Sunday, 1 October 2017

Trashylvania....The Party At Drac's Castle.

The 1st weekend of September (2017) saw a hundred or so dedicated Trash/Garage fans assemble in the small Romanian town of Bran for a very momentous occasion, the very first 'Rock' gig to ever be held in Bran Castle aka Dracula's Castle ! T'was the brainchild of Daz Trash of Thee Gravemen and organiser of the annual Munster Raving Loony party and what an event it was !

Spooky stuff.
Numbers of folk came from all over Europe by plane, car and train much to the surprise of the locals although I'm not quite sure just who were the more surprised to be honest, us or them ?  4 of us travelled to Bucarest, Romania from Gatwick in the UK, arriving at the absurd time of 3.30am before taking a train ride through the legendary Carpathian mountains to Brasov where the final leg to Bran was completed by a torturous taxi ride, torturous only in the sense that the taxi driver was very proud of his local music and insisted on subjecting us to it by constant channel hopping...Between the Polkas, the Electro and some particularly nasty Europop we were very, very relieved to arrive. The town of Bran really isn't very large, just one principal road but it does have a market square at the bottom of the castle grounds which has the most entertaining selection of Drac-Tat I've ever seen and a haunted house experience...As if being in the shadow of Vlad's country retreat wasn't enough.

A tired Mr Smith.
The first night basically involved taking over the terrace area of the 2 closest hotels where they kindly left us to ourselves to spin some tunes and drink the bar dry of their draft beer and all the vodka as folk on who'd arrived on later flights turned up with tales of horrifying taxi journeys...Road safety is not a top priority it must be said. What do you do when you go to your hotel room in Transylvania and find someone asleep in the middle of the day ?  Yeah, my thoughts exactly...Was going to stake him but it was Neil, one half of the demented Stay Sick duo from Brighton, although I did open the curtains to expose him to a bit of sunlight and he didn't spontaneously burst to into flames...One can never be too sure in this part of the world !  
We did the obligatory daytime tour of Drac's shack with all the official touristy stuff, the castle itself isn't a huge thing but it is very atmospheric, with lots of creaky stairs, narrow passages, suits of armour and a torture chamber !!!

Patrice P.
When the evening eventually kicked off there was a slight change to the running order of things as due to a bit of a cultural misunderstanding, The Sex Organs were asked by the castle director not to play, something to do with the idea of a 7ft penis and a 6ft fanny jumping around not being in the best of taste, although the spiked butt plugs in the public display and the idea of sticking an 8ft stake up someones arse is perfectly ok...Anyway, the evening was saved as Patrice Picard, long standing Cannibal (the group, not his dining habits) stood in for a few tunes and very good he was too.
The stage had been built in the courtyard of the castle, the lights had been set up and someone kindly switched on the smoke machine as the sun went down over the Carpathian mountains just as Patrice took to the stage...He kind of reminded me of Zacherley !

Hombre Lobo Internacional
After the short but sweet set by Patrice, the stage was changed and it was the turn of Hombre Lobo Internacional to wow us with his manic one man band and bloody hell...It sounded as if he had a full band up there with him ! Complete with a very cool Wolfman head piece, sound was awesome and the crowd was rockin', the highlight of his set for me personally  was his truly warped and demented take on The Isley Bros classic 'Shout'...Had me and the crowd with the opening bars and a bit of wolfy growl. For those of you that don't know him, he's from Spain, he has an a LP and a couple of EPs out and they are well worth getting your grubby paws on...Pure trashy R'n'R.....Loved it.

All hail DeadElvis !
Didn't have to wait long after HLI had finished for the next act, as he's a one man band too...Albeit unique in this world ! Yeah...The one and only DEADELVIS....drumroll.....Ah, this guy is amazing and had the crowd right where he wanted them. The Dead Dude Rocks for sure, his dispensing of pearls of wisdom and relationship advice between tunes was hilarious and the place heaved when those immortal words 'Papa Ooh Mow Mow' broke from his somewhat mouldy lips...I'm not giving too much away in terms of the songs as the whole event was recorded and will be released as an LP, hopefully in the coming months, needless to say though, they don't come much better in terms of out there craziness than DeadElvis ! And he did 'Leave The Castle'.......

Thee Gravemen.
Last up (Where did the time go ?) were Thee Gravemen and kudos to Daz for having organised everything...A blistering set with Lee pulling some gnarly riffs while Daz pounded out class voodoo rhythms on the drums and oh so appropriate. Many of the folk in the crowd had come in costume and it was a real gas to see Nosferatu digging the sounds while wolfman and Apeman were getting down, Vampires a Go Go and even a Basil Rathbone Van Helsing! Must be said though, some of them present didn't even need disguises !
Once Thee Gravemen had finshed up and everyone was ushered from the castle by Igor out into the castle grounds, the party continued well into the night...Almost 'til dawn as there were guest DJ's from all parts, including Neil from Stay Sick, Pete Slovenly and something, that by all accounts, looked like a Norwegian Mrs Brown (go check the posts on various social media sites).......A truly remarkable gig, in an incredible location. A once in a lifetime experience ?.....We'll just have to wait and see !      

Stay Sick Peeps.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Bonkers for Bontempi...


