I played this smoker, “Teen Love Song”, on my Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast #9 last week, and I got calls from as far away as Moldova, Ceylon and Persia that it had melted the earbuds off at least seven different iPods – and one Zune!
THE CONSUMERS were a Phoenix punk rock band who up & moved to Los Angeles, recruited scary goth punk singer Dinah Cancer to front them, and turned into 45 GRAVE. They’d have never gotten away with the less-than-classy set of lyrics they display here on “Teen Love Song” with a woman singing them, which is why 45 Grave didn’t do this song yet did virtually all of the other Consumers songs captured on their posthumous LP/CD, “All My Friends Are Dead”.
The one-woman, 1980 UK “band” THE PETTICOATS put our their/her only 45 on the Blah Blah Blah label, and it’s a masterpiece of frantic, buzzing DIY punk. Definitely something the fell below the radar for most of us for many years; I never even heard mention of the single until a little over a decade ago, when the song “Normal” made it onto a Killed By Death comp and a bootleg called “Instant Pop Classics”.
Later, Times New Viking covered this one, “Allergy”, and I think it’s my favorite of the three mindblowers on Stef Petticoat’s single. Share this around with yr pals – they’ll thank you for it.
Third edition of Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio podcast, recorded on the last day of 2012 as a musical gift to the people of 2013. Just over an hour of grit, garage, pop, punk, noise and low-fidelity whoseewhatsis from around the globe. Featured artists this week include Spray Paint, Pamela, Royal Trux, Barbara Manning, Tales of Terror, The Flesh Eaters, Les Blousons Noirs and more.
Here’s a great 4-page overview of early Seattle punk rock history, courtesy of an article from DO THE POP! fanzine. The ‘zine came out in the late 90s and was devoted to lost, ignored and underground KBD-style punk in all its forms, both past and modern.
You may have heard that there’s been a Southern California punk revivalist band fronted by Keith Morris the past couple years called OFF!. I’d done an excellent job keeping them off my radar until yesterday, despite seeing t-shirts and records with Raymond Pettibon artwork around. Keith Morris, Steve McDonald, punk band, 2012…..sure.
Yesterday Ben Ratliff had their album in his Best of 2012 list in the NY Times. I read a book about jazz by Ratliff once that I liked, and he did say the magic words with regard to OFF!’s record – “16 songs in 28 minutes”. Could it….could it be….could it be good? Nope, not really. I got about 7 or 8 tracks into the thing this morning via Spotify and that was more than enough. It’s a cut above “Wonderful”-era CIRCLE JERKS (wasn’t that on Combat Records or Metal Blade or something?), an attempt to recapture some 1979 Black Flag genie-in-a-bottle with lots of screaming in the patented “I’m-going-to-EXPLODE-I’VE-HAD-IT” style.
Far be it for me to disparage a good attempt at creating aggressive and confrontational art at an advancing age, but I think I’ll probably have an equally rewarding cultural life without any more OFF! in it.