Monday, August 27, 2018

Died Pretty : Free Dirt 1986

Died Pretty was formed in 1983 in Sydney after vocalist Ron Peno had left his previous band, Screaming Tribesmen. Peno had been a member of Sydney punk band The Hellcats (as Ronnie Pop, 1977), and followed with The 31st (in Brisbane, 1979–1981) and Screaming Tribesmen (Brisbane then Sydney, 1981–1983).

In April 1983, music journalist and keyboardist Frank Brunetti of Super K had formed a duo with lead guitarist and vocalist Brett Myers from The End (in Brisbane then Sydney).
Myers was a fan of American group Velvet Underground and the duo modelled themselves after experimental New York protopunk band Suicide.

Brunetti suggested Peno join as singer and their first five performances were in Brisbane under the name Final Solution, after the song by Pere Ubu.[4] Peno provided the name Died Pretty, and on drums, they recruited Rob Younger (Radio Birdman, Super K) for two months.

After various bass guitarists, Jonathan Lickliter joined and Younger was replaced by Colin Barwick both from The End with Myers.

Free Dirt is the first full-length album by Australian alternative rock band Died Pretty, released in 1986. The album was repackaged in 2008 by Aztec Music with a second CD containing seven singles and six live recordings from 1986.

The band's first full-length album found the group starting to come into its own more and more. While the various influences that can be referred to are still present, Died Pretty are starting to sound more like a group finding a distinct sound instead of taking a cue from good influences.

Helped in the studio by a variety of guests on everything from sax to pedal steel guitar, and with good, full production from Rob Younger continuing the job he started with the Pre-Deity tracks, Free Dirt is a fine, fiery effort.

"Wig-Out" serves as good an example of its quality as any -- with martial drumming and a very Celtic drinking tune atmosphere made just that much more intense by being performed on rock instruments; it shows how the band hotwires the past for its own purposes. Opening song "Blue Sky Day" is, perhaps, the band's best-yet, an energetic but never overbearing rocker with a comfortable glow and surge to it, Brett Myers' really wonderful guitar matched by the additional performances on mandolin and violin.


    Frank Brunetti – keyboards
    Tim Fagan – saxophone
    Graham Lee – pedal steel
    Mark Lock – bass
    Brett Myers – guitar, vocals
    John Papanis – mandolin
    Ron S. Peno – vocals
    Louis Tillett – piano
    Julian Watchhorn – violin
    Chris Welsh – percussion, drums

Track listing

01. Blue Sky Day – 3:29
02. Round and Round – 2:41
03. Wig-Out – 3:06
04. Laughing Boy – 3:34
05. Through Another Door (Myers) – 3:17
06. Life to Go (Landsakes) – 5:31

07. Just Skin (Myers) – 6:37
08. The 2000 Year Old Murder – 4:31
09. Next to Nothing – 6:47
10. Stoneage Cinderella (Atkinson, Myers, Peno) – 3:19


    Free Dirt (August 1986)
    Lost (June 1988)
    Every Brilliant Eye (1990) – AUS #79[5]
    Doughboy Hollow (1991) – AUS #24[5]
    Trace (1993) – AUS #11[5]
    Sold (1996) – AUS #29[5]
    Using My Gills as a Roadmap (1998)
    Everydaydream (2000)

Label : What Goes On
Format : Vinyl, LP, Album
Made in : France
Country : Australia
Released : 1986
Genre : Rock
Style : Alternative Rock 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

MDC : Millions Of Dead Cops 1982 + Multi Death Corporation : "7" 1983 + Millions Of Dead Children / Chicken Squawk : "7" 1984 + Live At CBGB's 1983 + Stains : "7" 1980

Formed in the late 1970s as The Stains and playing their first gig under this name in August 1980, MDC were one of three pioneering hardcore punk bands in Austin, Texas, in the early '80s, alongside The Dicks and Big Boys.
These bands frequently played together and established the Austin hardcore scene.

Based in San Francisco during the '80s, MDC trumped the Dead Kennedys by performing politically charged hardcore punk that was arguably more extreme than what got the Kennedys into trouble.