The 2006 release on Soundflat Recs.
It's curious but strangely reassuring, that even in todays clime of social media and Youtube etc that a personality such as Marcel Bontempi comes to the fore and generates (albiet limited)  a furore around a release, any release...Again, albeit limited and it hasn't slowed down over the last couple of years either. Having been 'adopted' by the 50's Rockin' crowd, fans of Americana Roots music and assorted folk who just dig 50's styled tunes that draw on the influences of Rockabilly & Western Swing in the main. This cat actually spent most of his performing years on the fringes of the Garage Punk circuits with his band The Montesas, a 60's Beat'Garage band that admittedly had a healthy dose of Rockabilly influence also, which isn't all that surprising considering some of his pre-Montesas recordings (all of which are super rare and equally expensive). As part of a Rockabilly trio, way back in the mid 90's Marcel was already writing his own material and playing guitar and the vocalist for 'Tijuana Tex & The Cowbones' covering the likes of Kip Tyler's 'She's My Witch' which appears on their sole vinyl EP.
In 1997, Marcel released his first solo 7" a hauntingly beautiful track called 'Deep Blue Sea' pre-dating Richard Hawley's trademark vocal stylings by a good 5-6 years...Well worth picking up if you ever see it and have a healthy bank balance !

Artwork for lost Migraine Recs release.
Sometime during late 2013, a bit of a disaster struck when the PC containg Marcel's archive recordings and recordings for upcoming releases suffered a major failure and the material stored on it was lost. With no back up saved and retrieval proving impossible, the tracks were gone. Among the lost recordings were the tracks 'No Club Lone Wolf' & 'Wolf Call' which were due to be released by the ever fine label Migraine Recs (Also home to the equally fine OHA Recs)...There were also a couple of other releases slated for around this time but the circumstances meant these would never see the light of day....Not in the form of the 'original' recordings anyway. The good news is that for the past couple of years, Marcel has been painstakingly re-recording the lost tracks, laying them down under the same conditions where possible, as the oriniginal recordings. So...The missing Migraine 7" will be coming out sometime in the not too distant future.

Out early Sept.
 And while we are on the subject...'Crawfish', the 7" released on OHA Recs a couple of months back !
That was crazy, our allocation at Trash Wax was sold out in a matter of minutes after mentioning we had copies available and the complete pressing run (only 250 copies) was gone in a matter of hours !
Good news is that Mr Bontempi is releasing a brand new track 'Bury All My Troubles' (co-written with the highly talented Paul Sheahan of The Sirocco Bros) with what is probably his most in demand track 'Dig A Hole' on the flipside. Released on his own label 'Twi Lite Recs' this 7" is already in high demand and probably sold out through the usual vendors BUT there will be copies available directly from Marcel on the day of the actual release sometime around the 2nd week of September and if that isn't enough for you ?  Fab label 'Stag 'O' Lee' in Germany will also be releasing a Bontempi 7" before the end of the year !  So keep your eyes peeled !

If you got this far down....Well done !

Shedload of cool slop, trash and rockin' nonsense as we like it here :

Stay Wild Peeps !


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Trash Wax releases...Summer 2016.

Well, we've been bust bees and managed to get 3 LPs and a couple of singles out ! Taking into account the massive delays at the pressing plants, this is no mean feat ! First out of the traps was the vinyl release of Messer Chups latest album 'Spooky Hook' 16 tracks of blistering Rockabilly influenced Surf...A real Killer Diller of an LP, the 1st 100 copies were in red vinyl with 400 in standard black vinyl. Their sound has really taken on a more 'Rockabilly' feel to it on this than on previous releases but it's not a retro sound, Oleg's style of guitar play brings a broader scope to the overall sound and to my mind is quite brilliant...There really isn't anything quite like Messer Chups out there at present !
They also spent the whole of August touring the USA, this tour was long overdue and they've now a whole new bunch of fans, I think that they will be going back fairly soon...all reports that came back said it was a pretty sensational reception....Much deserved and as is only normal ! 

Next out was the Ltd LP (Just 300 copies) by Hamburg's stunning Trash duo, The Cheating Hearts and even if I say so myself, this is one blistering slice of our best so far, it was completely remastered in analogue by our good buddy Mondosean and bears little or resemblence to the CD release. There's no way you'd believe there are only two of them when you listen to this, all their own material too with not a cover version in sight...Love it !   Sleeve is great too, done by the Voodoo Scribbler himself Chris 'Sick' Moore....And as it says on the tin (Well, sleeve) it's 'Primitive Trash R'n'R ! ! !
Whatever you do, don't think that it's anything like the White pisses all over that....Go on, treat yourself while you still can !

The last chunk of vinyl we unleashed on an unsuspecting public was a bit of a showcase for Zombierella, an absolutely, stonkingly beautiful package (the LP, not the lady in question although she is too) a compilation on which every track features the vocal talents of Svetty, Messer Chups being a primarily instrumental band, these a far and few between normally...with a fantastic sleeve designed by New York based 'Solrac' and the 1st 100 copies coming on spattered vinyl reflecting the sleeve really is a piece of art of which I'm quite enamoured by.  Of the 16 tracks on the LP, 6 of them are taken from The Bonecollectors CD only release entitled Bone to Bone, this album was their foray into rockabilly without any surf...and features more of Zombierella's vocals.

Here's a video of The Bonecollectors for the track 'Swamp Farming' which doesn't appear of 'Voice of Zombierella'....(There are very few Spattered copies left 20.10.2016 and if you're reading this in 2017 ?...forget it).

