Maty’s Corner #15

Maty’s Corner #15
Havok on Polaris album review

Recently Havok on Polaris’ album Fan Dance Party came across my desk for a review. Musically I’d put it somewhere between the power pop and harder skate punk of the 90’s era. I love it. At 24 tracks sounds like all of the bands influences show through. I’d personally compare them to Parasites, Last Chucks and the Ergs with a touch of Ten Foot Pole and later 7 Seconds and a bit of NOFX and Screeching Weasel’s comical sensibility. They’re a trio outta Lawrence Kansas, yep Kansas has something other than Dorothy and Levinworth. Really tight playing, it’s nice to see pop punk pushing past the 3 chords from time to time. The more hard core readers may not dig these guys, but life sucks without a bit of fun so check ‘em out anyways. This is definitely one of the more exciting offerings of the year from punk rock in genereal. My favorite track off of this is My Radio Sux. While being track one is good enough to get me pumped for the rest of this fast paced good time. You can check in with these guys at https://www.facebook.com/thehavokonpolaris or get releases over at http://thehavokonpolaris.bandcamp.com/album/fan-dance-party

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Maty’s Corner #14
Brigadiers EP Review

So I recently saw Brigadiers and got their Warriors ep. It’s just good honest straight ahead street punk. Really reminds me of Virus Nine. All 5 songs are just a refreshing kick to the face. The playing is as tight onstage as it is on this disc. Stand out track for me was Control. This solid unit hails from somewhere between Riverside County and Costa Mesa. So catch them live and get a copy of this and the new ep they have in the works. Get to know ‘em on their face book https://www.facebook.com/brigadiersband and get a good pit for ‘em.

-Maty Almost

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All Your Punk Rock Apparel Needs

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The FIDLAR Band Review A Look Back At 2013 What A Year

The FIDLAR Band Review

The Skate Punk Band Making Waves Out Of California…

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“FIDLAR” is a skate punk band from Los Angeles, California. The band’s name is an acronym for ‘Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk’; a skate mantra created by singer Zac Carper’s former roommates. The members of FIDLAR were seemingly destined from birth to play in a band. Originally, FIDLAR went under the name ‘Fuck The Clock.’ Three years after recording their first songs they stepped on stage and out of the gate teamed up with The Black Lips’ and went on tour with The Hives, what kind of luck do these kids have?

Fidlar_025Elvis Kuehn (guitar/vocals) and Max Kuehn (drums) are the sons of Greg Kuehn, keyboardist for Long Beach punk legends T.S.O.L., while Zac Carper (vocals/guitar) is the son of famed custom surfboard crafter and designer to the pros, John “JC” Carper, who works out of his home based shop in Oahu Hawaii. Along with Brandon Schwartzel (of Rooney fame) on bass, the Kuehn brothers and Carper came together in 2009 to form their local garage/skate punk band known as FIDLAR.

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Before long, the four members were cohabiting in a pad on Figueroa Street, rehearsing DIY garage style and recording on site their newest tunes, and throwing insane house parties every weekend. They soon became the talk of the L.A. underground punk scene and went on the road full-time, and haven’t looked back yet.

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FIDLAR haven’t stopped touring since their early beginning performing local high school-house parties, when known as “Fuck The Clock” before 2009. FIDLAR is the band to keep an eye on now as they carry the torch, and continue to make news in the underground punk rock world, proving punks not dead in skateboarding, it’s very much alive. I haven’t gotten juiced up for a sk8 punk band since 1980’s band the ‘Faction.’

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In their title song “Cheap Beer” lyrics say;

“Getting fucked up on the 101, shooting our guns and having fun, 40 beers later and a line of speed, eight-ball of blow and a half-a-pound of weed. (chorus) I drink cheap beer so what fuck you…”
 

In the song titled “Stoked and Broke,” lyrics say;

“I just want to get really high, smoke weed until I die, I don’t ever wanna get a job, if I fucked up today, hey nothings wrong. Get pissed up by the hills, cocaine and shitty pills, get head in a broken car, with the windows up and the lights turned off. There’s nothing wrong with living like this, all my friends are pieces of shit…


The band is constantly making references to weed, cocaine, girls, guns, surfing, skating, L.S.D, pills and having no money. The songs make perfect sense for a generation of young skaters who just don’t give a fuck. Before long I was singing some of the chorus’s while driving down the road…”Wake – Bake – Skate.” These guys make me feel 22 again.

