The last three singles in this series of Taang! reissues were all part of the same Massachusetts scene. Each band with a different sound, but all in their own way left their mark not only in their area, but in both the punk and indie music world.
Evan Dando and his two friends Ben Deily and Jesse Peretz recorded this single the day after their high school graduation in 1986 and self released it on their own Huh-Bag. “Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners” was not originally released on Taang!, but with their Husker-Du like sound they gained the labels attention and released the Hate Your Friends full length a year later. They eventually went on to be MTV big in the ’90s and Dando, with his good looks and great voice, became a teenage heart throb.
Lemonheads – Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners
Although they didn’t reach the stardom of the Lemonheads, the Moving Target’s music was in the same vein. Holding their own and playing shows with their hardcore peers the Moving Target’s released four albums and two singles filled with melodic rhythm driven pop punk.
Moving Targets – Less Than Gravity
Last in this series of Taang! records reissues is Slapshot, one of the biggest and most influential bands of the Boston scene. Featuring Jack “Choke” Kelly (Negative FX, Last Rights) on vocals, Slapshot put the hard in Hardcore. With their driving guitar and Choke’s distinct punk rock growl, they could get the crowd going and joining in with their great sing along choruses.
Slapshot – Same Mistake/Might Makes Right
All these singles are available for your listening pleasure at Streetlight, come by and pick up one or all ten.
Our next four bands were all part two of the same Boston scene as the three previous releases we spoke of in part one of this series. These singles have also not had official reissues since the were originally pressed.
First on our list is a split release featuring two different bands that pretty much had the same lineup. Each band has one song on each side, “Scum Gus” by Last Stand and “Injun Joe” by Noonday Underground.
Both have the fast guitar driven sound that was known for their scene, but the songs are a lot catchier with a heavy Buzzcocks influence and sing-along choruses. This single proved that the Boston scene had diversity and they were not a bunch of cookie cutter bands following a formula.
The next single is from a Boston band that was short lived, but made a loud noise in the Straight Edge/Hardcore world. Negative FX featured Jack “Choke” Kelly (Last Rights, Slapshot) on vocals. His fierce throat shredding vocals complimented the non stop high speed guitar attack.
This single, unlike the others, is new to this format. It’s five songs from Negative FX’s full length LP, their one and only official release.
Let’s end part two of this series with the Oysters. Like many other bands in the Boston scene, members of the Oysters came from other heavy-hitters in the scene (DYS, Stranglehold, Negative FX). Much like Last Stand and Noonday Underground, the Oysters brought the same heart as their peers, but a different sound. They strayed from the lightning fast hard edged guitar with in your face vocals, for a power-pop sound.
Hey 45 lovers, it’s been a while, but I’m back with a three part series of classic ’80s punk and hardcore re-issues from Taang Records. These are must-haves for both the rabid collector and beginners alike.
There are ten singles from nine different bands all with a different sound, but the same message and Reagan Era angst. Here are the first four:
Let’s start with Gang Green, a Massachusetts band heavily influential on the Boston hardcore scene. “Sold Out” was the first record issued on Taang! and it features all three original members: Chris Doherty, Bill Manley, and Mike Dean.
This is the first official issue since its original release in 1984. A year later Taang! released a second Gang Green single, “Skate To Hell.” This time with a line up change. Now a four-piece with founding member Chris Doherty being the only original member and a new dual guitar sound.
Next on our list is Last Rights’ Chunks, another important band in the Boston scene and the second release for Taang!. Featuring Jack “Choke” Kelly (Negative FX, Slapshot) and Blair “Twisted” William Borden (Slapshot), Chunks is a two minute, in-your-face hardcore blast and it will run you about $300 for an original copy. There is also a great version of this song by fellow Massachusetts heroes Dinosaur Jr.
Last and just as important, but not as popular as the last two bands is Stranglehold. Even though they had Gang Green member Chris Doherty on guitar, they didn’t have the same hard and loud guitar sound. Stranglehold had more of a British influence, sounding more like Stiff Little Fingers than their peers. That didn’t stop them from playing with the harder edged bands in the scene.
New from the Numero Label, English Oldies by the Royal Jesters, an under-the-radar Texas band known in San Antonio for getting the teens stompin’ at the local dances with an infectious, heartfelt mix of doo-wop, R & B, and Latin rock ‘n’ soul.
Available on vinyl and cd.
Twenty-eight homespun stunners from the Alamo City’s scrappiest souleros. The Royal Jesters were the kings of San Antonio’s cross-cultural teen scene in the 1960s, soundtracking lovelorn slow dances with their heart-sick harmonies.