Alternately known as Multi-Death Corporation, Millions of Dead Cops, or Millions of Damn Christians, the group formed in Texas in 1980 but moved to the West Coast by the time of their first release, a 1981 7"
titled "John Wayne Was a Nazi." After their album debut, 1982's Millions of Dead Cops, the band released a 1983 EP but then was silent for several years.
They released one single as the Stains in 1981, featuring a slower version of the future MDC song "John Wayne Was a Nazi" backed with "Born to Die".Both songs were later released on the debut MDC album.

During the summer of 1982 they became involved in the Rock Against Reagan Tour.
By 1982 the band had relocated to San Francisco, California, and renamed themselves MDC. By this point the band were active participants in the growing hardcore scene and released their debut LP Millions of Dead Cops on their own label, R Radical; Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles helped with distribution.

Their involvement in the Rock Against Reagan activities continued through 1983 and they returned to recording with the EP "Multi-Death Corporations" which was distributed in the UK by British anarcho-punk label Crass Records and R Radical in the U.S.
The EP broke new ground by addressing, in the lengthy liner notes and artwork, the growth of corporations and the violent suppression of left-wing politics in Central America.

In 1984 they released another EP, Millions of Dead Children (also known as Chicken Squawk), this time dealing with vegetarian and vegan issues via a cowpunk tune.

The album is now widely considered a punk classic, and features songs such as "John Wayne Was a Nazi", "Dick for Brains", and the harsh criticism of the police, "I Remember". Other targets of criticism devoid of irony included capitalism ("Corporate Death Burger"), homophobia ("America's So Straight"),and American culture ("Violent Rednecks").
 It was like they thought there was something to be gained politically from cops busting the heads of kids, the old Yippies routine.... [C]onfrontational barricades politics are tactics that failed, only helped those they were intended to hurt. Now that was an awful thing for me to say right? But when MDC met with Crass in England, Crass told them they were bothered by the name Millions of Dead Cops and wouldn't include them on a compilation album they were plotting unless they changed it. So Mega Death Corporation was born.

Their third album, This Blood's for You, followed in 1987 and saw them continuing to showcase orthodox hardcore punk style and classic rock, including a cover of the Cream song "Politician". Themes again included intervention in Central America and criticism of the Reagan Administration. MDC toured Europe in 1988, where the live album Elvis - In the Rhineland was recorded. The band released the album Metal Devil Cokes in 1989 with guitar player Eric Calhoun and bassist Joe Strom.

The 1990s opened with a number of lineup changes, swiftly followed by the 1991 album Hey Cop! If I Had a Face Like Yours..., featuring Bill Collins (formerly of Fang, Special Forces, Intensified Chaos) on guitar and Matt Freeman (of Operation Ivy and Rancid) on bass. Collins wrote all the music on the album and sang three of the songs. This lineup toured the US and Europe. The acclaimed Shades of Brown album appeared in 1993, released by New Red Archives in the U.S. and We Bite in Europe.

MDC's singer, Dave Dictor, returned with an entirely new backing line-up in 2000, which included Long Island musicians Matt Van Cura,(bass) Erik Mischo,(guitar) and John Soldo,(Drums). MDC released a new album, Magnus Dominus Corpus, in 2004.

In November 2016, MDC released a video for the forthcoming release of a new recording of "Born to Die",[7] made to protest the Donald Trump presidential campaign. The song's slogan "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA" was reported to be heard at anti-Trump demonstrations in Chicago.


