Monday, December 31, 2007

The Adverts - One Chord Wonders

Happy New Year everybody!

I hope everyone has a safe trip into 2008!

I'm Still having some problems with my blog here and since this is all pretty new to me I'm not sure what happened but my layout is weird and my comments links have disappeared on my last few posts but any way it's about the music so...
As i said in my title, this here is an "eclectic" spot for music so I'm going to switch things up again here with the 1st official single by one the lesser known early English punk bands but no less important and one of my all time faves... The following was lifted off Wikipedia:

The Adverts were an English punk rock band who formed in 1976 and broke up in late 1979. They were one of the first punk bands to enjoy commercial success, and their line-up included Gaye Advert, who The Virgin Encyclopedia of 70s Music called the "first female punk star". (Not sure if I totally agree with this as the Runaways were a few years ahead of the Adverts but there is no denying that Gaye was super hot in her black leather jacket heavy eye makeup and black nail polish)

The band were formed in 1976 by T.V. Smith and Gaye Advert. Smith and Advert were both from Bideford, a small coastal town in Devon, and were later married. [2] After relocating to London the two young punks recruited guitarist Pickup and drummer Driver and The Adverts were born.

The Roxy, London's first live punk venue, played a crucial role in The Adverts’ early career. They were one of the pioneering bands who played at the club during its first 100 days. The Adverts played at the club no less than nine times between January and April 1977. In January 1977, after their first gig supporting Generation X, the band impressed Michael Dempsey so much that he became their manager. Their second gig supporting Slaughter & the Dogs was recorded, and their anthem "Bored Teenagers" was included on the UK Top 30 album Live at the Roxy WC2. In February, shortly after the band's third gig supporting The Damned, they signed a recording contract with Stiff Records. In March, the band supported The Jam at the Roxy.

In April, The Adverts recorded the first of four sessions for John Peel at BBC Radio 1. Days later, their debut single, "One Chord Wonders", was released. The single, "a headlong rush of energy", was recommended by both Melody Maker and Sounds. Understanding the band's limitations, the song's lyrics, composed by TV Smith, were likeably self-depreciating:

I wonder what we’ll play for you tonight
Something heavy or something light
Something to set your soul alight
I wonder how we’ll answer when you say
‘We don’t like you – go away
Come back when you’ve learnt to play’

The Adverts were a prolific live act. Their first nationwide tour was with Stiff label-mates The Damned. The tour poster read, "The Adverts know one chord, the Damned know three. See all four at…" Later they would support Iggy pop on tour, as well as conducting their own headlining tours in Britain, Ireland and Europe.

In August, the band released the first of their two UK Top 40 hit singles. Lyrically, "Gary Gilmore's Eyes" was a controversial song based on the wishes of an American murderer that his eyes be donated to medical science after his execution. The Sounds described it as "the sickest and cleverest record to come out of the new wave". Years later, it was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

After the tabloid fuelled controversy surrounding the single, and an appearance on Top of the Pops, the Adverts became big news. Observers focused on frontman TV Smith and bassist Gaye Advert. Reviewers noted TV Smith's song-writing ability. This something which continued long after the band's demise. He was said to have "captured the spirit of the times few contemporaries could match". Another reviewer described Smith as the band’s "raging heart, spitting out the failsafe succession of songs which still delineate punk’s hopes, aspirations and, ultimately, regrets". In contrast, Gaye Advert's reputation was more fleeting. She was "one of Punk’s first female icons". Her "photogenic" looks, "panda-eye make-up and omnipresent leather jacket defined the face of female punkdom until well into the next decade".

Surprisingly, the band’s follow-up single, "Safety in Numbers", did not chart. Nevertheless, the song is well regarded and was included in Steve Gardner's all-time best list. The Adverts fourth single, "No Time To Be 21", scraped into the UK Top 40. A month later, the band’s debut album Crossing The Red Sea was released. Today it is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest punk albums of all-time.

