Rancid – Let’s Go

28
Apr

Rancid - Let's Go

Rancid – Let’s Go

Rancid
Let’s Go
1994
Epitaph Records

Tim Armstrong – vocals, guitar,
Lars Frederiksen – guitar, vocals
Matt Freeman – bass, vocals
Brett Reed – drums

1. Nihilism
2. Radio
3. Side Kick
4. Salvation
5. Tenderloin
6. Let’s Go
7. As One
8. Burn
9. The Ballad of Jimmy & Johnny
10. Gunshot
11. I Am the One
12. Gave It Away
13. Ghetto Box
14. Harry Bridges
15. Black & Blue
16. St. Mary
17. Dope Sick Girl
18. International Cover-Up
19. Solidarity
20. Midnight
21. Motorcycle Ride
22. Name
23. 7 Years Down

After Rancid hired a second guitarist, Lars Frederiksen, they returned to the studio in October 1993, with producer Brett Gurewitz to begin work on its second studio album. It took the band just six days to record the twenty-three songs selected for the album.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic described the album as “sheer energy”. He praised the music as a “less-serious, party-ready version of The Clash”. The album received a rating of four and a half out of five stars while “Salvation” earned Rancid its first moderate success. In November 2011, Let’s Go was ranked number eight on Guitar World magazine’s top ten list of guitar albums of 1994. In April 2014, Rolling Stone placed the album at No. 24 on its “1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative’s Greatest Year” list

While Rancid was writing for the Let’s Go album, Billie Joe Armstrong joined them to co-write the song “Radio,” which resulted in Armstrong playing a live performance with Rancid. Tim had previously asked Lars Frederiksen to be Rancid’s second guitarist, but he turned down the request initially as he was playing with the UK Subs at the time. After Billie Joe turned down the request, Frederiksen changed his mind and joined Rancid.

Frederiksen played with the band on Let’s Go. That year, its then-label-mates, The Offspring, experienced huge success with its album Smash. Rancid supported The Offspring’s 1994 tour, which helped Let’s Go reach number 97 on Billboard’s Heatseekers and the Billboard 200 charts, respectively. The album also provided its first widespread exposure when MTV broadcast the video for the single “Salvation.” Let’s Go was certified gold on July 7, 2000, and with the success of the album, the band was pursued by a number of major record labels, including Madonna’s label Maverick Records. Many rumors circulated during this time period. Some of the rumors were Epitaph employees were not allowed to discuss matters with the press, Rancid convinced an A&R man from Epic to shave a blue Mohawk, and Madonna sent the band nude pictures of herself
If you don’t own it, go and pick it up.

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

Back in late 1975, my mom, who was a member of the Columbia House Record Club, received her monthly catalog. The deal was every month Columbia House would send a catalog and you would have to pick an album or they would just randomly send you one.

Well, the December 1975 catalog had a picture of the Kiss Destroyer album as its cover. My brother and I saw this picture and we were hooked. We didn’t know if this was a comic book, and record or just a very cool Frazetta rip-off. I think we both begged to own that little 5 by 7 booklet.

Eventually, we got that album into our house. Our grandparents sent us some money and dad took us to some record shop to get whatever we wanted. My brother grabbed a copy of Destroyer on 8-track, I ran to get a copy on cassette — but my dad stopped me by saying that it was stupid to get two copies of the same album. We should share. Shit.

So, I was forced to buy a copy of Alive on cassette. Turns out I dug the album, but Destroyer had a better cover and that’s what counts right?

Once we got back to my dad’s place my brother put on his tape and the opening sounds of the investigator talking at the car crash scene and sounds of broken glass and the car door shutting, and then starting. It was like those old-school Power Records on 45 we used to have. We were hooked.

I don’t listen to Kiss anymore, but when I see the Destroyer cover it takes me back to March of 1976 when I first heard the opening chords of Detroit Rock City. Superheroes came to life that day.

