that ranged from angular guitar riffs to elaborately arranged pop. Partly because the group did not fit into contemporary trends, they achieved only sporadic commercial success in the UK and US, but attracted a considerable cult following. They have since been recognized for their influence on Britpop and later power pop acts. 

[Spotify] The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Songs compiled monthly

What if I complied the MP3s into a zip and posted them for download?
I guess that could happen.

Realizing that the YouTube method is lame, but MP3s are not lame.

Try it: Hi

—brENDan

“Dying on the Vine”, John Cale

This way: Dying on the Vine

Or this way: Dying on the Vine—Live

I love this song by John Cale, but it turns out I only love the stripped down live versions. The official studio release does  not do it for me. The version above is my copy and you can download it here if you’d like to have and hold (can’t hold digital?).  

John Cale, is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground. Over his five-decade career, Cale has worked in various styles across rock, drone, classical, avant-garde and electronic music.


He studied music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before relocating in 1963 to New York City's downtown music scene, where he performed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music and formed the Velvet Underground. Since leaving the band in 1968, Cale has released 16 solo studio albums, including the widely acclaimed Music for a New Society. Cale has also acquired a reputation as an adventurous producer, working on the debut albums of several innovative artists, including the Stooges and Patti Smith.

[Spotify] Dying on the Vine

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

“Are ‘Friends’ Electric?”, Tubeway Army

This way: Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Tubeway Army were a London-based new wave and electronic band led by lead singer Gary Numan. They were the first band of the electronic era to have a synthesiser-based number-one hit, with their single "Are 'Friends' Electric?" and its parent album Replicas both topping the UK charts in mid-1979. After its release, Numan opted to drop the Tubeway Army name and release music under his own name as he was the sole songwriter, producer and public face of the band, but he retained the musicians from Tubeway Army as his backing band. 

[Spotify] Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Monday, October 21, 2019

“See You Around”, Vic Chestnutt

This way (my copy): See You Around

It really does not get much better than Vic Chestnutt. One of the great songwriters of his day, a real American treasure. He figured out how to play guitar with sever limited use of his hands due to his partial paralysis. His songwriting style is so unique and odd ball. It’s hard to know where he fits into any musical style. He collaborated with may other accomplished musicians and had a side band project with Widespread Panic called Brute.

Vic Chesnutt (November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia. His first album, Little, was released in 1990, but his breakthrough to commercial success did not come until 1996 with the release of Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation, a charity record of alternative artists covering his songs.

Chesnutt released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe, and a 1996 release on Capitol Records, About to Choke. His musical style has been described by Bryan Carroll of allmusic.com as a "skewed, refracted version of Americana that is haunting, funny, poignant, and occasionally mystical, usually all at once".

Injuries from a 1983 car accident left him partially paralyzed; he used a wheelchair and had limited use of his hands.

[Spotify, not likely] 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

“Sorrow”, The National

This way: Sorrow

The National is an American rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio, formed in 1999. The band consists of Matt Berninger (vocals), Aaron Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Bryce Dessner (guitar, piano, keyboards), Scott Devendorf (bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).

Founded by Berninger, Aaron Dessner, and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, The National released their self-titled debut album, The National (2001), on Brassland Records, an independent record label founded by Dessner and his twin brother, Bryce Dessner. Bryce, who had assisted in recording the album, soon joined the band, participating as a full member in the recording of its follow-up, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003).

[Spotify] Sorrow

[Spotify full playlist] Playlist

“Illusions in G Major”, Electric Light Orchestra

This way:  Illusions in G Major The Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) are an English rock band f...