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Kings of The Wild FrontierKings of the Wild Frontier is the second album by English new wave band Adam and the Ants. It was originally released in November 1980 by record label CBS. This album introduced the Burundi beat sound to popular music.
After having his previous backing band wooed away by producer Malcolm McLaren, who used them to form Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant recorded Kings of the Wild Frontier with guitarist Marco Pirroni as his new writing partner.
Kings of the Wild Frontier reached No. 1 in the UK Album Chart, and spawned three hit singles: Kings of the Wild Frontier, which was released in July and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart; Dog Eat Dog, which reached No. 4; and 'Antmusic', released in December and reaching No. 2, as well as No. 1 in Australia for five weeks. The album was the UK number 1 selling album in 1981 (and the 48th best seller in 1980) and won Best British Album at the 1982 Brit Awards.1. Dog Eat Dog
3. Feed Me To the Lions
4. Los Rancheros
5. Ants Invasion
6. Killer In the Home
7. Kings of The Wild Frontier
8. The Magnificent Five
9. Don't Be Square (Be There)
10. Jolly Roger
11. Making History
12. The Human Beings$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diamond Cuts (Box Set)The Diamond Cuts Collectors Vinyl Box Set includes LPs of the band's classic studio albums: Running Wild, No Guts. No Glory, Black Dog Barking, plus the brand new Diamond Cuts - The B-Sides LP featuring 2 previously unavailable tracks (Money & Heavy Weight Lover). Also included is a bonus DVD of the new band documentary "It's All for Rock n' Roll." The set comes encased in a slipcase box with original "Diamond Cuts" art.LP 1: Running Wild
1. Stand Up For Rock 'N' Roll
2. Runnin' Wild
3. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
4. Diamond In The Rough
5. Fat City
7. What's Eatin' You
8. Girls In Black
9. Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women
LP 2: No Guts, No Glory
1. Born To Kill
2. No Way But The Hard Way
3. Blonde, Bad And Beautiful
4. Raise The Flag
5. Bottom Of The Well
6. White Line Fever
7. It Ain't Over Till It's Over
8. Steel Town
9. Chewin' The Fat
10. Get Busy Livin'
11. Armed And Dangerous
13. Back On The Bottle
LP 3: Black Dog Barking
1. Ready To Rock
3. No One Fits Me (Better Than You)
4. Back In The Game
6. Live It Up
7. Woman Like That
9. Cradle To The Grave
10. Black Dog Barking
LP 4: Diamond Cuts - The B-Sides
1. Stand & Deliver
2. Red Dress Woman
3. Hotter Than Hell
4. Dirty Angel
5. Heads Are Gonna Roll
6. Kickin' It Old School
7. Heavy Weight Lover
8. Devil's Child
9. Loaded Gun
10. My Dynamite Will Blow You Sky High (And Get Ya Moanin' After Midnight)
11. Rattle Your Bones
13. Party In The Penthouse
14. You Got The Skills (To Pay The Bills)
15. Jack Attack$84.99Vinyl LP Box Set + DVD - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Diamond Cuts - The B-Sides180-Gram Heavyweight Diamond Colored Vinyl
Features Two Killer New Tracks: "money" And "Heavy Weight Lover"
Previously Only Available In The Diamond Cuts 4-LP Box Set
To mark the 10 year anniversary of Airbourne's hard-rockin' debut, the Aussie lads are releasing a
new 15 track collection of B-Sides entitled Diamond Cuts - The B-Sides. The album introduces 2
killer new tracks - "Money" and "Heavy Weight Lover" plus 13 B-Sides collected from the bands'
first 3 albums: Runnin' Wild, No Guts. No Glory., & Black Dog Barking. Previously only available
in the Diamond Cuts 4LP Box Set1. Stand & Deliver
2. Red Dress Woman
3. Hotter Than Hell
4. Dirty Angel
5. Heads Are Gonna Roll
6. Kickin' It Old School
7. Heavy Weight Lover
8. Devil's Child
9. Loaded Gun
10. My Dynamite Will Blow You Sky High (And Get Ya Moanin' After Midnight)
11. Rattle Your Bones
13. Party In The Penthouse
14. You Got The Skills (To Pay The Bills)
15. Jack Attack$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Indestructible Sounds OfThis raw rhythm''n''beat garage-rock''n''roll combo, headed up by the ubiquitous veteran rocker, Sir Bald Diddley (aka Hipbone Slim), delivers super rough, tough and wild mid-'60's inspired sounds that are just about as frantic as a pack of dogs in a lamp post factory. It's British beat at its best, loaded with grab-your-throat guitar riffs, snarling vocals, wailing harp and much maraca shaking -- proper raw-as-you-like freakbeat, inspired by the likes of the Pretty Things, Kinks, Downliners Sect, Them, Birds, Stones, Yardbirds, Jimmy Reed, Sonics ...1. Houdini
2. I Want You To Love Me
3. It's A Jungle Out There
4. Mover And A Shaker
5. Batgirl, I Love You
6. If I Had My Way
7. Give In To Temptation
10. Out Of Reach
11. Out Of Here
12. Habenero$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ExpectationsWild Child's new album Expectations is the band's
most nuanced work to date. They've stretched their songwriting abilities
on this record to both reflect and expand further upon their unique sound,
and the album expertly rides the wave of genres that flows between
beautifully sentimental acoustic to loud,
distorted rock and back again.
