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Friday, October 29, 2010

X - Los Angeles

Released : April 1980
Recorded : January 1980, Golden Sound Studios, Hollywood, CA
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 28:05
Label : Slash
Producer : Ray Manzarek

Los Angeles is the debut album of the American punk rock band X, released on April 26, 1980. Produced by ex-Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek, it includes a cover of the 1967 Doors song "Soul Kitchen".

In 1989, it was ranked #24 on Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 286 on the magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The title track is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
It was re-released by Rhino Records in 2001 with five bonus tracks. The title song is also available as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band, however, the use of the word "nigger" in the song was censored.


1. Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not
2. Johnny Hit And Run Paulene
3. Soul Kitchen
4. Nausea
5. Sugarlight
6. Los Angeles
7. Sex And Dying In High Society
Synthesizer - Ray Manzarek
8. The Unheard Music
9. The World's A Mess; It's In My Kiss


Bauhaus - Mask

Released : October 1981
Recorded : Playground Studios and Jam Studios, London, 1981
Genre : Post-punk, Gothic rock
Length 54:31
Label : Beggar's Banquet
Producer : Bauhaus

Mask is the second album by the British post-punk and gothic rock band Bauhaus, released in 1981 on Beggar's Banquet Records. The album cover is a drawing by Daniel Ash. The original artwork for the album was a gatefold sleeve, with blue text on the inside and a stark black and white image of the band, on later editions this inside was replaced with white text and a montage from the promotional video for the song "Mask".
Bauhaus expanded their style a bit on Mask, particularly by incorporating keyboards and acoustic guitar on songs such as "The Passion of Lovers", and influences from funk music on songs such as "Kick in the Eye" and "In Fear of Fear". "Kick in the Eye" charted at number 29 on the U.S. Club Play Singles charts.


1. Hair Of The Dog
2. Passion Of Lovers
3. Of Lillies And Remains
4. Dancing
5. Hollow Hills
6. Kick In The Eye 2
7. In Fear Of Fear
8. Muscle In Plastic
9. The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
10. Mask


Bauhaus - In The Flat Fields

Released : 1 October 1980
Recorded : Southern Studios, London, June - July 1980, except "Double Dare": BBC Maida Vale Studios, London, 4 December 1979
Genre : Post-punk, gothic rock
Length : 38:45
Label : 4AD
Producer : Bauhaus

In the Flat Field is the debut album by British gothic rock band Bauhaus, released in October 1980 on 4AD.


1. Double Dare
2. In the Flat Field
3. God in an Alcove
4. Dive
5. Spy in the Cab
6. Small Talk Stinks
7. St. Vitus Dance
8. Stigmata Martyr
9. Nerves


D.R.I. - 4 Of A Kinds

Released : 1988
Recorded : February-March 1988
Genre : Crossover thrash
Length : 35:17
Label : Metal Blade
Producer : Spike Cassidy and Bill Metoyer

4 of a Kind is the fourth album by the American crossover thrash band D.R.I., which was released in 1988. This album marks the debut of an entirely thrash metal sound for the band, with less traces of their early thrashcore sound.

1. All For Nothing
2. Manifest Destiny
3. Gone Too Long
4. Do The Dream
5. Shut-Up!
6. Modern World
7. Think For Yourself
8. Slumlord
9. Dead In A Ditch
10. Suit And Tie Guy
11. Man Unkind


D.R.I. - Crossover

Released : 1987
Recorded : 1986-1987 at Stagg Street Studio, Van Nuys, California
Genre : Crossover thrash
Length : 39:18
Label : Metal Blade
Producer : Spike Cassidy and Bill Metoyer

Crossover is the third album by the American crossover thrash band D.R.I., originally released in 1987. The genre "crossover" was coined from this release.
On April 13, 2010, the album was re-released on vinyl, CD, and digital download as a remastered version with 11 bonus tracks, 6 of which were recorded live at the Ritz, Los Angeles. The album was remastered by original producer Bill Metoyer.


