27 May 2014

EVIL SUPERSTARS Love is Okay 1996

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Artist Biography

Belgium’s Evil Superstars, who comprise Mauro Pawlowski (vocals, guitar), Dave Schroyen (drums), Marc Requile (keyboards), Bert Vandebroek (bass) and Tim Vanhamel (guitar), became one of a number of mainland European groups alongside Whale, Bettie Serveert and the Cardigans to procure UK and US audiences in the mid-90s. They recorded their debut EP, Hairfacts, in 1995, before touring with Placebo and achieving notoriety for their ‘Satan Is In My Ass’ single. Encompassing several traditions of music such as jazz, reggae and hard rock, the impression of eclecticism was confirmed by the 1996 release of Love Is Okay, which shaped these diverse influences into pop songs of genuine merit and accessibility. Boogie-Children-R-Us repeated the formula to lesser effect. 


No More Bad People 3:03
Power Of Haha 2:45
Go Home For Lunch 4:05
Parasol 2:22
Your Dump Or Mine 3:46
Rocking All Over 2:41
Pantomiming With Her Parents 3:31
Oh Funlump 2:07
We Need Your Head 3:11
1,000,000 Demons Can't Be Wrong 3:00
Miss Your Disease 1:50
Satan Is In My Ass 3:33
Death By Summer 2:47

CINERAMA Va Va Voom 1998

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Artist Biography by

David Gedge put the Wedding Present on a shelf after a 1997 gig. Since then, he's concentrated on the classic pop-oriented Cinerama, centered lyrically around his regular themes of courtship, romance, love, lust and infidelity. Since Gedge spent the better part of two decades in a band that painted his diverse tastes into a corner musically, it's no surprise that his new work would be just as heartfelt and prolific as that of his former band. A fittingly titled group, Cinerama has indulged Gedge's love of film music from John Barry to blaxploitation, as well as the classic songwriting of Bacharach/David and the less dramatic sides of Scott Walker -- a comfy spot between twee and Tindersticks. Certainly more powerful and gutsy than the former, and not as dark and solemn as the latter. Those familiar with Gedge's gravelly vocalisms should be pleased to discover his steady transformation into a relatively smooth crooner.
Primarily a duo shared with mate Sally Murrell, Cinerama has employed a shifting lineup of collaborators and full-blown members. 1998's Va Va Voom featured the help of the Church's Marty Wilson-Piper and Emma Pollock of the Delgados. Gedge rescued the rhythm section of the disbanded Goya Dress (Terry de Castro and Simon Pearson) in 1999, employing them as members, and former Weddoes guitarist Simon Cleave has been in the lineup since the group's first show.

Disco Volante
On pace to rival the generally welcomed bin clogging of the Wedding Present, Cinerama released a clutch of multi-format singles in support of their debut LP, as well as a number of intervening releases prior to 2000's Steve Albini-recorded Disco Volante. Notable was the band's inaugural release on their own Scopitones label on Valentine's Day of 2000 (Manhattan), which featured a cover of the Smiths' "London." Conveniently collecting the group's first four singles, This Is Cinerama was released just weeks after Disco Volante. They've also been a frequent guest on John Peel's BBC program; in early 2001, Manifesto released John Peel Sessions. By year's end, the Health and Efficiency single was out, featuring a cover of "Diamonds Are Forever." In 2002, the dark, guitar-driven Torino was released. Spring 2003 saw the release of Cinerama Holiday (Manifesto), which collected the entirety of the group's fifth through eighth singles. 


A1 Maniac 3:46
A2 Comedienne 3:08
A3 Hate 3:19
A4 Kerry Kerry 2:31
A5 Barefoot In The Park 4:06
B1 You Turn Me On 3:00
B2 Ears 3:47
B3 Me Next 3:23
B4 Hard, Fast And Beautiful 4:58
B5 Dance, Girl, Dance 3:31
B6 Honey Rider 3:58

26 May 2014

GREEN HILL Toulouse 1993

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Shoegaze Band from Germany. 


