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Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE VOLCANICS - Oh Crash​.​.​.​.

The Volcanics formed in Perth, Western Australia's back blocks with a purpose of playing stripped down rock ‘n’ roll with no hype attached. Inspired by the great local bands that came before them such as The Victims and The Scientists as well as the classic rock sounds of The Stooges, MC5 & AC/DC, the boys from the band have concocted their own brand of white hot, fuel injected rock n roll. 

Currently, the band is featuring are Johnny Phatouros (vocals), Tommy Hopkins (guitar), Jesse Kuillotine (guitar), Pete Acklin (bass) and Alex Megaw (drums). 

The Volcanics have recently released their 4th and best Album to date 'Oh Crash....' on the famous Citadel label. My personal favorite track is the aptly titled "Speed On The Track" but all the record kicks major ass. So it was time for this blog to have a very interesting chat with the guys in the band:

1) What can you tell about THE VOLCANICS? How long are you guys together as a band?Were you in other bands previously? 
We have been together as a band for over 10 years now, we released our first album in 2007, our EP "Nothin For You" was released a little before that on Out Of The Loop Records, a West Australian label.. We have played in a few different bands before The Volcanics, yeh similar rocknroll.

2) About the new record "Oh Crash​.​.​.​.",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?
With our new album "Oh Crash" we recorded all the songs live, then we added some guitar solos,vocals and percussion...We recorded at Rada Studios Perth, Australia, with Rob Younger and Jozef Grech working with us. We all really enjoyed working again with Rob, it was great as it always is and also found working with Jozef for the first time to be awesome, he brought alot to the table, very talented.. We feel lucky to work with those two.   

3) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

In the early days, teenage days started listening to lotsa people and songs, some are Little Richard, Chuck Berry, New York Dolls, MC5, Stooges, Ramones, Saints, Radio Birdman, New Christs, The Who, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Carole King, Dionne Warwick. All of these people yeh still have an influence on us today with what we do.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?
We dont have a main composer in the band, we all enjoy writing and writing together, everyone gets involved with the songs.We like it that way.

5) THE VOLCANICS have an undeniable Aussie approach of rock'n'roll that could lead to compare you to The New Christs, The Victims or The Scientists. Do you agree with this comparison or do you consider there is way more than that? 
We approach it the only way we know how. Its nice when people are writing about our music, that they reference some bands that we really like and truly admire.Some of these bands have been endless inspiration for us but that's as far as it goes,with admiration and respect we dont sound like any of them. We sound like The Volcanics..... We can only dream to be anywhere near their league and we hope to do the best we can to help continue the great tradition set up by some amazing Australian bands.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  
We do have a new video on youtube, our song called "Natural In A Way" off the new album. It was fun making it, working with Seymour Davidson who filmed it and put it together, he's a great man.

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The VOLCANICS? Are you playing any famous cover songs?
At a Volcanics show people can expect energy, life, drums, guitars, dancing, happiness, rock'n'roll music.....Yes we are playing some covers also in our sets, songs we enjoy playing, sorry we cant say now which ones, we like to keep that a surprise for the people who come to our shows.

8) Does Perth, Australia have a long history of rock bands, that goes way back to the 70/80's? And are the Volcanics in the continuity of this heritage?
Perth,Australia has a long history of rock bands, only some of these include The Victims, Scientists,The Boys, Wayne Green And The Phantoms, The Stems, DM3, The Jackyls, Rockets, The Bamboos, Change Alley, The Healers, M16s,Jed Whitey, Foustroke, Homicides, Datura 4, Kuillotines, The Shakeys, Caballeros...Feel lucky to know these great bands..  Yeh you could say we are part of this West Australian heritage.

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2017 as far as THE VOLCANICS are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon? 
We are Touring Spain and France this Oct 2017, our third time touring there.. Each time we go on tour, it seems more people are discovering the band and coming to the shows, its really encouraging and great fun playing and meeting new good people.

