Monday, December 22, 2008

VA - X-Mas Tunes, Vol. 1 (1988)

Xmas Tunes, Vol. 1 - 20th Anniversary Free Download: The Norwegian tape label Hypertonia World Enterprises put together their first compilation in 1988. It was an underground xmas comp. with contributions from many artists from Europe and the US. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this release the label is offering a free download of the hour long tape.

Artists included: Nicole Campau, Laurent Fauconnet, X-omatic (aka Skjit-Lars), Sack, Joe Menichetti & Beverly Slade, George Galvas & The Helmets, F:A.R., Injuryen (Juryen, with Brt from Famlende Forsøk), Leisure Sisters, To Trøtte Typer, Trio Zuter, X Ray Pop, James Hill & Mickey Stein, No Unauthorized, Åreknuteknyterne, Walter Ulbricht Experience, Phantom Limb & The 3 Wise Men and Costes.

«Quite a few of these xmas tunes are those we've come to know & love, some are perhaps traditional in other countries, & some have definately been specially written for this compilation...», Stick It In Your Ear zine
«This is an especially good tape for those of you who have relatives who insist on playing those old Bing Crosby records throughout December. Pop this baby in - there's enough "seriousness" mixed in to pull it off! A definite MUST!!!», But a Twist of the Lip... zine

Norsk: Gratis julemusikk! Det er 20 års jubileum for den første samlekz'n på labelen Hypertonia World Enterprises. Det var en julekassett med "hjemme"-innspilt musikk fra en lang rekke europeiske og amerikanske artister og band. Du kan laste ned hele utgivelsen her.

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Hypertonia World Enterprises / HWE Blog

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bettie Page dies at 85

"Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.
Page, whose later life was marked by depression, violent mood swings and several years in a state mental institution, died Thursday night at Kindred Hospital in Los Angeles, where she had been on life support since suffering a heart attack Dec. 2, according to her agent, Mark Roesler.
A cult figure, Page was most famous for the estimated 20,000 4-by-5-inch black-and-white glossy photographs taken by amateur shutterbugs from 1949 to 1957. The photos showed her in high heels and bikinis or negligees, bondage apparel -- or nothing at all.
Decades later, those images inspired biographies, comic books, fan clubs, websites, commercial products -- Bettie Page playing cards, dress-up magnet sets, action figures, Zippo lighters, shot glasses -- and, in 2005, a film about her life and times, "The Notorious Bettie Page."
Source: LA Times

LA Times Obituary / Bettie / Planet Bettie / The Bettie Page / Bettie Page @ Wikipedia / The Notorious Bettie Page / The Notorious Bettie Page @ Wikipedia / Bettie Page: Dark Angel @ Wikipedia

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Ruts - The Crack (1979)

The Ruts were a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, notable for the 1979 Top 10 hit "Babylon's Burning", and an earlier single "In a Rut", which was not a hit but was much played and highly regarded by the UK BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, John Peel.
The band consisted of Malcolm Owen (vocals), Paul Fox (guitar), John "Segs" Jennings (bass) and Dave Ruffy (drums). As part of the People Unite collective based in Southall in West London the band were active in anti-racist causes, and their song "Jah War" is about the Special Patrol Group's violence in Southall in 1979, in which Blair Peach was beaten to death and Clarence Baker was severely injured.
The Ruts backed Laurel Aitken who was then signed to the Secret Affair record label, I-Spy Records on a John Peel session for BBC Radio 1, in April/May 1980, and also backed Aitken on his support tour to Secret Affair - The line-up was Aitken, Fox, Jennings, Ruffy, Owen and Barnacle.
Malcolm Owen died from a heroin overdose on 14 July 1980 at the age of 26. The b-side "H-eyes" of "In a Rut" was a song against heroin use, and two other songs, "Dope for Guns" from the album The Crack, plus "Love in Vain" (b-side of "Staring at the Rude Boys") were also anti-drug songs.
On 16 July 2007 the band reformed for the first time in 27 years and played a special one off benefit gig for Paul Fox, following his diagnosis with lung cancer. Henry Rollins (of Black Flag), stood in for Owen. They were supported by Tom Robinson, The Damned, Misty in Roots, U.K. Subs, Splodge (Splodgenessabounds), John Otway; and the Peafish House Band which featured Lee Harris, (The Blockheads), Tony Barber (Buzzcocks) and Rowland Rivron, plus Edward Tudor-Pole and T. V. Smith.
Fox, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in mid 2007, died on 21 October of the same year at the age of 56.
"The Crack" is The Ruts first album, released in 1979 and containing the UK hit singles: "Babylon's Burning" (No. 7 in the UK chart in June 1979) and "Something That I Said" (No. 29 in September 1979) The white-reggae-ish "Jah War" which was written in the aftermath of the Southall unrest and the over-use of force by the Metropolitan Police Service's Special Patrol Group in 1979 was also released as a single but didn't make the UK chart.
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. Babylon's Burning, 2. Dope For Guns, 3. S.U.S., 4. Something That I Said, 5. You're Just a...., 6. It Was Cold, 7. Savage Circle, 8. Jah War, 9. Criminal Mind, 10. Backbiter, 11. Out of Order, 12. Human Punk (Live), 13. Give Youth a Chance (Bonus), 14. I Ain't Sofisticated (Bonus), 15. The Crack (Bonus).
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The Ruts @ MySpace / The Ruts @ Wikipedia

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy (2008)

Usually I don't post any new and easily available music here, but today I'll make an exception. Axl Rose and his bunch of hired guns have finally finished their "Chinese Democracy" album, and here it is for your listening "pleasure".
"Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. The band, led by frontman and co-founder Axl Rose, has gone through numerous line-up changes and controversies since their formation. The band has released five studio albums, two EPs and one live album during their career.
"Chinese Democracy" is the upcoming sixth studio album by American rock band Guns N' Roses, to be released worldwide on November 23, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2008. Once released, it will be their first studio album since 1993's "The Spaghetti Incident?", and their first album of original studio material since the simultaneous release of "Use Your Illusion I" and "Use Your Illusion II" in September 1991. Retail store chain Best Buy will exclusively sell the album in the United States.
In a 2007 interview, Axl Rose's close friend Sebastian Bach stated that "Chinese Democracy" will be the first installment in a trilogy of new albums. Bach also remarked that Rose had told him the third, as yet untitled, album has been slated for 2012".
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. Chinese Democracy, 2. Shackler's Revenge, 3. Better, 4. Street of Dreams, 5. If the World, 6. There Was a Time, 7. Catcher In the Rye, 8. Scraped, 9. Riad N' the Bedouins, 10. Sorry, 11. I.R.S., 12. Madagascar, 13. This I Love, 14. Prostitute.
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Guns N' Roses Official Website / Guns N' Roses @ Myspace / Guns N' Roses @ Wikipedia / The Chinese Democracy Story @ Wikipedia

