THEE MIGHTY CAESARS : “DON’T GIVE ANY DINNER TO HENRY CHINASKI” LP
Hands down the best record of BILLY CHILDISH’s exceptionally prolific career. I went hog wild scarfing up MIGHTY CAESARS vinyl in the late 80s/early 90s when the first Crypt best-of compilation turned me onto these guys, and at one point I think I had the entire discography before Thee Headcoats went off the deep end and tossed off onto the public every fart & titter committed to tape . This one from 1987, all 19 minutes of it, was by far the boldest and most raw thing this very bold & raw trio put to vinyl, featuring early wide-groove, near-45rpm versions of hits like “She’s Just 15”, “Devious Means” and “I Can Tell”.
This is when Childish & co. were deepest into their LINK WRAY fixation(s), so among the 10 tracks are incredible, hotwired versions of “Comanche” and “Run Chicken Run” – the former is so booming & loud I’d venture to say I’d even take it over Link’s version. Also features a thumper of a run-through of THE TROGGS’ “I Want You” and several other fantastic originals that never made it to later best-of comps (to my knowledge), like “The Bay of Pigs” and my fave, “La-La, La-La, La-La-La” (easily one of the Top 3-4 Caesars tracks ever).
It’s a band that’s not difficult to forget about sometimes, given their daunting discography and near vanishment from the historical record, but man, if someone was wise & prescient enough to re-press this thing, I can think of a lot of ears that’d wanna hear it.
Stream or download the newestDynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast, #16, recorded in late June 2013. Like the other 15, which I’m putting out about once every two weeks, it’s an hour of raw, underground music from multiple sub-strands of rocknroll. This one’s maybe a little more gentle and pop-like than some of our past bonzai, punktastic editions, but if you hang in there for 60 minutes you’ll definitely be able to get what you’re looking for, punker.
New stuff this time fromTHE PEARLS(new female duo from Italy),THE SLEAZE, THE WIMPSand other bands with “The” in their names. Older stuff spans from quiet New Zealand Velvets-inspired stuff likeThe PedestriansandThe Kiwi Animalto garage punk fromThe Nights & Days, Girls at Dawn, Thee Mighty Caesars& more. Stream it, download it, and as always – tell a friend.
THEE MIGHTY CAESARS– Comanche THE PEARLS– Away THE PEDESTRIANS– Looking Out My Window SAMARA LUBELSKI– Field The Mine LORETTE VELVETTE– Boys Keep Swinging THE WILDERNESS CHILDREN– Bad Taste in My Mouth COME– SVK VERTIGO– Two Lives SWELL MAPS– Another Song THE DONNAS– Lana and Steve SEEMS TWICE– Salient Feature MIL MASCARAS– Best Trip U.X.A.– U.X.A. THE WIMPS– Slept in Late THE NIGHTS AND DAYS– Excuses HUNGRY GAYZE– Pins and Needles THE GIRLS AT DAWN– I’m Alone THE SLEAZE– Because of You ALTERNATE LEARNING– Dresden THE GIBSON BROS– Skull & Crossbones THE KIWI ANIMAL– Blue Morning DADAMAH– Radio Brain ANN-MARGRET– You Turned My Head Around