19 January 2017

THE FAUVES Future Spa 1996

 

  
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The Fauves are one of Australia's most underrated bands, playing their own brand of guitar pop featuring wry, humorous lyrics, much in the style of fellow Australian band TISM, but infinitely more subtle.
The Fauves formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1988, and comprised of four school friends: Andrew Dyer, Adam Newey, Andrew Cox and Phil Leonard. They took their name from the short-lived art movement in the early 1900s (fauve" being the French word for "wild animal").
In 1989, they released their first EP: This Mood Has Passed. Two years later they followed it with The Scissors Within EP, and in 1992, the Tight White Ballhugger EP appeared. All of these EPs gained the Fauves critical acclaim, but commercial success eluded the band, and they remained an act with a cult following only.
Drive Through Charisma, the band's debut full-length album, was released in 1993. Greeted with good reviews, the album failed to make an impact, despite generating the two minor alternative singles "Thin Body, Thin Body" and "Marble Arse."
In 1994, The Young Need Discipline appeared, and it was with extensive touring (including support slots for the Australian tours of Throwing Muses and Live), that the Fauves began to experience the commercial recognition they deserved. The Young Need Discipline was filled with memorable songs, and witty, intelligent lyrics, and produced two alternative hits: the brilliant "Caesar's Surrender" and the melodic "Dwarf on Dwarf."
With this new-found success, the Fauves began to let their sense of humor become more evident in their work, and in 1995 they released the Everybody's Getting a Three Piece Together EP. Fortunately, however, the band never let their humor become more important than their songwriting, and they continued to produce excellent guitar pop.
Cementing their status as one of Australia's best bands, their third full-length album, Future Spa, was released in 1996. Again, it was greeted with critical praise and was also supported by Australian radio, largely due to the release of three excellent singles from the album: "Dogs are the Best People," "Self Abuser," and "Don't Get Death Threats Anymore." The album also featured a hidden track: a recording of a police interview with two Fauve members following their arrest for possession of marijuana.
In 1998, The Fauves released Lazy Highway, another album of classic guitar pop; it was not as successful as Future Spa, but it still generated two alternative singles: "The Charles Atlas Way" and the Beach Boys-inspired "Surf City Limits."
 

Tracklist  

1 Big Brother Age 3:46
2 Don't Get Death Threats Anymore 3:22
3 Self Abuser 2:54
4 Sentimental Motel Journey 3:22
5 Dogs Are The Best People 2:49
6 I Love The Fight Game 2:35
7 Understanding Kyuss 2:53
8 That's The Lifestyle 4:13
9 Skateboard World Record 2:28
10 Tying One On 2:55
11 I Wrote You A Power Ballad 3:56
12 Dragster For Christmas 2:50
13 Suddenly Looked And Realised 2:48
14.1 Tighter Than I Like 4:38
14.2 (no audio) 4:59
14.3 Everybody's Getting A 3 Piece Together 2:53
14.4 (Police Interview) 7:00

HAPPY FAMILY Lucky 1990

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Indie rock with female vocals on the 50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Watts label operated by David and Jad Fair of Half Japanese
 

Tracklist

A1 Cavemen In Neckties
A2 We Love You We Don't Love You
A3 Listen
A4 Lucky
A5 Nothing To Do With Anything At All
A6 Big Ass On Fire
B1 8 Good Reasons
B2 She's Your Trashcan
B3 Everyday
B4 World Of Distraction
B5 Wear Your Clothes
B6 Bodies Lie
B7 Where's My Tribe

TOURING JAPAN 日本 旅行 Various Artists 1998

 Compilation from Japan on Time Bomb Records

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1 Naht Scattered 4:34
2 Naht Real Estate 6:22
3 Sweetbelly Freakdown Pinbot! 2:11
4 Sweetbelly Freakdown Chimichonger 4:49
5 Bluetip Japan 5:53
6 Bluetip 52 Girls 3:28
7 Kerosene 454 Man In A Trap 2:41
8 Kerosene 454 Upside Down 3:38


