Live At The Whiskey-A-Go-Go: Misfits

Rating: 85%

th.jpgReleased more or less as a bootleg in 1982, this Misfits live album is another look into the last moments of the Glenn Danzig era. To me, it’s important piece of Danzig and Misfits history. The band sounds pretty good, with lots of energy, and the audience itself seems to be having fun.

The sound is very raw and intense, with Glenn’s vocals thrown forward of the music. The music itself is on steroids for as fast as they are playing with lots of feedback. It’s heavy! For me, I am hearing the Misfits for who they really were. Henry Rollins of Black Flag appears on the song Bullet.

Track listing:

  1. Halloween
  2. I Turned Into a Martian
  3. Horror Business
  4. Mommy, Can I go out and Kill Tonight
  5. We bite
  6. London Dungeon
  7. All Hell
  8. Halloween
  9. Skulls
  10. We are 138
  11. Astro Zombies
  12. Brain Eaters
  13. Bullet

Box Set: The Misfits

Rating: 100%

Misfits_-_box_set_cover.jpgIn 1996, the Misfits coffin shaped box set was released. I was there, the day it was released. I managed to grab one of the 50,000 first pressings that included ‘Fiend Club’ pin/badge and a special case for the Static Age CD as well as the 28 page booklet with liner notes, photos, and lyrics. Now, I had all of the Misfits on cassette, so when the box set was released, this was my chance to own an upgraded version on CD.

The collection contained both, released and unreleased material going back as far as 1977. It was worth the $50 that I dished out. Lot’s of great material, even though, many of the songs repeat, but they are different versions. The quality was amazing, even the earlier sessions on Disc Three. It’s neat to hear a very young Glenn Danzig compared to the much older Glenn Danzig today. This was a must have for any Misfits, Samhain, or Danzig fan. 

Track listing:

Collection I
1-01 She 1:21
1-02 Hollywood Babylon 2:17
1-03 Horror Business 2:42
1-04 Teenagers From Mars 2:33
1-05 Night Of The Living Dead 1:51
1-06 Where Eagles Dare 2:06
1-07 Vampira 1:19
1-08 I Turned Into A Martian 1:41
1-09 Skulls 1:56
1-10 London Dungeon 2:33
1-11 Ghouls Night Out 1:56
1-12 Astro Zombies 2:09
1-13 Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight? 1:58
1-14 Die Die My Darling 3:07

Collection II
1-15 Cough / Cool 2:14
1-16 Children In Heat 2:05
1-17 Horror Hotel 1:25
1-18 Halloween 1:50
1-19 Halloween II 2:11
1-20 Hate Breeders 2:43
1-21 Braineaters 0:57
1-22 Nike A Go Go 2:13
1-23 Devils Whorehouse 1:47
1-24 Mephisto Waltz 1:43
1-25 Rat Fink 1:50
1-26 We Bite 1:13

Legacy Of Brutality
2-01 Static Age 1:45
2-02 TV Casualty 2:33
2-03 Hybrid Moments 1:38
2-04 Spinal Remains 1:23
2-05 Come Back 4:59
2-06 Some Kinda Hate 2:04
2-07 Theme For A Jackal 2:36
2-08 Angelfuck 1:34
2-09 Who Killed Marilyn? 1:55
2-10 Where Eagles Dare 1:57
2-11 She 1:21
2-12 Halloween 1:46
2-13 American Nightmare 1:42

Evilive
2-14 20 Eyes (Live) 1:55
2-15 Night Of The Living Dead (Live) 1:43
2-16 Astro Zombies (Live) 2:03
2-17 Horror Business (Live) 2:05
2-18 London Dungeon (Live) 2:14
2-19 Nike A Go Go (Live) 3:22
2-20 Hate Breeders (Live) 2:39
2-21 Devils Whorehouse (Live) 1:40
2-22 All Hell Breaks Loose (Live) 1:33
2-23 Horror Hotel (Live) 1:12
2-24 Ghouls Night Out (Live) 1:42
2-25 We Are 138 (Live) Guest, Vocals [Guest Screams] – Henry Rollins
1:27

Earth AD
2-26 Earth A.D. 2:08
2-27 Queen Wasp 1:30
2-28 Devilock 1:25
2-29 Death Comes Ripping 1:53
2-30 Green Hell 1:52
2-31 Wolfs Blood 1:11
2-32 Demonomania 0:43
2-33 Bloodfeast 2:28
2-34 Hellhound 1:13

