Monday, January 21, 2019

Virgin Prunes : The Moon Looked Down And Laughed 1986

The band consisted of childhood friends of U2's Bono. Lypton Village was a "youthful gang" created by Bono (ne Paul Hewson), Friday (ne Fionan Hanvey) and Guggi (ne Derek Rowen) in the early 1970s. 

Known for their outrageous and controversial stage performances, led by theatrical singer/songwriter Friday, the band began playing small shows in Dublin, gaining them a cult audience.

Friday and fellow vocalist Guggi, along with third vocalist Dave-iD Busaras, guitarist Dik Evans (brother of U2's The Edge), bassist Strongman (Trevor Rowen, brother of Guggi) and drummer Pod (Anthony Murphy), completed the original lineup.

Pod left the group and was replaced by Haa-Lacka Binttii (ne Daniel Figgis). With Binttii on drums, tape loops and keyboards, the band secured a deal with Rough Trade Records.

They released their first single, "Twenty Tens" on their own Baby Records label (distributed by Rough Trade) on 8 January 1981, followed by a second single, "Moments and Mine (Despite Straight Lines)", on 27 June 1981.

The Moon Looked Down and Laughed is the second studio album. It was released in January 1986 by Baby Records in Europe, and on Touch and Go Records in the U.S..

The sound of 1986's The Moon Looked Down and Laughed is the sound of a band being pulled apart by the differing ideas of its members.

Released : 1986
Genre : Rock
Style : New Wave, Gothic


01. Heaven    
02. Love Lasts Forever    
03. I Am God    
04. Sons Find Devils    
05. Alone    
06. The Moon Looked Down And Laughed    
07. Uncle Arthur's Lonely World
08. Don't Look Back    
09. Betrayal    
10. Deadly Sins    
11. Day Of Ages    
12. True Life Story    
13. The White History Book    

Mary D'Nellon : guitar
Gavin Friday : vocals
Pod : drums
Strongman : bass guitar
Dave-iD Busaras : vocals

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Died Pretty : Lost 1988

With a higher international profile thanks to a licensing deal via the well-established U.K. label Beggars Banquet, Died Pretty re-entered the studio with producer Rob Younger to create another solid album of unpretentious, sharp delights.

The band sound slightly more upfront throughout, if only just -- it's not a radical change, and certainly the group weren't shrinking violets before, but there's just a touch more oomph in the recording and delivery, and it's most becoming.

Even numbers like "As Must Have," which consists of just Brett Myers' acoustic guitar and backing singing from Ron S. Peno, are up in the mix, Peno's own version of high and lonesome singing providing the only sense of evocative distance. Chris Welsh's drums drive the songs without overwhelming them, while the rest of the band kick major booty as they go.

Myers gets moments to sing lead, as on the quick and groovy "Out of My Hands," but otherwise he concentrates on his evermore impressive playing, and by now traditional great solos, while Peno takes the lion's share of the leads.

Frank Brunetti's organ playing is similarly key to things once more, providing perfect hooks and shading throughout. Energetic rave-ups remain the band's best point, as great numbers like "Winterland" and "Crawls-Away" demonstrate, everyone performing to their best in a thick rush of sound. But subtler approaches have their place, as with the quietly dramatic chime and pace of "One Day" or "Springenfall," a great romantic number.

In a sly continuation of a semi-tradition started on Free Dirt, where the song "Next to Nothing" turned up after not appearing on the EP of that title, the concluding track of Lost is, in fact, "Free Dirt." Sung by Myers with guests on backing vocals and piano, it's a gentle number and a fine way to wrap up the album.