The first of our 2 7" releases to appear was The Smoggers and Charm Bag split single although really it's not a split as it's the same guys...almost, Charm Bag is Fernando and Ana of The Smoggers playing a much more primitive style. If 60's Garage Punk is your thing, they currently don't come much better than Valencia (Spain) based The Smoggers who've 5 LPs and a whole bunch of singles out on European labels such as German garage stalwarts Soundflat...Snotty, scuzzy Farfisa and Fuzz is their philosophy. While their alter ego...Chram Bag give in to the primal sounds of The Gories, The Cramps, Link Wray and the dark side of The Birthday Party (I know which I prefere)....2 blinding tracks and the 1st 100 copies on Orange vinyl no less ! 

First 100 on Green vinyl !
And lastly but by no means least(ly) and this beauty only turned up yeasterday ! (19.10.16) is the party record of the year ! Oh! Gunquit....The toast of London and fun people extraordinaire. This is a heady mixture of Trashy Garage, Surfabilly and a serious party attitude, can't really label it per se but think very early Fleshtones mixed with a bit of Detroit Cobras and a dash of The Delmonas. Their 3rd 7" outing following on from last years Dirty Water album release.....1st 100 copies on a rather lovely shade of green !......You can hear the flipside here :

Now go and buy some records so we can put even more out (Please and Thank You)....There's a lot more to come !

You can get all the releases and a whole lot more very cool stuff from the website, just click on the link :

And if that's not enough ? You can head here where we've now got more than 1500 references up, most at reasonable prices too ! :

OK Folks, Have fun and remember......Stay Sick !

The ABC of The Cramps. A new Cramps tome (Book).

Will be translated on this blog.
It was a busy summer to say the least, lots of very cool stuff happening and many fine releases (including a couple worthy of note on our very own Trash Wax label....Shameless plug).

There was also the release of  THIS book, The ABC of The Cramps (Which I'll translate on this blog for you as it's in French). It's an absolute must have.....

Here's the idea of the book in Patrick B's own words :

After reading his fabulous book '100 Contes Rock', I became friendly with Patrick Cazengler.
He quickly told me that it’s cool to contribute to (TIN, LAIF, books, Howie Pyro’s exhibition, a clothes brand that asked me to help them develop a clothes collection inspired by The Cramps...) but that I gotta do my own stuff one day.

And after persisting, he came back with an idea and an editor.

This ABC book is our way to celebrate The Cramps genius.

Patrick interviewed me about people supposed to feature in this ABC book. We chose 13 (at one point I even invented a 27th letter!) names and invented stories for the other half of the alphabet.

So the book is composed of13 interviews (not exactly the 13 we chose at the beginning) and 13 stories. I had the idea to ask Tav Falco to write a preface and my wife wrote a postface. And Patrick C wrote the introduction, explaining the genesis of his idea.

A. for A-Bones – Miriam Linna
B. for Ben from Chicago, maybe the guy who got the largest collection of Cramps live recordings (well I know a certain C in LA too ...)
C. for Isabelle Chelley, who interviewed the Cramps for Rock’n’Folk magazine (Mianstream French music mag).
D. for Slim Gil Deluxe, wonderful artist – watch out his forthcoming book about “The Creatures FromThe Black Lagoon”.
E. for El Cramped: the story about the Cramps cover band we created recently.
F. for Alain Feydri,famous author (Cramps, Groovies, Kinks).
G. for Bryan Gregory: we went to unbury him for an interview...
H. for Lindsay Hutton. I’m proud to have this legend and wonderful human being in a Cramps book at last.
I. for I‘m Customized – Lux creating a girlfriend for his Chopper – Frankie Stine (hey Darren, ahahah).
J. for Michael Joswig, Cramps fan from: Germany who created one of the coolest site. Lux and Ivy liked him.
K. for Kogar the Swinging Ape: all you always wanna know about Lux & Ivy’s faves and more
L. for Jerry Lott aka The Phantom.
M. for Mike McEchron, interview based on his fantastic tourography.
N. for Napa Hospital: what were those special spectators thinking? when they saw this crazy show from 1978
O. like Roy Orbison. An adventure with The Big O & Lux.
P. like Howie Pyro, this guy befriended The Cramps since the beginning and organized an exhib in Los Angeles a couple of years ago.
Q. like Queen of Pain: both Patricks dressing in a drag to meet Lux.
R. like Dirk Roeyen from the Netherlands. His book “Subwire Desire” is one of the best source references.
S. as Sean, the guy behind “Trash Is Neat” (and one of my best friends).
T. as The World’s Greatest Sinner, Lux fave movie.
U. as Ubangi: Lux in zulu land.
V. as VipVop: VV was Lux nickname in the 70’s (the police would dress a fine only for reading this name!), a well known serie of tapes made by Lux and also a little fanzine of mine...
W. for Link Wray. Lux & Ivy meeting their hero.
X. as X-Ray Eyes: The Cramps did but never recorded a song about this Roger Corman movie.
Y. as Yseult La Pieuvre (octopus): a sea food party with Lux & Ivy in my living room.
Z. as Marc Zermati, of Skydogs records fame.This guy organized the Cramps 1st tour in France. (1980). He was in the car with Bryan. He also release a (fake) radio show hosted by Lux.

This was announced by the French music/media chain, The FNAC to have come out in September but has in fact only been available in the last couple of weeks (October, 2016)...It's well worth tracking down for the unique content & photos as well as the fact that it's just a brilliant perspective !

Here's a bit of taster in the form of anused interview with Miriam Linna by Dick Porter....

