Bruce Milne

This is a section of the In-Fidelity Recordings website where Bruce taps out whatever is on his mind. If you've come here via a search engine and are looking for something in particular then good luck - there is no order. Just keep scrolling down.


DUNCAN McLEAN - Long Star Swing (book)
TONY SHERMAN - Backbeat, The Earl Palmer Story (book)
V/A - Backbeat, The World's Greatest Rock'n'Roll Drummer CD
V/A - Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys: Golden Years Of Western Swing (CD box)

Earl Palmer, the most important drummer in the history of r'n'r died on Sept. 19th.

Whilst his name is hardly well known, Earl's list of of accomplishments is so vast and jaw-dropping that it seems unbelievable. His early New Orleans work alone is enough to guarantee him legendary status. As a part of the small crew that worked almost every session at Cosimo Matassa's studio, he backed Fats Domino, Little Richard, Lloyd Price and just about everyone else you can mention. In the late 50s, he (and many other N.O. musicians) moved to L.A. where he became (along with Hal Blaine) the most in-demand session drummer in town. His session list is again so vast that even Earl couldn't remember all of the important records he played on. But it includes, Eddie Cochran, Richie Valens, Beach Boys, various Spector sessions, the Supremes, Ray Charles, Bobby Darin, Jan & Dean, Dr John (naturally), Neil Young, B.B. King, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Elvis Costello, etc., etc..

He also played many jazz session (live and studio) with Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra.

His biography is a fascinating read.

Another great book I recently discovered is Duncan McLean's "Lone Star Swing". Duncan, who is a well-known Scottish author, is a huge fan of Western Swing - the peculiar music of Texas (that evolved in the late 20s) that incorporates jazz, blues, country, Mexican and European influences. Bob Wills is the best known exponent, though he gets a caning from almost every old musician Duncan tracks down. I picked up the book because I've developed an unhealthy obsession with Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies. Their incredible output is a perfect example of how diverse the Western Swing genre was. One moment they're Louis Jordan, the next they're Spike Jones, then a polka band, then a mariachi band - and all in the same song.

I have to seriously investigate the others mentioned in the book - Adolph Hofner and his San Antonians, Cliff Bruner and the Texas Wanderers, Dave Stogner and the Western Rhythmaires, and a whole lot more. Luckily, there's a great selection of their tracks on the essential CD set, "Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys".

The book is the tale of his long trip around Texas trying to track down original Western Swing musicians. But it's far more than that. It's about all the little places and people he observes. It's a funny, insightful travelogue that swings along with the music playing on the car stereo and takes you along for the ride. You can't read it without wanting to run out and discover all the tracks by all the musicians he talks about. And that's (for me) what makes a great music book. I wish others were even half as well written as this one.

I hate to give away trade secrets, but I find a lot of my music books (very cheap) at Louie's Record Lounge, which is just a few steps away from the Tote (on Johnston St, just before Smith). And not just music books. Ian, who runs the place, has an incredible collection of pulp fiction, film and pop culture books. Along with a huge selection of vinyl. And he knows everything in the store backwards. It's definitely a must go place for any music fan. I gave him my 7" wants list (which is printed somewhere way down here) and he turned up two items within a week! Which, if you look at how obscure the list is, is really saying something!


JAMES CRUMLEY - The Last Good Kiss (book)
ANN-MARGRET - Hits & Rarities CD

James Crumley died on Sept 17th. He was 68.

In the mid 80s, I opened a crime book shop, Kill City. I'd been a fan of 'hard-boiled' crime fiction for years but in the mid-80s it felt like there was a new era of great crime writing about to explode. And it did. Some really good books had already appeared (early Ellroy's, Kem Nunn's "Tapping The Source"). Shortly after the shop opened, classics such as James Ellroy's "Black Dahlia", Eugene Izzi's "The Take" and James Lee Burke's "The Neon Rain" appeared. Then, the floodgates opened at it seemed that each month there was a new "must read" book by a new writer.

But a decade before, one of the greatest crime books and one of the most influential was released, James Crumley's "The Last Good Kiss" had appeared and (at the time) disappeared almost without notice in 1978.

It's an astounding work. It's "Fear & Loathing..." meets Hammett. It's "Heart Of Darkness" meets Chandler.

The main character, C. W. Sughrue is an alcoholic wreck. And, you get the impression, so closely based on the writer himself that you wonder how the book ever got written.

AUGUST 5TH, 2008


Subtitled "White Trash Rockers '55 - '69", these two CDs are crammed full of obscuro rockers by crazed white boys hopped up on what sounds like a steady diet of alcohol, speed and fast (maybe jail) food. With titles such as "Hillybilly Surfer", "Bust Head Gin", Motorcycle Mania", "I'm an Ape", "Stealing Hubcaps", etc., you know you're in for an entertaining ride. 27 tracks on each CD and not a single dud.

AUGUST 1ST, 2008


Just finished reading Rick Coleman's book on Fats Domino. The book goes way beyond just Fats' story and has an in-depth overview of New Orleans music of the 40s/50s. It's the best book on the subject that I've come across since John Broven's "Rhythm & Blues In New Orleans" and Jeff Hannusch's "I Hear You Knockin'".
Boy, is it detailed. It almost gives a day-by-day run-down on every tour Fats did. Which is fine by me. Getting a feel for what it was like on the road for R&B artists back then has always fascinated me. Expressions like the Chittlin' Circuit are too easily thrown around by writers without any real explanation of what that meant. It's all in here: trying to find places to stay in segregated towns, even trying to find toilets.
The book does a good job of placing the music of Fats (and others) into a broader context of the time. It tries a little too hard to place Fats at the centre of everything. It almost assumes that everyone thinks Fats' music was too light (in all senses of the word). But that's a minor quibble because it is such a fascinating story.
Weirdly, it also keeps referring to how overlooked New Orleans is in the birth of rock'n'roll. I wouldn't have made that assertion because I assume New Orleans is seen as not just one of the most important cities in the history of rock'n'roll but also jazz, blues and all the hybrids. But singing the praises of the city is fine by me.
Like all good music books, it makes you run to your collection and dig out the music. There's a really great Fats box-set, "Walking To New Orleans", that makes the perfect soundtrack for this book. Along with the recently released set of New Orleans recordings made at the J&M studio - "The Cosimo Matassa Story".
Back to the book...
It has a great map of New Orleans at the front that lists every place of importance. Finally, I can work out exactly where the legendary clubs and places of interest were/are.
It's astounding to realise that it wasn't just urban gentrification that has destroyed them but also a hurricane.

JULY 27, 2008

BO DIDDLEY - Gunslinger

I love Bo Diddley's albums. There ain't a lot of variation in the songs most of the time, but the little touches stand out because of that. Almost all of them (I'm talking about his Chess LPs only) have hidden gems.

It's really hard to work out his discography (though, thanks to the internet, there's a lot more info now). His LPs were usually just the recent singles bundled together with a few fillers. Frustratingly, the titles were often slightly changed.

I picked up the CD reissue of Gunslinger because it has a bunch of great bonus cuts (some of which haven't appeared before), including a great little track called 'Googlia Moo'. I also reread Charles White's biography of Bo. It's a weird read. Bo comes across as a really bitter (and, often, racist) guy. It's strange to realise that he only really had two hits, "Bo Diddley" and "Say Man".

Sadly, he passed away the same day I finished the book and bought Gunslinger.

JULY 17, 2008

SPARKS - Kimono My House

I had the opprotunity to go to London to see Sparks perform. Over 21 nights they did each of their 21 albums. I managed to see the first 6 nights. It was an incredible experience.

A lot of people can't understand why I'm such a huge Sparks fan. It's not my fault they had such a huge influence on Queen and the Pet Shop Boys! In 1974, when I found Kimono My House in my local Brash's chain store, I was looking for anything that didn't sound like all the early 70s stuff that I hated (noodling prog, bar boogie, leaden metal, indulgent singer/songwriters, etc). And that was the album. It didn't sound like anything else. The lyrics were amazing. And Ron looked like the coolest guy in the world (still does!). I played that album constantly. Sparks never toured Australia, at the time, so the chance to finally see them was too good to refuse.

JULY 10, 2008

FRANK MOTLEY - Honkin' At Midnight
CHUCK HIGGINS - Blows His Wig!

I'm fanatical about 50s R&B, especially the wild, raw stuff. There's a sub-genre, black rock'n'roll, that's almost as hard to define as it is track down. Black rock'n'roll is where R&B and (occassionaly) blues artists, responding to the rock'n'roll explosion, beefed up (and/or, stripped down) their sound. It was a short-lived response, but it produced some incredible records.

There's three volumes of a series titled "Wild & Frantic" that have tracked down some of the finest examples. The spectre of Little Richard looms large over a lot of the tracks, which suits me just fine. It's great to hear artists, who later went on to great success (Otis Redding, James Brown, Joe Tex, Don Covay, etc.) doing their best to attempt to take Little Richard's crown. But most of those tracks are easily available elsewhere. It's the obscurities, on tiny labels, that make these comps so essential. Artists such as Cledus Harrison, Emmett Davis, Fox Hall and others. I wish there was a way to find out more info about them.

APRIL 14, 2008

V/A - A Richer Tradition (country blues & stringband music '22-'42)

I'll read almost any book about music. But sometimes I wonder why I ever bother reading "autobios" by musicians as they all seem to be the same. This week I was reading Mezz Mezzrow's "Really The Blues" and Ian McLagan's "All The Rage. And, despite the different times and genres, they are basically the same - "I was so messed up on pills/alcohol/booze/smack that I don't remember what happened" and, "I was ripped off by everyone (though I don't seem to feel being messed up on... had anything to do with it)."

Mezzrow's book is the better one, mainly because so little has been written about the era he's talking about (jazz in the 20/30s) and it is written is such thick jive talk that you almost need a hipster's dictionary to work out what's he's saying.

Mezz was hardly the greatest jazz musician (he played clarinet and sax) but he had a great ear for the genius in others and the passionate way he writes about the music of others (especially Louis Armstrong) makes you want to listen to their music immediately. It's almost impossible (for me) to listen to Armstrong's music with the sort of fresh ears that are needed but when Mezz talks about particular tracks and how revoltionary they sounded, how he'd drag a record player around to other musician's houses where they'd sit up all night long, listening over and over to one song, it's hard not to want to get your ears into that sorta headspace.

Ian McLagan (of, of course, the SmallFaces/Faces) has written one of the worst books since, well, the last boook I read by a 60s British musician (actually, no book is worse than Dave Davies' one). You'd think that someone (hello editor) would sit with him and give him some guidance on what's important (and what people want to read) - the music, with a real feel of what it was like to be "there". Instead, McLagan's book is filled with stories silly incidents of what Ian and his fellow mucians got up to when they were stoned and drunk. The problem (for me) is that Ian (and the Faces/Small Faces/Stones) come across as a bunch of spoilt dickheads - and it ruins the music for me.

Anyway, even if I won't be listening to the Small Faces with the sort of passion I may once have had, there's always a wealth of music out there to discover. The comp "A Richer Tradition" is a wondrous collection. Primitive is hardly the word for the recordings/songs/artists on this set but that's what makes it so amazing. Most of the tracks were recorded in the back of shops and hotel rooms under conditions that boggle the mind, yet they jump out with an exotic power that sends tingles up my spine.

APRIL 1, 2008


I love the box sets the Proper label issues - well researched, well packaged and, often, exhaustive in the tracks they include. Cosimo ran the tiny studio in New Orleans throughout the 50s that recorded virtually every artist from that city. Little Richard, Fats Domino, Bobby Charles, Dave Bartholomew, Prof. Longhair, Smiley Lewis, Earl King, Eddie Bo, etc.

This 4CD set includes a lot of material that I hardly need again (Fats, Little Richard) but it also includes a lot of obscure tracks that I have been unable to find before (Hawks, Kidds, Pelicans, Sha-Weez, Dukes, etc) that makes it a bargain.

It's astounding how much great music, with such a distinctive sound, came out of one tiny (and ill-equipped) studio. Much of the credit has to go to the handful of musicians that comprised the studio band. People like Earl Palmer (drums), Lee Allen (tenor sax), Frank Fields (bass), Ernest McLean (guitar), Alvin Tyler (baritone sax) and a few others must have spent their lives in the studio.

It's sad to think that, despite the incredible output, the studio (and the New Orleans music scene) died out in the early 60s when the District Attorney, Jim Garrison (a name familiar to JFK assassination conspriry theorists) "cleaned up" the town and closed down almost all the live venues. And many of the musicians moved to L.A., where they may have earnt a lot more but they ended up playing on things like Sonny & Cher records.

FEBRUARY 25, 2008

What a great night! Scientists were in fine form. Some terrible sound problems at the beginning but they got sorted. Sonic Youth were pretty amazing. Despite having seen them many, many times around the world, it was the first time I heard a bunch of the Daydream Nation tracks. A long show, too.

