Tampere SS – Sotaa 7″

Well, think I’ve given up on the local “classic rock” station, 96.9 KFIX, that’s been mentioned several times around here. Been pestering them for a while now, both by phone during the request hour and by email through their website. You gotta wondering how much leeway a DJ has as far as what’s played anyway. They certainly don’t have any vinyl like when I DJ’d and I’m wondering if they even have CDs. I think it’s just some corporate controlled database on the computer. When I was young it was about nuclear war, politics, society in general and now I’ve reduced myself to stalking a radio station that obviously doesn’t make decisions on it’s own out here in the middle of nowhere. Pretty silly I know with all the bullshit going on in the world, but how you can you call it classic rock when you don’t play the MC5, the Stooges, Motorhead, the Runaways, …. Those are not obscure bands.  Right is right.  Yes, it has been fun getting into those special tunes that I had never run across like The Who – Boris The Spider or Lynyrd Skynyrd-Junkie. The reality though is that you have to suffer through so much total shit, to finally get served up something that is as rare as stars in the night sky seen from a major city. I heard Sammy Hagar’s “Can’t drive 55”, AGAIN today, and decided that was enough. Culturally (or is it sub-culturally) many of us are defined by the music we listen to and 99% of the shit on that station I simply can not identify with. Fucking Camaro music. Even for those of us who have a varied taste, there are some lines we can not cross, no matter how patient we think we are.

This picture makes me think of a lot of things. Youth, energy, dope, helplessness… I don’t know.  Any thought’s?

Seemingly random black metal tune Ildjarn-Nidhogg – Mørklagt Sti.  That Norwegian stuff tends to be pathetically idiotic and racist, but I couldn’t find any lyrics for this song, so for all I know it could be a Norwegian nursery rhyme.  Been kinda exploring the black metal thing, but pretty much sticking to what is apparently described as lo-fi or raw.  Simple stuff, with a hardcore edge.  I’m also a little superstitious so…

If you’re looking for something to read besides my ramblings and are up for an ironic laugh, check out this hoax.

Discovered an interesting blog the other day called Egg City Radio. Apparently written by an LA local who’s pretty involved in the action as far as music. Good writing and music, maybe worth your time (there’s so damn many blogs these days and actually mine should be saticfying all your blogging needs right).

I was going to do a Cramps post at some point, thinking that I had at least a couple of LPs and a few 7″s. When I looked to see what I had, GONE! With so many gaps in my memory, from burn out and blackout, who knows what could have happened to them (or if I even had them in the first place, ha, ha). Loaned out, stolen, used as a frisby, I wish I knew. I’m dead set though to at least share the tunes I have rolling around like a rock in my head. First off, if you didn’t know, Mr. Cash did Live at Folsom Prison and the Cramps did “Live at Napa State Mental Hospital” in 1978. A must watch video, that reminds me very much of where I work, minus the novelty of having the Cramps play. You can check that out on Youtube or get the whole thing from a pretty cool site called Aural Damage.  My three favorite Cramps tunes,
Human Fly
Sunglasses After Dark
TV Set

An old Humboldt buddy of mine, Sam Atakra, posts tunes he listens to from his fairly extensive collection.  He mentioned one that I have on tape but I hadn’t heard in many years, Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf. Love or hate this tune it reminds you that the 80’s were an amazing time to be listening to music.  I like several songs on that album.

While hardcore was raging on here in the states, it was equally on fire elsewhere.  Another Finnish shredder for you here, you might remember me posting their countrymen KaAos a little bit ago. Equally as good in my opinion. Actually there were quite a few good bands during this period (early 80’s) coming out of Finland.  No idea what it’s like in Finland, other than probably very cold a lot of the time, but they must have had stuff to bithc about there as well.  Didn’t try too hard but there’s not a lot of web presence for these guys and actually they didn’t have a whole lot of output anyway. You can get their demo over at Old School, that is slamming too. Don’t really have too much else to say, as usual I blew my load writing the rest of this post. I ripped this because I felt like listening to it, so now you can do the same. Later.

