Friday, October 27, 2006


Here's a couple of re-posted dead links that have been requested by some readers. These may be my last posts for a while, since my move & separation are imminent. On the off chance that my new place has a decent wireless connection, I'll put some new stuff up, but if not, I'll have to sneak into the local University's library and try to upload stuff before the big scary librarians kick me out.
But anyway, as stressed out as I am right now, I can take some solace in the fact that I've at least made TWO people happy today: the guy who wants the Blitzspeer album, and the guy who wants the Functional Idiots album.
A note on the Blitzspeer album: for some reason, I never ripped the track "Truck of Love". The disc is packed away right now, so I'm not going to rip it today. However, I put a few (far superior, I think) tracks off their live follow-up album in the zip file. Hey, it's free, right? So don't complain.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

NWOBHM- '79 Revisited!!!

Here's a killer compilation of British Heavy Metal bands from 1979-1981, the dawn of the raw, post-punk scene that gave rise to such metal luminaries as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and Venom.

The compilation was actually put together by Lars Ulrich back in 1989, right after the mammoth "And Justice for All" album, and right before Metallica became every frat-guy's favorite band with "Enter Sandman". Lars writes extensive liner notes in this, noting how much of an influence these bands were to Metallica's early development. Indeed, some bands are exceptional, some forgettable, but they all have a great raw, innocent vibe about them that makes them hard to dismiss.

This album is a treasure-trove for musical trivialists like me (and, I suspect, like YOU, all you sickos who stay up all night downloading blog music). Here's a few things I noticed:

-"Bruce Bruce" from the Samson track is actually pre-Iron Maiden Bruce Dickinson!
-Vivian Campbell from Sweet Savage went on to play guitar in Dio, The Riverdogs, and Def Leppard. This Sweet Savage track is UNBELIEVABLE, by the way, and aside from the VEnom track, it's the best thing on this comp.
-The Tygers of Pan Tang had the privilege of giving John Sykes, one of the greatest guitarists of the '80s, his start. Although he's absent from this lineup, you may remember his work in Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and the almighty Blue Murder.
-Jannick Gers from White Spirit would go on to replace Dave Murray as guitarist in Iron Maiden.

That's all I was able to find, but if you notice anything else, please let me know. Also, this comp has two pre-remastered Diamond Head tracks that really show their raw side. If any of you were disappointed by the squeaky-clean "Behold the Beginning" comp they put out back in '90, you may want to check these tracks out; they're dirty, mean, and mighty unclean.

I'm no fool, so don't you treat me like one:

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Rush on Sajak

Here's an old bit of audio taken from way back when Pat Sajak had his own late-night talk show, and Rush Limbaugh was chosen to be a fill vacation guest host for a week. I know what you're thinking: "Pat Sajak talk show? Rush LImbaugh as a TV guest host?" Yes, it's all true. You might also be interested to hear that Rush had his own TV show as well back in the early '90s. It's hard to imagine, isn't it, when he's more or less marginalized himself to the same sort of kitschiness that makes movies like "The Dukes of Hazzard" shoot to #1 at the box office. Unfortunately, the sound quality is terrible (taped off radio), and the clip is incomplete. I would imagine some left-wing blog has the remainder somewhere, though.

Anyway, poor ol' Rushbo loses his cool when a hostile audience objects to his views on N.O.W. and abortion. Love him or hate him, it's a side of Rush you rarely get to see outside of

"Ladies & Gentlemen, the drive-by media and the left wing conspiracy kooks etc. etc.":

The Meatmen

I know next to nothing about this band, so I'll rely on the trusty ol' wikipedia:

I owned the live "...and You Still SUCK!" album many years ago, which piqued my interest when I saw this in the used tape rack at the Portland Bull Moose Music back in 1999. Overall, I find their sense of humor not as subtle & refined as, say, SOD or Pungent Stench, but they showed some excellent potential in the hilarious shorts on this record, especially The Dildo Commercial: " endorsed by that good-lookin' colored fella from Miami Vice." Also, "Turbo Rock" is a mighty tune with an outstanding hook.

Be sure to check out Vesuvius brand butt-plugs, now with pumice:


The Don Ho Show!

Ah, Don Ho...what a pleasant scene he painted in his music, no? Half-naked, brown-skinned lovelies attending to the every need of their palefaced conquerors. Unfortunately, the only comparable equivalents of such Utopiae seem to reside in Tijuana, Thailand, and Amsterdam, given that Hawaii has become little more than party-central for rich kids with bloated trust funds & senses of entitlement. Mr. Ho would surely roll over in his grave.

I've got no troubles & I've got no wife: