The legend of Jimmy Smack
07.14.2011
09:08 am

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Electric Bagpipes

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After I posted this mix in April I received a fair number of requests to post my archive of private press vinyl by the mysterious early 80’s Los Angeles performance artist Jimmy Smack. Seeing as how I don’t know another soul that has this material and/or the inclination to share it, here ‘tis ! Anybody that attended or played shows in the post-punk Los Angeles underground circa 1982-83 most certainly came in regular contact with Jimmy Smack. He was a good decade or more older than most of the bands and was quite the scene fixture in his town of San Pedro where his Star Theatre was a primary hang-out and rehearsal space for early iterations of The Minutemen, Saccharine Trust and the rest of the fertile South Bay contingent. His live performances were incredible: Basically the man, made up in elaborate corpse-paint (certainly the first I ever saw), in fall tartan gear playing amazing electric bagpipes accompanied only by a then de-rigeur Dr. Rhythm drum box and reciting in a demonic Beefheart-esque growl some occasionally great, occasionally goofy (in a “going insane inside my brain” kind of way) doom and gloom poetry. All of this punctuated by unexpected and frightening screaming fits and wild underwear dancing. Indeed Smack claimed to have been a member of the L.A. Ballet company (whenever it existed) and was evidently also a professional choreographer. I purchased these pieces of vinyl directly from the man at various shows back then and had scarcely listened since. In revisiting them I’m truly blown away by his electric bagpipes and creative drum box mangling. If you didn’t know what you were listening to you’d be forgiven for thinking it to be some wild modular synth playing. I’m glad to be able to present these extremely obscure works for your listening pleasure. Doubtless this stuff deserves to be presented in a proper album format someday.

Death or Glory 7” E.P. :

 
Depression/Hating Life 7” :

 
Anguish 12” single :

 
(below: Jimmy Smack in 2009)
 
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Jimmy Smack Vinyl Archive
 
DROVE UP FROM PEDRO An Early History Of San Pedro Punk By Lina Sedillo-Litonjua
 
thx Jeff Karlsen !

Originally posted 06/03/10.

 

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Lost Kids, punk rock from Denmark, 1979
07.12.2011
11:31 am

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More obscure punk rock for you lovely people: Lost Kids performing their “Cola Freaks” single, and the flipside “R├ądden Dig,” on Danish television in 1979. (WHO is that fuckin’ guy after the second song? Get a load of him!.)

This record, one of the very first singles ever released by a Danish punk group, is a rarity often selling for as much as $300, when it can be located. It’s rare even in Denmark.
 

 

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MC5’s Rob Tyner kicking out the jams on electric autoharp


 
MC5’s Rob Tyner sings an homage to Detroit’s infamous rock venue the Grande Ballroom, which in spirit was the Fillmore of Michigan. Tyner is introduced by pioneering Detroit deejay Dave Dixon.

Both these guys were on the cutting edge of the Detroit music scene in the late 1960s and beyond. Dixon was known for having a less than pleasant disposition but was a hugely influential presence on Detroit radio, a surly John Peel of sorts. Tyner of course was the front man for the Motor City 5. Odd to see him playing an electric autoharp but this ode to his rock and roll past is sweet and a little bit sad.

“Grande Days” appeared on Tyner’s only solo album Blood Brothers released in 1990. Tyner died a year later of a heart attack at the young age of 46. This TV appearance was filmed shortly before he died.

Tyner may the only person to wear biker gloves while playing an autoharp. Beautiful.
 

 
Thanks to catshitty for the video.

 

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The Patti Smith Group live in Stockholm, 1976
07.11.2011
05:51 pm

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Land
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Time Is On My Side


 
The Patti Smith Group in Stockholm October 1976.

Things kick-off with Patti passionately stating her mission as a poet and punk rocker, which includes some words to live by from Franklin D. Roosevelt. The interviewer is popular Swedish radio and TV personality Lennart Wretlind. And then we’re off to a concert at The Konserthuset where the group does killer versions of “Land” and “Time Is On My Side.”

Patti tears it up!
 

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Rock and roll family trees: NY Punk rock
07.11.2011
04:10 pm

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New York punk rock


 
Narrated by the legendary John Peel and based on music writer Peter Frame’s extensive rock and roll family trees, this 1995 documentary features some tasty interviews with members of The NY Dolls, Patti Smith, Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Richard Hell, Jayne County and more.

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of that New York punk rock.
 

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The Clash made a cameo in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The King Of Comedy’


 
An interesting cinematic footnote to the Clash’s time spent in New York City in the early 1980s, is their “blink and you missed them” appearance in Martin Scorsese’s classic The King of Comedy.

Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and some of their cohorts (sometime manager Kosmo Vinyl, singers Ellen Foley and Pearl Harbour and filmmaker Don Letts) are credited as “Street Scum.”

Take a look:
 

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The Boys Next Door: The genesis of Nick Cave


 
The Boys Next Door, Nick Cave, Tracy Pew, Phill Calvert, Mick Harvey and Rowland S. Howard in footage shot at the Tiger Lounge, Swineburne College and Preston Institute of Technology, 1977-78.

This is a mixed bag of raw video that captures the pure punk energy of a group of teenage badasses that would eventually evolve into The Birthday Party, Bad Seeds and beyond…

There’s a belligerent little watermark that pops up now and then, but it doesn’t stick around for very long.
 

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NY Dolls on Wisconsin cable TV
07.05.2011
10:35 pm

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Dr. Destruction


Motley Crue, Poison or the NY Dolls?
 
Two fifths of The New York Dolls played Kenosha Wisconsin on June 25 as the opening act, in a chronological and cosmic sense, for Motley Crue and Poison. Had there be no Dolls, would there have been a Crue or Poison? I think not.

Anyway, here’s a fun interview with David and Sylvain conducted by Kenosha cable TV star Dr. Destruction. Johansen, looking a bit like a cross between Carol Channing and Paul Williams, is more than ready for the Catskills or an ashram. I love how David slips in a reference to radical mystic Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran. That has to be a first on Kenosha cable.
 

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‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ beer ad banned
07.05.2011
01:40 pm

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Too Drunk Too Fuck


 
An ad for the beer Kronenbourg 1664 featuring a cover version of The Dead Kennedys’ “Too Drunk Too Fuck” has been banned.

NME reports:

Spotify have been forced to remove an advert which features a cover of the Dead Kennedys’ ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’ over fears it would encourage binge drinking.

The streaming company had been running a series of banner advertisements, which directed users to a special ‘slowed down’ playlist as part of a campaign for the beer Kronenbourg 1664, with Madness’s ‘Baggy Trousers’ and Motorhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’ among those ‘slowed down’.

One of the tracks used was the Dead Kennedys’ ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’, which attracted a number of complaints to the independent regular The Portman Group. The complaints were then investigated and were found to be in breach of a rule which bans advertisers from “encouraging irresponsible or immoderate drinking”.

Knowing Jello Biafra’s aversion to having his songs used in ads, I’m sure he’s pleased that Kronenbourg got busted. And he’s able to get some press while keeping his karma clean.

Here’s Jello & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine doing “Too Drunk To Fuck” a few nights ago in Helsinki.
 

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