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?
All to best to all your readers, love, health, happiness!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quincy - Quincy

Quincy - Quincy (vinyl rip)
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01.Turn The Other Way Around
02.Critics' Choice  
03.Don't Knock On My Door  
04.Always In The News  
05.Dime Store Lies  
06.Can't Live In The Dream  
07.Just A Tragedy  
08.Stop Now  
09.Grow Up  
10.Roamin' Catholic  
11.Stuck On You  
12.Ordinary Town

Fine Power Pop/new wave. If you like Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Early Joe Jackson records or Mental as Anything, this is right up your alley! To my knowledge, this has never been released on CD.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tommy Keene - Run Now

Tommy Keene - Run Now (Vinyl Rip)
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A1 Run Now
A2 Away From It All
A3 I Don't Feel Right At All

B1 Back Again
B2 They're In Their Own World
B3 Kill Your Sons (Live Version)

The story has it that Geffen rejected the original tracks from the "Songs From the Film" sessions, produced by T-Bone Burnett and Don Dixon,
The label at least momentarily came to their senses and released tracks from those sessions later that year on the excellent Run Now EP.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Man Or Astro-man - Project Infinity

Man Or Astro-man - 1995 - Project Infinity
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Escape Velocity
Sferic Waves
Transmissions From Venus
Max Q
Inside The Atom
Philip K. Dick In The Pet Section Of A Wal-Mart
Put Your Finger In The Socket
Complex 34
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Tomorrow Plus X
Manta Ray
Point Blank
Special Agent Conrad Uno
Alpha Surfari

More MAN or ASTRO-MAN! Put Your Fingers In The Socket and dig it loud!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

BABY SHAKES - Turn it Up

BABY SHAKES are an amazing Power pop/Glam/Rock'n'roll quartet hailing from New York city. The band is featuring Mary: lead vocals/guitar, Judy: lead guitar/backing vocals, Claudia: bass/backing vocals, Ryan: drums.

A few weeks ago the band released their third full length, the aptly titled "TURN IT UP". Without any doubt, this is their best work so far and on this new record the group delivers infectious harmonies and high energy rock'n'roll songs that stick in your head for days!

So it was time for this blog to have a little chat with this nice bunch of people. 

Girls, we would like you to tell the viewers of this blog the full story of BABY SHAKES. The origins of the band, who is playing what, how did you meet, what happened for you since your first release "The First One"; We want to hear it all from you!

Judy and Claudia met at a punk show at CBGB’s when they were teenagers. They both had studded jackets, pink/blue hair and collected UK ‘82 and ‘77 punk singles so it made sense that they’d become good friends. They used to jam out to Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers songs together in their living rooms. A friend of ours (the artist Avi Spivak) knew that we were looking for band mates so when Mary moved to NY from Seattle he introduced us at his DJ night. She liked the same kind of music and we used to make mix CDs for each other when we first met. We all got along so well and when we heard Mary sing we knew it was the perfect style for the kind of music we wanted to play and she played guitar too. As for Ryan… well we’ve had many drummers in the past but he was definitely the missing puzzle piece. We met him through friends when we needed a drummer for our show with Protex.

About your latest full length "Turn It Up", I can hear a tougher/more powerful and more glam orientated sound (I love that!) do you agree and is this a direction you are definitely aiming for?
It wasn’t the goal when we were writing the songs but it just kind of happened that way so we went with it. We realized the mood was tougher after we heard the full album. During the recording and mixing process we tried to go for a more raw sound closer to our first two 45's.

To what kind of music did you listen to as teenager girls and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenagers? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

Mary: Slade, The Ronettes, MC5

Judy: The Boys, Cocksparrer, The Beatles

Ryan: The Adverts, Motörhead, The Damned 

Claudia: Ramones, Bowie, The Cars

Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?
Everyone is involved in the song writing process.

What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?
Having fun!!

Is there any video made to promote one of the songs of the albums? 
We shot a music video for Do What You Want this past March during our Japanese tour. It was filmed in Tokyo at Shelter by Mike Rogers and his awesome crew. You can see the video here: 

We also have a really great idea for the next music video that we’re currently working on. Stay tuned!!

What can concert goers expect at a BABY SHAKES gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

We try to really have fun onstage and get people dancing with us. Tequila is the 5th Baby Shakes so we love it when people bring us shots while we play!!!
We mostly play our own material but we’ve got a good amount of covers that we work into our sets for different shows. The Scientists, The Boys, The Undertones, The Starjets and Zero Boys are some of our favorites.

Is there a new rock'n' roll scene in New York these days and are there any other bands you are feeling close to?
There’s a bunch of bands always popping up in the NY scene and some that have been playing around for a while. Some of our favorites are Daddy long Legs, Dirty Fences, and Wyldlife.