Unfortunately, despite releasing some more well-regarded singles, The Adverts were not able to maintain the momentum and their career stalled after the release of their second album. They split up shortly after the accidental death by electrocution of their manager, Michael Dempsey. Their last gig was at Slough College on 27 October 1979. After the band split up, T.V. Smith continued with Tim Cross forming as TV Smith's Explorers, then Cheap, and finally from the 1990s to date performing as a solo artist.

In conclusion, considering they only released seven singles and two albums, the legacy of The Adverts is pretty astonishing. Critic and author Dave Thompson argues that "nobody would make music like The Adverts and nobody ever has. In terms of lyric, delivery, commitment and courage, they were, and they remain, the finest British group of the late 1970s".

So check out the cut!!!

The Adverts : One Chord Wonders

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Rocking Ghosts - Ghost Walk

Ok, I'm going to switch things up here before the new year with some cool & smooth instrumental surf sounds from the early/mid 60's.

The Rocking Ghosts as far as i can tell were a fairly popular Danish group that actually charted in Denmark with the A side to this single Belinda. They released records in a lot of countries, Germany , Japan, U.S.A., Mexico, etc. Originally started as a school band early 1962 witha trumpet as leading instrument! But changed style and instruments in the middle of the same year. They were heavily inspired by Cliff Richards & The Shadows, so naturally the first recordings were instrumentals.
In 1967 they tried to chance their image to the new flower powerstyle. But the change didn't give them any new fans and they lost a lot of the older fans and the group decided to split up.

Who would have thunk it? Danish surf rock!
So here is the B-side - Check it out:

The Rocking Ghosts : Ghost Walk

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sound Experience - 40 Acres And A Mule

Sound Experience hailed from Philly via Baltimore under the guidance of Stan Watson and his Philly Groove/Soulville labels. Stan Watson was a man who, along with many other artists/producers of the time, contributed some of the best funk music out of Philly.

Sound Expirence formed at Baltimore's Morgan State College in 1970 and consisted of Arthur Grant (vocals); Reginald Wright, Leroy Frailing, Anton Scott, Melvin Miles, Johnny Froman, Gregory Holmes, James Lindsay and when they hooked up with Watson moved to Philadelphia.

This cut here, in keeping with my current guitar oriented theme is a fuzzy wall of psychedelic guitar funk! Driving rhythms and a wicked vocal hook! You can’t help but sing “Give me my mule!” Every time it comes around as if “YOU” were really owed it! So there is a little bit of pent up anger and pissed off-ness about this that I think makes it even more “Real” and makes this track really cook.

I knew this track was a winner the first time I heard it and when I spun it at the last 45 Sessions at the world famous Asbury lanes in Asbury Park NJ and The Soul Chef came up to me while I was spinning it and proudly showed me his copy he pulled out of his 45 case I knew others agreed!!!!!

Sound Experience : 40 Acres And A Mule

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Yellow Payges - The Two Of Us

Hope everyone had a great X-mas!? I know i did!

Here is a little something to either keep your spirits "HIGH" or to help pick you up from the post x-mas blues!

In keeping with my “Fuzzy” “Buzzy” & “Wasted” guitar theme, I give you a 45 I picked up not too long ago by the “Yellow Payges”.

I totally dig the crazy driving Wha Wha drenched vibe of this cut. It smokes!!!
The message is on point as well: Equality driven home via the Wha Wha pedal and thumping bass!

This cut is from 1969 and it shows. Total Garage Freak-out on the verge of heavy 70’s dinosaur rock, a little more polished that the typical Garage stomper of the mid 60’s but it never loses any of the the drive & vibe of that style.

There is a shit ton of stuff written about these guys and there is no way I could write anything as compressive or informative as what is out there. And their story is pretty interesting, so if you want to read more about them click This:

So sit back, turn up the volume and crank this little late 60’s gem of a hard rocker out!!!

Yellow Pages: The Two Of Us

Monday, December 24, 2007

Iron Knowledge - Show-Stopper

Merry Christams Everyobody! Santa was good to the devil!!!

Ok, here it is, my first post with tunes!!!

I was thinking about this for months. What will be the first post once Santa brought me the mp3 turntable for Christmas and I've changed my mind 20 times, and still wasn't sure as i sat down to do this. I thought maybe, The Voxpoppers, Ronnie Self, Wanda Jackson, or maybe some hard psych stuff but I'm gonna go with Iron Knowledge and their KILLER track Show Stopper.

