Sunday, March 20, 2016

Screamin' Jay Hawkins and The Fuzztones : Live EP 1985


American musician, singer and actor, born 18 July 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and died 12 February 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

 Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You" and "Constipation Blues," Hawkins sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him perhaps the first shock rocker.


The Fuzztones have achieved legendary status as cult faves during their 29 year career. Their fiery brand of Garage-Psych-Punk pre-dated the entire "Garage Revival" of the 1980's and has influenced hundreds of groups, from the Hives to the Horrors.


“Hooking up veteran soul singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, a guy who has been singing since the fifties, with New York garage band heroes The Fuzztones is not as strange a combination as at first it seems.

This four cut EP, recorded live at a benefit Christmas party last year at Irving Plaza, finds Jay in good voice and raunchy good humor, and as he puts it, the young band really seems to give him a kick.

He somehow manages to slip a reference to AIDS in ‘Alligator Wine,’ and ‘Constipation Blues’ is almost painful to listen to, with Hawkins doing his best impression of an outhouse. Yet the classic “I Put A Spell On You” never sounded better than in this raunch revisionist setting.

And there’s even a Christmas song for people who hate Christmas songs, a truly wonderful piece called ‘It’s That Time Again.’ It’s mostly good fun, and Screamin’ Jay sounds like he’s having a blast. Everyone should have so much fun after doing their thing for so long.” –Hank Bordowitz

The Fuzztones and Screamin' Jay Hawkins – Live
Label : Midnight Records– MIRLP 114
Format : Vinyl, 12", Mini-Album
Country : US
Released : 1985
Genre : Rock, Blues
Style : Blues Rock, Garage Rock


A1 Alligator Wine
Written-By – Leiber & Stoller
A2 I Put A Spell On You
Written-By – J. Hawkins
B1 It's That Time Again
Written-By – J. Hawkins
B2 Constipation Blues
Written-By – J. Hawkins

Bass – Michael Jay
Drums – Ira Elliot
Guitar – Elan Portnoy
Guitar, Harp – Rudi Protrudi
Organ – Deb O'Nair
Photography By [Back] – Tom Bessoir
Photography By [Cover, Inner Sleeve] – Lisa Seifert
Vocals, Piano – Screamin' Jay Hawkins


Live Recording from a show which took place on December 19, 1984 at Irving Plaza, NYC.
Contains a Midnight Records' flyer with a big picture of SJH & the Fuzztones at the Irving Plaza N.Y.C.


FLAC HERE : Size : 133 MB
MP3  HERE : Size : 50,9 MB Flac & Mp3

Screamin' Jay Hawkins on this Blog HERE
The Fuzztones on this Blog HERE

Monday, March 07, 2016

VA : Garage Explosion De 60's - MONDO FARFISA Vol 1.

This is a Various Artists compilation,about Psych - Garage Bands during the 60's

01. Eddie Cunningam & The Lone Rangers

Obscure outfit from west Texas, signed to Sea Ell Records and appearing on its short-lived subsidiary Kemo Sabe imprint for one single, the garage punk classic "Girl Don't Change Your Mind," before disappearing. But what a record!--two minutes plus of teen frustrations and yearnings all wrapped up in crunchy guitars and swelling, swirling organ.

02. The Inkeepers

03. Brian Redmond and The Soundbox

Label : Regency (2) – R 983
Format : Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Country : Canada

04. Those Rogues

 Another band from Sault Ste Marie are (Those) Rogues, who have a fine and rare double-sider on Algoma, “Wish I Could See You Again” / “Girl”.
Members were Bryan Primeau organ and vocals, Rick Rogers guitar, Terry Davey on saxophone, Harvey Bell on bass and Mike Jargan on drums. Terry Davey left the group sometime before they recorded their 45.

Those Rogues was a garage band from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada. The band cut two singles in the late 1960's on Algoma records, "Wish I could see you again" and "Girl". Considered the number two band out of the Steel City in the 1960's, the number one group was The Amen, who also cut two singles 'Carnivals and Cotton Candy and Peter Zeus"

05. Mark Markham and The Jesters

Formed : Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
Members : Mark Markham, Bob Karney, Dean, Scott

Label : Power Records (33) – 4225
Format : Vinyl, 7", Single
Country : US
Released : 1966

06. The Better Half Dozen

The Better Half-Dozen were an American garage rock band formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1965. The group was immensely popular as a cover band in teen dance clubs. They released one single called "I'm Gonna Leave You", which, despite insufficient promotion, became a regional favorite, and has since been uncovered by garage rock enthusiasts.