What are the plans for 2017? Are BABY SHAKES coming over to Europe soon?
Yes!! We’ve got shows coming up with Flamin’ Groovies and we’re playing with the BOMP band ‘B’ Girls and two amazing Japanese bands in September (The Fadeaways and The Mellvins). We’re also playing a killer show in Puerto Rico with Los Tom Toms, Ardillas and Los Vigilantes plus the Growlers Festival 6 in L.A. this October. We’re working on a Euro tour for the end of the year and we plan to play in Europe, Scandinavia and the UK in 2018. Hopefully we get to play some more awesome festivals next year. We always have fun at festivals. Especially in the summer!

Anything you want to add?
Burger Records just released the cassette version of our new album, Turn It Up. We can’t wait to get back to Europe! If anyone out there has any info on festivals or wants to book us please contact or us directly at

You can purchase all the goodies here

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Man or Astro-Man¿ - Your Weight on the Moon

Man or Astro-Man¿ - Your Weight on the Moon
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1 Rocketship XL-3  
2 Secret Agent Conrad Uno  
3 Electrostatic Brain Field  
4 Shockwave  
5 Taser Guns Mean Big Fun  
6 F=GmM(moon)/R²  
7 Space Patrol  
8 Happy Fingers  
9 Destination Venus  
10 Polaris  
Bonus Tracks
11 Name Of Numbers  
12 Of Sex And Demise  
13 Madness In The Streets  
14 Within A Martian Heart  
15 Point Blank  
16 Classified  
17 Secret Agent Conrad Uno  
18 Point Blank  
19 Goldfinger

Man or Astro-Man¿ were probably one of the better instrumental bands (with the VICE BARONS, of course :-) of the nineties. This CD version of "Your Weight on the Moon" displays Some of their best stuff, in my humble opinion.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Bomboras - Organ Grinder

The Bomboras - Organ Grinder
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1 Return Of The Death Ray  
2 Take A Chance  
3 Organ Grinder  
4 She Kills Me  
5 Riot City  
6 Third Star To The Left  
7 Ilene  
8 Night Rider  
9 Asphalt Eater  
10 Last Call  
11 Lord Hunt Surf Party  
12 Moon Probe  
13 Earthquake  
14 Forbidden Planet

One of the great bands of the brief '90's surf revival, the Bomboras are probably one of the most talented groups to ever play this genre. They may not have lasted long, but their stay did include a bunch of riveting performances featuring hot go-go dancers, extremely geeky jokes, occasional fistfights and their instruments set on fire. A regular feature of their show included the keyboardist standing on his organ while playing it, before dousing it with lighter fluid and setting it alight.
The Bomboras' noisy, kitschy Organ Grinder combines tracks from a limited-edition ten-inch with half a dozen cuts recorded live at Los Angeles' famed Jabberjaw club

Special Thanks to Jacobo for this great surfing contribution

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Rousers - A Treat of New Beat

The Rousers - A Treat of New Beat
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1 Rock 'N Roll Or Run
2 Leave Us Alone
3 Life Is A Song
4 Intensive Caren
5 Nice & Friendly People
6 All I Can See
7 Ain't Got A Minute To Lose
8 Magazine Girl
9 First Thing Tomorrow
10 People To Meet
11 The Rock
12 Face The Day
13 Ann-Louise
14 Lost And Broken Hearted

Bonustracks & Outtakes
15 Nothing Else To Do
16 Back Off
17 What A Way To Go
18 Hey Mr. DJ
19 Get Out Of My Show
20 Susan's Day
21 Touched
22 She Loves You
23 Bad Time
24 Life On Sunday
25 The Jump

The Anglo-American music scene is notoriously insular and it's hard even for anglophone European acts to break in, so it's our loss that we missed a trick with The Rousers' 1980 LP 'A Treat of New Beat', as it's quite simply the lost grail of power pop. The Rousers seem to have been presented as 'the Dutch Undertones' (which is a bit exaggerated!), and they were certainly at the punkier end of the power pop spectrum, but their catchy, energetic guitar pop also looked back to the 60s, along the lines of power pop godfathers The Flamin' Groovies and forgotten UK contemporaries The Boys and The Pleasers. The LP is packed full of strong tunes and the singles 'Rock and Roll or Run', 'Magazine Girl' and 'Ann-Louise' could easily have been joined by three or four others. Unfortunately it seems the Dutch were no more receptive to The Rousers than the UK, and despite such a storming debut, the band folded in the early 80s. This excellent re-issue contains no fewer than 11 bonus tracks, and the B sides and outtakes are well worth having - the raging cover of 'She Loves You' and tracks like 'Bad Time', 'Back Off' and 'Touched' are stronger than many of the album tracks.!2w1EVTZC!8aDIsDv4GCYQVLwCTTXG63XCzfJ-iAP_fYYZgaSDpDo

