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Friday, July 29, 2011

Tones On Tail - Performance 12"

Released : March 9, 1984
Genre : Synth Pop, Gothic Rock
Label : Beggars Banquet

A classic piece of retro wax guaranteed to simultaneously get the goths swooshing and the breakdancers poppin and lockin on the dance floor - especially the b-side.
Perhaps the closest thing to a pure and equal fusion of Old-School Electro and Industrial Electro... along with Ministry's "All Day".
A classic!


1. Performance
2. Shake


Tones On Tail - Burning Skies 12"

Released : May 6, 1983
Genre : Gothic Rock, Post Punk
Label : Situation Two
Producer : Tones On Tail

Tones on Tail was a musical side project created by Daniel Ash of Bauhaus along with Bauhaus roadie Glenn Campling in 1982. After the demise of Bauhaus in 1983, they were joined by drummer Kevin Haskins. The band folded in 1984 shortly before Ash and Haskins went on to form Love and Rockets.
Tones on Tail's music is psychedelic/surrealist with a heavy English gothic rock vibe. It is textural and introspective and exhibits Ash's characteristically clean production. The band made a point of having each song sound as different as possible. In concert, the band sported all-white as a reaction to Bauhaus's all-black look. They never achieved a large following, though the track Go! is a retro dance club staple and a frequent addition to 1980s music compilations.
The band's back catalog has been subjected to a lot of compilations and reissues over the years; collecting the entire Tones on Tail discography was a difficult task. This was the situation until the 1998 release of Everything!, an appropriately named two-CD set of every track, fully remastered, plus a radio interview with Ash and Campling. The first disc con

1. Burning Skies
2. OK, This Is Pops
3. When You're Smiling
4. You, The Night And The Music


Tones On Tail - Go!

Tones On Tails - Pop

Released : April 6, 1984
Recorded at Rockfield Studios, except tracks A1, A2 & A4 recorded at Beck, Wellingborough, and track A5 recorded at R. G. Jones.
Genre : Pop Rock, Goth Rock, Synth-Pop
Label : Beggars Banquet
Producer : Tones On Tail

The trio's one actual album is an impressive, wide-ranging effort collaging a range of influences into an inspired, often unpredictable experience. With their former band's generally gloomier shadows left behind, what Ash and Haskins draw from their time with Bauhaus is that group's melange of styles -- their most underappreciated strength. Ash, with his breathy purrs and slinky all-around singing, works absolute magic on the quieter numbers, while more strident pieces like the nervous tension of "War" benefit from his abilities at more upfront projection as the need arises. Campling isn't quite as strong a bassist as, say, David J, but he is more than fine. In the simple but effective work he does on the opening "Lions," for instance, his deep, fuzzy but not fuzztone effort locks the samba feeling of the song into place perfectly. Haskins, meanwhile, is as in form as Ash, offering up everything from minimal tapping and textures to full-bodied slams. Variety is clearly the spice of Pop's life; the goofy, jazzy swing of "Happiness" and catchy, dark shimmer of "Performance" are miles from "Real Life" and its brittle, bitter acoustic/electric sentiments. Though one could call the album schizophrenic in form, it's all still clearly the work of one group with a set vision rather than a bunch of musicians chasing after any number of styles. One of the most hilarious, truly trippy songs ever recorded by anyone is right in the album's middle -- "Slender Fungus" -- consisting of Ash's nonsense main lyric, weirdly soothing backing vocals, and an utterly strange percussion loop that sounds like people clicking their tongues more than anything else. Pop ends on a fine high note with the ambient-into-slow-paced-rock of "Rain." Ash's crooning has rarely been finer, while the sheets of organ and e-bowed guitar that introduce and then continue throughout the song are as atmospheric as it can get.


1. Lions
2. War
3. Happiness
4. The Never Never (Is Forever)
5. Performance
6. Slender Fungus
7. Movement Of Fear
8. Real Life
9. Rain


Tones On Tail – Tones On Tail 12" EP

Released : March, 1982
Recorded at Beck studio, Wellingboro.
Genre : Post Punk, Gothic Rock
Label : 4AD

Released while the band were still part of Bauhaus, this EP's standout feature is that the track "Copper" is designed to be played at either 33 or 45 rpm!


1. A Bigger Splash
2. Means of Escape
3. Copper
4. Instrumental


The Saints - The Most Primitive Band In The World (Live From The Twilight Zone, Brisbane 1974)

Released : 1995
Genre : Punk
Label : Hot Records

Let's be frank. The Saints were to 1976 Australia what the Ramones were to the U.S. and the Sex Pistols were to Europe. None "invented" anything, as anyone who's heard the Stooges' Raw Power knows, but all were pied-piper trailblazers, their awesome power inspiring the formation of 100 hot punk bands. The Saints' 1976 single "(I'm) Stranded" took the U.S./U.K. by storm, but time forgot them unfairly (outside of down under where they remain legends). True, the newly curious are better directed to two classic LPs, originally issued here on Sire, 1977's stunningly brutal (I'm) Stranded and 1978's masterful Eternally Yours (and for non-punk fans, the other original-Saints LP, the 1978 import third LP, Prehistoric Sounds). But this 1974 -- yes, 1974 -- totally pre-punk, live-in-guitarist-Ed Kuepper's-mum's-garage, earlier look at the same songs is even more primitive, out-lo-fi-ing even Guided by Voices. It's low-rent but absolutely fascinating in its unadulterated, uncut rawness, and then-teenage yowler Chris Bailey is superb. This is so long before the first single and LP were recorded that drummer Ivor Hay was then occupying the bass slot (!?!), and the drumming is by the never-before-heard-on-record (and thus forgotten) Laurie Mysterio. Old fans will also be amazed to note that two tracks from Eternally Yours, "Do the Robot" and "(I'm) Misunderstood," plus the B-side of "This Perfect Day," "Lies," go back to 1974, four years before they appeared, and this is what they would have sounded like recorded (I'm) Stranded-style! (ditto the 1-2-3-4 EP cover of "River Deep, Mountain High"). And for archival importance, this is the first time we've ever heard the Saints cover the old soul standard "Knock on Wood." All in all, the highly interesting steps of a later giant, but get the Sire LPs first!

