I knew and know them well. The piano player and co-songwriter Bill Donohue is my cousin. He later went on to tour as a member of John Cale's band. Rob Wagner vocals is a dear friend of mine who, coincidentally, I am getting together with tonight. They were a band that filled a lot of clubs along the Jersey shore and played a lot of gigs in New Brunswick, NJ court tavern. Can't wait to tell these guys about your blog. They really were quite excellent live.
If you want any more info on them, let me know. Peace Jim. Thanks, glad you liked it. We always had a lot of fun indeed. Every one in a while we dust ourselves off and do a local benefit gig or something for fun and to get together. Write anytime. Cheers, Joe D. Bass Guitar, The Blases. Surprised if only for the fact that The Proof's It's Safe album Oh Mammy - The Blasés - The Blasés (CD released under the auspices of a Album) label no less, in this case the venerable CBS Records.
To be more preciseIt's Safe was born into the world on a tentacle of CBS, Nemperor Records, most notably home to power-pop, leather-tie traditionalists The Romantics. Assuredly, this quartet was yet another major-label fatality of their era, right along with some of the aforementioned.
For shame Stay Sixteen First Rate. Love in A Hurry Does It Show. Posted by spavid at PM 18 comments:. Everyone says that Nirvana killed hair-metal. Posted by spavid at PM 8 comments:. Thursday, November 15, The Meices - early singles Were the Meices given the whole "Behind the Music" treatment, something tells me they'd have a pretty interesting story to tell. Ultimately, notoriety of just about any sort was not in the cards for this 'Frisco trio who pumped out three consistently impressive albums of a rather indigenous brand of rough-and-tumble pop-punk that hasn't been heard since their dissolution in the mids.
Two of that trio of long-players, 's Tastes Like Chicken, and 's Dirty Bird, were issued on a major label London Records no less, but the wider exposure espoused to the Meices did little to maximize their meager, but dedicated following. Over the course of three albums, The Meices matured steadily and noticeably. As for the band's pre-lp introductory singles, the Meices at their rawest and most unbridled could outdo the "prime" output of many of their contemporaries. The punk-pop tag is likely to conjure up BlinkGreen Day, and god forbid Good Charlotte, but Joe Reineke and company weren't shy about kicking up a little dust to come up with something a little more impulsive and dynamic.
Four slices of roughhewn, rip-roaring rawk, that featured what was to become one of their signature songs, "Alex Put Something In His Pocket. The "gravy" would trickle out shortly thereafter with two singles for.
They were released as precursors to a dynamite debut album for the label, dubbed Greatest Bible Stories Ever Told. The A-sides, "Don't Let the Soap Run Out" and a reworked "Alex" found their rightful place on the aforementioned 12," but the b-sides weren't shabby either. The downer vibe of "We're Freezing" secured a place as one of the most "serious" songs in the Meices oeuvre.
A faithful rendition of "Back In Your Life" in no uncertain terms revealed Reineke's sincere appreciation for Jonathan Richman, while "Alex's" flipside, "Crash," is a melodious stunner that would have made a fine addition to any Meices album, not just the first.
The only Meice with any real prominence, Joe Reineke went onto found the even more prolific Alien Crime Syndicate in the late '90s, a band that added some electronica accoutrement's into the picture, but still brought the rawk. Back In Your Life. Posted by spavid at PM 4 comments:. Tuesday, November 13, Ups and Downs - Rash ep From Brisbane Australia they came, and profile-wise their audience sadly didn't reach much further than Oz.
In the mid-to-late s, The Ups and Downs released a bevy of indie singles and two strong albums, Sleepless in '86, and Underneath the Watchful Eye two years later.
The former can be obtained here. Their sound was classic anglophile modern rock, with lots of ringing guitars and a faintly melancholy undercurrent. The Rash ep, available on Album) Records in North America, was their last gasp, and although I'm likely in the minority here, I found it to be their peak moment.
Rash plot the Ups and Downs on a decidedly more commercial path, but with the glossier veneer came sublime, melodic gems like "Jack," and "Untie Ian. Jack what the hell does that mean. The Blases lone, eponymous album is the stuff this blog was born for. Not so much a classic, rather a classic example of an album lost to the limits of DIY distribution and homegrown record labels.
