The Heartbreakers were Johnny Thunders best vehicle after the New York Dolls. In 1977, LAMF (Like A Mother F**ker) was released in the UK on Track Records. The Heartbreakers also included Jerry Nolan (drummer) of the New York Dolls. In 1984,"'84 LAMF" was released on Jungle Records after they acquired the tapes from the sessions. The 1984 remix done by Tony James (of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and Johnny Thunders was a real dissappointment, sounding thrown together, tied up with reverb. This CD compiles the best original mixes (actual masters of the original LAMF do not exist) from the 1977 sessions. Heartbreakers recorded so many different takes at the time, that many of them sat untouched and undiscovered until this CD. I loved the original record, and I like these mixes too. Johnny Thunders was much more than he seems to be remembered as.
October 19, 1998
Its hard to say exactly what cut is what on this CD, as most of the titles are in Japanese, but you'll be able to recognize the voices of Kahimi Karie, and Laila France. Cornelius appears as well.
Holger Czukay plays on 7 tracks, and co-produced both these records by this German band, together on one disc. "Pst!" came out in 1980, and "S.Y.P.H." came out in 1981. Some of the tracks are long Can-like numbers, while some are short new wave numbers.
The Real Kids were a great Boston band from 1976-79. They evolved into the Taxi Boys in 1981. Norton (the same label that released the 2 recent Dictators singles) has re-released this LP which originally came out on Marty Thau's Red Star label (the same lable Suicide was on). Everyone doing rock air on WZBC should know the songs of the Real Kids, who were more than their one big hit "All Kindsa Girls".
I like this record much better than the Messerschmidt LP which preceded it. That record had no production to speak of. This one has competent use of recording equipment. There's covers of songs by Ramones (Pinhead), and Undertones (Teenage Kicks), plus 11 other songs.
Rondelles are a girl band from DC with Lungleg style guitar, Delta 72 style farfisa, and Ronettes style vocal, though nothing so lush.
Melvins do an Angel City (Australian band) song from 1979. Cosmic Psychos do a cover from the UK band Racer. Gearhead, the magazine of the drag punk underground, is a great read for 70's Hot Rod fans, and music fans as well.
Todd Rundgren produced debut of Sparks from 1971. This record was never re-issued on LP or CD. The first 5 albums of Sparks are essential listening. They are (in chronilogical order) Sparks, A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing, Kimono My House, Propaganda, and Indiscreet. Albums after these, such as Big Beat and No. 1 Song in Heaven had great moments, but did not really compare to the complete package of the earlier releases, which pre-date so much that I shouldn't even begin a list. Be sure to listen to "Wonder Girl", "Fa La, Fa Lee", and Roger" from the first record next time you're at the station
Fridge just got signed to a major label in the UK (Go Beat), so this Tortoise-like band will not remain unknown for long. Fridge is one of the few bands that give the "post-rock" genre a kick-in-the-imagination. This is a neat looking package with a plain purple 12" and a plain green 7" in a printed clear shopping bag.
Compilation of songs by Crytalized Movements (4 songs), Wayne Rogers (1 song), B.O.R.B. (2 songs), and Magic Hour (3 songs). All bands feature Wayne Rogers, who ran the Twisted Village store and label along with Kate Village, who plays with him in Magic Hour and The Major Stars. All tracks are guitar/vocal based psychedelia.