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CDWHAT, ME WORRY? kami sleeveALFA JPNALCA-5075
CDWILD & MOODY kami sleeveALFA JPNALCA-5134
With Steve Jansen
CD5STAY CLOSETENT JPNPCCA-00302
With Yohji Yamamoto
CDLA PENSEECANYON JPNPCCA-00858
1/3 of Y.M.O.!From “Saravah” to “Blue Moon”, I have always tried to hear all of the new full-length titles by YMO’s drummer and vocalist, Mr. Yukihiro Takahashi.He has always used very interesting guest musicians – such as Iva Davies, Bill Nelson, Zaine Griff, Hajime Tachibana…on the above list, I tried to eliminate some duplications – LP / CD titles, but a few singles are 100% necessary – the remixes for “Pulse x Pulse” (as far as I know, only available as a triple 12” set) and the magnificent single YT made with Japan’s Steve Jansen, “Stay Close”.From the Toshiba years, the album “Ego” stands out – with it’s ultra-groovy guest spot by Icehouse’s Iva Davies on “Dance of Life”.
Some of Takahashi’s works are in English, and I heartily recommend his “What, Me Worry” album to you – absolutely wonderful techpop from ’82, a must for any fan of synthesizer music.This album has some of my favorite YT songs – “The Real You”, “Disposable Love”, “Flashback” etc.And he has always picked interesting cover versions.
So, drummers and fans of technopop, give some love to Mr.YT!
Holger Schuring (aka Holger Czukay) – the bassist of Can, and a formidable solo artist.I met Mr. Czukay in Germany, around the time of his 2nd solo album, “On The Way To The Peak of Normal”.In his studio, he played me “Hiss ‘n’ Listen”, which he was working on at the time.
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As “Canaxis 5”
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With Jah Wobble
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Mr. Czukay was always very nice to me.I cold-called him from a telephone in the train station in Koln, and he agreed to see me.He even drove to the station in his Volkswagen, to collect me.
I think “Movies” is an absolutely huge and influential album, in the overall scheme of things – ’79 and this German guy was already sampling!Before the rap & hip-hop guys!And it’s easy to listen to – “Oh Lord Give Us More Money”, “Cool In The Pool” etc.I am pleased that the “Movies” album has bee made available once again on CD.
At the time, I was very good with both “Movies” and “On The Way To The Peak of Normal”.I recently found the CD that was albums #3 & #4 – his two albums for Virgin UK, “Der Osten Ist Rot” and “Rome Remains Rome” – it’s missing a song or so, but I always did like 2-on-1 CD’s!
When I met Mr. Czukay, we talked about Spike Jones – and I remember him musing over the phrase “Holy Craziness” or “Crazy Holiness”, when referring to Mr. Jones.
I haven’t kept up with Mr. Czukay’s works, but I am most pleased he’s still active.I thoroughly recommend “Movies” to you, no matter what your persuasion is!
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Somehow, me & my friends found out about Kate Bush all about the same time, right around the time of the first album, “The Kick Inside”.I collected her stuff in much the same way that I did many British artists of the day – buying picture sleeves, picture discs, foreign variant pressings etc.I went great guns up to and including her “Sat In Your Lap” 45.After that…I didn’t know what to make of her excessive use of a ‘gated vocal track’ – it sounded weird to me, and I liked the sound of her voice.
Of course, she played in the U.S. at Saturday Night Live – a friend of mine was who gave her the flowers that were on the piano top with her.But she never made it to L.A. for any shows.I got a Beta hi-fi video of all of her clips from Japan – and it seemed like I was done with her.Of course, she didn’t make very many records, after the 80’s – and I still haven’t found myself ready to listen to any of her 90’s (and after) records.
I really hope everyone reading this is familiar with her debut album, “The Kick Inside” – a very charming record.Some people have told me that they don’t care for her voice – but I urge you to listen to the entire package – Alan Parsons production, musicians from Pilot playing the backing etc.It was always interesting to see where she turned up, as a guest artist – on albums by Roy Harper and Zaine Griff.I remember seeing a copy of her British fanzine – and it seemed…odd to me.It was obvious that people were taking her music very personally and seriously.Perhaps too seriously?
