(Originally posted on my Agony Shorthand blog back in 2005)
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 newest Dynamite 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 from THE 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 like The Pedestrians and The Kiwi Animal to garage punk from The Nights & Days, Girls at Dawn, Thee Mighty Caesars & more. Stream it, download it, and as always – tell a friend.
Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast #16 here.
Stream Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast #16 here.
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
Download some of the past shows, too, while you’re at it – each about one hour.