Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Ted Nugent: Ted Nugent 1975 + Double Live Gonzo! 1978


Theodore Anthony Nugent (born December 13, 1948) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and political activist. He initially gained fame as the lead guitarist and occasional vocalist of The Amboy

Dukes, a band formed in 1963 that played psychedelic rock and hard rock.

The first lineup of the Amboy Dukes played at The Cellar, a teen dance club outside of Chicago in Arlington Heights, Illinois, starting in late 1965, while Nugent was a student at St. Viator High School. The Cellar's "house band" at the time had been the Shadows of Knight, although the Amboy Dukes eventually became a staple until the club's closing.

After dissolving the band, he embarked on a successful solo career. His first three solo albums, Ted Nugent (1975), Free-for-All (1976) and Cat Scratch Fever (1977), were certified multi-platinum in the

United States. His latest album, Detroit Muscle, was released in 2022. Throughout his lengthy career, the Motor City Madman has reveled in the controversy and criticism that always seem to follow in his path -- his pro-right-wing beliefs and pro-gun advocacy have caused condemnation from his detractors -- but his wildman persona and knack for penning arena rock anthems made him one of the biggest rock stars of the late '70s and early '80s.

Emerging in the 1960s with the psych-rock combo the Amboy Dukes, who scored big in 1968 with the single "Journey to the Center of the Mind," Nugent eventually went solo, issuing multi-platinum

albums like Cat Scratch Fever and Double Live Gonzo! Nugent is known for his use of the Gibson Byrdland, his bluesy and frenzied guitar playing, and his energetic live shows. Despite possessing a distinctive, wide-ranging singing voice, Nugent recorded and toured with other lead singers during much of his early solo career, including Derek St. Holmes, Charlie Huhn, Brian Howe and Meat Loaf, only taking on full lead vocal duties later on.

His biggest hit was 1977's "Cat Scratch Fever", on which he sang the lead vocals. In the late 1980s and

early 1990s, he was part of the supergroup Damn Yankees. In 2023, he embarked a farewell tour known as the "Adios Mofo Tour". Nugent suffers from hearing loss.[78] He said in a 2007 interview: "The ear's not too good, especially with background noise, but that's a small price to pay. Believe me the journey was worth it."

On April 19, 2021, Nugent announced on Facebook that he had tested positive for COVID-19, which he

referred to as the "Chinese shit". He said, "I thought I was dying ... I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days."



After disintegrating the Amboy Dukes in the early '70s, Ted Nugent finally decided to strike out on his own as a solo star. Even without a recording contract, Nugent toured constantly, built up a fervent

following, and created a smoking hard rock quartet with the help of singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes, bassist Rob Grange, and drummer Cliff Davies. The band's first release, 1975's Ted Nugent, is a prime slice of testosterone-heavy, raging, unapologetic rock & roll, and along with the band's 1977 release Cat Scratch Fever, it is Nugent's best solo studio album.

While the grinding opening track, "Stranglehold," stretches beyond eight minutes and contains several

extended, fiery-hot guitar leads, it does not come off as your typical '70s overindulgent fare -- every single note counts, as Nugent wails away as if his life depended on it. Other Nuge classics include "Motor City Madhouse," plus the St. Holmes-sung "Hey Baby" and "Just What the Doctor Ordered," all eventually becoming arena staples and making the band one of the late-'70s top concert draws.

Additional highlights are the unexpected breezy jazz ballad "You Make Me Feel Right at Home," plus

the untamed rockers "Stormtroopin'" and "Queen of the Forest." Nugent himself hails Ted Nugent as his best work, and with good reason. It's an essential hard rock classic.

Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent
Label: Epic – EK 65914, Legacy – EK 65914
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Bonus Tracks 1999
Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock



01. Stranglehold    8:24
02. Stormtroopin'    3:10
03. Hey Baby  Written-By – Derek St. Holmes   4:02
04. Just What The Doctor Ordered    3:46
05. Snakeskin Cowboys    4:34
06. Motor City Madhouse    4:33
07. Where Have You Been All My Life    4:04
08. You Make Me Feel Right At Home    2:56
09. Queen Of The Forest    3:45


10. Stormtroopin'    6:36
11. Just What The Doctor Ordered    4:52
12. Motor City Madhouse    8:38


13. Magic Party (Outtake)    2:56


Bass – Rob Grange
Drums, Vibraphone [Vibes], Vocals – Cliff Davies
Guitar, Vocals, Percussion – Ted Nugent
Keyboards – Steve McRay
Percussion – Brian Staffeld, Tom Werman
Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Derek St. Holmes

Flac Size: 414 MB



As exciting as they were, Ted Nugent's first three albums lacked the sonic punch in the gut of his

outrageous live performances, something readily proved by 1978's classic Double Live Gonzo! Both Nugent and his band are in top form, yielding a fierce performance of their numerous mid-'70s classics. Mega-hit "Cat Scratch Fever" makes an obligatory appearance, but it's the songs from Nugent's self-titled debut which truly stand out.