Special Thanks to Joey R.A. Mone for this contribution

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Shoes - 1975 - One In Versailles

The Shoes - 1975 - One In Versailles [LP Remastered 2013]
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Dance In Your Sleep
Do I Get So Shy
Un Dans Versailles
Something I Can't See
Eggroll Rock
Song For Her
One Night
No, I Don't
The Sun
One In Versailles

Only 300 copies were made of this 12" vinyl album of classic early SHOES music when it was first released in 1975. With Gary studying at the University of Illinois extension in Versailles, France, John and Jeff recruited drummer Barry Shumaker to surprise him with this new batch of Shoes songs.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The JENKINSES - "Langered"

"Langered" is the sophomore E.P by Brussels' Glam trash rock'n'rollers The JENKINSES. The quartet is currently featuring James Neligan, probably the best rock'n'roll guitar slinger in town: Lead Vocals and Guitar; Juliette Drumel, his female alter ego and sweetheart: Guitar and backing vocal; Vinnie "The Enforcer" D'Aguanno: Bass and Daniel Wang: Drums and Production

The band has considerably improved since their first E.P released in 2014 and "Langered" displays great vocals, driving guitars and an ever pulsating rhythm section. James is telling the viewers of this blog everything they ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask. 

3 Down
A song about labour relations. First verse covers the atavistic teenage slacker instinct to lie down on the job and stick it in your employer’s face ‘cos they’re only looking to exploit you anyway. Second verse specifically deals with a job I had at a well known multinational that was downsizing. The chorus concerns that sinking feeling you get 3 hours into your shift when you realize with horror that the day’s not even half done yet.

No Shame
I wrote this one originally in about 2007 for the band I was in at the time. It’s about owning who you are and making no apologies for it, even while knowing you have no place in a globalized society where freedom to consume is passed off as freedom. Yes, the « Dreaming of Babylon » line is a Richard Brautigan reference. Great novella whose protagonist feels detached from the world he inhabits and takes refuge in his daydreams. I can relate. I love the interplay between the 2 guitars on this one, it reminds me a little of the MC5, though we weren’t consciously aiming for that.

Cheesy Speech
Also written about 10 years ago, but it didn’t reach its full potential until I brought it to the Jenkinses. A cowpunkish track with a fatalistic streak, but that’s where I was at at the time. Thematically it’s about people of standing who think it entitles them to tell you what’s best for you, as if they would know. A vainglorious, grandstanding pompous fuck who tries to manipulate your emotions in an unsubtle way, not realizing that being lower down on the socio-economic food-chain doesn’t automatically make you stupid.

That Was My House
I co-wrote this one with my good friend Gyle Waddy. I put music to his lyrics, which I guess are about nostalgically yearning for another time and place that hindsight has colored pretty for you and that your current circumstances don’t seem to compare too favorably to. I think we’ve all been there. Musically it’s a faster one. Can’t really say we were trying to channel anything, but you’ll hear echoes of some of our classic influences - Gun Club, Ramones, Buzzcocks, NY Dolls etc. Btw, Gyle also co-wrote the song Muddy Waters on our first e.p.

Such A Clown
Another « nostalgic yearning » song, but in the context of a long-lost relationship rather than a place you used to live. Again, I wrote it a while back, probably 2008. It’s bittersweet but rocking. I’m quite proud of this one. Play it loud with the windows wide open !

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Lazy Cowgirls - How It Looks - How It Is-Third Time's The Charm
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1 How It Looks - How It Is
2 Sex Kittens Compare Scratches
3 Cheap Shit
4 One On The List
5 The Long Goodbye
6 When It All Come Down
7 D.I.E. In Indiana
8 Alienation Maybe
9 I've Had Enough Of It
10 Danille 2:23
11 Teenage Frankenstein
12 How Long
Third Time's The Charm (Remix)
13 Losin' My Mind
14 Meat Shop
15 Dye'n In Red
16 Alot To Learn
17 Reborn

Vocalist Pat Todd, guitarist D.D. Weekday, and bassist Keith Telligman left their hometown of Vincennes, Indiana in 1981 to move to California, hoping to get a rock band off the ground. In 1983, they finally settled on fellow Indiana refugee Allen Clark as a drummer, and began hitting the L.A. club circuit as The Lazy Cowgirls. The band got a deal with Restless Records but their self-titled debut LP didn't quite reflect the band's powerhouse live show, and they were soon dropped from the label. After two years of local shows and occasional touring, Bomp Records came to the rescue by releasing the band's second long-player, Tapping The Source, which came much closer in capturing the fire of their live show on plastic. The following year, the newly-founded indie label Sympathy For The Record Industry opened for business with Radio Cowgirl, a souvenir of the band's high-octane live set at KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara.