SILVERFISH Organ Fan 1993



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Cockeye
One of the U.K.'s most iconoclastic bands of the late '80s and early '90s, Silverfish featured singer Lesley Rankine, guitarist Andrew "Fuzz" Duprey, bassist Chris Powforth, and drummer Stuart Watson. Before joining the group, Rankine sang with the Grizzelders, a '60s-style punk band; Duprey, Powforth and Watson caught one of the group's performances and persuaded her to join Silverfish. Rankine's fierce, commanding vocals and aggressively feminist outlook -- the chorus of "Big Bad Baby Pig Squeal" and "Hips Tits Lips Power," became a mantra of sorts for angry young women -- foreshadowed and echoed the sentiments of the burgeoning riot grrrl movement, but musically the group was more indebted to metal and industrial influences. Silverfish released several EPs in the late '80s which were collected into the 1990 compilation Cockeye; the following year they released their debut album, Fat Axl, and toured with Pigface. 1992 saw the group earn more widespread acclaim thanks to a second full-length, Organ Fan, and tour dates supporting the like-minded 7 Year Bitch. Soon after, however, Silverfish disbanded; Rankine went on to collaborate with Mark Walk as Ruby

Tracklist

1 This Bug 2:21
2 Mary Brown 3:44
3 Suckin' Gas 3:40
4 Petal 3:50
5 Fuckin' Strange Way To Get Attention 5:02
6 Big Bad Baby Pig Squeal 2:47
7 Elvis Leg 3:24
8 Dechainee 4:15
9 Scrub Me Mama With That Boogie Beat 3:09
10 Rock On 4:22
11 Joos 3:38
12 Crazy 3:26
13 Jimmy 3:28
14 Vitriola 3:49
15 Jenny 3:37

The 5.6.7.8's Bomb The Twist 1996

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While their biggest international exposure was a cameo in the Tarantino flick Kill Bill, 5.6.7.8's are much more than one-hit wonders, bearing the proud distinction of being the prime and longest-enduring Japanese garage rock girl band. Featuring a revolving cast of musicians (only one of them ever being a boy) and possessing small but loyal fanbases in countries from China to the U.S., 5.6.7.8's is the brainchild of the sisters Ronnie "Yoshiko" Fujiyama and Fujii Sachiko, and it reflects their love for music of the '50s to the '80s, bluntly alluded to in the group's name.

Golden Hits of the 5.6.7.8's
The band was formed in 1986, at the height of the garage rock hype that seized Tokyo at the time. The first lineup included Fujiyama, who handled the vocals, and Sachiko (the drummer), supported by guitarist Rico and bassist Yoshie, who was replaced by Mikako in time for the band's debut demo Golden Hits of the 5.6.7.8's (1988). It was followed by the band's first EP Mondo Girls A-Go-Go (1989). In 1990 Rico and Mikako defected to start Sleaze Sisters, and were replaced by bassist Akiko Omo and guitarist Eddie Legend, the sole male member of the group, who used to don a wig to blend in better when they played live, but still lasted only a year before departing to start MAD3. After that, Fujiyama picked up the guitar herself, although 5.6.7.8's still performed as a quartet, with support member Gaku on the saxophone. The band's first full-length album, The 5.6.7.8's Can't Help It!, was recorded in 1991, out not only in Japan, but in Australia and the U.S. as well (the American release came in 1992). That began a period of the band's active overseas expansion: they toured Australia and America and released the single The Spell Stroll on the French label Wee Records. Japan remained their main playground -- they had several releases there in the '90s, namely EPs I Was a Teenage Cave Woman (1992) and Pin Heel Stomp (1997), as well as the second full-length The 5.6.7.8's (1994), -- but they also had six singles and the EP Bomb the Twist (1995) out in the U.S. The lineup continued to shift, with guitarist Aya joining the band for several months in 1995, and Omo leaving before their first big Japanese tour in 1996, replaced by Yamaguchi Yoshiko. In 1997, Fujiyama took a short break from the band, releasing the solo single Coney Island.
Teenage Mojo Workout
The years between 1998 and 2002 saw no releases, but some heavy touring in Japan, America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. In 2002, Quentin Tarantino heard their CD in a clothing shop in Tokyo, and soon invited them to star as themselves in a Kill Bill scene (they contributed the song "Woo Hoo" for the movie soundtrack). 2002 also saw 5.6.7.8's releasing the album Teenage Mojo Workout and the EP Pretty Little Lilly Can Dance No More, and their compilation Best Hits of the 5.6.7.8's came out in America and Japan in 2003 (it was released in Europe the next year). In 2004, Teenage Mojo Workout was released in Britain, and the single Woo Hoo reached number 24 on the local charts, but long-term British success eluded them. The same year Yoshiko gave up her post for Omo, who returned to being 5.6.7.8's bassist after an eight-year hiatus. The band has kept quiet since 2004, releasing no new material but playing the occasional live show.  