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Coil - Unreleased Hellraiser Soundtrack (1987)

Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film exploring the themes of sadomasochism, pain as a source of pleasure, and morality under duress and fear. It is based on the critically acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, who also wrote the screenplay and directed the film. In the UK, the film is titled Clive Barker's Hellraiser. It is the first film in the Hellraiser series. Seven subsequent sequels followed with a remake of the first announced in 2007.
Clive Barker originally commissioned a soundtrack for Hellraiser from the industrial band Coil. The music they supplied was rejected, and Christopher Young provided a more traditional orchestral score for the finished movie. Coil's score, which was apparently described by Barker in a complimentary manner as being "bowel churning", has been released in isolation as The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser and as part of the compilation Unnatural History II (CD) (1995).
Coil's original theme was later covered by the Italian black metal band Aborym on their debut album Kali Yuga Bizarre
The Unreleased Themes for Hellraiser (subtitled The Consequences of Raising Hell) was the fourth album that Coil released in the year 1987. The album was released on the CD, cassette and 10" vinyl. It was the proposed soundtrack to the film Hellraiser. A common misconception is that this version was deamed "too scary" to use, however in all actuality it was turned down because it was not considered commercial enough by the studio. The following quote by Cliver Barker, which was included on the album cover to the vinyl version, may have helped to perpetuate this myth: "The only group I've heard on disc whose records I've taken off because they made my bowels churn"
A-side tracks from the 10"/cassette version and all tracks from the CD version later appeared on the Unnatural History II compilation. B-side tracks from the 10"/cassette version later appeared as a single track on Unnatural History III.
This is the only release on the record label Solar Lodge, with catalog number COIL 1. The cassette version was licensed to Soleilmoon and released in 1990, with catalog number SOL 4. The cassette features a different cover than the CD and vinyl release.

10" Vinyl & Cassette Track List: Side A: "The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser": 1. Hellraiser, 2. Box Theme, 3. Main Title.
Side B: "Music For Commercials": 1. Airline 1, 2. Liqueur, 3. Perfume, 4. Video Recorder, 5. Airline 2, 6. Natural Gas, 7. Cosmetic 1, 8. Cosmetic 2, 9. Analgesic, 10.Road Surface, 11.Accident Insurance.
CD Track List: 1. Hellraiser Themes, 2. The Hellbound Heart, 3. Box Theme, 4. No New World, 5. Attack of the Sennapods, 6. Main Title.
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Sonics - Øyafestivalen, Oslo, Norway 09.08.2008

The most dangerous band in the world! Live in Oslo, Norway yesterday! Enjoy!
"If you think Punk started in London in 1977 or New York in 1975 or even Detroit in 1969, you had better take a listen to this. Punk started in the early sixties in America's Pacific Northwest. End of story. This is what you get when you put a bunch of spotty, angry, musically-challenged young men together in a dank cellar with some Danelectro guitars, Silvertone amps, a Farfisa organ and some crappy drums. This is definitely music that parents don't want their kids to hear. Actually, come to think of it, maybe it's music that kids don't want their parents to hear.
The Sonics' sound is noticeably rougher, cruder, and more brutal than that of their musical peers. Although they had a fairly standard instrumental line up for the time, The Sonics made their unique sound with wild arrangements, often disturbing lyrics, peppered with screaming and howling, and electric guitars played through amplifiers customized to achieve the harshest tones possible. Although their chief period of success was coincident with the release of Gibson's first fuzzbox, The Sonics' fuzzy sound was their own creation.
The songs they played were a mixture of garage rock standards ("Louie, Louie"), early rock and roll ("Jenny, Jenny") and original compositions such as "Strychnine", "Psycho", and "The Witch", all based upon simple chord sequences, played hard and fast.
The lyrics of The Sonics' original material dealt with early '60s teenage culture; cars, guitars, surfing, and girls (in songs like "The Hustler" and "Maintaining My Cool") alongside darker subject matter such as drinking strychnine for kicks, witches, psychopaths, and Satan (in the songs "Strychnine", "The Witch", "Psycho", and "He's Waiting", respectively)".
Source: Amazon & Wikipedia

Here's the concert in 256 kbps mp3's!

Tracklist: 1. He's Waiting, 2. Money, 3. Cinderella, 4. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, 5. Boss Hoss, 6. Keep On Knockin', 7. The Hustler, 8. You Got Your Head On Backwards, Baby, 9. Have Love Will Travel, 10. Strychnine, 11. Lucille, 12. Walkin' the Dog, 13. Shot Down, 14. Dirty Robber, 15. Psycho, 16. Louie Louie, 17. The Witch.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Turbonegro - Apocalypse Dudes: Øyafestivalen, Oslo, Norway 07.08.2008

All hail the mighty force of the Turbonegro! This week Turbonegro performed their classic album "Apocalypse Dudes" live from start to finish at Øyafestivalen in Oslo, Norway - to celebrate that it's ten years since it was released. This is one of the best Turbonegro shows I've seen since the 90's, they look great and play like viking gods!
As a bonus they do covers of "Suffragette City" by David Bowie - a single B-side - and "Nervous Breakdown" by Black Flag. The concert also features Ebbot Lundberg from Union Carbide Productions/The Soundtrack of Our Lives and Nick Oliveri from Queens of the Stone Age/Mondo Generator as special guests.

Here's the whole concert in 256 kbps mp3's!