Following yet another bout of long touring, the band cut the near-definitive How It Looks -- How It Is in 1990, but years of hard work with little commercial reward began to take their toll, and at the end of 1991 Telligman and Clark quit the group. The Cowgirls' rhythm section became something of a revolving door for the next few years.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Chain and the Gang - Best of Crime Rock

Chain and the Gang is an american band hailing from Washington, D.C. and formed in 2009. Currently, the band is featuring Francy Z. Graham: Guitar; Anna Nasty: Bass and vocals; Mark Cisneros: Drums and keys and is led by musician /writer/ talk show host Ian Svenonius

The man is well known since he was the driving force behind the bands NATION OF ULYSSES formed in 1988 and THE MAKE-UP formed in 1995. 

Chain and the Gang deals in the self-called genre "Crime Rock" that blends together rock' n' roll, blues, funk/punk and gospel music of the late ‘50s /early ‘60s. 

The band's fifth and latest offering, released by INTHERED Records is aptly entitled "Best Of Crime Rock" and sees the band revisiting/re-recording some of their best tracks of past releases along with some brand new ones (the organ driven “Logic of the Night” and surf-power pop “Come Over”). Their previous recordings were primitively lo-fi to the max but this one benefits from a better production and sees the band at their most rocking.  

Chain and the Gang perfectly understood that in rock'n'roll "less is more". The songs are stripped down to the bone and build on guitar, bass and drums (and sometimes a cheesy organ) but this is exactly what gives those reworked songs their power and their strength. 

Several of the new versions on "Best of Crime Rock " are quite dramatic changes from the original ones so it could be a bit destabilizing at first listen but very soon you will come to the conclusion that this new record greatly improves upon its original material.

A must for any fan and the best place to start for the uninitiated. Highly recommended!

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

The MEOWS - All you can eat

The MEOWS - All you can eat
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1 Shake
2 Tired Of Being Alone
3 In My Bones
4 Sugar Woman
5 Bar Ramon
6 Good Thing
7 Who's To Blame
8 Talk Too Loud
9 No, No, No
10 Hurting Me
11 Try My Love
12 One More Dance

Thee best garage/rock'n'roll band in Spain. This CD kicks ass from start to finish!
The cover is ugly but the music is highly recommended!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thee Wylde Oscars - Rosalita

Out of Melbourne, Australia comes the amazing band Thee Wylde Oscars. The quartet is featuring Jay Wylde - Rockin' the vox, sweet guitar licks and wailin' blues harp. Roger Wylde- Tickling the ivory, secondary crooning. Monk Wylde- Laying down the low-end groove, vocal gyrations. George Wylde- Bringing the Mersey beat back. These guys describe themselves as playing "MotherFrigginRocknRoll". 

They have very recently released their sophomore full length “Rosalita” or “Tales of Treachery & The Nefarious Deeds of The Scurrilous Resurrection Men” depending if you purchase the CD or the vinyl! If you are into Pretty Things, early Rolling Stones, The Sonics, delivered with loads of Stax soul in the voice, this is going to be right up your alley.

This blog had a very interesting chat with Jay Wylde:

1) Jay, you are no newcomer to the Rock’n’roll scene. Personally I first discovered you in 1992 with the release of one of the best records of the decade, The Hoods – Gangsters and Morticians. After that I kinda lost your track till you resurfaced in 2010 in Australia, fronting Thee Wylde Oscars. Can you tell the viewers of this blog your full story and in particular what happened for you between those 2 seminal bands?

I quit The Hoods in the mid-90’s after several singles, an LP, an EP and a tour, I felt we had gone as far as we could. They were great guys, but I wanted to do something new - something harder  - a more MC5, Radio Birdman, mid-70’s punk vibe. I wasn’t bored with the 60’s sound, but I wanted to expand and broaden it.