Most of my records are all Bottom Feeder found records, which means i dig them out of the garbage basically. Found at Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Garage Sales and pretty much any other Low Rent way of obtaining vinyl on the cheap but this is one record that once i heard it i knew i had to own it at any cost! (well, almost any)

So I searched the interwebs and found a copy on eBay... And i spent a few dollars on it, something i try not to do but seem to be doing way to much of lately. Blah blah blah.....

Most of you probably know, it's been played on every cool station, featured on the black chains & exhaust comp and was the first cut i played on the That's Heavy Old Man!! mix that DJ Prestige and i put together. (Well, Pres put it together really)

Not much i could find out about these guys. It doesn't look like they have any other music recorded or none that i could find, and other than they were from Youngstown Ohio i don't know much about them

So anyway, there isn't much to say except this cut is straight up wild! Nothing i love more than funky ass brothers with guitars singing about how their "down with cocaine, were doing our thing". And this fits right in with my previous post about "Fuzzy" "Buzzy" & "Wasted" sounding guitar!

So this shit goes out to DJ Prestige for inspiring me to share my collection!

Iron Knowledge: Show-Stopper


i've decided to add the b-side to this killer 45 because from what i hear not many people have heard any other songs from this killer group. So when your done grooving the fuck out to "Show Stopper" settle in for some sweet and mellow sounds of Oh-Love. Dig that "breathy" wha wha!

Iron Knowledge: Oh-Love

Friday, December 21, 2007

Top Overblown, Fuzziest, Wasted & OTT guitarist / 60’s & 70’s:

Jimi Hendrix: On record he sure has some fuzzy moments but shit man, wild thing and the star spangled banner are as fuzzed out, freaked out & as wasted as anything ever.
Plus he died from dugs, it don’t get any more “wasted” than that….

Tony Iommi: The first Black Sabbath record alone puts him in the Fuzzy Rifftastic Hall of Fame but the riffs and fuzz just kept on coming… Best band ever? Yes, IMHO.

Glen Buxton & Michael Bruce: From 1968 to 74 they were the BEST American band EVER! Sure they sold a lot of records and were “popular” but there is NOTHING fancifully about their playing. Buzzy, Fuzzy, & ALWAYS WASTED! The 1st 2 being complete freaked out and wasted and over the fucking top!

Gary Ray Thompson: The 1st Frijid Pink album contains the most over the top buzzy, fuzzy, wasted & strangled guitar sound EVER. I’d trade in ALL my Cream records for just one song off of this record. Eric Clapton is a limp wristed fag…

Ron Asheton: Before the Tinny Din of the Raw Power the 1st Stooges set the bar for every blown out punk band to come. The year: 1969. The Fuzz: OVER THE TOP!
I Wanna Be Your Dog is worth admission here alone…

Larry Wallis: Pink Fairies: Kings of Oblivion: HOLY SHIT!!! WASTED SHRED!
One can only wonder what it would have sounded like had Mr. Wallis stayed with Motorhead… Dream on…

Randy Holden: GUITAR GAWD!!! Anyone who writes songs about his wailing guitar in A-OK in my book. And it doesn’t hurt that his tone and playing is about as buzzy, fuzzy and strangled and anything you have never heard before. The air is thick with cottage cheese & riffs! It doesn’t hurt that he was also a small part of the history of:

Blue Cheer: Leigh Stephens: Buzzed, Fuzzed, Wasted, and Baked! The 1st 2 Blue Cheers albums are HIGH on the list of Freaked out power house blasters! These guys single handedly killed the flower power scene of San Francisco. Set phasers on hippy kill!!!

Jim McCarty: Cactus: Hard to believe this cat was a Detroit Wheel. Scorching, Sloppy, Fuzzy & Mean solo’s abound all over these cactus records. Break out the bong mother-fuckers!!!

Mark Farner: Grand Funk: INSANE FUZZ & WHA WHA!!! This dude was Jesus on ACID! Long Hair, Long Riffs, Long Solo’s! Garage band made good. You know this already though so I’ll shut up now….