1 - My understanding is that you came to New York looking to establish yourself in journalism and had already had a number of pieces published in Creem when you were asked to join the Cramps for a second time (which I have as Sept 1976, the first time being a year prior). Is this so? How were these invitations to join put to you and what made you accept the second time and not the first?

I was 19 in the summer of 1975. For the exact date, you'd have to check that book called SHOTS FROM THE HIP- I don't own a copy, but I'm told that it has a reprint of an article where Charles Shaar Murray and Joe Stevens are at CBGB's and run into two girls from Cleveland- myself and sister Helen, and we gab about how Cleveland is the center of the universe. It was on that very weekend bus trip that Lux and Ivy came up to me and Helen at a Japanese fooderie on 6th Avenue called Chicken and Burger World in NYC to ask if we were from Ohio, that they recognized us from being at R&R shows there.
A few months ago, an old pen pal from those days came here to visit with a fist full of letters from those days, which she had stashed at her mom's house in Detroit. One of the letters was written right after that NYC visit, and in it, I wrote about meeting my heroes from NME and also a drummer-seeking couple from CALIFORNIA (this cracks me up): "Got asked to be a drummer in an AVANT GARD (sic) band, they want someone who's never touched a drum kit. These people say they're better than anyone, truly bizarre. Tux (sic) is 29 and Ivy like 26, both beautiful young college graduate Californians who finally want to get a band together in the big apple!" I go on to write that Stiv Bators and Gene have put together a band called Frankenstein that hasn't played out yet. Hope this helps with the date.

 2 - Your drumming is always cited as being influenced by Maureen Tucker – is this fair?
 I was/am a VU fan, sure, over the top. But I never tried to be Moe- to me, she was the ultimate- it would be ridiculous for me to think I could touch the hem of her garment. I had one so-called lesson, and that was from Tommy Ramone, who looked at my bloody blistered hands and said to keep doing what I'm doing and don't worry what people say. It was thrilling, years later, playing on the same bill (in the A-Bones) with Moe, and Sterling Morrison. Moe asked me to come to Georgia and play on her solo album DOGS UNDER STRESS. That was a high point in my eternally fledgling career.
3 - What are your memories of those early gigs - particularly the first show at CBGBs (which I have as supporting the Dead Boys - whereas this is usually cited as Suicide - which I have as the first Max's support), early gigs supporting the Ramones and your final headlining gig with the band at the same venue?
I have a letter from Stiv dated Oct 26, 1976 that says: "Guess who's playing with the Cramps Nov. 1? You got it! We play Max's the 31 and CBGB on the 1 & 2. Can't wait to hear you guys. It's gonna be great playing together. You know I always wanted to play with you." If you show Nov. 1 as the first show, then it was the Dead Boys on the bill. If you show something prior to that, then it may have been Suicide.
I moved to New York on July 4, 1976, in the midst of the bicentennial celebration. Fireworks and tall ships, the whole shebang. I stayed with Lux and Ivy first at their apartment at 322 East 73rd Street, and then found a place at 406 East 9th Street with Pam (Bryan's sister) and James Sliman, a great guy and good friend from Cleveland who also was at all the shows there- I hear he became a top publicist later on, with clients like Liv Tyler and Dodi Fayed. He took the very first Cramps photos (I have the proof sheet if you need pix).
Living in NYC was a challenge. That first year, I missed Ohio like crazy. I felt like a fish out of water, and I missed my friends there a lot. Then suddenly, they all started coming to New York to visit, and some to stay. I moved out the the 9th Street apartment when the Dead Boys moved in and it got way too crowded. I ended up on 12th Street with Lydia Lunch, who was a ton of fun and a wonderful girl. (I will stick with your questions, I'd have a massive segue right about here!!).
 4 - Why did you leave? What was your view of the band dynamic and how was your relationships with Ivy, Lux and Bryan?
The best of my Ohio friends died suddenly and things began to change. It was a very difficult summer in many, many respects. There was a lot going on otherwise that didn't involve me. I was blindsided when my friend Nick, who I respected hugely, was brought in as a replacement from Cleveland. I had received a letter from him a few weeks earlier, a really kind, friendly letter, and again I missed the friendship of the Ohio pals, who were all about rock n' roll records and shows and having a blast. I knew Nick was a terrific drummer from his days in Cleveland. He would have been the first person I would have recommended had they asked about a real drummer in the beginning.
I saw Lux and Bryan once before they all moved to California. The guys came to see the Zantees when we were first playing, and hung out to say goodbye and  good luck.
Someone once accused me of playing thuggishly. That is the nicest compliment I've ever received. Finesse is overrated.
Loved having the opportunity to bash things out on the traps with nobody telling me what to do or how to play.

I will be posting part of the book (In English) every couple of weeks so check back occasionally for a fine read !

Stay Sick Weirdos !

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Sarah Vista...London, Chrome Reverse...Paris !

3rd 7" (Kizmiaz Records).
Some serious talent coming to the fore recently in both London and Paris (NY was covered by Twin Guns not too long ago)...Could be simply that I haven't moved out of my comfort zone too much in a good while, musically speaking that is, but I really get the impression that there's a lot happening out there and these guys & gals, while not exactly household names, are prime movers in their respective scenes, so if by any chance you haven't picked up on them yet ?  It's a good time to acquaint yourselves with them, neither have an album out, although plans afoot no doubt, but both do have a bunch of 7"s out now which deserve a place in anyones vinyl stash. So if you do miss the early bus, you only have yourself to blame when you find yourself trawling Evilbay for them later !

