26 July 2016

BONGWATER The Power of Pussy 1991


 

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As much a performance art troupe as a band, Bongwater was the brainchild of guitarist (Mark) Kramer -- chief of the Shimmy-Disc label and a former member of Shockabilly -- and actress Ann Magnuson, best known to mainstream audiences for her role in the ABC sitcom Anything But Love as well as the feature film Making Mr. Right. Kramer and Magnuson first met at her downtown New York nightspot Club 57, where he engineered the sound for her performances with the all-female percussion group Pulsalamma; after forming Bongwater in 1985, the duo enlisted avant-garde guitarist Fred Frith to record their 1987 EP debut Breaking No New Ground, a crazed neo-psychedelic set typified by Magnuson's surreal narratives, often inspired by her dreams about major celebrities and fellow downtown N.Y.C. denizens.

Double Bummer
After garnering a reputation for their anarchic live sets, Bongwater re-entered Kramer's Noise New York studios with ex-Phantom Tollbooth guitarist Dave Rick and former Shockabilly drummer David Licht to record 1988's sprawling two-LP opus Double Bummer, a wildly experimental collection peppered by bizarro-world covers of Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll, Pt. 2" and Led Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" (retitled "Dazed and Chinese" and sung in Mandarin) as well as media satires like "Decadent Iranian Country Club" and "David Bowie Wants Ideas." The follow-up, Too Much Sleep -- a collection of lo-fi recordings mottled with dialogue fragments, sampled answering machine messages and television soundbites -- appeared in 1989.
The Power of Pussy
With 1991's The Power of Pussy, Bongwater parodied sex in all its forms; a European tour with rhythm guitarist Dogbowl in tow followed, but Kramer and Magnuson's complex relationship soon began to unravel, and after one final record, 1992's The Big Sell-Out, the duo parted both personally and professionally. The dissolution of the partnership was acrimonious, and resulted in a protracted legal battle that ultimately resulted in Shimmy-Disc's bankruptcy; Magnuson, meanwhile, mounted a solo career, issuing The Luv Show on Geffen in 1995. 

Tracklist  

1 The Power Of Pussy 4:00
2 Great Radio 4:36
3 What If? 2:01
4 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine 3:58
5 Chicken Pussy 1:40
6 White Rental Car Blues 2:19
7 Nick Cave Dolls 4:20
8 Bedazzled 2:53
9 Obscene And Pornographic Art 3:19
10 Connie 2:37
11 What Kind Of Man Reads Playboy? 2:23
12 I Need A New Tape 1:39
13 Women Tied Up In Knots 0:49
14 Junior 2:16
15 Mystery Hole 1:37
16 Time Is Coming 2:03
17 Folk Song 9:22

TRUMANS WATER Action Ornaments 1996

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Tracklist

1 3 Straps Nose To Rear 3:30
2 4 Story Friend 4:15
3 A Hurting Helping 2:59
4 Mood Stain 1:51
5 Angels Spit Stars 1:22
6 Skeeter Dope 3:16
7 Gold Plated Pissin Troff 4:33
8 Mutual Blood Tied Force 3:51
9 Curl Up To Yer Empty Years 1:56
10 Restore Restore And Destroy 2:59
11 Flying In A Coin Operated Universe 4:21
12 Shoe Lace Or Else 2:19
13 Care Sliced Lies 9:09
 

SUNSET VALLEY Boyscout Superhero 1999

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The New Speed
Alternative rockers Sunset Valley formed in Portland, Oregon in September of 1996; originally a trio comprising frontman Herman Jolly, guitarist Jonathan Drews and bassist Eric Furlong, the group later expanded to a five-piece with the additions of keyboardist Jeff Saltzman and ex-Heatmiser drummer Tony Lash. Their debut LP The New Speed followed in 1998; Boyscout Superhero followed a year later. 