"Just What the Doctor Ordered" is damn near perfect, and the band really clicks on extended jams

through "Motor City Madhouse" and the fantastic "Stranglehold." A consummate showman, Nugent also unleashes a number of hilarious, motormouth stage raps on "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" before offering the definitive version of his early classic "Great White Buffalo." In the year of the live album (1978), this one's about as good as they come.

Ted Nugent – Double Live Gonzo!
Label: Rock Candy – CANDY014
Series: Collector's Edition Remastered & Reloaded
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 2006
Country: UK
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock, Blues
Style: Hard Rock, Classic Rock



01. Just What The Doctor Ordered    5:26
02. Yank Me, Crank Me    4:29
03. Gonzo    4:00
04. Baby, Please Don't Go    5:55
05. Great White Buffalo    6:21
06. Hibernation    16:55

Flac Size: 257 MB



01. Stormtroopin'    8:43
02. Stranglehold    11:11
03. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang    6:19
04. Cat Scratch Fever    4:50
05. Motor City Madhouse    10:35

Flac Size: 242 MB


Cliff Davies
Derek St. Holmes
Rob Grange
Ted Nugent


Tracks 1-1, 2-3, 2-4 recorded at Municipal Auditorium, Nashville July 1977.
Track 2-1 recorded at Seattle Center Coliseum August 1977.
Track 1-6 recorded at San Antonio Convention Center July 1976.
Tracks 1-5, 2-5 recorded in Dallas July 1976.
Track 2-2 recorded at Civic Center-Springfield, Mass. June 1976.
Track 1-3 recorded at Joe Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio November 1977.
Tracks 1-2, 1-4 recorded at Taylor County Coliseum, Abilene, Texas November 1977.

The Amboy Dukes on Urban Aspirines HERE

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Regrettes: Feel Your feelings Fool! 2017


The Regrettes were an American punk rock band, a Los Angeles-based teenage garage punk quartet

with a classicist pop bent and boundless energy. The band was led by frontwoman Lydia Night. They released three studio albums on Warner Bros. Records: Feel Your Feelings Fool! (2017), How Do You Love? (2019), and Further Joy (2022).

Head Regrette Lydia Night was in her teens when the band released their debut, Feel Your Feelings

Fool!, in 2017. While the record teemed with adolescent excitement, it also demonstrated a sense of craftsmanship that the group developed and deepened on the subsequent How Do You Love?, the sophomore album that arrived in 2019. With a series of singles in 2020 and 2021, the Regrettes began to move away from punk and new wave toward a vibrant, up-to-date pop sound on 2022's Further Joy.
Prior to the formation of the band, lead vocalist Lydia Night met guitarist Genessa Gariano, bassist Sage Chavis, and drummer Maxx Morando in music school. At the time, Gariano, Chavis and Morando

were in a band together, called "Genessa" and Night was in the two-piece band Pretty Little Demons (who changed their name to The Regrettes in the last few months of life) with drummer Marlhy Murphy. Both of the bands played a concert together, but soon after Murphy departed from the band after the release of their EP "Hey!" on October 16, 2015, leading to Night asking Gariano, Chavis, and Morando to join.

The "Hey!" EP came to the attention of a representative at Warner Brothers, which would eventually led to them signing the band. In 2016, the band toured with both Tacocat and Sleigh Bells, opened for

Kate Nash, and performed at South by Southwest. By that point, Night had several originals under her belt, all of which helped get the band signed to Warner Bros. "A Living Human Girl" appeared in the summer of 2016, followed by "Hey Now" and "Hot," all teasers for their full-length debut, Feel Your Feelings Fool!, released by Warner in early 2017.

On May 9, 2018, the band announced Morando's departure. On May 22, 2018, the tour bus containing

all their belongings was stolen from outside the Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK where they later played a sold-out gig.  On May 31, 2018, the band contributed the sixth Hamildrop, a cover of the song "Helpless". Lin-Manuel Miranda credited producer Mike Elizondo as having suggested the idea. On September 3, 2018, the band announced Sage Chavis' departure, being replaced by Violet Mayugba.