Out late August.
What a great pairing this is, Sarah Vista teamed up with the legendary Boz Boorer to cover and revamp an all time Polecats classic 'Make A Circuit With Me'...This little beauty will be out in a few weeks time and will be available in both black and coloured vinyl. This was recorded in Boz's Portugaul based studio, Serra Vista,  for his upcoming album 'Age Of Boom' which should see the light of day in September.....You could hardly escape noticing that Sarah is not only a rather talented gal herself but that she also has some amazing folk behind her with the likes of Terry Edwards from the mighty GALLON DRUNK providing the requisite brass as well as former SHILLELAGH SISTER Lyn Halpin (you probably know her better as Mrs Boorer) stepping in on bass for the flipside of the 'I Wish You Hell' 7" and if that wasn't enough, Jeff Mead, former CANNIBAL who has also played with The STING RAYS & IMELDA MAY  among others, not failing to mention that our pal Marcel B provided the artwork......Not exactly your standard debut single affair.

A Heart Full Of Hate !
Sarah Vista's debut platter is a little taster of a forthcoming album that will be released earlyish next year and if you like Spaghetti Western tinged, revenge soaked R'n'R that moves along to a hillbilly beat ?  then this will not disappoint...BUT, it's a little more than simply another play on a Western Swing/Cowbilly theme, the album that is on it's way is called 'Killing Fever' and will include tracks that have been used as part of the soundtrack for an upcoming movie (Western of course) and I believe that the bones of a second album are already being prepped. These aren't a bunch of Death Country tunes or anything like that, more like the finely crafted thoughts of many a spurned woman set to some rather great music..anthems to kill your (ex) lover by !

To launch her first single, Sarah played an acoustic set in the hippest record shop in Camden, Sounds That Swing/No Hit, needless to say there were a few folk that couldn't get in due to the fact the place was jammers, although someone well positioned did manage to capture a bit of film footage (with their phone) of her singing the title track...It's hardly Spielberg but not bad at all really considering you get to see the lovely lady and her acoustic Gretsch (not sure which one is the more attractive to be honest!).   
You can get yourself a copy direct from Sarah Vista (Check out Facebook & Discogs) or you can get a copy from Sounds That Swing/No Hit Records and from our goodselves.

Sarah Vista at Facebook :

2nd EP.
Woah !!! Chrome Reverse (Who ? I hear you ask)....What you have here fine folk, is basically French R'n'R royalty....I shit you not! It's got to be at least 25 years that some of the members first came out of Parisian Garages and cellars in various combos such as The No Talents, Les Terribles, The Splash Four who had releases on some of the most influential labels around at the time including Estrus, Dionysus, Lookout, 1+2, Larsen, Soundflat as well as releasing stuff on their own labels Wild Wild Recs & Royal Recs. Iwan & Lili being the senior veterans here, it's really no surprise that their releases to date have been right up there on the awesome scale ! Pure rock 'n' roll with a very cool sound that is far less punk rawk than much of what they did in previous incarnations...The Chrome Reverse sound has that primitive 50's feel to it but without sounding dated...They're not trying to be some kind of revivalist clone, far more Crypt Recs than Wild Recs.

As I've already said, a couple the members have been around the block and they shouldn't have any problems in building a decent enough rep, I'd be expecting to see them playing a good few festivals next year on the back of the releases so far and judging from what I've seen online to date, I'll be making a trip or two to catch them. I thought that the upcoming release on Kizmiaz was an LP but was only a small bit disappointed when Yannick (of Kizmiaz) told me it was 4 track EP, it's due out in mid August so another to put in the diary....If you're into The 5678's (It's Lili's vocals), The Fireworks and Trashy R'n'R in general...let me introduce you to your new fave band ! Don't take my word for it, go check them out up there ! 

Available from most quality outlets including Born Bad Record Shop in Paris, Cool & Crazy/Crypt in Hamburg and from our goodselves too.....Happy Hunting.

Stay Sick Peeps.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Alan Vega...Gone ! Messer Chups...USA Tour dates.

So, our American friends are in for a real treat during August ! Oleg, Svetty and Boris, collectively known as 'Messer Chups' are ambarking on a 23 date tour of the USA, kicking off the tour with a first date in Milwaukee on the 4th August and finishing up in Cambridge (Massachusetts) on the29th August.
Been a long time coming but now the Americans will be able to experience these crazy Russians first hand and see what all the fuss is about !
Apparently, part of the visa application process involved being interviewed by consular staff in regard to the musical influences of the band (trying to catch them out no doubt)...So Mr Gitaracula, which American guitar players would you say have had the most influence on your style ?......Response : Link Wray & Dick Dale !.........OK, you can come in !
I only wish that my circumstances had allowed me to catch a couple of the US dates, unfortunately it's not the case but I am looking forward to seeing some of the crowd responses on social media as I'm sure that the folk seeing them for the first time will be totally blown away and leave them clamouring for more !!!  Enjoy the tour guys.......

Gone, but what a legacy !

Today is a pretty sad day as we learned of Alan Vega's death this morning, a truly iconic figure and one whose influence stretched far and wide, both with 'Suicide' and as a solo artist in his own right ! Innovator, Agitator, Protopunk pioneer, Shit....the guy even dragged Rockabilly into areas thought by many to be borderline blasphemy....I for one loved his minimalist treatment of many standards and his FUCK YOU stance to the whinging detractors.....Rock On Ghost Rider !
Today we'll be listening to a lot of Vega & Suicide......Tomorrow too !