1. The Five Year Plan
2. Tear It Down
3. A Coffin
4. Probation
5. I.D.K.Y.
6. Decisions
7. Hooked
8. Go Die
9. Redline
10. No Religion
11. Fun & Games
12. Oblivion
13. Outro


D.R.I. - Dealing With It

Released : March 1985
Recorded : 1984 at Rampart Studios, Houston, Texas
Genre : Thrashcore, hardcore punk
Length : 34:34
Label : Metal Blade
Producer : Dan Yeaney

Dealing With It! is the second studio album by the United States hardcore punk band D.R.I., which was released in 1985. Although the band started their migration towards a heavy metal influence, this album still retains the band's roots.


1. Snap
2. I'd Rather Be Sleeping
3. Marriage
4. Yes Ma'am
5. Soup Kitchen
6. Mad Man
7. Stupid, Stupid War
8. Counter Attack
9. Couch Slouch
10. God Is Broke
11. Karma
12. Nursing Home Blues
13. I Don´t Need Society
14. Give My Taxes Back
15. The Explorer
16. Reaganomics
17. How To Act
18. Shame
19. Arguement Then War
20. Evil Minds
21. Slit My Wrist
22. Busted Again
23. Equal People
24. On My Way Home
25. Bail Out
26. Running Around
27. Sad To Be


Housemartins, The - The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death

Released : 1987
Recorded : Yellow 2, Stockport, Greater Manchester
Genre : Indie rock
Length : 38:06
Label : Go! Discs
Producer : John Williams

The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death was the second and last studio album by The Housemartins. It was released in 1987. The songs "Five Get Over Excited", "Me and the Farmer" and "Build" were released as singles. The title song is about the British Royal Family, which found them gaining controversy in the tabloid papers similar to that of other bands such as the Sex Pistols, The Smiths and the Stone Roses.


1. The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
2. I Can't Put My Finger On It
3. The Light Is Always Green
4. The World's On Fire
5. Pirate Aggro
6. We're Not Going Back
7. Me And The Farmer
8. Five Get Over Excited
9. Johannesburg
10. Bow Down
Backing Vocals - St. Winifred's School Choir
11. You Better Be Doubtful
12. Build


Housemartins,The - London 0 Hull 4

Released : October 1986
Recorded : Strongroom Studios
Genre : Indie rock
Length : 46:55
Label : Go! Discs
Producer : John Williams

London 0 Hull 4 is a 1986 album by The Housemartins. It was their first album and contains the singles "Flag Day" (#58 in the UK), "Sheep" (#54 in the UK), "Happy Hour" (#3 in the UK) and "Think for a Minute" (#18 in the UK).
The title refers to the band's home town of Kingston upon Hull and is in the format of a sports result. It also refers to Paul Heaton's assertion that the Housemartins were only the fourth best band in Hull. In other words, Hull had four great bands, compared to none from London.
The liner notes and lyrics reflect singer Paul Heaton's interest at that time in Christianity and Marxism. For example, the back cover of the album contains the message, "Take Jesus - Take Marx - Take Hope".
In 1992, the album was re-released on CD and featured four additional tracks, along with the front cover phrase, "16 songs - 17 hits!"
The album was re-released again on 22 June 2009, as London 0 Hull 4 Deluxe, containing a second CD of bonus tracks, B-sides and live recordings.