1. Wild About You
2. Do The Robot
3. One Way Street
4. Knock On Wood
5. Erotic Neurotic
6. River Deep, Mountain High
7. Lies
8. (I'm) Stranded
9. Messin' With The Kid
10.(I'm) Misunderstood


The Saints - Paralytic Tonight, Dublin Tomorrow EP

Released : March, 1980
Recorded : London, 1980
Genre : Punk
Label : Lost (Australia), New Rose (France)
Producer : L. Lambert

This EP was the first Saints release following the departure of Ed Kuepper from the band, and was dropped at a time when Kuepper had already begun his string of highly experimental Laughing Clowns releases. To say that this is back to basics would be to understate the point. Chris Bailey seems positively determined to demonstrate that his version of the Saints is going to be free from the avant-garde-isms of Kuepper and co, free from the jazzy and experimental touches Kuepper lent to the last Saints effort, and, indeed, free from any of the punk rebelliousness of the earliest Saints records. Unfortunately, this pedestrian, elementary, MOR rock is also free from any interest. 'On the Waterfront' sounds like 'I'm Misunderstood' slowed down to half-speed, 'Call It Mine' is insipid and repetitive, and 'Miss Wonderful' is as banal as could be ('Yes, you are miss wonderful/ your eyes do shine, they are divine./ You are miss wonderful/ what is my crime?').


1. Simple Love
2. (Don't Send Me) Roses
3. Miss Wonderfull
4. On The Waterfront
5. Call It Mine


The Saints - One Two Three Four EP

Released : September 1977 (UK), October 1977 (Australia)
Recorded : April 1977, Sydney, Australia
Genre : Punk
Label : Harvest (UK), EMI (Australia)
Producer : Chris Bailey & Ed Kuepper

One Two Three Four was the first 7" EP by Punk band The Saints. The EP contained two covers and two re-recorded versions of tracks that originally featured on their debut album (I'm) Stranded. It was originally released in the UK as both a single disc EP and a double 7" with a gatefold shelve.
The complete EP was issued on CD in 2007 as bonus tracks to (I'm) Stranded.


1. Lipstick On Your Collar
2. One Way Street
3. River Deep Mountain High
4. Demolition Girl


V.A. - Neurotically Yours (Tribute To The Saints)

Released : 1993
Genre : Garage Rock, Hard Rock, Punk
Label : Smiling Weasel Music, Still Sane Records

Here, at last, is a tribute LP worth making. It neatly avoids the first rule of why tribute LPs suck -- unlike tributes to someone over-played, this is a gigantic, huge, magnificent talent still woefully underexposed to the masses, a band well-loved by more famous musicians than most are aware of. It also manages to avoid the second and more important problem: this collection is decent in its own right. The third and last problem is still here: too many "never-heard-of-them's" appear when we know there are better bands who mention or cover the Saints. But a lot of these also-rans, though greatly overmatched by comparison to the original versions, aren't overmatched by the songs themselves (Chris Bailey often writes assessable tunes, wonderful as they are -- it's only his stunning big-howl singing, unbelievable arranging talent, and experienced playing that makes the songs doubly special when he does them himself), so this LP is listenable instead of utterly embarrassing. Lastly, even those who already love the Saints tend to only know the four LPs that have been released in the U.S., or even just the first two, which were knock-out, classic punk LPs before Bailey took over the band on his own and went more post-punk to R&B to rippin' rock and soul. Now if only this LP were a domestic release. Here's the low-down. Very Strong: Dime Box's well-chosen, steely run-through "Story of Love"; Leaving Trains, who do to "Demolition Girl" what they did to "Private Affair" on their terrific '86 LP Kill Tunes; and original Saints legend Ed Kuepper's nostalgic, scaled-down look at "Everything's Fine." Good: Moon's decent rave-up of "Know Your Product," Original Sins' by-the-book floor-tom pounding "Erotic Neurotic," the Puzzled Monkeys' acoustic starkness on "Down the Drain," Sidwewinders' surprisingly spooky "Memories Are Made of This," and the Bevis Frond's cheap and nasty psychedelic idea of "This Perfect Day." OK: Trotsky Icepick's "I'm Stranded," Brothers Figaro's "Wrapped Up in Blue," Texas Midgets' "Shipwreck (Prodigal Son)," and the Shramms' lighthearted look at "In the Mirror." Nah: Rich Hardesty & the Del Reys' "Ghost Ships" and the Chant's "Grain of Sand." Phooey: Chuck Prophet's "Just Like Fire Would," Popealopes' "How to Avoid Disaster," Two Lane Blacktop's "That's the Way It Goes," and Low Max's "Messin' With the Kid." Also appearing: Springhouse, which I can't offer an unbiased opinion about since I was a member, in fact, I sing this version of "Angels." Note that this appeared originally on our 1992 Eskimo EP. My biased opinion is that it's one of my favorite (and lowest-tech) recordings of ours, and I always wondered what Bailey thought of it -- I gave him a copy last year when he opened for Concrete Blonde on their U.S. tour.


1. Moon - Know Your Product
2. The Schramms - In the Mirror
3. The Chant - Grain of Sand
4. Chuck Prophet - Just Like Fire Would
5. Rich Hardesty and the Del Reys - Ghost Ships
6. Dime Box - Story of Love
7. The Bevis Frond - This Perfect Day
8. Low Max - Messin' Wite the Kid
9. Ed Kuepper - Everything's Fine
10.Springhouse - Angels
11.Popealopes - How to Avoid Disaster
12.The Leaving Trains - Demolition Girl
13.Trotsky Icepick - (I'm) Stranded
14.The Original Sins - Erotic Neurotic
15.The Puzzled Monkeys - Down the Drain
16.Sidewinders - Memories Are Made of This
17.Two Lane Blacktop - That's the Way
18.Brothers Figaro - Wrapped Up and Blue
19.Texas Midgets - Shipwreck


The Saints - Stranded

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Adventures - Send My Heart (Extended Re-Mix)

Released : 1984
Genre : New Wave, Synth Pop
Label : Chrysalis
Producer : The Adventures (track 2 - 4), Steve Harvey (track 1 - 2)

Artificial 80's production, mixed with 60's jingle jangle pop.
One of those perfect singles, that didn't really make it, although it reached # 24 in Germany, while in England it only went to # 62.
The extended remix on 12" wasn't as heartful as the original song, by the way.


