Saturday, January 06, 2007


The namesake for Kill Ugly Radio was a generic boombox of indeterminate manufacture specially modified to play two tape loops simultaneously and also receive electromagnetic interference from power tools and electronic toys. It was used as a performance instrument in audio experiments until it had a catastrophic power source failure and had to be terminated. It is on permanent display in the Larch Mountain Absurdatory.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Various Artists

Faster and Louder Vols. 1 & 2
Rhino Records

An absolute top-drawer series from Rhino with an emphasis on hardcore circa the eighties. An unflinching look at the seamy underbelly of American and British punk. What's nice about the collection here is that many songs are culled from singles or in otherwise seldom heard versions. There's also a lot of inclusion of bands that were big back in the day, yet have faded into relative obscurity - and many I've never heard of before. Another nice thing is the very extensive liner notes and biographical info on each band included and Gary Panter's swell wrap-around cover art. If you can find them (I believe they are out of print), get them - you won't be sorry.

Faster and Louder Vol. 1

1. Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
2. Bad Brains - Pay To Cum
3. Circle Jerks - World Up My Ass
4. Suicidal Tendencies - I Saw Your Mommy...
5. The Dicks - Dicks Hate The Police
6. Angry Samoans - Lights Out
7. Meatmen - One Down Three To Go
8. SSD - Get It Away
9. Redd Kross - Linda Blair
10. D.O.A. - World War 3
11. Really Red - Modern Needs
12. The Stains - John Wayne Was A Nazi
13. Government Issue - Fun And Games -
14. Mission Of Burma - That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate
15. Husker Du - Statues
16. The Urinals - I'm A Bug
17. Bobby Soxx - Scavenger Of Death
Download Volume 1

Faster and Louder Vol. 2

  1. Zero Boys - Civilizations Dying
  2. Husker Du - In A Free Land
  3. Wire - 1. 2. X. U.
  4. The Subhuman - Firing Squads
  5. The Germs - Lexicon Devil
  6. Fear - I Love Living In The City
  7. X - We're Desperate
  8. Agent Orange - Bloodstains
  9. Negative Approach - Nothing
  10. Naked Raygun - Rat Patrol
  11. The Dils - You're Not Blank (So Baby We're Through)
  12. Stranglehold - She's Not Leaving
  13. Wipers - Romeo
  14. DYS - Wolfpack
  15. Black Market Baby - Potential Suicide
  16. GG Allin - You Hate Me And I Hate You (Public Animal No.1)
  17. CH 3 - Fear Of Life
Download Volume 2

Various Artists

Punk University Vols. 1 & 2
Oglio Records

Another nice pair of punk comps cds, this time from a specialty imprint of Capitol. These offer a mixed bag of British and American punk and a wider chronology - from really early (Ramones) to eighties punk. Could've done without the lesser Iggy Pop tracks, - including the one he whored out to a bourgeois sea cruise line! All in all, a pretty nice mixed bag of early punk music. There's probably nothing here that would turn the heads of most punk collectors, but it is nice to have Suicidal Tendencies best song (maybe only) alongside something by The Toy Dolls, any day.

I think the Punk University motif was an attempt to cash in on the mid-nineties generi-punk resurgence, but thankfully, like a lot of similar comps, doesn't include any Green Day or Offspring, et al.

Punk University Vol. 1:
  1. Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized
  2. Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict
  3. 999 - Homicide
  4. The Ramones - Beat On The Brat
  5. Vandals - Ladykiller
  6. Adolescents - Amoeba
  7. Circle Jerks - Wild In The Streets
  8. Redd Kross - Annette's Got The Hits
  9. X - Los Angeles
  10. Fear - New York's Allright If You Like Saxophones
  11. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
  12. Killing Joke - Eighties
Download Vol 1

Punk University Vol. 2:
  1. X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage, Up Yours!
  2. The Toy Dolls - Nellie The Elephant
  3. The Germs - Lexicon Devil
  4. The Buzzcocks - Something's Gone Wrong
  5. The Dickies - Gigantor
  6. X - White Girl
  7. Iggy Pop - I'm Bored
  8. T.S.O.L. - Dance With Me
  9. Circle Jerks - When The Shit Hits The Fan
  10. Agent Orange - Bloodstains
  11. G.B.H. - No Survivors
  12. Generation X - One Hundred Punks
Download Vol. 2

Various Artists

Dangerhouse Volumes 1 & 2
Frontier Records

Nice pair of compilation CDs from Frontier (released in 1991 and 1992) of the complete run of Dangerhouse punk singles from 1977 to 1980. Some of the artists involved are The Avengers, The Dils, Black Randy The Metrosquad, The Weirdos and X, as well as some lesser known bands such as The Randoms, Howard Werth and Rhino 39.
It's interesting to hear the genesis of LA punk, which seemed richer in variety and artfulness than it would later become. Many bands seem to feature interchangeable members. This is good music to listen to while reading We Got the Neutron Bomb, a great testimonial, Studs Turkel-type tome about the birth and death of LA punk.

Tracklist Volume One:
  1. Randoms-Let's Get Rid of NY
  2. Weirdos-Solitary Confinement
  3. Black Randy the Metro Squad-Trouble at the Cup
  4. Deadbeats-Let's Shoot Maria
  5. Eyes-Disneyland
  6. Dils-Class War
  7. Avengers-We are the One
  8. Rhino 39-Prolixin Stomp
  9. Bags-Survive
  10. Alley Cats-Nothing Means Nothing Anymore
  11. Howard Werth-Obsolete
  12. X-Los Angeles
Download Volume 1

Tracklist Volume Two:
  1. Alley Cats - Give Me A Little Pain
  2. Alley Cats - Too Much Junk
  3. Eyes - Eniwetok
  4. X - Adult Books
  5. Weirdos - Neutron Bomb
  6. Black Randy - Idi Amin
  7. Black Randy - I Slept In A Arcade
  8. Bags - Babylonian Gorgon
  9. Bags - We Will Bury You
  10. Rhino 39 - Xerox 12
  11. Rhino 39 - No Compromise
  12. Avengers - Car Crash
  13. Randoms - ABCD
  14. Dils - Mr. Big
Download Volume 2