Tracklist: 1. Intro, 2. The Age of Pamparius, 3. Selfdestructo Bust, 4. Get It On, 5. Rock Against Ass, 6. Don't Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker, 7. Zillion Dollar Sadist, 8. Rendezvous With Anus (Feat. Ebbot Lundgren), 9. Prince of the Rodeo, 10. Back to Dungaree High (Feat. Nick Oliveri), 11. Are You Ready (For Some Darkness), 12. Monkey On Your Back, 13. Humiliation Street, 14. Good Head, 15. Suffragette City, 16. Nervous Breakdown (Feat. Ebbot Lundgren & Nick Oliveri).
Download (118 Mb): Megaupload / Turbonegro Archive / Turbonegro Discography / Turbonegro @ MySpace / Turbonegro @ Wikipedia

Friday, June 13, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Mötley Crüe - Saints of Los Angeles preview @ just made my day! As a fanatic Mötley Crüe fan I nearly wet my pants when I found out that Amazon has put up previews of all 13 tracks of their coming masterpiece "Saints of Los Angeles". The Crüe has been one of my favorite bands since I was 12 years old - I can't help it :)
Listen to the previews HERE!

"Mötley Crüe (IPA pronunciation: /'mɒtli kru/) is an American glam metal/heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981.
The band was founded by bass guitarist Nikki Sixx (who was, at the time, in a band called London) and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by lead guitarist Mick Mars (whom Sixx first met at a liquor store, before they met again through a classified ad) and singer Vince Neil. Mötley Crüe has sold over 72 million album copies worldwide, including 25 million copies in the US alone. The band has often been noted for their hard-living lifestyles; all members have had numerous brushes with the law, spent time in jail, suffered long addictions to alcohol and drugs, had countless escapades with women, and are heavily tattooed. Their ninth studio album entitled Saints of Los Angeles is due to be released on June 17, 2008, while a film adaptation of their best-selling band autobiography The Dirt, is due to be released sometime in 2009".
Source: Wikipedia

Mötley Crüe / Mötley Crüe @ MySpace / Mötley Crüe @ Wikipedia

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Henry Rollins - Harmony In My Head

Every Tuesday the alternative icon that is Henry Rollins let's it rip on live radio - and every week Angela over at the Rollins Archive posts the show for you and me to download.
"On May 17, 2004, Rollins began hosting a weekly radio show, Harmony in My Head on Los Angeles' Indie 103.1 radio. The show aired every Monday evening, with Rollins playing a variety of music ranging from early rock and jump blues to hard rock, blues rock, folk rock, punk rock, metal and rockabilly, but also touching on rap, jazz, world music, reggae, classical music and more. Harmony In My Head often emphasizes B-sides, live bootlegs and other rarities, and nearly every episode has featured a song by British group The Fall.
Rollins put the show on a short hiatus to undertake a spoken-word tour in early 2005. Rollins posted playlists and commentary on-line; these lists were expanded with more information and published in book form as Fanatic! through 2.13.61 in November 2005. In late 2005, Rollins announced the show's return and began the first episode by playing the show's namesake Buzzcocks song. As of 2008, the show continues each week despite Rollins' constant touring with new pre-recorded shows between live broadcasts".
Source: Wikipedia

Download this seasons shows HERE!

Henry / The Henry Rollins Show / Harmony In My Head / Rollins Archive / Henry Rollins @ IMDb / Henry Rollins @ Wikipedia

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Turbonegro - Boys From Nowhere (Ltd. Ed. EP) (2007)

I finally got my hands on this hard-to-get limited edition Turbonegro EP released late last year - so here it is for your enjoyment!
This EP is sort of a mini compilation, as it features tracks from four different albums - but unfortunately no rare tracks.
Some more info: Limited edition 6-track EP (2.000), with stamped number on the backside. It has a banner across the bottom of the front cover that reads: "2007 European Tour - Collector's Edition". Released by Scandinavian Leather Recordings (Norway) & Edel (Germany).
Source: Turbonegro Archive

Tracklist: 1. Boys From Nowhere, 2. Get It On, 3. I Got Erection, 4. Sailor Man (Live), 5. I Will Never Die, 6. Punk Pals.
Download (29 Mb): Megaupload / Rapidshare / Turbonegro Archive / Turbonegro Discography / Turbonegro @ MySpace / Turbonegro @ Wikipedia

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Charles Manson - Lie (1970)

This is the 1970 LP released originally by Phil Kaufman in an edition of 3,000 copies. The cover was designed by Al Swerdloff, a friend of Phil's. The first & last songs were originally issued as a single under the name Silverhawk in 1968. Dr. Demento has a copy of the Silverhawk single and is quite proud of it. The master tapes for the single had been lost when the LP was originally compiled so the single was used as the source for the LP master tape. The LIE LP was quickly reissued in 1971 by ESP Records and has been reissued countless times since then.
Most of the material was recorded on Sept. 11, 1967 at the legendary Goldstar Studios in Los Angeles. On August 9, 1968 Charles and his friends went back into the studio for an overdub session. A final recording session took place during the summer of 1969 where the preamble to Arkansas and I'll Never Say Never To Always were recorded especially for this release.
Personnel: Charles Manson; lead vocals, rhythm guitar, timpani, Bobby Beausoleil; electric guitar, Paul Watkins; french horn, Catherine Share; violin, Dianne Lake; recorder, Steve Grogan; electric bass, Mary Brunner; flute. Vocals on track 6; Nancy Pittman. Vocals on track 8; Sandra Good, Catherine Share, Lynette Fromme, Nancy Pittman & Cho-Cho. Backup vocals by Everybody.

Tracklist: 1. Look At Your Game, Girl, 2. Ego, 3. Mechanical Man, 4. People Say I'm No Good, 5. Your Home Is Where You're Happy, 6. Arkansas, 7. I'll Never Say Never to Always, 8. Garbage Dump, 9. Don't Do Anything Illegal, 10. Sick City, 11. Cease to Exist, 12. Big Iron Door (Clang Bang Clang), 13. I Once Knew Knew a Man, 14. Eyes of a Dreamer.
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This is a fresh Dualtrack transfer from previously unplayed first edition vinyl. 320 kbps mp3s. HQ scan of cover included in the archive.

Dismantling Henry Rollins, May 2008

HERE's the brand new episode of Heidi May's workplace harassment of Henry Rollins - Clip of the Month. This time Heidi's been drawing on Hank with a sharpie - much to her own amusement!