    Stains - "John Wayne was a Nazi" 7", R Radical Records, 1980
    Millions of Dead Cops - "John Wayne was a Nazi" 7", R Radical Records, 1981
    Multi-Death Corporations - "Multi-Death Corporations" EP, Crass Records, 1983
    Millions of Dead Children - "Chicken Squawk" EP, R Radical Records, 1984


    Millions of Dead Cops (1982)
    Smoke Signals (1986)
    This Blood's for You (1987)
    It's The Real Thing (1989)
    Hey Cop, If I Had A Face Like Yours (1991)
    Shades of Brown (1993)
    Magnus Dominus Corpus (2004)
    Mein Trumpf (2017)

M.D.C.– Millions Of Dead Cops - Millennium Edition
Label : Beer City Records – BCR175-2
Format : CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country : US
Released : 28 Nov 2014
Genre : Rock
Style : Hardcore, Punk


    Millions Of Dead Cops 1982


01. Business On Parade    
02. Dead Cops / America's So Straight    
03. Born To Die    
04. Corporate Deathburger    
05. Violent Rednecks    
06. I Remember    
07. John Wayne Was A Nazi    
08. Dick For Brains    
09. I Hate Work    
10. My Family Is A Little Weird    
11. Greedy & Pathetic    
12. Church And State    
13. Kill The Light    
14. American Achievements
    Multi Death Corporations  : "7" 1983

15. Multi Death Corporations    
16. Selfish Shit    
17. Radioactive Chocolate    
18. No Place To Piss
    Millions Of Dead Children / Chicken Squawk  : "7" 1984

19. Chicken Squawk    
20. Death Of A Nun    
21. Kleptomaniac    
22. (R)Evolution In Rock    
23. Pay To Come Along    
24. Pecking Order
        MDC - Live At CBGB's 1983, Beer City Records BCR190-1, 2015 (Limited to 1000 copies, on translucent green vinyl)

25. Intro    
26. Multi Death Corporation    
27. Selfish Shit    
28. Pay To Come Along    
29. Dick For Brains    
30. I Remember    
31. John Wayne Was A Nazi    
32. Warning To Bouncer    
33. Born To Die    
34. Radioactive Chocolate    
35. (R)Evolution In Rock    
36. Corporate Deathburger    
37. Greedy & Pathetic    
38. Church And State (Intro)    
39. Church And State    
40. Business On Parade    
41. Dead Cops / America's So Straight
    Stains  : "7" 1980

42. John Wayne Was A Nazi    
43. Born To Die


    Backing Vocals [Back-up Vocals] – Buxf, J.J., Tammy
    Bass [On Half The Album] – Franc'o, Mike Offender
    Cover [Front Cover Art Adapted By] – Carlos Lowry
    Cover [Original Front Cover Art] – Raul Valdez (2)
    Drums [Stix] – Alschvitz
    Engineer [Mastering Engineer] – Eric Wolfe
    Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Dan Yaney
    Guitar [Gits] – Ron
    Vocals [Guts] – David

 MDC – John Wayne Was A Nazi  Lyrics

John Wayne was a Nazi
He liked to play S.S.
He had a picture of Adolph ole' boy
Tucked in his cowboy vest.

Well, he would string up your mama
Sure he would torture your pop
Sure he would march you up to the wall
Sure he would hang you by your last ball.

He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi, life evens the score
He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi

John Wayne slaughtered our Indian brothers
Burned their villages and raped their mothers
Now he has given them a white man's lord
"Live by this, or die by my sword!"

He was a nazi!
He's not anymore
He was a nazi, life evens the score
He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi

John Wayne killed a lot of gooks in war.
We don't give a fuck about John anymore.
We know his tale of blood and gore,
Just another pawn for the capitalist whore.

He was a nazi!
He's not anymore
He was a nazi, life evens the score
He was a nazi!
But not anymore
He was a nazi

John Wayne wore an army uniform
Didn't like us reds and fags that didn't conform
Great White Hero had so much nerve,
Lived much longer than he deserved

You were a nazi!
You're not anymore
You were a nazi, life evens the score
You were a nazi!
But not anymore
You were a nazi

Late show Indian or Mexican dies
Klan propaganda legitimized
Hypocrite coward never fought a real fight
When i see John i'm ashamed to be white
Death Bed Christian of this you avowed
If god's alive, you'll roast in Hell
Well done, we've got no regrets,
As long as you died a long and painful death.

You were a nazi!
You're not anymore
You were a nazi, death evened the score
You were a nazi!
But not anymore
You were a nazi!
Death evened the score,
You're dead, dead, dead.

