Archive for the ‘Long-forgotten debuts’ Category

Top 50 albums you should own: 40 – 31

November 30, 2006

Dacapo_140. Love – ‘Da Capo’

Arthur Lee’s long lost masterpiece, Da Capo is often overlooked in favour of the sublime ‘Forever Changes’ and the snotty garage of the eponymous debut. However, in Da Capo, the seeds of Forever Changes and the tough love of the first cut are both present and correct. ‘Seven & Seven Is…‘, the most famed cut from the LP is probably the most exciting single ever released, with a vicious molten headrush accompanied with a frantic gonzo lyric. However, a gentler mood follows the achingly gorgeous ‘Orange Skies’ and ‘Que Vida’ which show that the Spanish fused follow up was no fluke. A masterful LP, one that no home should be without. BUY IT

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Eddie Shaw of The Monks speaks!

October 6, 2006

Themonks_1It’s unbelievable. The Monks are indeed like buses (big black scary buses admittedly). You listen to their LPs for most of your adult life hoping to speak to them, then BANG! Two come along at once! After speaking to Gary Burger (singer and guitar grizzler) last week, we now caught up with Eddie Shaw, the man responsible for the plethora of evil bass-lines for The Monks.

He chatted about the early days, Vietnam, The Monk sound and much more…

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(Turn On) The Music Machine

October 2, 2006

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Like stop/start garage punk with attitude and fuzz? Then look no
further than the super ace Music Machine! Their debut cut, ‘(Turn On) The Music Machine’, from way-back-when sees the group giving the finger to anyone in ear shot, and hammering their way through tuff guitars, crunchy hammonds and hard nosed punkery. We’re talking hair standing garage fuzzzzz.

Their closest thing to a hit
(ie Featured on the Nuggets comp) was the ferocious finger wagging
Talk Talk‘, which sees the holler of "I GOT ME A COMPLICATION!" as
well as the punk-assed "MY SOCIAL LIFE’S A DUD!" These boys never wore a single flower in their hair. There are some other gems featured, namely the atom splitting ‘People in Me’ which features the finest fuzzed up guitar this writer has ever heard! Add to that a dancefloor cookin’ ‘Trouble’ and you have yourself a killer garage LP that shreds the competition.

Mof Gimmers

Garage Punk Mayham with Count Five and their Psychotic Reaction

September 29, 2006

Count_fiveNo Garage collection is complete without the snotty brattish wails of the screaming Count Five. Psychotic Reaction (possibly the greatest song title ever) is a typical rock and roll mutant to be born of American frustrations, and a response to the Brit invasion. The title track is without doubt, one of the finest examples in its genre. The track, Psychotic Reaction veers from pathetic bedroom pining (on a bed of wiry guitars and thumping bass drums) to the positively evil middle section which spirals outta control before hooking you back in with a punch to the stomach.

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Interview with Gary Burger from The Monks

September 28, 2006

Monks_gary_burgerPopJunkie caught up with the legend that is Gary Burger, howlin’ Rock and fuckin’ Roll lunatic from THE finest garage band ever, The Monks. He talks about laughing ’til he pukes, insulting and shocking sixties beat goers and generally cutting through the bullshit!

The Monks will soon be playing their first ever gig on UK soil (details can be found here) so what better reason to hear from them?

Read on.

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Editor’s Top Ten Picks

September 27, 2006

EditorspicksOk, here’s yet another opportunity to impose my records on you with the latest top ten picks.

1. Candie Payne ‘All I Need To Hear– A cracking little seven that needs to be snapped up quick (try ebay) as a limited run of 500 was pressed. A soulful Memphis pop song that takes in Dusty, Stereolab, Broadcast and The United States of America all in one. Fabulous.

2. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy ‘The Letting Go’ – Cracking new long player from Will Oldham. Epic country melts into heart-breaking folk with his strongest album yet.

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Editor’s Top Ten Picks

September 27, 2006

EditorspicksOk, here’s yet another opportunity to impose my records on you with the latest top ten picks.

1. Candie Payne ‘All I Need To Hear– A cracking little seven that needs to be snapped up quick (try ebay) as a limited run of 500 was pressed. A soulful Memphis pop song that takes in Dusty, Stereolab, Broadcast and The United States of America all in one. Fabulous.

2. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy ‘The Letting Go’ – Cracking new long player from Will Oldham. Epic country melts into heart-breaking folk with his strongest album yet.

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Me and Viva Hate

September 20, 2006

Viva_hateSomething fell through my virtual letterbox in the form of a confessional. A look at, or a review of, Morrissey’s ‘Viva Hate’ LP. Of course, most fans of The Smiths will cherish this piece of work, and if they could, they would marry it. More likely that they’d marry an obscure B-Side, but no matter.

PopJunkie virgin Jonesy raps back and forth in her brain about the drudgery that is a Morrissey solo LP…

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MC5 ‘Kick Out The Jams’

September 20, 2006

Kick_out_the_jamsI didn’t want to feature this LP as I thought it wasn’t obscure enough, but it’s surprising how many people don’t own this seminal work. For those who aren’t up on Detroit’s finest (well, equal finest with a million other ace Detroit bands like… The Stooges and the Motown stable…), let’s just say that ‘Kick Out The Jams’ is one of the finest examples of sixties punk you’ll ever hear.

DIY to the nth degree and recorded live, the full sonic assault that is Kick Out The Jams fires off with the electrifying ‘Rambling Rose’. Snotty falsetto rides shotgun over one of the beefiest surging riffs you’re likely to bear testimonial to. 

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MC5 ‘Kick Out The Jams’

September 20, 2006

Kick_out_the_jamsI didn’t want to feature this LP as I thought it wasn’t obscure enough, but it’s surprising how many people don’t own this seminal work. For those who aren’t up on Detroit’s finest (well, equal finest with a million other ace Detroit bands like… The Stooges and the Motown stable…), let’s just say that ‘Kick Out The Jams’ is one of the finest examples of sixties punk you’ll ever hear.

DIY to the nth degree and recorded live, the full sonic assault that is Kick Out The Jams fires off with the electrifying ‘Rambling Rose’. Snotty falsetto rides shotgun over one of the beefiest surging riffs you’re likely to bear testimonial to. 

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