What drives my love for the music of the 1950’s through 1970’s is the the punk attitude; it is the thread that binds all and is the common element. Truthfully I really don’t find all that much difference between Little Richard and the MC5. The instrumentation, yes, but the rebellion and the primitive drive is the same to me. It shows more interest in rocking the audience than in technically fuck-all brilliance. To me style trumps substance all the time. I’d much rather hear Johnny Thunders fuck up a lead than hear Joe Satriani play “dwiddle, dwiddle”. It’s great when you get a guy like Jimmy Page being able to do both.

Mike Stax and John Chilson from The Hoods joined me at a later point as soon as I found a couple of guitar players to form The Evil Eyes. It was everything I dug at the time and was a fine band. Hard wall-of-sound dual guitars, a mixture of 70’s Detroit rock and energy with a 60’s garage punk feel. The Evil Eyes released a single and toured, but the band was too unstable, breaking up after only a 1 year.

I found myself wanting to keep with the current sound I was in so I started Mach Five (which became Mach Five Overdrive). I got Xavier Anaya from the Hoods to join, as well as drummer Baba Chenelle (of the Zeros). The lasted about 5 years with a rotating group of drummers, guitarists and bass players (including Hector Penalosa of the Zeros and Dave James of the SuperBees at one time). We released 2 singles (once as Mach 5, and then as Mach 5 Overdrive).

After the band broke up, I felt I needed a lifestyle change and I moved to Melbourne, Australia with my wife in 2000. Melbourne has a thriving music scene, and I was keen to start fresh. I had been asked to start a group with some guys from Shutdown 66. That group was The Cheapshots (2000-2003). We played 60’s Garage and R'n'B, a lot like what I was doing with my first band, The Trebels (1981-1990). I also started a 1977 punk influenced band fronted by my wife, Mirella Doll, called The Devil Dolls, which became my main band. I didn’t want to be a frontman/singer for once and became a rhythm guitar player.

After a couple of records and the birth of a baby, The Devil Dolls called it quits. In 2009 I got the itch to start a band again and formed Thee Wylde Oscars. No real intention to start something, but found some guys who really wanted to play - and they dug the 60’s garage stuff - and we hit it off. I drew off of set-lists from previous bands and started to write in earnest. We released a couple of records and did a tour of Germany and Spain. In 2012, our bass player lost his Australian visa and had to move back to Japan and the guitarist moved back to Perth, Australia. I found some new guys to form the nucleus of the reformed group (with the addition of a piano/keyboardist and me as a lead guitarist) and decided to go back to where I started from as a base to build on; 50’s and 60’s R&B - which is where we are now...

2) One thing that got me puzzled : why are the CD versions and the vinyl versions of Thee Wylde Oscars releases so different? (Different sleeve, different tracklisting, different name of the release, different songs) Is this the band’s choice or the record company’s choice?

It was the choice of the Labels to do different versions on the first LP and CD. The labels wanted different songs from the ones we recorded. In the end, I liked doing it that way because we always had more songs than for one release, and I liked the way there used to be different versions of a band’s albums in different countries. We decided to do the same for these releases.

3) About the latest release, “Tales of Treachery & The Nefarious Deeds of The Scurrilous Resurrection Men” (vinyl) or “Rosalita” (CD), what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?

We recorded the whole thing live, except for the vocals. What you hear is basically what came out as we recorded the thing - mistakes and all.  I like to keep it fresh in the recording studio, with few takes - two at most, if possible. Too many takes and a band can sound stiff - you start playing it safe.  It’s better without the safety net - and cheaper!  I’m not too fussed with getting it perfect, just as long as you get the feel. The raw instrument tracks were done in about 8 hours and did the vocals later. I had only been playing lead guitar for about 6 months at that point and didn’t want to lose focus with having to sing and all.

4) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

When I was in my early teens I was into heavier bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult and 60’s bands like the Doors. Led Zeppelin led me to the Yardbirds, which led me to the Animals, which really opened up my world to other bands of that era and is the reason I learned to play a blues harp - and I was the odd kid at my school - the one that liked Manfred Mann more than Foreigner. Punk bands like The Ramones, The Jam and Devo was also a huge influence on me.