Henry / The Henry Rollins Show / Harmony In My Head / Rollins Archive / Henry Rollins @ IMDb / Henry Rollins @ Wikipedia


"I Need That Record" is a documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Are they going to die off? Will they survive?
Since the 1890s the record store was THE place to go for prerecorded music, but today the way we access and consume music has been redefined by technology. Ecommerce, iTunes, the iPod, P2P networks, music blogs, and social networking sites have all had a profound impact on the way we access music and on the state of the independent record store. Downloading and pirating seem to be the easy answers to the chaotic state of the music industry, but higher powers like major labels, big box stores (Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy etc.), and corporate owned FM radio are also shaking things up.
The music industry has always been a unique marriage of art and commerce, but today commerce has proved to be the ultimate influence. Rather than develop great acts, embrace new technology, offer affordable products; the major labels are more concerned with turning the clocks back to preserve old business models - with only one thing in mind - THE BOTTOM LINE.
Keep the full paid expense accounts and 7 figure incomes. Keep suing fans. Keep shoving bland music down people's throats that will sell x amounts. Keep producing homogenized radio programs that play the same 50 songs. Keep supporting big box businesses that could care less about music; businesses that sell music below list price. Keep screwing the consumers and retailers who love and care about good captivating music. Squash new ideas, new innovations, and new possibilities as the future of recorded music, a commodity that supports the artist, vanishes.
While it would appear that the internet is the new force for musical discovery and delivery independent record stores have been, and still are a strong force on the musical experience.
Record stores serve as important community spaces that provide foundations for new musical and artistic scenes and movements, a place where unique under the radar bands have been continuously supported, a place where the underground can thrive, a place where independent thought is encouraged and challenged, a place where people of different ages, races, and taste can mix and mingle face to face.
Unlike the internet, physical stores are a real place, with real people, where community is formed and supported. Not just record stores, but original mom and pop main street stores are all in a fight to stay alive. Independent businesses are hubs for new jobs, new innovations, and creative thought.
Over the past ten years it has become increasingly harder to compete with big chain businesses that have big money and Congress protecting them. The rich and powerful in business and government have thrown a wrench in the wheels of progress. American culture has become more isolated and atomized as a result of homogenous culture and thought. Businesses and establishments that make different parts of America distinct from one another are disappearing. In order to save community, ourselves, and our world what we need are independent creative places where new ideas and thought can be nurtured. Not more of the same...
Through found footage, expository voice over, talking head interviews with artists, musicians, retail owners, and animation "I Need That Record" will tell the story of our connection to independent record stores and the importance of independent thought and culture. What happened to the stores and what will the future bring...

Some interviews include: Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ian Mackaye of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat/Teen Idles, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers, Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, Pat Carney of the Black Keys, Mike Watt of the Minutemen/reunited Stooges, Noam Chomsky, guitar composer Glenn Branca, punk author Legs McNeil, rock photographer Bob Gruen, Bryan Poole guitarist of Of Montreal, Numero Records, Rhino Records, Bloodshot Records, United Record Press (the largest vinyl plant in the U.S.), and many many many indie stores across the U.S. (NYC, Boston, DC, Cleveland, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Minneapolis, Memphis, Nashville, L.A.).

I Need That Record Blog

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" Embeddable Widget

"Tired of being tied to your Xbox, just to play Guitar Hero? Activision is unveiling today -- exclusively through Game|Life -- a Guitar Hero mini-game widget that you can embed in your own blog or web page.
The widget, played with the keyboard, contains three different songs: "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour, "School's Out" by Alice Cooper, and "Metal Heavy Lady" by Lions. Each is set at only one difficulty level: Easy, Medium, and Hard, respectively.
With Guitar Hero and Rock Band locked in a battle over the music game market, anything either can do to raise their brand identity is paramount. Letting people play a mini-version of the game with their keyboards is certainly a clever marketing idea.
And it could pay off for persistent gamers: Get high scores and stay on the Top Ten leaderboard, and you could be eligible to win prizes from developer Rocket XL and Activision".
Source: Wired

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Jimi Hendrix - Box of Gypsys (2008)

This is the complete live recordings by Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsys - Jimi, Billy Cox & Buddy Miles - compiled from the best available soundboard and audience sources. Recorded December 31st 1969 and January 1st 1970 at the Fillmore East in New York City, and three tracks (two songs) from Madison Square Garden January 28th 1970.
"After attending to the successful defense of his drug possession charges in Toronto, Hendrix, in order to free his USA royalties that had been suspended by the USA courts, addressed his obligation to provide Ed Chalpin with an LP "of original material". Along with Billy Cox he hired another of his friends, drummer Buddy Miles (formerly with Wilson Pickett and The Electric Flag) for his Band of Gypsys project, they rehearsed for ten days at "Baggies" studio. They then performed a series of four concerts over the two nights of New Year and New Years day, which created the Band Of Gypsys LP, produced by Hendrix (under the name "Heaven Research"). This is the only official complete live LP released in his lifetime. This group also released a single Stepping Stone which was quickly withdrawn, and recorded several studio songs slated for Hendrix' future LP. Litigation involving Ed Chalpin continues until this day.
The second and final Band of Gypsys appearance occurred one month later (January 28, 1970) at a twelve-act show in Madison Square Garden a benefit for the massively popular anti Vietnam war Moratorium Committee, titled the "Winter Festival for Peace". Similar to Woodstock, set delays forced Hendrix to take the stage at an inopportune 3am, only this time he was obviously in no shape to play. He played a dismal rendition of "Who Knows" before snapping a vulgar response at a woman who shouted a request for "Foxy Lady". He lasted halfway through a second song, then simply stopped playing, telling the audience: "That's what happens when earth fucks with space—never forget that". He then sat down on the drum riser for a minute and then walked off stage. Various unverifiable assertions have been proffered to explain this bizarre scene. Buddy Miles claimed that manager Michael Jeffery dosed Hendrix with LSD in an effort to sabotage the current band and bring about the return of the Experience lineup, and guitarist Johnny Winter said it was Hendrix's girlfriend Devon Wilson who spiked his drink with drugs for unknown reasons".
Source: Wikipedia