1. Send My Heart (Extended Re-Mix)
2. Send My Heart (Band Mix)
3. These Children (Recorded In Concert)
4. Life During Wartime (Recorded In Concert)


The Adventures – Another Silent Day 7"

Released : 1984
Genre : New Wave, Synth Pop
Label : Chrysalis
Producer : Steve Harvey (track 1), The Adventures (track 2)

Their debut single 'Another silent day' was released in the summer of 1984. It was released as a limited edition double single featuring two bonus tracks. It peaked at number 71 in the UK singles chart.


1. Another Silent Day
2. Happy Depression


The Adventures - Two Rivers

The Wild Swans - English Electric Lightning 7"

Released : Febuary 28, 2009
Genre : Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Label : Occultation Recordings
Producer : The Wild Swans, Henry Priestman

'English Electric Lightning' is magnificent, a soaring and hymnal six minutes of chiming guitars and surging keyboards, which finally lives up to all the potential alluded at all those years ago with 'Revolutionary Spirit'. It carries a similar sense of harmony and melody to 'Revolutionary Spirit', but, as well as being much better recorded, where it surpasses that first record is in Simpson's urgent half hopeful, half despairing call-to-arms lyrics, which far less abstract than much of what he has written previously, throws together Johnny Rotten, Geoffrey Chaucer, Princess Diana, Margaret Thatcher and John Milton and examines everything that he sees as both being right and wrong about Britain.
The seven and half minute B side, 'The Coldest Winter in a a Hundred Years', is equally strong, a spoken word, comical monologue extracted from Simpson's forthcoming memoirs and, which set against a backdrop of scaling guitars and shimmering keyboards, tells of the first years of the Wild Swans and his own history sharing a flat in Liverpool with Bunnymen drummer, the late Pete de Freitas.
A brave and ambitous single from this most unfortunate of groups who three decades on have at last matched up to all their early enormous possibility.


1. English Electric Lightning
2. The Coldest Winter For A Hundred Years


The Wild Swans - Liquid Mercury 7"

Released : November, 2009
Recorded at the Gossamer Dome, Anglesey and Beatmatch, Liverpool, August 2009.
Genre : Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Label : Occultation Recordings
Producer : The Wild Swans, Henry Priestman

‘Liquid Mercury’ is a wistful ballad, which, with swirling pangs of guitar, and soft flurrying wheezes of keyboard, has Simpson half mournfully, half nostalgically looking back on those early years of bedsit living and recalling the Wild Swans’ original guitarist, Jem Kelly (“Rodney Street, 8 pounds a week was ankle deep in snow/And ‘J’ was there with flaming hair, I couldn’t let it go.”).
It is lovely and, at two and a half minutes in length and one of the shorter songs in the Wild Swans’ canon, breezes by quickly and seems over almost as soon as it has begun. As good as it is, one is left, however, feeling that Simpson and his realigned group are just warming up for ‘The Wickedest Man in the World’, which proves to be amongst the most powerful and is certainly the most poignant song that Simpson and the Wild Swans have recorded.


1. Liquid Mercury
2. The Wickedest Man In The World


The Wild Swans - Bible Dreams

Monday, July 25, 2011

XTC - The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead

Released : 1992
Genre : Pop rock
Length : 5:02
Label : Virgin Records
Producer : Gus Dudgeon

The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead is a single by XTC from their 1992 album Nonsuch. It was the band's second #1 hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was covered and released as a single by Crash Test Dummies in 1995 for the soundtrack to the film Dumb and Dumber. Crash Test Dummies' version is notable in the fact that it was their first of two singles to feature Ellen Reid on lead vocals. The Crash Test Dummies version differs slightly to the XTC version, omitting the second verse.
The song follows the story of Peter Pumpkinhead, a man who comes to an unspecified town, "spreading wisdom and cash around". He is extremely popular with the people of the town, but extremely unpopular with government figures. In the end, Peter Pumpkinhead is killed by those he made enemies of, "nailed to a chunk of wood" (probably a reference to being crucified, like Jesus, possibly even comparing the two men).
Many believe "Peter Pumpkinhead" is a pseudonym for and refers to one of various historic figures such as John F. Kennedy, Jesus Christ, or John Lennon. However, the writer of the song, Andy Partridge, stated that he was not referring to any one being, but to such characters and their lives as a whole; namely that their mission to do good resulted in their death brought about by "government" figures.
The name Peter Pumpkinhead in fact came about by Partridge having carved out a Halloween pumpkin and, following the October festival, sticking it on one of the fence posts in his garden. Partridge walked past the pumpkin each day on the way to his composing shed and, feeling sorry for the increasingly decaying fruit head, decided to write a song about him.