The band enlisted the help of several heavy-hitting producers to make
this record: Chris Walla (formerly of Death Cab for Cutie), Matthew Logan
Vasquez (Delta Spirit), Chris Boosahda (Shakey Graves), Scott McMicken
(Dr. Dog), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma), and Max Frost.1. Alex
3. Back & Forth
4. Think It Over
5. Follow Me
7. Sinking Ship
8. My Town
9. The One
10. Break You Down
11. Leave It Alone
12. Goodbye Goodnight$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cat Stevens - CollectedImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
High-Quality PVC Protective Sleeve
Includes Liner Notes
Selection Of Classic Pop Songs Includes The Hits Matthew & Son, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Lady D'arbanville, Wild World, Morning Has Broken, His Work As Yusuf Midday (Avoid City After Dark) And Many More
Cat Stevens grew from being a teen idol of the 60s into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest has added intrigue and depth to a groundbreaking career.
Cat, born Steven Demetre Georgiou, achieved early success in the mid-60s with I Love My Dog and Matthew and Son. He is a prolific songwriter writing songs such as Wild World and Lady D'Arbanville and The First Cut Is The Deepest the latter, in particular, would go on to become an international hit on multiple occasions for a variety of artists. Also included is Cat Stevens' version of Morning Has Broken a popular and well known Christian hymn which became one his biggest hits.
The Collected collection by Cat Stevens is a 2LP gatefold album, largely chronological through Stevens' career, ranging from his hits Matthew & Son to Midday (Avoid City After Dark), credited to the singer's latter-day Yusuf Islam identity. Stevens remains one of the few early 70s singer-songwriters specialized in folk and pop-songs, whose oeuvre continues to attract new listeners with every passing generation. This Collected album will only add to their numbers.LP 1
1. Matthew & Son
2. I Love My Dog
3. I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun
4. The First Cut Is The Deepest
5. A Bad Night
6. Peace Train
7. Where Do The Children Play?
8. Hard Headed Woman
9. Wild World
10. Lady D'arbanville
11. Father And Son
13. I Want To Live In A Wigwam
14. Tuesday's Dead
1. Morning Has Broken
4. Can't Keep It In
5. The Hurt
6. Oh Very Young
7. Banapple Gas
8. Two Fine People
9. Another Saturday Night
10. (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard
11. Child For A Day
12. Yusuf - Midday (Avoid City After Dark)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Spitballin'The DAVE STEWART-produced SPITBALLIN' would never have happened if not for one Twitter message that turned STEWART's world upside down. STEWART has seen and done it all, but none of it prepared him for what he would hear from THOMAS LINDSEY. "I read it and clicked on the link," STEWART recalls. "And there he was, singing something on a YouTube video. I don't remember what it was but there was no music. He was singing a cappella. And I went, 'Holy crap!'" STEWART got in touch with his young admirer and invited him to send examples of his original material.
"It was really amazing stuff. So I asked if he wanted to come out to Los Angeles and sing three songs unaccompanied before my show at the Troubadour," STEWART says. Following their live debut, STEWART and LINDSEY began writing together by sending audio files back and forth between L.A. and Louisiana. Working long distance seemed to bring them closer as they built a catalog of songs.
