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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Backseat Angels CD review in Uberrock.

The Backseat Angels - 'Saturday Night Shakes' (Rum Bar Records)PrintE-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 03:20
BACKSEATANGELS300You want toe tappers? Well, how about the Ramones-inspired 'My Baby Wants To Brainwash My Mind'. Nothing more to add really as it has the big bass and guitar trading the same chugging riffs with some melodic vocals over the top as the drums hack out a solid beat then you get a breakdown that sounds like it might just fall down before everyone comes back in for a once round the song title.

I think the second song might be called 'Saturday Night' with some camp vocals before the band joins in, this is exactly how The Undertones started. The song itself is fine, it's been done to death and by a lot better bands than The Backseat Angels but I'll always give a listen and a heads up to anyone who goes down the Ramones path.

God only knows what the fuck is going on with the lyrics on 'School Bus Driver', man, even if it is pure '70s glam pop these lyrics are weird.

'Peppermint Girl' is great, T. Rex meets The Boys, whereas 'Hard To Tame' is The Knack. 'To Be A Better Man' has horns and sounds like one of those saucy seaside postcards the musical.

'Pick Up The Phone' is a kiss me quick glam stack-attack! Man, whoever is providing the handclaps on this album must be working overtime because 'Crazy Like A Fox' is Sweet-tastic, whilst 'Stupid Brats' takes us back to their Undertones doing the Ramones that started this whole shebang.

They saved the best til last and the rhythm consists of handclaps and tambourine shaking how could I possibly not like it. It's the reason the sun shines, light hearted and easy on the ear The Backseat Angels know what they're about and what they're capable of and deliver it to perfection.

Only The Backseat Angels will know why there is another version of 'To Be A Better Man' even if it an '80s extended version. That aside this record isn't to be taken seriously - it's retro in the best possible way and to be enjoyed and that's what I will continue do.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Max's Kansas City - 1976 (reupped by request)

Max's Kansas City - 1976 
In wav - Scans are included

a1.Wayne County And The Back Street Boys - Max's Kansas City   
a2.The Fast - Boys - Will Be Boys  
a3.Harry Toledo - Knots  
a4.Pere Ubu - Final Solution  
b1.Cherry Vanilla And Her Staten Island Band - Shake Your Ashes  
b2.Wayne County And The Back Street Boys - Cream In My Jeans  
b3.The Fast - Wow Pow Bash Crash  
b4.Wayne County And The Back Street Boys - Flip Your Wig  
b5.John Collins Band - The Man In Me  
b6.Suicide - Rocket U.S.A.

Seminal album of the New-York scene in 1976.
Special thanks to Remi for the vinyl rip, mine was too worn out.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Outnumbered - Why Are All The Good People Going Crazy

The Outnumbered - Why Are All The Good People Going Crazy
In FLAC - Scans are included

1 I Feel So Sorry Now  
2 Accidental Color  
3 Out Of The Gloom  
4 The Other Way 'Round  
5 What's Going On With You  
6 Inspiration  
7 Don't You Feel It  
8 You Need A Babysitter  
9 Sit With Me In The Dark  
10 Back To Square One  
11 One Desperate Moment  
12 Restless Soul  
13 Cover Me With Flowers

The Outnumbered was a jangle pop band from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois formed in 1982. It played a mixture of The Byrds melodicism and Ramones energy. Influences included 60s garage bands, 70s guitar pop / power pop, classic punk rock, and 80s indie rock bands. They released their frst album "Why Are All the Good People Going Crazy?" in 1985 and then toured the country in support of The Replacements, Violent Femmes and Soul Asylum. They released their second album, "Holding the Grenade Too Long", in 1986.

Special thanks to JPaul for this jangly contribution

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tommy and The Rockets - "Beer And Fun And Rock 'n' Roll"

"Beer And Fun And Rock 'n' Roll" is the debut release of Tommy And The Rockets. Behind this moniker, you find veteran Danish multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Thomas Stubgaard. The man has teamed up with New Trocaderos' songwriter/producer Michael Chaney and some other usual suspects from The Connection /
The New Trocaderos galaxy (Brad Marino, our main man Geoff Palmer and Kris "Fingers" Rodgers, to name a few).