1. The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead (LP Version)
2. The Smartest Monkey (LP Version)
3. My Bird Performs (Home Demo)
4. Always Winter Never Christmas (Home Demo)


XTC - Dear God

Anthrax - Got The Time

Flesh For Lulu - Long Live the New Flesh

Released : 1987
Genre : Alternative Rock, Gothic Rock, New Wave
Label : Beggars Banquet
Producer(s) : Mike Hedges (tracks: 2-11), Stephen Hague (tracks: 1)

Determined that an American breakthrough was now within their grasp, Flesh for Lulu gambled the farm on Long Live the New Flesh. In the short term it was a smart move and placed the band right on the verge of stardom, but in the long term it was, in retrospect, suicide. Fed up with the British press' sniping Stones' comparisons, the group severed their strongest roots, leaving their U.K. fanbase to wither away to nothingness. This drastic pruning was deemed necessary for Flesh to take hold and flourish in the U.S. In an altered reality kind of way, New and its predecessor, Big Fun City, correspond virtually track for track, with the rockers frontloaded and the softer numbers mainly in the second half. But the title tells the whole story, and indeed launched a very new Flesh upon the world. Gone were the masses of R&B riffs and punky rhythms that fired their last album; in came a new arena sound. The pop/rock melodies still remained, but were now fleshed out (so to speak) with synths, female backing vocalists, big rock guitar, and a Gary Glitter stomping beat. A quick comparison of "Siamese Twist" and Fun's "Vaguely Human" illustrates the point. The latter's a punk-fueled R&B pop/rocker; the former's a punk-fueled R&B pop/rocker laden with a thumping beat, searing lead guitar, and braying brass. Of course, the British found this new Flesh bloated to obesity, but this was what America wanted, and the band were happy to dish it up. Even the wonderful "Postcards From Paradise" (the "Baby Hurricane" of Live), is as chubby as a cherub, beefed up by the repetitive, pounding bass drum, and blend of Flesh's previous boisterousness. The U.S., of course, loved it. But even while toning done their punkier sound and R&B riffs, at least the band remained diverse. Going down Fun's genre checklist, Live also includes country & western hybrids, a bit of blues, a nod to U2 ("Sleeping Dogs"), and a closing experimental track. Oddly enough, the latter actually returns Flesh to their own post-punk roots, albeit in an extremely twisted way. So what Fun was for the Brits -- a classic pop/rock album in an indie mold -- Live was for Americans -- a classic pop/rock album in an arena mold. Pick your poison, both records are excellent, but few but the most die-hard fans will find them both equally appealing.


1. Lucky Day
2. Postcards From Paradise
3. Hammer Of Love
4. Siamese Twist
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Good For You
7. Crash
8. Way To Go
9. Sleeping Dogs
10.Dream On Cowboy


Flesh For Lulu - I Go Crazy 12"

Released : 1988
Genre : Alternative Rock, Gothic Rock
Label : Beggars Banquet
Format : Vinyl, 12", Maxi Single, 45 RPM
Producer : Tom Lord-Alge

This sounds like everything that was on the radio at the time, it had a certain zest and pizas to it though. So I really like it, The lead singer had a pretty good voice, it sounded like a few other singers but I forgot who.


1. I Go Crazy (Extended Mix)
2. Baby Baby Baby Baby Baby
3. Crash
4. I Go Crazy


Flesh For Lulu - Roman Candle EP

Released : November 5, 1983
Genre : Alternative Rock, Gothic Rock, New Wave
Label : Polydor
Format : Vinyl, 12", EP, 45 RPM
Producer : Mick Glossop

The voice is mix of Ian Mcculloch of Echo & The Bunnymen and Billy MacKenzie of The Associates.


1. Roman Candle
2. Coming Down
3. Lame Train
4. The Power Of Suggestion


Flesh For Lulu - Idol EP

Released : 1986
Genre : Alternative Rock, Gothic Rock
Label : Beggars Banquet
Format : Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Producer : Flesh For Lulu (tracks: 2 to 4), Richard Preston (tracks: 1 to 3)


1. Idol
2. Life Of Crime
3. Sleeping Dogs
4. Spaceball Ricochet


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Flesh For Lulu - Postcards From Paradise

Megadeth - Breadline (Japan Special Edition) EP

Released : Febuary 16, 2000
Genre : Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal
Label : Toshiba EMI Ltd.
Producer : Dann Huff
Co-Producer : Dave Mustaine

This special Japanese edition of the Breadline single features five remixes of Megadeth songs, including three that had not been previously released.


1. Breadline (Radio Edit)
2. Breadline (The Active Mix By Jack Joseph Puig)
3. Insomnia (Rhys Fulber Mix)
4. Symphony of Destruction (The Gristle Mix)
5. Crush 'Em (Jock Mix)
6. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due (The General Schwarzkopf Mix)


Megadeth - Hidden Treasures EP

Released : July 18, 1995
Recorded : 1989-1994
Genre : Heavy metal, hard rock, thrash metal
Length : 29:06
Label : Capitol
Producer : Max Norman, Dave Mustaine

Not every one of these songs are essential, but it's definitely worth having if you like Megadeth. "No More Mr. Nice Guy" is a just about decent cover of an Alice Cooper classic, Mustaine's snarling certainly fits the song to some degree but i don't quite see any reason to listen to this cover often. "Go to Hell" has this part which reminds me of the give me sorcery, give me wizardry part from "five magics", the lyrics certainly has that signature attitude you expect from Megadeth, I can see why it's on this EP, it's a decent song but certainly doesn't fit any album. "Angry Again" is another decent cut, but i tend to forget the tracks on this album too often, my fault, I admit. The main reason to perhaps take notice of this record is "99 Ways to Die", A premiere Megadeth speed metal cut with an interesting music video about kids and guns and suicides, "Diadems" is just about Ok, nothing to go crazy about. "Problems" is a good cover, perhaps their best cover. They did make it a point to cover Sex Pistols, and the punk influences are quite clear in everything Mustaine did back in the 80's.


1. A Tout Le Monde
2. Symphony Of Destruction (Demo)
3. Architecture Of Aggression (Demo)
4. New World Order (Demo)
5. No More Mr. Nice Guy
6. Breakpoint
7. Go To Hell
8. Angry Again
9. 99 Ways To Die


Megadeth - Maximum Megadeth EP

Released : April 8, 1991
Recorded : 1986-1990
Genre : Thrash metal
Length : 39:40
Label : Capitol
Producer : Dave Mustaine, Mike Clink

Maximum Megadeth was issued as a promotional disc by Capitol Records in 1991, following the release of the thrashin' group's raging Rust in Peace album. Maximum Megadeth served as 'deth's compilation calling card to the Metallica promo disc entitled Mandatory Metallica.