Their common ground proved as lush as Delta marshland. A down-and-dirty delta guitar riff. A thumping drum beat. And a stunning vocal intro, urgent, haunted, earthy and spiritual, with blues-drenched filigrees, a vibrato that shocks like an electric current, a range that defies not just convention but gravity itself. Backed by STEWART's distorted voodoo guitar licks, LINDSEY opens "Leave This Town" in free tempo and then a swampy groove kicks in--just guitar and drums, raw and wild. "Two People" unfolds over a stomping beat that leads to a long vamp over which Lindsey improvises with hair-raising intensity and finesse. Churchy echoes permeate "When Dogs Run," with a mournful organ providing the backdrop to STEWART's Pop Staples-style guitar tremolo. "Alcohol" boils down to organ and LINDSEY's voice recounting a riveting elegy for someone who was "lost to alcohol."
Some of the stories behind the lyrics on these songs are sad, but true and some more fanciful. To write "Crocodile," for instance, LINDSEY admits "I tried to write a song that would seem like something from a shoe commercial! I had this image of a woman in bad-ass crocodile boots, walking down the street. That's how that song formed."1. Leave This Town
2. Another Lie
3. Friend Zone
5. When Dogs Run Away
6. Look at Those Flames
7. Two People
8. Run From You
12. Dear God$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The World Is Real (Awaiting Repress)LAKE's comprehensive pop vision has always been anchored in an honest mournfulness, a sensitivity to nature, and the vulnerability of life. These mark
LAKE's more down tempo, contemplative grooves, which are given their fullest voice yet on The World Is Real, LAKE's fourth album for K and sixth overall.
It follows 2008's Oh, the Places We'll Go, 2009's Let's Build A Roof, and 2011's Giving & Receiving, and was similarly recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio at K headquarters in their hometown of Olympia, Washington.
The songwriting partnership of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore is the locus of LAKE's creative engine, but the additional members are as integral and
longstanding. They are the diversely talented Andrew Dorsett, Markly Morisson, and Lindsay Schief. The creative sound that surrounds LAKE is storied in collaboration, sonic adventure and an allegiance to exploring the limits of crafting pop songs. They have toured, recorded and allied with some of the most pioneering figures in contemporary independent music: R. Stevie Moore, Chris Cohen, Karl Blau, and Phil Elverum's Mt. Eerie, for example.
Lead track Do You Recall? offers wide and subtle nods to working-class 80's classics like Mellencamp's Jack & Diane, or Hornsby's The Way It Is. Featuring drum machine and nostalgic guitar riffs, the lead and group vocals float through droning synths like wind to a bounded world.
Dog in the Desert one of the album's centerpieces, was initially inspired by the text-works of conceptual artist, Richard Long, and his "art made by walking in landscapes" (richardlong.org). Eriksson's voice, and the dark plodding instrumentation of the song, take Long's images and shape them into a meditation on abandonment, loss and reconciliation with nature.
Tellingly, the earthbound bass groove on Dog in the Desert is a quotation of Steely Dan's Black Cow. It is not the only song to directly live sample Fagen and Becker: Perfect Fit mashes up the chordal rhythms of Peg to excellent effect.
It's clear that LAKE enjoys to boldly tread and rework the classics in this way, most notably in Mark Morrison's first personal LAKE offering Takin' My Time, a direct reference to the Isley Brothers song "Caravan of Love." This smooth R&B pop seducer - a wild crowd favorite at LAKE's local Olympia outings - is a bit of an aside from The World Is Real's more meditative core.
Other highlights on The World Is Real: Bury the House takes its 60's styled psychedelic setting for a playful, self-deprecating riff on LAKE's own new age-y ideals: Bury the house / under the garden / make an attempt to go outside. Composure and "I Wish For You" have the pop attributes of Pet Sounds and Smile era Beach Boys - faintly forlorn, but still warm and sweet. And the community oriented compassion exhibited by LAKE's members is beautifully summarized in the opening lines of album closer Reconcile: How do we exist under the sun
but not in bliss? / What could have been? / Act on it.
Lovers of hybrid pop will hear the bright whirring electronic keys that notably set McCartney II apart from the rest of Paul's catalog, as well as the bittersweet organ and keyboard influence of Yo La Tengo, and the minimalist funk of Talking Heads on
this record. However, precise comparison is difficult: The World is Real avoids easy genre comparisons. An album full of the articulation of discontent and loss, LAKE captures these emotions in tandem with the pop music joys they have so expertly reigned in for many years.1. Do You Recall?