FEBRUARY 20, 2008

Two records I released on Au-Go-Go in the 80s, Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation and the Scientists' Blood Red River, are going to be performed live tonight by both groups. I'll let you know what it was like tomorrow!

FEBRUARY 2, 2008

FABIENNE DEL SOL - Between You And Me
V/A - I Am An Ape ("white trash rockers of the 50s & 60s)

I went to see the Todd Haynes' film, I'm Not There, recently. Main reason I went was because it was one of those 40+ degree days when I couldn't stay a moment longer in my hot apartment. Anyway, I was well rewarded. I reckon it's the best film (non animation, anyway) that I've seen in a long time.

The various interpretations on Dylan (and parts of his life), that the film moves between constantly take a while to get used to but once you stop trying to pull everything together into a neat package and just let it all unfold it's compelling and intriguing (and sometimes completely baffling).

I don't know much about Dylan and his music post Blood On The Tracks so I was a little out of the loop when it covered those years but the rest was great. Even if I thought a few of the actors sucked, it didn't matter because the use of different filming styles, and the non-linear story, was always interesting.

I felt the Richard Gere scenes were the best. They abound with oblique references to Dylan's early 70s period. I bet if I spent a bit more time listening to Pat Garrett/New Morning/Rolling Thunder I would have had a better understanding of all the colourful, strange images in that part of the film.

NOVEMBER 14, 2007


Went to the opening of the Nick Cave exhibition (it's on at the Melbourne Arts Centre - go!). It was pretty weird, 30 years on and seeing Nick has now become a "Melbourne Icon" (the head of the gallery's words!). But it was a great gathering of the late 70s Melb gang (including many people I haven't seen since). Nick declined to speak at the opening but he seemed pretty chuffed by the whole thing. My brother, Peter, flew down from Brisbane (cos they have a bunch of his pics in the exhibit).

Devastations head back to town any day now. It took me a few listens to get into their new album. The heavy use of keyboards really threw me at first. But I love it now.

I've been listening to the Soundtrack Of Our Lives "Behind The Music" a bunch this week. I believe this is the greatest album of the past ten years. That these guys aren't everyone's fave band still astounds me.

NOVEMBER 1, 2007

OCTOBER 29, 2007

Really enjoyed Paul Trynka's biography on Iggy, Open Up & Bleed. It's really well researched and covers his entire career in depth. I even enjoyed the post-Stooges half of the book!

JANUARY 16, 2007

Didn't realise it had been so long since I'd posted here (Though I have put a couple of rants up on the In-Fidelity myspace site).
I'm still reeling from the genius of the Soundtrack Of Our Lives shows in Melbourne. The Friday night at the Tote was astounding. I had the best spot in the house because I was djing but I couldn't help myself and, like a 9-yr old at a Pop Idol shopping mall appearance, I pushed right down to the front of the throng. But the best was yet to come. On the Tuesday night, the band played a semi-acoustic set for an hour. Then took a half-hour break before coming back and playing for nearly another two hours. And every moment was spell-binding.

OCTOBER 13, 2006


I love finding those �this-is-how-we-make-our-music-and-we-don�t-give-a-fuck-if-anyone-else-likes-it-or-not?type records. As opposed to the �this-is-our-deliberate-attempt-to-look-like-we-are-making-a-we-don�t-give-a-fuck?type record.

There�s a couple of recent (and, musically, miles apart) gems I�ve found that I reckon are delightful examples of the first category ?Ivan & The Terribles?EP and the Wooden Shjips 10?and 7?

Any band that takes their name from the punk rock band, Ivan & The Terribles, in the great, forgotten horror flick, Motel Hell, is already in my good books.

In the late 70s I used to pour (or is that paw?) over Bomp mail order catalogues and try to work out how to stretch my limited finances so that I could buy as many of the amazing 7�s they had listed. I still remember getting the Germs?�Forming?single and putting it on the record player and thinking something was wrong with my needle. Even in an era of ultra lo-fi recordings, that one was off the scale. Ivan & The Terribles do a good job of achieving a similar sound.

In the modern day, when it seems that every laptop comes complete with a Pro-Tools package, I don�t know how Ivan & The Terribles managed to make a recording that sounds like it was made on one of those four track cassette recorders (that everyone was using back in the late 70s) by someone who didn�t know what he/she was doing. Which is part of what makes this untitled EP so great. Because it totally works for the brutal thug-punk music they make. That I thought only Australian groups could do (at least since ands like Anti-Seen disappeared). Four great (though more like one, four-part masterwork) tracks. Two with buried vocals, two with no vocals.

There may have been a slip of paper inside the sleeve with some details but, if so, I can�t find it. The only info I have is the address on the back sleeve:
1214 S.15th St., Manitowoc, WI 54220

Then there�s the Wooden Shjips who have so far (or at least as far as I can tell) released a 7?and a 10? Neither record has much info, and you ain�t going to find much on their website nor myspace so I don�t know what the full story is. But it probably doesn�t matter.

They�re from San Francisco and, whilst you could sorta label their music as psychedelic, they have no roots (as far as I can hear) in SF 60s sounds at all. This is hard, repetitive guitars (and keyboards) that brings to mind all sorts of comparisons (Suicide rewrite �Sister Ray pt 2? Faust play Hawkwind, Spaceman 3 jamming to a Sun Ra track they only heard once) but nothing that hits the nail on the head. Which is how it should be. It�s a sound of its own, and it�s really, really good. At this stage, there�s not really enough material to form a complete picture of the band but there�s certainly enough to make me want to know more.

You can hear excerpts on their myspace

AUGUST 22, 2006

JAMES McCANN "Where Was I Then"

AUGUST 10TH, 2006

"The Velvet Underground & Nico" book by Joe Harvard

I thought I'd overdosed on Velvets reading many, many years ago but this little book caught my eye today and I bought it on a whim. And I'm really glad I did. Not only is t a great guide to the first Velvet's album, but it's written in a nice, relaxed, personal style.

And it makes loads of clever observations that I hadn't noticed before. For example, the influence of Raymond Chandler on Lou's writing style (think about it, "Up to Lexington 125, feeling sick & dirty, more dead than alive" sounds like Chandler).

It doesn't over-mythologise the band or the record but puts it in such a clear context that you can't help but marvel at the fact that it was ever recorded/released. And it makes me want to run home and listen to the record again.

JULY 31ST, 2006

FLOYD DIXON "Marshall, Texas Is My Home" CD
FLOYD DIXON "Ooh Little Girl" track
FLOYD DIXON "Hey Bartender" track
FLOYD DIXON "Call Operator 210" track

West Coast jump blues and R&B pianist / vocalist / songwriter
Floyd Dixon died Wednesday, July 26, 2006 in Los Angeles,
California, of kidney failure. He was 77.

JULY 25TH, 2006

I have to put in a plug for the Mess & Noise magazine. It really takes music journalism to another level. Rather than endless articles on the latest "hot" act (that are really just the label press releases expanded) it has some real meat to read. I really like the section in the urrent issue where they zero in n particular Australian songs they like and discuss them, and then get the songwriter to talk about them. I really like the photo section (the picture of Rui from the Drones so lost in his guitar playing that he's dribbling is beautiful!). I really like the tour diaries they have (this time it's Augie March). And it's free!

JULY 10TH, 2006

HORACE McCOY "I Should Have Stayed Home" book
HORACE McCoy "No Pockets On A Shroud" book
"Sword Of Doom" Japanese film

JULY 6TH 2006

As I write this, I'm listening to Dave on 3RRR's Galactic Zoo and his tribute to Rocket.
Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist with the Cosmic Psychos died early Sat morning.

Despite his ferocious guitar sound, Robbie was the gentle Cosmic member. In fact, my strongest memories of Robbie over the years, apart from his on-stage performances, are of quiet conversations - usually backstage away from the craziness out front.
Maybe Robbie was the cosmic element to the bands psycho parts.
Maybe I'm laboring that metaphoric pun.
But I'm going to miss Robbie.

JUNE 16TH 2006

SNOWMAN "Zombies..."
NEW YORK DOLL - The Arthur 'Killer' Kane story DVD
ALL DOLLED UP - The New York Dolls

I watched the Arthur Kane doco the other night. It was such a sad story. Immediately afterwards, I had to throw on the astounding Bob Gruen N.Y. Dolls doco just to remember Arthur (and the band) in all their glory.

The first time I ever heard of the Dolls was when I saw their first album in a Brash's record store (remember them?) in '73 (or '74) when it was locally released. The cover was so shocking (to me, at that time, anyway) that I was almost too nervous to take it up to the counter to ask if I could hear some of it. But I was totally sold on it within a few minutes (certainly by the intro to "Looking For A Kiss").

I know I've made this comment before (as has many others) but there was so little music at the time that really interested and excited me so albums like this were bright beacons in the dark.

Trying to find info on the band at the time was almost impossible. They certainly weren't the srt of band that Rolling Stone championed. In fact, I think RS slagged the album off badly. Luckily, I discovered the NY mag, Rock Scene, which became like a bible to me. It also whet my appetite for all the great NY bands that followed. They wrote passionately about the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, Heartbreakers, Richard Hell, etc for years before any of them even released anything.

APRIL 26TH, 2006

SPARKS "Kimono My House"
SPARKS "Propaganda"
SPARKS "Indiscreet"
HALFNELSON "Halfnelson"
SPARKS "A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing"

Yep, I've got the Sparks bug at the moment. I haven't even heard the new album, "Hello Young Lovers", yet but I'm eagerly awaiting the pleasure.

I first came across the group when "Kimono My House" was released in Australia. It was in my local chain store (remember Brash's?) and looked totally out of place. The glossy cover (with no title) and the picture of the band on the back (especially Ron) were very, very different from the usual covers at the time. I asked to hear the record and before the first track, "This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us", was over I knew I had found my new fave band. What made them so special was that I couldn't place them in context with anything else that was around at the time. Their two really unique features were Russell's voice and the lyrics. These days, Russell's vocals don't sound so unusual because they were a huge influence on Freddie Mercury (and therefore many singers since). But there wasn't anything to compare Russell to back then. And Sparks' lyrics were always about the oddest subjects and certainly stood out from the introspective singer/songwriter stuff (or even the glam kiddy-pop) of the time.

Sparks deserve a lot more respect and attention than they are currently afforded. They were one of the saving graces of early 70s music. And they're still going strong.

I found a great Sparks site -

MAR 28TH, 2006

BILLY STRANGE "In A Mexican Bag"
WIPERS "Follow Blind"

Whilst I seem to be on a writing kick, and a recommendation kick, there's another site I don't think I've ever mentioned:
This is a massive resource site for rockabilly and rock'n'roll music 1951 - 1964. It's so comprehensive, that it boggles my little mind sometimes. It lists every rockabilly record with exact details. It's cross-referenced so that you can search by artist, title, label, and a bunch of other ways. It lists all the comps that exists.

It's very specific in it's subject - there's no straight country, there's no pop/r'n'r, there's no black r'n'r. But it's still a massive, massive undertaking. I presume it is funded by a university or college. If it ever disappeared, people all over the world would be seriously distraught.

Imagine if there were similar sites for other genres. I could sure use a punk rock '77 - '82 one, or a glam-rock one, or a German '65 - '75 one, or an instrumental one, or a jump blues '45 - '55 one. Or, or, or.

MAR 27TH, 2006

JIMMY REED "You got Me Dizzy"
Keetie & the Kats "Cross-Ties"
Pee Wee Crayton "Pee Wee's Wild"
Patience & Prudence "We Can't Sing Rhythm & BlLues"

There are two websites I have spent a lot of time on recently.
Phil Milstein and I have been swapping music since the mid 70s. His knowledge of, and love of, obscure music twilight-zone dwellers is amazing. I still have boxes of cassettes that Phil sent me and looking at them makes me realise how many artists and genres of music he was responsible for turnng me on to. Anyway, Phil as a site that is full of jaw-dropping musical gems you can listen to. There's the worst versions of Beach Boys songs ever recorded, there's a very white big band orchestra covering Bo Diddley, there's Syd Nathan (King Records head) sales pep talks from the early 50s (and they ain't the ones on the King box set!). And so much more. You have to check this site out.

In the early 90s, James "The Hound' Marshall sent me some cassettes of his fantastic WFMU radio show, The Hound. I played them repeatedly, and used to wish I lived in NYC just so I could tune in to his show each week. He played all sorts of cool stuff - rockabilly, wild r&b, instrumentals, garage, punk, etc. He had loads of great guests in (Billy Miller, Nick Tosches, Hasil Adkins, Buck Owens). He knew his music (and, I'm sure, still does!). And now he's dug out a whole swag of tapes of the shows and made them available for download. Plus he's put the individual tracks up (there are 1000s of them). This site is as close to heaven as I'll ever get. Get busy!