1."Happy Hour"
2."Get Up Off Our Knees" (Paul Heaton, Stan Cullimore, Ted Key)
3."Flag Day" (Paul Heaton, Stan Cullimore, Ted Key)
5."Reverend's Revenge" (instrumental)
6."Sitting on a Fence"
8."Over There"
9."Think for a Minute"
10."We're Not Deep"
11."Lean On Me" (Paul Heaton, Pete Wingfield)
12."Freedom" (Paul Heaton, Stan Cullimore, Ted Key)
13."I'll Be Your Shelter (Just Like a Shelter)" (CD and cassette only)
14."People Get Ready" (CD only)
15."The Mighty Ship" (CD only)
16."He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (CD only)


Pixies - Doolittle

Released : April 18, 1989
Recorded : October 31 – November 23, 1988 at Downtown Recorders in Boston, Massachusetts and Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut
Genre : Alternative rock
Length : 38:38
Label : 4AD CAD 905
Producer : Gil Norton

Doolittle is the second studio album from the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in April 1989 on 4AD. The album's offbeat and dark subject material, featuring references to surrealism, Biblical violence, torture and death, contrasts with the clean production sound achieved by the then-newly-hired producer Gil Norton. Doolittle was the Pixies' first international release, with Elektra Records acting as the album's distributor in the United States and PolyGram in Canada.
Pixies released two singles from Doolittle, "Here Comes Your Man" and "Monkey Gone to Heaven", both of which were chart successes on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album itself reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart; an unexpected success for the band. In retrospect, album tracks such as "Debaser", "Wave of Mutilation," and "Hey" are highly acclaimed by critics, while the album, along with debut LP Surfer Rosa, is seen as the band's strongest work.
Doolittle has continued to sell consistently well in the years since its release, and in 1995 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album has been cited as inspirational by many alternative artists, while numerous music publications have ranked it as one of the most influential albums ever. A 2003 poll of NME writers ranked Doolittle as the second greatest album of all-time,and Rolling Stone Magazine placed the album at 222 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


1. Debaser
2. Tame
3. Wave Of Mutilation
4. I Bleed
5. Here Comes Your Man
6. Dead
7. Monkey Gone To Heaven
Cello - Ann Rorich , Arthur Fiacco
Violin - Corine Metter , Karen Karlsrud
8. Mr. Grieves
9. Crackity Jones
10. La La Love You
Lead Vocals - David Lovering*
11. No. 13 Baby
12. There Goes My Gun
13. Hey
14. Silver
Bass Guitar - David Lovering*
Guitar [Slide], Written-by - Kim Deal
15. Gouge Away


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Pixies - Surfer Rosa

Released : March 21, 1988
Recorded : December 1987 at Q-Division in Boston, Massachusetts
Genre : Alternative rock
Length : 32:50
Label : 4AD
Producer : Steve Albini

Surfer Rosa is the first full-length album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in March 1988 on the British independent record label 4AD.[2] The album's unusual and offbeat subject matter includes references to mutilation and voyeurism; this is augmented by experimental recording, low-fidelity production and a unique drum sound. Surfer Rosa contains many of the themes present in the Pixies' earlier output, including Spanish lyrics and references to Puerto Rico.
Because of 4AD's independent status, distribution in the United States was handled by British label Rough Trade Records; however, it failed to chart in either the UK or the U.S. "Gigantic" was the only single taken from the release, and only reached number 93 on the UK Singles Chart. Despite this, Surfer Rosa was re-released in the U.S. by Elektra Records in 1992, and in 2005 was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Surfer Rosa is often cited as a favorite of music critics, and is frequently included on professional lists of the all-time best rock albums. Many alternative rock artists, including Billy Corgan and PJ Harvey, have cited the album as inspirational; Nirvana's Kurt Cobain frequently acknowledged that Surfer Rosa was a strong influence on Nevermind, and in 1993 hired the album's producer Steve Albini to produce his band's album In Utero.


1. Bone Machine
2. Break My Body
3. Something Against You
4. Broken Face" – 1:30
5. Gigantic (Francis/Kim Deal)
6. River Euphrates
7. Where Is My Mind?
8. Cactus
9. Tony's Theme
10. Oh My Golly!
11. Vamos
12. I'm Amazed
13. Brick Is Red


Oi Polloi - Total Anarchoi

Released : 1996
Genre : Anarcho-punk
Label : Step-1 Music

Total Anarchoi is an anarcho-punk album, by the band Oi Polloi. It was released in 1996 both on CD and LP.