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FIDLAR Lineup:

Zac Carper – guitar, vocals
Brandon Schwartzel – bass
Elvis Kuehn – guitar, vocals
Max Kuehn – drums

Hometown
Los Angeles, CA

Label
White Iris

Website
http://www.fidlarla.com/

Twitter
http://twitter.com/fidlarla

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/FIDLAR/107196795985818


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Taking Notice:

*In 2012, were named one of Stereogum’s ’40 Best New Bands of 2012′
*In the 2013 O Music Awards, FIDLAR were nominated within the ‘Best Web-Born Artist’ category.
*In 2013, AIM Independent Music Awards, hosted by Association of Independent Music (AIM), FIDLAR were nominated within the ‘Best Live Act’ category.

-Punk Monday

Early Beginnings For Famed Punk Rock Band “Black Flag”

Black Flag became America’s premier hardcore punk rock band in the early 1980s

Guitarist Greg Ginn formed the group in 1977, two years after he graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics and founded SST Records, an affiliate of the SST company he started originally at the age of 12 yrs. old. The label quickly grew with a loaded roster of other critically acclaimed punk rock bands, including Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth, and Meat Puppets.

10616When the bands original singer Keith Morris left Black Flag to form the “Circle Jerks,” Black Flag went through several vocalists before discovering Henry Rollins, a Washington, DC, punk kid, who gained the bands attention when he jumped onstage with the band and began slam dancing during a live song at a New York performance.

10414From 1984 to 1986, Black Flag released more than one LP per year, in addition to a continuous touring schedule world wide. In 1986 Ginn dissolved Black Flag and focused on his popular hardcore label SST and composed several solo releases using various guest performers in his one man band releases. He has since focused his time and attention on running SST as a leader in the hardcore label industry and his involvement in the soon to be announced, return of “Black Flag,” with a new album release full of new tracks and a tour scheduled with North America and Europe show dates, to be announced in 2013.

8322While it was Ginn who composed all of Black Flag’s music and the majority of its lyrics, Rollins’ career got the greatest boost from his former band’s momentum,when he formed the popular hardcore band, simply called the “Rollins Band.” The Rollins Band recorded several albums and gained a world wide following that intensified after its appearance on the 1991 Lollapalooza Tour. By the release of 2000’s Get Some, Go Again, the original Rollins Band had moved on and replaced by the members of Mother Superior, an L.A.-based trio, which provided a more straight-ahead hard-rock canvas for Rollins’ hardcore lyrics and shouted vocals. In 1998, Rollins collaborated with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Flesh-N-Bone, Flea, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on a remake of the 1970 Edwin Starr hit “War” for the soundtrack to , “Small Soldiers.”

-Punk Monday

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Dead Kennedys Gold Release Discography

The Dead Kennedys Gold Albums And Tracks Review

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Dead Kennedys were a hardcore punk rock band, born from San Francisco, California. The underground band also known as simply “DK” made news world wide for nearly a decade.

During the 1980s the band gained a large underground following in the international punk music scene. Their music mixed the more experimental elements of English 1970s punk with the raw energy of the 1980s American hardcore punk sounds. Dead Kennedys’ songs mix the deliberately shocking lyrics of punk rock mixed with a sarcastic left-wing commentary on social and political issues.

Not since the Sex Pistols has the name of a punk rock band made so much public noise. From day one the general public payed close attention to the bands every song and lead vocalist Jello Biafra became a political thorn in every politicians side with harsh lyrics directed at social political topics that were headliners at the time. Dead Kennedys appeared to go after every  issue with hits like Too Drunk To Fuck and then a song directed at the officers of the law with Police Truck.

The band even had sharp opinions towards their own punk rock subculture and the lack of realism of their hardcore values with a direct attack on the Nazi punk genre with the hit song Nazi Punks Fuck Off. This led to many, many fights in the mosh pits of their shows and their popularity continued to grow into the homes of a wide age range and a mixed gender of faithful followers.

Skateboarding took hold of the Dead Kennedys and in every back yard session and at every contest event one could hear familiar sounds of Biafra’ shrieking voice as the skaters made their runs.