 

 

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Punk Rock Swap Meet

26
Apr

Punk Rock Swap Meet

Punk Rock Swap Meet

Punk Rock Swap Meet
Featuring Circle One, Killroy, Glue Gun, Sorry State and Public Nuisance
Knights of Columbus Council 3601, Canoga Park, CA
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Time: 4:00 PM

This was one of the most entertaining afternoons I have spent in a long while. It was an all-star show mixed in with a swap meet (I guess you figured out how it got its name), with a bit of a family reunion mixed in. Records, T-shirts and paintings all for sale at reasonable rates.

Public Nuisance

Public Nuisance

Public Nuisance went on first and put on a real good set. Good old-fashioned punk rock.

Sorry State

Sorry State

The second band of the night was Sorry State. They were a great straightforward punk band. The crowd loved them. I dug them too.

Glue Gun

Glue Gun

The third band of the day was Glue Gun. They are a really enjoyable band. Vocalist Bob Oedy has great stage presence. The band was joined onstage by Gizz Lazlo as co-vocalist. Great set.

Killroy

Killroy

The fourth act of the day was Killroy. I had seen them live once or twice before. The band puts on a great show. Nothing half-assed here, a real 1980’s underground punk-rock feel to their music. Killroy provides an adrenaline-charged set with some powerful vocals.

Nowadays, it’s rare to see a band that can maintain that kind of energy level throughout their entire set. Most tend to die down mid-set.

Circle One

Circle One

Circle One’s provided an all-star set, original members Mike Vallejo, Danny Dorman and Jody Hill were in top form. They have a fairly new singer, whose name I didn’t catch, did a great job of engaging the crowd.

If you were there you had fun if you weren’t there – you wish you were.

This, by far, was the best evening I have spent in a long time.

The next Punk Rock Swap Meet is scheduled for July 16, 2016, come one out.

 

 

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Eric Leach – LIVE

23
Apr

Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

Maui Sugar Mill Saloon

Eric Leach
Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, Tarzana, CA
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 9:00 PM

Eric Leach

Eric Leach

When I heard that Eric Leach was going to put out a solo album, I have to admit I wasn’t overjoyed. I have, over the years, listened to many fine singers leave their band to partake in a little “vanity project.” I am rarely happy with the results. I enjoy Rancid, but wasn’t crazy about Tim Armstrong’s solo album (and I’m sure he’s absolutely devastated to hear this) and then Greg Graffin of Bad Religion (who I haven’t followed much since the 80’s) put out a solo album that had my dog contemplating suicide.

Back to Mr. Leach. I heard the album was being recorded and my thoughts were: Are Symbol Six breaking up? The band has some bad-ass musicians, great songs – what the hell? Leach said that the band is solid and he just wanted to write, play and perform some of his own stuff. OK, fair enough.

The album is pretty damn good, in case you haven’t heard it. Now, imagine how surprised I was when I heard he was going to do some solo shows and they would be fifteen minutes from my house. I had to go.

The crowd was full of punk rock alumni, Billy Bones from The Skulls, Felix Alanis from RF7 and members of Symbol Six.

Leach performed two sets, one at 9:00 and the second set at 10:00. I stayed for both and let me tell you I was very impressed. He was a natural up there with his guitar, just making small talk and jamming. The overall feel was that of a coffee house in New York back in the 1960’s. A bunch of people together that wanted to hear the music. Not like most clubs nowadays, a bunch of lunkheads wanting to be seen.

This, by far, was the best evening I have spent in a long time.

 

 

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The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

21
Apr

The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide

The Punk Rock Las Vegas Survival Guide
Written by: Bob Oedy
Union Organizer Press
May 23, 2014

I just got this book in the mail about a week ago and I wish I had it last month. I spent the last week of April in Vegas and I could have done so much more when I was there.