MAR 26TH, 2006

CORKY JONES "Hot Dog/Rhythm & Blues"

Buck Owens died yesterday (aged 76). There will be a lot of fitting tributes on various country sites. He was one of the pioneers of the treble-y Fender Telecaster sound. He stuck close to his roots - Mexican border music and honky-tonk country music (without being afraid to introduce some r'n'r elements) and didn't go for the pop-country sounds. He had a great, great band (the Buckeroos). And he (and the band) wore the very best suits!

I hope someone makes mention of his incredible 50s rockabilly single (as Corky Jones) in the obits - it's a brutal killer!

I had the honor of introducing Russ Meyer's "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) on Friday night. Which was certainly a far cry from the dingy, basement (amd long gone) adult cinema on Collins St where I first saw a Russ Meyer film ("Beneath The Valley Of The Ultravixens") in the late 70s!

FEB 9TH, 2006

Great Australian/NZ bands that aren't on In-Fidelity. Check them out. No order...

Kill Devil Hills
Eddy Current Supression Ring
Witch Hats
White Swallows
Die Die Die
C. W. Stoneking
Small Sips

FEB 6TH, 2006

I went to Sydney on the weekend to see the first Thought Criminals show in more than 20 years. It was a great, great night. I thought (well, Roger their bassist warned me) that they'd be rusty, but they weren't. They totally nailed it.

JAN 25TH, 2006

Just read that the Rhino store in Westwood, LA, is closing. And I immediately flashed back to the moment when I picked up a still sealed copy of Beefheart's "Lick My Decals Off" for $2.99 there in 1984. It's a really sad sign of the times when such a great store can't survive. When I opened the Au-go-go store in the mid-80s, Rhino was an inspiration. Whenever I went to LA, I would hit the Rhino store as one of my first stops. Great staff, a wide-range of releases in all sorts of genres (but all well chosen), bargains galore, in-store appearances, etc. Many of the way we did things at Au-go-go were inspired (a polite way of saying "ripped-off") by Rhino. Even from the other side of the world, that store will be missed.

JAN 20TH, 2006

�Baby, I am a mean motherfucker. Don�t you be writin?nothin?nice �cause you be jivin?people. I am the wicked. Dig? I am named the wicked. I got to be the wicked!?
(Author Gerri Hirshey�s first meeting with the �Wicked Mr. Pickett?in her book, Nowhere To Run)

Wilson Pickett died on January 19th of a heart attack. He was just 64 years old. I wrote a detailed obit in this week's InPress.

JAN 6TH, 2006

The Guitar Wolf tour is over. It was pretty amazing. All the gigs were sell-outs. I think I lost 10kg over the two hot and sweaty nights at the Tote. Big thanks to Toshi and Mach Pelican who organised such a successful tour.

DEC 29TH, 2005

CHUBBY CHECKER "New Revelation/Chequered!"

Guitar Wolf will be in town tomorow!
The Datsuns will be in town tomorrow!

Thanks to Phil Milstein who sent me a compilation of Chubby Checkers' super heavy 1971 recordings. I had no idea these super baaaad tracks existed. Full blown psych/funk/soul. With tracks like "My Mind Comes From A High Place", "Stoned In The Bathroom" and "No Need To Get So Heavy", well, you probably get the idea!

DEC 6TH, 2005

Gerry Humphreys, lead singer with the Loved Ones, died of a heart attack, in London, aged 62.

I remember clearly the day my cousin bought the Loved Ones album (they only made one). Its bright, pop-art cover was unlike any other Australian record I'd ever seen. I flipped for the band. Though, to be totally honest, whilst the album featured some of the greatest songs I'd ever heard, it also contained some worst filler crap that ever been recorded. I had to get that off my chest.

Anyway, the great Loved Ones songs, Everlovin' Man, Sad Dark Eyes and The Loved One, are incredible. All three would be in my list of top ten Australian rock songs.

I was to young to see the Loved Ones during their short career. In the early 70s, I saw Gerry play with his band, Gerry & the Joy Band a few times. He also used to MC at some of the first concerts I ever went to at the Much More Ballroom.

However, in 1987, the Loved Ones reformed for a short tour of Australia. The night they played the Prince Of Wales was one of the best gigs I have attended. I was squashed right up the front, loving every second of it.

Ed Kuepper, Nick Cave, Jet and a bunch of other bands/artists have covered Loved Ones songs. I suggest that the Loved Ones should be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame asap.

NOV 25TH, 2005

Strange things I've seen (pt 201)...
Once, at A&M in Los Angeles (which occupies the old Charlie Chaplin film lot, and has preserved the original buildings), my A&R pal there (I probably shouldn't mention his name), pulled out a huge, orange Kodak box and invited me to have a look at its contents. Inside was the large prints from Karen Carpenter's last photo session. She looked so frail and haggard. Yet she was smiling and seemed oblivious in the pictures to the anorexic state she was in. I remember she was wearing leather pants which only made her thinness more pronounced. It was hard to believe that anyone would have agreed to the photo session, unless it was Karen's idea.

NOV 22ND, 2005

CHRIS WHITLEY "Living With The Law"
CHRIS WHITLEY "Din Of Ecstacy"

Chris Whitley died on Nov 20th.

In 1991, I somehow had a copy of Chris Whitley's debut album, Living With The Law, sitting on my desk. Maybe someone sent it to me. Probably one of the cool Au-go-go staff members decided I needed to be hipped onto it. It sat on my desk for weeks because I couldn't imagine that I'd be interested in hearing something on a major label, especially Columbia (Sony). In those days, before the majors decided there was money in "alt" (alt-country, alt-rock, yadda, yadda), I probably hadn't bought a CBS/Epic/Columbia/Sony record since "London Calling".
Anyway, I finally played it and I must have chosen just the right moment because I fell in love with its heart-felt, understated, slide-driven simplicity. And Chris Whitley's voice.
A few years later, Chris released his follow-up album, Din Of Ecstacy. The title, the scrawled b/w cover and the sound of the album were more suited to a label like SST than a major. It was a career move on par with "Metal Machine Music", and a great record. It sounded like Chris would have been more comfortable on a bill with Dinosaur Jr than playing the blues festival circuit. It even featured a dramatic reworking of JAMC's drug ode, Some Candy Talking. Which, given the stories I heard from people that worked with Chris, was pretty appropriate. A look at photos of Chris during the 90s tells a sad story.
Chris found a balance with his records after Din. Probably more than any other label in the world, Melbourne's Rubber Records, believed in Chris and released (I believe) all of his later (non-major) albums.

NOV 21ST, 2005

LINK WRAY - everything/anything

Link Wray R.I.P.

'If I could return in the time and could see only one band, it would be Link Wray and His Ray Men'
Neil Young

The slow strum of basic chords on a cheap distorted guitar played through an even cheaper distorted amp. It�s the backbone of so many of rock�n�roll�s finest moments, and even whole genres (punk, heavy metal, grunge, etc.). And it all can be traced back to one man ?Link Wray, who died in Copenhagen (his adopted home for the past 20 years) on Nov 18th. He was 76.

Frederick Lincoln Wray was born (of Shawnee Indian extraction) in Dunn (Carolina north), in 1929. Link wanted to be a singer but a bout of tuberculosis he contracted during the Korean War in the early 50s left him with only one lung. Link decided to concentrate on the guitar.

In 1958, Link had his one big hit record, Rumble ?a slow, brooding, instrumental that captured the tension of the build-up to a gang fight (a �rumble?. It had the honor of being banned in many places because it might incite violence. Whether or not that�s true, it certainly incited many kids to pick up guitars and try to imitate its brutal simplicity.

Link Wray continued making records throughout his life. It wasn�t until recent times (and maybe the inclusion of his music in films such as Pulp Fiction, Desperado, etc) that he really started to receive the recognition and respect he deserved. Nowadays, almost every note Link recorded has been unearthed and reissued.

Whilst Link�s guitar sound is often sited for its major influence, his incredible vocal style also deserves a special mention. Maybe because Link only had one lung, his raw vocals perfectly matched his distorted, driving guitar sound. Tracks such as �Good Rockin?Tonight? �Hidden Charms?and �Mary Anne?are spine-tingling examples of pure rock�n�roll perfection.

Whether they know it or not, every time a young kid hears rock�n�roll, thinks �I can do that?and straps on a guitar for the first time they�re keeping the spirit of Link Wray alive.

NOV 16TH, 2005

ALL TOMORROW'S PARTY Voo Doo Right, Voo Doo Slide"

When a band takes their name from a Velvet's song, and their album title from a Can song, they may be worth checking out. All Tomorrow's Party are a psych-drone-feedback trio from Japan and have just released an album that will have a lot of the BJTM/BRMC set creaming themselves over.

Incredible records I've heard in my life (part 167)...Years ago I was on a trip to LA to have a meeting at Warner Bros Records. On the way, I read Brian Wilson's autobiography. This was not long after he'd released the lush "Love & Mercy" album. In the book he talks about how Warners didn't have enough faith to release the follow-up album. I asked a friend at Warners about this and he asked me to hang on a minute and ran off. A few minutes later, he returned with a copy of a few of the tracks and played them to me. The tracks I heard were jawdroppingly bad attempts at white rap. I mean, on a scale that puts Eminem at 10 and Vanilla Ice at (let's be kind) 3, these tracks would still have a negative score.

Warners didn't release the follow up album because they had too much respect for Brian's work and didn't want to destroy his career. Every time I read/hear about the "genius" of Brian Wilson, I remember those tracks.

But don't get me wrong, every time I hear Pet Sounds, it sends a shiver down my spine.

NOV 16TH, 2005

V/A Girl Group Sounds

Maybe the reason people don't buy as many CDs as we (those with labels) would like is because is because we don't make packaging so damn irresistable that people couldn't not buy them. The new Rhino Records history of girl groups boxed set, Girl Group Sounds, is so lavishly packaged that I was stunned when I got my hands on it. Before I even talk about the music, let me describe the package - it's a striped, old-style hat box (I assume). Each of the four CDs inside is designed as an old powder compact (with mirror). And the color booklet is 200 pages of photos, details, stories, etc. It is incredible.

It's just the right mixture of tracks I know/have mixed with oddities and rarities and unknown (to me) gems. I presume there was contractual problems that stopped the inclusion of any Philles label recordings (Crystals, Ronettes, etc). But they are so widely available that it doesn't matter.

My only criticism would be the broad definition they given to what constitutes a girl group record. More than any other genre I can think of (except maybe Xmas records), girl group records are of a particular time/place/sound. That is, largely Brill Building writers working with largely NYC area based female groups singing high-drama songs teenage love/tragedy recorded from the early 60s and into the start of the British Invasion. With some precedents (Shirelles, Bobettes, etc) and imitators. The inclusion of artists like Julie Driscoll or Dolly Parton or Wanda Jackson on here make no sense to me. Mind you, I haven't started to read the extensive notes yet, so maybe there's a good argument put up for their inclusion. But, when it's presented this well and there's 120 tracks to dig through, who cares?

NOV 11TH, 2005

5 ROYALES It's Hard But It's Fair
5 ROYALES Monkey Hips & Rice
5 ROYALES All Righty!

Johnny Tanner, vocalist with the 5 Royales, died on Nov 8th, in Nth Carolina.

The 5 Royales are amongs my favourite groups of all time. Whilst their output (on Apollo, King, and then a range of small labels) is inconsistent, there are just so many hidden gems - tracks that are so great you can't believe they haven't been covered repeatedly by others.

What elevated the group above so many others of the period was their secret weapon - Lowman Pauling. He was a tremendous songwriter (two of his 5 Royales songs, "Dedicated To The One I Love" and "Think" were huge hits for others) and, most importantly (for me, anyway) one of the most inventive guitarists of the time. His stinging style was unique, influential (Steve Cropper freely admits to copping Pauling's licks) and quite unusual for a R&B vocal group.
Luckily, it's easier to find 5 Royales music now than it ever has been. And thanks to groups such as the Detroit Cobras (who've covered "The Slummer The Slum", "Right Around The Corner", "When I Get Like This" and "The Real Thing") they are being discovered by a whole new group of fans.

NOV 10TH, 2005

LOS ZAFIROS Bossa Cubano

One of the great things about Melbourne is that we still have some incredible record stores run by people who know what they're talking about. I love walking into a store and being told I have to get something I have never even heard of. A couple of years ago Steve at Greville Records forced me to buy a CD by a Cuban group, Los Zafiros, that he said was the most amazing blend of doo-wop vocals and latin music styles (bossa nova, bolero, samba, etc.). And he was dead right. It is one of the most incredible records I've ever heard.

