Friday, January 30, 2009

Fools On The Hill 16: Voices Green & Purple - 19 US acid-punk and soft punk from the mid-60s

Aaaaah Acid punk… it's probably what turned most people on this whole garage thing. All the right ingredients are here, creative compositions, fuzzed-out guitars, reverb-drenched vocals and frequent drug induced lyrics. The first sound effects and snippets make their presence felt. It must have been a good time for guitar pedal manufacturers… But what really sets these songs apart is their attitude: there's none of the hippie, love-in feel in these songs: they're punk! Even what could have been nice ballads are usually snarled across your speakers or recited forlornly in the middle of a bad acid downer.
You'll find plenty of much loved classics in this comp, keep in mind it was meant as an introduction to wild & wacky world of 60's punk.

There you go, enjoy your comp here.

Track Listing:

1●Kenny &the Kasuals ●Journey to tyme
2●Grains of sand ●She needs me
3●West Minist’r ●Bright lights windy city
4●The Sound Sandwich ●Apothecary dream
5●The Hooterville Trolley ●No silver bird
6●Crystal Chandelier ●The setting of despair
7●The Skeptics ●Ride child
8●The Ballroom Farm●A question of temperature
9●The Troyes ●Help me find myself
10 ●Unrelated Segments ●It’s gonna rain
11 ●The Tropics ●As time’s gone
12 ●The Xtreems ●Facts of life
13 ●The Swingin’ Machine ●Do you have to ask ?
14 ●Soul Inc. ●60 miles high
15 ●The Grammy Fones ●Now he’s here
16 ●Crystal Chandelier ●Suicidal flowers
17 ●The Bit a sweet ●Out of sight out of mind
18 ●The Birdwatchers ●Mary Mary
19 ●The Chocolate Watch Band ●Loose lip sync ship

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fools On The Hill 15: Captain Groovy - 20 hip-shaking garage floor fillers from the mid-60s

Sorry for the delay in posting the follow-up volume from our "Fools On The Hill" series. Some things neede to get addressed first. This Volume is not centered on a specific genre, rather it's made up of eminently booty shaking numbers, all from the same period. Their only common point is their timeframe: they're all from the 66-68 period. Most of them also had a scratch at the local charts. This would be a good soundtrack to a period party… if it had been organized by a real hipster. Of course it would have been impossible for a US teenager to have access to some of the songs here: people were listening to local radio and artists who could cross from the East to the West Coast, let alone the Atlantic Ocean, needed to be a lot more famous. Thankfully, we are not limited by this now. We've kept the fuzz content low, at the time, it would probably clear the floor and send peeps rushing to the bar. Not what you expect from a good record spinner in a club. We've also mixed in some songs that tagged as "novelty" by the purists now. At the time though, they were enjoyed on the dancefloor because of their thumping R'n'B beat. Then as now, you had to keep the girls dancing… The last song hints a the shapes of things to come: acid is slowly creeping up on the scene. If the DJ at your local garage club is lacking inspiration, just drop this on his desk to point him in the right direction! The only thing we've carefully avoided are the "slow" songs, feel free to insert your favourite sweetheart hugger in the playlist. Don't forget to tell us in the comment section what songs you feel belong on the compilation.

Get your period hip-shaking, floor-filler selection here.

Track Listing:

●Captain Groovy & his bubblegum army ●Captain groovy (USA)
2●? & the Mysterians ●Do something to me (USA)
3●The Guess Who ●It’s my pride (USA)
4●The Shadows of Knight ●Shake (USA)
5●St Louis Union ●East Side Story (UK)
6●Wimple Winch ●Save my soul (UK)
7●3’s a crowd ●Evergreen blues (USA)
8●The Shadows of Knight ●Someone like me (USA)
9●The Cherry Slush ●I cannot stop you (USA)
10 ●Unrelated Segments ●Where you gonna go (USA)
11 ●The Wild One ●Please (USA)
12 ●The Shandells ●The gorilla (USA)
13 ●The Preachers ●Who do you love (USA)
14 ●Zen ●Hair (Holland)
15 ●The Caretakers ●East side story (USA)
16 ● Jack & the Sundowners ●Come back baby (USA)
17 ●Oscar & the Majestics ●Can’t explain (USA)
18 ●The Artesians ●Trick bag (USA)
19 ●Mike Proctor ●Mr. Commuter (UK)
20 ●The Nazz ●Open My Eyes (US)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Fools On The Hill 14: Walruses all around - 16 greatest songs Lennon never wrote (+ 3 treasures from the Dakota Hotel vaults)

To keep in line with our Volume 9 about McCartney, we just had to produce the equivalent about John Lennon's wannabes. It's bittersweet and dreamy and at the same time has all the marks of good Rock 'n' Roll… of which John was the connoisseur inside the Beatles. We hope you thoroughly enjoy this little hour of mind play… Happy New Year to y'all!

Get your Lennonisms here.
As usual, your comments are very welcomed.

Track Listing:
1●John Lennon ●Real love (demo, 1979)
2●The Spongetones ●You’re the one (USA, 1982)
3●The Rutles ●I must be in love (UK, 1978)
4●The Redcoats ●You had no right (USA, 1965)
5●Utopia ●When does the world go to hide (US, 1980)
6●The Spongetones ●Don’t you know ? (USA, 1982)
7●Jade ●Rest of my life (USA, 1968)
8●Lazy Smoke ●Come with the day (USA, 1967)
9●The Rutles ●Let’s be natural (UK, 1978)
10 ●Grapefruit ●Lullaby (UK, 1969)
11 ●Tin Tin ●He wants to be a star (USA, 1970)
12 ●We all Together ●Little boy (Peru, 1974)
13 ●Rockin’ Horse ● Delicate situation (UK, 1970)
14 ●Key ●Pamela (Germany, 1978)
15 ● John Scoggins ●Love you two (USA, 1976)
16 ●Sleepy Hollow ●Sincerely yours (USA, 1972)
17 ●Hudson Brothers ●So you’re a star (USA, 1974)
18 ● John Lennon ●Free as a bird (demo, 1977)
19 ●John Lennon ●Now and then (demo, 1979)