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From 1978 until 1989 the Dead Kennedys made a major mark in punk rocks history of hardcore bands and they were never short of any controversy. The band received many radio bans and lawsuits from celebrities and politicians, but nothing seemed to phase them, that is until the harsh breakup that ended in court room proceeding’s and continues to this day, after 30 years has gone by.

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In 1978, Dead Kennedys made their live debut with a show at the Mabuhay Gardens in San Francisco, California and continued a 10 year run of music progression that spread world wide.
“Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” is the debut album by the hardcore punk band Dead Kennedys, released initially on Cherry Red Records in the UK in 1980 and eventually through Faulty Products and again in the US (later on Alternative Tentacles label). The best selling and generally the most critically acclaimed album by the Dead Kennedys, “Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables” has become a major staple of American punk rock history.

 

Here’s a listing of some of Dead Kennedys most famous albums and tracks

 

1980 Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
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1. Kill the Poor (3:06)
2. Holiday in Cambodia (3:46)
3. Police Truck (2:28)
4. Forward to Death (3:46)
5. When Ya Get Drafted (1:23)
6. In-Sight (1:43)
7. Let’s Lynch the Landlord (2:10)
8. Too Drunk to Fuck (2:42)
9. Drug Me (1:54)
10. The Prey (3:49)
11. Your Emotions (1:19)
12. Chemical Warfare (2:54)
13. California Uber Alles (7:28)
14. I Kill Children (2:02)
15. Stealing Peoples’ Mail (1:33)
16. Funland at the Beach (1:48)
17. Ill in the Head (6:49)
18. Viva Las Vegas (7:01)

1982 The Virgin Demos

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1. Government Flu (2:04)
2. Terminal Preppie (1:30)
3. Trust Your Mechanic (2:55)
4. Buzzbomb (2:21)
5. Halloween (3:35)
6. Winnebago Warrior (2:08)
7. Bleed for Me (3:25)
8. I Am the Owl (4:52)
9. Saturday Night Holocaust (8:38)
10. Well Paid Scientist (2:22)
11. Forest Fire (2:23)
12. Riot (5:57)
13. Life Sentence (5:19)
14. Dead End (3:56)
15. Moon Over Marin (4:27)
16. Kepone Factory (1:19)
17. The Prey (3:49)

1982 Plastic Surgery Disaster

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1. Government Flu (2:04)
2. Terminal Preppie (1:30)
3. Trust Your Mechanic (2:55)
4. Well Paid Scientist (2:22)
5. Buzzbomb (2:21)
6. Forest Fire (2:23)
7. Halloween (3:35)
8. Winnebego Warrior (2:10)
9. Riot (5:57)
10. Bleed for Me (3:25)
11. I Am the Owl (4:52)
12. Dead End (3:56)
13. Moon Over Marin (4:27)

1985 Frankenchrist

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1. Soup Is Good Food (4:18)
2. Hellnation (2:21)
3. This Could Be Anywhere (5:24)
4. A Growing Boy Needs His Lunch (5:50)
5. Chicken Farm (5:06)
6. Jock-O-Rama (4:06)
7. Goons of Hazzard (4:25)
8. M.T.V. – Get Off the Air (3:54)
9. At My Job (3:40)
10. Stars and Stripes of Corruption (6:24)

1986 Bedtime For Democracy

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1. Take This Job and Shove It (1:24)
2. Hope With the Jet Set (2:07)
3. Dear Abby (1:09)
4. Rambozo the Clown (2:25)
5. Fleshdunce (1:29)
6. The Great Wall (1:32)
7. Shrink (1:44)
8. Triumph of the Swill (2:17)
9. Macho Insecurity (1:30)
10. I Spy (2:30)
11. Cesspools In Eden (5:56)
12. One Way Ticket To Pluto (1:38)
13. Do the Slag (1:37)
14. A Commercial (1:33)
15. Gone With My Mind (1:43)
16. Anarchy For Sale (1:18)
17. Chickenshit Conformist (5:59)
18. Where Do ya Draw the Line (2:39)
19. Potshot Heard ‘Round The World (2:10)
20. D.M.S.O. (2:09)
21. Lie Detector (3:45)

