Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sonic Overload 6/4/12

So I open and close this week’s show by mentioning a couple of anniversaries—and that doesn’t even include my 24th wedding anniversary that happens on the 5th. Thanks for putting up with me so long, Ellen. I love you! But the first one is Queen Elizabeth’s “Diamond Jubilee,” marking 60 years on the throne. Trust me, I REALLY had to resist the temptation to make low-rent jokes like “60 years on the throne, eh? I hope she has enough toilet paper.” I know you’re out there—I can hear you breathing. Anyway, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee was in 1977 and the Sex Pistols came up with the celebratory anthem that opens the show. It was also the song that permanently converted me to the Church of Punk Rock, although that happened in September 1977.
The other occasion is the 40th anniversary of the release of one of my favorite singles when I was a kid, Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up,” which came out in May 1972. That’s the same year I finished up at Stanley School, my elementary school. Damn I’m old. And that became more apparent to me when catching a few minutes of one of those PBS shows geared to the Baby Boomer set. Even though I was born at the tail end of what many consider to be that era, I refuse to say I’m a “boomer.” The show featured “British Beat” artists and included the likes of Gerry and the Pacemakers, Lulu and the Zombies, a predecessor to Argent who had a couple of hits in the 60s (you might know them—“Time of The Season” and “She’s Not There”). They sounded fine but it almost seemed polite in delivery and the seated audience didn’t look as though they were about to jump out of their seats and start dancing. It seemed perfectly respectable. Ah well, enough navel gazing and back to the Argent song. Not only do you get to hear “Hold Your Head Up” but it’s the longer, album version. Rejoice, ye listeners...

Sonic Overload 6/4/12


SEX PISTOLS-God Save The Queen (Virgin)

RESTARTS-Parasitic Monarchy (Plastic Bomb)
INDIGESTI-Silenzio Statico (Vacation House)
LA URSS-Ciudad Geriatrica (Todo Destruido)
TRAGATELO-Anguista y Esperanza (Lengua Armada)

BI-MARKS-Gunk (Mata La Musica)
ENERJETICS-Assembler (demo)
HYGIENE-Office Job (La Vida Es Un Mus)
A-LINES-Wrong Way Home (SFTRI)

UNHOLY THOUGHTS-In Living Color (Way Back When)
BAD AMERICAN-Dictator (Bad Recordings)
DISCHARGE-The Nightmare Continues (Clay)
VOIVOD-Overreaction (Noise)


STIFF LITTLE FINGERS-At The Edge (Chrysalis)
TRANSPLANTS-Suicidal Tendencies (Dionysus)
CLOVERBOTTOM-Cottage Cheeze Heads (Toolbox)
AVENGERS-Uh-Oh (Water)

BUNNY SKULLS-AHC/False X (self-released)
BREAKS-Landlocked Blues (Firestarter)
SHARK ATTACK-Blood In The Water (Bridge Nine)
CARDIAC ARREST-Going Nowhere (Grave Mistake/No Way)
SGT. SLAUGHTER-Guitar Dickmouth (Social Napalm)
CONVERSIONS-Stay Home (demo)

NIP DRIVERS-Fox On The Run (Taang)
K-JELL-Struggle and Break Through (October Party)
RINGERS-For Arguments Sake (1-2-3-4, Go!)
STINK-Never Will Forget (from “Shreds Volume 1,” Shredder)


POOR LILY-Third Rail (self-released)
GENERAL INTEREST-What’s A Darfur? (Ride The Snake)
CLOAK/DAGGER-Electrocution (Grave Mistake)
WEIRD PARTY-Sarah Palin (Sex & Death)
ERECTUS MONOTONE-Tweeter and Quibble (from “Self Mutilation,” Hippy Knight)
CABARET VOLTAIRE-Nag Nag Nag (Rough Trade)

WHITE LUNG-Thick Lip (Deranged)
BAD JESUS EXPERIENCE-Finlandia (Tuska & Ahsdistus)
SOUND OF FAILURE-8848 (Cheap Art)
THE EXPLODER-Decision (Reptilian)
NOMEANSNO-And That’s Sad (Alternative Tentacles)


X-We’re Desperate (Slash)
BROWN SUGAR-La La Land (Fashionable Idiots/Feral Kid)
ÜBER KRØPPLING-Vi Gør Det I Nat (Blood Sausage)
DIALTONES-All Night Long (Dead Beat)
LYRICS-So What! (from “Essential Pebbles,” AIP)

TUFF DARTS-(Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste (Sire)
DAMNED-Problem Child (Stiff)
999-Nobody Knows (United Artists)
SAINTS-Know Your Product (Sire)
TEENAGE HEAD-Tearin’ Me Apart (demo)

ARGENT-Hold Your Head Up (Epic)

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