When I joined the Trebels (and became part of the San Diego Mod scene) I was introduced to an even more broad spectrum of music from the post-war blues to East LA Chicano rock to obscure British R&B. Bands like The Crawdaddys playing really cool stuff live - and good! It was a great time and it felt like we were a part of something bigger than ourselves. We were purposefully blocking out the commercial shit music that was coming out in the 80's. I will always consider Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry a constant influence. Same with the Animals, Larry  Williams, Johnny Guitar Watson, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Arthur Alexander, Elvis, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash...It’s hard to nail down because I dig a lot of stuff.

5) Are you the main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another? 

 I write most of the material, mainly because I enjoy doing it. The other guys help with the arrangement at times, but it’s not their thing. If they (or I) got ideas it’s gotta go through the band grinder. We’ll usually play it, and if it sounds like something could come out of it we’ll push it further. Some stuff ends up being good, most doesn’t.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?   

We are actually in the process of doing a video for “Rosalita” right now. It’s gonna be in the style of a silent movie, kinda like the style of Georges Méliès, if we can pull it off. We will probably shoot another at the same time, it's DIY filming at it's best.

7) What can concert goers expect at a  Wylde Oscars gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

You can expect a lot of jumping around, pounding, screaming and sweating - and that’s the audience!  We put alot into getting people dancing. We don’t do “the hits”, you know, the songs we’ve all heard a zillion times and I refuse to play  "Johnny be Good".  We try to do more obscure numbers. Often we do three 1-hour sets...which is a bit of material. More familiar stuff is: “I can Tell”, “Can’t Judge a Book”, “Hey Mama, Keep your big mouth Shut” by Bo Diddley; “Justine” and “Farmer John” by Don & Dewey, “Big Bad Wolf” and “Lookin’ Back” by Johnny Guitar Watson, “Talkin’ Bout You” and “Nadine” by Chuck Berry.

8) When you perform with Thee Wylde Oscars, does it happen that you play an impromptu version of a song from one of your previous bands? 

Thee Wylde Oscars used to do “It’s Inside”, a Hoods song (but never recorded with them). But that’s about it. I’m not too nostalgic when it comes to my music. We’ve got plenty of stuff in our current catalogue to keep us busy, and I’m always in the process of writing new material.

9) What are the plans for 2017 as far as Thee Wylde Oscars are concerned? Are you guys coming to Europe soon?

We’d love to do another European tour! We’d be looking at 2018 or so, although playing the SXSW has been on my “must do” list. US doesn’t pay that well unfortunately, so it’s a toss up. Last time we played Europe we had a GREAT booking agency (Muttis), and we made out alright. They were so cool. Frankly, it really comes down to money, and whether we lose a little or lose a lot - and I’m quite cheap!  Got any ideas ? We’re welcome to advice about where and when and who.

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

Keep on a rockin’! AND Thanks Eric for your interest in the band. G’day Mate!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Prix - Historix

Prix - Historix
In FLAC -Scans are included

2.She Might Look My Way
3.Love You Tonight
4.Love You All Day Long
6.Every Time I Close My Eyes
7.Take Me Home & Make Me Like It
8.Run Run Runaway
9.Follow You
10.Free Again
11.All Of The Time
12.Love You Tonight (Saturday's Gone) (Alt. version)
13.Love You All Day Long (Alt. version)
14.Everytime I Close My Eyes (Alt. version)
15.Ordinary Life (Bonus Track)

Prix are a legendary lost band, a power pop supergroup of sorts that fell into the cracks between album rock and the emerging new wave in the mid-'70s. Fronted by Jon Tiven and Tommy Hoehn, the band was mostly a studio-based project featuring other Memphis popsters such as bassist Rick Clark, and featuring contributions and productions by former Big Star co-leaders Chris Bell and Alex Chilton, and studio mavericks Jim Dickinson and Richard Rosebrough.

Special Thanks to JPaul for this power popping contribution

Saturday, June 10, 2017


In WAV - Scans are included

American Beauty
Last Chance to Dance
Bad Chopper

Bad Chopper is the most raw one of the bunch but my personal favorite is "American Beauty".!rkllCCST!z3NXpScP1VBQ9rEKAIMxCFUkBMeebNfwUPUuoKsCgJA!i48iWTaQ!_bRCi1zNwjr9hISMbXA8l9loM2dAKwmY3WU-rFpHlRs!C4E2ybKZ!wJB6OSmqCDiheWI_E8UaoXNNKd1xWsxdQhBkV3WE6Q4!L5lFSYBK!tP-TNmAiFBqW0g5NtThuD7447jUmWS-tvYjDiQtTK1s

Special Thanks to Joey R.A. Mone for this hard hitting contribution

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


In FLAC - Scans are included

Here Are The GA
One Fine Day
I Take What I Want
I Wanna Know
Sock It To Me
I'm On Pills
Buzz Saw
Calimity Jane
Lucky Star
There's No Place For Lonely People
Eden Rose

French groovy organ driven  garage supergroup. Do I need to say more? You so gonna love this!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kepi Ghoulie - Lost & Lovin' It!