Sessions
(1977)
3-01 Cough / Cool 2:06
3-02 She 1:15
(Date Unknown. No Studio)
3-03 Who Killed Marilyn? 1:58
3-04 Where Eagles Dare 2:00
3-05 Horror Business 2:42
3-06 Teenagers From Mars 2:32
3-07 Children In Heat 2:05
(Date Unknown. Songshop)
3-08 Night Of The Living Dead 2:02
3-09 Where Eagles Dare 1:51
3-10 Vampira 1:36
3-11 Violent World 1:50
3-12 Who Killed Marilyn? 1:50
3-13 Spook City U.S.A. 2:13
3-14 Horror Business 2:32
(9/5/80. Master Sound Productions)
3-15 I Turned Into A Martian 1:49
3-16 Skulls 1:52
3-17 Night Of The Living Dead 1:51
3-18 Astro Zombies 2:13
3-19 Where Eagles Dare 1:37
3-20 Violent World 1:34
3-21 Halloween II 2:28
(8/81 Reel Platinum)
3-22 20 Eyes 2:07
3-23 I Turned Into A Martian 1:57
3-24 Astro Zombies 2:13
3-25 Vampira 1:19
3-26 Devils Whorehouse 1:44
(Date Unknown. Mix-O-Lydian Or Newsoundland)
3-27 Nike A Go Go 2:38
(Date Unknown. Studio Unknown)
3-28 Hate Breeders 3:07
(Date Unknown. Reel Platinum)
3-29 20 Eyes 1:45
3-30 Violent World 1:36

Static Age
4-01 Untitled 0:06
4-02 Static Age 1:46
4-03 TV Casualty 2:23
4-04 Some Kinda Hate 1:59
4-05 Last Caress 1:55
4-06 Return Of The Fly 1:34
4-07 Hybrid Moments 1:40
4-08 We Are 138 1:40
4-09 Teenagers From Mars 2:48
4-10 Come Back 4:57
4-11 Angelfuck 1:36
4-12 Hollywood Babylon 2:17
4-13 Attitude 1:28
4-14 Bullet 1:36
4-15 Theme For A Jackal 2:35
4-16 Untitled 0:08

Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell: Social Distortion

Rating: 90%

Social_Distortion_-_Somewhere_Between_Heaven_and_Hell_cover1992 was the year that “Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” by Social D was released. The album features some very talented musicians. The musicianship is incredible. Lead vocalist and lead guitarist Mike Ness whose voice is whiskey drench sings the blues or country and punk as if those genres were created for him. His leads and riffs are so precise. Rhythm guitarist Dennis Danell throws out such good riffs. He actually compliments Mike Ness’s style. Plenty of great bass by John Maurer. The drum lines by Christopher Reece are wonderfully done.

Musically, this album is rock solid from start to finish. It flows very well. The influences from Punk, Country, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Rockabilly are  so balanced. It’s heavy, but it could be played on any radio station no matter the genre. It’s very energetic and powerful. Everything in so in tuned here from the melodies to the harmony of the instruments to the vocals.

Track listing:

“Cold Feelings” – 3:31
“Bad Luck” – 4:26
“Making Believe” (Jimmy Work) – 4:12
“Born to Lose” – 4:09
“Bye Bye Baby” – 3:06
“When She Begins” – 5:04
“99 to Life” – 4:28
“King of Fools” (W.E. Bruce) – 2:50
“Sometimes I Do” – 4:01
“This Time Darlin’ ” – 4:08
“Ghost Town Blues” – 4:38

Ride With Death: Speedwolf

Rating: 80%

314452.jpgIn 2011, Speedwolf released their first album. Inspired by Punk and Metal, this release is pretty awesome. Heavily influenced by Motorhead’s speed, Venom’s sound, and Sodom’s attitude, “Ride With Death” is full of brutality and speed. It’s like a time trip back to the mid 1980’s.

The musicianship is pretty good. Reed Bruemmer’s style of vocals is almost gritty and sludgy. Throwing out the fast riffs is Kris Wells on guitar. He’s got a lot of great work throughout this album. Then you have drummer Richie Tice. His drumming is pretty intense. I love the cowbell on the first track. Throwing down on the strings of thunder is bassist Jake Kauffman.

This album features a Punk flavored Speed Metal that is a blast from the past. Tight melodies, great riffage and decent solos. The bass has this heavy distorted sound that just doesn’t quit. The vocals are a tad on the dirty or harsh side. The drums are all over this album. This is what Speed Metal is and what it should sound like.

Track listing:

Speedwolf 5:28
Up All Night 2:48
Out On Bail 2:44
I Am The Demon 3:37
Time To Annihilate 3:43
Never Twice 3:39
I Can’t Die 3:55
Death Ripper 3:22
Hell & Back 2:38
The Reaper 3:29
Ride With Death 3:51
Denver 666 2:23

Daydream Nation: Sonic Youth

Rating: 90%

SonicYouthDaydreamNationalbumcover.jpgI remember when I first heard this album upon it’s release in 1988. When I first heard this, I was like what the hell is this? After listening to it again, I heard very complex song structures that were hard to duplicate on guitar. It’s not wonder why?

