Check out this new “zing zong” from SNEAKS, out of Washington DC. (their words, not mine). It’s thumping, Bush Tetras-style minimalist funk with a weirdo sense of humor and a “shorter the better” ethos that we at DH really applaud. I know zero about the band, but would not be surprised if this was a one-woman deal nor if she was on the very young side of the age spectrum.
There are even better songs on their new 7-track digital album but we’re saving those for the podcast. Terrific stuff.
Like you, I gravitated toward punk rock music many years ago because the anyone can do it aesthetic was so inclusive and appealing that even a dope like me could pretend to sing in a punk band.
Every now and again, however, a singer comes around whose unorthodox vocals forces you into a soul-wrenching crisis of faith, bringing you to your knees to agonizingly question every fiber and tenant of your belief in this inclusive creed.
Mary from NEONATES is just such a thought-provoker. You’ll need to spend a little quality time with her and her band in order to adjust, and I recommend you do so. This Los Angeles trio travels a backward road to 1981 Dancerteria-era New York City, where the Bush Tetras, ESG and The Contortions traversed the boundaries of funky minimalism, all punctuated by Mary’s yips and yelps and monotone delivery. The band play a spastic but effortless sort of art-thump that sounds both well-crafted and totally nonchalant, and I’d imagine that with the right sort of refreshments, they’d be a hoot live. Stream or download their new thing here.
I made this compilation for my main blog The Hedonist Jive back in May of this year, and figured you folks might want to take a crack at hearing and downloading it.
It’s called “Hedonist Jive Post-Punk Blowout” (clever, hunh?) and spans the proverbial gamut from aggressive, limber noise; female-vocal art-thump; left-of-center punk rock; and early British DIY (including that blog’s namesake song from The Midnight Circus). Some of these songs have been favorites of mine since I was a wee pup; other were only discovered in the past decade of so. All date from 1978 to about 1983 and fit the already loose “postpunk” category very loosely.
There are two ways to enjoy this playlist – download here and “own” the mp3s I’ve carefully handpicked for ya, or go over to the playlist I made on 8Tracks, and listen to it streaming on your iPhone, Android devices or your computer. Same songs both ways.
Download The Hedonist Jive Post-Punk Blowout.
HEDONIST JIVE POST-PUNK BLOWOUT
1. SPK – Contact
2. DESPERATE BICYCLES – Smokescreen
3. VIRGIN PRUNES – Twenty Tens (I’ve Been Smoking All Night)
4. BUSH TETRAS – Too Many Creeps
5. 2x4s – Zipperheads
6. THE POP GROUP – 3:38
7. THE MISFITS – Cough/Cool
8. AU PAIRS – Set Up
9. WIRE – Outdoor Miner
10. THE FLOWERS – After Dark
11. ½ JAPANESE – Girl Athletes
12. SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – Trophy
13. NOH MERCY – Caucasian Guilt
14. FLIPPER – Ha Ha Ha
15. SUBURBAN WIVES CLUB – Guru Eye
16. THE HOMOSEXUALS – Technique Street
17. THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – Jennifer’s Veil
18. MIDNIGHT CIRCUS – The Hedonist Jive
19. THE GORDONS – Future Shock
20. PYLON – Cool
21. THE FALL – Eat Y’Self Fitter
22. SARA GOES POP – Arab o Habab of Arabia
23. REMA REMA – Rema Rema
24. TEDDY & THE FRAT GIRLS – I Owe It To The Girls
25. TUXEDOMOON – No Tears