Tag Archives: 1980s

How’s My Stylus Doing?

A second mystery is – how come I add no new posts for six months and in that time I start getting more hits than ever before. I understand that distance makes the heart grow fonder but does silence make the writing more profound? (somehow I doubt it……)

Anyway –

So this band are meant to change my life; they get excellent reviews in the ‘head press’ for their experimental, psych, noise approach to music.

This album is meant to be ‘it’ according to the sleeve notes –

“This might just be the single greatest side of OTT psych/noise guitar oblivion ever put to wax, a suitably enigmatic, nada-information ultra-limited LP w/printed off-set covers featuring a shades-less Mizutani, an enigmatic insert with nothing but a colour ocean-front snap and two ludicrously extended blown-out takes on primo material from the most legenadry Japanese underground group of all time, Les Raillez Denudes…..”

And then, as you read on, the sleeve notes start referring to tracks that aren’t on this limited orange vinyl release (nbr 529 of 1000) ……… double bluff, hype, lack of attention to detail or just my own stupidity?

Anyway it’s about the music, the experience, right?

Well, sorry I don’t get it – if I was experiencing it in person I might but on vinyl with (poor) bootleg recording quality I don’t.

When “Strung Out…” started I genuinely thought there was something wrong with my stylus whilst “The Last One” sounds like a migraine on Mandrax (one that lasts for 22 minutes). Things get slightly better (only slightly and starting from a very low base) with “An Awful Eternity” but even this is an attempt at c1970 Hawkwind in an offkilter, unturned, bootleg jam type of way……

My first 0/5 vinyl LP

Les Rallizes Denudes – France Demo Tapes (198?) – Orange Vinyl, Limited Edition 2016 Release

  • Strung Out Deeper Than The Night
  • The Last One
  • An Awful Eternity (Cruel Love)

Rate – 0/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 37, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 21, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 858, Time: 63h 43m 47s 

A Wild Nobility

At the time the diversity of music available through mainstream media didn’t strike me as anything special.  But now, looking at the mediocrity of what’s generally available and the splintering of music into niche radio/tv/online channels (which become a self fulfilling prophecy as users never discover new genres), I realise how lucky I was to be around in the late 70s/early 80s.

For me this CD makes the point – out of nowhere you had Adam and the Ants ripping apart the charts with tribal, duel drummer driven music. Nowadays I can use the internet and immediately find out that this is based on Burundi beat but all those years ago it was just fresh and exciting. And it still stands up now – when “Kings of the Wild Frontier” steps up a gear at 1m53s I still get goose bumps some 36 years after I first heard it.

Eventually Adam began to believe his own hype (playing Vive Le Rock at Live Aid – shameful) and slowly disappeared from the music scene, but now he’s back touring this very album – a key concert for me to catch this year.

Every music lover should have a copy of this and listen to it on a regular basis…..

 Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980) CD – 2004 Release

  • Dog Eat Dog
  • Antmusic
  • Feed Me to the Lions
  • Los Rancheros
  • Ants Invasion
  • Killer in the Home
  • Kings of the Wild Frontier
  • The Magnificent Five
  • Don’t Be Square (Be There)
  • Jolly Roger
  • Making History
  • The Human Beings
  • Antmusic (Alternative Mix)
  • Antmusic (Demo)
  • Feed Me to the Lions
  • The Human Beings (Demo)
  • S.E.X. (Demo)
  • Omelette from Outerspace (Demo)

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 36, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 800, Time: 60h 04m 23s 

I Don’t Want To Live Forever…..

And so the day has come, we knew it would but it’s just sooner than anyone wanted….

Lemmy has gone to the great gig in the sky after living the rock star life to the full. Played this nice and loud when I got home this evening. A classic live album!

Motörhead – No Sleep ’til Hammersmith (1981) – 2001 CD

Original Album

  • Ace of Spades
  • Stay Clean
  • Metropolis
  • The Hammer
  • Iron Horse/Born to Lose
  • No Class
  • Overkill
  • (We Are) the Road Crew
  • Capricorn
  • Bomber
  • Motorhead

Extras

  • Over The Top (B-side)
  • Shoot You in the Back (previously unreleased)
  • Jailbait (Previously unreleased)
  • Leaving Here (Previously unreleased)
  • Fire, Fire (Previously unreleased)
  • Too Late, Too Late (Previously unreleased)
  • Bite the Bullet/The Chase Is Better than the Catch (Previously unreleased)
  • Ace of Spades (alternate)
  • Stay Clean (alternate)
  • Metropolis (alternate)
  • The Hammer (alternate)
  • Capricorn (alternate)
  • No Class (alternate)
  • (We Are) the Road Crew (alternate)
  • Bite the Bullet/The Chase Is Better than the Catch (alternate)
  • Overkill (alternate)
  • Bomber (alternate)
  • Motorhead (alternate)

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 31, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 724, Time: 54h 32m 08s

I Wanna Be Yours, Pretty Baby

Now I’ve always thought that you can either have a great vocalist who can play some guitar or you can have a great guitarist who has a passable voice. I could never think of someone where the two came together.

