Friday, January 31, 2014

Kyah-Slapdash 7" (Japan, 1985)

Alright, let's go a little crazy this morning. I was sick yesterday and now an trying to get pumped to go back to work. This is helping. For your listening pleasure, displeasure maybe, who knows, is Kyah.  This particular track Boy has Lip Cream doing back-up vocals and is about as quintessentially Japanese punk as you can get. This group had quite a catalogue, and lots of member changes, so the later stuff sounds different than this. But, this couldn't get much catchier or more motivating.  If you are interested there is more info HERE.  
So, enjoy. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Suzy Saxon and the Anglos-Boys In Dresses 7" (US, 1983)

I picked this record up in New York a while back completely on a whim. It was cheap, looked awesome, girl singer, right year and lo and behold, it's pretty catchy. And, there's a video! Here's the kicker: I have found everyone in this band and none of them have returned my messages. I did get a hold of (and I'm not gonna say how) Suzy Saxon's cell phone number. BUT SHOULD I CALL HER? Out of the blue, cold call? Seems crazy? I mean, I stalk the heck out of people on the INTERNET for an interview but calling? 
So, what do you think? Should I call Suzy Saxon?

On another note, I am going through some pretty dumb and stressful family shit right now, so please excuse any long absences, etc. I am doing my best to keep everything together but all non-essential programs in my life are taking a hit right now, so have patience with me.  


Friday, January 3, 2014

Kate O'Neal-My Hair (US, 1988)

And, we're back!  I hope you all had smashing holidays. For our first post back after the holidays, something a little different.  I have posted before looking for info on bands, and that's what I'm gonna do now.  This time, though, it's personal.  I have never started an investigation with SO LITTLE info about a song.  Here's what I know.  I have long been obsessed with this tune, like, since 1990 when my brother gave me all of his Dr. Demento tapes, which he used to record off of the radio.  Most of the tunes contained within these tapes are your typical silly, novelty stuff.  Some funny, most annoying.  BUT, one of the tapes contains a super low-fi, amateur and woeful tune called My Hair by Kate O'Neal.  Honestly, I think it's the rawness and pitchiness which attracts me to it.  I have found little to no trace of this song online, it just appears on the archive lists of the shows themselves, along with another track credited to her called Kids, Kids, Kids which I have never heard but would LOVE to.  The track itself is not exactly for everyone and I know that, and despite knowing that I'm still gonna share with you the only recording of it I have.  Soon, I am having the tape digitized, but until then you can listen here and imagine what it sounds like without all the background noise and distortion.  And, to those saying I'm crazy and obsessive, I completely agree and wouldn't have it any other way. 

Otherwise, and to the point now. I have tracked down half a dozen people by this name to no avail.  If you are Kate, know Kate, have a recording of this song or the other I mentioned, get at me! A song about not knowing how to wear your hair is something every girl needs to be able to pull out of her musical arsenal. 

All right, I will be back soon with actual informative posts!