Sadly, most every release on the label is limited so when they are gone, they are gone – no re-pressings! What does this mean to you? It means that you should buy whatever you can RIGHT NOW because it won’t be around forever. And you know what happens when Wounded Bird CDs go out of print, right? The prices skyrocket and you end up kicking yourself because you didn’t pick it up when it was affordable. Well, I’ve done you a favor and I’ve gone through the active Wounded Bird catalog and I’m going to tell you about five currently in-print titles that you seriously need to pick up right now before they get deleted and up up trading for beaucoup bucks online! You can thank me later.
OUTER SPACE/SECOND COMING
I have no clue why The Dickies weren’t/aren’t huge. Great songs with instantly hummable hooks, a great sound and a wicked sense of humor worked for other bands so why not Leonard, Stan and Co.? If the world was perfect, people would realize that The Dickies are the musical bridge that links The Knack with Guns ‘n Roses – hooks and crooks galore! The 1988 EP KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE features their glorious theme to the cult film of the same name plus a few other delightfully nutso tracks like “Booby Trap,” “Magoomba,” and their version of “Eep Opp Ork,” originally performed by Jet Screamer on The Jetsons. While 1989’s SECOND COMING was a little more (ahem) ‘serious,’ it is a great set of songs including “Monster Island,” “Dummy Up,” and “Cross Eyed Tammy” alongside updated versions of “Booby Trap” and “Magoomba” from KILLER KLOWNS. The band may have drifted away from the raw side of Punk but they were certainly still very much rooted in that style. Both of these fab releases on one CD? Yes, please!
(NOTE: Don Snow would eventually replace Paul Carrack in Squeeze. Drummer Bobby Irwin went on to play with Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack and many others.)
Best known for their ‘60s recordings, The Searchers continued playing live and recording well into the ‘70s. However, the band didn’t release any studio recordings for most of the second half of that decade. Thankfully, things turned around right before the ‘70s came to a close. Signing to Sire Records, the band released the album THE SEARCHERS in 1979 and it became an instant Power Pop classic. “Hearts In Her Eyes” (penned by The Records’ John Wicks and Will Birch) is a soaring Pop wonder. They also tackle songs by Tom Petty, Mickey Jupp (“Switchboard Susan,” which Nick Lowe also tackled that year), Bob Dylan, John David and others. The album is a bit Power Pop meets Pub Rock, but that just adds to the edginess of the album. The album is a sight for sore ears!
More Wounded Bird recommendations to come. Watch this space!