Tracklist


1 I Got Fair
2 Megapills
3 Tornado
4 Happily Frozen
5 City Of Bees
6 Heatwave One
7 Doll Eating Man
8 Fairy Theory
9 Solid Goldmine
10 Jackass Crusher
11 Doll Hill

MAOW The Unforgiving Sounds Of... Maow 1996



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Most notable for being the band Neko Case was in just before she launched her highly successful solo career, Maow plays a mix of punk, pop, and country. Hardcore Neko Case fans should be warned -- Neko does not handle all the vocals here (though bandmates Tobey Black and C.C. Hammond are very capable) and The Unforgiving Sounds of... is rough, at times amateurish, and not as instantly memorable as Neko's solo releases. The band does manage a few memorable moments, however, including the Eric Clapton-bashing (and Hank Williams-praising) "Very Missionary." Other fine tracks include "Wank," "Rock 'N' Roll Boy," and "How Does That Grab You." However, clocking in at less than 21 minutes, The Unforgiving Sounds of... is likely to appeal chiefly to Neko Case completists. 
 
Tracklist 
1 Wank 1:42
2 Mean Mean Man 1:00
3 Sucker 1:52
4 Ms. Lefevre 1:53
5 Rock 'N' Roll Boy 1:13
6 Very Missionary 1:09
7 Mommie's Drunk 1:33
8 Woman's Scorn 1:30
9 Showpie 1:09
10 J'ai Faim 0:40
11 Man What's Got A Gun 1:06
12 How Does That Grab You, Darlin? 2:01
13 Party Tonite! 0:54
14 Cat's Meow 0:44

Bonus Tracks
15 One Night Stand 1:01
16 Catastrophe 1:04

THE SHITBIRDS Famous Recording Artists 1995



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The charmingly named Shitbirds didn't last long, but the Los Angeles-based trio are important to fans of French pop chanteuse April March; these early '90s pop-punkers featured the delectable March as their lead singer under her real name, Elinor Blake.
Blake's first recordings were made in New York in the late '80s as part of the girl-group pastiche the Pussywillows, but the Shitbirds started in 1991 after Blake moved to Los Angeles to work as an animator for Spumco, the company that produced the cartoon series Ren and Stimpy. (Spumco's head, John Kricfalusi, drew the covers for most of the Shitbirds' 7" releases, and Blake co-wrote and sang on several songs from the three Ren and Stimpy albums.) While working for Spumco, Blake simultaneously began her career as April March and formed the Shitbirds, named for Vietnam-era Army slang for new enlisted men chosen for the worst duties. Blake sang, often under the name April Shitbird, while Phil Maynes (Phil Shitbird) played guitar and Steve Savitsky (Uli Shitbirdsky) bashed the drums. (Maynes also played bass on most of the recordings; a revolving door of deputy Shitbirds filled that role on-stage.)
The Shitbirds' first release was an untitled three-track EP released on the Seattle label PopLlama Records in September 1992. That EP's leadoff track, "Theme From Shitbird," also appeared on the four-track 7" Oh Joy in December of that year. (Oh Joy, augmented with four more tracks including a reworking of the jingle for the '70s-vintage Icebird shaved ice maker called "Scheissebird," was reissued as a 10" EP in February 1993.)
Although the trio did stay together for a while after that initial burst, their productivity slowed considerably. A version of the traditional "Christmas Is A-Coming (May God Bless You)" appeared on the Sympathy for the Record Industry compilation Happy Birthday Baby Jesus in 1993, and two songs, "Faster and Shorter" and "Unterschall," showed up as a limited-edition five-inch single in May 1994. One more song, "Kickback 1812," appeared on a split 7" with Simon & the Bar Sinisters a month or so later, and that was that. Although Maynes and Savitsky played on the April March albums Chick Habit and Paris in April, the Shitbirds effectively retired in 1994. A posthumous collection of all 15 Shitbirds recordings, Famous Recording Artists, was released by Sympathy for the Record Industry in late 1995. 