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Milwaukee, WI 53201-1759
Ph. 414.672.9948

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Screamin' Jay Hawkins : Portrait Of A Man 1972

Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins (July 18, 1929 – February 12, 2000) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You", he sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him an early pioneer of shock rock.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Hawkins studied classical piano as a child and learned guitar in his twenties. His initial goal was to become an opera singer (Hawkins cited Paul Robeson as his musical idol in interviews), but when his initial ambitions failed he began his career as a conventional blues singer and pianist.

Hawkins' most successful recording, "I Put a Spell on You" (1956), was selected as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. According to the AllMusic Guide to the Blues,
"Hawkins originally envisioned the tune as a refined ballad." The entire band was intoxicated during a recording session where "Hawkins screamed, grunted, and gurgled his way through the tune with utter drunken abandon." The resulting performance was no ballad but instead a "raw, guttural track" that became his greatest commercial success and reportedly surpassed a million copies in sales,although it failed to make the Billboard pop or R&B charts.

"I Put a Spell On You" became a classic cult song, covered by a variety of artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nina Simone, Alan Price, The Animals, Them with Van Morrison, Arthur Brown, Bryan Ferry, Buddy Guy with Carlos Santana, Tim Curry, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Nick Cave in a concert only version, Marilyn Manson, Mica Paris with David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and Joss Stone, Diamanda Galas, and Annie Lennox in 2014 for her Grammy nominated album Nostalgia. Hawkins' original "I Put a Spell on You" was featured during the show and over the credits of Episode 303 of The Simpsons.

Portrait of a Man is a collection of rarities and obscurities from a man whose very career was filled with arcania.
Of course, it contains the original version of "I Put a Spell on You," but what Screamin' Jay Hawkins collection doesn't? The main point of the disc is rarities that aren't anywhere else, whether it's a remake of "I Put a Spell on You" or his freak English hit "Heart Attack and Vine.

" There are more interesting things here than the average Screamin' album, which is both good ("Mountain Jive" ) and bad ("Armpit No. 6"). Either way, it's one of the handful of Hawkins compilations that aren't strict hits collections but are worth hearing.

01. Little Demon
Orchestra – The Leroy Kirkland Orchestra 2:24
02. I Put A Spell On You
Orchestra – The Leroy Kirkland Orchestra 2:26
03. Baptize Me In WIne     2:30
04. Not Anymore     2:55
05. I Hear Voices
Backing Band – The Chicken Hawks Orchestra – The Teddy McCrea Orchestra 2:55
06. Just Don't Care
Backing Band – The Chicken Hawks Orchestra – The Teddy McCrea Orchestra 2:20
07. Ashes
Backing Vocals – Shoutin' Pat Newborn 2:29
08. There's Something Wrong With You     2:30
09. Strange
Orchestra – The Sammy Lowe Orchestra 2:08
10. The Whammy
Orchestra – The Sammy Lowe Orchestra 2:38
11. All Night
Orchestra – The Leroy Kirkland Orchestra 2:00
12. Poor Folks
Orchestra – The Walter Young Orchestra 2:57
13. Your Kind Of Love
Orchestra – The Walter Young Orchestra 2:17
14. Mountain Jive     2:12
15. Voodoo
Written-By – Joey Levine, Marc Bellack 2:25
16. You Put A Spell On Me     3:40
17. Portrait Of A Man     4:12
18. Ol' Man River
Written-By – Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II 5:56
19. Heart Attack & Vine
Written-By – Tom Waits 4:22
20. I Don't Know
Written-By – Willie Mabon 3:17
21. Don't Deceive Me     3:42
22. Whistling Past The Graveyard
Written-By – Tom Waits 3:37
23. Armpit NO. 6     3:36
24. I Put A Spell On You (1979 Version)
Guitar – Keith Richards 2:57
25. Scream The Blues
Written-By – Robert Duffey  3:31

Release Date 1972
Duration : 01:17:49
Genre : Rock & Blues
Styles : Early R&B , Rock & Roll