And then I discovered George Thorogood going full throttle on the guitar and singing. And you know what? It didn’t change my view at all………

Thorogood is a great guitarist who sings to this best of his ability and that’s all we can ever ask of someone, none of us can do anything above the best of our ability.

The first slab of vinyl here is the debut, eponymous, release that introduces us to his take on the blues. Mainly an album of covers the stand out track here is John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” which is merged with another Hooker track, “House Rent Boogie”. The talking blues delivery suits Thorogood’s vocals and allows his guitar to do the business, live this is a killer track……………..

Nine years have passed by the time we get to the second slab of vinyl and in the meantime Thorogood’s star has ascended and he’s recorded the track that he’s probably most famous for “Bad To The Bone” (a classic that’s on every playlist I ever produce). Given his playing ability and the reputation of his stage shows I was expecting much more from this live album than it actually delivers.

It’s not for lack of trying on the part of Thorogood or his Destroyers it’s just that the recording comes across as a bit ‘flat’. The two big tracks (“One Bourbon…” and “Bad…”) are here but the live mix isn’t that good, the guitar and voice have no real separation – with “Bad…” this is one of the few instances in rock music when I actually prefer the studio version to the live one.

There is also a bit of an issue with quality control (imho) with Thorogood and band not only playing a cover of “Alley Oop” but allowing it to be committed to vinyl……… This song was original recorded by The Hollywood Argyles in 1960 and was a novelty hit. It should have been left there, no one needs to hear any version of this ever again (unless you really want to – if so hit the ‘play’ button below and be transported back to ‘quality’ prime time viewing from the 60s)

It’s not fair to leave any post with that as the final video so here’s one of George Thorogood and the Destroyers revisiting past glories with “Bad To The Bone” from a few years ago.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1977) – Vinyl

  • You Got to Lose
  • Madison Blues
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • Kind Hearted Woman
  • Can’t Stop Lovin’
  • Ride On Josephine
  • Homesick Boy
  • John Hardy
  • I’ll Change My Style
  • Delaware Slide

Rate – 3/5

George Thorogood and the Destroyers – Live (1986) – Vinyl

  • Who Do You Love?
  • Bottom Of The Sea
  • Night Time
  • I Drink Alone
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • Alley Oop
  • Madison Blues
  • Bad To The Bone
  • The Sky Is Crying
  • Reelin’ & Rockin’

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 16, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 514, Time: 38h 07m 50s


The Guns Forever

Derided by the music press, who worked on the basis that big hair + anthemic songs = bombast, The Alarm were in fact a decent alternative rock group who played with true passion and wore their hearts on their sleeves in typical 80s fashion. I saw them live, virtually by accidental, around the time this album was released. Out in London one night we decided to see a concert and bought tickets for the first gig we saw – didn’t pay any attention to who the band were until The Alarm came on and blew us away. A great evening topped off by a rip roaring cover of “Pinball Wizard” during the encore, this album takes me back to those times

“Sixty-Eight Guns” still gives me a kick of adrenaline, I want to be a member of that gang knowing I’ve got to grow up but fearing what the future holds, the only certainty I have is that the gang I’ve grown up in will forever have my back.

And now they are trying to take my life away,
Forever young I cannot stay,
On every corner I can see them there.
They don’t know my name, they don’t know my kind.

“Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?”, a perfect call to arms. The cause doesn’t matter, the fact that you stand your ground does……….

“Blaze Of Glory”, and when your best isn’t good enough and you’re being shot down by The Man, this is how you have to respond.

Okay, so looking back at the album now some of the lyrics may seem a bit pretentious but that can’t dim their effect on me back in the 80s.

The Alarm – Declaration (1984) – Vinyl

      • Declaration
      • Marching On
      • Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?
      • Third Light
      • Sixty Eight Guns
      • We Are the Light
      • Shout to the Devil
      • Blaze of Glory
      • Tell Me
      • The Deceiver
      • The Stand (Prophecy)
      • Howling Wind

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 21, Vinyl Singles – 15, LPs – 12, Downloads – 5

Total Tracks: 459, Time: 33h 22m 28s