Eccentric Pop Records recently released "Lost and Lovin' It", the latest full length from Kepi Ghoulie.

The man is best known for his years fronting the pop-punk outfit The Groovie Ghoulies and his solo albums have rambled from acoustic tunes to songs for kids to jangling folk-rock to uptempo poppy punk. 

His new solo record is mixing all those various styles together, the new tunes being delivered in Kepi's unmissable style and filled with the open-hearted attitude that makes him such a beloved figure to his fans. As in the glory days of The Groovie Ghoulies this new record in laden with hooky sing along songs soon to be classics in their own right.  

Though it touches on many sounds and styles, Lost and Lovin' It! holds together well thanks to the warm heart beating away at the center. This is definitely Kepi's best solo album so far, showing that the man is more than ever on top of his game. It doesn't matter if you've been a Ghoulies fans since the late '80s or have never heard of him before; if you like sweet, catchy songs sung by a real live human being with a heart as big as an ocean, Lost and Lovin' It! is right down your alley!

The glammy rendition of "Inkpot", where Kepi is backed by the always amazing PRIMA DONNA, is worth alone the price of admission.

So this blog seized the opportunity to have a little chat with Kepi.

1) Kepi you are certainly no newcomer to the Rock'n'roll scene. We would like you to tell the viewers of this blog your full story. The early days in The Groovie Ghoulies, The Haints episode and stepping into the light as a solo artist.We want to hear it all from you!
That could fill a book! I will be happy to answer any single question that you may have! Thanks! :)

2) You are born Jeffrey Willson Alexander. So How did you get your nickname "Kepi"?
That is not quite my birth name but everybody calls me kepi now anyway! I am not sure of the origin now it has been so long! :)

3) About the new record "Lost & Lovin' It", can you explain the choice of the title and how came the idea of the artwork and the map included? Is the artwork and the map the work of the same artist?
The title "Lost and Lovin' It" just sort of came to me... isn't it kind of like celebrating the path that you are on at any given time! Doing your best! There are a lot of nautical themed songs so the art work (and map) (finding your way) seemed appropriate! All the art was done by the AMAZING TOM NEELY!

4) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.
The bands that I listened to as a teenager that still influence me today include the Ramones, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Neil Young! It is cool that 4 out of 5 of them are STILL GOING!!! :)

5) As a songwriter, what are your favorite topics to write about? It seems to me there a very positive vibe coming out of this new record. In a certain way this positive vibe reminds me the work of Jonathan Richman. Are you familiar with this artist and do you agree with this comparison?
Thank you! That is a great complement! Perhaps the best! Jonathan Richman is unique and original, positive and endearing... I feel it is my job to contribute a bit of positivity to this crazy world! I love playing by my own, or no, rules! I wish to be an ARTIST! :) Thank you!

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest LP?
 There are two videos on Youtube: "The Anchor Song" and "Lost and Lovin' It!" Thank you! Enjoy! More to come :)

7) What can concert goers expect at a Kepi Ghoulie these days? Will it be you alone with an acoustic guitar or with a full band? Are you playing any famous cover songs like Shocking Blue "Inkpot" ?
Every show is different! Solo! Band! Backing tracks! I haven't played INKPOT live yet but plan on playing it live in October in San Francisco backed by Prima Donna! They are also the ones who back me on it on the record!!!

8) Is the new record still the work of a solo artist or was it recorded "live" in the studio with a full band? Can you tell us on Which song the guys of PRIMA DONNA are playing?
the record was recorded solo, with a band, and also guest tracks sent in from Berlin, Florida, and more! I love this record!! Prima Donna IS the band on INKPOT!!!

9) What are the plans for 2017? Are you coming to Europe soon?
maybe Europe next year, let's hope!!!

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?
thanks to your readers! Please check out this record! It was a year in the making labor of love! I think it worked because apparently it is the most streamed recording that I have ever made! Thank you!!!