On November 28, 2018, the band announced the departure of Mayugba and recruitment of Brooke Dickson as their new bass player. From February 6 to March 17, 2019, The Regrettes were the opening

act of Twenty One Pilots' European leg of The Bandito Tour. On June 18, 2019, the band announced their second studio album, How Do You Love?. The album was released on August 9, 2019. The Regrettes released their third studio album, Further Joy, on April 8, 2022. On November 14, 2023, the band announced that they were splitting up to "work on other projects." In tandem, they announced a farewell show at the Fonda Theater on December 21, 2023.



Lydia Night
– lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards (2015–2023), lead guitar, bass (2015)
Genessa Gariano – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2015–2023)
Brooke Dickson – bass, keyboards, backing vocals (2018–2023)
Drew Thomsen – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2018–2023)



Marlhy Murphy
– drums, backing vocals (2015)
Maxx Morando – drums (2015–2018)
Sage Chavis – bass, backing vocals (2015–2018)
Violet Mayugba – bass, backing vocals (2018)

The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool!
Label: Warner Bros. Records – 557260-2
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: Jan 13, 2017
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk, Rock & Roll, Power Pop



I Don't Like You    2:47
02. A Living Human Girl    2:38
03. Hey Now     3:30
04. Hot    2:40
05. Seashore    3:28
06. Juicebox Baby     1:51
07. 'Til Tomorrow     2:51
08. Pale Skin     5:27
09. Lacy Loo     2:54
10. Head In The Clouds     2:03
11. How It Should Be     2:38
12. Picture Perfect     2:48
13. Bronze    4:00
14. Ladylike / Whatta Bitch     1:53
15. You Won't Do     5:26


Bass – Sage Nicole
Drums – Maxx Morando
Lead Guitar – Genessa Gariano
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar – Lydia Night


Be soft, be shy, read a book and learn to cook
Be nice, be dumb, clean the floors and wash your pores
Be light, be small, wear a dress below your knees, not less
Be insecure, be a wife, cater to one man for the rest of your life.

I heard that that girl Lydia is such a fucking bitch
I heard that she's a feminist so she must not shave her pits
I heard that that girl Lydia is nothin' but trouble
So if she comes your way you better book it on the double.

Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo

Lydia got asked out by this cute boy at my school, Jim
Apparently she said no 'cause she was just not into him
But clearly that's not true and she's just a lesbian
Or she's fucking crazy and belongs in the looney bin.

Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo

I heard that that girl Lydia plays guitar or some shit
I heard she's in a band like, "Wow you're so cool we get it"
I heard that girl Lydia is nothin' but trouble
So if she comes your way you better book it on the double.

Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah ooooo
Wah oo wah wah wah

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Merrell Fankhauser: Going Round My Mind - The Merrell Fanklhauser Anthology (Mu: 2 Albums + Merrell Fankhauser: The Maui Album)


A cult hero with an eclectic body of work, Merrell Fankhauser is a guitarist and songwriter whose

repertoire embraces surf music, folk-rock, psychedelia, and several stops in between. While his earliest work was rooted in straightforward rock & roll (Merrell & the Exiles) and surf (the Impacts), he began exploring more ambitious musical and lyrical themes with his folk-rock group Fapardokly, and he dug in even further with the pop-psychedelia of Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty.
He took a deep dive into tales of lost continents, UFOs, and spiritual searchers with his next project,

Mu, who blended acid rock, blues, and progressive accents.
In his solo work, Fankhauser focused on artful soft rock with expansive guitar work; an excellent overview of his most fertile period can be found in the 2022 box set Goin' Round in My Mind: The Merrell Fankhauser Anthology 1964-1979.

Merrell Fankhauser – Goin' Round My Mind - The Merrell Fankhauser Anthology
Label: Grapefruit Records – CRSEGBOX120
Format: 6 x CD, Compilation Box Set
Country: Europe
Released: Oct 28, 2022
Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Surf, Blues Rock, Folk Rock

DISC 4: MU - MU 1971


Fankhauser had become fascinated with the legend of a lost continent off the coast of Hawaii called Mu, and as he teamed up with Jeff Cotton (back from his stint with Beefheart) on guitar and reed instruments, Larry Willey on bass, and Randy Wilmer on drums, he dubbed the new

group Mu.
Mu's self-titled debut album, a beguiling mix of psychedelia, blues, and prog rock, came out in 1971 on the independent RTV label, and was reissued by United Artists in 1974 as Lemurian Music. By the time the UA edition had appeared, the band had relocated from California to Maui, Hawaii, but while Mu recorded enough material for a second LP, the material went unreleased until the '80s, appearing under the titles End of an Era and The Last Album. Mu broke up in 1975,

One of the best overlooked albums of the early '70s. Daring rhythms and song structures that build off

the blues without following the standard three-chord/12-bar progressions, occasional modal jazzy sax by Cotton, and great slide guitar combine to form one of the most unclassifiable recordings of the time, with a high-spirited lightness that avoids the heavy excesses that sometimes burdened late-period psychedelia.