So, face value – I still dig “The Kick Inside”, and I own the next several albums, but…never could go along with “Running Up That Hill”, “Cloudbusting” or anything thereafter – apart from her “Rocket Man” single from the Elton John Tribute album, “Two Rooms”.
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INXS with Jimmy Barnes
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INXS with Max Q
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I wasn’t big on INXS during the 80’s – I was more of a ‘New Zealand artists’ type guy – one friend in NZ referred to INXS as “slick Aussie crap”!But I came around with the release of “Kick” – some of that it quite good rock music.I worked in record stores during the times of the next few INXS titles – notably “X” and “Welcome To Wherever You Are” – so I was a bit more disposed to them.I liked what I had heard from “Elegantly Wasted” – at the time of Michael Hutchence’s death.Really too bad about his death, a talented guy.When Michael passed away, my friend in Australia sent me the episode of Rage where they showed about 40 INXS clips.
I watched the U.S. TV show where INXS auditioned a new lead singer – though I didn’t care at all for who they picked.It really did show them as ‘regular guys’.Good TV!
And recently, I found re-mastered editions of “X” and “Welcome To Wherever You Are” on Rhino.For some reason, INXS CD’s do not seem to have a high trade-in value, so I gave my old CD editions of those albums to someone who would listen to them.
Boy, they really seemed to rack up the B-sides!I also really liked the “Max Q” album – an INXS roadie.So, three cheers for Aussie rock music!
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Soft Cell + Marc Almond
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I knew about Soft Cell right from the beginning – I was working at an music record importer / exporter when they hit.I remember importing and selling a boatload of “Tainted Love” 12” singles from England – long before Sire Records picked ‘em up.
I couldn’t hear it then, but I like Soft Cell fine right now, especially their 12” singles (I’ve got all the important ones, apart from their debut “Memorabilia”).My favorite is the 12” extended version of “Bedsitter” – when longer / extended meant another verse or a key change – and not merely a few beats.I’d love to find a CD single of the extended version of “Bedsitter” (long out –of-print, I suspect).
There was a time when the “Non Stop Erotic Video Show” home video was difficult to find – we first had a PAL VHS of it, followed by a censored Japanese laser disc.Now I have a U.S. NTSC DVD of it!And it still makes me laugh!
I felt bad when Marc Almond had his motorcycle accident (at least I think that’s what it was).Seems like he’s OK again – so, Bravo, Marc!Whatever happened to Dave Ball?Didn’t he have a solo record that few people cared about?I can’t even recall it’s title.
I recently made a mix-MD that placed the 45 version of “Tainted Love” chronologically with a bunch of other similar material (The Buggles, M, Ian Dury et al) – and it sounded good.But I do hear it a tad too much peripherally – on the FM radio.Not so the rest of their entire recorded output!
Recently, while writing an index for 6 years of blogs, I realized that I have never (that I can remember) had a specific, dedicated blog to ELP!I think I once wrote about how nobody seemed to like “LoveBeach”:, but now…the glory of ELP!!!
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Keith Emerson, solo
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Carl Palmer, solo (?)
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1970 was a fun time for me, and a good time for new music.Keith Emerson comes from The Nice, GregLake from King Crimson and Carl Palmer from Atomic Rooster.
The Immediate label records by The Nice are good late 60’s UK keyboard fun.I really like the two final albums by The Nice, “FiveBridges” and “Elegy” (both on Charisma).GregLake sang on the first two King Crimson albums – “In The Court of The Crimson King” and “In The Wake of Poseidon”.Sadly, Carl Palmer is not on the great album by Atomic Rooster, “Death Walks Behind You”.
So, Emerson and Palmer were attracted to Lake’s label, Island Records (UK), as opposed to Emerson suggesting Charisma Records (UK) for this new group.I’ve never read how it went down – is there such a thing as autobiographies for any member of ELP?