OK, let me explain, Bob Oedy (member of The Grim and Glue Gun) is your virtual tour guide through Vegas and especially Punk Rock Bowling (that is if you’re under sixty, less than four-hundred pounds and not strapped to a fuckin’ slot machine and/or a motorized scooter).

Bob breaks down every aspect of Vegas and the history of Punk Rock Bowling, the various leagues, and the different cities involved. And the history of the Stern brothers yearly fest.

The coolest part of this book (aside from the free stickers included inside) is how he explains how to have fun no matter who you’re with, for example, if you’re with the love of your life, there is a list of wedding chapels. With kids? Lists of miniature golf and animal shows. With some degenerate buddies? A list of all the beers served in Vegas with advice on how to avoid hangovers.

The chapters are nice, neat and short, you can sit down, knock out three or four chapters – come back you’re not lost in the book.

Here’s my advice, pick it up and keep it with you for your trip to Vegas whether or not you’re doing the Punk Rock Bowling thing.

My only critique, the back cover is slightly hotter than the front cover. That is all.

If you don’t have it, go buy it.

Rating: *** three out of three stars

On to the story . . .

Racism is funny. Not like. Ha ha, that’s funny.” More like, “WTF did he just say?” funny.

I was looking for some part-time or temporary work recently, and a buddy of mine called and said his company was hiring, but it was only factory work. Building frames and using power-saws, etc. I love this stuff, but my resume never lets me work in these places. If you ever worked in an office or as a designer you don’t get to work in a factory, and I imagine the opposite is also true.

I call them up explain that I want to work there and I was referred, etc. The HR lady told me to apply online then buzz back. Did that. Got the call for the interview, just outside of Moorpark (one mile from the edge of the earth).

Talked to the warehouse supervisor, he promised me two weeks of work, but I wouldn’t be employed by his company. I’d go to a temp agency, fill out a bunch of paperwork, do a drug test and they would also give me a test to see if I could use a tape measure. You know, pull it out measure, and click the button it goes back in?!

I do all the required crap, call my buddy, and he says “Watch out for the floor foreman, he hates white people.” I tell him, “No worries, I’m sure it will be fine.”

Maybe I’m naïve, but I have found 90% of the time when somebody says somebody else is racist it’s because something didn’t go their way. For example, I want a raise, I didn’t get it – the boss must hate me or my race or maybe my sex.

So, I ignored my buddy.

I show up for my first day of work, on a Wednesday at 7:00 in the AM. I wait a half an hour and the guy I interviewed with comes into the lobby looks at the four of us that are waiting to start work, takes two of us and says, “I don’t remember hiring those other two guys.”

He gives us goggles and ear plugs, then takes us to the foreman my buddy warned me about. He gives us a look-over, and then says, “Where are your arm protectors and gloves.” The other guy goes white like he was about to be fired. So, I say, “This is all we were given.”

The guy mumbles, “Off to a great start white people.” I give him a look, but I’m not about to fight somebody in my first 45 minutes of work.

So the foreman says, “Follow me, can’t have you on my crew.”

He takes me to an old (white) biker who, upon meeting tells me he just got back from six weeks in rehab. I’m at a loss for words, do I congratulate him, welcome him back or say, “That’s too much information?” I just say, “All right.”

The biker says, “So, you were kicked off of Jorge’s crew, huh? He hates white guys.”

I’m beginning to believe my buddy. After five days Jorge said I didn’t fit the “Environment” and I was let go. I kept the gloves.

Forward three days, I’m sitting in the doctor’s office and the only thing to read is Oprah’s magazine, O. The cover shows a slimmed down Oprah with a ponytail swinging in the air. I flip it open, well because I read anything that’s lying around.

There is a little blurb written about the cover of Oprah and her ponytail. The hairdresser sewed in the hair and instructs her to swing it for the photographer. It’s not working, so Oprah’s “friend” Gayle instructs her to “Swing it like a white girl!”

Now, I’m not offended by this remark, but I do know that if a white talk show host had said something like “Shake your ass like a black girl,” it would offend people and most likely result in a forced apology.