Depsite the inclusion of just eight tracks, the pounding Maximum Megadeth disc is a kick ass addition to any collector's showcase. The heavy riffing track listing is rock solid, featuring cuts from Peace Sells (Capitol/1986), So Far, So Good... So What (Capitol/1987), and Rust in Peace (Capitol/1990), plus a pair of live concert recordings.


1. Peace Sells
2. Hangar 18 (Live)
3. In My Darkest Hour
4. Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
5. Anarchy In The U.K. (Live)
6. Wake Up Dead
7. Hook In Mouth
8. Lucretia


Megadeth - Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" is the opening track of heavy metal band Megadeth's 1990 album Rust in Peace.

The song has an unusual structure, shifting at 2:26 after an acoustic bridge by Marty Friedman to a different, slower and heavier section called "The Punishment Due", before speeding up again. The entire song is commonly referred to as simply "Holy Wars".

The lyrical theme of "Holy Wars" deals with the Northern Ireland conflict, and Mustaine's feelings concerning religion. In an interview with the UK magazine Guitarist, Mustaine says that he was inspired to write the song in Northern Ireland, when he discovered bootlegged Megadeth T-shirts were on sale and was dissuaded from taking action to have them removed on the basis that they were part of fund raising activities for "The Cause" (i.e. the Provisional Irish Republican Army). Dave also stated at a gig at Rock City (Nottingham, U.K. 18 February 2008) that it was at this venue that he wrote Holy Wars, after they travelled there from Ireland in a bulletproof bus. "The Punishment Due" is based on the popular Marvel comic book character, The Punisher.

A cover version of the song is playable in the band simulation game Rock Revolution. The master recording is purchasable as part of the Rust in Peace album pack on the Rock Band band simulation platform, and is also playable in the Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock game.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Morrissey - The Loop EP

Released : July 1992
Genre : Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
Label : E.M.I.
Producer(s) : Clive Langer & Alan Winstanley (tracks: 2 to 5), Stephen Street (tracks: 1)

If You have this CD5, then you probably live in France or got it from someone there. This cd was included with issue #38 and #39 of the French fan magazine Inrockuptibles of July and August/September of '92. It was an incentive to buy the magazine. Copies were also distributed as a free gift to those fans who bought early releases of Your Arsenal and Beethoven Was Deaf also in France.


1. Sister I'm A Poet
2. The Loop
3. Girl Least Likely Too
4. At Amber
5. I've Changed My Plea To Guilty


Morrissey - The Family Line EP

Released : 1994
Genre : Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Label : E.M.I.

Another CD5 (with The Loop in '92) issued with the magazine Les Inrockuptibles in France. It was with issue #56.


1. Suedehead
2. Everyday Is Like Sunday
3. Late Night, Maudlin Street
4. Sing Your Life
5. Driving Your Girlfriend Home
6. (I'm) The End of the Family Line
7. Certain People I Know
8. Tomorrow


Morrissey - Rare Tracks EP

Released : 1998
Recorded : July, 1997, England
Genre : Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Label : Mercury
Producer : Danton Supple, Steve Lillywhite

This is a Japanese release of all the b sides from the singles off of Morrissey's album Malajusted. There were 6 singles released off that album in the UK.


1. Lost
2. Heir Apparent
3. The Edges Are No Longer Parallel
4. This Is Not Your Country
5. Now I Am A Was
6. I Can Have Both


Morrissey - At KROQ EP

Released : September 18,1991
Recorded : June 3,1991
Genre : Alternative rock
Label : Sire Records, Reprise

At KROQ is a three-song live EP by Morrissey, released on September 18, 1991. It was recorded at a live session in 1991 for Los Angeles radio station KROQ, while Morrissey was touring in support of his second album Kill Uncle.
Following the end of "Sing Your Life", the EP's most noted feature is heard: eight full minutes of messages left for Morrissey by ardent, sometimes bordering on obsessive, fans on the voice mail of KROQ personality Richard Blade.


1. There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends
2. My Love Life
3. Sing Your Life


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Morrissey - Suedehead

"Suedehead" was the debut solo single from Morrissey, released in February 1988.

The single charted higher than any of the singles released by his former band The Smiths, reaching number five in the UK Singles Chart. It charted at #30 in The Netherlands and at #8 in New Zealand. The lead track was featured on Morrissey's debut album Viva Hate and the compilation album Bona Drag; the latter of which also featured the B-side "Hairdresser on Fire". The artwork of the single features a photo taken by Geri Caulfield at a Smiths gig at the London Palladium.

The video clip for this Morrissey single features the singer walking in the streets of Fairmount, Indiana, the boyhood city of James Dean. In the video are also featured the school where James Dean studied and the Park Cemetery where the actor is currently buried.

Oasis - ...There And Then

Released : October 14, 1996
Format : CD Single
Genre : Alternative Rock, Brit Pop
Label : SMV

Easily there best live DVD, when Liam's vocals were in their prime.


1. Wonderwall (Live From Earls Court, London 4.11.95)
2. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Live From Maine Road, Manchester 28.4.96)
3. Champagne Supernova (Live From Knebworth Park, Stevenage 11. 8.96)


Oasis - Whatever

Released : 18 December 1994
Format : CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded : Rockfield Studios (South Wales), 1994
Genre : Rock, Britpop, baroque pop
Length : 6:21 (original single version), 3:58 (radio edit)
Label : Creation
Producer : Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher, Dave Batchelor

