I’m The Man

 

Joe Jackson’s second helping served up in the fall of 1979 was more of the same. Released 6 months after his debut Look Sharp, Jackson firmly establishes himself as one of the angry young punks that occupied a segment of the fledgling New Wave movement. Smart, sophisticated 3-4 minute songs packaged tightly within catchy pop melodies “on your radio”…enjoy!

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The Big Beat 12-26-86

 

Set the wayback machine to December 26, 1986. The place? “A place called space”, Chicago Illinois. Nope, there are no tweets, no Snapchat or Facebook, no Internet (Al Gore hasn’t invented it yet), not even email, hey there’s not even Grunge. You want to know what’s going on? What bands are playing where and when? You pick up a Reader or an IE (Illinois Entertainer) and/or on Thursday night at 10 o’clock you tune into WXRT’s the Big Beat hosted by a young (or somewhat younger) Johnny Mars, the man who at the time, for a time, had a finger on the pulse of alternative music scene in Chicago.

This year I thought I would dust off and serve up this treat, from the ghost of Christmas past. Pulled from old cassette tapes of the show, I would pop one of these into my Sony Walkman (make sure it’s rewound) strap it to the belt, and head out the door to catch the (L) red line into town. Yes, what’s old is indeed new again. See how many you can name, but don’t worry if you can’t guess them all. Mars will fill you in with names, titles and some enjoyable banter along the way. I always loved the show’s opening theme, with the commercials and the club listings, it’s like an audio time capsule from 30 years ago. Enjoy the tape and Happy Holidays from your friends at soundtrax.mobi

Load More Past Trax

 

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Ramones

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Throwing all the way back to the Bicentennial with this one. Three cord rock was perfected and Punk was born on the Ramones self titled debut. Two sides, 14 fast and furious 2 minute songs. 40 years later Rhino has released a massive Deluxe Anniversary Edition including demos, outtakes and a West Hollywood Roxy performance that highlights Joey’s ability to count to four at the beginning of each and every song. Great stuff! I highly recommend picking it up, but for now, here is the original platter.

Enjoy.

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Everywhere At Once

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There is a good chance my surfing Soundtrax partner David saw these guys back in the early eighties. Regretfully, I never did, although I did catch Peter Case solo a few years later, a vastly different style and experience to say the least. The LA post punk garage band, The Plimsouls brief run lasted 5 years. Their second album, Everywhere at Once, sports their two biggest hits Million Miles Away and Oldest Story in the World which gained air thanks to the 1983 movie Valley Girl in which the band appeared. It is a classic soundtrack, definitely dated and oh so much fun! Enjoy.

Everywhere At Once
Shaky City
Magic Touch
Oldest Story in the World
Lie, Beg, Borrow and Steal
Play The Breaks
How Long Will it Take?
A Million Miles Away
My Life Isn’t Easy
Inch by Inch
I’ll Get Lucky
Everywhere At Once

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Bad music for bad people

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Happy Halloween from The Cramps!

I thought this would be a good album to pull from the bowels for my music collection and serve it up.

Here is the recipe for this brew called: GOO GOO Muck

Add 60’s Surf music combination in a large shaker.
I used 1 cup of The Ventures and a dash of Dick Dale
Sprinkle a tbl. of Karl Perkins, add a pinch of Elvis
40 ozs. of early punk rock music without without a bassist

Shake contents to the beat of the drums.

Pour over dry ice in a skull mug for that smoke filled club feeling,
Add a Screamin’ Jay Hawkins stir stick for show,
And jump on the Drug Train for the party!

Enjoy Your Trip,
David

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Adventure

Television-Adventure

 

Today’s running adventure is brought to you courtesy of Richard Lloyd, Tom Verlaine and Television, the 70’s New York punk band who’s garage style guitar sound set the standard for many post punk bands to follow including Wire, Thin White Rope, and The Pixies.

Adventure I love Adventure
Adventure I need a new Adventure now…

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