1988 Plastic Surgery Disaster / In God We Trust

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1. Advice From Christmas Past (0:55)
2. Government Flu (2:04)
3. Terminal Preppie (1:30)
4. Trust Your Mechanic (2:55)
5. Well Paid Scientist (2:22)
6. Buzzbomb (2:21)
7. Forest Fire (2:23)
8. Halloween (3:35)
9. Winnebago Warrior (2:08)
10. Riot (5:57)
11. Bleed for Me (3:25)
12. I Am the Owl (4:52)
13. Dead End (3:56)
14. Moon Over Marin (4:27)
15. Religious Vomit (1:04)
16. Moral Majority (1:55)
17. Hyperactive Child (0:37)
18. Kepone Factory (1:19)
19. Dog Bite (1:14)
20. Nazi Punks Fuck Off (1:00)
21. We’ve Got a Bigger Problem Now (4:29)
22. Rawhide (2:13)

-Punk Monday

 

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D.I.Y. Punk Rock Show

Putting On A D.I.Y. Punk Rock Show In Your Home Town

Make A Good And Clear Deal With The Bands Invited

– Put all possible information in the form of a contract, so there can’t be any misunderstanding about the deal you made. Have it signed and have another be a witness.
– In case the band manager doesn’t work with a contract make sure you have the agreed upon plan/deal in e-mail form and even print it out and offer it as a copy.
– Don’t promise bands anything you can’t guarantee: if you tell them you will pack the place and only 40 people show up, it looks very bad.
– It always helps to keep a little variety in the lineup. Ask 3 of the same-styled local bands to play. If you ask 3 clearly different bands you will attract several different crowds..

Don’t Pay Too Much For The Band

– Always pay the bands a percentage of the door money. The money the band, or the manager is asking is in most cases more than they actually need, so try to get the band for a low price.
– On the other hand make sure it’s a fair deal because if you think the band will draw at least 100 people.
– Always  make sure you have enough food and drinks for them. If you take care of bands, the next time you will contact them they are more likely to respond positively to you again.

Invite All You Friends And Their Friends

– Of course you want a lot of visitors on your shows. Starting with all the people that you know yourself.
– Always ask the band to send out an email list and Facebook friends with posts on bulletin boards. To their fans, friends and family, etc…

Make A Website Or A Page And Use Every Social Media Site

– A website page is important, so people can keep checking what you are doing. Always keep this up to date, so people know that you are always working on new things and keep coming back to your sites.

Make Flyers & Posters To Paint The City

– Make clear flyers for the show and make sure you spread them through your town. Also important is that you spread them at similar kind of shows the two months before your own show.
– It is very important to put all info on the flyer, the time, venue, price and website address.
– A lot of time you get posters from the band manager. Do the same with them as with the flyers and paste away.
– Don’t just stick to your own town/city but try to go to shows in other cities as well to flyer there or ask friends to do it if you don’t have the chance.
– Remember small shows are just as important as big ones. Treat the event like a big rock concert.

Create A Mailing list

-Because people are lazy… You have to keep them up to date with all your shows. The best way is to send them e-mails and newsletters once in a while with all your up to date info. Don’t do this too much, because then people get sick of your e-mails and unsubscribe from your mailing list. It takes a while to get a proper amount of people on this list, but just starts with your own friends and you will notice that this amount will grow in time.

Upcoming Shows

– Don’t get worried if you don’t have any shows coming up for a month or so, because then you obviously didn’t get any interesting bands offered to you or they decided to go to another city. Make sure though you keep on working getting more shows and keep people informed of what is to come.

Always Look Ahead

– Keep checking regularly what the booking agencies are working on/having coming up regarding touring bands. In a few years after you’ve done lots of shows and proved yourself, you might have the luxury of booking agencies contacting you first but this is not the case in the beginning.

Keep A Time Schedule

– Try to stick to the time schedule you made, it might be hard and especially when things don’t go as you planned and you want them to. Try and make it so that the last band finishes on time so people can catch their trains if they’re from out of town.
– Don’t book too many bands on one night as this might cause a lot of stress and your time schedule to get messed up.

Not Too Many Shows

– Before you confirm a show, check how many other shows around your show are going on.
– The same goes for booking too many shows yourself especially if you’re doing it all on your own.

Use A Proven Venue

-First of all you need a venue where you can set up a show. So check out if there is a music center or youth center in your city or area where you can put up a show. Contact them and explain what you want to do. It would be helpful if you a have plan put together, including a budget.