Tracklist

1 Bomb The Twist 2:25
2 Jane In The Jungle 2:49
3 Three Cool Chicks 2:29
4 Guitar Date 2:41
5 Woo Hoo 2:02
6 Dream Boy 3:10

THE ANYWAYS Older Than Yesterday 1994

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 only 400 copies were pressed
 
British band with duel male/female vocals that plays some nice jangly pop.

 

Tracklist

1 Confession
2 Now You Are
3 Some Psychedelic Song
4 Silver
5 Sweet Marie
6 Leave Me Out
7 Special One
8 Levitate The Pentagon
9 Tower Of Fools
10 Some Kind Of Beautiful Nothing
11 The Ghost Of Arthur Lee
12 Black Crow
13 Seen The World
14 The Way I've Found
15 Wish Away
16 Wider
17 Good Things
18 Riviera Relation
19 Something Blue
20 Off Dope
 



THE DASHBOARD SAVIORS Kitty 1992






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The Dashboard Saviors are an Athens, GA-based roots-rock band consisting of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Todd McBride, Michael Gibson (guitar), Rob Veal (bass) and John Crist (drums). R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, a longtime champion of the band, produced the Dashboard Saviors' debut album, Kitty. The group's songs often delve into sketches of small-town Southern life, as titles such as "Coach's Wife" and ''A Trailer's a Trailer" would suggest.
Leader Todd McBride grew up listening to country radio and such genre-defying '80s West Coast roots-rockers as Green on Red and Dream Syndicate. McBride's uncle was in a country and western band, and early on McBride decided that kind of life was for him. Before the Dashboard Saviors, he was in a group called the La Di Da's, which also consisted of fellow Athens notable Vic Chesnutt. It was through that group that McBride first became acquainted with Peter Buck. Buck not only produced and played on Kitty -- he also helped the Dashboard Saviors land a record deal with the Minneapolis-based label Medium Cool. Buck had taken Medium Cool's founder, Peter Jesperson (onetime manager for the Replacements), to see the group at a local Athens gig; Jesperson was impressed enough to make the Dashboard Saviors one of his first signings. Subsequently, McBride (who had been an office supply salesman) and the rest of the group were able to quit their day jobs and hit the road in their van. The group's sophomore effort, Spinnin' on Down, arrived in 1993, while Love, Sorrow, Hatred, Madness followed in 1995. 

Tracklist  

1 Cabaret College 1:53
2 Been Meaning To Do 2:34
3 Consummation 4:48
4 A Trailer's A Trailer 4:31
5 G.I. Joe 4:01
6 Town 4:56
7 Drivin' Blind 3:37
8 The Coach's Wife 2:32
9 Tracy's Calendar 3:11
10 Dropping 3:29
11 Dilettante's Ball 3:23
12 Brother Shiloh Collins 3:07

SWEETBELLY FREAKDOWN self titled 1997

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Releasing new combinations within the foremost brutal and mischievous punk and hardcore styles, Sweetbelly Freakdown sprouted from the ashes of Washington unit Swiz in 1996, constituted by the same lineup of their forerunner band. Shawn Brown (vocals), Alex Daniels (drums), Jason Farrell (guitar), and Dave Stern (bass) continued to bring to life original tunes of boundless aggressive hardcore. All of Freakdown's members were involved with other hardcore-style crews like Severin or Fury, but the energy granted toward the newborn band remained untouched. Deciding to record a disc just after forming their new outfit, Sweetbelly released their first single "The Long Haul." In the following year, the punk crew felt it was time to discharge their debut album, and the self-titled full-length Sweetbelly Freakdown hit record stores through the Jade Tree logo in 1997. Since then, the Washington group has been doing regular appearances at live shows across the U.S.
 

Tracklist

1 Pleas To The Action Figure
2 M.C.R.
3 Sugar High
4 Mudmouth
5 Target A.D.
6 The Long Haul
7 Daydreamin'
8 Victim's Complex
9 Pit Dog