Disc 1 (Incl. artwork): 1. Intro, 2. Power of Soul, 3. Lover Man, 4. Hear My Train a Comin', 5. Them Changes, 6. Izabella, 7. Machine Gun, 8. Stop, 9. Ezy Rider, 10. Bleeding Heart, 11. Earth Blues, 12. Burning Desire.
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Disc 2: 1. Also Sparch Zarathustra/Countdown/Happy New Year, 2. Aud Lang Syne, 3. Who Knows, 4. Stepping Stone, 5. Burning Desire, 6. Fire, 7. Ezy Rider, 8. Machine Gun, 9. Power of Soul, 10. Stone Free.
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Disc 3: 1. Them Changes, 2. Message to Love, 3. Stop, 4. Foxy Lady, 5. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), 6. Purple Haze.
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Disc 4: 1. Intro/Who Knows, 2. Machine Gun, 3. Them Changes, 4. Power of Soul, 5. Stepping Stone, 6. Foxy Lady, 7. Stop, 8. Earth Blues, 9. Burning Desire.
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Disc 5: 1. Stone Free, 2. Them Changes, 3. Power of Soul, 4. Message to Love, 5. Earth Blues, 6. Machine Gun.
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Disc 6: 1. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), 2. We Gotta Live Together, 3. Wild Thing, 4. Hey Joe, 5. Purple Haze, 6. Intro, 7. Who Knows, 8. Earth Blues
Download (110 Mb): Megaupload

Official Jimi Hendrix Website / Jimi Hendrix @ Wikipedia

Friday, April 18, 2008

Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop and Roll!!! (2008)

Not going for the WOW! factor here, but this side project from the guys in Green Day really got my attention after I downloaded it today. It has a clean 60s style vibe complete with the organ and a swinging beat.
"The Foxboro Hot Tubs is an American garage rock band. The group made its first appearance on the music scene in December 2007, debuting three songs on its website, Soon after, Foxboro Hot Tubs were discovered and subsequently made headlines, being heralded as the next secret side project of Green Day.
Foxboro Hot Tubs has been confirmed as Green Day. While the band's history is, as yet, unknown, they are comprised of the members of Green Day, who are performing "garage" music under a nom de plume. Fans of Foxboro Hot Tubs have noted, on the group's MySpace site, many musical similarities between the band and Green Day. Among the common traits listed are Billie Joe Armstrong's "unmistakable" vocals and guitar playing, and a rhythm section which recalls the sound of Green Day's own Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
Stop Drop and Roll is the first record from the band. The first six tracks of the album were made freely available on, beginning on December 8, 2007. They have since been removed and replaced with a web site advertising the album. It is speculated that Stop Drop and Roll will be released on CD and vinyl.
Musically, the songs exhibit influences as diverse as The Stooges, Iggy Pop, The Smiths, The Hi-Fives, and Tommy James and the Shondells. Some have compared the band's sound to more modern acts, such as The Strokes, The Hives, Arctic Monkeys, Wir sind Helden and The Fratellis - all of whom share common influences with Foxboro Hot Tubs. Initial reports described the record as having a "'60s style" sound.
One thing about the album which is markedly different from most acknowledged Green Day releases is its use of samples. On the initial release of the first six songs, audio clips from various classic films are inserted at the beginning of each track. For example, "Stop Drop and Roll" and "She's a Saint, Not a Celebrity" are preceded by samples from the 1966 film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, while "Ruby Room" contains a clip from the 1970 cult classic Beyond the Valley of the Dolls".
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. Stop Drop and Roll, 2. Mother Mary, 3. Ruby Room, 4. Red Tide, 5. Highway 1, 6. She's a Saint Not a Celebrity, 7. Sally, 8. Aligator, 9. The Pedestrian, 10. 27th Ave Shuffle, 11. Dark Side of Night, 12. Pieces of Truth.
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Foxboro Hot Tubs Official Site / Foxboro Hot Tubs @ MySpace / Foxboro Hot Tubs @ Wikipedia

The Dictators - Irving Plaza 07.02.1981

THE WEEKEND! Here's some more of the fabulous Dictators. This time it's a show from the Irving Plaza in New York, back in February of 1981 - recorded just four days before the legendary live cassette "Fuck 'Em If they Can't Take a Joke", later re-released on LP & CD as "New York New York", both on Roir.
"The Dictators are one of the monster bands of all time. Long before the Beastie Boys, they were there posin' at the White Castle as a heavy metal joke, a bunch of punks before there was punk with all the subtlety of a body slam - loud, obnoxious and fun".
Maximum Rock N' Roll

Traclist: 1. The Next Big Thing, 2. Science Gone Too Far, 3. Weekend, 4. New York, New York, 5. Minnesota Strip, 6. No Tomorrow, 7. Loyola, 8. Talahassee Lassie, 9. What Goes On, 10. Faster and Louder, 11. Moon Upstairs, 12. Young, Fast and Scientific, 13. Search and Destroy, 14. Slow Death.
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The Official Dictators Website / The Dictators @ Wikipedia

Saturday, April 5, 2008

VA - Michigan Nuggets (2000)

Todays treat is this excellent compilation of rarities and long lost hits from the Detroit era. I've noticed that this album is available on some other blogs, but some of them seem to be missing track 7 - so here it is in its full 31 track glory!
"A limited edition (1000 copies), unauthorized double album of Michigan rock from the '60s. It's real difficult to find these days, but it's one of the very best garage-oriented compilations of the era, and a pretty diverse one. There's hot White soul from the Rationals, a rare single by the Amboy Dukes, fetchingly raw folk-rock from the Human Beinzs and the Underdogs, burning garage punk from the Unrelated Segments, and even a castrato Four Seasons imitation by Tim Tam & the Turn-Ons. The heart of the collection, however, are the five early, pre-Elektra sides by the MC5, which are garage rock at its most metallic and furious, and the Dylanesque mid-'60s hard rock sides by Bob Seger, a good decade before he broke nationally. The sound is excellent, as are the liner notes; it's worth paying collector prices for".
Source: All Music Guide