Stay Sick.

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Oh! Gunquit, Smoggers, Marcel Bontempi....More from Trash Wax.

Includes added Catman ! 1st 100 copies GREEN Vinyl
A few folk have asked recently if there will be 'record club' of some description for Trash Wax releases but to be honest there aren't any plans for one, not that we haven't toyed with the idea, it's just an organisational nightmare which would involve getting the factories to stick to a delivery schedule and this just isn't happening at the moment. What we are doing though, is getting the first 100 copies of  each release pressed in a coloured vinyl which are available exclusively through the website, these will be put up for pre-order approx 6 weeks before expected release date and once they are gone...that's it, there won't be a second chance.
We've some nice releases already at the factory and we're expecting the 1st Messer Chups LP release (we have 2 in production) on the 15th July, then there's The Cheating Hearts LP, the Smoggers/Charm Bag 7", Oh! Gunquit 7" and the 2nd Messer Chups LP. That's without mentioning the Marcel Bontempi EP and a 7" from Scotland's The Strange Blue Dreams (More about this later but it's very special)....Awesome stuff !

While we're on the subject, there is an absolutely stunning project we're working on at the moment with the legendary Boz Boorer !  Back in the very early 80's, Boz was a very busy (Rockabilly....tish, boom!) guy indeed, not only was he the guitarist of The Polecats & Shillelagh Sisters, he was also moonlighting with a bunch of lads that would become The Vibes (Yes...Lloyd Tripp (on Bass), Gary Boniface (on Drums) and Bob Martin (vocals)....nothing was ever released by this combo who went under the name of THE MEGATONS but they did manage to get into the studio....TWICE and we've found the sessions (Boz did actually)..the first one from around '82 is having a bit of restoration but sounds like some lost Sun Session, real savage Rockabilly...the 2nd session which was recorded a few years later during an impromptu reunion in the USA (different drummer) is crystal clear and absolutely sensational....not saying anymore except that it's some of the wildest and best Rockabilly I've heard in a long while..Hopefully, this will be out before the end of the year !  In the meantime, enjoy the only known footage to exist of The Megatons :

Out in August (2016)
For those of you that like a bit of scuzzy, fuzz garage punk, The Smoggers won't disappoint !  After 4 albums, the latest being the brilliant 'Shadows In My Mind' which came out on Lutz Rauber's  ever cool label 'Soundflat, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is the first Smoggers slab of 7" vinyl...actually it's their fifth and what a track it is too...It's My Time takes you on a bit a roller coaster ride with Fernando's demented wailings duelling with the Farfisa while Anna beats out a pounding rhythm on the skins, building to great finish...

Out in August (2016)
Now, this is a split 7" with Charm Bag but....Charm Bag are actually Fernando & Anna so you could argue that they're the same group only the styles are totally different ! Charm Bag are a CRAMPED duo with a distinct penchant for rather dark Link Wray styled Trash.....I caught them live at last years Munster Raving Loony Party and their live set just blew me away, and if you like this when you hear it, they have another couple of mini LPs out already, well worth the investment !
The first 100 copies of this 7" will be on Orange vinyl !

CHARM BAG : An Andalusian Dog 

Limited edition of 300.
Also out in August will be the first full length LP from Hamburg's Uber cool The Cheating Hearts, 12 tracks of love induced misery, heartbreak and heartache...FUCK LOVE ! This is snotty as hell and the guy & gal from St Pauli deliver a soundtrack for anyone whose lovelife has gone down the drain, forget the sugary, country & western sentimental nonsense...this is where it's truly at, as it says on the tin (Sleeve), this is 'Primitive, Trash, Rock'n'Roll !
The entire album has been re-recorded to analogue and tweaked by our noisemeister Mondosean and the sound is fricken amazing...must be said. The fab sleeve was done by the Voodoo scribbler himself, Mr Chris 'Sick' Moore. Don't put off delaying on this one as it's strictly limited to 300 copies !

7" Nomads Of The Lost.
I'm guessing that the major record labels go on holiday for the month of August as we've been told (with the arse covering 'provisionally') to expect another great release (Yep, we've been busy little beavers) from London's Trashy, Rumble Rocking Party animals OH! GUNQUIT....2 brand new stunning tracks from their latest recording sessions, If you can get your head around this? you'll kind of get where this is coming from...just imagine a big messy mix of The Delmonas, The Detroit Cobras, a big guitar sound and a wailing sax...throw it all together and out comes OH! GUNQUIT...The A-side is 'Nomads Of The Lost' with the flip being a rather Delmonasesque 'Walking The Street'....The 1st 100 copies of this will be a rather fetching shade of green (Like the cover......for those of unfortunate enough not to be familiar with either of their previous singles or the magnificent LP released by Dirty Water Records not too long ago....Here's the A-side to their very first 7" release.

Oh! Gunquit : Bad Bad Milk.

Check this baby out !
Here is a long awaited album and we're making it a special one to boot, 16 Tracks in total from Messer Chups with a couple from their alter ego Rockabilly band The Bonecollectors, what's different ?  Well apart from that they've all been remixed by Oleg, they feature the vocals of Zombierella on all of them ! Not only that but the artwork is by Solrac and features our fave bass player on the front AND the rear....a real Zombierella fest ! Heavyweight sleeve, heavyweight vinyl and the 1st 100 copies are Black & White SPLATTER in translucent red vinyl....This has been guaranteed for a September delivery. Are we excited by this.....just a wee bit !  