Both Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo were great musicians and great guitar players who knew how to make noise into music. Neil Young is another guitarist that has this trait. Listen to his album called “Arc” which Neil Young consulted Thurston Moore about the idea. Then, I heard Kim’s bass lines and I was totally blown away. She is one of the most influential female bassists. Her bass and guitar style is very unique. Her vocals are the same way. Steve Shelly’s drums lines are just as complex as the band. He has some very weird tempos, of beats and rolls.

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Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. Getty Images

Musically, there are some great melodies here. They flow from song to song as if you were in a daydream. The music is smooth, not aggressive, but relaxing. At the same time, there is a certain jam style in between verses that is weird, but at the same time it was written to be atmospheric. There is a great deal of improvisations. The harmony of the music itself it wonderful.

The music also features a good combination of female and male lead vocals. Each member of the band contributes equally. The musicianship is very tight. It’s no wonder why Sonic Youth is such a major influence to Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, and Punk.

Track listing:

Teen Age Riot 6:56
Silver Rocket 3:46
The Sprawl 7:39
‘Cross The Breeze 7:00
Eric’s Trip 3:46
Total Trash 7:30
Hey Joni 4:17
Providence 2:39
Candle 4:57
Rain King 4:38
Kissability 3:06
Trilogy: a) The Wonder 4:27
Trilogy: b) Hyperstation 7:04
Trilogy: z) Eliminator Jr. 2:37

Death Church: Rudimentary Peni

Rating: 75%

RP-Death_Church.jpgIn 1983, “Death Church” was released by Rudimentary Peni. This is their first full length album. Prior to that, the band released a few e.p.’s. The band consisted of drummer Jon Greville, guitarist & vocalist Nick Blinko, and bassist Grant Matthews.

Musically, the song structures are very simple. The riffs and leads are about average. Nothing to complex or extreme. The songs are more or long the lines of three to six chords, it seems like. The bass follows more along the guitar riffs, but, it is identifiable. The bass at times will lead off the song with a more progressive line, but then will often fall back in line with the guitar. The drums follow a more progressive and faster tempo, with some of weird tempos here and there. The British accent of the vocals is very noticeable which adds to that Punk sound. This of the Exploited and the Sex Pistols. The vocals themselves are a mixture of screams back down to mid range. There is a sense of poetry to the vocal style and the lyrics.

All and all, we have an average Hardcore Punk band with some songs structures. The overall sound, has a good raw sound to it. This is what love about Punk from the 1980’s. That raw energetic sound that is not polished. The lyrics can be a little dark. The musicianship seems to be pretty tight, which is always a good thing. There’s a bit of Noise Rock when the songs transitions from track to track.

Track listing:

“¼ Dead”
“Blissful Myth”
“The Psycho Squat”
“Rotten to the Core”
“Poppycock”
“Cosmic Hearse”
“The Cloud Song”
“Vampire State Building”
“Blasphemy Squad”
“When You are a Martian Church”
“Pig in a Blanket”
“Inside”
“Nothing but a Nightmare”
“Flesh Crucifix”
“Slimy Member”
“Love is Not”
“Radio Schizo”
“Happy Farm”
“Alice Crucifies the Paedophiles”
“Army of Jesus”
“Dutchmen”

Fear of Life: CH3

Rating: 85%

hqdefaultin 1982, Channel 3 (Ch3) dropped the “Fear of Life” record. You had bassist Larry Kelly, drummer Mike Burton, guitarist Kimm Gardener, and vocalist & guitarist Mike Magrann. There style of Hardcore Punk was pretty good. You had the classic heavy guitar riffs, big chorus lines, great drumming, nice bass lines, and great solos.

Musically, the song structures are played very tightly. They have that raw and gritty sound which I like. You don’t many bands today, that record music the same way it was done back in 1980’s. Everything today has this polished and friendly sound to it. I love the claps, the answering chorus lines to the vocals. This album has some of the best fills as far as the guitar goes. The female backing vocals was a treat.

I love the Hardcore Punk from the era, as the music itself is very raw, powerful, aggressive, and heavy. It was these bands that helped to shape Thrash Metal and make it OK for the two groups to socialize. As I click away on Youtube, I am rediscovering these old Punk bands and it’s a hell of a trip down memory lane.

Track listing:

Out Of Control
Accident
You Make Me Feel Cheap
Catholic Boy
Wet Spots
Fear Of Life
Life Goes On
Manzanar
Strength In Numbers
Double Standard Boys
You Lie
I Wanna Know Why