Tracklist: 1. The Woolies - Who Do You Love, 2. Bob Seger & The Last Heard - East Side Story, 3. The Rationals - Respect, 4. MC5 - Looking At You, 5. The Unrelated Segments - Where You Gonna Go?, 6. The Shy Guys - We Gotta Go, 7. Underdogs - Love's Gone Bad, 8. Terry Knight & The Pack - What's On Your Mind?, 9. The Human Beings - Because I Love Her, 10. MC5 - Borderline, 11. The Tidal Waves - Farmer John, 12. Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Persecution Smith, 13. ? & The Mysterians - Can't Get Enough of You Baby, 14. Southbound Freeway - Psychedelic Used Car Lot Blues, 15. The Rationals - Sing, 16. The Wanted - In the Midnight Hour, 17. The Rationals - Leavin' Here, 18. The Bob Seger System - Lookin' Back, 19. MC5 - I Can Only Give You Everything, 20. The Amboy Dukes - You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire, 21. Underdogs - The Man In the Glass, 22. MC5 - One of the Guys, 23. Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Chain Smokin', 24. Dr. Jack Van Impe - An Important Message, 25. Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Heavy Music, Pt. 2, 26. The Rationals - I Need You, 27. MC5 - I Just Don't Know, 28. Tim Tam & The Turn-Ons - Wait a Minute, 29. Ormandy - Good Day, 30. The Beach Bums - Ballad of the Yellow Beret, 31. Bob Seger & The Last Heard - Sock It to Me, Santa.
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Friday, April 4, 2008

New spoken word CD & DVD from Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins has just released a new spoken word CD/DVD pack named "Provoked: Quintessentially American Editorializing and Storytelling". This double feature is available for only $10 from his store
"Recorded live on 11/6/07 at San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre and 1/23/08 at Amsterdam’s Paradiso during Rollins’ 2007/2008 “Provoked” spoken word tour. The CD contains over an hour of hilarious and insightful commentary on topics ranging from Larry Craig to the recent Van Halen reunion with pit stops along the way to discuss kids these days, gay marriage, and the current president’s creative use of the English language. Includes a bonus DVD: "Live and Ripped from London" originally aired as a well-received television special on Comedy Central and not previously released on DVD".

Order it HERE!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Burt Bacharach - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid (1969)

Not really a rarity or an album that's difficult to get, but it's the soundtrack to my all time favorite movie - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a 1969 Western film that tells the story of bank robber Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and his partner The Sundance Kid (Robert Redford). The film is only loosely based on historical fact, but it popularized the legends of these Western icons.
The film was directed by George Roy Hill and produced at 20th Century Fox by John Foreman from a screenplay by William Goldman. The music score was by Burt Bacharach and the cinematography by Conrad L. Hall. Along with Newman and Redford, the film stars Katharine Ross, Strother Martin, Henry Jones, Jeff Corey, Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman, Ted Cassidy, Kenneth Mars and Donnelly Rhodes.
The film won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical), Best Music, Song (Burt Bacharach and Hal David for "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head") and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Material Not Previously Published or Produced. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Sound".
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. The Sundance Kid, 2. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (B.J. Thomas Vocal), 3. Not Goin' Home Anymore, 4. South American Getaway, 5. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (Instrumental), 6. On a Bicycle Built For Joy (B.J. Thomas Vocal), 7. Come Touch the Sun, 8. The Old Fun City (N.Y. Sequence), 9. Not Goin' Home Anymore (Reprise).
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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Dictators - Demos & Rare Tracks '73-'76 (1977)

Here's a classic Dictators bootleg to get you through the day! Don't forget to pick up the rarities compilation "Every Day Is Saturday" - came out on Norton Records in January this year, quite possibly one of the finest collections of rarities ever released!
"The Dictators are a rock and roll band formed in New York City in 1973. Critic John Dougan said that they were "one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth." The Dictators' debut album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (1975) was perhaps the first album released by a New York punk group. The Dictators are represented in the "Punk Wing" of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Steven Van Zandt called them "The connective tissue between the eras of The MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 1970's".
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. Weekend, 2. Backseat Boogie, 3. Master Race Rock, 4. California Sun, 5. Fireman's Friend, 6. Interstellar Overdrive, 7. Tits to You, 8. Too Much Fun, 9. Dogs, 10. America the Beautiful, 11. Sleepin' With the TV On I, 12. Heartache, 13. Search & Destroy, 14. Disease, 15. Sleepin' With the TV On II, 16. Exposed, 17. Smash That Faggot's Head, 18. Radio Ad.
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The Official Dictators Website / The Dictators @ Wikipedia

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pennywise - Reason to Believe (2008)

Yesterday the American punk band Pennywise "released" their brand new album "Reason to Believe" as a free download through a collaboration with MySpace Records and Textango.
The album is also available in the conventional formats CD and LP through Epitaph Records, with different bonus tracks. According to an recent interview with guitarist Fletcher Dragge, the band had written about 60 songs for this album.
The CD version of this album was supposed to come with a DVD, but according to rumors I've heard this was cancelled.
"Pennywise were formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California by singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin and bassist Jason Thirsk. To date, this line-up is considered a classic. They released two EPs "A Word from the Wise" and "Wildcard" (both 1989). Each of the band members had played in other bands in the Hermosa Beach area and attended the same high school.
The group signed to Epitaph Records in 1990 and released their first album "Pennywise" (1991). The album quickly spread throughout the punk community, earning the band some nation-wide recognition. Lyrics in the album endorsed a positive mental attitude, helping promote progressive ideals for Generation X".
Source: Wikipedia
Enjoy it - then go out and buy it!

Tracklist: 1. (Intro) As Long As We Can, 2. One Reason, 3. Faith and Hope, 4. Something to Live For, 5. All We Need, 6. The Western World, 7. We'll Never Know, 8. Confusion, 9. Nothing to Lose, 10. It's Not Enough to Believe, 11. You Get the Life You Choose, 12. Affliction, 13. Brag, Exaggerate & Lie, 14. Die For You.
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Pennywise @ MySpace / Pennywise @ Wikipedia

PS! American users got an option to download a bonus track for free by sending the text message PW15 to TANGO (82646). If someone could send me this track I would be extremely pleased. Thanx!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hat - Oppstopparnassi (1993)

NORWEGIAN: En av trønderrockens skjulte og glemte skatter, humorrockbandet Hat, har nylig hatt reunion på Steinkjer, og sluppet skiva "Hi du sjett koss det sjer ut utti gangen?" - feiret med et storslått releaseparty på Steinkjer.
I forbindelse med gigantenes tilbakekomst får du her tilgang på debuten "Oppstopparnassi" fra 1993, produsert av selveste Alex Rosén! ...uten at det gjør så mye fra eller til. De udødelige klassikerne "Sveitt i natt", "Nekrofil kjæppjaging" og "Vi rusla hainn i hainn med vadera" er akkurat like pubertale - og morsomme - den dag i dag som de var for 15 år siden!
ENGLISH: This is funny if you are Norwegian - don't bother downloading this if you're not!