Review by Ned Raggett



A1. Lost    
A2. Out Of My Hands    
A3. As Must Have    
A4. Springenfall    
A5. Winterland    


B1. Caesar's Cold   
B2. Crawls Away    
B3. One Day    
B4. Towers Of Strength    
B5. Free Dirt

Label : Hitch-Hyke Records  91119 LIFT 012
Format : Vinyl, LP, Album
Country : Greece
Released : 1988
Genre : Rock
Style : Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Indie Rock

    Bass – Mark Lock
    Drums, Percussion – Chris Welsh
    Engineer – Alan Thorne
    Engineer, Mixed By – John Harvey (3) (tracks: B1)
    Guitar, Backing Vocals – Brett Myers
    Lead Vocals – Brett Myers (tracks: A2, B5), Ronald S. Peno
    Organ, Piano – Frank Brunetti
    Producer – Rob Younger

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Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Sonics : Here Are The Sonics 1965

The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington that formed in 1960. Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they have been named as inspirations to many major artists.

The band performed several early rock standards such as "Louie, Louie", and "Skinny Minnie" as well as original compositions like "Strychnine", "Psycho", and "The Witch". Their catalogue is generally based around simple chord progressions, often performed with a speed and tonal aggression that was novel for the time, making the band a notable influence on later punk rock bands.

Early in 1965 Etiquette released the Sonics' debut LP, Here Are The Sonics, which was produced at Audio Recording in Seattle, Washington with famed Pacific Northwest recording engineer Kearney Barton.

It was recorded on a two-track tape recorder, with only one microphone to pick up the entire drum kit. It was here that they began to pioneer some of their infamously reckless recording techniques.

A second album, Boom, followed in February 1966. During the recording, the Sonics ripped the soundproofing off the walls at the country and western-oriented Wiley/Griffith studio in Tacoma to "get a live-er sound." The covers of both albums feature the moody photography of Jini Dellaccio.

The original band fell apart between 1966 and 1968, with members leaving to attend university or join other bands; saxophonist Rob Lind became a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War. Eventually, all of the original members left, with new members continuing on with the name Sonics (later 'Jim Brady and the Sonics') until 1980,although it was a completely different band, at times even incorporating string and horn sections.


01. The Witch    Gerry Roslie    2:41
02. Do You Love Me    Berry Gordy, Jr.    2:19
03. Roll Over Beethoven    Chuck Berry    2:49
04. Boss Hoss    Roslie    2:24
05. Dirty Robber (The Fabulous Wailers cover)    John Greek, Kent Morrill, Rick           Dangel    2:03
06. Have Love Will Travel    Richard Berry    2:04
07. Psycho    Roslie    2:18
08. Money (That's What I Want)    Gordy, Jr., Janie Bradford    2:01
09. Walking the Dog    Rufus Thomas    2:46
10. Night Time Is the Right Time    Lew Herman    2:58
11. Strychnine    Roslie    2:13
12. Good Golly Miss Molly    John Marascalco, Robert Blackwell    2:09
13. Keep a knock
14. Don't believe in Christmas
15. Santa Claus
16. The village idiot

Strychnine  Lyrics

Some folks like water
Some folks like wine
But i like the taste
Of straight strychnine (hey hey)

You may think it's funny
That I like this stuff
But once you've tried it
You can't get enough (Woah!)

Wine is red (hey)
Poison is blue
Strychnine is good
For what's ailin you

Wine is red (hey)
Poison is blue
Strychnine is good
For what's ailin you

If you listen to what I say
You'll try…
Some folks like water
Some folks like wine
But i like the taste
Of straight strychnine

Strychnine is a highly toxic, colorless, bitter, crystalline alkaloid used as a pesticide, particularly for killing small vertebrates such as birds and rodents. Strychnine, when inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through the eyes or mouth, causes poisoning which results in muscular convulsions and eventually death through asphyxia. While it has no known medicinal effects, in the past the convulsant effect was believed to be beneficial in small doses.

Strychnine was popularly used as an athletic performance enhancer and recreational stimulant in the late 19th century and early 20th century, due to its convulsant effects. It was thought to be similar to coffee. Its effects are well-described in H. G. Wells' novella The Invisible Man: the title character states "Strychnine is a grand tonic ... to take the flabbiness out of a man." The protagonist replies: "It's the devil, ... It's the palaeolithic in a bottle."

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