07. Painted Ship

Alumni of Vancouver, BC's largely unheralded '60s music scene, this quartet consisted of buckskin-clad Bill Hay (vocals), Bob Rowden (guitar), Ken Wain (keyboards) and Barry Rowden (drums). The band cut two
late-'60s singles with the London label: "Little White Lies" b/w "Frustration" and "Audience Reflections" b/w "And She Said 'Yes.'" "Frustration" seethes with primal angst. Its structure recalls the Castaways' "Liar Liar," with organ runs from Uzbekhistanm -- or the Hindu Kush. "Lies," Hays said, was "a parody of a swaggering rock star." The band was told to record "something more commercial than 'Frustration.'" They did just that. Frat-house rhythms and sneered, snotty vocals make "Lies" a true punk classic. A monster hit in BC, the single met with less acclaim internationally, despite U.S. airplay. The Painted Ship floundered -- the Rowdens later affiliating with Vancouver group the Look. Both "Lies" and "Frustration" were featured on the 1983 Vancouver Record Collectors' Association rerelease History of Vancouver Rock and Roll, Volume 3.

08. The Witness Inc

The Witness Inc. came out of Saskatoon in the central Canadian province of Saskatchewan and immediately became a touring sensation in the western provinces. They released a series of 45s which became increasingly pop after the second. The band finally caught on in Ontario after several years and many personnel changes.The original band consisted of Kenny Shields vocals, Ed Clynton guitar, Dennis Tremeer bass, Les Bateman organ and piano, and Craig Kaleal on drums. I was surprised to learn that the band traveled to New Mexico to record their first 45, probably at Norman Petty’s studio in Clovis.

09. Lincon St. Exit

In early 1969 Lincoln St. Exit, Mike Martinez, Mac Suazo, RC Gariss and Lee Herrerra recorded in Clovis New Mexico at the Norman Petty Studios and the song "Soulful Drufter" emerged from the "Drive It" Album. The album was distributed by Mainstream Records.
Groups like Janis Joplin (Pre Columbia Records) and Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent’s group) recorded for the label at the same time.  Soulful Drifter gained radio station play and Exit had a hit record along the Great Lakes Area.  The airplay was enough to catch the ear of Motown records in Detroit.

 10. Sights and Sounds

11. The Just Luv

Valley Of Hate / Good Good Lovin' (7")     M-S Records     MS-216.
This band released just this one obscurity then were gone. It's thought  that they were from Detroit, Michigan but apart from that they're a  mystery.'Valley Of Hate' is a primevil garage protest with strong late 60s folk rock overtones.
It's got some killer fuzz guitar breaks over a two note  organ riff and judging from the lyrics it's most likely about an  encounter in Vietnam.

Joe Nazelli (guitar)
Rick Hoffman (keyboards)
Dave Rossi (drums)
Frank Rossi (bass and vocals)

Only 100 records were pressed. The group kept some copies and the rest were sold at gigs or given away.

12. Laymen

 Phil Watlington played bass in Pensacola's popular rock and roll combo, The Laymen.  The Laymen were different from other local groups of the area due to their versatility.  Although they also played driving rock and roll, they excelled at harmony, love songs and smooth melodies, and this sound was captured perfectly on their lone 45 single.  Watlington's rock and roll career ended with The Laymen, but he went on to bigger and better ventures; he's currently an author of two non-fiction books, with his first fiction book due for release this year.

13. The Velvet Illusions

The Velvet Illusions, also known as Georgy and the Velvet Illusions and the Illusions, were an American garage rock band formed in Yakima, Washington in 1965. The group, with influences spanning from R&B standards, the British Invasion, to early psychedelia, released five singles in their brief recording career. Despite never breaking out nationally, the band's music has been revived, thanks, in large part, to its inclusion on several compilation albums, most notably Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets: 1965–1968.

14. The Lemon Fog

The Lemon Fog were an American garage rock and psychedelic band from Houston, Texas who were active form 1965-1970. They were one of the earliest bands to emerge from the Houston psychedelic scene, and recorded several singles for Orbit Records. They also recorded a number of outtakes and demos which have been posthumously released.

15. The Wanted

The Wanted released eight songs on six different singles, four on The Detroit Sound and two national releases on A&M. The names of the band are well-known: they put them on the labels of their 45s. Other information is not easy to come by and I don’t find them mentioned in any detail in my usual sources.

Arnie DeClark – rhythm guitar
Dave Fermstrum – organ
Bill Montgomery – bass
Tim Shea – lead
Chip Steiner – drums

The Wanted Detroit Sound 45 Lots More Where You Came FromAll their releases have excellent songs. “Here to Stay” is an amazingly mature ballad, with a great nasal lead vocal, written by Tim Shea and Chip Steiner.

16. The Sparkles

The Sparkles were an American garage rock band from Levelland, Texas, that were active between 1957 and 1972.[1] However, the most popular version of the band was the line-up that existed from 1965 to 1967, and which recorded the songs "No Friend of Mine" and "Hipsville 29 B. C."

Though affiliated with the fertile Texas garage and psych scene of the 1960s by virtue of their underground classic "No Friend of Mine," the Sparkles dated back to 1957 and continued their performing career until 1972, a longer run than virtually any of their Lone Star State contemporaries. Formed in Levelland, the Sparkles were originally comprised of guitarists Stan Smith and Carl Huckaby, bassist Bob Donnell, pianist Johnny Waller, sibling saxophonists Guy and Jesse Balew, and drummer Gary Blakey. They made their first recordings in 1958 for legendary producer Norman Petty, but the session never saw commercial release.