Sotaa

Sunnuntai-Ilta

Taisteluhymni

Loputon Marssi

Kaveleva Ruumis

Takaa-Ajettu

Sekasorto

Pikku-Mako

 

Subhumans (UK) – Religious Wars 7″

Was reflecting on something from a post and the ensuing comments at Good Bad Music and remembered that I had saved this picture a long time ago.  This picture makes me laugh every time I look at it.  The guy was probably so stoked to be the fellow who got to light the fire.  Kind of a lesson for all of us, how sometimes things just don’t work out the way we planned or what may seem like a really good idea, really is not.  I don’t count myself as patriotic. I have more loyalty to the ground I walk on, the air I breath, and the people I’m close to, than I ever could be to a bunch of guys in suits, controlled by even richer guys in suits, surrounded by almost 300 million idiots. I do recognize that I have quite a bit more freedom than a lot of other souls in this world and I have no choice but to be somewhat grateful for that.  But to who?  I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m torn by that fact.  Most people here have it good, some not so good, some too good, but there really are some serious problems here. I certainly don’t feel that this country is superior to any place else, but I know we have it pretty sweet.  It’s really sweet for those who buy into the American dream, endlessly pursuing monetary wealth, like gluttons.  Robots, or maybe better yet, rats in a maze, getting better at finding the cheese. I feel like most people idolize the wealthy, while it sickens me and makes me want to further isolate myself.  There is no escape of course, success is measured in terms of materialism.  Probably not just an American thing, I guess where ever you can find human beings, there will be that particular form of selfishness.  Maybe it would be cool though, if a country was honest enough about itself to put a “$” (or whatever the symbol is for their currency) on their flag.

This GIF is just too fucking off the wall, if I do say so my self. Wish I knew where it was from.

Well I only got one vote as to which version of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” was better, Social Distortion’s or Wall of Voodoo’s. Jay picked WoV’s, which is my personal favorite too, and that works out well because I ran across a damn good early demo version of it. Check it, Wall Of Voodoo – Ring Of Fire (demo). In case you didn’t read the comments from the last post, Mike pointed out that, even more than I imagined, there are a shit load of Ring Of Fire covers. Powerful song.

Do you ever get a song that pops into your head out of seemingly nowhere (stupid rhetorical question, I know)? These days, with the ease of the internet, I am compelled to track it down, even though, at the very least, I probably have it on a cassette somewhere. Remember this one, Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device? Undoubtedly my favorite little diddy from those guys but I couldn’t tell you which version I liked better, that one, off their first LP, “Inflammable Material” or the earlier 7″ version, Suspect Device.

I mentioned a while back that a buddy of mine had sent me an ebook and then recently, I had the opportunity to look for another book (like I have time to sit down and read), Michel Foucault’s “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison”. So, anyway I found a cool site for ebooks (I’m sure there’s tons of them, I’m new to that kind of search) called Ebook3000. Might be worth someone’s time.

Well it was only a matter of time before I posted the SubHumAns. Again, I was somewhere else (the same post that inspired the first photo) and a song about one of the many nasty sides of religion was mentioned. Worked out well, since I had just been listening to this and ripped it. Nothing rare here, I wish I had a demo or a live show (may actually have that, just didn’t look) and actually you buy this single included on their “EP-LP” , it’s very available. Just kinda felt like they deserved a place here on MR. Had several chances to see these guys, but I didn’t, old story really. I did see Dick and I believe it was Trotsky, as Citizen Fish. More of a ska thing there, definitely diggable, but not the same. My buddy Greg (Ivan) in high school was big time into these guys, which stood as a stark contrast to his Christian and Republican leanings. I’ve got all their 7″s and several of their LPs, but this one was always my favorite. Side A. Those two tunes were, as I’ve said about other songs, on many a comp tape I made. Two very different songs, but they each stand well on their own. Side B is cool to but if you only have a second, listen to “Religious Wars” (very relevant today) and “Love Is…” (always relevant).

Religious Wars

Love Is…

Its Gonna Get Worse

Work Experience

The Clash – Bankrobber 7″

smoking20jesus I’ve been smoking now, addicted wise, for 23 years.  I smoked every now and then with my bros that were regular smokers in high school (Match and Ivan, maybe Ki, if I remember right).  We usually did that underneath the library or in the Zody’s parking lot.  The stoner gangsters smoking weed on one end of the parking lot smoking weed and the punks on the other end.  The stoners knew that we would whistle of the school narc was headed their way.  Funny even then I can remember when bumming smokes, Match using a phrase that I would use for many years after that, “why don’t you buy your own pack”.  Once I moved away to college though I was buying my own packs daily, I think I missed the second hand smoke I was getting at home, with my mom.  My Cuban godfather, go figure, was a very regular cigar smoker.  My first year at the university this guys Stephan (who was killed by a logging truck on his way up to the campus to start the second year) taught me how to roll my own cigarettes, which as you can imagine came in handy for smoking all kinds of things.  He also introduced me to doing nitrous whippets (ever want to hear the sound of millions of brain cells dying, sounds like an approaching helicopter, give that a go).  I’ve smoked just about every brand I could ever find, but never did like menthol.  Mostly I’ve stuck with whatever’s cheap and has a palatable flavor.  These days it’s Skydancer, a native made, additive free brand, that you can get by mail or dirt cheap on the reservation.  There’s no such thing as a healthy cigarette, I’m not an idiot, they do kill you, just like exhaust from a car and the pollutants spewed out by most kinds of manufacturing, but these aren’t bad.  I don’t know if I’ve ever envisioned myself not smoking, but I did the other day.  Not a bad vision, really just as peaceful as the act itself.  I know I could use the money spent on them elsewhere, we’re in the process of finding a way to buy the property that we currently rent.  But damn, all I have left is tobacco and coffee.  Except for the killing yourself part, which we’re all doing every day, it’s harmless isn’t it.  Is there ever a good time to quit smoking?