2. Bury The House
3. Combat Culture
5. Go Back
6. Dog In The Desert
7. Perfect Fit
8. Takin' My Time
9. I Wish For You
10. In The Stubborn Eyes Of A Demon
11. Reconcile$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Tell 'Em I'm Gone (Awaiting Repress)
First Album In Five Years From The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee
10 Brand-New Recordings, Including 5 New Compositions By Yusuf
Features Collaborations With Rick Rubin, Richard Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tinariwen, And Matt Sweeney
Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first new Yusuf album since 2009's
acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world,
including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the
album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five
originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell 'Em I'm
Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson,
blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist
Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin.
Each track on Tell 'Em I'm Gone is threaded together by the
themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more
than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. On this album,
Yusuf returns to the roots of his musical inspiration: American
blues and R&B, using these genres to explore the universality
of the desire for freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his
earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.
"What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message
which emerged, lyrically," Yusuf says of the new album.
"It suddenly stared me in the face: the struggle for Freedom!
My God, isn't that what most human beings dream of?
"I hope this record will help revive the spirit of Freedom
and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days,
when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our
imprisonment," Yusuf says.
Stunning originals like "I Was Raised In Babylon" and "Cat And
The Dog Trap" plus covers of blues-pop standards ("Big Boss
Man," "You Are My Sunshine") and a moving version of Edgar
Winter's "Dying To Live" find Yusuf as strong of voice and as
engaging a performer as ever before.
Having first found fame as a teenage folk singer in 1960s
England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his
intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions
"Wild World," "Peace Train," "Father and Son" and "Morning
Has Broken" remain staples of the folk genre. Following a
conversion to the Islamic faith in 1978, Stevens retired from
the music business to pursue important causes in the
Muslim community; 2006 saw Yusuf's celebrated return to pop
music with the album An Other Cup.1. I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
2. Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
3. Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
4. You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
5. Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
6. Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
7. Gold Digger (Yusuf)
8. The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
9. Tell 'Em I'm Gone (originally "Take This Hammer," arr. Yusuf)
10. Doors (Yusuf)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Bo DiddleyFrom The Original Chess/Checker Masters In Glorious Mono
Faithful Reproduction Of The Original Artwork
Music historians have wasted so many perfectly good words trying to explain the significance of Bo Diddley. "Bo Diddley liberated the blues from the 12-bar form and melded it to an insistent, infectious rhumba beat," they bleat. "Diddley was the progenitor of all that was to come in the evolution of rock and roll," blah blah blah blah.
Listen: Why is eating a plateful of ribs and dripping all over your hands and clothes fun? BECAUSE IT JUST IS. Why is walking around with cotton candy in one hand and a blue, helium-filled balloon on a string in the other fun? BECAUSE IT JUST IS. Bo Diddley is fun BECAUSE HE JUST IS. Bo Diddley (the album) was rock and roll's Big Bang, dripping with sinew and grease and humor and understated swagger. The simplest ingredients - a guitar, a drum, and some maracas - were packed in a gunny sack and slung over the shoulder of some smiling guy with a slick process and a wild plaid jacket, who took it and ran headfirst into oncoming traffic. Reckless, yet crazy cool. He made it sound easy. Geniuses can do that.
No doctoral thesis will explain Bo Diddley, the man or "Bo Diddley," the album. You won't find the answer in some scholarly article called "The Epistomological Roots of 'Diddy Wah Diddy' or something like that, in your dog-eared copy of the Journal of the American Institute of Ethnomusicology.
Bo Diddley just is.
Bo Diddley. (the album) is not an option, it's mandatory. We'll be imposing fines on anyone who thinks otherwise, so best to pick up a copy if for no other reason than to avoid a big hassle later on. We're not kidding.1. Bo Diddley
2. I'm A Man
3. Bring It To Jerome
4. Before You Accuse Me
5. Hey! Bo Diddley
6. Dearest Darlin'
7. Hush Your Mouth
8. Say Bossman
9. Diddley Daddy
10. Diddy Wah Diddy
11. Who Do You Love
12. Pretty Thing$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Die ScreamingSomething sinister is looming in the mist - a ghastly three-headed apparition, equal parts riffage & rancour and fuelled by a steady diet of garage rock 7-inches played at 33RPM and horror movies watched at 5AM, the primeval force of Satan's Satyrs is returned to the earth to lay waste to everything in its path.