In the US, while A&M Records were licensing a lot of great stuff from Island UK (Free, Cat Stevens etc.), ELP somehow ended up on an Atco / Atlantic subsidiary, Cotillion Records (same label that had the O.S.T. for “Woodstock”!)Time would bear out the knowledge that any imported pressing of the debut ELP album sounded better than a Cotillion copy (hence my having several vinyl variants).Great album, and a great debut.“The Barbarian” (cut 1, side 1) is monstrous, and very, very cool.In fact, I can defend everything on the debut album – great stuff.
I initially had an 8-track tape of “Tarkus”, the 2nd ELP album!It took ages for me to get an LP of it, and I now have several neat variant pressings.I was very impressed with this album at the time, and it’s still my favorite.On a visit to Singapore, I found a CD version of this album actually on the Manticore label (via Ariola Germany).And I luxuriate in a kami sleeve (little paper album sleeve) CD from Japan of “Tarkus”.
Hot on the tails of “Tarkus”, I found an inexpensive original Island UK LP of “Pictures At An Exhibition” – a record that took some time to come out in the US.I played this LP to death!I loved the cover version of “Nutrocker”!It was neat to consider that there were elements of King Crimson in the work of ELP (a fact that would solidify when KC’s Pete Sinfield wrote the lyrics for ELP’s “Brain Salad Surgery”).
I missed “Trilogy” at the time – no idea why, as I now type.I didn’t even hear it until the 80’s, 90’s…uh, much later!But I snapped back to it, for “Brain Salad Surgery”!Snappy cover, even more like King Crimson etc.Great poster / lyrics sheet etc.
I made the effort to see King Crimson in 1973 – but – I somehow completely missed the ELP concert experience.Never went to see them, never even heard their triple live album until 20+ years later.Much better to watch a DVD of them, I suspect.Good friends of mine saw ELP (Ken and Warren), but…I finished with even King Crimson after “Red” – so no hope of me rekindling my interest in ELP – until 30+ years later.
So is it “Rock of the 70’s”, “Wanky Progressive Rock”, “Indulgent” or…?I am still good with the first 5 studio ELP albums.I don’t play them a lot – but the new Japanese CD’s of them sound pretty good.I have original LP’s of everything ELP that matters to me, and I love to find their singles.If push came to shove, I’d stick with just the first two albums.I will continue to buy variant pressings of the debut album, just to see if I can discover even better ‘sound’ for it.
Maybe it’s because they got rather popular – even for a UK progressive rock band – but I couldn’t sustain my fandom after “BSS”.No way.Like many people, I turned off from the commercial prog rock bands – like Jethro Tull, Yes, ELP – in favor of (new, interesting) French and German bands, Dutch artists etc.And new wave music.
I am now 49 years old, and have been a record collector for nearly 40 years.That’s right, I started as a little kid, obtaining records whenever, however possible.I ‘absorbed’ my parents’ records, I inherited stuff from my brother and sisters…I traded 45’s with my neighborhood friends…I rode my bike to places that had records, even if they weren’t record stores: Cal Store, The Treasury, White Front, Zody’s, May Company, J.C. Penney, Singer Sewing Machine Store, Dooley’s Hardware, Sears…you name it!The big destination in my ‘pre-hippie record store’ life was Wallach’s MusicCity, at the corner of Candlewood and Lakewood Blvd. (Lakewood, CA90712).
Towards the end of the 60’s, even if it wasn’t my stated intention, I was beginning to have “a lot of records” – more than 2 boxes of 45’s (approx. 100 45’s per box), more than one ‘crate’ of albums etc.It was a time when quality and quantity were pretty much the same thing – in some cases, it didn’t really matter what the record was.At times, I was super lucky, and my 45 purchases were things like The Coasters “Run Red Run” (10 cents) or a British 45 by The Rolling Stones “Come On” ($1.75).