Last fall, Stubgaard found himself with a stash of great, melodic hooks and contacted Chaney out of the blue to ask that they write a song together. Chaney loved the melodies, and within days "Take My Advice" and "Beer and Fun and Rock 'n' Roll" had been written. Those songs quickly led to others and before long, the ten original rockers that make up this album were recorded. Brad Marino heard the demos and agreed to play drums. Geoff Palmer jumped in to engineer the recording of the drums and percussion. Final musical touches were added by keyboard master Kris "Fingers" Rodgers and the album was mixed at Friar Park East by Geoff Palmer. 

This team work resulted in 10 amazing original kick ass rock'n'rollers that should please to every fan of the Ramones driving beats, the Beach Boys incredible harmonies or Psychotic Youth sense of melody. All killers and no fillers, this album rocks from start to finish and will certainly be in the top ten of the best rock'n'roll records of 2016! Do yourself a favour and get a copy!!!

"Beer And Fun And Rock 'n' Roll" is available in cd, vinyl or digital download.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

VA - Buttons From Champaign To Chicago

VA - Buttons  From Champaign To Chicago
In WAV - Scans are included

1 Prettyboys I Wanna Make You!
2 Julian Leal Get Away
3 All-Night Newsboys She's Gone Hollywood
4 The Names   It's A Miracle
5 Kevin Lee & Heartbeat Tonight
6 Band Jocks At Practice
7 The Vertebrats Diamonds In The Rough (Nineteen)
8 Nines Holiday
9 The Jerks   So Lifelike
10 North Shore   School Yard
11 Paul I Have Always Loved You
12 Tom Orsi   Where Are You Now
13 The Kind Total Insanity
14 Eyz Midnight Girls
15 Shoes In My Arms Again
16 Loose Lips   Kyle
17 Lay-Z   More And More
18 The Jets   Be For Me
19 Contra-Band See You Tonight

There is plenty to like on this collection of late '70 and early '80s tunes from Chicago and other parts of Illinois. The only real "name" act on this collection is Power-Pop legends Shoes, who contribute the great "In My Arms Again". Among the rest of the obscure cast are a few real jewels, including "It's a Miracle" by The Names, the Cheap Trick-sounding "Tonight" by Kevin Lee & Heartbeat, "Diamonds in the Rough" by The Vertebrats, "Schoolyard" by Northshore, and "Where Are You Now" by Tom Orsi.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bare Wires - Artificial Clouds

Bare Wires - Artificial Clouds
In Flac - Scans are included

Artificial Clouds
Lie Awake
Go Away Frankie
Runaway Heart
Look Over Your Shoulder
Teen Witch
I Don't Belong
Are You Taking Her Home
Oakland Nights
You've Gone Out
In That World

After a couple of singles on SSLD and Milk n Herpes under their belts, BARE WIRES send up their first LP in 2009. Featuring MATTHEW MELTON (SNAKE FLOWER 2) and ERIN SMSLIE of TIME FLYS drumming on this record. Mid-fi glam-coated ‘70s punk. Mastered by JAY REATARD.

Special thanks to JPaul for this garagey contribution

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Gumby's - Plastic Rock For A Plastic World

The Gumby's - Plastic Rock For A Plastic World
In FLAC - Scans are included

Side Gumby
A1 Linda Blair  
A2 It's Fun When You Don't Know Their Names  
A3 Saturday Night Suicide  

Side Pokey
B1 Mystery Girl (The)  
B2 Love To Pretend  
B3 Small Planet  
B4 Portrait Of A Loser  

Mini-Album released in 1982 on Rubr Rock Records. Favorite track : Mystery girl.

Special thanks to JPaul for this quite unknown contribution