1 He 4:20
2 You 4:33
3 Toulouse 4:20
4 Excuses 4:38
5 Phantom 3:12

P.Pronoun 16:03
6 It 4:23
7 I 1:22
8 They 6:13
9 She 3:45

THE WILDHEARTS Earth Versus The Wildhearts 1993

Can't believe I never posted anything by The Wildhearts. So here they are. Thanks for the suggestion, Luke!

Artist Biography by

The Wildhearts were the kind of band that the British rock press has wet dreams about: creatively brilliant, completely out-of-control, and utterly doomed from day one. Led by charismatic lunatic Ginger, the group's turbulent career lived up to the highest (or lowest, as it were) expectations, with all the ups and downs of a roller-coaster ride, which, after numerous frightening twists and turns, finally derailed in spectacular fashion. But not before yielding a wealth of inspired hard rock and literally miles of even more entertaining magazine copy.
A long-time denizen of London's sleazy underground glam rock scene, vocalist/guitarist Ginger was coming off a brief stint with Faces wannabes the London Quireboys (he was kicked out for doing too many drugs -- imagine that) and an even shorter turn with New York-based glam disasters the Throbs when he decided to start his own group, The Wildhearts, in early 1990. Joining him were ex-Tattooed Love Boys guitarist Chris "C.J." Jagdhar, drummer Andrew "Stidi" Stidolph, singer Snake, and one Julian on bass; but this setup wouldn't last long (a sign of things to come) and by the following year, Ginger had sacked everyone but Jagdhar and assumed vocal duties himself. After borrowing drummer Bam from the Dogs D'Amour and recruiting 19-year-old bassist Danny McCormack, the group became an instant sensation in London clubs. Their unashamedly decadent image and ultra-heavy hard rock quickly ignited the English press' hype machine and, after flirting with Atco, they signed a contract with EastWest Records in the summer of 1991.

Don't Be Happy...Just Worry
Besides wetting their feet in the recording studio with a couple of EPs (Mondo Akimbo A-Go-Go and Don't Be Happy...Just Worry), The Wildhearts continued to tour incessantly throughout 1992, logging an especially memorable trek with on-the-rise glam-political rockers the Manic Street Preachers. Come the new year, Bam resumed his post with the Dogs D'Amour, making way for the return of original drummer Stidi, who performed on the band's full-length debut Earth Vs. the Wildhearts, released in September 1993. Though it achieved reasonable success across Europe and the U.K. (climbing to number 46 on the national charts), the album received little promotional support in America, and Ginger soon began butting heads with EastWest and seemingly taking it out on his bandmates. Stidi was the first casualty, replaced in October by former Radio Moscow drummer Ritch Battersby, who promptly joined the band on tour. Criss-crossing the U.K. with other British hopefuls like the Almighty and Wolfsbane, The Wildhearts set new standards for rude behavior and substance abuse, but rarely failed to impress with their over-the-top stage antics and impossible-to-contain intensity.
Fishing for Luckies
Despite their growing momentum, however, 1994 was to be a troubled year for the group; the first of many, actually. In July, "blood-brother" C.J. Jagdhar was somehow fired during one of Ginger's wild mood swings (a decision he later claimed to deeply regret) and the band's future continually hung in the balance. Guitarist Devin Townsend (Steve Vai, later Strapping Young Lad) and keyboard player Willie Downing (from the Grip, later Honeycrack with Jagdhar) joined temporarily, performing with The Wildhearts at the Reading Festival, where bassist Danny McCormack also managed to dislocate his knee during the very first song but soldiered through to the end of the set. Then to close out the year, Ginger and McCormack paid a destructive visit to the headquarters of Kerrang! magazine, where they proceeded to trash office equipment and generally raise hell in a brilliant publicity stunt geared to promote a fan-club-only release called Fishing for Luckies.
Whether legitimate or fabricated by the press, chaos and controversy continued to dog The Wildhearts' every step in the ensuing months, leading up to the long-overdue release of their sophomore effort in May 1995. Miraculously, in spite of all the madness which had reigned during its creation -- including the use of two separate producers, and a supposed suicide attempt by Ginger whilst mastering the disc in New York -- the aptly named P.H.U.Q. album was arguably The Wildhearts' finest hour, entering the British charts at number six and finding great favor with fans and media alike. The euphoria would be short-lived, however, as it too went largely ignored outside the U.K., Europe, and Japan, and was never even released in America. Adding to this on-going soap opera, recently added new guitarist Mark Keds (former Senseless Things) was with the band for a less than a month before going A.W.O.L. in the middle of a Japanese tour and forcing them to cancel numerous U.K. appearances upon their return, not least of which, a would-be lucrative slot in the Phoenix Festival.
The Best of the Wildhearts
New guitarist Jef Stretfield came on-board in October 1995, but the increasingly unstable Ginger continued his very public spiral out of control, squabbling with EastWest and threatening to split up The Wildhearts unless they were released from their contract. A nervous truce was finally struck when the band was offered the opening slot on AC/DC's 1996 tour of Europe; but plans to carry on with the second leg in America were squashed at the last minute when the label's U.S. division pulled their tour support. This proved to be the last straw, and they were finally dropped by EastWest, which re-released Fishing for Luckies later that year, along with a Best of the Wildhearts collection. The band stubbornly carried on, releasing two independent singles before signing with tiny Mushroom Records and issuing 1997's Endless, Nameless (a strange experiment in white noise which made them no friends). The band quickly disintegrated a short time later, and another collection of B-sides and leftovers entitled Landmines & Pantomines seemed to close the book on The Wildhearts' career. But, though he tried to start from scratch a few years later with new group Silver Ginger 5, Ginger eventually reunited the "classic" Wildhearts lineup once again in early 2001; the reassembled band even released an album in the United States, Riff After Riff, in 2004. 