"Whatever" is a single by English rock band Oasis, and initially credited as being written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. A subsequent lawsuit awarded a co-writing credit to Neil Innes.
Like many other songs in the band's catalogue, "Whatever" preaches the importance of being yourself and being able to do what you choose. At six minutes and twenty-one seconds, it was the longest single the band had released up to that point (it would soon be surpassed by "Champagne Supernova" and later "D'You Know What I Mean?", and was a more lavish affair than their previous singles, as it was the first of many Oasis singles that included a prominent string section. The song begins with a simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure, with the main hook of the song occurring in the verse rather than the chorus. The song suddenly changes key during the bridge, before returning to the main chord progression of the song, which repeats for a two-and-a-half-minute outro in which, one by one, each instrument cuts out until only the strings are playing. Finally, the song ends with an extended, recorded applause track.
The single was released on 18 December 1994 as a stand-alone single, bridging the gap between Oasis' debut album, Definitely Maybe, and their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. "Whatever" entered the UK Singles Chart at #3, their first single to enter the top 5, something every Oasis single released since has also accomplished, aside from the download-only single "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", "I'm Outta Time" and "Falling Down". Like "Lord Don't Slow Me Down", this is a non-album release, but as it is a single it has been included on the compilation album Time Flies... 1994–2009 which features all 26 of Oasis' officially released singles. The strings were played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra which featured former ELO violinist Wilf Gibson. The strings were arranged by Nick Ingham and Noel Gallagher.
"Whatever" spent a total of 51 weeks on the UK Singles chart, more than any Oasis single to date.
"Whatever" re-entered the UK Singles chart on 20 June 2010 at #64, due to the release of Time Flies, and the first time that "Whatever" has been available to purchase digitally.
Recently the song has been used by Coca-Cola in its new campaign in Latin America celebrating its 125th anniversary.


1. Whatever
2. (It's Good) To Be Free
3. Half The World Away
4. Slide Away


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Oasis - Champagne Supernova

"Champagne Supernova" is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by guitarist Noel Gallagher. The seven-minute anthem is the closing track on the record-breaking album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?. Though only released as a single in Australia, France, New Zealand a music video directed by Nigel Dick was released to music channels and, as a result, the song received much television and radio airplay. The song was released in the U.S. as a radio single and enjoyed great success there, becoming the band's second No. 1 single on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It also peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, becoming the band's third top 40 single on that chart. The song is considered a fan-favourite and has received widespread critical acclaim.

New Order - Movement

Released : 13 November 1981
Recorded : 1980-1981, Strawberry Studios, Stockport, England
Genre : Post-punk
Length : 36:12
Label : Factory
Producer : Martin Hannett

Movement is the first hesitant step in the transition from Joy Division to New Order. Despite a relatively assured debut single ("Ceremony," which didn't even appear on the album), the first New Order album revealed a band apparently caught up in mourning for its former lead singer. (But of course, themes of loss and isolation were hardly novel for them.) Movement encompassed songs written just after the suicide of Ian Curtis, and it was recorded with alternating vocal spots to see whose would fit best -- although neither Peter Hook nor Bernard Sumner sounded worthy of the mantle. (At times, their hesitancy makes it sound as if they were recording guide vocals for a Joy Division LP, expecting Ian Curtis to come in later.) Despite the band's opaque lyrics, critics and fans were spotting references to Curtis all over the record, with despair and confusion reigning especially on "Senses" ("No reason ever was given") and "ICB" ("It's so far away, and it's closing in"). More so than on any Joy Division record, it also revealed a group unafraid to experiment relentlessly in the studio until it had emerged with something unique. Spurred on by producer Martin Hannett, despite his antagonistic relationship with the band (and perhaps, because of it), New Order produced a ghostly, brittle record, occasionally uptempo but never upbeat, with drum machines rattling and echoing over dark waves of synthesizers and Hook's basswork. A masterpiece in the career of any other post-punk band, Movement only paled in comparison to the band's later work.


1. Dreams Never End
2. Truth
3. Senses
4. Chosen Time
5. ICB
6. The Him
7. Doubts Even Here
8. Denial


New Order - Technique

Released : 30 January 1989
Recorded : 1988 at Mediterranean Studios, Ibiza, and Real World Studios, Box
Genre : Alternative dance, alternative rock, acid house
Length : 39:32
Label : Factory
Producer : New Order

Tastes and sounds were changing quickly in the late '80s, which prompted New Order's most startling transformation yet -- from moody dance-rockers to, well, moody acid-house mavens. After the band booked a studio on the island hotspot of Ibiza, apparently not knowing that it was the center of the burgeoning house music craze, New Order's sure instincts for blending rock and contemporary dance resulted in another confident, superb LP. Technique was the group's most striking production job, with the single "Fine Time" proving a close runner-up to "Blue Monday" as the most extroverted dance track in the band's catalog. Opening the record, it was a portrait of a group unrecognizable from its origins, delivering lascivious and extroverted come-ons amid pounding beats. It appeared that dance had fully taken over from rock, with the guitars and bass only brought in for a quick solo or bridge. But while pure dance was the case for the singles "Fine Time" and "Round & Round," elsewhere New Order were still delivering some of the best alternative pop around, plaintive and affecting songs like "Run" (the third single), "Love Less," and "Dream Attack." Placed in the perfect position to deliver the definitive alternative take on house music, the band produced another classic record.


1. Fine Time
2. All the Way
3. Love Less
4. Round & Round
5. Guilty Partner
6. Run
7. Mr. Disco
8. Vanishing Point
9. Dream Attack


New Order - 1981 – Factus 8 – 1982

Released : November 1982
Recorded : 1981-1982
Genre : Post-punk, Alternative rock, New Wave
Length : 29:49
Label : Factory Records
Producer : Martin Hannett, New Order

This five-song EP contains New Order's second single, "Everything's Gone Green"/"Procession," from September 1981, and third single, "Temptation," from May 1982. The singles, as relentless as the album tracks on Movement, their debut album, are more beat-oriented and feature the synthesizer more prominently; and on "Temptation," you can even make out the lyrics clearly, a New Order first. These songs headed New Order away from Joy Division and toward bands like Depeche Mode.


1. Temptation
2. Hurt
3. Everything's Gone
4. Procession
5. Mesh


Operation Ivy - Ramones EP

Released : 1987
Recorded live at Gilman Street Project, Berkeley, California, USA 10/25/87.
Genre : Hardcore punk, ska punk
Label : Metropolis Records

Ramones is an EP by the American hardcore punk/ska punk band Operation Ivy. The one-sided 12" vinyl bootleg, featuring covers of six Ramones' songs, was pressed in a limited run of 300 copies, hand numbered, by an obscure German label, Metropolis Records, and was released in 1987. The vinyl was pressed in red, blue, and white; each 100 in number.
The bootleg is notorious for being the band's rarest bootleg, and also for its low recording quality.