I know everyone probably has, but if you haven’t seen The Big Lewbowski, go check that out.  It’s been a while since I have but with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buschemi, Flea (in a cameo) and John Turturro, you can’t miss it.  Sophisticated and dark, but I guess that kinda comes with a Coen brothers flick.

Here’s the question of the day, which cover is better, Wall Of Voodoo – Ring Of Fire or Social Distortion – Ring Of Fire? I know there’s nothing like the original Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire, but so many have done the tune. For my German speaking friends, there is Ring um meine Eier.  In kinda looking around, I found that there is a whole album dedicated to just covers of that tune, give it a listen over at Abe Twist’s World.

Finally got myself a Clash single the other day and seeing as how it’s my favorite tune of theirs, I thought I’d share it. Everything I have by these guys is dubbed stuff on cassette (I don’t really count mp3s as actually having the music).  I try to spend $10 each paycheck on myself, after all what’s the point of working if all you’re doing is paying fucking bills.  I don’t squander my money, like so many people do around here on beer, pop (sodas) or junk food, so I’m able to pick up a couple of 7″s every two weeks.  Been after this one ever since Jay and Mike were talking about these guys.  I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about these guys even though I’ve been listening to them since the late 70’s. If you don’t know much, you can do what I always do and check Wikipedia. I can remember listening to these guys with my room mate Dave Slam when we lived up in Kneeland, in the mountains of Humboldt.  Undoubtedly we were up to no good, but we were listening to some damn good music.  The first Punk band to sell out or is there even such a thing as selling out? We’re all sellouts really, aren’t we?

 

Bankrobber

Rockers Galore…..UK Tour

My second favorite Clash tune.

Conflict – The House That Man Built 7″

For those of you who used to draw dicks on your desks back in school. Maybe you still have that fixation.

I had a post office box about ten years ago, back when my life, and where I was living, was uncertain. I was pretty much drunk 24/7 at that time. I must have missed a notice, so they closed my box and sent all my mail back to the senders. Needless to say the Filipino postal worker (for some reason everywhere I have lived in SoCal, it seems that for Filipinos the postal service is a popular place to work) who happened to be at the counter that day, was subjected to my drunken irrational wrath.  Makes me think of that song off the P.E.A.C.E. comp…”For my hate is so strong it’s disturbing my head”…
S.C.U.M. – So Much Hate

I know that in this world there are examples of much more extreme weather than you can find in the fair state of Kansas, but at times here, it is, at the very least, uncomfortable.  I’ve said it before, when it’s 0(F) degress outside, it’s plenty cold but when those heavy winds start blowing and the wind chill gets to -25(F) degrees or more, it takes you to a whole new dimension. I have an office job (some driving too in a heated car) and I really just have to spend time out there doing a few animal related chores (and smoking), so I feel for those that have to work in it. Got sent this poem and thought it was worth sharing.
It’s winter in Kansas
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At twenty-five below.
Oh how I love Kansas
When the snow’s up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut..
Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
So, I guess I’ll hang around
I could never leave Kansas ,
My ass is frozen to the ground..

Man, that show would have been something to see.