John Baxter: Buffalo: Australia’s answer to Black Sabbath. Heavy on fuzz and thick with mean riffs. These record aint for the faint of heart. If you’ve not heard these and you fancy yerself any kind of fuzz fan re-think your position in life and get down under right fucking quick!

Leslie West? Maybe…. Had his moments and was on Heroin most of the time but not as wasted and freaked out as some…. Maybe, maybe not. Certainly cooler than you though.

Mick Box: Uriah Heep: He gets some props: Gypsy is a stunning skull fucker…. Some of the shit leaves me cold though…

Honorable mention to the cats from Bubble Puppy, Banchee, SRC, Edgar
Broughton Band. Power of Zeus, Jerusalem, Fresh Blueberry Pancake, I don’t know their names & I’m too lazy to look them up…

These guys aint “wasted” enough of the time: Humble Pie, Ten Years After, Groundhogs, Bloodrock, Atomic Rooster, Gun, Wishbone Ash, Savoy Brown. Sure there good and all but too much “Clean” Noodling and “light” moments for complete fucked up-ness…

Yeah, yeah I know, there are a million “little” buzzy, fuzzy, and wasted bands I’m missing…
Just fucking add them already will ya huh….?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

WLFR Off The Air = No "forward to the caves" radio

So I opened my email this morning and recieved this:

There was a fire at the school in one of the transformers Sunday night that seems to have made broadcasting impossible. The managers and school officials are aware of the problem but we (the station employees) have absolutely no control over this matter. It will have to be handled by the school, the electric company, or others. I will be going to the station tomorrow to see if anything can be done. If not, I have permission to turn off the transmitter. Tune in every so often to see if we're on and we will keep everyone informed. As of now, there will be no live shows until further notice. We have no more info at this time. If you know of someone who is not on this email list, please forward this letter to them.

So it looks like there is going to be no more "Forward to the caves" radio show until further notice.


Keep you posted as i get any info.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cha Cha Eye Candy: Record cover of the day...

I've not done one of these in a while but I was over at I'm Learning To Share! checking out the link to the nude album cover site and decided to post another one of my fave Cha Cha covers. So check that link and groove over to I'm learning To Share! It's a wild cool & kooky place!

This one has been up on my wall for a while now so i took her down and decided to learn to share! I don't think i need to talk this one up much, this lady is down right HAWT!!! It hits all the marks, sexy leg action, bare feet (always a plus w/ me), some nice clevage, & a beautiful & happy face & smile...
(do i sound like a weirdo here?) anyway....


Friday, December 14, 2007

Blocked Blog & Home

DD & Joe Goblin with their drinks on!

Welp, I'm home from London and still feeling a bit under the weather. I had a bit of a hairy trip. Didn't get picked up from the airport and stayed WAY to long at the airport bar and didn't sleep for a few days and the weather was HORRIBLE, cold & wet, so I got pretty sick and spent my whole Saturday in St. Thomas Hospital in London before my gig! So I apologies for not hooking up with DJ Prestige's buddy Lindsey. Hopefully when he is in the states soon we can meet.

The gig however was AWESOME! We gained a lot of fans and made a little loot to boot so while it was pretty stressful in the end it was worth the aggravation.

Things are going to be a bit more quiet over here as they blocked my access to my blog spot at work and well, i want to hit this thing hard when i finally get my mp3 turntable for x-mas. I've got a lot of music i want to get out there and I'm sure your all sick of just hearing my blabber with no tuneage so I'm gonna shut up for a while until i can get this thing really started!

So hang in and check back soon!

Hope everyone is well.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Leaving tonight!!!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

X-Mas & London

Spent the night last night with my 2 boys setting up the Christmas tree and jamming on Elvis's Blue Christmas album until the boys got sick of hearing "Uncle Elvis"...

Here's a pic of said tree:

Be Sure to hurry on over to JJB's blog - Eye Eat Music - for a GROOVY X-MAS MIX!

She's taking no prisoners over at Eye Eat Music!