17. The Debonaires

Released in July 1966
45 rpm Single
Genre : Garage,Psychedelic

The Debonaires "Never Mistaken" b/w "Summertime" on Rite Records grom 1966!
This great garage Punk band hailed from the southwest Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, IL. Great two sided record! "Never Mistaken" is a very snotty girl put down punker! Lead vocals by John Carey! Very rare and hard to find!

18. The Kidds

As part of the Beaumont, Texas teen scene, The Kidds performed at all the area teen clubs and played The Golden Triangle.  Although they had plans to record a single, their lack of a B-side prevented the desire from becoming reality.  Bassist John Schmidt joined the band after its formation, and left prior to its disbanding, but was an integral part of the group’s success.

19. The Sunsets

Cardiff revival Rock 'n' Roll band formed in 1968.

20. The Motivation

Label : Ramrod Records (2) – RS-1008
Format : Vinyl, 7"
Country : Australia
Released : 1968
Genre : Garage Rock

21. Sound Extraction

Mayfield, Kentucky garage rock group active in the mid-1960s.
I Feel Like Crying / Tina (7", Single)     J-Three Records - JS-509


22. Dicky and The Saldos

23. The Media

Format : 45
Label : HMS M4
Year : 1967
Origin : Calgary, Alberta
Genre : psych, garage

01. Eddie Cunningam & The Lone Rangers : Girl Don't Change Your Mind
02. The Inkeepers : Wanted
03. Brian Redmond and The Soundbox : I Want You
04. Those Rogues : Girl
05. Mark Markham and The Jesters : Goin'Back To Marlboro Country
06. Better Half Dozen : I'm Gonna Leave You
07. Painted Ship : Frustation
08. The Witness Inc : Not You Girl
09. Lincon St. Exit : Sunny Sunday Dream
10. Sights and Sounds : Plastic People
11. The Just Luv : Valley Of Hate
12. Laymen : Society Rules
13. The Velvet Illusions : Acid Head
14. The Lemon Fog : Summer
15. The Wanted : Here To Stay
16. The Sparkles : I Want To Be Free
17. The Debonaires : Never Mistaken
18. The Kids : Straighten Up and Fly Right
19. The Sunsets : I Want Love
20. Motivation : Boy Mets Girl
21. Sound Extraction : I Feel Like Crying
22. Dicky and The Saldos : You Can't Believe It
23. The Media : Endless Dream

Label : G.O.D Records Garden Of Dream Records )

Format : CD
HERE on MP3 @ 320
HERE on FLAC : SIZE : 297 MB

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

GusGus : This Is Normal 1999

[ Artist Biography by John Bush

 As a quirky, several-member co-ed band from Reykjavik, Iceland, GusGus were almost bound to inspire comparisons to the Sugarcubes, though a mid-'90s arrival caused the group to inherit influences from contemporary club music as well as trip-hop, rather than the post-punk lunacy that inspired the Sugarcubes during the late '80s. Associations with a pair of the hippest independent labels -- first England's 4AD, and then Germany's Kompakt -- powered the group's sustained profile from the late '90s through the mid-2010s.

Formed as a cinema collective in early 1995 by filmmakers Stefan Arni ?orgeirsson and Sigur?ur Kjartansson, the group gradually expanded to include musicians such as DJ Magnus Gu?mundsson (aka Herb Legowitz) and programmer Birgir ?orarinsson, as well as singer/songwriters Daniel Agust Haraldsson, Hafdis Huld ?rastardottir, and Magnus Jonsson (former actors all), producer Baldur Stefansson, and a few additional members.

The band's decidedly indie sensibilities led to its signing by 4AD after a self-released, self-titled album was issued in 1995. Among a handful of groups in the late '90s with access to both close-knit dance circles as well as the uptight indie community, GusGus gained support from LFO (with Mark Bell's remix of "Believe")
and one of London's most celebrated DJ stores, Fat Cat Records, while playing its first date in England. Awarded a combined U.S./U.K. release due to 4AD's agreement with Warner Bros., GusGus' Polydistortion -- which included ten of the songs from their 1995 album in remixed form -- hit stores in 1997. The more song-oriented and house-rooted This Is Normal followed in 1999. ]

[  AllMusic Review by Heather Phares 

Gus Gus' second album, This Is Normal, heralds their discovery that they are first and foremost a pop band. While the spacious, sophisticated electronica they developed on their debut (Polydistortion) is still evident,
 This Is Normal's smooth, streamlined finish has more than a nodding acquaintance with dance-pop. ]
This Is Normal is the third studio album by the Icelandic group GusGus. It was released in 1999 on 4AD Records.

Released : 26 April 1999
Genre :    Electronica,Trip hop
Length : 53:35
Label :    4AD
Producer : GusGus, Pall Borg, Alfred More


01. Ladyshave
02. Teenage Sensation
03. Starlovers
04. Superhuman
05. Very Important People
06. Bambi
07. Snoozer
08. Blue Mug
09. Acid Milk
10. Love Vs Hate
11. Dominique

MP3 . Size : 144 MB
FLAC . Size : 355 MB