Have A Show Budget

-You have money yourself you like to invest in a show. When you haven’t put up a show before, I wouldn’t recommend this. Setting up shows and break even/make some money of it is pretty hard, especially when you’re doing it for the first time. If you do it, make sure you have put together a fairly careful budget or try to use a door deal (see point 3).

2: Is the venue or youth center able to do a show
This is the best way to start. Ask what your budget is and if it includes/excludes drinks for the bands, food, a sound engineer, protection, staff, back line, etc. Most of the times the bar earnings are for the venue and are not a part of the budget. Make sure you stay within the budget. If you like to set up more shows in the future, make sure you’re not using the full budget when you know you won’t be able to earn it back. If you stay within the budget, but the venue / youth center is making a big loss of the show you probably won’t be able to set up a new show. Try to make a fair judgment of how many kids will turn up and multiply it with the entrance fee.

The Bands Needs

-When you set up a show, think of which bands you like to book. Keep in mind, try to be realistic. You probably can’t book Terror or Sick Of It All for your first show. The best way to book bands is to approach them through mail or at a show. Try to avoid booking agency’s, most of the time you have to pay more for a band when you book them through an agency.

-When you approach them, make an offer of what you like to pay. Think of your budget and what are you able to pay them. How late does the band have to arrive at the venue, at what time will they play, is there food an drinks available for the bands. Don’t forget to ask if there are vegetarians or vegans in the band, will they bring a back line, etc. Don’t forget to mail them a route description how to get to the venue and some contact info.

Sound-Engineer And All Techs

-Make sure you have a sound engineer, most of the time the venue will have one. When they don’t, try to find one who is willing to do it for some drinks. Most of the times the venue will provide people for the bar, at the door and kitchen if food for bands is involved. Always check if this is the case, if not, ask nicely if your buddy’s want to help out.

Safe Back Line

-The back line includes the boxes for guitar and bass also, the drums. Normally the back line excludes the amps and drum breakables. Every band has to bring them along themselves, don’t forget to mention that! Most of the time a venue has no back line available, so you have to hire one which is pretty expensive, or the bands have to provide one. The best way is to ask the bands to bring a part of the back line, or ask a band to provide the whole back line. In the last case, it is fair to pay them a bit more.

Show Promotion

-Don’t forget to promote your show as good as possible. Post everywhere, not just on the internet.

-Get a cool flyer or poster design for the show and a cool name, if you put on a festival. If you can’t do it yourself, probably someone you know is able to help you out. Include the following info on the flyer: bands, date, doors/starting time, contact and address info.

-Make sure you give your show a lot of local attention, invite all your friends to show up and spread the rumor in you area. Local kids are normally a must and backbone to make the show a success.

-Punk Monday

Black Flag Band Members Touring In Two Rival Bands. Lawsuits Pending!

Black Flag Fans Get Two World Tours For The Price of One In 2013

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Pro skateboarder and band manager Mike Vallely with bands founder Greg Ginn

There’s a simple answer for all the “Black Flag” fans who are confused about why two different versions of the hardcore punk band are touring this year only separate: It’s about money, says Mike Vallely, professional skateboarder and newly appointed band manager for Black Flag. The master mind and founder of “Black Flag,” guitarist Greg Ginn carefully selected, vocalist Ron Reyes and original drummer Gregory Moore, to be the front men on a world tour in 2013. Now here’s a hilarious facet of this punk rock reunion story, but also performing on the road, simultaneously, playing memorable Black Flag songs, is tribute band “Flag,” who’s by the way is also composed with former band members, and playing the same popular hit songs, while traveling on the road. Seems almost everyone from Black Flag’s “Ghost of Christmas Past,” have been called to duty, except for the bands most popular vocalist and easily most famous band member, Henry Rollins.

rollins-bandHenry Rollins Performing Live from L.A. in 1996 as the “Rollins Band”

Keith Morris, the bands original singer and song writer for Black Flag, heads up the tribute band “Flag,” with the likes of Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, also reuniting together and touring North America, performing the same Black Flag songs, live in concert. Guitarist Greg Ginn claims the touring band Flag,” consisting of Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, infringes on “Black Flag’s” rights, which are owned by him under his label, SST Records.