1. Cretin Hop
2. Go Mental
3. I Wanna Be Sedated
4. I Don't Care
5. Chasing The Night
6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker


New Order - Blue Monday '88

A music video for a shortened version of the original song was created in 1983, featuring military clips with false colour, simple computer-generated graphics such as colour blocks and geometric lines, digitised video of band members at very low resolution and framerate, and a short appearance of the game Zaxxon (reportedly the Apple II port). The colour blocks were created using Peter Saville's colour coded alphabet.
The music video for "Blue Monday '88" (the Quincy Jones re-recording and mix of the song), shortened by several minutes and featuring added vocal effects, appears on the Substance video collection released as a companion to the album of the same name. It features sketches by photographer William Wegman and his Weimaraner dog named Fay Ray doing balancing acts intercut with hand-drawn animation by Robert Breer. The band members are shown standing around doing various tasks, such as walking a wooden plank over a floor that is painted blue, holding wire-mesh constructed art and milk crates over their faces, being hit by tennis balls, and standing still while they flip through various flip books (tying into the hand-drawn animation sequences).
On the Australian show Rage, a video was shown containing footage taken from their Top of the Pops performance with the studio track dubbed over it. At other times, the aforementioned videos also get airings.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Motörhead - Motörizer

Released : 26 August 2008
Recorded : Late 2007/early 2008
Genre : Heavy metal
Length : 38:55
Label : Steamhammer/SPV
Producer : Motörhead & Cameron Webb

Even if Motörhead had broken up around 1983 or 1984, they still would have gone down in history as one of the most influential metal outfits of all time. Motörhead, after all, was the first metal band to seriously incorporate punk; they wrote the book on thrash metal and speed metal in the late '70s and early '80s, paving the way for Slayer, Metallica, Venom, Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax, Death, Exodus, and countless others. But Motörhead, of course, didn't break up in 1983 or 1984, and they were still cranking out quality albums in the late 2000s. Lemmy Kilmister (who turned 62 in 2007) shows no signs of slowing down on 2008's Motorizer, which Cameron Webb produced at Dave Grohl's 606 Studios in Los Angeles. Despite the fact that Webb has worked with a lot of alt rock and alt metal artists (including Limp Bizkit, Orgy, Godsmack, Buckcherry, Lit, Ben Folds, and Monster Magnet) and produced this 39-minute CD in a studio that is owned by a member of the Foo Fighters and ex-member of Nirvana, Motorizer makes no effort to be alternative-sounding. Instead, the classic Motörhead sound prevails, and forceful, in-your-face tracks such as "Buried Alive," "Runaround Man," "When the Eagle Screams," and "Time Is Right" sound like they could have been recorded 25 years earlier. Motorizer never pretends to be groundbreaking, but if the material is predictable, it is engagingly predictable; Kilmister sounds inspired and focused throughout the album, and at 62, he has yet to overstay his welcome. Motorizer falls short of essential and isn't quite in a class with Motörhead's best late-'70s/early-'80s output, but this album is definitely respectable -- and it is good to see this seminal thrash/speed trio still plugging away after so many years in metal's trenches.


1. Runaround Man
2. Teach You How To Sing The Blues
3. When The Eagle Screams
4. Rock Out
5. One Short Life
6. Buried Alive
7. English Rose
8. Back On The Chain
9. Heroes
10.Time Is Right
11.The Thousand Names Of God


Motörhead – The Golden Years - Live EP

Released : May 3, 1980
Genre : Heavy metal
Length : 14:34
Label : Bronze

Eager to capitalize on the fast-rising Motörhead juggernaut, Bronze Records quickly followed Bomber, the band's third album (and second blockbuster in a row), with this once highly sought-after four-track live EP, issued in June 1980. Now readily available at the tail end of Sanctuary's 1996 Bomber reissue, The Golden Years captures all the raucous energy and devastating power of the band's classic Lemmy Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil Taylor lineup at the peak of its power. After tearing their way through the Motown staple "Leaving Here," the band blasts through three originals: "Stone Dead Forever," "Dead Men Tell No Tales," and the previously unreleased "Too Late, Too Late."


1. Leaving Here
2. Stone Dead Forever
3. Dead Men Tell No Tales
4. Too Late, Too Late


Motörhead – Beer Drinkers EP

Released : November 22, 1980
Recorded : 1977
Genre : Heavy Metal
Length : 14:47
Label : Big Beat
Producer : Speedy Keen

This EP was recorded in 1977 during the Motörhead album sessions, but only released in 1980... As such, it's still Motörhead in its formative phase. And it's pretty cool and powerful already -- even if there's two covers (ZZ Top's "Beer Drinkers" and John Mayall's "I'm Your Witch Doctor") and an instrumental, they all kick ass -- especially the latter is one of the best Motörhead tracks.


1. Beardrinkers & Hell Raisers
2. On Parole
3. Instro
4. I'm Your Witch Doctor


Friday, July 15, 2011

Korn - Got The Life

"Got the Life" is a song written and recorded by American nu metal band Korn for their third studio album, Follow the Leader. It was released as the album's first single on August 10, 1998. It was recorded in April 1998 at NRG Recording Studios. It was decided they would release the song as a promotional single after each member found that there was something "special" about the song. The single had "phenomenal success", and its music video was requested more than any other video on MTV's TRL, making it the first officially "retired" music video.

"Got the Life" did not receive much attention in the music press, however Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the single two out of five stars, but said that the song boasted "their best rhythm tracks to date." The song was rewarded a gold certification in Australia by the Australian Recording Industry Association. It peaked at number one on the Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative Chart chart, as well as number fifteen on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart and number seventeen on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Echo And The Bunnymen - Seven Seas

"Seven Seas" is a single by Echo & the Bunnymen which was released on 6 July 1984. It was the third single to be released from their 1984 album Ocean Rain. It reached number 16 on the UK Singles Chart and number 10 on the Irish Singles Chart.