For me, the best doo-wop (Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Little Anthony & the Imperials) has an ethereal quality, where the voices become something other than just human voices. Los Zafiros take this to the extreme. The vocals sound so "other-worldy" (maybe helped because I can't understand many of the Spanish words) that, at times, they almost sound like linked theremins. The production is much slicker than any other Cuban music I've heard, too.

And the story of the band is just as incredible as the music. Huge stars in the early 60s in the Communist world (Eastern Europe, parts of Africa and Latin America - sort of the Red Chittlin' Circuit). By the late 60s the group had crumbled under the weight of in-fighting and alcohol (that led to the death of various members).

There's a few records available by Los Zafiros, but the comp, Bossa Cubano, that Steve recommended to me is the one to get. Lovingly compiled and packaged (with brilliant photos and story). It's the sort of record you want to own a box of copies of so that you could give one to every music fan you know. Thanks Greville Records/Steve. Mind you, I still haven't forgiven Steve for talking me into buying those Bones, Thugs'n'Harmony CDs.

NOV 1ST, 2005

NYLON Cover Song Series Vol. 1
SOUAD MASSI Honeysuckle
I AM CUBA (film)

Mike Mariconda (of Raunch Hands/Devil Dogs) tracked me down whilst google-ing a search on some old r&b tracks. He's been living in Texas for many years now. And he's finally got a new band together - The Stepbrothers. Their CD is essential listening. Pumping rock'n'soul with all the right touches. Touches of prime-era Stones. The vocalist, Pat Pestorius, has a whine (that's meant as a compliment) that reminds me of Alex Chilton (circa "Like Flies..."). It's on Licorice Tree. PO Box 92783, Austin, TX 78709, USA. And it's got a Wayne Cochran song on it! You can't go wrong.

I was a huge, huge fan of Mike's old band, The Raunch Hands. They were one of the very few bands in the 80s that had any sort of decent knowledge/love for old r&b/60s punk/etc and knew how to combine it with something uniquely their own, rather than just imitating. I guess their specialty was lewd, sleazy slop and they pulled it off and belted it out better than anyone else. I never got to see the band live at the time. Then, about 7 or 8 years ago they reformed to play in Las Vegas at a three day fest called Las Vegas Shakedown (I think that was its title). Nothing could have stopped me from going. and I wasn't disappointed. The Raunch Hands were incredible. So absolutely sure of what they were doing.

The first time I met Mike was in the early 90s. He was working in a record shop on St Mark's Place in the Lower East Side. It was a great thrill to meet somene whose guitar playing I had admired for many years. Anyway, I was in the store talking to him when someone tried to rob it. Then two cops burst in and were screaming at everyone as they arrested the guy, who was also screaming his head off. They had him down on the ground and were trying to put handcuffs on him when he shat himself. So there I was standing at the counter in a record shop with cops screaming for everyone not to move an inch, and there's a guy on the floor next to me wriggling/wailing and there's the sickly smell of shit in the air. They dragged him off and Mike went back to chatting with me as though nothing had happened. It was a little different from my experience with bad customers at Augogo in Melbourne, Australia! I bet Mike doesn't even remember it.

Rockabilly singer, Barbara Pittman, died on Oct 29th from a heart attack. She was 67. Barbara recorded for Sun (and then Phillips Int'l) in the 50s. She was probably best known for her raw and unsubtle track, "I Need A Man".

OCT 18TH, 2005


In 1978, I moved to Adelaide to co-edit a music magazine called Roadrunner. It was a bad place to run a music mag from because almost all the bands in Adelaide stunk. I mean, one of the most popular bands in town was called the Cunning Stunts, for christsakes! But there was one diamond amongst the rough and that was Young Modern. They were a class act, and I went to see them play any chance I had. John Dowler (vocals/songwriter) had awesome stage presence and a voice to match. Very dark lyrics too, under a veil of 60s freakbeat sounds.

After I returned to Melbourne, Young Modern moved to Sydney. I think I only saw them once more, and I was a bit disappointed. it might have been a bad gig, but I think it was that they were seriously trying for the big time and lost a little of their charm in the process.

Play Faster came out as an LP after the band split. I was also a little disappointed with it at the time, but hearing the new CD reissue (with loads of bonus cuts) is a blast. It's great that it was basically recorded as demos because it sounds good today. If it had been recorded when they were in Sydney, in a big studio, it would probably have all of those 80s recording touches (I still shudder when I hear 80s drums sounds) that would have ruined it. It's a great package. Get it.

OCT 12, 2005

V/A Inner City Sound

Clinton Walker was in town this week to launch the reissue of his book (and 2CD set), Inner City Sound, his (highly opininated) history of Australian punk/post-punk/whatever '76 - '82. The launch was held at the Cobra Bar (upstairs at the Tote). I got my few minutes in the spotlight recounting stories of Clinton and me back in the days. I'm not big on dwelling on old times but it was great to see all of the old faces that came out for the launch. there was plenty of faces I hadn't seen in twenty years or so. Get the book, get the CD set.

OCT 4TH, 2005

Just back from two incredible weeks in Japan. I managed to see just over 40 Japanese bands, which I reckon is some sort of a record.
There was a bunch of highlights, but getting to see the first (secret) gig by the new Guitar Wolf line-up would be at the top of the list. The new bassist, Yuji, is going to fit in just fine. The band played only 7 songs - all of them new ones.
Jim O'Rourke, Thurston Moore and Yoshimi (Bordeoms/Free Kitten/OOIOO) played two great gigs (as Blind Beast) in Tokyo and Osaka. I hope someone recorded one of those shows.
I also got to go to Fukuaka (for the first time) with The Evens. Ian and Amy have created something really unique that plays on contrasts - male/female, loud/soft, melodic/rhythmic, etc. They're hoping to come to Australia early next year, which will be a treat.
I don't even know where to start when it comes to all the Japanese music I saw. There were so many great new bands. Time Bomb records held a 15th Anniv party that featured 29 (!!) bands over three nights. Along with bands I've worked with over the years ('s, Mad 3, Money Spyder, Goggles) there was a whole lot of new bands that blew me away. I got to see the King Bros live for the first time. Their show is so physical (bordering on dangerous) that I can't imagine how they will ever make a record that captures their specialness. Anoher great, great band I saw was Nylon, 3 girls and 1 guy from Kyoto. Even though their sound is based on raw r&b rock, they were definitely not a standard pub rock band. they just explode when they hit the stage. Their guitarist (I can't remember her name) is one of the most exciting players I have seen in years. Other great bands to watch out for - Bawdies, Los Tailors, the 48's, the Privates, Shotgun Runners, Go Devils, Bait Ones, Rock'n'Tasuke Roll, Acid Eater, Full House, and many others.

SEPT 9TH, 2005

STOOGES - Stooges and Funhouse (Rhino reissues)
MICK HARVEY - One Man's Treasure

I remember when the Rollins' remixed Raw Power came out a few years ago, and how excited I was to hear it. Sitting with friends in front of a great stereo blasting it at high volume. It was incredible to hear instruments that I'd never heard before. Weird thing is, that I rarely play that version any more. As muffled as the original Bowie mix of Raw Power is, it is still the one that I grew up with, and love.
Rhino has just reissued and remastered the first two (Elektra) Stooges albums, each with a bonus of alternative takes. And I'm loving them. They are incredible records that are the lynchpin to so much of the music I love. And you can read so much into them. They can be the dumbest, most primitive, inept punk (which is pretty much how all the reviews at the time treated them) or they can be almost pretentious minimalist rock meets free-jazz. Either way, they both send shivers down my spine every time I hear them.
I'm not going to try and work out which album is better, as so many people do, because I love them both too much.
I wonder if I'll play these new versions a few times and then file them away and revert back to the original vinyl LPs.

AUGUST 18TH, 2005

I'm not sure if anyone ever sees this part of the website, or not.
Anyway, here's my 7" wants list.
If you have any of these and want to sell/trade, please let me know!

