I digitized a 1987 live tape I’ve had since, well, 1987 of THE LAZY COWGIRLS, live in Los Angeles at the Anti-Club on 2-15-87. This was a few months after I’d first been blown away by their live show, and the same year that I began going to every single one of their shows, whether it was two hours away in LA, six hours away in San Francisco or right in my then-hometown of Santa Barbara, CA.
I saw them live for the first time in September 1986, and I remember my jaw thudding on the floor and my making a vow to follow them like a pilgrim for the next 3 years (mission accomplished). I missed this 2-15-87 show, I think, but our pal Eric Stone recorded it on a trusty handheld and let us dub off the tape. I’m not sure if I’m quite as impressed now, 26 years later, as I was then – I mean, “Green Acres” and “These Boots are Made for Walkin’”?? Please. Yet you can hear what a ballistic garage punk powerhouse they were, no question; absolutely one of the great live bands of their era. Just right-click to download the show.
Download THE LAZY COWGIRLS – Live at The Anti-Club, 2-15-87
The Gories, when I interviewed them for my 1992 fanzine Superdope, turned me onto this lost Australian garage rock song from 1986. You can certainly hear the influence in the Gories’ sound, too.
THE BO-WEEVILS did a few things after this, but nothing as chugging nor as strong as this mid-tempo, minor-key scorcher.
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.
I know there are folks who thought Texas’ MARKED MEN were the hottest garage/punk thing of the past ten years, and if this were their only track, I’d totally believe ‘em. From a split EP they did with another band called “This is My Face” or something inane like that, and it’s called “Whip Me”. Punkers!
The rest of the Marked Men stuff I’ve heard – which granted, is not the whole catalog – is medio-cre at best, leaning closer in the singalong, hook-filled Green Day mode than toward the dirty and the true. And the guy singing on this track doesn’t sing most of those tracks either. Enjoy this and let me know if I’m wrong.
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.