I still make it a practice getting new vinyl every now and again, I’m not just stuck in the past. Pretty isolated here so mailorder is the practice. I’ve mentioned it before, if you like grind/metal/power violence/hardcore, do yourself a favor and get something at Deep Six Records.  Older and newer bands, with stuff from the past and recent stuff. Just got a couple of 7″s in the mail, one especially worth mentioning, Outlaw Order. Originally released in 2003 on Southern Lord Records, but this repress has an extra live track. Pretty much starting from where Eye Hate God (four or five of the same members) left off with some outstanding sludgy stuff. A sample…
Outlaw Order – Illegal In 50 States

Conflict, the UK one, is a love em or leave them band.  Some would say outspoken others would say loud mouths.  In the early 80’s I had pretty much gotten everything by the band Crass, so I started checking out other bands on the label.  Lots of good stuff to be found on that label mostly under that anarcho-punk flag.  What made these guys stand out for me was that I felt there was some kind of continuity between Crass and Conflict.  They kind of took up where Crass left off.  I especially thought that when Crass released “Acts Of Love” and “Ten Notes On A Summer Day”, and the disappointment I felt there.  Maybe I was too young to get any of that shit, I’ve been meaning for a while to give those two records a spin again to see if my opinion is the same.  In human behavior, most of what we do is  a response to some other event(s).  Maybe those records were a response to something I was unaware of.  So this 7″ on Crass Records, Conflict’s first release, bubbles over with angry intelligence.  Like a toilet clogged with a turd, overflowing.  This was their response to whatever events.  Maybe they were just a Crass clone as a lot of bands seemed to be from that time and place, but I wasn’t there and in hindsight don’t really know that much about anything anyway.  Four very different sounding songs here, but they all have that feel.  The first tune, and I guess just both tunes on side one, has always been my favorite.  The self titled “Conflict” has everything.  Just the right amount of anger in the voice, without being contrived, sung at an inhuman pace (I included the lyrics below, try to keep up).  The distortion on the guitar is perfect and even though it takes a strong lead, the bass is there and you don’t have to struggle hearing him pound away.  Last but not least is the essential military snare drum.  The second tune “Wargames” is a total contrast with the female vocals.  I don’t know, who am I trying to sell this to?  Give it a listen alright?

Looking for an answer to end all the violence
But you’ll find no solutions behind that white paper
Looking for a way to break down that fence
Do you really believe in this ludicrous caper?

Mountbatten Murdered – A rebel gunman’s been shot dead
“They’re all murdering bastards” – Or was that something that I read?
Well, whatever I read – It’s just the fucking same
Death, destruction, violence and pain.

This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.
This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.

Where could it end? What could the outcome be?
One thing’s for sure
They’ll be alot more corpses before the government begin to see
A lot more screaming bullets. A lot more children dead
And a lot more ‘Bloody Sundays’ – all painted in red.

A lot more pointless talks
And a lot more death walks
A whole lot more of whose tribes should rule
The squaddie’s on the corner. The gunman’s on the roof
Who’s the real terrorist? – Well don’t look to th4e media for your proof.

This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.
This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.

The British Empire isn’t what It used to be, mate
And It’s a bit too late to try and make It great
So what’s the point In fighting out there?
British Constitution on a lands fate!

The ‘Wengill’ computer sums it all up
It’s just filled with reasons to cut people’s lives up
Well, whatever, it’s just the same
Death, destruction, violence and pain.

This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.
This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.

I see no point In deciding
Because I won’t fight for troops In Ireland
And I won’t shoot no squadie dead
And I won’t smash no bastards head
Because I don’t wanna die
Do you wanna die? Do you wanna die? Do you wanna die?
Do you wanna die? Do you wanna die? Do you wanna die?
Do YOU want to die?

This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me.
This side, that side. That side, this side
What side? any side. You can’t side me

The Bodysnatchers – Lets Do Rock Steady b/w Ruder Than You

men9Some of my dogs think of cat shit as tasty treats that just happen to be scattered over the land.  When you have some cats with diarrhea coupled with below freezing temperatures, what the dogs get can only be described as “poopcicles”. There are many things that are much more disgusting in this world, but I’d have to say in my secluded life that would be one that can make me dry heave. And then the dogs seem hurt when you don’t let them lick your face. I guess we as people are like that too, prone to having this ugly side, where the stomachs of those around us turn at the thought of sharing affection. I may even go so far as to say that I’m surrounded by people who enjoy poopcicles on a daily basis. The system itself that this human race has created is in itself, a poopcicle store, with a never ending supply, met with a never ending demand.

joan-jett-barbieHeard the other day that they were coming out with a Joan Jett Barbie, along with one for Blondie and Cindy Lauper. I kind of feel like in the case of Joan Jett and Blondie, these two ladies, at least had their beginings in the marginal side of society, but over time, their intensity has been softened as they became mainstream. Maybe not of their own will, but when you become a Barbie doll it signifies something. Things that come from the underground or maybe a better way of looking at it, is something that doesn’t appeal to the masses, eventually is watered down so it can be consumed. Hate to make an alcohol reference even though I’m an expert on the subject, but you don’t take a superior bottle of aged rum and mix it with coke. That shit is meant to be enjoyed straight.