I am fairly certain that no later than 1970, I was made aware of a 45 rpm sale at either Sears or Dooley's Hardware – 45’s were something like 10 for $1.Well, do I spend my only dollar on comic books and candy bars or do I buy a small stack of 45’s?The older I got, the more those kinds of youthful decisions leaned towards the phonograph records.Being a young dumb-bell, many of those odd “I want more records!” purchases had some wonderful oddball garbage contained therein.The ravages of time put paid to the 45 that I found called “Magic Fly” with the lyrics: “There is a magic fly, his name is up to you…” (as written and sung by somebody with an amateur Bob Dylan fixation) – anybody know what this is?
One record that was a little luckier than the ‘magic fly’ was “Joe’s Gass House” by The Pharmaceuticals.I still have it, and it’s play-able.A quick Google search will return absolutely nothing about this amazing C-grade 60’s U.S. 45 on the “Newhall” label (#66-11011) b/w “I Don’t Need You”.We can time-line this masterpiece to after “The Slauson, The Dog, The Mashed Potato” – somewhat famous dances of the era – as they’re mentioned in the lyrics.Was the “Gass House” a bar somewhere where this garage band actually set up and played?Was it Skip & Flip on acid?Who was “The Gass House Louse”?It sounds like something out of a Frankie (Avalon) & Annette (Funicello) movie!
It is almost like I dreamed this strange and wonderful record…but there it sits, filed in “ Misc. ‘P’ “ – do you know anything at all about The Pharmaceuticals?Joe’s Gass House?The Gass House Louse?Newhall Records?Have you heard this record?Do you know what I am talking about?“Wop bop bop, ooo doo doo doo doo”.
And, no.It isn’t some undiscovered “Cool” record.It isn’t worth anything.There’s no jackass in Sweden willing to pay $500 for it.It’s just some cheezy 60’s US indie 45 that almost no-one ever heard.Except for me.And my friend Darrell.
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I wrote the above for my previous blog, “20th Century Music”.It’s been posted there since March, 2005.Believe it or not, I’ve had a few replies to my “Joe’s Gass House” quandary:
“Kenneth Ancell was my brother and Angelo Spezze was my uncle. They are both deceased. Joe's Gass House was one of their songs. They wrote and recorded dozens of songs which my family is in the process of compiling.”
“I am also a brother of Kenny Ancell and a nephew of Angelo Spezze. My brother John Ancell, said it well. We are in the process of compiling as much music of theirs as we can find. Our family is participating well. We are getting recordings (and old photos) that family members are finding in a closet or shoebox, what have you. Nobody has ever made a complete package of all of their work.”
“I'll send you some MPs as we get them together. My brother and I along with my aunt are in the process of gathering up all of the music that we have from them and digitizing them for distribution to the rest of the family.
My brother and uncle were very active in the music industry when they were young. They started in Colorado in the early 60's, cut some records, got some radio airplay, played clubs, traveled a bit, etc... They moved to LA soon after and tried to make it out here. They never quite made it big but they had a good run with it, several bands, lots of clubs, etc... I was very young back then (my brother was 20 years older than me), so I've only heard stories about it. My brother once told me they had struck a deal with Sam Cooke and had been celebrating with him at Martoni's in Hollywood the very night that Sam was killed. My uncle passed away in ‘81 and my brother in ‘93. We were always very proud of their music and love listening to it. It's nice to hear stories that other people enjoy it as well.”
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So, The Pharmaceuticals live on!I cannot post audio clips to my blog, but I’d love for everybody that I know to groove to “Joe’s Gass House”!It’s 1966 garage rockin’ at it’s very finest.I love shedding light on things previously thought to be unknown.
Thanks for the info, Ancell brothers!Please let me know if there’s ever any more Pharmaceuticals material available.I’ve kept my “Joe’s Gass House” 45 for over 40 years…and I love it.
Hey, guys – was “Joe’s Gass House” the A-Side or B-Side? Is a link available to more songs by The Pharmaceuticals? How many more singles did they make?