3 Aces & A Joker Booze Party GRC 104
Allen, Annisteen Fujiama Mama Capitol 3048
Allen, Ronnie Juvenile Delinquent San 208
Alvey, Randy Green Fuz Big Tex 445
Ambertones Cruise Newman
Andy & Manhattans Double Mirror Wrap-Around Shades Cardon 1000
Angelos Bad Motorcycle/Backfield Tollie 9003
Apes Tarzan Stomp
Apostles Stranded In The Jungle A-Square 401
Atcher, Randy Indian Rock MGM
Averhart, Booker T. & Mustangs Take Your Shoes Off Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Kent
Bare, Bobby No Letter From My Baby Fraternity 871
Barfield, Johnny & Men Of S.O.U.L. Soul Butter SSS
Barracudas Saturn Thunderbird 5323
Beast, The This Ain't No Ride Ketchum
Bell, Danny Chili With Honey Fraternity 802
Belvederes He's a Square Lucky 4 1005
Billy Miranda Go Ahead Checker 957
Blazers Beaver Patrol Acree 101
Blevins, Jackie Devil Doll G&G 118
Blockbusters Gorilla Walk Entr�e 108
Blockbusters Muddy Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Rockin
Blue, Jay Coolest
Boss, Jim & Sundowners Stronger Than Dirt Miracle
Boun, Bill Pinball Boogie Big K 1025
Braves Woodpecker Rock Fox 10
Brent, Ronnie Cowboys & Indians Colt
Brown, Danny Chewing Gum
Brown, Walter & Alleycats Jelly Roll Rock
Brunson, Frankie Ward 13/Love In Bloom RCA 7039
Bryant, Larry Tequila & Mexican Beer Santa Fe 101
Bugs Slide
Burgett, Jim Split Personality Go 6565
Byron, Bill Teen-Age Bum Kernel 104
Cadillacs Holy Smoke Baby Josie 142
Cahill, Craig & Offbeats Surfin' Elephant/Pipe City Merritt 0003
Cardinals Tomato Juice Cha Cha
Carlo & Secrets A Hundred Pounds Of Potatoes/Pony Party Throne 801
Carroll, Evans & Tempos The Monster/Came Back Baby Bangar 00615
Carter, Tom & Ramrods Flyin' Saucer Twist/Twistin' Boogie Northway Sound 6005
Casanovas Deep In The Heart Of The Jungle Planet 1027
Castaways The Twitch/Vibrations Capitol 4340
Casual-Aires Thunderbird
Catalinas War Party/Crazy Twistin' Baby Cuca 1096-2
Chaino Jungle Bird Rock Orb
Challengers Goofus/Lazy Twist Triodex 102
Channels Jungle Lights Mercury 71501
Charades Flamingo/Someone's In The Kitchen Skylark 502
Cherokees Cherokee Stomp/Uprisin' Challenge 9135
Cherokees Cherokee
Cherry, Carl The Itch Tene 1-1000
Chiefs Enchiladas!/Moments To Remember Greenwich 410
Chiefs Tom Tom/How! Valiant 6038
Childs, Matthew Funky Onions/You Just Tried Rae Cox 1002
Cletro, Eddie Flying Saucer Boogie Lariat
Coe, Jimmy & Cohorts Wazoo/Shuffle Stroll Note 10013
Cole, Don Lie Detector Machine Guyden 2059
Commandos The Chicken Scratch/June's Blues Symbol 900
Commandos Pony Express/Groovy Feeling Symbol 906
Comstock, Bobby & Counts Let's Stomp
Concepts In The Jungle Apache 1515
Connors, Stompin' Tom Bug Song Boot 8401
Continental Cousins Kanapilla
Continental Four Scramble/Jack The Ripper Fortune 863
Contrails Walking Death
Contras Finger Nail Polish Susstones
Cook, Ronnie Doin' Time/If I May Dore 600
Cook, Ronnie & Gaylads Goo Goo Muck Audan 122
Cooper, Garnell & Kinfolks Long Distance Jubilee 5445
Corby, Doug Teenage Creature JC 121
Corsal, Al Go, Devil, Go Star-X 511
Cotillions Surf Twist/Sahara Alley 1003
Coulston, Jerry Cave Man Hop Christy 112
Count Lorry & Biters Frankenstein Stomp/Groovin' With Dracula Dragon 4406
Covay, Don Love Boat/Pony Time Arnold 1002
Craig, Earl & Down Beats Saki Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Dominion 1003
Crazy Teens Crazy Date/Rebel Boogie Scott 19
Crestones Boomerang Markie 131
Crestones The Chopper Markie 127
Crestriders Surf Stomp/Surfin' Fever Crystalette 756
Crewnecks Rockin' Zombie/When I First Rhapsody 71961
Cymbal, Johnny The Water Was Red MGM
Cymbals w/Hughes, Fred Shout Mama Linda Amazon 709
Dakil Combo, Floyd Stronger Than Dirt Earth 404
Dakil Four, Floyd Bad Boy Earth 402
Dakus, Wes Acid Kapp
Dakus, Wes & Rebels Surf's You Right/Dogfood Gallio 102
Dalton, Frank Cruised
Daniels, Charlie Robot Romp Hanover 4541
Dartells Where Do We Stand? HBR
Darvell, Barry Geronimo Stomp Colt 45 107
Dash, Frankie Rock To The Moon Cool 106
Davis, Jan Watusi Zombie Holiday
Davis, Jan Sahara/Delicado Rendezvous 218
Dawnells Scorpion/Little Egypt Bogan no #
Day, Sonny Creature From Outer Space Star-X 226
Daylighters No One's Gonna Help You/War Hoss Mash Checker 1051
Dayliters Mad House Jump/You're Breaking Bea & Baby 103
Dean, Bobby Just Go Wild Over Rock'n'Roll Chess 1673
Dean, Lonnie Navajo/Rocks In My Face Kings-X 6234
Dean, Wally Saddle Up A Satellite Arctic 103
Decades Lonely Drummer/Phantom Strikes Daytone 6403
Dee, Gregory & Avanties Olds-Mo-William Bangar 602
Dee, Gregory & Avanties Buzz, Buzz, Buzz Bud Jet 311
Dee, Gregory & Avanties Nervous Breakdown Bud-Jet 313
Del Ricos Voo Doo Gaity 163
Del Saints Tarzan Whirl 0993
Delegates Pigmy Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Aura 2001
Del-Rays Jungle Beat/Walk With Me Wide 931
Deltones Bow Legged Annie
Deran, Richie Girl & A Hot Rod
Dex's Bad Boys Girl In Chains Scepter
Diablos Hombre/El Bandito Jubilee 5553
Dials Monkey Walk/Monkey Dance Time 1068
Diamond, Lee Mama Loochie/Hattie Milattie Vee-Jay 272
Diddley, Bo We're Gonna Get Married/Do The Frog Checker 1142
Dippers Goin' Ape/Over & Over Diplomacy 4
Distorters Distortion Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Clark 364
Dobro, Jimmy Swamp Surfer/Everybody Listen Philips 40137
Don, Al & Ecs So Lonely/Endsville Gaity 173
Donna & Tennessee Moonshiners Geisha Girl IGL 104
Dougherty, Bob Honky/Squeezer Golden Crest 517
Douglas, Dick Rocket Ride Northway 1005
Dr. Bop Satin & Velvet Canto
Dr. Shock The Bloody/Let There Be Fright Greentree 1701
Dresser, Lee & Krazy Kats Beat Out My Love Damon 12350
Dunavan, Terry Rock It To Mars Fanfare 727
Duncan, Al Orbit Flight/Scene Twist Stacy 931
Dynamic Kapers Alligator Wine Jet Int'l 005
Dynamos Manhunt
Dyna-Tones The Skunk Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Alto 2020
Earthworms Fishtail/Mo' Tators Bobbin 136
Ebonettes Wildman Walk
Eddie & Upsets El Mosquito Dektr 41666
Edmonson, Bill Zulu/A Dancin' Whippersnapper Rooster 44
Ellis, Larry Pussy Juice Moondog 333
Estrada, Roy & Rockateers Jungle Dreams Pt. 1/Pt. 2 King 5368
Ethier, Ray Slave Girl/President's Walk Mercury 71518
Evans, Carroll & Tempos Monster Bangar 0615
Evans, Sticks & House Rockers Zulu's Court/You Are My Sunshine Zebra 118
Exports Mustang '65/Always It's You Kings 5985
Fabulous Pearls Jungle Bunny Dooto 448
Fabus, Ray & Strikes Camel Walk/Please Soma 1158
Fallon, Phillipa High School Drag MGM 12661
Fayne, Chuck Tokyo Stomp
Fields, Ernie Cockroach Walk BB 4010
Fisher, Bob & Bonnevilles Cherokee Twist Estrella 101
Five Cashmeres Walkin' Through The Jungle Golden Leaf 108
Five Quails Jungle Baby Mercury 71154
Fleas The Flea Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Back Beat 584
Ford, Bobby & Blazers Grasshopper Pt. 1/Pt. 2 Luck 105
Four Hunks Mashin' The Madison/Sweet Tooth Symbol 907
Four Sharps Safari/Stranger Darrow 512
Frank & Flips Devil Dog Rock/Pop-Eye Twist Savoy 1602
Franklin, Gene & Spacemen Itchin' & Twistin'/Rockin' The Fish Kaydec 5001/2
Fuller, Curtis Chant Of The Congo/Do I Love Warwick 655
Fulsom, Lowell The Thing Kent
Gadabouts Stranded In The Jungle Modern 994
Galo, Pat Arabian Camel Walk/Toy Soldier's Dream CP 209
Gamblers Teen Machine/Tonky Last Chance 2
Garrett, Cecil & Fascinations Bear Cat Calla
Garrison, Red & Zodiacs Big Rumble/Chant Of The Jungle RMP no #
Gates, Ed & Mystics In The Jungle Robins Nest 2
Gem Tones Rat Fink Theme
Genteels Take It Off
Gillette, Gin Train To Satanville Musikon
Gimmicks Get Off My Trail
Golden Toadstools Silly Savage Minaret
Gordon, Jimmy Buzzzzzz Challenge
Greco, Johnny Rocket Ride Pagent 602
Green, Barbara Long Tall Sally/ Atco 6250
Green, Big Charles Rockin' On The Moon Tonight Hitt 180
Hall, Gene Monkey On The Moon Ark 240
Hamilton, Dave & His Peppers Gooter Bug Hi-Q
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AUGUST 11TH, 2005

GEORGE JONES �The Essential?
KING CURTIS �Instant Soul?

I only ever saw the Thought Criminals once, at an old church (converted into a performance space) on Cleveland St in Surry Hills, Sydney (was that the Kirk Gallery?) with (I think) Voigt/465 and the Tactics. Anyway, they were great: smart, raw and definitely not one of the cookie-cutter punk bands that were playing around at the time. Anyway, something like 25 years later, a 2CD comp has appeared that collects together all the studio recordings with a bunch of extra material. About time.
AUGUST 4TH, 2005

LITTLE MILTON "Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around The World)"

Little Milton died last night. Great guitarist and a wonderful singer who sang the blues with a soul inflection (like Magic Sam did). And he sang my favorite lyrics of all time...

"If I don't love you baby,
Grits ain't grocieries,
Eggs ain't poultry
And Mona Lisa was a man"


JUNE 14, 2005

DR FEELGOOD "Down By The Jetty" CD
DR FEELGOOD "Malpractice" CD
DR FEELGOOD "Back In The Night" DVD

I recently got a copy of the Dr Feelgood DVD, "Back In The Night" (thanks to Mark Louttit), that I can't stop watching.
It's a shame that Dr Feelgood (the UK band, not Piano Red) are almost forgotten or, worse, remembered as the meat'n'potatoes bar band they later turned into. In their early days, they were one of the most incredible bands I've ever seen.
They went totally against the grain of the times. In those pre-punk days, they were one of the few bands playing very, very raw r&b without any concessions to over-blown musical embellishments, that was the flavor of the times. They wore suits (that looked liked they'd slept in them) instead of denim or cheesecloth. Their first album was recorded in mono. Their record covers were in stark b/w. At a time when people's idea of r&b was Led Zeppelin butchering Muddy Waters, they were alone.
But their real secret weapon was their guitarist, Wilko Johnson. He's still one of my favourite guitarists of all time (up there with Ike Turner, Steve Cropper, Lowman Pauling and Bo Diddley). Wilko is a unique stylist - playing without a pick in a way that is often described as "machine gun" outbursts. When he took a lead break it was never a noodle, but short, sharp riffs. The guitar seemed to take over and he was just hanging on to it as he staggered across the stage trying to control it.
I only saw the original line-up once, at the Hammersmith Odeon in late '75, but it still remains one of the best shows I've ever experienced.
the first two albums still stand the test of time, but if you really want to experience the band then check out "Back In The Night", it's incredible.

JUNE 6, 2005


I almost spat out a mouthful of coffee whilst reading the Saturday papers. Jane Birkin is coming to play in Melbourne next week at the Concert Hall. A full set of Gainsbourg songs! I didn't even hesitate to buy an $85 ticket.

After note: It wasn't worth the $85!

MAY 19, 2005

NEW CHRISTS "Distemper"

The New Christs are so under-rated as a band. I loved Radio Birdman, and saw every gig the original band played in Victoria (I'm trying to establish some credibility here!), but it was in the New Christs that Rob Younger really showed what a great performer/singer/songwriter/producer he is. I am surprised that they don't get more acclaim, especially for their recorded works. Tracks like "Circus of Sorrow", "Dropping Like Flies", "I Swear" and "Born Out Of Time" are amongst the best rock songs to come out of Australia.

APR 29, 2005

Hasil "The One Man Band" Adkins has died at his home in Madison, West Virginia.
Like so many people, I discovered Hasil Adkins when the Cramps covered his jaw-dropping "She Said" (on the flip of the "Goo Goo Muck" single in 1981). I became obsessed with trying to find a copy of Hasil's original. Whilst I have never succeeded in finding the original 7", I did manage to track down many Hasil singles (as well as numerous, usually European, comps that included Hasil tracks).
In the mid 80s, Billy and Miriam from Norton Records tracked Hasil down and began reissuing his amazing catalogue as well as new material. Not all of Hasil's recorded material is essential but when he lets loose, it is hard to describe in words how incredible, unique and outrageous he was.

APR 28, 2005

WAYNE COCHRAN "Get Down With It!"

I'm not a fan of blue-eyed soul. In fact, there's only a handful of white soul/r&b singers that I have any interest in - Eddie Hinton, Bobby Charles and Wayne Cochran.
Keith Glass (who started Missing Link) has just complied a fantastic 77min CD of Wayne Cochran's finest moments. It not only has his (more well known) Chess highlights but also the rare early singles, some Mercury material and tracks I've never come across before. Whilst Wayne can be a little over the top vocally (he was called the "White James Brown") and visually (have you ever seen pictures of him with him platinum blonde pompadour?), I'm still a sucker for anything with his name on it.

APR 14, 2005

CHUCK BERRY "Rock'n'roll Rarities"

I had to dig out some Chuck Berry recordings because I just heard that his long-time pianist, Johnny/Johnnie Johnson died today. It's a bit incorrect to label him as Chuck's pianist because it was Johnny who gave Chuck his first break when he invited him to perfom with Johnny's Sir John's Trio in '53 that brought Chuck to prominence. Johnson himself was alwasy in the background. In fact, I don't think it was until after Keith Richard organised that Chuck Berry birthday concert (in '87) that anyone paid him much attention. Still, you can hear him clearly on all of Chuck's records (except the early session where Lafayette Leake was used) playing his pumped up boogie-woogie (steady beat on the left hand and his right hand wishing there was an extra octave of keys at the high end).

APR 6, 2005

I went to see the Ramones doco yesterday. Totally recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the band (and, if you don't, you're a fool). It was incredible to get a close glimpse at the personalities in a band that rarely did any interviews. What an amazingly disfunctional bunch they were (cue "We're A Happy Family").
It also made me wish I hadn't sold my copy of Dee Dee's solo rap record (the day after I bought it!).

MAR 31, 2005

PONYS "Celebration Castle"
DIRTBOMBS "Merit" 7"
GRANDE COBRA "Exploitation" 7"
GEORGE JONES "Anthology"

MAR 28, 2005

Things that can go wrong at a record label Pt. 1...
So, we finally get the Drones cover art finished at the last possible moment, and get the record in production. The cover is a picture of a peacock, from an old book of animal photos. Dave Peacock (Shock A&R manager, who, presumably, has an interest in peacocks) sees the proofs sitting in production and mentions that the cover looks exactly the same as an album that a UK group, the Bluetones, had on their record in 1996. Panic, and a quick search of the internet reveals that the Bluetones record (which was #1 in UK) did indeed have exactly the same photo, from the same book, cropped in exactly the same way, on the cover of their album once.
So, weeks of art preparation was suddenly thrown out the window, and a whole new cover had to be put together in a couple of days.

MAR 23, 2005

REIGNING SOUND "Too Much Guitar"

It's strange how you keep getting drawn back to some albums. There's a bunch of albums (apart from the obvious classics) that I have to listen to regularly - Now Time Delegation, the last Reigning Sound, Marc Ribot's first, the Latin Playboys' first, Neko Case (I don't mind which one), the Detroit Cobras' first, Jim White's "Wrong-Eyed Jesus", Jayhawks "Sound Of Lies" and, most out of place here of all, the first Portishead album.

MAR 21, 2005

Whilst at EMI, I licensed Andre Williams album, the Black Godfather. Shortly afterwards, Andre came out to tour (backed by a great band that Spencer Jones put together). I was driving Andre around a lot and, as a 50s r&B nut, I was constantly asking him about artists/venues/labels/memories of the time. One day I asked him how he got involved in music and in his deep gravelly voice he said "You have to understand that there wasn't a lot of opportunities for someone like me. I could box, I could sell drugs, I could pimp or I could make music. And I've tried them all and found there was only one thing I was really good at". !!!