Tracklist: 1. Sveitt i natt, 2. Hainn vesst itj at vI vesst ka hainn vesst, 3. Pittsa, 4. Våkna opp dau, 5. Kvisa & bylla, 6. Tussi potens, 7. Nissjikissjilissji, 8. Usekkert, 9. Hjølp dæ & drekk, 10. Vi rusla hainn i hainn med vadera, 11. Nekrofil kjæppjaging, 12. Kakebu, 13. Lakentroillet, 14. Nætt finn, 15. Oppstopparnassi, 16. Skræmsel foill av svineri, 17. Ka du vil, 18. Hæsli sang, 19. Fjærn dæ.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Dismantling Henry Rollins, February 2008

If you haven't all ready seen it, HERE's the February edition of Heidi May's behind the scenes look at Henry Rollins - Clip of the Month. In this episode we get to see how Hank makes his coffee - the black and strong kind! Looking forward to the new episode for March, but Henry is on tour now so it's probably coming later this month.

Henry / The Henry Rollins Show / Harmony In My Head / Rollins Archive / Henry Rollins @ IMDb / Henry Rollins @ Wikipedia

The Dictators - Live At Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain (2001)

It's been a whole month since my previous post, and you probably think I'm crazy busy - but I've just been crazy lazy lately... sorry!
Here's a great show by The Dictators from their Spanish tour in 2001, at the Kafe Antzokia in Bilbao.
"The Dictators are a rock and roll band formed in New York City in 1973. Critic John Dougan said that they were "one of the finest and most influential proto-punk bands to walk the earth." The Dictators' debut album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (1975) was perhaps the first album released by a New York punk group. The Dictators are represented in the "Punk Wing" of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio. Steven Van Zandt called them "The connective tissue between the eras of The MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 1970's.

Tracklist: 1. Intro/The Party Starts Now, 2. Master Race Rock, 3. Avenue A, 4. Baby, Let's Twist, 5. Pussy and Money, 6. Faster and Louder, 7. The Minnesota Strip, 8. The Next Big Thing, 9. It's Alright, 10. Burn Baby Burn, 11. Who Will Save Rock and Roll, 12. Dick Presenta a Los Dictadores, 13. Channel Surfing, 14. What's Up With That, 15. New York, New York, 16. I Am Right!
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The Official Dictators Website / The Dictators @ Wikipedia

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Manson Family - The Manson Family Sings the Charles Manson Songbook (1971)

"Charles Milles Manson (b. November 12, 1934) is a convict who led the "Manson Family," a quasi-commune that arose in the U.S. state of California in the later 1960s. He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit the Tate-LaBianca murders, which members of the group carried out at his instruction. Through the joint-responsibility rule of conspiracy, he was convicted of the murders themselves.
Manson is forever associated with "Helter Skelter", the term he took from the Beatles song of that name and construed as a race-based conflict that the crimes were intended to precipitate. This unusual connection with rock music linked him, from the beginning of his notoriety, with pop culture, in which he became a symbol of transgression, rebellion, evil, ghoulishness, bloody violence, homicidal psychosis, and the macabre. Ultimately, the term was used as the title of the book that prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi wrote about the Manson murders.
At the time the Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed ex-convict, who had spent half his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. In the period before the murders, he was a distant fringe member of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly via a chance association with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. After Manson was charged with the crimes, recordings of songs written and performed by him were released commercially; a number of artists have covered his songs in the decades since".
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. Ra-Hide Away, 2. The Fires Are Burning, 3. Die to Be One, 4. No Wrong Come Along, 5. Get On Home, 6. Is There No One In Your World But You?, 7. First They Made Me Sleep In the Closet, 8. Give Your Love (To Be Free), 9. I'll Never Say Never to Always, 10. Look At Your Love, 11. If I Had a Million Dollars, 12. Goin' to the Church House.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Heavy Metal Kids - Heavy Metal Kids (1974)