1. Nuclear Waste
2. Boot Down The Door
3. Pigs For Slaughter
4. Scum
5. Thrown On The Scrap Heap
6. Punx Picnic
7. Mindless Few
8. Unite And Win
9. Omnicide
10. Americans Out
11. Pigs For Slaughter
12. Thugs In Uniform
13. Nazi Scum
14. Nuclear Waste
15. Free The Henge
16. Punx Picnic
17. State Violence, State Control
Written-By - Discharge
18. If The Kids Are United
Written-By - Sham 69


Oi Polloi - Resist the Atomic Menace 7" EP

Released : 1986
Genre : Anarcho punk, Street punk
Label : Endangered Music

Resist The Atomic Menace is an anarcho-punk EP, by the band Oi Polloi. It was released in 1986 and then Re-released in 1994 by Campary Records.


1. Hands Off Nicaragua
2. Scum
3. They Shoot Children, Don't They ?
4. Resist The Atomic Menace
5. Reach For The Light


Oi Polloi - Unite And Win 12" LP

Released : 1987
Genre : Oi!, Anarcho-punk
Label : Oi! Records

Unite and Win is an Oi!/anarcho-punk album by the band Oi Polloi. It was originally released in 1987 on (Oi! Records), and re-released in 2001 on Step 1 Records with eight extra songs.
The phrase Unite and Win refers to the desire for unification between the punk and skinhead subcultures. According to the band, if British working class people united, they would succeed in a fight against both the Margaret Thatcher government and totalitarian ideologies like Communism and Nazism (as described in the song, "Commies and Nazis").


1. Punx 'N' Skins
2. We Don't Need Them
3. Kill The Bill
4. Lowest Of The Low
5. Nuclear Waste
6. Commies And Nazis
7. Pigs For Slaughter
8. Scum
9. Thrown On The Scrapheap
10. Punx Picnic In Prince's Street Gardens
11. Mindless Few
12. Unite And Win!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Cult, The - Love

Released : October 18, 1985
Recorded : July 1985 - Aug 1985
Genre : Post-punk, gothic rock
Length : 51:31
Label : Beggars Banquet, Sire
Producer : Steve Brown

Love is an album by the English rock band The Cult, released in 1985 on Beggars Banquet Records. The record has been released in nearly 30 countries worldwide, and sold an estimated 2.5 million copies. It gave The Cult commercial success in the UK and abroad.
The album was recorded at Jacob's Studios in Farnham, Surrey, in July and August 1985.
Many European CD pressings, as well as Canadian and Australian pressings, include two bonus tracks: "Little Face" as track four, and "Judith" as track eleven. Various other foreign pressings have several other bonus tracks. For unknown reasons, the Korean vinyl and cassette tape editions omitted the songs "Big Neon Glitter" and "Revolution". Also inexplicably, in the Philippines a considerably shorter version of the song "Brother Wolf Sister Moon" was used; it lasts only 5.18, omitting most of the guitar solos in the second half of the song.
In 2000, the album was remastered and reissued on CD, with only the ten original songs and different artwork. "Big Neon Glitter" and "Hollow Man" are alternately listed with and without the article "The" in their title, respectively.
In 2003, the record was issued on CD in Russia, Belarus and Lithuania, formerly being available only as a bootleg LP in the Soviet Union and Uzbekistan. These 2003 Eastern European releases came with the bonus tracks "Faith Healer" and "Edie (Ciao Baby)" (acoustic) as tracks 13 and 14, and the word acoustic is misspelled as "accoustic"; the pressings also use a different font for the lettering. There is also an Indonesian cassette tape version which rearranges the track listing, and includes "Dreamtime" and "Bad Medicine Waltz", from the previous Cult record Dreamtime.
To coincide with the band's Love Live Tour in August 2009, the band will be releasing two different editions of the album:
Version one will be the "Expanded Edition", a 2-CD set consisting of the album on one disc as well as extended versions of album cuts, remixes, and b-sides on the second disc. This set is to be released on August 18, 2009 in the USA/Canada and September 21 in Europe.
Version two will be called the "Omnibus Edition" which will feature the first two discs from the "Expanded Edition" plus two more discs. Disc three will feature extremely rare demos from the Love album presented for the first time, and disc four will feature a live concert recorded by the BBC at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on October 31, 1985.