MUDHONEY March To Fuzz
ZOOBOMBS New San Francisco

I forgot to mention that I flew back from the WAMIs weekend in time to catch Mudhoney at the Corner Hotel. They were incredible! Of course, I'm biased (having put out so many of their early records) but they were just so godamned powerful and confident. And I still can't understand why the best band that ever came out of the Seattle explosion had to watch whilst their contemporaries achieved such massive commercial success.

MAR 11, 2005

Martin Denny died on the weekend.
I used to see Martin Denny records, with their sultry covers, in op shops around town. But it wasn't until the late 80s when a Japanese friend, Satoru Higashiseto (who runs the experimental Augen label) asked me to buy any copies I saw for him that I started to pay attention to them. And it was a revelation when I did.
What made Martin Denny's music so astounding is not that it was based on "real" Hawaiian/island music (whatever that is) but that he took the wonderfully "fake" music that Les Baxter and others had devised for Hollywood films in the early 50s, exaggerated it (bird/animal noises and every obscure instrument he could find) and turned it into something that really was exotica. For years, he performed for tourists in Hawaii who wanted a "genuine" island experience. I wish I had a time machine to have been able to experience that.
It's a sound that is so infectious that I have never got bored with (despite Shag devotee hipsters claiming ownership of it).
In the early 90s, I went to Hawaii to try to unearth some of the 50s exotica experience. It wasn't easy to find - most of Oahu resembled a modern shopping centre - but there was still a few old hotels and bars with their tiki features intact. I looked up Martin Denny in the phone book and sure enough he was in there. I called him up and he kindly chatted to me about his life and music. But he was not interested in my suggestion of an Australian tour, kindly letting me know that he was much more happy to play golf than travel.
If you ever see an early Martin Denny album (pref. a stereo version), grab it and enjoy the experience.

MAR 10, 2005


France Gall "Poupee de Son" box
Sharon Jones & Dap-Kings "Naturally"
Lancelot Link and the Evolution Revolution
Mad 3 "King Pyramid Special"
Love Of Diagrams "The Target Is You"

The Young & The Restless tour with the Cants/Specimens/Kamikaze Trio hit Melbourne on the weekend. Great night. Specimens encored with a version of God's "My Pal" and Cam Cant jumped up and sang along. The night clashed with the What Is Music? Festival so I missed out on seeing a lot of interesting o/s artists. I did manage to catch Osaka's OOIOO at the Corner, on Sunday night, which was a treat.

Last week I was flown to Perth to sit on panels for the WAMI's (West Aust Music Ind awards). I'm really envious of how organised (and supported by the govt.) they are over there. Saw so many bands over three nights that it's still a bit of a blur. My two favourites were the Kill Devil Hills and the Snowmen.

FEB 2ND, 2005


ORTIZMO "Fodder For The Void" CD

I didn't realise I hadn't whacked anything in here for so long. I'd better get my house in order.

I've just heard a CD by a band I know nothing about, Ortizmo, from Northern NSW (Where the hell is Uralla?). You've got to get a copy of this very limited edition album. It's like a glorious mixture of the Gordons meets the Didjits meets the Girls and a whole lot more. I'm going to playing this one constantly (and singing the hit "Stop pissing in the gene pool") all week.

Get a copy - 27 Duke St., Uralla NSW 2358.

OCT 27TH, 2004


It's a strange feeling when people you admire suddenly aren't around any longer. This week I lost two of my inspirations in the music industry.

It's impossible to convey how important both Greg Shaw and John Peel were to me.

In the early/mid 70s, I felt completely disaffected by the music that was current. Instead, I sought out the music of the past - r&b, rockabilly, 60s beat/punk/garage. I think I probably first heard of Greg Shaw through the compilations he put together for Sire records. In those days, you just couldn't find records that were old. You could read about Bo Diddley or the Animals or the Standells, but their records were impossible to find. I think one of Greg's comps must have made mention of his magazine, Who Put The Bomp. I subscribed, and it opened a whole world to me.

I used to shake with excitement when a new issue arrived. I'd go through every word, making endless geekish notes about artists I needed to know about. Big Star, the Flamin' Groovies, maybe even the Stooges were all acts I discovered thanks to Greg's fanatical ravings.

Greg and his wife, Suzy, also ran a mail order service. Every spare cent I could find was spent on buying records from them. Not just old reissues, but it was from Bomp that I purchased records like Televison's "Little Johnny Jewel", Patti Smith's "Piss Factory", the Ramones "Blitzkrieg Bop" and countless others.

One of the highlights of an early trip to L.A. (thanks to Geoff Weiss) was visiting Greg one evening at his warehouse space. I spent hours digging through boxes of records pulling out things I couldn't possibly live without. Later, we retired to a German bar in Silverlake where I grilled Greg about his history. It was one of the most interesting evenings I've ever spent.

I was unaware that Greg was sick. The last time I saw him, outside a gig in L.A., he looked as youthful and enthusiastic as ever.

The first time I went to London, after starting Au-go-go, was in 1984. I'd just released my first two 12" records, the Scientists' "Blood Red River" and the Moodists' "Engine Shudder". I called the BBC to enquire about sending copies to John Peel and he came on the phone and invited me down.

It felt weird to be sitting, a few hours later, in the BBC canteen with the person that I considered was the most important DJ in the world. There I was, with records by completely unknown bands from the other side of the world chatting to someone who was genuinely interested in finding out more about them and what I was doing. Believe me, this doesn't happen when you contact most other well-known DJs.

Over the years, we kept in contact. I would send him releases, and often get back a letter from him offering his opinion and encouragement. It staggered me that someone, who must receive a copy of almost everything that is ever released, would not only take the time to listen to them, but also to write back.

And I guess that's what seperated him from others, and made him such an important supporter of independent music around the world.

But it wasn't just that he supported releases of mine, his radio show was also a goldmine of eclectic sounds. If he loved a band with a passion (Undertones or the Fall) you could always expect to hear a track by them mixed in amongst jazz, reggae, the latest bands from around the world, and whatever else he felt like playing.

There are plenty of obituaries for both of these fine people all over the net this week. They are both sadly missed by music fans in all corners of the globe.

OCT 26TH, 2004

SANDPEBBLES "Ghost Transmissions" CD
BLACK CAB "Altamont Diary" CD

These are two local albums out at the moment (that I have absolutely nothing to do with) that I can strongly recommend. Both of them have strong roots in West Coast 60s psych, but neither is the least bit retro.

Damn, as I wrote that, I went to dig out the Sandpebbles album so that I could tell you about the songs, but now I can't find it!

The Black Cab is a brilliant look at the nightmare side of 60s psych experience. I'm not a good reviewer, check out the band's sites. You can have a listen for yourself...

OCT 21ST, 2004


Well, we had the ARIAs last Sunday (the Australian music industry awards). I haven't been for a couple of years so there was some novelty value. The weird thing about them is the head-on collison between the voting (which really does cover a wind range of people) and the ceremony/spectacle of the night. So you end up with artists such as Dan Kelly getting three nominations, but an award ceremony that is desperate to have as many Australian Idol moments as possible. It's, umm, weird.

I read Willie Dixon's autobiography, I Am The Blues, the other day. I only knew him as a songwriter (Muddy Waters, etc). I didn't realise he had arranged/produced so many records too. Cobra Records was a small blues label in Chicago in the mid-50s. They only released about 30 singles and a handful of albums but Willie Dixon was involved in just about every one of them. Ten years ago, they were compiled onto a brilliant box set and, thanks to Ebay, I was able to track down a decently priced copy.

I love well put together box sets. You can keep delving back into them and discover something new each time. The Cobra one is really well presented. The label's specialty was the young buck Chicago bluesmen, especially Magic Sam, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush. I'm not really a fan of the 60s (and later) work by these artists ('cept Magic Sam who possessed a great soul voice) but I really love the 50s recordings.

The Paula box is far more varied. Everything from real folk blues through to funky 70s.
SEPT 3RD, 2004

SAINTS "All Times Through Paradise" box set
SMALLGOODS "This Is The Show"

The Datsuns are in town today, and I just got the Saints' box set. Life is sweet!

The Saints box set is unbelievably great. The first three albums, all the b-sides, plus a whole bunch of rarities, plus the Paddo live gig, plus the newly discovered live in London '77 gig. I'm wallowing in the nostalgia.

The first time I saw the Saints was at the Barkly Hotel in St Kilda (which I think was called Bananas at the time). It was their first Melbourne show, so I guess it was early '77 or late '76. There wasn't a lot of people there, and almost all of them had just formed, or were forming, a band (Boys Next Door, NEWS, Negatives, Reals).

My biggest memory was of how wonderfully loud and chaotic it was. I'd never seen a band where the guitarist broke strings in every single song. And I'd never seen a front man with such a belligerant attitude before. Chris drank a bottle of whisky during their set (which was drawn out because Ed had to kick his amp after every song to keep it working, and change his strings) and was so messed up by the end that he collapsed on stage and had to be dragged off by the others. I was hooked!

AUGUST 20TH, 2004

JOINT EFFORT "Longest Tongue In The East
REIGNING SOUND "Too Much Guitar!"
MINT CHICKS "Anti-Tiger"
TV ON THE RADIO "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes"

In defence of the MC3/DTK...A few weeks ago the MC5 played Melbourne. Two shows (HiFi and Palace). I'm so glad I went to both. You know the basic line-up - Kramer/Davis/Thompson plus Mark Arm and Evan Dando. With Deniz Tek. The HiFi show started well, but lost me a bit as it progressed. However, the second night was incredible. Deniz is, of course, the best choice ever for second guitarist. He knows the songs better than anyone in the world (including the band) and he was totally in form by the second night. He was even playing that same Epiphone guitar that he bought of Fred Smith in the early 70s - the same guitar I saw him use at all the early Birdman shows. Mark Arm was the perfect choice to sing the rawer numbers. He didn't try to be Rob Tyner, and he didn't have to. And I give a big thumbs up to Evan. He was pretty terrible on the first night, but by the second he was in form. I know it upset purists but for the "sweeter" 5 songs (e.g. "Shakin' St"), he was great. I had a ball.
Plus I got to see people I hadn't seen in years. Dean Bateup, who took all the pics for the Scientists and Moodists (back when I was doing their records) was there along with a decent contingent of old Geelong buggers.

AUGUST 9TH, 2004

I did a show on Japanese r�n�r on PBS-FM last Wedn night. A few people called in wanting information about the tracks, so here it is?

All releases are Japanese unless stated.�s �Woo Hoo?from �Bomb The Rocks?(AUS Giant Claw GCCD 027).
A really old (1995)�s cover of the Rock-A-Teens ?0s song (Which was a straight rip of Arthur Smith�s �Guitar Boogie?from 1945).

EMY JACKSON �Crying In A Storm?from �The Emy Jackson Album?(Columbia CD COCA-11508).
Emy Jackson was a great female vocalist who had a number of hits in the 60s. This track, with it�s amazing weirdo-surf sound is my fave.

BUNNYS �Test Driver?from the �Let�s Go Terry!?LP (King SKK 285).
The Bunnys (not to be confused with the current, all-girl Bunnies from Japan) were led by Takeshi �Terry?Terauchi, one of my fave guitarists of any era. His work with the Bunnys (and Blue Jeans) has been comped a lot, so you should be able to track stuff down pretty easily. This track is a particular killer because it not only features his guitar sound at it�s best, but has a fab swirling organ as well.

OUTCAST ��Denwa De Iikara?from the various artist LP, �Banzai Freakbeat?(Pachinko LUCKY-777).
Outcast�s version of �Long Tall Sally?has to be heard to be believed. It is WILD!! It was covered by the�s (where the gals deliberately sang the wrong words, just as the Outcast did). But I always play it, so I choose another early single by the band. This translates as �Why don�t you call me??�s �Let�s Go Boogaloo?from �Teenage Mojo Workout?(AUS Giant Claw CD GCCD-028).
From the most recent�s album. This is a cover of a Bunnys hit.

ROCKIN?ENOCKY �San-Ho-Zey?from �Rockin?Enocky & his Guitar?(1+2 Records 130).
Enocky is the guitarist with Jackie & the Cedrics, who have been going since the late 80s. One of the best live bands I�ve ever seen. This is Enocky�s cover of an old Freddie King single.

JACKIE & THE CEDRICS �Hurry Up?from the various artist CD, �Jumpin?Jukebox (US Dionysus ID123352).
Cool US comp of Japanese bands. Cover art by Rockin?Jellybean, the Cedrics?bassist.

