This fanzine just arrived in the mail at our headquarters. Haven’t even cracked the cover yet, but wanted to give you a chance to grab your own if you’re interested.
Please note the classy pin design on the right. I didn’t even order that thing, but it was in the envelope. It’s like they knew me already.
Order your copy of Cretins of Distortion #7 here.
TOMMY JAY is one of those legendary American rock underground heroes that we probably need to interview one of these days.
He typically takes a back seat to his pal and longtime collaborator Mike Rep, whom he’s recorded with in True Believers, Mike Rep & The Quotas and other fantastic Columbus combos – but not here. He’s front and center on “Bug Men”, which came out in 2010 on Siltbreeze’s “Skull Without Borders” comp, and which I think was recorded some time in the 1980s. Someone correct me on that if you would?
I’m selling some 45s over on Discogs.com, and maybe you’ll want to buy some? Some great stuff over there – this Eddy Detroit single; Spray Paint; Monoshock; Claw Hammer; Tiki Men; Mike Rep & The Quotas; Monarchs; Icky Boyfriends – and much, much more….!
Check out what I’m peddling here.
Having only heard “The Running Kind” by SALLY SKULL for the first time a month ago, I’m still confident enough to anoint it one of the finest examples of low-fidelity explosive underground punk noise since “Mama Was a Schitzo, Daddy Was a Vegetable Man” – hell, since The Mods’ “Leave My House” maybe.
Information on the UK’s Sally Skull is pretty hard to come by on the Internet. The record from which this was taken, a 4-song 7"EP called “Fractious”, was put out by Slampt Records, who appear to have been super-active UK leaders in the trashy post-riot grrl era of female vocalists, bad recordings, scattershot garage punk and inept sloganeering. I’ve heard Pussycat Trash, International Strike Force and few other very solid acts they put out, but nothing even touches this thing. The rest of “Fractious” is fantastic as well.
Huge kudos to our radio hero Erika Elizabeth, who answered the Dynamite Hemorrhage call and digitized her copy so we could be sharing this classic with you this afternoon.