 Tracklist 


1 Theme From Shitbird 1:10
2 Oh Joy 1:41
3 Flunky 0:58
4 Not Of This Earth 1:05
5 There Was A Time 2:08
6 I Want You 2:26
7 Faster & Shorter 0:56
8 You Said That 2:13
9 Beef Bologna 0:47
10 Baby What's New 2:25
11 Scheissebird 0:41
12 Kickback 1812 1:17
13 Ünterschall 2:04
14 Christmas Is A Comin (May God Bless You) 2:14
15 Going Out Theme 1:16

VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE Honey Lingers 1991



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The colorful pop group Voice of the Beehive was led by sisters Tracey Bryn and Melissa Brooke Belland, California natives whose father Bruce Belland was a member of the chart-topping 1950s vocal group the Four Preps. After a showbiz childhood which included roles in a number of television commercials, elder sister Tracey eventually relocated to London; Melissa later joined her overseas, where they became regular hangers-on in the British rock scene. After appearing on Bill Drummond's 1987 solo LP The Man, they formed Voice of the Beehive, taking the name from a Bette Davis film.
Adding guitarist Mike Jones as well as Madness alumni Mark Bedford on bass and Daniel Woodgate on drums, the band recorded its initial demos, releasing their first singles "Just a City," "I Say Nothing" and "I Walk the Earth" and earning favorable comparisons to Blondie and the Bangles. After Bedford exited to form Butterfield 8, Voice of the Beehive recruited Martin Brett to record their debut Let It Bee, which scored U.K. hits with "Don't Call Me Baby" and "The Man in the Moon." 1991's Honey Lingers also proved successful, notching the hits "Monsters and Angels," "I Think I Love You" and "Perfect Place."
A long hiatus followed, however, as the band began to fragment; soon, only the Belland sisters remained, and Voice of the Beehive was dropped by its label. After a series of personal traumas, they returned to California to begin writing new material, resurfacing in 1996 with the cathartic Sex and Misery (original title: Disastrous Relationships, Disillusionment, Depression, Death). The album's first single, "Scary Kisses," earned Voice of the Beehive their biggest American hit to date. 

Tracklist 


1 Monsters And Angels 3:38
2 Adonis Blue 3:40
3 I Think I Love You 3:14
4 Look At Me 3:03
5 Beauty To My Eyes 3:01
6 Just Like You 3:22
7 Little Gods 2:37
8 I'm Shooting Cupid 3:11
9 Say It 2:29
10 Perfect Place 3:34

MIRANDA SEX GARDEN Suspiria 1993


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Madra
This creatively named band was formed when the members were studying vocal music together and started busking in the streets of London. Madra, their first album, is largely a capella, and composed entirely of traditional British songs. Their later releases -- like 1993's Suspiria and 1994's Fairytales of Slavery -- saw the group moving in a more rock/industrial direction, pitting their smooth voices upon layers of distortion, feedback, and heavy drums. Carnival of Souls was released in summer 2000. 

Tracklist


1 Ardera Sempre 4:51
2 Open Eyes 6:31
3 Sunshine 4:36
4 Distance 3:31
5 Play 4:19
6 In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song) 4:05
7 Bring Down The Sky 7:36
8 Feed 5:55
9 Inferno 7:52
10 Willie Biddle And His Waltzing Maggot 3:55
11 My Funny Valentine 5:27

THE HAGGARD A Bike City Called Greasy 1999






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The Haggard spit out old-school hardcore punk with monster-movie vocals. Sound uninventive? Maybe, until you realize that all of their songs come from an unabashedly dyke perspective. Singer/guitarist Emily Kingan and drummer STS (who's also played with the much gentler sounding Cadallaca and the Lookers) create such a ruckus, you'd never know the band includes just two people. On their debut disc, A Bike City Called Greasy, the songs blaze by almost as if each one is a separate movement in one long piece. But the lyrics are what sets the Haggard apart from the testosterone-soaked hardcore scene. If you can decipher the werewolf growls that pass for singing on "PE Teacher," you'll find a clever tale of teenage lust: "I'll play a round of dodge ball/join a sports team this fall/if you'll give me a call, PE teacher!" "God Kills Kittens + Babies" may seem like it's infected with by Misfits-styled gothicness, but really the song asks why evil happens in this world, while "For Matthew Shepard" vows to conquer that evil. Had the Indigo Girls grown up obsessed with Slayer and Minor Threat, they may well have created this very disc. 

Tracklist

1 Pe Teacher
2 Suburbs
3 Bikers + Hikers
4 TV + Pacification
5 Too Few
6 For Matthew Shepard
7 God Kills Kittens + Babies
8 MYOBMF
9 Tampons
10 I'm Sorry Bob
11 Hysteria
12 Little Brother
13 Love Letter