MAD 3 �Sex in The Jungle?from ��Forever Teenage?(MIDI MDCL-1416).
Eddie, the incredible guitarist with the Mad 3, was once a member of the�s (the only non female to ever play in the band). He formed the Mad 3 in the early 90s. They�re very popular in Japan, but haven�t caught on elsewhere. Last time I saw them, they had 4 (!!) costume changes during the night. For this track, they appeared in leopard skin costumes.

GUITAR WOLF ?????from �UFO Romantics?(Ki�oon KSCL-437).
The first track on their last album. I can�t read the kanji title. Sorry. Hugely successful band now, and rightly so.

GASOLINE �Permanent Shakedown?from �Permanent Shakedown?(DEKREC DCRC-0048).
Great Japanese raw r&b punk band.

SUPERSNAZZ �Do Your Homework?from �The Best Of Snazz?(AUS Giant Claw GCCD-021).
Another great band that has been around a long time. Originally an all female line-up. Recently Shoe (ex-Teengenerate) joined on drums.

GREAT MONGOOSE �I Ain�t Got You?from the various artists CD, �Jumpin?Jukebox?
Great Mongoose may have split recently. They were always a wonderful frat-style party band. Unfortunately, this Billy Boy Arnold cover doesn�t do �em justice.

NEATBEATS ?9 Bar?CD single (Beatex ISCK-1962).
The Neatbeats started out very much in a Milkshakes vein of Uk early 60s beat. But they�ve evolved into something really their own now. They�ve become a heart-throb band in Japan. The last time I saw them play, the audience was filled with screaming girls.

BUNNIES �You Are For Me?CD single (DECKREC DCRC-0044).
All girl band from Himeiji (hope I spelt that right), west of Osaka/Kobe. This single was produced by Mr Pan, the leader of the Neatbeats.

D4 �Invader Ace?from the various artist CD �I Love Guitar Wolf?(Ki�oon KSCP-928).
NZ�s finest pay tribute to Japan�s finest. This album (which has only just been released) includes contributions from The Hellsquad, Porch Ghouls, Cato Salsa Experience, J Mascis, Jim O�Rourke (!!) and others. Highly recommended.

GUITAR WOLF �UFO Romantics?(see above)

JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION �Kawasaki ZII 750 Rock�n�Roll?from the album �I Love Guitar Wolf?
JSBX cover Gtr Wolf. Genius clash of the titans.

If I�d had more time, and spent more time getting my shit together, I would have also played tracks by Thee Michele Gun Elephant, Mach Kung Fu, Retrogretion, Mabo & the 88�s, Goggles, Pebbles, Nylons, Go Devils, Jet Boys, Evil Hoodoo, Teengenerate, Firestarter, Pappys, and a heap of others.

Hope you enjoyed the show!

MAY 14, 04
CLAUDINE LONGET "Let's Spend The Night Together"
PAUL KELLY "Ways & Means"
ENNIO MORRICONE "Morricone 2001"

The's have just been thru town, which was a blast. They've stuck to their guns for so long, and now they're an "overnight" success. I love the way they re-interpret things. Especially songs like "Long Tall Sally" where they cover a version by a Japanese 60s band, Outcast, and deliberately sing the lyrics in the same phoenetic mixed-up way. I also love the way they find old 50/60s Western r'n'r songs about the East (e.g. Ah-So), full of cliches and mistakes, and cover them.

I was reading the 3PBS-FM magazine, Easey, which focuses on vinyl rarities this month. Steve Cross (who runs Remote Control and Fri arvo announcer) listed Claudine Longet's album, "Let's Spend The Night Together" as his most sort after album. Which prompted me to dig it out and play it (and make him a copy). It's her "serious" introspective album. Covers of Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, etc. all sung in her annoying, whimsical cutesy style (which I love). You HAVE to hear her version of "Jealous Guy" ("Jealous Kind"). Eric Broome has done a great Claudine fan site
Rather than attempt to explain the Claudine story here, you should check it out.

APR 21, O4
LOUVIN BROTHERS "When I Stop Dreaming"

I discovered a great website today - one devoted to everyone's favourite Texan - Tim Kerr. It's Some of my favourite bands have included Tim as a member - The Lord High Fixers, Monkeywrench and Poison 13 to name a few. I reckon the Lord High Fixers may be one of the greatest live bands I've ever seen! I've been fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time, so I've managed to see them at least 5 times over a number of years, and they were always devastating - complete chaos, but complete chaos created by genius players who all knew what they were doing. Their attitude was that once they were on stage they kept playing and keep moving regardless of what happened. Amazing.

MAR 5, 04
WIRE "154" They play Melb this week!

FEB 26, 04
5678S "Bomb The Rocks"
WIRE "Chairs Missing"
BIRDBLOBS "Stihl Life"

I just heard that one of the managers of one of the Australian acts playing at SXSW was deported at US immigration at LAX. It reminds me of my ridiculous brush with US immigration a few years ago. I decided to drive to Austin from LA with an old friend, Jack Tieleman (who runs Lance Rock Records outta Canada). At about 1am in the morning we were driving somewhere past El Paso in the top NW corner of Texas trying to find a motel to stay in. We were stopped by a border patrol car and asked to show our passports. I handed mine over, and didn't think anything much of it when the patrol officer looked concerned, and walked back to his car. After a few minutes, he came back and told me that I had overstayed my visa and that I would have to be taken immediately to a deportation centre before being sent home. I freaked. He showed me my passport. In it was a stapled piece of paper, that you get when you pass immigration. On it they hand write the date you have to leave the country by. At LAX the numbskull at immigration had handwritten March 17th. The same day I arrived, rather than April 17th - a month later. The border cop wanted to know why I hadn't checked it but how do you say to someone in that situation, "Get real, I don't take back my passport after immigration sign it, and tell me I have a month visa, and check it carefully to make sure they've actually done their job properly!"?

Anyway, he eventually let me go on the condition that I report to an immigration centre in Dallas the next day and sort it out. Otherwise I would be in trouble. Which is fine except that we were still 8 or 9 hours drive from Dallas. We found a cheap motel in the middle of nowhere (and believe me, NW Texas is the middle of nowhere) had a few hours sleep, and headed off for Dallas at 6am. Everytime we stopped for gas, I ran to the pay phone to call my lawyer in LA. Eventually, he found me an immigration lawyer in Dallas, and I started calling him. I was in shock and it wasn't helped by Jack laughing the whole time. Just before we arrived in Dallas, I spoke to the lawyer again and he told me that, in his opinion, I should do nothing. But I should also make sure I didn't put myself in any situation whereby someone would want to check my visa. So I did ignore it and a few weeks later at LAX the Qantas checkin staff member tore the slip of paper out of my passport, without looking at it, and threw it away. And that's the end of the story.

However, every time I pass through immigration in the States, I half expect someone to look up at me and say "There's a little incident outside of El Paso that we need to talk to you about".

FEB 19, 04
FRANCOIZ BREUT "Vingt a Trente Mille Jours"
V/A "Orbinson-esque"

I went and saw Francoiz Breut play on Monday night at the Corner Hotel. I wasn't sure what to expect because whilst I'd enjoyed the album a lot, I was fanatical about it like others. The show was slow to start. A little too fragile and nice for me. However, by the end I was completely won over. Francoiz voice was was somewhere between Paula Frazer (of Tarnation) and Francoise Hardy. The backing was sparse. Francoiz on keyboards (with samples) backed by her guitarist Boris Gronemberger. He was astounding, changing his sound on every song. When the bbq king, Julian Wu, whispered to me that it sounded a lot like the Young Marble Giants at times, he hit the nail right on the head.

Anyway, I'm listening to her album again with renewed enthusiasm.

Once Upon A Time In The West was on cable TV last night. It was so fantastic to watch a high quality letterboxed print of it. I love that film with a passion. And there is no film that uses music/sound so absolutely effectively (including personal faves such as Get Carter and The Ipcress File). I often feel Ennio Morricone gets over-rated (ask people who name drop him to name 3 themes/tracks he's done that they love apart from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly), but then you see OUATITW and his astounding talent is so obvious. I pumped the sound up loud throughout the film. It's not just that the recurring theme/riff, and the mournful harmonica parts, that make the sound so incredilbe. There's also constant, almost annoying, background sounds that are an essential part of the film - the windpump in the opening section, and the constant mechanical sounds of trains (either moving or stationary).

There is so much to recommend this film. The opening sequence is so good I can watch it over and over and over. Three desperados, played by three incredible character actors - Woody Strode, Jack Elam and Al Mullock - wait silently for a train to arrive. This long sequence sets the tone of the film. Shots of big sky country mixed with extreme closeups. The watertank dripping loudly on Woody's hat, the fly crawling across Jack's stubble, and Al's knuckle-cracking by the water trough (Apparently, Al committed suicide during the filming, which is why his character is featured less).

I'd better stop raving about the film, because I could go on forever about each scene/sound/character. Go see it.

FEB 10, 04
SECONDS "Hate Makes A Champion" EP
DRONES live recording for 3CR Jan '01
EDDIE BO "I Love To Rock'n'Roll"
PHIL FLOWERS "Rockin' Dance Party"

I was given an incredible book this week - "Shintaro Katsu Illustrated (It's A Man's Mans Man's Man's World)" edited by Masayuki Kawakatsu (Pie Books, Japan ISBN4-89444-303-1). Shintaro was a Japanese actor/singer/director/photographer, and everything else. Best known for his series of films about the blind swordsman, Zatoichi ('62 - late 70s). He also directed three of the Lone Wolf & Cub films (starring his brother, Tomizaburo Wakayama). The book has hundreds of stills, poster reprints and articles. Plus a complete filmography and discography. Best of all, everything is in English as well as Japanese (though the translations leave a little to be desired). It's not trite to compare Shintaro to Serge Gainsbourg. In fact, the similarities are uncanny - the lifestyle (he was once arrested for bringing drugs in from Hawaii), the acting/singing, even the nude photobooks of girlfriends. Finding information (in English) on Japanese culture is always hard, so this book was a godsend for me. I didn't know about his friendship with Dennis Hopper, or Arthur Lyman and Martin Denny. I didn't know about the numerous records he made.
If you saw, and enjoyed, Kill Bill then you really need to checkout some Zatoichi films. Many of the best scenes in Kill Bill show Tarantino's love for, and homage to, Zatoichi. They're fairly easy to obtain these days (and the subtitles are excellent). If you like those, I strongly suggest you track down another series Katsu-san was in, "Hanzo (The Razor) Itami". They will shock you, I promise.

FEB 6, 04
JAYHAWKS "Sound Of Lies"

I was reading the Johnny Cash obit in December's Rolling Stone today. In the middle of it there's a bit about Cash's Rick Rubin produced American Recordings how "he introduced the singer to the work of songwriters including Beck, Chris Cornell and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode - artists who, in one sense or another, are Cash's spiritual heirs". Now can someone explain to me how Martin Gore is, in any possible sense, Johnny Cash's spiritual heir????????? Boy, I'm obviously out of touch.

JAN 21, 04
THE FUSE! "The Fisherman's Wife"

I'm not exactly the most internet savvy person around, but there are a few sites out there that I love.
GRUNNEN ROCKS The Grunnen Rocks site (out of Groningen in Holland) is the site I always go to when I need to refresh my memory about some obscure garage rock fact. If Grunnen loves a band, then they give you all the information you could ever need about them - complete discographies, contacts, band history, etc. I wouldn't dream of writing a Dirtbombs bio without checking my facts against this site.
FOOL'S PARADISE This is the site for Rex Doane's radio show on WFMU (outta New Jersey). When it comes to amazing r'n'r/r&b/instro obscurities, this show is incredible. Best of all, the shows are all archived, so you can listen to them (going back years) at any time. If only Rex could be persuaded to keep typing out his playlists each week. My wants list of old singles doubled after I discovered his show.
AGONY SHORTHAND I only discovered Jay Hinman's site last week (thanks to Richard from the Onyas). Jay just posts music related raves whenever he feels like it (which is often), and they're a great read. His taste is eclectic, authoratative and impeccable (i.e. It's very similar to mine!). He used to edit Superdope.
THE NEXT BIG THING Lindsay Hutton used to put out the amazing fanzine, The Next Big Thing (as well as run the early Cramps fanclub). Now you can get regular doses of Lindsay's (and others) passionate loves (and hates) at the click of a button.