1. Nirvana
2. Big Neon Glitter
3. Love
4. Brother Wolf, Sister Moon
5. Rain
6. The Phoenix
7. Hollow Man
8. Revolution
9. She Sells Sanctuary
10. Black Angel


Cult, The - Sonic Temple

Released : April 10, 1989
Recorded : September-November 1988 at Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Genre : Hard rock
Heavy metal
Length : 52:23
Label : Beggars Banquet, Sire
Producer : Bob Rock

Sonic Temple is the fourth album by The Cult, released in 1989. In addition to being a continuation of the band's hard rock sound that was introduced on their previous album, Electric, Sonic Temple features some of the band's most popular songs, "Fire Woman", "Sun King", "Edie (Ciao Baby)" and "Sweet Soul Sister". With this album, The Cult obtained critical and commercial success with a ranking of #10 on the Billboard 200. Sonic Temple was also the last album recorded with long time bassist Jamie Stewart, who left in 1990. After his departure, the band's music would take a different direction on their next album, 1991's Ceremony.


1. Sun King
2. Fire Woman
3. American Horse
4. Edie (Ciao Baby)
5. Sweet Soul Sister
6. Soul Asylum
7. New York City
8. Automatic Blues
9. Soldier Blue
10. Wake Up Time For Freedom
11. Medicine Train


Cult, The - Electric

Released : April 1987
Genre : Hard rock
Length : 38:51
Label : Beggars Banquet, Sire
Producer : Rick Rubin

Electric is the pivotal third album by The Cult. Released in 1987, the album marked a deliberate stylistic change in the band from a goth to a hard rock group. Rick Rubin, the producer on Electric, had been specifically hired to remake the band's sound. The album was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


1. Wild Flower
2. Peace Dog
3. Lil' Devil
4. Aphrodosiac Jacket
5. Electric Ocean
6. Bad Fun
7. King Contrary Man
8. Love Removal Machine
9. Born To Be Wild
10. Outlaw
11. Memphis Hip Shake


Cult, The - Dreamtime

Released : September 1984
Genre : Post-punk, gothic rock
Length : 50:44
Label : Beggars Banquet
Producer : John Brand, Chris Kimsey

Dreamtime is the first full-length studio album by The Cult. Released in September 1984, it reached #21 in the UK, and was later certified Silver by the BPI after having sold 60,000 copies. The first single, Spiritwalker, reached #1 on the UK Indie Chart. Dreamtime has subsequently been reissued (or in some cases bootlegged) in roughly 30 countries worldwide.
Lyrics to the song 'Horse Nation' are taken almost verbatim from the book titled Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. 'Spiritwalker' is a reference to shamanism, while 'Dreamtime' is inspired by the Australian aborigines and 'Butterflies' is a reference to the Hopi ceremonial butterfly dance. 'A Flower in the Desert' is a reworking of the Southern Death Cult's song 'Flowers in the Forest'.
The record was originally being produced by Joe Julian, but after having recorded the drums tracks the band decided to replace him, and Beggars Banquet suggested John Brand. The record was ultimately produced by Brand, but guitarist Billy Duffy has said that the drum tracks used on the record were those produced by Julian, as band drummer Nigel Preston had become too unreliable by that time. The band rarely performs any material from this particular record, except Spiritwalker and Horse Nation, although A Flower In The Desert and 83rd Dream were played several times during The Cult's February/ March 2008 European tour.