You know working with people that have developmental disabilities can be a serious challenge.  Then you have people that are dual diagnosed (mentally retarded and mentally ill) and it becomes nearly impossible.  When I was studying philosophy and religion, it didn’t take long to realize that it was often necessary for these thinkers to use “big words” because they wanted to be accurate and specific to what they were wanting to describe. Metaphor was also commonly used. Frustrated me a little back then because I felt like most people couldn’t understand these terms and as a result they were missing out on some good ideas and modes of living. People also tend to take metaphors literally with disasterous results. When I wrote papers back then I tried to keep the language simple and the metaphors to a minimum (I did not get “A”s). At work now I really have to keep things simple or it’s just a waste of breath. If you stop to think about it, so much of what we say is just a waste of breath. At work it’s okay because I get paid to sit down and make sure a person understands an idea, mostly through constant repetition. But in my life outside of work, except for here of course, I find myself saving my breath.

I’m just not going to leave it alone until someone says the Scorpions suck or they rule. I mentioned the Scorpions a while back and later it ended up helping me to remember something. At one time I thought this tune, Scorpions – Another Piece Of Meat (live), was not bad. “I said hey let’s go, don’t put on a show…”

2toneHaven’t really done a straight up Ska post yet so here goes.  If you’ve been lucky enough to see me dance, you would know that it looks like a drunken, no rhythm, mess of a skank. I found that you spend a lot of time on the ground when you dance like that when people are moshing or slamming. Most of you should be familiar with this stuff but in case you aren’t see a history of Ska music at my usual source here.  The stuff I’m focusing on is not from the first wave of the early 60’s but I am familiar with that stuff as well.  Check out some of the classic tunes like Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town) and The Ethiopians – Train To Skaville.  That old Trojan Records stuff has a feeling to it like a Carribean blues thing. Heartfelt and soulful. One later Ska tune, that was not only the inspiration for me learning to play the saxophone, but probably is the most familiar of any Ska tune to the mainstream idiots of the world, is Madness – One Step Beyond (live).  As much as that song inspired me to play on my own, it’s a toss up which is my favorite Ska tune, one of the ones that is featured in this post or The Specials – Ghost Town.  Rico’s trombone on Ghost town is some of the most earily beautiful stuff to ever come out of a horn.  Go figure another band, completely removed from any of this, that I featured several post back went and did their own take on Ghost Town,  Check it, The Prodigy – Ghost Town. Interesting.
the-selector1Still not the featured band here but as you may know, I have a hard time with just posting a couple of songs off of a 7″ and having that be the sum total of music for any particular post.  Another female fronted band for you (The Body Snatchers are actually all female) and I just happened to have one of their singles.  The Selector might be more famous for tunes like Too Much Pressure (live) or Three Minute Hero (live) (perhaps my favorite of their songs because it describes me in bed perfectly, except when I was a drunk, then the party was on). Not my favorite of all the Ska bands, first second, or third wave, but still worth a listen.

Missing Words

Carry Go Bring Home (live)

 

the-bodysnatchers Ah, finally made it to the band this post is about.  Ha, ha, now that I’ve built you up it may be a let down.  The seven piece, all female, The Bodysnatchers didn’t have a whole lot of vinyl output, just this and another single (some comp tunes too), but they have one song that just blows me away.  I was first exposed to the song by my bro Sang who had “The 2 Tone Story” comp.  I really don’t know why “Ruder Than You” hits me so well, there really are so many good tunes in the genre, but this is the one at the top of my list.  If you want to explore more of the 2 Tone Records stuff, a good place to start would be here. If the whole Ska phenomenon is something you would like to explore, definitely go here or better yet go out and buy the shit.  The Dance Craze documentary is cool for the second wave stuff.  Really my only experience live with any of this kind of stuff is through Dave Wakeling of The (English) Beat.  He was living in San Diego while I was there and I used to see his shows at the clubs all the time.  Pretty rockin on his own but then again when you’re stoned and drunk, who knows.  Anyway, to me the rest of the Bodysnatchers’ songs are just okay, good, but there’s plenty of other stuff that’s better.   Let’s Rock Steady, for me falls into that mediocre category, but do yourself a favor and listen to Ruder Than You.

Lets Do Rock Steady

Ruder Than You

Just because I can, I ripped this version of Lets Do Rocksteady (live) from Youtube.