EDIT: This post was (is) jacked after the great Mustard Relics pock eclipse, the move from a rented server to WordPress (it had to be done). I just don’t have time to deal with all these jacked posts, but when someone visits one I try to update that to the best of my ability (which is hindered by many factors). Anyway…
Wanted to start this off with my bros Jeff and James’ band Splinter Cell. I’ve posted tunes by them here and there, but I think they deserve mentioning again. Jeff sent me a few more tunes, but here’s everything I’ve got again. I think a split 7″ with the Underlings would be killer but… I play the lottery because like everyone else, I too would like to be filthy rich. Actually all I’d do is some practical things and leave the shiny objects for the fools. I’d make sure my son Liam was set up for college. Buy my house and property outright, get it fenced off properly so the horses could have complete and total free range. And for the sake of guys like these, I’d start my own label, called “No Prophet” and just give the records away. I’d start off with…Splinter Cell. This tune rocks the fuck out…
Record Store Day fell on April 17th and the Wife and I just happened to be in Salina, Kansas dropping off the Grandaughter with her Dad. If you follow my boring site here chronicling my subjectively boring (I prefer laid back) life, you know that’s 150 miles from home and the nearest city that provides me with the opportunity to thumb through records. The pictures there are of that big distributor, manufacturer, retailer and acoustic studio called Acoustic Sounds that I talked about a post or two back. My camera-phone sucks, but on the left are the CD’s that go back a ways and on the right is the side with the records, that goes way back and has about 15 foot ceilings. Incredible, but maybe you just have to be there to see what I’m talking about or maybe these days I’m easily impressed by what you city folks take for granted. Most of the shit is out of my price range and how great are these superior slabs of vinyl going to sound any better than anything else I have on a $50 turntable. If you’re rich (which you probably don’t deserve to be) and you love music, you need to go check out what they have in terms of not just music but equipment. HIGH END SHIT!!! Go here if you want to see what a $20,000 cartridge for your turntable looks like. You know if there weren’t filthy rich people a lot of people would be out of work.
I know Elliott is not going to find one tune he digs in this post (maybe you too), this one’s for him (you), and if you don’t like Bone Awl (come jump on the bandwagon now) YOU SUCK,
Mike over at Strange Reaction (I know I’ve mentioned this before, but his place is one of my regular haunts), mentioned that in early 80’s LA there was this Black Flag/Adam Ant thing going on. He kindly sent me a scan of the sticker that was being passed around. I was secretly an Adam Ant fan back in the day.
Heard this on the radio and it’s accurate these days, “I don’t skinny dip I chunky dunk”. Anyone else?
Ran across an Ebay seller the other day who stated that “all my records have been in my collection since purchase”. You know except when I’ve loaned mine out (sketchy practice), ever since I bought them, they have been in my collection.
Speaking of Ebay, lately I’ve been trying to pick up “classic” stuff, that in my opinion had an influence on punk and just hard music in general. In doing that I’ve noticed that any time a seller puts “garage” in the listing, it automatically adds $10 to the asking price. Everywhere you turn you are confronted by idiots. So I’m trying to keep everything around a $1 and I’ve gotten stuff like the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”, the Kinks’ “All Day and All…”, Blue Cheer’s “Summertime Blues”, and so on. The Trogg’s “Wild Thing” kind of fell into that category for me. Everybody knows that song I’m sure. The first time I heard it was Hendrix’s Monterey Pop cover of it, this one here is equally as rad…
Something I just found out recently was that the Trogg’s version is in itself a cover of a tune that had only been out for 6 months when the covered it. The original is kind of cool.
The tune has been covered by everybody and his brother, most of which have been pretty lame. The lamest may be,
A close second in lameness,
Another shitty 80’s cover,
How about a cheezy pop/reggae version (sorry Sister Carol)?
I’m not too fond of the Boss,
I’m not ashamed and it doesn’t make me a rocker to say I like Mr. Petty,
This version’s kind of cartoony trippiness (in a good way) to it,
The best cover after Hendrix’s, in my opinion,
The reality though is that the Troggs are the one’s who made the song one of those “garage’ hits. They’re version, 44 years later still has a sort of a hardness to it. It’s sad because even though the Troggs had some other “hits” besides Wild Thing, they spent three decades trying to recapture that glory. Check it from my beat up old 1966 single.
So after all that babbling about Wild Thing, and I bet not one motherfucker listened to a single one of those tunes, if you made it this far, you’ve made it to the oasis after a long trek through the desert. It’s the B-SIDE of this bad boy that fuckin rocks. I only do posts about once a week and I figure some time in the next week you can listen to this one tune until next time. Seriously, do this, as “garage” as it gets,