GOOD GUYS (DON’T WEAR WHITE) by MINOR THREAT
Salad Days was the last 7” EP that highly influential American hardcore punk band Minor Threat released in 1985 after the band’s breakup.
The EP differs somewhat from the band’s previous material. All songs are slower, making a slight departure from the group’s hardcore punk style.
Tracks on the 3 song-EP include “Good Guys" (a cover of a song by The Standells) , “Salad Days”, and “Stumped”.
ME LOST COOKIE IN THE MOSH PIT by COOKIE MONGOLOID
Cookie Mongoloid is the blue and black sheep of the family that spawned that more famous cookie fanatic, The Cookie Monster.
Growing up in the shadow of his beloved cousin, watching the lovable good-natured monster rise effortlessly to stardom, the mal-adjusted Cookie Mongoloid grew despondent and bitter.
Living on San Francisco, CA’s wretched skid row 6th Street on a diet of freebased cookie bits, the mongoloid was a far cry from the cheerful star of children’s television.
Inspired by Devo’s anthem of alienation and mutation, musicians teamed up with him and convinced Cookie to channel his angst and obsessive nature into a compelling musical endeavor.
An all-star band was assembled: bass legend Carmella, guitar heroine Lisafer, and the inarticulate hockey-masked rock drummer Crumb. In an unholy epiphony, the childhood favorites of generation X were set to a scathing metal rhythm, and the leather clad Cookie Mongoloid commanded the stage.
The legend grew, pyrotechnics and a harem of heavy metal vixens, The Cookies, pummeled the sugar-crazed masses with buckets of baked goods. Cookie Mongoloid now stands poised to conquer the rock world with their unlikely brand of deafening educational programing and cookie indulgence.
FUCK THE PAIN AWAY by PEACHES
Peaches, is a Canadian-born electronic musician and performance artist who lives in Berlin, Germany. Her songs are noted for questioning traditional gender norms and their use of sexually explicit lyrics.
Born Merrill Beth Nisker in Toronto, Ontario, she attended a private Jewish school where her classes were taught half in English and half in Hebrew.
Before she became Peaches, Nisker was an independent music and drama teacher. She plays her own instruments for her songs, programs her own electronic beats, and produces her own albums.
C’mon…let’s rock n’ roll with The Ramones!
KITTY by THE PRESIDENTS OF USA
The Presidents of the United States of America, commonly referred to as The Presidents, are a twice Grammy-nominated American alternative rock band from Seattle, WA.
The three-piece group currently comprises vocalist and “basitarist” Chris Ballew, drummer and vocalist Jason Finn with “guitbassist” and vocalist Andrew McKeag. “Guitbassist” and vocalist Dave Dederer was a member of the band for 11 years before leaving in 2004.
Critics praised the bands catchy, humorous, and self-deprecating songs, which were a major departure from the grunge/post-grunge sound. The album received Grammy nominations in 1996 and 1997.
NEXT TO YOU by THE POLICE
The Police was an English rock band from London, formed in 1977. The band consisted of Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland. The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by jazz, punk and reggae music.
The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and became the world’s highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour. Rolling Stone ranked The Police number 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE: This is my favorite Police song of all time.
BELA LUGOSI’S DEAD by BAUHAUS
In honor of Bela Lugosi’s Birthday, here’s “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus.
Bauhaus were an English rock band formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The band was originally Bauhaus 1919 before they dropped the numerical portion within a year of formation. With their dark and gloomy sound and image, Bauhaus are generally considered the first Gothic rock group.
Bauhaus first broke up in 1983. Peter Murphy began a solo career while the other members continued as Tones on Tail and, later, Love and Rockets. Both enjoyed greater commercial success in the United States than Bauhaus had, but disappeared from the charts in their homeland.
The band reunited for a 1998 tour and on a more permanent basis in 2005. The group announced plans to disband again following the release of their final album, Go Away White, in 2008.
TYPICAL GIRLS by THE SLITS
The Slits are a British punk rock band. The quartet was formed in 1976 by members of the bands The Flowers of Romance and The Castrators. The members were Ari Up (Arianna Forster) and Palmolive (Paloma Romero, who later left to join The Raincoats), with Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt replacing founding members, Kate Korus and Suzy Gutsy. Palmolive was replaced by the drummer Budgie (aka Peter Clarke), formerly of The Spitfire Boys and later of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Although not all line-ups were exclusively female, the three main female members appeared on most record covers and publicity photos, and the group was generally presented as a female band.
THE DEATH OF ARI UP (OCT 20, 2010)
The death of the singer, real name Arianna Forster, was revealed in a statement on Lydon’s website which said she would be “sadly missed”. Punk-reggae act The Slits were known for tracks including their cover of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Typical Girls”. Munich-born, Up was 14 when she formed the band with members including Palmolive - real name Paloma Romero - in 1976.
In a tribute on The Slits’ My Space page, her manager Jeff Jacquin paid tribute to her “unyielding passion for music and life”.
"She influenced generations of women and created some of the most memorable music of our time, but Ari’s true magic was how she affected people on the street, face to face, every day," he said.
"She ate life up and spit it out."
The singer’s mother, German publishing heiress Nora Forster, is married to former Sex Pistols star Lydon, who she has been with for 30 years.
ISRAELITES by DESMOND DEKKER
Desmond Dekker (July 16, 1941—May 25, 2006) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician.
Together with his backing group, The Aces, he had one of the first international Jamaican hits with “Israelites”. Other hits include “007 (Shanty Town)” (1967) and “It Miek” (1969).
Before the ascent of Bob Marley, Dekker was one of the most popular musicians within Jamaica, and one of the best-known musicians outside it.
TRA LA LA SONG (One Banana, Two Banana) by LIZ PHAIR & MATERIAL ISSUE
Liz Phair & Chicago based band Material Issue (1985-1997) teamed up to release The Tra-La-La song from Banana Splits.
The Banana Splits were four comedic animal characters who featured in a late 1960’s children’s variety show made for television. The costumed hosts of the show were Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky (respectively, a dog, gorilla, lion, and elephant).
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour** was an hour-long, packaged television program that featured both live action and animated segments. The series was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, and ran for 31 episodes on NBC Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1968 to September 5, 1970. The series costumes and sets were designed by Sid and Marty Krofft.
JEALOUS KIND by CHRIS KNIGHT
Chris Knight is an Alt-American country music singer and songwriter from Slaughters, Kentucky. He has come only recently to national attention, but has written songs for Confederate Railroad, John Anderson, and Randy Travis among others.
In 1986, after earning his degree, he heard Steve Earle on the radio and decided to try his hand at writing songs. After six years of working on his songs he came to Nashville and won a spot on a songwriters’ night at the Bluebird Cafe. He snatched the interest of Frank Liddell, who signed him to a publishing deal with Bluewater Music. He then went back home and kept writing, and when Decca Records hired Liddell for an A&R position, Knight got a record deal and Decca released his self-titled debut in 1998. Knight still lived in a trailer house on 90 acres in Slaughters when the album was released. He has since become a popular name in the Americana music genre.
He has been named an “Honorary Texan” by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
ALL THE WAY DOWN by GLEN HANSARD (ONCE SOUNDTRACK)
Glen Hansard (born 21 April 1970) is the principal songwriter and vocalist / guitarist for Irish rock group The Frames. He is also known for starring in the films ONCE and The Commitments.
Hansard wrote the song, “All The Way Down”, which appeared in Once. His success with the songs and performance in Once resulted in Hansard winning an Academy-Award and no less than ten other major nominations or awards altogether.
The New York Dolls.
Now THIS is Rock ‘n Roll!