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Impossibilities by Bastards, The

Bastards, The

Impossibilities
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***And here you were thinking that Switzerland was solely about armed neutrality, Robin Wills and helping tech companies launder money huh?! Well, THE BASTARDS’ lone 1979 single helps pulverize that straw man into dust with all the Fake Punk trimmins’ ‘n’ trappins’ one would come to expect from the top shelf of early Euro pop-punk.?! They’re really shouting a lot and sound quite detached here while the lead guitar is DAMNED DAMNED DAMNED.?! They can’t help that they’re from Geneva, but you can help by buying this reissue of what would otherwise set you back at least a month’s rent.?! Ca va?! Ciao!.?!

7" $11.00

10/15/2021  

 


The Light Shines On by Cassie

Cassie

The Light Shines On
Reminder

***Originating on the Isle of Wight in 1978, the band that would eventually emerge as Cassie began initially appearing under the more denim-and-dog-collar monikers of High Voltage and Black Dog.?! A key moment in the nascent group's history came in late 1978 when Debbie Barker joined the group as lead vocalist and immediately formed a tight songwriting partnership with guitarist Nigel Hayes.?! Before long, fans of the group now known as Flirt, were calling out for the band’s own punky/pop material, rather than their staple of covers, and singing along with them at their numerous local gigs.?! Several demo and recording sessions occurred between early 1980 and 1983 all of which remained unreleased until now.?!   Despite local radio airplay and gigging, it was not until Flirt caught the attention of former Black Sabbath co-manager and producer Wilf Pine in 1981 that they group would issue what would be their first and only single.?!

LP $20.85

07/30/2021  

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Make 'em Cry by Jacks, The

Jacks, The

Make 'em Cry
Reminder

***Upon reading that the backstory of a little-known band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, contains, among its extended cast of characters, Dwight Twilley, Phil Seymour, Arturo Vega, Hilly Krystal, Mike Hudson, Bob Mould and Tommy Stinson, one could be forgiven for expressing incredulity.?! And if one did, one is (forgiven).?! Forgiveness is important as toward it lies the path to redemption.?! Though not in need of personal redemption or the aforementioned backstory for that matter, this collection of songs – some issued, the majority unheard – hopefully redeems the time, care, talent and utter willfulness poured into them by the duo at the heart of our story, Walter Kleinecke and Mitch Griffin and their band The Jacks.?! A band dealt a bad hand, but whose music ran the table.  That songs this strong and material this historically significant remained unissued and largely unknown for so long is baffling.?!

LP $25.25

07/30/2021  

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Change My Image by Cassie

Cassie

Change My Image
Reminder

***Formed on the Isle of Wight in 1978 the four-piece of Nigel Hayles-Guitar, Debbie Barker - Lead Vocals, Eric Biggs-Bass and Hugh Kim Lewis on drums was originally known as FLIRT before changing their name to CASSIE in 1979; likely as a nod to BLONDIE whose songs the group favored along with the likes of THE PRETENDERS, RAMONES and EDDIE & THE HOT RODS.?! Despite recording demos for WILF PINE, the former mobbed-up co-manager for BLACK SABBATH, major label deals were not forthcoming.?! Thus CASSIE issued their only single of two Barker penned, Pine-produced tracks, ‘Change My Image,’ backed-with ‘Will You’ on A.K.A.?! Records in 1982.?!   ‘Change My Image’ is a bratty bubblegum-punk paean to future sell-out success (‘Gonna kick off my jeans and start smoking fancy cigarettes!’) while the furious guitar riffing on ‘Will You’ fortunately for today’s listeners finds CASSIE about three years out of step with the prevailing New Pop styles of 1982.?!

7" $11.00

07/16/2021  

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***Despite ‘I Wanna Make You’ hitting lead-off as the first track on Numero’s 2012 ‘Buttons’ compilation of rare Illinois power pop, if one had inserted sales during the band’s original lifetime as a measurable statistic, Chicago’s Prettyboys’ SABRmetric score would have seen them riding the pine in the basement of the AL Central.?! Thankfully, this poppy ensemble gets another at-bat with this fully-authorized reissue of their one and only single self-issued on the band’s own Bow Tie label in 1982.?! One of dozens of talented Chicago club acts passed over in their live heyday for the likes of Screams or Off Broadway, Prettyboys’ strength on display here on their self-produced 45 might well have been smoothed out or spoiled completely had they been picked up by a major label.?! Small compensation perhaps for Prettyboys’ members at the time, but today a must-have home run for fans of the slicker, more commercial end of the power pop spectrum.?!

7" $11.00

07/16/2021  

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