Until I found this album online sometime in the very late '90s, my affiliation with these Jersey bar-rockers was solely through a grainy video for this album's brilliant "Time Walks Away," which aired on MTVs Minutes, dare I say in ? Despite my eventual absorption of the Blases record, and even with the ever expanding "information highway" at my fingertips I have unsuccessfully learned much about the band, with the exception of reading of a one-off reunion show in recent years, Oh Mammy - The Blasés - The Blasés (CD.
The Blases is no magnum-opus, and is probably what Soul Asylum would have amounted to had they pursued the gin-mills and nothing else. However the song that lured me in the first place, the aforementioned "Time Walks Away," is stunning, due in part to it's relatable 'one-that-got-away' motif, and an incessantly, jangle-ridden hook.
Side two's "Wasting My Dreams to Sleep," comes in at a fairly close second, and although the nine-song collection is more than listenable, great swaths of it don't particularly stick. I foolishly passed up the opportunity to buy a Blases single on Ebay many years ago, so if any of you have any juicy details on that, or for that matter the band themselves, don't be a stranger.
Posted by spavid at PM 14 comments:. The updated Merseybeat that occupies that album's grooves is perhaps on par with the best of the Raspberries output, but certainly not to be outdone by the first two Big Star albums.
To this set of ears, Wanna Meet Innovators in this case that hardly got their due I should add. Wanna Meet the Scruffs? With renewed interest in the band some 20 years since that album graced shelves, the wise entrepreneurs who helmed the Memphis based Northern Heights Records, excavated the Scruffs vaults, and in released the bands second, and theretofore unreleased LPTeenage Gurls.
Sporting a logical progression from Wanna Meet It opens with a sprightly recorder tune, and the sound of childlike voices shouting, "We -- are -- not -- cra-- zy! It even finishes up with the wild triple-threat of lo-fi indierock in the grimy "Travel Light," organ-saturated electropop in "Aha," and the clattery stomp of "In My Box.
In fact, after a certain point, they don't seem to care about anything except the joy of creating really brilliant music. And after the first few songs of solid guitar-driven indiepop, they seem determined to experiment with as many kinds of pop music as they can, and the selection grows wilder and more diverse as they go on. By the end they're stringing vastly different kinds of pop music like colourful beads on a string, and the total lack of cohesion is the only thing that keeps this from being a perfect album.
And by the next collection they put out, I suspect that won't be a problem anymore. And they interweave some truly brilliant instrumentation -- a grimy guitar forms the backbone of most of these songs, bouncing nimbly through "Stay Just A Little Bit More " and then lurching heavily through the catchy "Tammie. Then they slap a few MORE musical flourishes on it -- harmonica, xylophone, tambourine -- to keep the dense, nimble melodies fully-rounded.
Thumping indie-rock suddenly blossoms into bright electronic pop, and a grimy rock'n'roll tune is suddenly swamped in a plaintive violin melody. Merilahti has a very lovely voice -- a little rough around the edges, but very clear, sweet and pure. And she sings some really striking songs -- sometimes clever "He was a bore, a true chore and I still wonder why I ever wanted to see him more Definitely one of the year's must-hears.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. Olivia Merilahti's vocals are crystal clear and young-girl like with Dan Levy doing all the instruments. The production is super clean and the whole impression is of pure simplicity and refreshing like a wave of Evian gushing from your speakers. I love it, the lyrics are superb too. I've got their next two albums as well, they're all superb. Report abuse. Excellent debut album from The Do.
A mixture of musical influences here combine to produce an interesting album that produced a couple of really great tracks in On my Shoulders and The Bridge is Broken. This is a fabulous first album full of great pop songs as they should be be with Stay Just a little bit more a particular high. Es un disco tan complejo en su planteamiento sonoro como accesible y adictivo al escucharlo.
El pasado en el jazz de la finlandesa Olivia B. Report abuse Translate review to English. Can't understand why - its fantastic! Bright songs, a great lead singer, lots of variety - the perfect album for driving with the roof down on a sunny day or if you're like me, commuting on the London Underground in the early morning on a wet July morning, Highly recommended - by me, at least!
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