I'll be in London this weekend so no digging for me. Have fun and brave the cold NJ weather and hope you dig some gold!

Monday, December 3, 2007

A good weekend, some scores & stress...

Had a great weekend with my kids and a certain lady friend, and i was the undisputed boxing champ on the wii! beating all comers!!! (including a 6 & 8 year old!)


We got a late start on Saturday but managed to get out to a market in Pennsy, out in the sticks, but there were plenty of records and on the cheap too! My kids were in their glory rooting through bins of star wars & spawn action figures and they managed to score a few early x-mas gifts.

I got a nice mix, of soul, 50's rock n roll, rock-a-billy, and some odd ball stuff that hopefully I can get to later and post. so until then a pic of the scores will have to do. I think i got about 100 records total and i would have bought more but I am trying to be thrifty because of the trip to London this weekend. Which is the cause of my stress... but that is another story...

Ok, here's the list!

5000 Volts - I'm On Fire - Still On Fire - Phillips 40801 -
Angels. The - Til - A Moment Ago - Caprice 107
B.T. Express - Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) Part II - Scepter 12395
Ballard, Hank - With your Sweet Lovin' Self - With your Sweet Lovin' Self - King 6228 -
Bell, Madeline - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Picture Me Gone - Phillips 40517
Billy Joe & The Checkmates - Percolater - Round & Round & Round & Round - Dore 620 -
Blue Cheer - Summertime Blues - Out Of Focus - Phillips 40516 -
Brenda & The Tabulations - A Part Of You - Where There's A Will (There's A Way) - Top and Bottom 408
Brown, James - Hot Pants Pt. 1 - Hot Pants Pt. 2 & 3 - People 2501
Brown, Ruth - Lucky Lips - My Heart Is Breaking Over You - Atlantic 1125 -
Brown, Ruth - Lucky Lips - My Heart Is Breaking Over You - Atlantic 1125 -
C.O.D.'s, The - Micheal - Cry No More - Kellmac 1003
Cadillacs, The - Peek-A-Boo - Oh, Oh, Lolita - Josie 846 -
Canned Heat - Going Up The Country - One Kind Favor - Liberty 56077 -
Carlisles, The - Woman Driver - Love, Love, Love (That's What It Is) - Mercury 6403
Carter, Clarence - Sixxty Minute Man - Mother-In-Law - Fame XW250 -
Castaways, The - Goodbye Babe - Man's Gotta Be A Man - Soma 1442
Chantels, The - Maybe - Come My Way Little Baby - End 1005
Classics, The - Till Then - Enie Minie Mo - Musicnote MX 1116 -
Count Five - Psychotic Reaction - They're Gonna Get You - Double Shot 104 -
Cummings, Barbara - She's The Woman - There's Something Funny Going On - London 104
Deal, Bill & The Rhondels - I've Been Hurt - I've Got My Needs - Heritage 812 -
Dibango, Manu - Soul Makossa - Lilly - Atlantic 2971
Donner, Ral - You Don't Know What You've Got - So Close To Heaven - Gone 5108 -
Dyson, Ronnie - (If You Let Me Make Love To You) Why - Girl Don't Come - Columbia 45110
Five Keys, The - Out of Sight, Out Of Mind - That's Right - Capitol F3502
Fred, John & His Playboy Band - Hey, Hey, Bunny - No Letter Today - Paula 294 -
Freeman, Bobby - Do You Want To Dance - Big Fat Woman - Josie - 835 -
Gants, The - Road Runner - My Baby Don't Care - Liberty 55829
Hazell, Eddie - The Lonely World Of Jennie Jones - The Telephone Song - Three Rivers 7427
Hendricks, Bobby - A Thousand Dreams - Itchy Twitchy Feeling - Sue 706
Holly, Buddy - Peggy Sue - Everyday - Coral 61885 -
Horton, Jamie - Robot Man - We're Through - We're Finished - Joy 7031 -