1 Greetings From Shitsville
2 TV Tan
3 Everlone
4 Shame On Me
5 Loveshit
6 The Miles Away Girl
7 My Baby Is A Headfuck
8 Suckerpunch
9 News Of The World
10 Drinking About Life
11 Love U Til I Don't

HONEYCRACK Prozaic 1996

Another suggestion by Luke
Includes members from The Wildhearts


1 King Of Misery 3:14
2 No - Please Don't 2:40
3 Go Away 3:52
4 Powerless 2:37
5 The Genius Is Loose 5:03
6 Good, Good Feeling 3:19
7 If I Had A Life 3:51
8 I Hate Myself And Everybody Else 2:58
9 Animals 4:17
10 Samantha Pope 3:45
11 Paperman 4:07
12 Sitting At Home 3:51
13 Parasite 5:28


I Love the Way They Scream When They Die


Lashings Of The Ultra-Violent 2:55
Cannibal Holocaust 5:09
Humus Tahini 4:47
Hardcore And Wine 2:14
Galaxy 4:17
Doorman 4:52
Numbskull 2:55
Whorehouse Of Screams 6:36
Cathy Rigby 5:12
Nation Wide 5:17
The Vaginals 2:18
Kentucky Fuck Daddy 3:49
Waxing Gibbous 4:54
Black Moment Of Panic 4:25
Punk Fuck 3:23
Pull The Plug 6:52
Mutilation Makes Identification Difficult
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Punk band from Denton, Texas which was formed in 1991. They broke up officially in 1997, but still tour on occasion. 





Kentucky Fuck Daddy 3:51
Burpgun 3:59
The Vaginals 2:13
Nationwide 5:14
Lashings Of The Ultra-Violent 2:36
Kathy Rigby 4:23
Galaxy 4:02
Curbjob 2:55
Humus Tahini 5:14
Character Assassination Attempt 3:22
Cannibal Holocaust 4:21
Doorman 5:44
Whorehouse Of Screams 19:58