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.
These guys actually lived at 941 Stanyan in San Francisco before I did. I toiled, slept and partied there from 1989-91; THE MORLOCKS were there in the mid-80s, spitting out the most obnoxo/raw version of 60s punk since, well, the 60s. Their short 12"EP “Emerge” is stunningly great, and very “unsung”. Here’s the lead track from it – their version of The Elois’ “By My Side”.
I’ve put together another digital mix tape for you over on 8Tracks. This one’s a collection of some of the more bruising 1960s garage-based punk rock, and I’m calling it STONEAGE TESTOSTERONE. 17 tracks, some taken from old bootleg vinyl comps in my collection, others from “Back From The Grave” CDs. All immensely killer, with a complete and utter dearth of filler.
- SPLIT ENDS – Rich With Nothing
- LA-DE-DA’s – How Is The Air Up There?
- TY WAGNER WITH THE SCOTCHMEN – I’m a No-Count
- MYRCHENTS – Indefinite Inhibition
- THINGS TO COME – I’m Not Talkin’
- MURPHY & THE MOB – Born Loser
- SHAMES – My World is Upside Down
- AVENGERS – Be a Caveman
- ESQUIRES – Judgment Day
- PAUL BEARER & THE HEARSEMEN – I’m Been Thinking
- THE WYLD – Goin’ Places
- CAVE MEN – It’s Trash
- THE LYRICS – They Can’t Hurt Me
- THE SPIDERS – Don’t Blow Your Mind
- MONTELLS – You Can’t Make Me
- SAVOYS – Can It Be
- AMBERJACKS – Hey Eriq!
Listen in your car, if you’ve got one of those newfangled hookups, with the free 8Tracks app for iOS or Android as well. Along with Spotify, Soundcloud and Bandcamper, it’s a primary mechanism for how I explore new music in 2012.
Hey, I just posted a new mix to 8TRACKS for you to listen to. I do these every couple of months and will endeavor to pick up the pace. It’s 15 tracks of acid bath 60s fuzz punk rock, all from the original 45s. Here’s the track list:
1. THE TWILIGHTERS – Nothing Can Bring Me Down
2. CARETAKERS OF DECEPTION – Cuttin’ Grass
3. SCORPIO TUBE – Yellow Listen
4. THE STEREO SHOESTRING – On The Road South
5. KNIGHT’S BRIDGE – Make Me Some Love
6. THE LIBERTY BELL – Reality is the Only Answer
7. HAYMARKET RIOT – Trip On Out
8. BOY BLUES – Coming Down To You
9. MAGIC SWIRLING SHIP – He’s Coming Part II
10. WATERS – Mother Samwell
11. GLASS EYE – Silence of the Morning
12. INEXPENSIVE HANDMADE LOOK – What Good Is Up
13. ORANGE WEDGE – From the Womb to the Tomb
14. KNIGHT’S BRIDGE – CJ Smith
15. MORGAN – Of Dreams