Ikettes, The - Peaches "N" Cream - The Biggest Players - Modern 1005 -
Impalas, The - Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) - Fool, Fool, Fool - Cub K9022 -
Ingram, Luther - (If loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want - Puttin Game Down - Koko 2111
Intruders, The - Turn The Hands Of Time - Cowboys to Girls - Gamble G-214 -
Isley Brothers, The - It's Your Thing - Don't Give It Away - T Neck 901 -
Ivory - Where Do We Go From Here - Where Do We Go From Here - Playboy 50029 -
Ivory Joe Hunter - Empty Arms - Love's A Hurting Game - Atlantic 1128
Johnnie & Joe - Over The Mountains; Across The Sea - My Baby's Gone, On, On - Chess 1654 -
Johnnie & Joe - Over The Mountains; Across The Sea - My Baby's Gone, On, On - Chess 1654 -
Johns, Eddie - I Put A Spell On You - High In The Sky - Private Stock 210
K-Doe, Ernie - Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta - Real Man - Mint 745 -
King Curtis - You Don't Miss Your Water - Green Onions - Atco 6496 -
Kittens, The & Dave Howell Foolish Little Girl - (The Kittens) Still (Dave Howell) Giant 9008
Larkin, Billy - No Reason Why - The Devil in Mrs. Jones - Bryan 1018
Leagal Eagles - The Trial - Kiss Me - Arch 1607
Little Richard - Slippin' And Slidin' - Long Tall Sally - Specialty 572
Little Richard - Rip It Up - Ready Teddy - Specialty 579
Manhattans, The - Can I - That New Girl - Carnival 517 -
Mark II, The - Night Theme - Confusion - WYE 5-1001 -
Marmalade, The - Rainbow - Ballad of Cherry Flavar - London 20059 -
Marshalls, The - Who'll Be The Fool from Now On - Mr. Santa Boogie - Savoy 825 -
Mclean, Phil - Chicken - Small Sad Sam - Versatile 107 -
Moments - Look At Me (I'm In Love) - You've Come A Long Way - Stang 5060 -
Moments - Sexy Mama - Where Can I Find Her - Stang 5052 -
Moments - Nine Times - When Morning Comes - Stang 5066 -
Moments - Love On a Two-Way Street - I Won't Do Anything - Stang 5012
Ohio Players - Jive Turkey - Streakin' Cheek to Cheek - Mercury 3480
Panic Bottons - O-Wow - Lisa - Gamble G-230 -
Payne, Freda - Band Of Gold - The Easiest Way To Fall - Invictus 9075 -
Platt, Eddie - Tequila - Popcorn - ABC-Parmount 9899 -
Reynolds, Jody - Endless Sleep - Tight Capris - Demon 1507 -
Sam & Dave - Hold On I'm Comin' - I Got everything I Need - Stax 45-189 -
Seelos, Ambros - Hitchcock - Black And White - Saba 3017 -
Shorty Long - Here Comes the Judge - Sing What You Wanna - Soul 35044 -
Show Stoppers, The - Ain't Nothing But A House Party - What Can A Man Do - Heritage 800 -
Simmons, Mac - You're So Fine - Blue Light - PM 4723
Slim Harpo - Baby Scratch My Back - I'm Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil) - Excello 2273
Snydor, Bill - My Silent Love - Choppin' Up Chopin - Tower 1084
Sparkletones, The - Penny Loafers And Bobby Socks - Rocket - ABC-Parmount 9867 -
Stoney And Meatloaf - What You See Is What You Get - Lady Be Mine - Rare Earth 5027 -
Sunglows, The - Peanuts (La Cacahuata) - Happy Hippo - Sunglow 107 -
Syndicate of Sound - Little Girl - You - Bell 640 -
Techniques - Hey! Little Girl - In A Round About Way - Roulette 4030
Teen Queens, The - Eddie My Love - Just Goofed - RPM 453
Trashmen, The - Bird Dance Beat - A-Bone - Garrett 4003 -
Voxpoppers, The - The Last Drag - Wishing For Your Love - AMP 3 1004-8
Wright, Betty - Ooola La - To Love And Be Loved - Alston 3715 -
Wright, Ruby - Three Stars - I Only have One Lifetime - King 5192
Zacherle, John - Dinner With Drac Part 1 - Dinner With Drac Part 2 - Cameo 130 -