1. Horse Nation
2. Spiritwalker
3. 83rd Dream
4. Butterflies
5. Go West (Crazy Spinning Circles)
6. Gimmick
7. A Flower In The Desert
8. Dreamtime
9. Rider In The Snow
10. Bad Medicine Waltz

System Of A Down - Toxicity

Released : September 4, 2001
Recorded : March –July 2001
Cello Studios
Hollywood, California
Genre : Alternative metal, heavy metal, art rock
Length : 44:06
57:31 (special edition)
Label : American
Producer : Rick Rubin, Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian

Toxicity is the second album by System of a Down. Produced by Rick Rubin, Toxicity was released on September 4, 2001 by American Recordings, debuting at #1 on both the United States and Canadian charts. Toxicity has sold over 12 million copies worldwide and is multi-platinum in the United States.


1. Prison Song
2. Needles
3. Deer Dance
4. Jet Pilot
5. X
6. Chop Suey!
7. Bounce
8. Forest
10. Science
11. Shimmy
12. Toxicity
13. Psycho
14. Aerials
15. Arto (hidden bunos track)


Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Released : September 1980
October 25, 2005
Recorded : Möbius Music, May & June 1980
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 33:03
Label : Faulty Products, Alternative Tentacles
Producer : Norm, East Bay Ray

Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables is the debut album by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products in the US (later by the DK's own Alternative Tentacles label).
The best selling and generally the most critically acclaimed album by the Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables has become a major staple of American punk.


1. Kill the Poor
2. Forward to Death
3. When Ya Get Drafted
4. Let's Lynch the Landlord
5. Drug Me
6. Your Emotions
7. Chemical Warfare
8. California Über Alles
9. I Kill Children
10. Stealing People's Mail
11. Funland at the Beach
12. Ill in the Head
13. Holiday in Cambodia
14. Viva Las Vegas
Bonus track on limited release: "Too Drunk To Fuck" (Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray)


Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust Inc.

Released : December 1981
Recorded : Möbius Music, June and August 1981
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 13:54
Label : Alternative Tentacles
Producer : East Bay Ray, Norm

In God We Trust, Inc. is a hardcore punk EP by the Dead Kennedys; it is now reissued with the Plastic Surgery Disasters album. The thrashing, lightning-fast beats and shouted (often jumbled) vocals, on the first six tracks, resembles Washington D.C.'s punk bands of the time; more than on any other Dead Kennedys release, the music here is conventionally "hardcore." The album spends the first two tracks attacking organized religion before going on to attack such diverse topics as Neo Nazis, President Ronald Reagan, and the pesticide Kepone. "We've Got a Bigger Problem Now" is a lounge jazz remake of "California Über Alles" from the previous album with Ronald Reagan instated in place of Jerry Brown. The EP also includes a cover of the theme song from the 1960s show, Rawhide. On the original vinyl version, Side A was tracks 1-5 and Side B was tracks 6-8. On the original cassette version, Side A contained all 8 songs, with Side B being left intentionally blank. Printed on Side B was the explanation, "Home taping is killing record industry profits! We left this side blank so you can help."


1. Religious Vomit
2. Moral Majority
3. Hyperactive Child
4. Kepone Factory
5. Dog Bite
6. Nazi Punks Fuck Off
7. We've Got a Bigger Problem Now
8. Rawhide


Dead Kennedys - California Uber Alles

"California Über Alles" was the first single by the Dead Kennedys. The record was released in June 1979 on Optional Music with "The Man with the Dogs" as the b-side. The title track was re-recorded for the band's first album, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1980), and the version that appeared on this single, as well as the single's b-side, are available on the rarities album Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (1987).The lyrics were written by Jello Biafra and John Greenway, and Biafra composed the music in one of his rare attempts at composing directly on guitar.