Now you've finished reading and oggling....wipe up the drool and go buy some records so we have the funds to actually pay for all this stuff !

We've got (literally) ton's of stuff that you need or really should have in your record collection, so head on over to website and treat yourself !  HERE :

And the otherplace at Discogs, jam packed with goodies ! :

Thanks for looking and Stay Sick folks.


Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Cramps..........and their record collection !

Sinking to new depths !
Well, The Cramps franchise is most certainly alive and kicking out there judging by the choice of various Cramps associated releases which have been made available in recent it the lovely packaged 10" LP series from Stag-O-Lee in Germany or the rather less interesting CD only releases from Cherry Red (UK) sub-label 'Righteous' which can also boast some the poorest artwork seen on the 'official' releases....It should also be pointed out that none of these are bootlegs as the artists copyright has lapsed....most of these tracks are OLD ! (Pre-1966).
To a degree, it's almost as much fun collecting these releases as it is collecting Cramps stuff, especially as there's also a market out there for reproductions (copies) of the original 7"s too, which only adds to the starin on my wallet.

Really ?
I suppose that really, this area of Cramps 'associated' releases falls into 2 parts, the compilations of original tracks which the Cramps used to make their 'own' songs and the more recent releases claiming to be compilations of records in Lux & Ivy's personal record collection....To be honest, the most reliable source for these tracks would be at 'Kogar the Swingin' Ape's' blogsite....Over the years the guy (who has infinitely more patience than me) has tracked down any reference to records in Lux & Ivy's record collection, be it mentions in magazine and radio interviews, mix tapes put together by Lux or anecdotal. All of these tracks are there to be appreciated and can be downloaded for free....Cynical of me probably, but I imagine that the compilers of the recent and recentish releases make this source their first port of call !     

Sophia Loren...Cramps fan extraordinaire !
I'm not too sure how I feel about actually buying these records (& CDs), although sucker that I am, if it has 'The Cramps' on it, I'll pick it up and give it a home ! Ivy, (notoriously private) has never actually published or publicly listed the contents of their record collection even when the annual rumour of an impending auction crops up. So it's never sure that what's being put out, is in reality, somewhere among their boxes of vinyl.....maybe a forthcoming title will be 'Songs we thought The Cramps may like' ?  
Personally, I'd much rather see 'Vengeance' release a series of compilations compiled by Ivy, and obviously on vinyl...least ways there would be no doubting the source and I'm sure that the liner notes would make a far more interesting read too.

Best sleeve of the series.
The upside about these comps is that they're fairly cheap and relatively easy to get hold of, 10 minutes on Google and you could probably have most of them in your collection within the week. The Cramps association aside, they're generally good comps, to my taste at any rate....apart from the repetition of a few tracks, the CDs in particular make car journeys that bit more enjoyable. The artwork on the CD releases (as I already mentioned) is pretty lame and poorly conceived but the sleeves on the 'Beat From Badsville' series are rather decent and actually tie into the theme for the most part. However, I did find that Vol 4 was a bit of a stinker truth be told.....can't be a winner every time. The 10" format forces me to make the purchase without fail though !

Crap sleeve, has to be said !
If you want more stuff to take with you on that Cramps trip and you find that the Born Bad series and the Songs The Cramps Taught Us series, just ain't enough then you could do worse than pick a few (or all of them) up...You've plenty of choice !  'Smell Of The Cramps' The Cramps Jukebox', Spirit Of The Cramps' 'What The Cramps Ate For Breakfast'..........
I had considered putting up the track listings for these releases but then why should I spoil your fun ?......Seriously though, you can have a bit of fun hunting these all out and waiting for the postman or you can just Google....'Kogar's Jungle Juice' and get 'em for free !

Double LP, Orange vinyl.
Shameless plug time :  The Trash Wax website has never been fuller, shitloads of new stuff, restocks and probably one of the best selections of Trash out there....New Cramps stuff, a few boots (We have 6-7 copies of The Cramps 'King Is Back' LP from Russia), The new semi-official, Double LP on Orange vinyl 'Do The Clam'...if you can't see it, just email me directly. Stunning releases from 'Jungle Jim' Chandlers band 'Twin Guns' need their records, brilliant stuff  even if I say so myself !

Go on, treat yourself :

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You're sure to find something you want !

Laters folk and Stay Sick !    

Friday, 22 April 2016

Vinyl Overdose !...Rockin' Records, Pre-In Heaven Meteors, The Cramps, OHA Recs.

Ltd Edition of 1000 copies.
It's been a great month for record buying I must say, dozens of way cool releases and discoveries from far and wide, including a UK Cramps LP (Unofficial ?) release, one from Russia, two 10" LPs of the classic, original Meteors line up (Pre-In Heaven too), three class 7"s from Canada's Rockin' label, more one sided Rockabilly Dementia from German label OHA Recs, a new Smoggers LP and the long awaited Almon Loos LP on Sleazy to name but a few........Oh, and Record Store Day happened......literally a shed load of stuff !