Rising from the primordial ooze of Herndon, Virginia Satan's Satyrs hit the metal underground like a tidal wave of sulphur with their debut proper, 2012's Wild Beyond Belief. This almighty assault, almost entirely the work of chief Satyr Clayton Burgess, was a harrowing blast of fuzz-drenched aggro - a clash of Venom-esque metalpunk squalor and in-the-red garage-rock dementia.
With Jarrett Nettnin soon joining the fray on guitar and Stephen Fairfield on drums, the power-trio were soon invited by Electric Wizard to 2013's Roadburn Festival, which they graced with two scorching sets, one being entirely comprised of cuts by their heinous heroes Blue Cheer. Yet the three-piece, despite being barely into their twenties, weren't about to rest on their laurels. What's more, the result of their onward march into grisly pastures new is the more mature yet no less malicious new opus, 'Die Screaming' which sees it's European release via Bad Omen Records in 2014.
This time around, the band set about expanding their sound, maintaining their trash-obsessed aesthetic whilst sharpening their songcraft to produce an album possessed of both mighty heaviosity and incisive hooks. Bolstered by roaring Hammond and percussive ornamentation that bring still more Hammer Horror atmosphere to the fray, 'Die Screaming' transcends the band's Black Sabbath, Stooges and Black Flag influences to arrive at a relentlessly gory and gung-ho assault on the senses. One minute, this terror-troupe are dishing out the rotten rock n'roll of 'One By One (They Die) and Curse Of The Corpse, which stalk the Earth like the reanimated corpses of Budgie and Blue Oyster Cult records past. The next, on the jaw-dropping title-track, they're throwing Death SS, the Alice Cooper of Sick Things and Scott Reagers-era Saint Vitus into a bubbling cauldron and standing well back. Yet at all times Satan's Satyrs' gonzo attack is authentically red in both tooth and claw.
Rising high above the overkill of self-styled occult rock that lurks in the underground at present. Satan's Satyrs are blazing a trail through a nightmarish world of battered VHS videos, overheated ampstacks and dog-eared vinyl, and are a band fit to set the pulse of any self-respecting trash connoisseur racing. With 'Die Screaming', they're set to carry out the Devil's bidding across the globe with uniquely sordid and salacious style.1. Thumper's Theme
2. Instruments of Hellfire
3. Curse of the Corpse
4. Black Souls
5. Show Me Your Skull
6. One By One
7. Lucifer Lives
8. Die Screaming$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Man Of The WoodsTen-time Grammy® winner and four-time Emmy® winner Justin Timberlake is set to release his fourth studio album, Man of the Woods via RCA Records.
Man of the Woods marks Timberlake's most ambitious album to date, both sonically and lyrically. Combining the sounds of traditional American rock with the modern influences of collaborators The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, and Alicia Keys, this new material explores storytelling inspired by his son, his wife, and his personal journey from Memphis to where he is today.
Multi-talented actor and musician Justin Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums worldwide, sold out arenas all across the globe, received numerous awards and nominations and has wildly become one of the most highly respected entertainers in the business.
All three of Timberlake's solo albums (Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience) have received various platinum or multi-platinum certifications worldwide. In the US, Timberlake has received five #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with seventeen being in the top ten as well as garnered the most Mainstream Top40 Top 10's among solo males in the chart's 25-year history (18 total).
Most recently, Timberlake released the 4X platinum-selling song "CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!" from the film TROLLS which debuted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, became the singer's first #1 debut on the chart and ultimately the best-selling US single for 2016. Additionally, it marked Timberlake's tenth Grammy Award® and garnered a nomination for an Academy Award® and Golden Globe Award®.
