Soundtrack "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" (MP3's)
After playing this on the air (and playing air electro along with it), I threatened to put the entire 1984 soundtrack up on the blog. When I didn't, I received several death threats from irate listeners. I want to live to see tomorrow.
Ollie and Jerry "Electric Boogaloo" (MP3), Firefox "Radiotron" (MP3), George Kranz "Din Daa Daa" (MP3), Ollie and Jerry "When I.C.U." (MP3), Steve Donn "Gotta Have the Money" (MP3), Carol Lynn Townes "Believe In the Beat" (MP3), Midway "Set It Out" (MP3), Mark Scott "I Don't Wanna Come Down" (MP3), Firefox "Stylin', Profilin" (MP3), Rags and Riches "Oye Mamacita." Bet you didn't know that in the scene where Boogaloo Shrimp breakdances on the walls, they borrowed the rotating room from Nightmare On Elm Street.
Neil Young with Devo "Hey Hey My My" (Mp3)
I was blown away to see that Neil's 1982 futuristic opus with Devo is commanding almost $60 on Amazon these days! For the uninitiated, the Neil/Devo alliance came about during Shakey's fascination with Kraftwerk and all things new wave (which is well documented on Trans and several other records that got David Geffen on his ass for "not being Neil Young"), and before there was Greendale, Young created and co-directed Human Highway with Dean Stockwell, casting himself as a goofy gas station mechanic, Devo as glowing, bathed-in-toxic-goo transporters of nuclear waste happily singing their songs in transit, and Dennis Hopper as a short order cook named Cracker. Neil's character has rock star fantasies, and at the end of the film the ensuing jam between Neil and Devo in studio is legendary. Booji Boy gets knocked around in his crib while twiddling a moog while a crazed Sex Pistols-tee'd Neil goes ballistic with guitar feedback. Of course, like with Greendale, Neil fans were divided, somewhat confused, but hopefully this thing will find its DVD audience soon.
Chartsweep "1970" (MP3)
FMU listeners may have been either enamored by or driven insane by the off-and-on airing of the strange audio phenomenon known as Chartsweep, that is, an endless medley of period hits arranged in short snippets back to back ala the old school K-Tel commercials. The cuts would range from the 1960's through the 80's, though the 80's segments seem to especially drive people nuts, because the river-flow spew of hooks actually reactivated certain sensors buried deep in your grey matter that hadn't been "massaged" by that sound in 20 years. And sometimes it isn't always, that, y'know, pleasant. Three seconds of "Hip To Be Square" can ruin my day, I say. Anyway, we see this whole thing like a big party ala those Killed By Death punk comps, anyone is welcome to do one and throw theirs into the pot. Hence the 1970 Medley lovingly pieced together by Scott Williams. It's been generally agreed that 1970 wasn't as bad on the pop charts as 1972, and not nearly as horrible as 1974, which should be thrown out the door altogether for music (popular *or* underground). But it still reflected the cheese starting to grow under the asses of post-Altamont America. And what cheese it was. By the way, if you are compelled to immerse yourself deeper, you can get the other Chartsweep MP3s right here.
Sounds of Tomorrow "Explanations and Demonstrations" (MP3)
The Silver Apples of the supperclub set? The Sounds of Tomorrow were Max Crook and Scott Ludwig, and this latest excavation of retro futurism comes courtesy of the fine archivists at RPM in the UK, who have done an especially amazing job chronicling the jungle of Joe Meek recordings. Crook's most visible moment was providing the soaring, hooky electronic solo in Del Shannon's "Runaway", which was performed on an instrument called the Musitron, a heavily souped-up Clavioline. When Crook joined forced with fellow electronic music enthusiast Ludwig, the two added another invention called the Sonocon and began recording at home and performing out in 1964. The novelty value of doing far out versions of "Summertime" and "Caravan" certainly earned these guys the loungy/social club atmosphere they found themselves in, but this particular track is especially creepy since they're using their inventions to reenact the atomic bombing of Japan (followed by polite audience applause).
Silver "Do You Wanna Dance" (MP3)
1980 deconstruction of the Bobby Freeman classic that might outdo the Ramones' version. Silver were a bunch of Helsinki, Finland teens who recorded at home and allegedly would not even meet with record company reps who wanted to sign them. This thing whips up to a total hysterical cacophany, and can be found on the excellent Love Records collection More Arctic Hysteria/Son of Arctic Hysteria, the second volume in a series documenting the Finnish avant-garde music scene through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
Vice Versa "Eyes of Christ" (MP3)
A nice slab of cheap Sheffield UK late 70's synthblat weirdness courtesy of Mark White and Stephen Singleton, who released this on their own Neutron label. They wound up bonding with Martin Fry, who interviewed them for a fanzine called Modern Drugs, and went on to form none other than ABC.
El-G "Au Grand Dam Du Jour" (MP3)
This mysterious CDR arrived from France and won me over immediately, a weird amalgamation of spare electronic folk, Residents zonked atmosphere, and Beefheart sidestep. His My Space page, which also drops the curious references to Phew, Jessica Rylan, and Bobb Trimble, says it best: "I played sometimes Live, I was too much drunk, nothing happened. Now I live in a kind of secret erotic laboratory and record stuffs all the day long. Some people like it. Soon I'll be on stage again; no alcohol, just red wine." Beautifully decorated website, check it out and give a listen.
Dick Clark "An Open Letter to the Older Generation" (MP3)
Frank Garlock "A Friend of Teenagers" (MP3)
Two geezers both "having studied rock and roll in depth" offer their diverse appeals to the public at large. Dick Clark's ramblings come from a 1967 single (thanks to Ken for the MP3), while Garlock's track comes from The Big Beat: A Rock Blast LP goes under the assumption that some rock music is inherently evil (and dedicates a whole track to the Rolling Stones).
Breakout "Pomaluj Moje Sny" (MP3)
Breakout were a great blues rock band out of Poland in the 1970's led by Tadeusz Nalepa and formerly called Blackout. This track (thanks Russ Waterhouse who gave me their CD) is from their 1971 disc "Blues".
Below is a digest of all MP3s featured in Beware of the Blog over the past month (shovelled out by Liz Berg):
- Ubuweb update: Lacan, Beckett, Pinter, and even more outsider snobbery!