Light In The Attic why are you so good to us!!!! In addition to the slew of Hazlewood releases and the Honey Ltd LP and CD comes the Lee Hazlewood box set. With the in-depth research and all the bells and whistles we’ve come to expect from our friends at Light In The Attic comes There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 66-71 available in two versions.
Version one contains a 172 page hardback book with pictures of Hazlewood and other Lee Hazlewood Industries (LHI) artists. This beautiful book also contains the complete story of the LHI label, as well as interviews with label head Lee Hazlewood and a complete label roster. As if the book wasn’t enough there is a DVD of Cowboy In Sweden never before available and fully remastered.
Still not excited? How about 107 tracks on four CDs of remastered analog transfers.
Discs one and two contain everything Hazlewood recorded on LHI as well as some unreleased tracks. Discs three and four are loaded with all LHI artist and a handful of tracks never released until now. Also included is a flexidisc with studio chatter and an exact replica of Lee’s lavish business card. The deluxe version includes all the before mentioned treats and more:
Three DVDs with complete with WAV/MP3 files with full artwork; disc one has the LHI catalogue in MP3 files; disc two contains all LHI LPs in WAV files; and disc three has every LHI 45 in WAV file.
That’s 17 albums and 138 A and B sides!! That’s worth the extra cash alone, but LITA doesn’t stop there. There is also a cloth clam box shell gold foil stamped and a debossed silhouette of Lee himself. Last but not the least the deluxe version contains six glossy photos of LHI promo photos and a flight ticket replica. This is the ultimate collection for any Hazlewood fan and should not be missed. Still not convinced?! Check this out!
Ready for more beloved 45s? Well here you go, another handful of party platters. Let’s start with a couple of soul jams courtesy of the Secret Stash label.
Sonny Knight and The Lakers bring it with “Hey Girl,” an upbeat dancer that has Sonny Knight pitching woo. He got his start in the ’60s so you know he’s got the moves. The flip is a soul tribute to the Sugarman, originally by Detroit’s Rodriguez. From the same label we have The Valdons with “Stop, Wait A Minute Girl/Love Me Or Leave Me.” A group that has their roots in the Twin Cities, not only are they from the early ’70s, but so are these two cuts. A couple of soul burners from Prince’s home town.
The next single is brought to us by Rev. Louis Overstreet and his rockin’ guitar carrying a gospel sermon. Great guitar work with an uplifting spiritual message. Taken from a ’70s session and gifted to us from the Little Axe label. Fans of Missipppi releases, this is for you.
From Germany, we have the Kidnappers. With past releases on Rip Off and Alien Snatch, you know what to expect. Hard fast rock n roll with a powerpop tinge. Also on the rock n roll tip we have Endless Bummer on In the Red Records.
Co-founders of Permanent Records, Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi, get together with Greg T from the Spits to bring us Endless Bummer. Four songs of dark, sludgey tunes recorded by Ty Segall and released by In the Red in a limited pressing. It doesn’t stop here folks, we a got a couple more for ya.
M.O.T.O. has too many releases to count and “Shitty Kids” holds its own with all of them. Not only is Paul Caporino the Master Of The Obvious, he is also a master at writing a song with nonstop riffs and a great pop edge.
Last on our list is from supergroup Altamont. With members of Melvins, Big Business and Acid King and art work by Alan Forbes, I’m sure you know what to expect. But in case you don’t, here is a taste of this and the other singles we mentioned. The Rev Louis Overstreet is not the song from the before mentioned single, but it gives you an idea of his powerful voice and great guitar playing.
Keep 45s alive!!!
With Christmas on the way, Streetlight Records has the perfect stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life. On November 26th, Nothing Can Hurt Me, the story of Big Star was released on both DVD and blu-ray.
There are certain bands that are as influential as the Beatles or the Stones, but just can’t seem to get that mainstream break that brings them to the masses. Big Star is on the top five, if not the top of, that list.
Formed in Memphis in 1971, Big Star was Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Alan Hummel. They are known as the godfathers of powerpop, with their Beatles-like harmonies and Rolling Stones influence. Through inner band physical altercations, solo careers and even the passing of Chris Bell, Big Star made a big noise in rock n roll, but they didn’t get the credit they deserved.
Instead of getting into depth about theses pop heroes I’ll let Nothing Can Hurt Me tell the story of one of the the greatest bands pop music history. Do yourself or your loved one a favor and pick it up. It will be on sale at Streetlight and playing in rotation on our TV screens just in time for the holidays. Here is a trailer to give you an idea of who Big Star is.