A gifted actor, Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including ALPHA DOG, BLACK SNAKE MOAN and SHREK THE THIRD. He won strong reviews for his performance in Oscar®-nominated THE SOCIAL NETWORK. His other credits include BAD TEACHER, FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS, IN TIME, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, RUNNER RUNNER, TROLLS and WONDER WHEEL. Timberlake has also won four Emmys for his appearances on "Saturday Night Live."1. Filthy
2. Midnight Summer Jam
4. Man of the Woods
5. Higher, Higher
8. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
9. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
10. Hers (Interlude)
13. Breeze Off the Pond
14. Livin' Off the Land
15. The Hard Stuff
16. Young Man$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Sunday Run Me Over (Awaiting Repress)Sunday Run Me Over is the second album released in 2012 by Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, following early spring's Long Distance, a collection of her older garage rock material re-recorded in a distinctly more Americana/honky tonk style. Long the queen of the garage, Holly Golightly's work with her strange partner Lawyer Dave acting as the entirety of the Brokeoffs has seen the punk energy that brimmed over in scrappy solo albums (or even more so with work in the early femme-stomp of Thee Headcoatees) shift somewhat into a country-tinged sound, possibly a product of her new environment, as Ms. Golightly left her London home for life on the farm in rural Georgia with Lawyer Dave sometime in the late 2000s. The photo of ducks, dogs, and chickens in the artists' backyard that graces the inside cover of Sunday Run Me Over is a far cry from the gritty dive-bar settings imaginable as the backdrop for Golightly's early solo material, and likewise the music is removed from that early garage grit. The fifth album from the duo finds them working in the country-blues mode they've been cultivating for a while, but with more energy and manic gusto than before. Starting off with the down-home holler of Goddamn Holy Roll, overdriven slide guitars and tambourines right out of Sunday morning church service explode out of the speakers, with Holly and Dave in a wild-eyed duet for the entire duration of this spirited stomper. Tones of deep South religion, retribution, and redemption feel buried throughout the record, with humid originals like the rocking Tank and the goofy saloon singalong of One for the Road butting up against traditional country arrangements of old-timey hits like I Forgot More and the Stonesy Hard to Be Humble. The album's down-on-the-farm or confessin'-on-the-pulpit vibes have enough rock & roll in them to keep Sunday Run Me Over in the same boozy, reckless mode of rock that Golightly is famous for, just reconfigured a little bit. The bitterness and spite that tempered the good times rolling on albums like Truly She Is None Other and Serial Girlfriend are still alive and well on tracks like Goodnight, even if sung with a bit more of a drawl than a British accent. All told, the album is a riveting romp of country-fried garage rock recorded on an actual farm. Fans of Golightly's earliest work might miss the garage days, but listening closely will reveal that the spirit of those days is alive and very much kicking.
- Fred Thomas (All Music)1. Goddamn Holy Roll
2. They Say
4. I Forgot More
5. One For The Road
6. Turn Around
7. A Whole Lot More...
8. Hand In Hand
9. The Future's Here
10. Hard To Be Humble
12. This Shit Is Gold$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Funky Was The State Of AffairsFergus and Geronimo's leap between their early R&B-influenced singles and their first wildly diverse record was so daring, many music writers and fans were forced to reconsider the pigeonhole to which they had already damned them. Happily damned them, since, after all, those early tracks went over exceptionally well. But observers and admirers were also left doing something not many get to experience in this dime-a-dozen singles renaissance: scratching their heads concerning what this group would do next. After a first record that was such a departure, not only did they wonder, they actually cared.
Founding member Andrew Savage is very conscious of the risks the band took, the changes that were made in order to avoid being marginalized. Says Savage: "Jason (Kelly) and I had no interests in becoming lost in the indie rock/garage rock milieu. The nature of those early singles was that they were instantaneously gratifying, and we both wanted to make a record that was ultimately gratifying, but not necessarily instantaneous."
Now we have an idea of how far Fergus and Geronimo are continuing to take their gradually conceptual ambitions, in the form of their second full-length record, Funky Was The State of Affairs.
Like some of history's most well-regarded and oft-reissued acts, the group is doing exactly what they are compelled to do: making an album that actually plays like a cohesively complete statement. "I feel like bands aren't really making albums anymore. By that I mean, a start to finish concept meant to be listened to in its entirety. Labels are more interested in singles, which is in a tail-wags-dog sort of way.
And yet the record is entirely unpredictable, even as it tackles reoccurring themes, which Savage says include, "aliens, technology, intergalactic dating/hooking up, the Roman Empire, and the earthling resistance movement." At times the story seems filtered through the earthling point of view; in the next, extraterrestrials listen to phone-tapped conversations by some understandably paranoid humans.
Though at times it sounds like fairly serious subject matter, the group employs a sharp-tongued attack with the same sort of gallows humor cracked wise by the likes of their equally Doubting Thomas inspirational figures, everyone from the Mothers of Invention to Devo. Within the first few minutes, the tone is set; the bright, spiky, opening track over a Krautrock rhythm, "No Parties," contains a line summarizing the restlessness caused by the alienation of modern habits, sung in a mock-English accent: "Collecting devices, you're paying the prices/Of over consumption, with mental destruction."