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Keith Morris of OFF! former singer of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and now Flag

Keith Morris and all the ex-band members through the years, have been wanting to do Black Flag again, but they’ve been wanting to do it on their own terms,” Vallely tells in Rolling Stone magazine. The pioneering hardcore punk rock band had been largely dormant since splitting in 1986. Then, after years of releasing music on his own and with various side projects, Greg Ginn announced in January that he was re-teaming with Reyes and Moore for a tour and a new album under the original band name, “Black Flag,” a move that Vallely says was nearly a decade in the making. “Greg and I had been talking about doing something together since 2003,” says Vallely, who is Black Flag’s newly appointed manager and remains the lead vocalist in the hardcore band, “Revolution Mother.”
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“Good for You” turned into something good thus far, a new punk band with Mike Vallely on vocals and Greg Ginn on guitar. The group released its debut, “Life Is Too Short to Not Hold a Grudge,” in February on Ginn’s legendary label “SST Records”. “Good for You” seemed to signal that Ginn was ready to return to producing hardcore punk rock, and at the same time the guitarist was working with Vallely, he was talking to Ron Reyes about reviving Black Flag, but he did not want to just play oldies, but goodies as the sets.

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Keith Morris, remains calm after hearing of Ginn’s negative comments to the media and the multiple pending law suits popping up almost daily. Kieth Morris says he’s doing “Flag” just for fun, not for an increase in revenue, or fame, says Morris, who is the original vocalist and the front man for “Black Flag” from 1976-1979. Morris later went on to sing with the band “Circle Jerks” and currently remains the lead singer in the punk rock band “Off!” who’s also touring North America in 2013.

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Kurt Cobains Top 50 Albums List

Kurt Cobains Top 50 Albums

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1. The Stooges

2. Pixies – Surfer Rosa

Kurt says: A die-cast metal fossil of misplaced draft, with or without the fucking production. Everyone who has ever commented on ‘Surfer Rosa’ has said that the production’s amazing. I agree with that, but the songs are so strong that it wouldn’t have mattered if you’d listened to it through a boom-box.

I was completely nihilistic up until about four or five years ago, when I first heard this. It changed my attitude. It made me finally admit, after being into punk rock for so many years, that I finally liked other stiles as well. It made me finally admit that I’m a music lover. Their music reminded me of the music that I always wanted to do – and was doing – before I got into punk rock eight or nine years ago.

3. The Breeders

4. The Vaselines Son Of A Gun

Kurt says: I just have this feeling Eugene and Frances had a really cool relationship. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I think it’s a really amazing thing when a couple can get on together and write some of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. They’re kind of sharing their life with people. Eugene and Frances are the Captain & Tennille of the underground.

5. The Shaggs – Philosophy Of The World

Kurt says:  It’s so obviously the real thing. I heard this one live song – a Carpenters song, maybe? – where they must have been playing a day centre, and the screams in the background are louder than the music. The Shaggs are another archetypal K band.

6. Fang – Landshark

7. MDC – Millions Of Dead Cops

8. Scratch Acid – Scratch Acid

9. Saccharine Trust – Paganicons

10. Butthole Surfers – Pee Pee The Sailor

11. Black Flag – My War

12. Bad Brains – Rock For Light

13. Gang Of Four – Entertainment

14. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks

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Kurt says: A million times more important than The Clash. How do I explain that? Hmm. Both were always a bad imitation of The Rolling Stones, in love with America. But at least they took their girlfriends on tour with them (The Slits). Their music was terrible, though. I blame Sandinista! for not letting me get into punk until years after I should have done – it was so bad.

The Pistols’ album has the best production of any rock record I’ve ever heard. It’s totally in-your-face and compressed. All the hype The Sex Pistols had was totally deserved – they deserved everything they got. Johnny Rotten was the one I identified with, he was the sensitive one. The only reason I might agree with people calling our band “The Sex Pistols of the 90’s” is that, for both bands, the music is a very natural thing, very sincere. But in terms of influence, fuck, no! Rock is too exhausted for that. We haven’t produced a totally original sound like that. We might be uncompromising, but that’s about it. We’re an obvious metamorphosis.

15.The Frogs – It’s Only Right And Natural

16. PJ Harvey – Dry

17. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

18. The Knack – Get The Knack

19. The Saints – Know Your Product

20. Kleenex – Kleenex/Liliput

21. The Raincoats – The Raincoats

22. Young Marble Giants – Colossal Youth


1981

Kurt Says: The music relaxes you, it’s total atmospherics. It’s just nice, pleasant music. I love it. The drum machine has to have the cheesiest sound ever. We’re going to be on a Young Marble Giants compilation, doing ‘Credit In The Straight World’. I had a crush on the singer for a while – didn’t everyone? I didn’t know much about them – the Moxham brothers, right? I heard they might be getting back together again recently. Isn’t it weird how, when you hear something like that, you still get excited, even though you know you shouldn’.

