Wednesday, March 29, 2017

NEIL SEDAKA: Ten Reasons...

TEN REASONS why you should love:


     You know what is really sad?  Legendary Rock and Pop singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka is not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I’ve been upset that they haven’t inducted great artists like The Monkees and Harry Nilsson but when I read that Neil Sedaka was not already in, I lost all faith in the people who run that ‘business.’  OK, so maybe I had already lost faith in them long before but that was the final Neil in the coffin, so to speak.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

R. STEVIE MOORE: Everything You Always Wanted To Know... available on CD!


OUR STEVIE writes about R. STEVIE

    I have a lot of favorite bands and albums (in the hundreds… if not thousands!) but I can count on one and a half hands those PIVOTAL albums that made me listen to music differently. They were albums that opened up my mind to new and exciting ways of hearing music and appreciating the way it was created. The Beatles and The Monkees released albums that I heard as a young child in the ‘60s that placed me firmly on the musical path I now travel. The Jam’s THIS IS THE MODERN WORLD was another. The Last’L.A. EXPLOSION was yet another. Shoes’ PRESENT TENSE is right up there as well.  Can’t forget Yacht’s S.O.S.!

     In late March or early April of 1984, EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT R. STEVIE MOORE..., a 2LP set, became one of the most significant life-changing albums I’ve had the pleasure to experience.

Monday, March 27, 2017



John 'Eddie' Edwards

     Like any genre, Punk was never about just one ‘thing’ – it was a movement made up of many moving parts. Behind the torn jeans, mohawks, leather jackets and missing teeth (thanks, mosh pits), Punk was first and foremost about the music. Initially, a reaction against the overblown pomp of Progressive Rock and Disco (and any other musical movement that the Punk kids deemed pretentious and worthy of a kick in the gonads), Punk became the most influential movement in Rock history since Elvis had his crown stolen by The Beatles in 1964.  In 1976, Punk Rock scared people.  However, it wasn’t meant to destroy and move on – Punk was about taking Rock back to ground zero and rebuilding it from the ground up. Punk stole the blueprint from Chuck Berry's safe and brought Rock ‘n’ Roll back to its basic foundation. Sex Pistols was the first band to gain international notoriety, but the whole of England was soon swarming with equally important bands like The Clash, Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Damned, et al.  It was a beautiful thing. These bands knew how to write a cracking tune and that is why they are still remembered 40 years after Punk broke wide open.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

THE DICKIES: Ten Reasons...

Ten Reasons why you should love:


     The Dickies are turning 40 this year. One of L.A.’s finest Punk bands, this outfit – led by vocalist Leonard Graves Phillips and guitarist Stan Lee – has had a career with more ups and downs than a rollercoaster in a hurricane during an earthquake. However, Phillips and Lee have ridden out all the storms and remain leaders of a band that more than likely influenced more so-called Punk Pop bands than any other first wave Punk act.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Music Experience: SPAZ writes about the joys of being a music geek...

    Listening To Music...
(Originally written and posted in August 2013 on the New Wave Junkie blog)
Many years ago, I started this journey...  it started most likely as an infant or toddler, hearing the music my parents would play.  Anything from Frank Sinatra to Buddy Holly to The Beatles.... Mentally going through their record collection (which doesn't exist anymore, unless its boxed up in the garage), I remember so many different types of things they listened to.  Easy Listening, Rock, Pop, Folk, R&B... so much that I remember seeing as I would dig through their stacks of 45s and LPs over and over again...  While my older sister Dana liked music, it was really my brother Mike and I who lived for it.  My folks always used to tell us that they could put us in front of the TV when The Monkees was on and know that we'd stay put for 30 minutes until the show was over.  And this is when it first aired in 1966 (I was 3, my bro was 4). I remember loving The Monkees at that young age and even having the Monkees hand puppet.  We also had a Herman Munster doll, too.  We weren't spoiled but they knew what we loved....

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS/Remixes & Rarities review!




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     A Flock Of SeagullsMike Score (vocals/keyboards/guitar/hair), Ali Score (drums), Frank Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar) – recorded some of the most memorable music of the ‘80s. On their first three albums, this Liverpudlian quartet created an intelligent blend of Post-Punk and Synthpop. Their Pop melodies were colored by Mike Score’s moody keyboards while Reynolds’ innovative, echo-laden guitar work inspired a new generation of young musicians. Sadly, Score’s aviator hairstyle distracted the critics from the band’s excellent musicianship, top shelf songwriting and clever arrangements and AFOS became a Pop Culture novelty conversation peice. Yes, the winged hairdo may have brought some much-needed attention in their early days but it became a burden as the band attempted to steer away from the image and focus on the music. Those first three albums as a quartet are nearly flawless. When Reynolds flew the coop - get it? - after the third album, the band’s style and fortunes changed and they quietly split up. While not exactly considered a ‘credible’  band during their existence (what do critics know anyway?), interest in the band has never faded away: their musical legacy lives on in video games, motion picture soundtracks and satellite/internet radio. AFOS are proof that you can’t keep a good band down.