"One of the most spectacular, if sadly neglected, British bands of the mid-'70s, the Heavy Metal Kids straddled the eras of glam and punk with such effortless ease that neither genre has ever seemed entirely comfortable with them. Not for the Kids the succession of compilations and tributes with which the CD age has gifted so many of their peers; not for the Kids the awed accolades of a generation of future stars, raised on their high energy rock and dazzling visual flash. But for anybody who is in on the secret, the three albums which the Heavy Metal Kids unleashed between 1974-1977 represent the missing link in the story of Brit-pop, the bridge which links the Small Faces to Oasis, the Action to the Jam, and any other two points you care to mention.
As an accomplished child actor, vocalist Gary Holton first came to attention as a protégé of the Sadlers Well Opera Company during the early '60s and also played the Artful Dodger in an acclaimed production of Charles Dickens' Oliver. From there, he moved on to regular performances with the Old Vic Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company, before joining the touring company of Hair in 1972, aged 17. It was during this period that he began making the contacts which would lead him to form the Heavy Metal Kids two years later, with Mickey Waller (guitar, and no relation to the Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart drummer of the same name), Argentinean-born Danny Peyronel (keyboards), Ronnie Thomas (bass, vocals), and Keith Boyce (drums). The group's name, incidentally, was taken from William Burroughs - naively or otherwise, the band members never dreamed people might draw other, musical, conclusions from it.
Fronted by Holton's raucous Cockney accent and visually steeped in the paraphernalia of his theatrical upbringing, the Heavy Metal Kids made an immediate impact. Singer/songwriter TV Smith, whose punk-era band the Adverts would play several gigs with the Kids, recalled, "they cared about their look, wearing makeup on stage, dressing up special for gigs, which was the kind of stuff we were looking for before punk. Silly lyrics, funny, energetic on-stage." Guitarist Brian James (the Damned/Lords of the New Church) agreed. "The Heavy Metal Kids were great fun. Gary used to take the piss out of himself so much and they kinda filled a little bit of a gap, amongst all that pomp of the early '70s. You had the hippy side, you had the glam thing that was taking itself so very seriously, and then there was Gary and his boys, just being silly." He, too, was adamant, "they were ahead of their time."
Discovered by former Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich frontman Dave Dee, the Kids were signed by Atlantic Records and went immediately into the studio to record their debut album, Heavy Metal Kids. It was well received, but did little, a fate which many observers put down to the conflicting signals sent out by the band's name. Heading out for their first American tour in early 1975, the group dropped the Heavy Metal from their name, and gigged as the Kids alone. Recorded with new guitarist Cosmo replacing Waller, Anvil Chorus, their sophomore album, also appeared under this abbreviated name. It fared no better than its predecessor and, following a U.K. tour with Alice Cooper, the Kids parted company with Atlantic towards the end of the year. Further personnel changes included the departures of Peyronel and Cosmo, to be replaced by John Sinclair (keyboards) and Barry Paul, guitarist on the group's original demos two years earlier.
In December, 1975, the Kids signed with producer Mickie Most's RAK label, but before work could begin on their next album, Holton was loudly sacked from the lineup amid a storm of drink- and drug-related headlines. Plans for the remaining members to continue on without him, however, came to naught and, in late 1977, Holton rejoined the band for a handful of live shows and the long-delayed third album, Kitsch. But by mid-1978, he had departed once again and, this time, the band broke up.
Returning to acting, Holton landed roles in the disco movie Music Machine, the Who's Quadrophenia, and alongside Hazel O'Connor in the hit Breaking Glass. He also starred in the British TV movie Bloody Kids. His musical endeavors were now confined to strict one-offs: in December, 1978, Holton stood in for Damned vocalist Dave Vanian on a short Scottish tour, he also recorded a solo single, a stunning punk-country version of Kenny Rogers' "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" with the Boys' guitarist Casino Steel. But even the opportunity to replace the late Bon Scott in AC/DC could not lure him back to full-time rock & roll.
In 1983, Holton landed a starring role in British television's Auf Weidersehn, Pet, a light drama conceived by Quadrophenia director Francis Roddam and one of the surprise hits of the 1983-1984 season. He followed up with a memorable role in a Pilsner lager commercial and, in September, 1984, Holton returned to theater, appearing in the London cast of the 1950s Americana musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.
The following summer, he traveled to Spain to work on the long-awaited second series of Auf Weidersehn, Pet. It was there that he died, on October 25, 1985, the victim of a heroin habit which even the gossip-ridden London underground scarcely remembered".
"The Heavy Metal Kids never became stars, never won any readers polls, never had a hit record. But, if you could roll back time to that moment in 1974 when the very first needle hit the very first pressing of their eponymous debut album, it would be impossible to predict that sordid fate. Quite frankly, Heavy Metal Kids rises so far above the rest of the period pack that - Sparks and Cockney Rebel notwithstanding - there was no more exciting proposition to be found on the new-release shelves. Part unrepentant boogie band, part pub rock leviathan, and part good-time distillation of the best of Slade and the Faces, fronted by the utterly irresistible cackle of singer Gary Holton, the Kids' flash, slash, and sashay assault had a cosmic energy that could transform even the ballads ("It's the Same," "Nature of My Game") into fists-in-the-air anthems. A decade later, the band could have so rewritten the notion of the power ballad that suffering through the 1980s might never have been necessary; a decade earlier, the British Invasion could have been the new prog. Imagine Jim Steinman producing Them, and you're close to the majesty of Heavy Metal Kids. As it is, the only people who seem to have truly noted what the Kids were doing were the Rolling Stones -- the laconic reggae of "Run Around Eyes" is a dry run for the Stones' later romp through "Cherry Oh Baby." Heavy Metal Kids hits so many peaks -- "Ain't It Hard," "Always Plenty of Women," "Hangin' On" - that the end of the album comes so quickly that even they seemed to be taken by surprise. The closing "Rock n' Roll Man," heralded by one of the most triumphant roars in rock history, is followed not by the sound of needle scraping label, but by a violent reprise for what remains the Kids' finest hour: the stomping, storming "We Gotta Go." And that is not only a juxtaposition that will have you talking Cockney for the rest of the day, it also tells you everything you need to know about the Heavy Metal Kids. Nothing can be taken for granted - and nothing was. Including the fame and glory that this album still demands".
Source: All Music Guide

Tracklist: 1. Hangin' On, 2. Ain't It Hard, 3. It's the Same, 4. Run Around Eyes, 5. We Gotta Go, 6. Always Plenty of Women, 7. Nature of My Game, 8. Kind Woman, 9. Rock N' Roll Man, 10. We Gotta Go (Reprise).
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Heavy Metal Kids / Heavy Metal Kids @ MySpace

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Ace Frehley - Hard Rock Cafe, NYC 31.10.2007

Space Ace is back! This is his first solo show in almost 6 years - live at Eddie Trunk's Halloween Bash at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on October 31st 2007. Very good audience recording!
"Paul Daniel Frehley (born April 27, 1951), better known as Ace Frehley, is an American guitarist best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss. He took on the persona of 'Space Ace' when the band adopted costumes and theatrics. Frehley played with the group from its inception in 1973 until his departure in 1982.
After leaving Kiss, Frehley embarked on a moderately successful solo career, which was put on hold when he rejoined Kiss in 1996 for a highly successful reunion tour. His second tenure with Kiss lasted until 2002, when he left at the conclusion of the band's Farewell Tour. He has since resumed his solo career, although to date he has not released any new music".
Source: Wikipedia

Tracklist: 1. Intro/Rip It Out, 2. Hard Times, 3. Parasite, 4. Snowblind/I Want You/Rock Soldiers, 5. Breakout, 6. Into the Void, 7. Strange Ways, 8. Shock Me, 9. Ace's Solo, 10. New York Groove (Feat. Anton Fig on drums), 11. Shot Full of Rock, 12. Rocket Ride, 13. Medley: My Generation (The Who)/How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin)/Bring It On Home (Led Zeppelin)/Highway to Hell (AC/DC), 14. Love Gun, 15. Deuce, 16. Cold Gin
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Ace Frehley @ Wikipedia / Ace Frehley @ IMDb / Space Ace Online