23. Aerosmith – Rocks

24. Various – What is it?

25. R.E.M. – Green

26. Shonen Knife – Burning Farm

1983Kurt says: This was the first cassette that came out on K. Eventually, after a week of listening to it every day, I started crying. That’s how much it affected me. I just couldn’t believe that three people from a totally different culture could write songs as good as those, because I’d never heard any other Japanese music or artist who ever came up with anything good.

Everything about them is just so fucking endearing. They’re not too cute! That’s part of the charm. Do I think there’s a paedophiliac element to their appeal? I think in Japanese culture in general there’s a paedophiliac element – most of the women there dress op as young girls. It’s weird.

I’m sure that I was twice as nervous to meet them as they were to meet us. I didn’t want to offend or scare them in any way, because I know I’m a scruffy, slimy person who might scare them off – and that’s exactly what I did. They were afraid of me. In fact, on one of our first dates together, they saw me walking towards them and they screamed at the top of their voices, turned around and ran away, and then peeked their heads out of their dressing room. I was trying to reassure them that I was harmless. The communication we had with them was deathly silence and a lot of smiling.
In many ways, they’re the ultimate K band, because they are sincere, they are real. They don’t’ purposely put their guitars out of tune and they don’t purposely sing out of tune.

27. The Slits – Typical Girls

28. The Clash – Combat Rock

29. Void/Faith/Split EP

30. Rites Of Spring – Rites Of Spring

31. Beat Happening – Jamboree

32. Tales Of Terror – Tales Of Terror

33. Leadbelly – Last Sessions Volume 1

1980

Kurt says: William Burroughs turned me onto that guy. He said that if you want to hear true honest music, you should hear Leadbelly. The songs are just amazing heartfelt.
Leadbelly was this poor black man in the early 1900s who went to jail a few times for wife-beating and robbery and getting into fights and bootlegging liquor. While he was is in prison, he started playing the guitar, and he sang so well that the governor started to like him, and let him out of jail. Leadbelly became an apprentice with Blind Lemon Jefferson and started recording songs, but none of the commercial recordings he made ever captured his true essence, except for these late sessions. They happened when this guy who’d been following his career for a few years caught him on a two-track tape recorder one night when they were hanging out at this hotel. It’s just really cool.

I hope that my songs approximate that honesty. That’s what I strive for. He was like the first punk rocker: he’d get into town, walk into an all-white bar, try to have a drink, get beat up and then go to jail because of it. So it’s really cool to hear this music, especially the air of the recordings themselves, because it’s so eerie to hear it on this crackly two-track. But that’s what Folkway records are like – they’re awesome. They even have the entire Watergate tapes available as a 10-album set. I’m gonna get a Folkways tattoo next to my Black Flag tattoo.

34. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff

35. Daniel Johnston – Yim Jump Music

36. Flipper – Generic Flipper

37. The Beatles – Meet The Beatles

38. Half Japanese – We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love.

Kurt says: I like to listen to Jade Fair and Half Japanese with headphones on, walking around shopping malls – in the heart of the American culture. I just think that, if people could hear this music right now, they’d melt, they wouldn’t know what to do, they’d start bouncing off the walls and hyperventilating. So I turn up the music really loud and pretend it’s blasting through the speakers in the mall.

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39. Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician

40. Black Flag – Damaged

41. The Record

42. Flowers Of Romance

43. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

44. The Marine Girls – Beach Party

45. David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World

46. The Wipers – Is This Real?

47. The Wipers – Youth Of America

48. The Wipers – Over The Edge

Kurt says: Is This Real? Yes it is. The Wipers released maybe four or five albums. The first two were totally classic and influenced The Melvins and all the other punk rock bands. They’re one of the bands I tried to assimilate. Their songs were so good. Greg Sage was pretty much the romantic, quiet, visionary kind of guy. What more can I say about them? They started Seattle grunge rock in Portland, 1977.

49. Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly

50. Swans – Young God EP

1984

-Punk Monday