This is a small-batch, edition-of-66 (!) book put out by Johan Kugelberg of Boo-Hooray last year. It’s a short fanzine solely devoted to Crypt Records’ mountain-moving “Back From The Grave” series of 60s punk comps – which were not only my personal introduction to 60s garage punkers, but the standard-bearer for the form now and forevermore.
The Boo-Hooray ‘zine has a few interviews with Tim Warren (Crypt & BFTG mastermind) and a couple of pieces of hero worship by others. You may or may not know that Back From The Grave is coming out with 9th, 10th and 11th volumes later this year. There’s a big interview w/ Mr. Warren in the next issue of our own Dynamite Hemorrhage mag, coming out in about six weeks (or thereabouts), in which we discuss these new comps plus how the hell he’s able to track all these rare 60s gems down and even pay the surviving members of the bands who made ’em.
THE HUNS, the Chicago-based garage punk band responsible for the ear-shredding “Destination Lonely” from 1966.
Best reverential straight-up 60s punk of the 21st century? I’d find it hard to argue if you chose this new album from Richmond, VA’s THE AR-KAICS to fill that hole.
Their new and only album is terrific, a raw, overly amplified speaker blowout in the Keggs, Things To Come, Murphy & The Mob school of bent, loud garage pop music. I’m going to play it a bunch on my phony radio show/podcast, starting w/ the next episode. Download the whole thing yourself here.
Typically wild and unsubtle CRYPT RECORDS ad, this one scanned from Forced Exposure #10, right after the first batch of “Back From The Grave” compilations had come out.
CRYPT RECORDS ad, 1980s, right around the time the life-changing, musical-taste-rearranging “Back From The Grave” comps started coming out.
Absolutely savage track from 1966 Australian neanderthals THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES called “Undecided”. This track’s great enough on its own, but you’ve got to check out the weird little squeals the singer does at the end of each line in the second “stanza”, where he half-repeats what he’s just said, but in a baby-meets-cromagnon voice. It doesn’t make any sense, but I like it.
I’d assumed I’d heard absolutely every top-tier, A+ 1960s garage punk song ever created. Sure, there are a few B+ ones out there I might not have heard yet – but jesus – BUD & KATHY’s “Hang It Out To Dry”??! What a monster. A+ with bells on.
I’ve passed up the eponymous LP comp this is on for decades because I reckoned it was all C-grade material. Otherwise, I’d have already heard it, right? Wrong.