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AMERICAN LOST PUNK ROCK NUGGETS

MAY 2021

THE FRONT

WET THINGS

RUR #90 (["LP", "LPC"])

The Front were formed on Miami Beach in 1980.

They were managed by Warren Tepper, son of famous songwriter Sid Tepper (“Red Roses For A Blue Lady”, “Blue Hawaii”, “G.I. Blues”). Warren was walking his dog along the beach and heard us recording demos from a beach house, so he walked in introducing himself and asking if we had a demo he could play to his father: we did, and the next day he became the band’s manager. I started out playing bass and sang lead vocals. Shortly after, guitarist Randy Rush asked me if I would drop the bass and become the frontman, while informing me of two soon to be Front members. The lineup was me on lead vocals and synth, Randy on lead guitar, Steve Myers on bass and vocals, Flynn Picardal on guitars, synth and vocals and Larry K Hill on drums and vocals. Upon meeting the guys, some rules were laid down by Steve: cut off the fat you don’t need; no drum solos; no extravagant soloing. We also made a promise: never will this band play a cover tune. We never did. As a result, we developed our own unique sound. To the Miamians we were weird, but also tight and catchy: people soon remembered our songs’ hooks. We all wrote and the band was very prolific.

In 1981 we did our first 7’ Ep “The Front First Strike” at Sync Studios on our diy label FOAM Records. The B side “Immigration Report” hit #1 on WVUM and went on to heavy rotation on college radios across the US. The band played everywhere there was a stage, eventually becoming the opening act for bands such as U2, Psychedelic Furs, The Go-Go’s, Ultravox, Bow Wow Wow and many others. In 1982 we released our 2nd single “Aluminum Room”, which garnered the band a Billboard Single Pick. Many major labels were courting us… Nevertheless, by that time the band members were fragmenting personally and artistically: on 7/25/1983 we played our last gig at a club called The Blitz in Hialeah, FL with a surprise appearance by Joey Ramone. A few years back, The New Times listed The Front at #5 of the “Greatest 20 Florida Punk Bands Of All Time” list. Not getting signed has its rewards, so put your headphones on and listen to a band that was on the cusp of international fame 40 years ago but just being heard today.

I hope you’ll enjoy!

Gregory McLaughlin

Available in black or ltd. blue vinyl

TRACKS

BRAKES ON YOU

RUR #89 (["LP", "LPC"])

Mid-seventies Boston and a new local music scene was being forged in defiant opposition to tired arena acts and disco.

Jeff (Mono Man) Connolly and JJ Rassler powered DMZ, while John Felice led the Real Kids on stripped down rockers inspired by 60s garage bands. On the darker side, Tracks’ Lorry Doll growled and spit out the lyrics to “Gang War Rumble,” “I Don’t Need You” and “Love Is (Bondage and Leather).” Co-founded with fellow art student/guitarist Jeff Rey, Lorry and Tracks joined a handful of other bands at the infamous Rat igniting Boston’s new music scene; just as Television, the Ramones, Talking Heads and others were doing the same in New York. Some called it punk or new wave, but it really was the birth of an alternative form of original expression that not only influenced and inspired subsequent bands coming out of these two cities, but also impacted all music that was to follow.

In 1976 Tracks recorded a live set at the Club in Cambridge and released “Brakes on You” as a single on Blue Door Records. Picked up by Bomp for international distribution, it garnered Tracks worldwide notoriety. By the end of 1978, bolstered by airplay for the single, Tracks were playing most of their gigs in New York at legendary punk venues like CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City. Sharing the bill with renown acts like the Police and the Jam and every other ‘hot new act’ that was coming through the East Coast, Doll and Rey knew they would have to make the move to NYC sooner or later. It came on Christmas day in December of that year. They returned to Boston for one final raucous gig with bassist John Shriver and drummer Bryan Brat on January 20th of 1979 and then Tracks (but not Doll and Rey) faded into history.

Available in black or ltd. white vinyl

Released in collaboration with BREAKOUT RECORDS (BR013)

 

SYNTHETIC SHADOWS RECORDS

JUNE 2021

KKD

STARS BEHIND THE SUN

SS #20 (["LP", "LPC"])

Minimal synth band part of the Italian wave and post-punk scene.