45 Grave - Sleep In Safety

Released : 1983
Recorded : Capitol Studios, Hollywood
Genre : Deathrock, Goth, Punk
Length : 41:47
Label : Enigma
Producer : Craig Leon, Paul B. Cutler

American deathrock band 45 Grave. It is the band's only studio album. The album was remastered in 1993 on Restless Records with two additional bonus tracks.
Stylistically, the album contains punk rock and gothic rock influences, and is representative of the deathrock genre. While not straight horror punk, it utilizes tongue-in-cheek lyrics (such as on "Riboflavin") and sound effects and audio excerpts from horror films (evident on "Slice O' Life"). The album is often considered a landmark in deathrock and American gothic rock and one of finest examples of its genre.


1. Insurance From God
2. Evil
3. Partytime
4. Dream Hits II
5. Slice O' Life
6. 45 Grave
7. Phantoms
8. Violent World
9. Bad Love
10.Surf Bat


The Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon

"The Whole of the Moon" is a 1985 single taken from The Waterboys' album This Is the Sea. It is a classic of the band's repertoire and has been consistently played at live shows ever since its release. Written and produced by Mike Scott, the subject of the song has inspired some speculation. The single was not a big success when initially released in 1985, only making the lower ends of the chart. Subsequently it became one of The Waterboys' best-known songs and their most commercially successful. It is arguably the band's signature song and was the Ivor Novello Award winner "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" in 1991.

Midnight Oil - Bird Noises EP

Released : 1980
Recorded : 1980
Genre : College Rock
Length : 15:17
Label : Sprint Music / CBS
Producer : Leszek Karski

On this four-song EP, Midnight Oil tried some musical variations after two albums of hard rock. "Let's rock," declared Peter Garrett at the outset of "No Time for Games" (a lament for the loss of childhood in the modern world), but the music in fact was restrained, and the group tried acoustic instruments and a moody instrumental for an intriguing change of pace from their usual style. (Originally released in November 1980 in Australia on Powderworks Records, Bird Noises was re-released in 1990 in the U.S. on Columbia Records as Columbia 46136.)


1. No Time For Games
2. Knife's Edge
3. Wedding Cake Island
4. I'm The Cure


Midnight Oil - Species Deceases EP

Released : August 6, 1985
Recorded : 1985
Genre : Rock
Length : 16:12
Label : Sprint Music / Columbia
Producer : Midnight Oil & Francois Kevorkian

Midnight Oil marked the 40th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima by cutting this four-song EP of driving rock & roll songs on international political themes. "Some say it's "progress," I say it's cruel," Peter Garrett sang in "Progress," a song that disparaged "third world infanticide" and "junk in the stratosphere." Environmentalism gave way to war protest on "Blossom and Blood," which referred specifically to Hiroshima. Species Deceases efficiently presented Midnight Oil's usual lyric concerns and musical style in miniature form, and at an EP price, it made a good short sampler of the group. (Originally released by CBS Records Australia in 1985, Species Deceases was re-released by Columbia Records in the U.S. in 1990.)


1. Progress
2. Hercules
3. Blossom And Blood
4. Pictures


Minor Threat - Salad Days EP

Released : April 1985
Recorded : December 1983
Genre : Punk rock
Length : 7:02
Label : Dischord
Producer : Minor Threat

The final release of the East Coast's quintessential hardcore punk band, Salad Days offers a glimpse into the future of Ian MacKaye's prolific recordings while maintaining the fire and rage of Minor Threat's initial albums. The three songs, slower than the band's previous tracks, are by no means slow, but do give MacKaye a chance to take his first tentative steps toward singing, moving beyond his signature blend of screaming and speaking. The cover "Good Guys Don't Wear White" is an amusing fit, while the music of the two originals is more inventive, as in "Salad Days," which uses acoustic guitar and chimes. MacKaye's lyrics are more pensive, like the line in "Salad Days": "So serious/about the stuff we lack/Dwell upon our memories/but there are no facts."


1. Salad Days
2. Stumped
3. Good Guys


Minor Threat - Out Of Step

Released : April 1983
Recorded : January 1983, Inner Ear Studios, Washington, DC, USA
Genre : Hardcore punk
Length : 21:36
Label : Dischord
Producer : Minor Threat

The only official album Minor Threat ever released was a mere eight songs -- but that was enough. Building on the promise and fire of the band's earlier singles, Out of Step instantly became iconic for American hardcore, not to mention for the D.C. scene, for years to come, as well as any number of bands who conflated personal and social politics. That any number of restrained turn-of-the-century emo acts could refer to songs on Out of Step as much as fiery punk's-not-dead revivalists is demonstration enough of the record's impact. By this point the band had moved beyond the straightforward explosions of sound that characterized the earliest numbers. Songs like "Betray" and "Little Friend" contain sudden, heart-stopping pauses, with full-bodied production that's as much thrash metal as it is trebly punk squeal. Lyle Preslar and Brian Baker both have at the guitar this time through and do the instrument proud, creating memorable, snarling riffs that rip out of the speakers without apology. Jeff Nelson's drumming is equally powerful, but Ian MacKaye's outraged performance provides the real killer touch. Even if it requires the lyric sheet to catch what's being said in particular, there's less in the way of declarative statements of purpose and more expressions of looming worries, his conversational asides adding a touch of melancholy even at the most high-volume moments. Besides a re-recording of "Out of Step" from the In My Eyes EP, other high points include "Look Back and Laugh," an uneasy but ever-more-tightly wound confrontation with the reality of growing apart being entangled with growing up, and the powerful "Think Again." There's a secret highlight, though -- "Cashing In," appearing unlisted at the end and showing that MacKaye and company had a definite sense of humor, pokes fun at their own glowering image even while rocking out with aplomb (and including, of all things, a concluding burst of strings).


1. Betray
2. It Follows
3. Think Again
4. Look Back & Laugh
5. Sob Story
6. No Reason
7. Little Friend
8. Out Of Step