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AMERICAN LOST PUNK ROCK NUGGETS

APRIL 15

BADHABIT

DETROIT 1980-1981

RUR #91 (["LP"])

Another true collectable gift from Rave Up Records!

Totally obscure Detroit band from early eighties, a hidden treasure which savagely yelled to be dug out. 12 previously unreleased tracks of dirty rock’n’roll from the punk Mecca. A must-have for Motor City sound lovers!

Black vinyl only, extra-limited edition

 

RAVE UP RECORDS ITALIAN punk stuff!

APRIL 15

TRANCEFUSION

INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE!

RURI #06 (["LP"])

“Incredible but true!”, cioè “incredible ma vero!”. Queste le parole scritte a mano sulla costina di una cassetta Basf che conservavo in archivio da quando Chris Bianco me la affidò, ere geologiche fa: nulla di meglio per intitolare un album contenente incisioni con quarantaquattro anni sulle spalle di una band che in vita non aveva pubblicato nulla.

Incredibile non è però solo il recupero in sé delle antiche vestigia sonore, ma anche il modo in cui esse testimoniano della straripante urgenza e, in generale, delle doti del quartetto. Roba non comune, nell’Italia di quegli anni.

Per quanti conoscono le vicende del primo punk nazionale, i Trancefusion sono un gruppo romano. Vero, ma in parte, dato che il loro primo nucleo si formò a Milano nel 1977, con la sezione ritmica composta dai fratelli Bianco - Fabiano detto “Master”, batteria e voce; Chris, basso - e dal chitarrista e cantante Steve Osella, tutti e tre studenti alla American School of Milan. Notati da Maurizio Arcieri dei Chrisma non ancora Krisma, furono invitati a esibirsi al club Out-Off il 28 luglio, poco prima di ampliare l’organico con l’arrivo di un cantante di ruolo di cui nessuno ricorda il cognome, tal Bruno, e l’ingresso di Klaus del Medico in sostituzione di Osella. Dopo appena un paio di concerti, all’Idroscalo e in un teatro occupato, nel febbraio del 1978 i casi della vita portarono al trasferimento della famiglia Bianco nella Capitale. Presi contatti con la scena underground locale, i fratelli approntarono così una nuova formazione con Vittorio Tedesco Zammarano alla voce e Lucio Cillis alla chitarra; il debutto live a Roma avvenne a un raduno hippy e la prima uscita di rilievo - per la quale, chissà perché, i ragazzi decisero di presentarsi come Brats - fu il 26 aprile al Piper, in una serata che vedeva nel cast altri due gruppi cittadini (Yogurt ed Elektroshock) e gli inglesi Hunter. Da lì in avanti, i Trancefusion si fecero strada nel circuito alternativo, prima suonando spesso in locali-simbolo come il Johann Sebastian Bar e il Titan e poi, una volta trovati due efficienti manager in Massimo Costa e Roberta Di Nicola, in vari altri posti, nell’Urbe e in Italia; ci scappò pure una session di registrazione ai mitici studi della RCA di Via Tiburtina con al mixer Marcello Todaro del Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, ma purtroppo i nastri si sono persi, (quasi) di sicuro per sempre. In seguito, ma si era già nel 1980, la storia prese una piega differente, con il cambio di nome in Raff e un graduale spostamento, complice qualche modifica di line-up, verso l’hard rock.

Il materiale di questo disco, tutto datato 1978, comprende dodici dei quattordici brani immortalati in uno studiolo vicino al Lungotevere Flaminio, prima che la band allestisse il suo covo personale in Via degli zingari; i due mancanti all’appello, perché deteriorati, sono stati però rinvenuti nella summenzionata cassetta dal vivo e da lì ripresi, con l’aggiunta di due “doppioni” particolarmente significativi. Insomma, il repertorio dei Trancefusion è quasi interamente documentato in questi solchi, per di più con una qualità sonora che tutto considerato ha del miracoloso. Un motivo ulteriore per urlare, convinti “incredible but true!”.

Federico Guglielmi, febbraio 2022

 

STILL IN STOCK, REALLY FEW COPIES LEFT!

 

AMERICAN LOST PUNK ROCK NUGGETS

OBSCURE NUGGETS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF PUNK ROCK!

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)

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!

 

EUROPEAN PUNK SERIE

EUROPEAN PUNK SLABS FROM THE VAULTS!

FOL JAZIK

DETE NA XX VEK

EPS #20 (["7''", "7''C"])

Skopje, North Macedonia: hometown not only of Mother Teresa, but also of Fol Jazik - the first Macedonian punk rock band ever!

Formed in 1978 by singer Vlado Hristov aka KRLE, they played a psych-garage influenced punk and were renowned for their bizarre look and powerful shows. In 1979 they disbanded and shorty after reformed with a new line up, before definitively calling it quits in 1980. Despite their short career, they’re still considered one of the most influential Yugoslavian bands, as proved by this brilliant 1979 single.

Available in black or ltd. yellow vinyl

DANGEROUS GIRLS

PRESENT - RECORDINGS 1978-1982

EPS #19 (["LP", "LPC"])

1978, Birmingham UK: Mike Cooper (vocals), Rob Peters (drums), Chris Ames (guitar), Rob Rampton (bass) form a band called Dangerous Girls.

First gig booked with Dexy’s Midnight Runners (then known as the Dynatones), UB40 and Surprises (50p entrance), but pulled at the last minute. First actual gig in Dudley (with Dexy’s Midnight Runners, The Surprises all playing their debut gig). The band builds a following but, with no records out, Chris leaves in April 1979 & Beetmoll joins on guitar 2 days before his first gig.

July 1979: first single out, “Dangerous Girls/I Don’t Want To Eat (With The Family)”. Play UK tours offering use of the PA, lights and equipment to local bands who wish to play.

November 1979: live “Taaga” Ep released, reaches number I in the last indie chart of the 70’s. John Peel describes the band as “spasm rock”. Sign to London indie label Human Records. 3rd record “Man In The Glass/M07S”, then 4th record “Step Out/Sidekick Phenomena/Men In Suits”. BBC Radio I session “Dangerous Girls/Simmer/Instict/Domestic Blisters”. Start to record an album, “Nerve Ends”, but Human Records go bust & album abandoned.

1982: the band splits. Get together again in 2012 for reunion gigs with new members Micky Harris (bass) and Jake Simmons (guitar). Chris Ames rejoins and the band self-release first vinyl album “Highbury Studio May 2015”.

…and here we are at PRESENT.

Available in black or ltd. orange vinyl

 

RAVE UP UK

7-INCHES GEMS FROM THE UK-PUNK BEST!

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

 

BIG STAR ROLLING

70S ITALIAN PUNK LABEL

MITTAGEISEN

HARDCORE SESSION

BSR #05 (["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

 

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

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