Tuesday, March 11, 2008

V.A.: 2the Skinhead Girl Crew - Vol. 02 @ VBR

Propably a home-made compilation with nice bands doing songs to celebrate the skinhead girls....

1. All The Skinhead Girls (Red London)
2. South London Girl (The Warriors)
3. Skinhead Girl (Swoons)
4. Skinhead Girl (Mele Marce)
5. Skinhead Girl (Partia)
6. Rude Girl (Orange Street)
7. Jenny (4 Promile)
8. Rude Girl (The Busters)
9. My Skinhead Girl (Evil Conduct)
10. Neska Reggae (Skalariak)
11. Chelsea Girls (Blanks 77)
12. Son tus PuÑos (Skontra)
13. Reggae Girl (The Tennors)
14. Skinhead Girl (Doubling Boys)

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

DEAD BOYS: Liver Than You'll Ever Be @ VBR

UK 2002 release captures seminal US punk band at their reunion concert at The Ritz, New York, 26 December 1987 with the original members. 15 tracks, 'Sonic Reducer', 'I Wanna Be A Dead Boy (All This & More)', 'Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth', 'I'm Calling You', 'I Won't Look Back', 'What Love Is', 'I Need Lunch', 'Ain't Nothing To Do', 'Down In Flames', 'Son Of Sam', 'Search & Destroy', 'Ain't It Fun', 'Tell Me', '3rd Generation Nation' & 'Catholic Boy'. The CD booklet features unpublished photos of late frontman Stiv Bators.

1. Sonic Reducer
2. I Wanna Be A Dead Boy (All This And More)
3. Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth
4. I'm Calling On You
5. I Won't Look Back
6. What Love Is
7. I Need Lunch
8. Ain't Nothing To Do
9. Down In Flames
10. Son Of Sam
11. Search & Destroy
12. Ain't It Fun
13. Tell Me
14. 3rd Generation Nation
15. Catholic Boy

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ELVIS COSTELLO: My Aim is True (Expanded) @ VBR

Elvis Costello kicked off his debut album with a formal device that would also serve his next two long-players well: the first thing you hear is his voice. That opening phrase--"Now that your picture's in the paper..."--was more than sneakily, if not intentionally, appropriate, since Costello was quickly declared the second coming. It's become de rigueur to dis the pub-rock backing of U.S. band Clover, but their work here is satisfactorily edgy; guitarist John McFee makes some of the arrangements with his wailingly articulate fills. The remastered Rhino reissue includes a full second disc of demos and rarities. --Rickey Wright

Disc: 1
1. Welcome to the Working Week
2. Miracle Man
3. No Dancing
4. Blame It on Cain
5. Alison
6. Sneaky Feelings
7. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
8. Less Than Zero
9. Mystery Dance
10. Pay It Back
11. I'm Not Angry
12. Waiting for the End of the World
13. Watching the Detectives
Disc: 2
1. No Action
2. Living in Paradise
3. Radio Sweetheart
4. Stranger in the House
5. I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself
6. Less Than Zero (Dallas Version)
7. Imagination (is a Powerful Deceiver)
8. Mystery Dance (Honky Tonk Demo)
9. Cheap Reward (Honky Tonk Demo)
10. Jump Up (Honky Tonk Demo)
11. Blame it on Cain (Honky Tonk Demo)
12. Poison Moon (Honky Tonk Demo)

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G.B.H.: Church of the Truly Warped @ VBR

G.B.H. has always had that certain something about them. This c.d. has Agnostic Front's drummer backing them and needless to say it shows. My favorite track is WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. But the whole disc is without a doubt great thru and thru. It is definetly my favorite G.B.H. c.d. to date. They cross metal with punk like no one I've heard. If you like G.B.H. at all I definetly recommend this c.d. over any of them!!

1. Pure Greed
2. Not Enough Hate
3. Leather Coffin
4. Candy Man
5. Lords Of Discipline
6. Where The Wild Things Are
7. Church Of The Truly Warped
8. Back
9. I Need Energy
10. Evil Evar
11. All For The Cause

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SHAM 69: Direct Action Day 21 @ VBR

While most of the early British punk bands spoke of working-class concerns -- primarily unemployment and the shrinking U.K. economy, which was leaving a generation with nothing to do and nowhere to go -- many of the pioneering groups had working-class credentials that were suspect at best; the Sex Pistols' career was being molded by a haberdasher and would-be artist, while the Clash were led by the son of a diplomat. Sham 69, however, was different; proletarian and proud of it, Sham 69 was the voice of the people in the first wave of British punk, and if they were never as fashionable as such contemporaries as the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Wire, or the Jam (who, in their early days, shared Sham's provincial outlook and "we're with the kids" fan solidarity), they enjoyed a long run of chart successes and were a major influence on the street punk and Oi! movements which followed. --- by Mark Deming, AMG

1. 99% 2000
2. Direct Action
3. Mad As A Cow
4. Little Bit Of This (Little Bit Of That)
5. Security Guard
6. Dig It
7. Tattoo
8. Monica
9. 15 Minutes
10. S.H.A.G.
11. Tolstoy's Ape
12. Do You Believe
13. This Time
14. Here We Are

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SHAM 69: Hollywood Hero @ VBR