Compiled on legendary “First Relation” sampler Lp featuring Aus Decline, V.U.D, Dark Tales, Militia, F.A.R, Lisfrank, Take for Run and Tanzen’s Field. This anthology contains all their studio tracks, including “And Your Mind”, “House TV” and other electronic jewels missing for a long time and now discovered!

Available in black or ltd. red blood color

 

RAVE UP UK

MAY 2021

HUNTER

SCHIZOPHRENIA

RUK #05 (["7''", "7''C"])

Hunter were formed during the summer of ‘79 in the Isle Of Wight.

The original line up consisted of Jon Amor on vocals, Ian Hargreaves on bass/backing vocals and brothers Clive and Hugh Kim Lewis on guitar and drums, respectively. They had a different sound to the new wave music of the era, centering mainly around driving bass riffs and choppy guitar. Most of the material they played were their own songs.

They rehearsed extensively and made their live debut on 22nd December 1979 supporting the Pumphouse Gang at Lakeside Inn. Not long after Hugh departed the band to join Flirt (later Cassie) and Chris Lines took his place on drums. The new line up did more live gigs and went into Tim Muncaster’s 4 track studio in East Cowes to record some songs. A short while after the band split up.

Available in black or ltd. pink vinyl

 

STILL IN STOCK, REALLY FEW COPIES LEFT!

 

AMERICAN LOST PUNK ROCK NUGGETS

OBSCURE NUGGETS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF PUNK ROCK!

THE GYNECOLOGISTS

JOHN WAYNE GACY

RUR #88 (["LP"])

Howlin’ from Bloomington, Indiana, The Gynecologists were probably one of the most outrageous and repellent punk bands ever.

Inspired by the everlasting violence of American society, their songs evoke a chilling maelstrom of depravation and amorality, while their obsession with sex and feces makes GG Allin look like a priest. The material on this anthology has never been released before on vinyl: while confirming a challenging musical creativity and the powerful vocals of frontman Tommy Afterbirth, it reveals unexpected links with American classic rock (take a listen to their cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band”).

LIMITED EDITION TO 400 BLACK VINYLS + 50 BLOODY SPLATTERED

LET’S GET HIGH WITH THEIR QUAALUDES AND BEER COCKTAIL!

NUBS

S/T

RUR #87 (["LP"])

A San Francisco old school punk band, the Nubs are famous for their 1980 underground hit “Job”.

Self-released in 1981 as a single with the b-side “Little Billy’s Burning” and also featured on the 5th volume of the “Killed by Death” series. Powerful and snotty, it still sounds as a bold antisocial manual. This Lp compiles that legendary 45 and 13 other tracks for a binge of raw, uncompromising rock’n’roll.

LIMITED EDITION TO 400 BLACK VINYL AND 50 YELLOW

GET A FUCKIN’ JOB AND BUY IT!!!!!

 

BIG STAR ROLLING

70S ITALIAN PUNK LABEL

MITTAGEISEN

HARDCORE SESSION

BSR #05 (["LP", "LPC"])

YES, IT’S TRUE… AN ENTIRE STUDIO SESSION RECORDED IN 1979!!! THE ITALIAN BAND HOLY GRAIL FOR WORLWIDE PUNK ROCK COLLECTORS IS FINALLY OUT ON VINYL!!!

Available in black or ltd. red vinyl

Out for Big Star Rolling, exclusively distributed by Rave Up

 

GLASS RECORDS

BRITISH INDEPENDENT RECORD LABEL

ENGLISH SUBTITLES

TANNOY / CARS ON FIRE

GR #07 (7'')

Released in 1981 on Glass Records. YES… not a reissue, but an original stock copy (including insert) recently discovered by band members.

Both sides are pretty great and fairly polished sound, a doomy slice of malevolent goth-rock, full of foreboding and self-loathing; Karl Burns from The Fall plays drums on the track, but not many other details survive…

 

BLACKOUT RECORDS

GERMAN INDEPENDENT LABEL

KILLER BEES

BUZZ'N THE TOWN

BOR #12 (["LP"])

Blackout Records rediscovered 10 original studio tracks recorded between 1977 and 1982 by the original Washington DC punks! Strongly influenced by UK glam, US proto-punk and golden age hard rock, this is a true missing link between the best tradition of American rock’n’roll and the energy of British punk rock of those days!!!

Black vinyl only, 400 ltd. copies

GRAB THIS JEWEL FASTER THAN YOU CAN!!!!

 

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