In the late '70s and early '80s, Fankhauser's work, especially his more psychedelic projects, began

attracting a new audience among collectors and crate-diggers, and a number of his albums were reissued in pirate pressings; several would reappear in authorized editions from Sundazed Records. In 1986, Fankhauser released a studio set, Doctor Fankhauser, that included guitar work from John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service.



01. Ain't No Blues   4:02
02. Ballad Of Brother Lew    4:34
03. Blue Form   4:07
04. Interlude   1:59
05. Nobody Wants To Shine   4:14
06. Eternal Thirst   9:36
07. Too Naked For Demetrius   2:36
08. Mumbella Baye Tu La   3:24
09. The Clouds Went That Way   3:23


10. You've Been Here Before    2:57
11. One More Day    2:32
12. On Our Way To Hana    2:15



Bass, Vocals – Larry Willey
Guitar, Saxophone, Vocals – Jeff Cotton
Guitar, Vocals – Merrell Fankhauser
Percussion – Randy Wimer
Written-By – Jeff Cotton (tracks: 1, 3 to 8), Merrell Fankhauser (tracks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)

Flac Size: 271 MB



This intriguing early-'70s Southern Californian group featured the talents of singer/songwriter Merrell Fankhauser (who was also at the helm of cult classics in the '60s by Fapardokly and HMS Bounty) and

Jeff Cotton, previously slide guitarist with Captain Beefheart. Their sole album (from 1971) is a gem of the late hippie era, combining the fractured blues-based tangents of Beefheart with the loose flow and stoned lyricism of bands like the late-'60s Grateful Dead. After a couple more singles, Mu moved to Maui and cut a fair amount of unreleased material before breaking up around 1974. Their eponymous album, as well as a lot of their unreleased material, was reissued in the '80s.



01. The Land Of Mu    2:05
02. Make A Joyful Noise   2:43
03. Haleakala   2:31
04. Blue Jay Blue    3:21
05. Showering Rain    3:36
06. I Saw Your Photograph    3:43
07. It's Love That Sings The Song    3:29
08. You And I    2:49
09. Calling From A Star   2:09
10. Waiting For The Sun    2:43
11. Children Of The Rainbow    1:11
12. Who Will Write This Song    3:25
13. Daybreak Sunshine    3:52
14. Drink From The Fountain    4:44
15. The Love We Bare    2:34
16. In Mu    3:05
17. You're Not The Only One    2:59
18. End Of An Era    3:11
19. Earth News Interview    3:43
20. The Awakening    3:00


Bass – Jeff Parker
Drums, Vocals – Randy Wimer
Guitar, Vocals, Bass – Merrell Fankhauser
Guitar, Vocals, Bass Clarinet – Jeff Cotton
Violin – Mary Lee
Written-By – Jeff Cotton (tracks: 2, 3), Merrell Fankhauser

Flac Size: 333 MB



In 2022, the British Cherry Red label issued Goin' Round In My Mind: The Merrell Fankhauser

Anthology 1964-1979, an expansive six-disc box set that included plentiful material from Fankhauser's major groups of the era, including Merrell & the Exiles, Fapardokly, Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty, and Mu, as well as extensive liner notes.



01. Lovely Lady    3:33
02. I Saw Your Photograph    3:34
03. We Were All Free    1:53
04. On Our Way To Hana    3:21
05. Make A Joyful Noise   3:50
06. Garden In The Rain    3:12
07. Waterfall    2:54
08. La La Does The Boo Ru    2:06
09. Sail It Over The Ocean    3:12
10. Love Is All There Is    2:13
11. The Source    3:54


12. Some Of Them Escaped   4:29
13. The Wind Cried Maui    2:09
14. Peace In The World    3:34
15. Matthew's Dream    4:22
16. Dharmic Connection    2:55
17. Calling From A Star   3:11

Flac Size: 314 MB

You can find Discs 1-2-3 on Urban Aspirines HERE