Sham 69 was formed in the working-class community of Hersham (in Surrey) in 1975 by singer and lyricist Jimmy Pursey; the name came from an ancient bit of graffiti celebrating a local football team's winning season in 1969. From the start, Sham 69's politics were populist, and their sound accessible; straight-ahead four-square punk with a hard rock influence and lyrics that often used sing-along slogans in their choruses, such as "If the Kids Are United" and "(Gonna Be A) Borstal Breakout." The band went through a revolving cast of musicians early on before settling on the lineup of Pursey, Dave Parsons on guitar, Albie Slider on bass, and Mark Cain behind the drums. They began scaring up gigs where they could, and began playing the notorious London punk venue the Roxy on a regular basis, where they built up a loyal following. Step Forward, a small independent label, released the band's first single, "I Don't Wanna," in September 1977. The success of the single and the band's growing fan base prompted Polydor to sign the band in the U.K., and their first album, Tell Us the Truth -- one side recorded live, the other in the studio -- was released in early 1978. (Sire released the album in the United States, and it would prove to be the only Sham 69 album released in America until the late '80s.) By the time the album came out, Albie Slider had left the band and Dave "Kermit" Tregenna took over on bass. Sham's second album, That's Life, was released in the fall of 1978, and featured two major hit singles, "Hurry Up Harry" and "Angels With Dirty Faces"; and as many of the first wave of U.K. punk bands were beginning to peter out, Sham 69's popularity continued to grow. --- by Mark Deming, AMG

1. ASBO Sportsday
2. No Apologies
3. Western Culture
4. Medic
5. Here Comes The Lies
6. I Want Glory
7. Hollywood Hero
8. I Don't Believe A Word
9. Give Me A Minute
10. New York City
11. I Love Her
12. Bite The Bullet

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U.K. SUBS: Occupied @ VBR

Old punks and U.K. Subs-heads are gazing towards the next two Subs LPs, Quintessentials and Riot, which reunite the only 20-year fixture in the group, vocalist Charlie Harper, with original, 1977-1983 (first-four LPs) guitarist Nicky Garratt (and third and fourth LPs) bassist Alvin Gibbs, for only the second time in 14 years. Garratt was the true talent in the original group, both for the memorable riffs he composed, and his simple yet pile-driving solos. Anyone in need of a history lesson, proceed directly to the mouth-opening, multidimensional 1982 LP Endangered Species. However, one forgets the "ageless" Harper factor. True, while going through more guitarists, bassists, and drummers than Julia Roberts changed outfits in The Pelican Brief, the fifty-something singer has never equaled that pure greatness that made the early Subs prime leaders of U.K. punk's immediate, memorable second wave (along with the Ruts, Damned, Stiff Little Fingers, Undertones, and Newtown Neurotics). But neither has his post-Garratt Subs released a truly horrible LP. While the loud, raw sound of Occupied is as predictable as a losing season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Harper continues as ever to insist on the storming riffs and crunching, flowing sound that made the genre such an exciting pleasure in the first place. On this, their 15th proper LP (each album title has started with the next letter in the alphabet), hard and nasty smackers such as "Darkness" and "DF188" easily better the whole sorry crop of crap-new pretender-American-pop-punk-yobbos who sound like so much spark-less, faceless, facile MTV-fodder. Think of it this way: old hat has rarely sounded this strong, and, yes, ageless, as this unsinkable, modern Dorian Gray frontman. --- by Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, AMG

1. Let's Get Drunk
2. Shove It
3. DF 118
4. Solutions
5. Public Address
6. Revolving Boys
7. One of the Girls
8. Darkness
9. Not So Secret Wars
10. Infidel
11. MPRI
12. Nazi Cunts
13. God Bless Amerikkka
14. Y.D.M.S.
15. Great Northern Disaster
16. Ode to Completion

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U.K. SUBS: Riot @ VBR

In honor of the U.K. Subs' 20th anniversary, Nicky Garratt returned to the fold for Riot and Quintessentials, which were recorded simultaneously at San Francisco's Wally Sound. And he brought along 1981-1983 bassist Alvin Gibbs (from the band's two best LPs, Diminished Responsibility and Endangered Species) for the ride. Garratt and Gibbs had returned once before -- but it was a false start -- on the OK but flawed and inconsistent 1988 LP Killing Time. This time the reunited trio get it right, using Samiam drummer Dave Ayer in place of Steve Roberts. Like Quintessentials, Riot approaches the meaty, huge-sounding production of the final two Garratt/Gibbs LPs. The mix may not be quite as big on either, but Riot's "House of Cards," "Cyberjunk," and especially the title track are brimming with all the qualities that made the Subs one of the leaders of U.K. punk's second wave, along with the post-Brian James Damned, Ruts, Undertones, Angelic Upstarts, and Stiff Little Fingers. Fifteen straight songs may smack you in the face, but as in the best of all "original spark" punk, the playing level is so escalated it belies the apparent simplicity of the written chords. Garratt's right hand chops at the strings with style as well as authority, spitting fire at all the key junctures, blasting into choruses such as "Guilty Man" out of power-riffs so nasty and glorious, you understand how 10,000 punk bands in his absence never came close to matching this! And with such a formidable band to back him at last, the always-committed Harper gains stature and probity for his gutsy stands, such as when he spits "where's the human rights?" Riot is a real case of a band recovering all that was theirs, a near-impossible feat. --- by Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover, AMG

1. Cyberjunk
2. Rebel Radio
3. Power Corrupts
4. Preacher
5. Riot
6. Chemical War
7. Paradise Burning
8. House of Cards
9. Human Rights
10. Guilty Man
11. Lost Not Found
12. Music for the Dead
13. Beggars and Bums
14. My Little Red Book
15. Flat Earth Society

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