Not sure on the legitimacy of these releases coming out of The UK & Germany, my understanding of the situation is that if the gig had been broadcast outside of the UK & EU then it isn't subject to copyright and publishing legislation (Anyone feel like making a precision, please do so). This is a neat item but only 8 tracks so more of a mini album, coloured vinyl, nice insert and limited to a 1000 copies (so not exactly a future mega rarity). The downside is that as this was touted as an official Record Store Day release, it actually appeared on EvilBay the same day at £50.00 ! now that's profiteering !
Equally great (if not better) is the Russian release of 'The King Is Back' from the CSR folk, lovely artwork, quality sleeve, green vinyl and at just 300 copies this'll be well saught after, contents wise, all the tracks are taken from sessions recorded during the UK leg of the 1986 'A Date With Elvis' tour, pretty fine quality and there's even Lux telling a joke on it. It's a great album and a welcome addition in my collection, not a shabby thrown together thing at seems that the folk behind all the unofficial Cramps releases over the last couple of years,  Coast To Coast, Weekend On Mars, Club 57 et al, at least make an effort, the days of a photocopy page stuck on a generic sleeve seem to be long gone thank fuck and the sound quality overall can be pretty amazing at times....It's a shame there will never be a 'new' Cramps album released but as a fan and a collector.....I'll carry on buying regardless of the irritation.

7"s of Awesome !
Whilst on the subject of The Cramps, their former drummer 'Jungle' Jim Chandler and his band 'Twin Guns' are just going from strength to strength, I spoke about their 3rd album 'The Last Picture Show' previously and I was just a bit thrilled when their 2nd 7" 'Attack Of The Zombie Girls' came out on the fab Canadian label 'Rockin' (when our little supply arrived for the Trash Wax website, they sold out the same day !) a lovely 7" which comes in 3 shades of mixed red/black and mauve. A killer mix of garage, dark overtones and as only expected, there's a nice hint of The Cramps in there too. I'd strongly recommend any of their releases and for the time being they aren't rare, can't see it staying that way for long though.

Eye, eye !
Another equally cool release on the Rockin' label and probably more in line with the labels name, is the 7" by Australian rockers, The Margraves, 2 sides with competing aproaches 'Guilty' is sleazy, darker slice of 50's trash, a bit like The wailers meet Link Wray while the flip 'Not Guilty' is more upbeat with a touch of modern, neo-rockabilly to it, and not are these releases only hyper limited, they're all quasi unique as the pressings vary the colours, with this one varying somewhere between gold and grey !   The 3rd one, (actually the first release) to date is also a rather snazzy little rocker called 'Crazy, Crazy, Crazy, Crazy' which has a pounding rhythm to it and what seems to me, a little nod to early Levi Dexter but that could be just some of the lyrics....Can't wait for next batch of releases from this class label.

Just a 150 copies !
More primitive and seriously cool Rockabilly came out earlier on in April from Olaf Haspel's sub-label (of Migraine Records) called OHA Recs, these are really rather special, not least as they're only pressed in quantities of a 150 pieces and the flipsides are all rip off's of that stunning JJ Cale personal fave so far has to be the Rookie Finn track 'It Ain't About' and is just so cool you could freeze water with it, opening bars made me think of the start of Weekend On Mars before the echoed vocals kick in, has a very slight tinnyness to it which really lends an authentic feel to it, yep..loving this alright. Not to outdone, the other release, by The Royal Flush 'Moonshine Truck' is a Double Bass driven stomper of a track, the guitar break in the middle is a smidgen too short but if this record doesn't make you twitch you're probably starting to smell !  There's a great sense of urgency in the vocals and the whole thing comes together so well, again, it's more of an authentic approach to Rockabilly rather than a 'produced' sound, like a lot of contemporary stuff out there. I bought a bunch of these and buried them in the garden as I thought it has to be better than any pension scheme out there ! just may want to get yourself copies too.

Most folk that have read any part of this blog would have noticed that I like The Cramps, naturally enough but I have more than just a simple appreciation for the classic line-up of Lewis/Fenech/Robertson as The Meteors, I won't bother going into the why's & wherefores of why anything which came after only had limited appeal as it's well trodden territory elsewhere....what I will say is that these guys put the balls into the dogs bollox at the time and I was totally blown away when the UK label Raucous announced that they were releasing 2 (two) 10" mini lps which would be the full recordings made for EMI, way back in November of 1980. Quite some time before the mighty 'In Heaven' was released. 16 tracks in total, each disc has 8 tracks,....some of these tracks (not these recordings) went on to appear on the subsequent release of In Heaven but some them you only ever got on dodgy cassettes sold after, outside at gigs. It's just great to have the likes of 'Domino', 'Red Headed Woman', 'Honey Roll' and 'Love Me' on vinyl at last (even though it came out on CD a few years ago). Even though the vocal duties were split between Fenech & Lewis, it's Fenech that gets the cream on this as he counts 10 tracks whilst Mr Lewis plough through only 6......bit unfair if you ask me, But Hey !...I'm not complaining......

How could we talk about new releases without mentioning the long awaited Soundflat release of The Smoggers 4th album 'Shadows In My Mind' a pure Fuzzfest of gargantuan garage proportions...Fernando and the guys are really riding the crest of the current 60's styled Garage Punk bands and justly so, non-stop touring throughout Europe (UK included), headlining at festivals and bringing their fuzzed out mayhem to hordes of new fans as well as the (slightly) older crowd, to the point that their preceeding album 'Join The Riot' had to be repressed to meet demand, now that's something a lot of bands would love to have happen ! Demented caveman vocals, Fuzz & Farfisa, it's all there and an absolutely killer version of The Lust-O-Rama's Why ?.......right up there alongside the classic Sex Museum album 'Fuzzface' (Incidently just re-isshed by Munster so you don't have to pay €100+ for it anymore !)......Grab a copy of this as it really is one of the best in a very, very long time.

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