Monday, 30 May 2011
I've no idea how this one slipped past me, but better late than never I guess.
Penetration/Pauline Murray can do no wrong in my eyes so it's no surprise that I think this is great. It's on iTunes for £2.00 ish, three tracks, buy it and support the bands. The 3rd track is a live version of Come into the Open.
I've never really been a fan of non English speaking music, primarily as I want to be able to sing along and I find that very difficult when I've no clue what's being said. There are a few bands I listen to and I'm sure I'm missing out, but I've got more music than I can shake a stick at anyway so.....
.....a mail landed last night from a band asking me to link them....hmmm they sing in German, I'm not gonna like this. The mail, probably a mailshot, said: -
Hey we want to spread our first lp all over the world :D so maybe you like our sound. we play german punkrock in style of the good old 80ties like tin can army, toxoplasma, slime or razzia. so it would be an honour for us if you relink it on your page! Keep the spirit alive D.I.Y. until we die!
We also got some english translations in our lyricssheet!
It's all true, this is old style punk, great tunes and if it was in English I'm sure I'd be horse from singing along. The fact that this isn't in English doesn't detract,this is seriously good..
You really need to give this a listen, makes me miss the old days. I've no idea who they are, or their history, but I'm going to find out and if I can help spread the word of their stuff to one person it's job done as far as I'm concerned. Lebensqualität is my fave track so far.
Naked Raygun came like a bolt out of the blue to a guy sitting in England in the 80's. By the time Throb Throb hit my doorstep, 1985, hardcore had become fairly formulaic with the diversity of the early days being replaced with a sieved derivative of the major players. So to have a band who didn't follow anyone else's path and managed to mix power, speed and incredibly catchy hooks was manna from heaven.
Existing from 1980 - 1991 they released 5 ep's and 5 albums, all of which are excellent. This 7'', released in 1990, was an instant hit and has been a favourite of mine ever since.
If you don't know the band grab Home and then head over here and have a read. If you are a fan but don't have the two 7'' shown below head over to iTunes and grab them, they're both staggeringly good and extend a great back catalogue. I hope they release an album soon...oh and tour the UK again.
I was lucky enough to see them in Leeds many moons ago and was told off for stage diving, sorry Jeff! They're one of those hardcore bands who just get better with age.
And I'm stumbling home
Tonight I feel alone
And the skies fire
I really feel the rain
And I just move along
Wild, not to belong
And the pain, God,
I really feel the pain
I'm thinking on and on about it
I always dream and I don't like it
Feeling sad but I can't fight it
In a fever I think I'm dead
Coloured acid webs in my head
Am I sane now?
I just don't feel the same
Dance a twisted scene
To melodies obscene
I think I'll drink now
It's my house anyhow
So whilst I'm talking about Blondie I may as well throw this one out there. Best known as a major hit by Blondie "Hanging on the Telephone" was actually a cover version of a Nerves song.
Released in 1976 as a self financed 7'', it promptly sank without a trace until it was picked up by Blondie who made it internationally known. I'd be hard pushed to choose which version of this song I prefer; they're both great. The group consisted of: -
Jack Lee - Guitar
Peter Case - Bass
Paul Collins - Drums
The Nerves lasted for a very brief period before they split. Case and Collins went on to form the Plimsouls in the late 70's.
It's soooooo good to have a new album from Blondie to throw into the mix of their great back catalogue, and this one stands up very well against them all. It's the best album since they reformed and I'd highly recommend it. I got mine from amazon and, with a discount ticket, it only cost me £6.49, which is a stupidly low price.
Happy birthday to Debbie for the 1st July, 66 and still kicking arse.
This is available to digitally download now: -
amazon.co.uk -- iTunes -- HMV -- Tesco