I guess what I’m saying is when is a stereotype OK to say as a joke and when is it offensive?

Another example, when a white comedian makes racial jokes, most people get a little uncomfortable, but a black comedian cannot get through a set without the standard, “White people are crazy, have you ever seen them dance?”

Joking about racial differences can be humorous, but when is it too far?

 

 

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The Distillers – The Distillers

16
Apr

The Distillers

The Distillers

The Distillers
The Distillers
Label: Epitaph Records
Released: 2000

Brody Dalle – vocals, guitar
Kim Chi Fuellman – bass, vocals
Rose Casper – guitar
Matt Young – drums

1. Oh Serena – 2:32
2. Idoless – 2:28
3. The World Comes Tumblin’ – 3:08
4. L.A. Girl – 2:59
5. Distilla Truant – 2:24
6. Ask the Angels (Ivan Kral, Patti Smith) – 3:10
7. Oldscratch – 0:43
8. Girlfixer (Dalle, Kim Fuellman) – 1:14
9. Open Sky – 3:07
10. Red Carpet and Rebellion – 3:08
11. Colossus U.S.A. – 2:15
12. Blackheart – 1:45
13. Gypsy Rose Lee – 3:54
14. The Blackest Years – 7:28

The punk rock outfit The Distillers first came together in late 1998 when Australian-born guitarist Brody Dalle met bassist Kim Chi and the two bonded over their love for playing punk rock. They proceeded to recruit Detroit guitarist Rose Mazzola and drummer Matt Young.

Signed to Epitaph, the band issued its self-titled debut in April 2000. Sing Sing Death House appeared the same year, but was re-released in early 2002 thanks to the sudden popularity of “Seneca Falls.” By now, Kim Chi had left the group to join Exene Cervenka in her band, the Original Sinners. Ryan Sinn stepped in to replace her; Matt departed to join Chi while Mazzola left during the height of “Seneca Falls”. By summer 2002, The Distillers were composed of Dalle, Sinn, and new drummer Andy Granelli; joint American dates with No Doubt and Garbage were planned for later that fall. Guitarist/vocalist Tony Bradley joined The Distillers in time for the recording of their third album and major-label debut, Coral Fang, which was released in 2003 by Sire. For the album, Armstrong reverted to playing under the name Brody Dalle, following her very public divorce from Rancid’s Tim Armstrong that same year.

Granelli left the band in early 2005, moving on to play with Darker My Love, and by summer, Sinn had exited as well, later joining up with Angels and Airwaves. Despite rumors, The Distillers, now just Dalle and Bradley, denied that they were breaking up, instead simply going on hiatus. In early 2006, Dalle had her first child, daughter Camille, with new husband Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. By the year’s end, the two remaining members formally announced the band’s disbandment and went on to form Spinnerette together.

Sometime after the final track, “The Blackest Years”, there is a hidden track. It is an early version of “Young Girls” which appears on the next album, Sing Sing Death House. But this version contains different lyrics and is performed by Brody Dalle solo on electric guitar.

“The World Comes Tumblin'” has been covered by The Wildhearts on their album of covers, Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before, Vol 1.

If you get the chance to get a copy of this, check it out.

Rating: ** * Two out of three stars

On to the story . . .

The average public restroom for men has about four to five sit-down stalls and four, five or six stand-up urinals that are divided by pieces of wood that come out of the wall twelve inches and are roughly three to four feet tall.

Now, when these restrooms are empty, there are plenty of options to do your business. So, imagine my surprise last week when I walked into an empty restroom and headed to the furthest urinal. Started my business, looked up and saw someone else walk in and go to the urinal next to me.

In doing so, he broke every man-rule under the sun. I could not contain myself. I looked at the guy and said, “Are you fuckin’ kidding me?”

Zipped up, washed and left while calling him and his mother every combination of curse words I could remember.

 

 

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