Street Dogs – B-Sides & Rarities

03 Jul

Street Dogs
B-Sides & Rarities
Released: 2009

Mike McColgan – Vocals
Johnny Rioux – Bass
Marcus Hollar – Lead Guitar
Tobe Bean III – Rhythm Guitar
Paul Rucker – Drums

1 Townie Boys
2 Broke Down Inside
3 One of A Kind
4 Locked and Loaded
5 Unions and The Law -Alternate Version
6 Locked and Loaded -Demo Version
7 Mystery Box – Demo Version
8 Justifiable Fisticuffs – Demo Version
9 Last One Standing – The Dents Feat. Mike McColgan
10 Bombs Away – Whole Wheat Bread Feat. Mike McColgan
11 White Riot -Mike McColgan @ Punk Rock Karaoke LIVE
12 War After The War
13 Yesterday’s Hero – The Bones Feat. Mike McColgan

I got turned onto these guys about a year ago. Jean Luc over at Headline Records, on Melrose, told me to pick up their State of Grace album, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

I don’t know much about this release. I don’t know if it’s an online deal, or if it was actually released, but it’s definitely a bootleg. It’s a nice addition to the State of Grace album. The Townie Boys was added to the State of Grace album on the foreign market. I’m digging their cover of Yesterday’s Hero; it’s a kick-ass version of the Bay City Rollers song. Every track on here is a gem, except Justifiable Fisticuffs, which unfortunately blows pretty hard. Sorry, guys. Otherwise check it out.

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

The standout cuts are: Townie Boys, and White Riot.

If you can find it, give it a try.

On to the story . . .

I mentioned in my last column that somebody wrote in telling me not to mention Springsteen in my column because he was a “poser.” I don’t know what Springsteen is posing as, but like they said in the opening minutes of From Dusk Till Dawn: “Who knows what goes on inside a mongoloid’s mind?”

I’ve always had a love/hate thing for the word poser. And like most “punks” I got called a poser a handful of times back in high school.

Here’s my situation, I was raised in a single-parent home. As much I as I dug my Dad, he was in, and out of the picture. He had his own demons to overcome, and was around when he could be. Put it this way, he was around more than some Dad’s, and not around as much as others. Due to this situation, we grew up pretty f’in’ broke. Because of this, I couldn’t hit my Mom up every weekend for money to go to Godzilla’s, or have her drive me downtown hang out at Oki Dogs. My friends understood my situation, but there were those who didn’t.

Every Friday these two chicks (Encino Punkettes), would come up to me, and quiz me about every show that was going to be happening the upcoming weekend, and then ask me which shows I would be at. I would always say I was going to try to be at all of them. Sometimes I made a show, other times a month would go by, and I wouldn’t be at any of them. Then, the two chicks, Jill, and Leslie, would come up to me on Monday, and asked where I was, and how Leslie was dating one of the Suicidal Tendencies crew, and how the ST boys hated posers. And I might get fucked-up.

By my senior year of High School, I stopped hanging out with punks all together. Who knows, maybe I was a poser?!

Those of you that were around in the early ‘80’s can probably remember the infamous letters column in Flipside magazine. Every issue contained pages, and pages of people complaining about posers, and the “state of the scene.” It still kills me. If you were around back then, you remember that being a punk was not a smooth ride. Looking like a punk could be invitation for an ass-beating everyday. So, it always made me wonder, if you don’t like punk . . . why “pose” like you do? Made no sense.

Now the latest group to be obsessed with posers is skateboarders. I pick up skateboard magazines every once in a while, and just like Flipside, letter after letter is dedicated to those damn posers. Again, I am confused. If you own a skateboard, and you ride a skateboard . . . what’s the pose?

The following letter was printed in a recent issue of Transworld Skateboarding:

“The word “poseur” is so loosely used in everyday conversation. It’s so loosely used, that even people who are actually poseurs call other people poseurs. What’s up with that? Skateboarders nowadays get no credit or respect whatsoever because of people who are poseurs. People like Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams are no longer respected for the new millennium of skateboarding that they created because people who are poseurs have ruined the whole definition of the word “skateboarder.” It’s pathetic! I’ve been into skateboarding for a while now, and because I’m a girl, guys and other people automatically label me as a poseur. I just want some freakin’ respect. I like skateboarding for what it is, not because I think that the style is cool or whatever-unlike the real poseurs. Well, now that you’ve heard me bitch and whine, I’d just like to say that I love TWS and don’t ever change your skateboarding magazine style! – Schylar Fizzle”

So, the moral to the story: Whenever something isn’t going your way, blame it on the posers.



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