Monthly Archive for February, 2008

“Rainbow” by Jerry Adams

adams.jpgSmooth reggae groove with some nice synthy effects. Honestly, though, I just think this one is a great song.

This one is also produced by T.T., who I noted in drnrn!’s first real post. I’ve managed to track down several other cuts produced by this guy, and I’ll post some more soon. This, I think, is the most traditional one I’ve got.

Jerry Adams, “Rainbow” from the Tuff Beat 12″(1980)

“Back Too Black” by Keith Levene

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Strange white-vinyl EP from PiL’s (and early Clash member) Keith Levene released about a year after he left the group. I had to post both the front and back cover images because I love the picture of him with the boombox. You really get the sense that he’s going it alone until you realize someone had to take that shot.

Levene left PiL over disagreements during the recording of their breakthrough This Is What You Want… This Is What You Get (which was rerecorded after Levene’s departure). Levene released his versions of the songs on Commercial Zone. This is pretty much where PiL changed course, from great post-punk band to pretty-great pop band. I still got love for you, late 80s/early 90s PiL!

But my loyalty lies with the originals like Levene and Jah Wobble, who continued to release interesting, funky, and inspired music well after their PiL years. This rough and dubby track is representative of the whole EP, which lived on a Penelope Spheeris movie soundtrack and on his Violent Opposition album.

Keith Levene, “Back Too Black” from the 2011 Back Too Black LP on (1984)
Keith and Jon Lydon on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show (around the release of Second Edition, I believe):[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/uc3KDmX96jw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

“Gutter Press” by Richard Strange

strange.jpgNice sloppy upbeat number from Richard Strange‘s 1980 debut solo album. Amazing imagery on this album cover.

From his website:

His rumbustious and unpredictable life has led him to cross paths with characters as diverse as The Sex Pistols and Princess Diana, John Cleese, Grace Jones and Damien Hirst.

Who else can say that? Especially when you throw “rumbustious” “Grace Jones” in there.

Richard Strange, “Gutter Press” from the The Live Rise Of Richard Strange LP on ZE Records (1980)

“Tempest” by Drop Nineteens

drop.jpgThis is a rocking Pixiesish track from a post-shoegaze-phase Drop Ninteens. & it’s about Boston!

I find this song a bit shocking; especially after listening to the rest of the Drop Nineteens’ Caroline and Hut records releases. It’s so upfront and tight. Seems to me this should have been all over mainstream radio in 1993.

Drop Ninteens, “Tempest” from the Limp EP on Hut Records (1993)

“Winona”, from Delaware:
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“My Aquarium”, from the My Aquarium EP:
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90s!

“Nadine” by Kevin Dunn

independents.jpgStrange, fuzz-rock cover of the Chuck Berry Classic from the guy who produced Pylon’s “Cool” and co-produced the B52s’ “Rock Lobster.”

 

The backing vocals on this sound different to me every time I hear them. Some great out-of-control noises on this one as well. Based on this recording, I bought a copy of Kevin Dunn’s C’est toujours la meme guitare LP, but it was shattered when it arrived in the post.  If anyone has this album, I’d LOVE a rip of it.

 

Kevin Dunn, “Nadine” from the A Declaration of Independents compilation LP on Ambition records (1981)