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Elvis Costello. Promo 12" released at the same time as King of America. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" recorded live at the Heartbreak in NY.

I lost the actual vinyl during the Great Failure of the 1990s.

Has anyone ripped this to mp3? I think it was also released on some crazy-ass 11 CD collection of rarities, and maybe to part of a singles collection, but I can't find it anywhere.

Thanks to the efforts of the beautiful and talented [livejournal.com profile] mcbrennan this has been located. For now it can be found at my Tumblr. Go Cait!

Also: going through the discography looking for it reminds me how much he declined as an artist after the 80s. Oh well.
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AMOEBA
AMOEBA
AMOEBAAAAA

(AMOEBA!)
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At UC Irvine today. This sign is clearly hand-lettered by cheerful sorority girls or their functional equivalent. What kind of collaborationist Quisling would work so hard for the Mafia music business? Do I even want to know?

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The "current music" defines it. Now this is trucker country music.

I took 3 bennies...
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Cliff likes to sing and make songs. Cliff also never, ever wants to get a speeding ticket, ever again. So Cliff recorded something about his heroes.

I found out about this because the CHP's homepage plays this song, unasked, when you visit them.

In case you don't have Real's plugin running on your browser, I've captured the magic for you in this mp3 file (4M).

And that's today's Law Enforcement Music Update.
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Okay, so you all read "Perry and Me," my account of how a $2.50 blurb caused famed rock star Perry Farrel to stalk the fuck out of me for months. I just ran across evidence of another bit of similar hilarity.

Another $2.50 blurb I wrote was for Henry Rollins in 1987. This was when Henry was just starting out on a literary career by doing "spoken word." "Spoken Word" meant rock musicians doing standup comedy with occasional blank verse.

One of the regular venues for music and other things was BeBop Records, a little store on Reseda Blvd owned by a guy named Rich. In the mid to late 1980s Rich booked an impressive series of events there: live music, performance of all kinds, and art. Henry was slated to do one of his "spoken word" gigs there. I'd just seen Henry do this thing at UCLA and I wasn't very impressed, but I didn't pan it or tell anyone to avoid it; I just described in a very few words what it looked like.

Henry's response is here: Hack Writer (.mp3, 5.3M). It went into a book, too, not sure which one.

The funny part was that not much later I interviewed Henry for publication. He actually came to my apartment in Hollywood on the bus from where he was living in Echo Park. I opened the door to see a very tentative and anxious rock star in black t-shirts and black shorts. He was clearly worried that I had taken his shtick to heart, but we had a good laugh and did the interview. I was impressed with how serious he was about publishing and writing.

By the time I saw him again, for another interview when he and Weiss were putting out Wartime, it was a running gag.

And now, of course, he's Dick Clark. But that's another story.
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The world demanded it, and lo it is here: a Japanese Queen medley.

Christ on a cracker that's good. Not sure how long that link will last. Via No-Sword.
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Let fury have the hour
Anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?

The Clash - Clampdown (mp3, 5.6M)

Most days London Calling is my desert island disc.

...and I've given away no secrets...

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I remain on the far side of crazy
I remain a mortal enemy of man
No hundred dollar cure will save me...

KLANG!

Jun. 4th, 2006 12:38 pm
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Last night [livejournal.com profile] mr_flippant and I were playing mp3 pingpong as we often do, and I didn't listen to all of the stuff I got from him but left some on my desktop.

Today when I logged in to my account my computer decided entirely on its own that it was time to import "Bing Bang Bang Bong Kong" by Messer Chups into iTunes and immediately play it. I have no idea how this happened, since the thing started playing before I was actually all the way logged in.

Anyway I'm awake now.
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My favorite insane cult from the 1980s is the CHURCH UNIVERSAL AND TRIUMPHANT, led by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Her books were in the weirdo section and I was always fascinated. There was something about St. Germain, and new Christian prophecies, and aliens, and everything.

Like everyone else they had a compound. Theirs was by Yellowstone and they stockpiled weapons waiting for the inevitable pseudo-Christian apocalyptic disaster.

Ms. Prophet had a unique preaching style, and fortunately a recording of one service at least survives. This is from my 20th birthday! Many of you will have heard one of these tracks ("invocation for Judgement") because it's an attack on rock music that lists a long series of popular bands in 1984 that must be destroyed, and are comically mispronounced (Cindy Looper, etc.).

Decree 12.10 is only for completists, as it's basically 27:57 of deranged cattle auctioneer/martian hoedown/speaking in tongues. The others are great though. If you just get one, get #4, the Great Divine Rector's Call. Please download rather than streaming, and mirror if you want to share.

The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults: The Church Universal and Triumphant

  1. Dedication To The Tackling Of The Beast And The Dragon — The Momentum Of Rock'n'roll

  2. Call For Protection

  3. Video Shorts With Two Announcements (Excerpt)

  4. Preamble — Great Divine Rector's Call

  5. Invocation For Judgement Against And Destruction Of Rock Music

  6. Decree 12.10

  7. Decree 10.05
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http://anamericanpunkinsuburbia.blogspot.com/

Has video from New Wave Theatre and some rare punk crap, So Cal stuff mostly. Nice.
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i've loved Annie Anxiety's music since the 1980s. She made records with On-U-Sound that are unique, like a female dub version of Tom Waits or a reggae Diamanda Galas, but not like that really, just like her. Highly recommended. Here's a winner of a track:

Turkey Girl (3.9M .mp3)
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Especially for [livejournal.com profile] changeng, a kindred spirit for you, Dan Deacon.

http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~leak/dan-on-nbc/ is him on the TV. Wow.

Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] explosivo!

This is, um, insane. Um, the casiotone okay but the glasses and then the, uh, singing. Okay gonna watch it again.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] cordiloquy: when you see this, post an anti-war song.

Richard Thompson does Phil Ochs (note, he adds lyrics):

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Mix 'n' mash fans alert: The Kleptones have a new EP out.
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The Strange Reaction mp3blog posted the tracks from Clockwork Orange County, a 1985 local bands compilation. I saw a lot of these acts at the Concert Factory etc. during my LA/OC commuter punker years. I think I know the guy on the cover, actually.

Some of the acts are familiar (D.I.) and others a bit more obscure (Love Canal).

I saw the Scarecrows do a decent cover of Joy Division's "Shadowplay" in the basement of the Cathay de Grande in about '85 with less than 10 people in the audience. Then they dropped their mic into the saxophone and things got ugly.
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The "A Million Miles Away" mp3blog has some great Pianosaurus stuff on today's post. Kickin' it old school mid 1980s weirdo style.
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The guy who does the excellent Vinyl Mine mp3blog has a similarly named flickr page with some great photos from the 1980s.

Gotta love this combo: Molly Ringwald on the guitar, Smiths T-shirt, and Dag Nasty shorts. That has to be around 1985-6.

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