The new issue of DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE (#3)print fanzine features a 12.5-page “oral history” with San Francisco’s WORLD OF POOH, a big late 80s favorite of our editor, and who each graciously contributed fragments from their fading memory banks in the service of telling what ended up being a pretty fantastically entertaining tale.
The band also have graciously contributed two never-before-heard-in-public live tracks from one of their final shows, one talked about at length in the oral history, from March 11, 1990′s show at Boston’s Paradise Theater on their star-crossed “three-legged goat over the mountains” tour.
You’ll get to hear, with some degree of accuracy, what made them so special at the end of their reign (which happened to be when I saw them a bunch). The songs are “Somewhere Soon“ and a cover of BoC’s “Dominance and Submission”.
Rare photograph of San Francisco’s WORLD OF POOH, featuring Barbara Manning and Jay Paget – both pictured – as well as Brandan Kearney, who isn’t.
Photo taken by Alex Behr in what was most certainly 1989 or 1990.
We have an oral history in the works with the full participation of all 3 WORLD OF POOH members (and Alex Behr, and about a half-dozen others) for Dynamite Hemorrhage fanzine#3, coming in late May 2016. Transcribing a revealing and detailed interview we did with Barbara Manning today, in fact.
I was going through some old files and found that I’d actually written a batch of record reviews for Eric Friedl (aka Eric Oblivian)’s WIPEOUT fanzine in 1998 that I hadn’t seen nor remembered since that time.
I’m not even sure where to find the mag itself, but now that I have the reviews, I figure I’ll post them up here in the weeks to come. I appreciate Eric letting me yak up this stuff in his pages. I had “retired” from the print fanzine business that year, a retirement that lasted 15 years.
This one’s a record I also haven’t heard since 1998. Has anyone?
NOTHING DOING, Issue #1 from Spring 1994. It wasn’t a music fanzine per se – in fact it wasn’t one at all. It was published out of San Francisco by Brandan Kearney, who was doing time in Caroliner, The Steeple Snakes, Faxed Head, the Heavenly Ten Stems, The Three Doctors Band and the Totem Pole of Losers. He ran a label called Nuf Sed that put much of this out.
He was even in one good band – a great one, in fact – called World of Pooh, the only band on the list not given to high concept, low return….and the only one in which real meant-to-be-enjoyed songs were written and played. He shared vocal and guitar duties in that band with Barbara Manning, and I hope you know about her. (If not, there’s a terrific discography to mine).
Anyway, Kearney had a pretty unique and wacked vision of the world, informed by weird religious tracts, thrift store records, conspiracy theories and extreme and ahead-of-its-time notions of anti-comedy. NOTHING DOING was the result of that, and it’s definitely worth a read in my house every 5 years or so.
Here’s something wiry, compelling & brand new from a Tempe, Arizona band called NUMB BATS – totally in league with Flying Nun-style Velvets jangle and much of Barbara Manning’s work w/ World of Pooh, removed of most traces of sheen and left with a pleasant lo-fidelity and left-of-center candy core. The song’s called “Doctor 5”.
Go get it at their Bandcamp page once you decide how much you like it here.
For you “Breaking Bad” finale fans who already know and love the Badfinger song that closed out the entire series, let me introduce you to a cover version of the song that’s nearly as good – Barbara Manning and the San Francisco Seals’ “Baby Blue”, from ‘93’s “NoWHere” album.
WORLD OF POOH, live in 1989 at the 6th Street Rendezvous in San Francisco.
The band featured Barbara Manning (solo, SF Seals, 28th Day), Brandan Kearney (Caroliner, many other experimental bands) and Jay Paget (later of Thinking Fellers Union Local 282). For a year or two they were absolutely the best ticket in town for shambolic, wiry pop music.
Happy New Year, and hello there ladies and gentlemen. Hung over? Nothing to do today? Howsabout streaming or downloading my music podcast DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO right about now? This is the 3rd edition in almost as many weeks. Not sure I can keep up that sort of breakneck pace, but here’s hoping.
This edition, recorded on the last day of 2012, forgoes any sort of best-of-the-year malarkey, and instead plays a mix of the new and the old. Mostly the old. The back-announce parts were recorded while I had a gnarly cold, which I still have, and on a brand-new microphone that I suspect doesn’t add a whole lot to the proceedings, but which made me feel like an important radio disc jockey in any case.
SPRAY PAINT – Psychic Doug PAMELA – Desert SALLY SKULL – Bone Monster URINALS – U HUMAN SWITCHBOARD – Fly-In FLY ASHTRAY – Ice Cream Cone HELLO SKINNY – Norriskip SO SO MANY WHITE WHITE TIGERS – Bad HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS – Don’t Look At Me THE FLESH EATERS – No Questions Asked TALES OF TERROR – 13 HIGH RISE – Cycle Goddess THE TWILIGHTERS – Nothing Can Bring Me Down JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – Two Heads WHITE FENCE – Baxter Corner MADELINE CHARTRAND – Ani-Kuni LES BLOUSONS NOIRS – Be Bop Alula SHEILA – Papa t’es Dans L’Coup ROYAL TRUX – Strawberry Soda JOHANNA WENT – Mosquito BARBARA MANNING & SEYMOUR GLASS – 8s THE REVILLOS – Motorbike Beat SWIMMING POOL Q’S – Rat Bait STROKE BAND – Fiction/Non-Fiction HALF JAPANESE – Karen SPIDER – Witch Cookie