JAN 17, 04
V/A "Rhythm & Blues goes Rock'n'Roll" Vol 1 & 2 boxsets
IKE TURNER "Rockin' Rhythm & Blues"
IKE TURNER "Ike's Instrumentals"

There's two German boxsets of amazing R&B out at the moment, "Rhythm & Blues goes Rock'n'Roll" (Past Perfect 220240 & 220256). Each set contains 15 CDs, 20 tracks a CD. That's 600 tracks in total. In no particular order, it traces black r&b from the early to late 50s. Whilst there's a few well known hits, the set includes an amazing array of rarities that are impossible to find elsewhere. I'm particularly interested in Little Richard inspired black r'n'r and these sets include a stack of them; some of which I didn't even know about before. Another passion of mine is trying to track down all of the Ike Turner related records from the 50s. Whilst a lot of his production work is well known (Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James), a lot of it isn't. Ike was constantly making records, and selling them to any indy label that would buy them. As he was often under contract to particular labels, he'd use different names so that he could sell material to different labels. I presume this is why "Rocket 88" was released as Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats. And why there are Ike singles released as Icky Renrut. But there's hundreds more Ike tracks out there. He was a wonderful producer, and a great piano player, but what always floors me is his guitar style. He still hasn't been recognized for his pioneering use of the electric guitar. And nobody can touch him when it comes to his use of the whammy bar! Check out for more info on Ike. If you need just one track to prove what I'm saying, then have a listen to "The New Breed" pts 1&2. That's a single that took me years and years to find, but it's now easily available on the brilliant comp, "Ike's Instrumentals" (ACE UK CDCHD 782). I don't think music gets any better!

DEC 23, 03
Benny Joy "Crash The Rockabilly Party"
V/A "El Piggly's Laid Back Instro Expo!"
Beatles "Let It Be...Naked" (don't give me any shit for this!)
Shuggie Otis "Here Comes.../Freedom Flight"
Lee Hazlewood "The Complete MGM Recordings"

I bought myself a Xmas present...the remastered Television "Marquee Moon" album. It's a nostaligia trip for sure. Television was a band I followed long before they even released anything. I'd read about them in Rock Scene and via Nick Kent's raves in NME. And wonder if they sounded as cool as they looked. I remember a friend got a copy of the "Little Johnny Jewel" 7" before me, and I made him play it to me down the phone. Then, finally, "Marquee Moon" was released. It didn't sound like anything I'd heard before. Though I did think it had touches of the 13th Floor Elevators. But this may have been because they had a track called "Elevation" and the Elevators had a track called "Levitation". Or maybe I read that Television covered the Elevators' "Fire Engine", which I thought was a supremely genius thing for a band to be doing in 1976. The 7" gave no hint as to how amazing the album would be. "Little Johnny Jewel" is cool, slow and edgy, but it never really takes flight. "Marquee Moon" soars. And Tom's weirdly stilted vocals sounded like nothing before.

In 1984, I met Tom Verlaine at a GoBetweens gig in London. Not sure what to say to him, I mentioned that I'd heard the demo recordings he'd done with a band called True West (that I really liked, and was interested in for Augogo). He flipped out, demanded to know how I'd got them and acted like a complete dick. End of conversation. Oh well, "Marquee Moon" is still an amazing album.

DEC 10, 03
The 5 Royales "Monkey Hips & Rice"
Wire "Chairs Missing"

Album title of the year has to go to EMI for their compilation album, "The World's Absolute Best Beer Drinking Songs Vol. 2". Yes, it's the absolute best tracks from their hugely successful "World's Best Beer Drinking Songs" series. Volume 2.

Which sorta leads me onto my pet gripe...stupid articles about how A&R people and record labels have no idea of what people want. People want Delta Goodram! People want Australian Idol TV show winners. Despite all the downturn in the music industry (and it is a very real downturn), the Australian music industry probably did pretty well this year. Not because Sleepy Jackson made a groundbreaking album; not because (the much maligned) Jet scored a big o/s deal; not because the Vines were on the cover of NME every week; but because record companies gave people exactly what they wanted - Delta Goodram and Guy Whateverhisnameis. And you can bet that the majors are going to concentrate much more on giving a whole lot more of that next year.

Dec 4, 03
Neko Case Blacklisted
V/A "Rembetika"

Neko Case and Calexico are in town this week. They're not In-Fidelity artists, but I wish they were. Modey Lemon are in town next week. They are In-Fidelity artists so they get the royal treatment - sleeping on my floor! Two of my favourite local groups, the Drones and the Kamikaze Trio, are also playing on Monday Dec 8th at the Tote.
Steven Stavrakis (my Greek-Cypriot partner at In-Fidelity) gave me a great book on rembetika music. It's called "Road To Rembetika" by Gail Holst. Just afterwards, I found a great double CD, "Rembetika (Songs Of The Greek Underground 1925 - 1947)" (Trikont US-0293). If you've never heard rembetika music, you're missing out. It's the music of the Greek underclass (often those who were brutally forced out of Turkey in the 20s). It's hard to describe - it's mournful, almost blues-ish. It has Arabic and Turkish influences. And the songs seem to be about death, drugs, sex, and more death. You certainly don't need to understand Greek to marvel at the music. But I wish I could.

Nov 25, 03
V/A "Beg, Scream & Shout (the big ol' box of 60s soul)"

I'm not sure if the "Beg, Scream & Shout" box set is still available, but if it is I can't recommend it highly enough. Whilst most soul comps regurgitate the same hits over and over, this one is the most comprehensive and interesting collection that has ever been put together. Over the six CDs (all packaged like a collection of 7" singles) it reveals the tremendous breadth of 60s soul - slick Detroit, sweet Philly, deep Southern, New Orleans funk, and all the weird hybrids. It includes tracks that I've searched for 25 years to find (Erma Franklin's "Piece Of My Heart"), and would have paid the price of this whole set to find. It's on Rhino (R2 72815). It will seriously enrich your life.

Here's a true story about my supposed time as a terrorist...
I had a management company (with my brother, James) called The Shining Path. We managed the Blackeyed Susans and the Paradise Motel. In early 2002, we'd ceased management, but the company still existed. I was working for EMI, and my brother was a computer consultant. One day our cheques started bouncing. Not just the Shining Path ones, but a bunch of our different accounts. Which didn't make sense because we had money in all the accounts. My brother went to our local Commonwealth Bank branch to try and work out what was happening. He was made to wait for nearly two hours before he was ushered into the manager's office. The manager showed him a letter from the Attorney General's Office warning banks of their responsibilities in the war on terrorism. James was informed that the bank had decided that The Shining Path was a possible terrorist group so they had frozen that account, and other ones associated with us. As we were to discover, if you translate The Shining Path into Spanish, it's the same as the name of a Peruvian Marxist revolutionary group. Trying not to laugh, James asked the bank manager how we could rectify the situation. The manager suggested that James sign a Statutory Declaration that he wasn't a terrorist. So, in a surreal daze, my bro trotted off to find a Justice Of The Peace and signed a Stat Dec stating that he wasn't a terrorist. He returned to the bank and handed it over, and assumed that things would work themselves out. Then we waited, but nothing happened. Continuous phone calls to the bank did nothing. The bank manager even refused to take his calls. Which, given that they had all our money frozen, we found a little unacceptable.
Three months later, I was sitting in my office at EMI when the receptionist paged me because there were two Federal Police Officers wanting to see me. I brought them into my office where they started asking me questions about my political affiliations and background. After about five minutes, they closed their folders, looked at me and apologised for what was obviously a waste of their time and mine. They explained that the bank had made the decision that we were possibly terrorists, but that they had investigate. They said they'd inform the bank of the ridiculousness of the situation and left.
We thought that finally our accounts would be unfrozen. But they weren't. A few weeks later, James went to the media. He was interviewed on the radio and a story appeared in the Herald-Sun daily newspaper. Within hours (but three months after the fiasco started), our accounts were unfrozen.
Which should be the end of the story except that the Commonwealth Bank charged us $30 for each cheque they bounced and have refused to refund that money. It's two years since they froze our accounts (without telling us) and we still can't get them to pay back money they charged us.
On one level, we can laugh it off. Given some of the terrible things that have happened around the world, in the past few years, this is very insignificant. However, if you're Australian and thinking about choosing a bank, please remember this true story about the Commonwealth Bank. There's also a possible message here about the power of the media.

Nov 23, 03
MARC RIBOT "The Prosthetic Cubans"
V/A "Ugly Things"
5678's "Bomb The Rocks"

I was very excited to receive the 5678s compilation of all their early singles (including the one I did on Giant Claw back in '92). It's a cool story how I stumbled across them... a friend in Japan (Hiroshi Sekiguchi) was writing a column for Doll magazine and used to send me copies. In 1990, I was looking through an issue, and came across a fantastic cartoon ad (by Jellybean of Jackie & the Cedrics) for the 5678s "Teenage Cavewomen" double EP. Tatsuya Ochiai (of the Japanese band Audio Sports) was staying with me at the time, so I got him to call the phone number on the ad to find out more info about the 5678s. We started corresponding and I fell in love with their music. A few months later, I was in Japan for Mudhoney's first tour there, and the 5678s showed up at the hotel with a whole bunch of their friends. They were part of a (then) tiny, but extremely cool bunch of like-minded bands (Jackie & the Cedrics, Guitar Wolf, Teengenerate, Great Mongoose, Supersnazz, and many others) that played mainly in a few tiny clubs in Shinjuku. Thanks to the 5678s, I got to know all these wonderful bands, and experience some of my fave gigs of all time. Thanks to one cool little ad.

Nov 17, 03
V/A The American Song-Poem Anthology

Craig Hawker sent me a copy of "Off The Charts" a US doco about the song-poem industry. That prompted me to dig out all the glorious comps (that Phil Milstein and the American Song-Poem Music Archives have been compiling over the years) of the stuff. If you're not aware of them, you're missing out. Song-poems were the popular mail-order scheme whereby people were encouraged to send in their words to companies that would put them to music, and send you back a 7" version. For a price. Whilst many of them were just plain ordinary, there were exceptions that were incredible, really incredible. Strange naive rants set to incongruous, paint-by-numbers genre music. But the result was sometimes far from ordinary. Ah, it's impossible to describe. Check out the American Song-Poem Music Archives website Grab a copy of the "best of" album. It's on Bar None (BRNCD-137).

Oct 31, 03
MYSTERY GIRLS self-titled
LITTLE KILLERS self-titled
V/A "Cambodian Rocks"
5678's "Teenage Mojo Workout"

Oct 22, 2003
Kelley Stoltz "Antique Glow"
Wayne Cochran & C.C. Riders

I've spent a lot of time listening to the Kelley Stoltz album that Raoul/Corduroy have released. It's a goodie! Impossible to pin down, as every track sounds different. But if you're looking for something with a Velvets/Barrett/Floyd/Cohen/
Mark Lanergan/Kinks/Jansch/and-a-whole-lot-more feel to it, then you need this record.
Watched the ARIAs last night. Ouch! Everything about it sucked. All of the usual "We're as good as anyone else in the world" pathetic rants; the uninspired nominations, yadda yadda. Worst of all, was the constant Channel 10 cross-promotion with Australian Idol. The only shots of the audience were on the Idol table. Maybe I'm just jealous that I'm not a part of it all. Or maybe not.
There's an incredible set of books available called First Pressings. Each volume is a reprint of everything in Billboard that year (1950 - 1959) that's about rhythm & blues. They're incredible - news, ads, releases schedules. It's amazing to read the list of records that came out in a particular week, and see classics by Lavern Baker, Bo Diddley, Wynona Carr, the Cadets, Otis Blackwell and Howlin Wolf. All in one week.
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Sept 25 2003
What works for me at present?
Dr Ross �The Harmonica Boss?
Super Bad, Super Black comp of blaxsploitation film radio spots
The Fondas "Coming Now!" LP
V/A "Great Googa Mooga!" CD
Lisa Miller "Version Originale" CD

I really miss great music fanzines/magazines. Apart from Rocktober, I need to find some good reads that make me want to run out and find music I haven�t heard. The best mag around these days is (still) Ruta 66 but it�s from Spain ?and in Spanish. Someone should start a service to send out a translation for each issue. And Norton should bundle all the old issues of Kicks magazine into book format. That�s a mag that changed my life! Check out all the Norton new releases. There�s so much great stuff there. If the King Coleman comp has more tracks as good as �Let�s Shimmy?on it, then you need it.
Big thanks to Ben Blackwell who found me a copy of the Detroit Cobras?Scooch Pooch single that I was missing. I�m still a little unsure about the new Cobras EP, Seven Easy Pieces, but then the first album took me a while. Wish they�d get their song titles correct, too. Listing the genius Doc Starkes/Mel Smith/Nightriders �Lookin?For My Baby? track as �Ya Ya Ya?is poor form. Just got a copy of the Fondas LP (featuring Cobras' founder Steve Shaw). That will be my main "must listen" record this week.
There�s a great Japanese band called Hydro-Guru. Don�t be put off by the name, their CD is a roller-coaster ride of spastic guitar�n�drums. They�d go great on a bill with a band like the Immortal Lee County Killers.

Oct 28, 2003
V/A "Cambodian Rocks"
5678's "Teenage Mojo Workout"