"Basically, its a dystopian sound-scape of our civilization's collapse," says Savage. Indeed, those feelings of dread are sometimes instrumentally emphasized by passages of synthesizer static and noise, which Savage attributes to being influenced by groups like Chrome. New members Bob Jones (guitar, bass, analog synth) and Jef Brown (Tenor Sax) also add to the playful chaos. Savage says the original duo added members in order to achieve "the tightness that can only come from recording with a live core," as "musicianship is extremely important to Jason and I."
Since Brown and Jones both played in the self-explanatory Evolutionary Jass Band, which evolved out of the equally experimental Jackie-O Motherfucker, there is an expansion in the group's improvisational capabilities that wasn't as obvious on past recordings. Yet nothing sounds forced, each interlude is enjoyable, each hip-hop-inspired skit serves a narrative-pushing purpose. The record bounces from Booker T-styled soul ("Wiretapping Muzak I and II") to early '80s New York dance rock ("Marky Move") with an immodest ease.
"Hi, I'm Heather Strange, and I'm a 23-year-old human earthling female" says a woman between the first and second track. "Really, I'm just looking for a man whose cerebral capabilities haven't been fried by LCD screens yet." Most people reading this might be able to relate to Heather's plight, or worse yet, sink under the weight of being the type of person she's desperately seeking to avoid. But such is the genius of Fergus and Geronimo. They have made all of these variously opposing forces; dark and light, alien and earthling, melody and noise, condemning and being condemned, something that you feel like listening to over and over again. If only to hear what happens next.1. Planet Earth is Pregnant for the 5th Time
2. No Parties
3. The Strange One Speaketh
4. Roman Tick
5. My Phone's Been Tapped, Baby
6. Roman Nvmerals/Wiretapping Muzak I
8. Earthling Men
9. The Uncanny Valley
10. Earthling Women
12. Wiretapping Muzak II
13. Off the Map
14. The Roman Stuff is Where it's At
15. Marky Move
16. Funky Was the State of Affairs$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
W.A.S.P. The Best Of The Best (Out of Stock)Blackie Lawless launched W.A.S.P. on the unsuspecting world in 1983 and before long tales of their outrageous music and intense stage shows were legendary.
In the last few years of the old century W.A.S.P. made some of their most striking and brave albums. The ferocious, blood-splattered Kill Fuck Die and the celebratory sleazefest of Helldorado had provided solid proof
that Blackie Lawless' songwriting skills were as keen and unique as ever and, unlike the majority of his 80s contemporaries, this most dogged and determined of frontmen was entering a new era full of confidence,
with that blazing inferno in his eyes clearly a long way from fizzling out.
The 15 tracks featured on The Best Of The Best prove that while the theatrics and shock tactics of Blackie Lawless might have gained the headlines, it was what W.A.S.P. did on record that gained them legions of fans. An exhilarating rock'n'roll rollercoaster, this double disc set collects themost incendiary moments from a career built on mixing snarling sexual noise with carnage, chaos and controversy.
Collecting tracks from all the classic W.A.S.P. albums, including W.A.S.P., The Last Command and The Headless Children, this double 180g black vinyl gatefold edition, released through Madfish of The Best Of The Best provides the definitive document of a blistering career. The Best Of The Best features the W.A.S.P. cuts - Animal (F**K Like A Beast), I Wanna Be Somebody, Wild Child and a rip roaring cover of Elton
John's Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.1. Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting
2. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
3. I Wanna Be Somebody
4. L.O.V.E. Machine
5. On Your Knees
6. Show No Mercy
7. Blind In Texas
8. Wild Child
9. Sex Drive
10. 9.5. - N.A.S.T.Y.
11. Mean Man
12. Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue)
15. Dirty Balls$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Iggy and Ziggy: Cleveland '77 (Out Of Stock)The dynamic duo of late 70s hard rock, Iggy Pop and David Bowie, performing together on this classic live album, with Pop on vocals and Bowie on keyboards. Recorded live at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland OH, March 21, 1977, the show includes wild performances of Iggys classics such as Raw Power, I Wanna Be Your Dog, TV Eye, 1969 and many more!1. Raw Power
3. Turn Blue
4. Sister Midnight
5. I Need Somebody
6. Search N Destroy
7. TV Eye
10. Gimme Danger
11. No Fun
12. I Wanna Be Your Dog$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock