PEGGY LEE/Let’s Love reissue reviewed!

Peggy Lee had been a successful jazz vocalist for 33 years before she went into the studio to cut LET’S LOVE for Atlantic Records in 1974. With a career dating back to 1941, Peggy was still a respected jazz vocalist even though her albums weren’t selling as well as they once had. When Capitol Records dropped her in 1972 after 15 years of continuous service (2-3 albums per year), some may have thought that Lee [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|News|Comments Off on PEGGY LEE/Let’s Love reissue reviewed!

THEATRE OF HATE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with KIRK BRANDON

ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST(WORLD): As the leader of British outfit The Pack, singer, songwriter and guitarist Kirk Brandon’s unique musical vision was far too adventurous to be constrained by the limits of Punk Rock so he folded that band and moved forward with new ideas. By 1980, he had formed Theatre Of Hate, which included bassist Stan Stammers, saxophonist John Lennard, guitarist Steve Guthrie and drummer Luke Rendle. During their first two years of existence, the band released a few studio singles as well as a live album, HE WHO DARES WINS. By the time the band entered the studio to work on their debut full length, Guthrie had departed and Brandon took over all guitar duties. With The Clash’s Mick Jones in the producer’s chair, TOH began work on what would become a milestone in Post Punk history – WESTWORLD! With a mix of tribal rhythms, Spaghetti Western riffs, Post Punk guitar slashing and Brandon’s passionate wailing, Theatre Of Hate was a band unlike any other. While the band was known for their live performances, they took on a different form in the studio. Pre-dating his Big Audio Dynamite recordings, Mick Jones brought a lot of his experimental ideas to the sessions, which worked extremely well with Brandon’s vision. The end result is still being talked about today… While TOH folded in 1983 – making way for Kirk’s next project, Spear Of Destiny – their musical legacy lives on. The band has reformed with various line-ups over the years and are now making waves again with both a new album (KINSHI) and a deluxe three CD edition of WESTWORLD. This excellent reissue on Cherry Red includes a remastered version of the album alongside non-album singles, Peel Sessions, alternate mixes and a live concert taped during the WESTWORLD tour. Still sounding fresh and invigorating, this expanded edition is the definitive version of an album that helped pioneer Post Punk in the UK. Stephen SPAZ Schnee sent off a few questions to Kirk Brandon, who was gracious enough to take the time to respond… […]

By | November 17th, 2016|News|Comments Off on THEATRE OF HATE: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A with KIRK BRANDON

DAVID LINDLEY reissues on Wounded Bird Records!

For 50 years, David Lindley has been one of the most respected – and commercially overlooked – musicians in Rock music. Sure, he made a name for himself with the completely original Psych outfit Kaleidoscope back in the ‘60s and he has been one of the most in-demand session musicians since the ‘70s (Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Rod Stewart, Graham Nash, The Youngbloods, Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, etc.) yet he has never received his due as a solo artist. However, his output has been so eclectic over the years that some of us are still trying to catch up! Do yourself a favor and read up on his career on Wikipedia or elsewhere on the ‘net. For now, I’m going to focus on a few of his ‘80s solo releases… […]

By | November 9th, 2016|News|Comments Off on DAVID LINDLEY reissues on Wounded Bird Records!

THE TURTLES – Spaz reviews the fab new reissues on Manifesto Records!

The Turtles scored a handful of hits in the ‘60s – songs that are still played on oldies stations nearly fifty years later – yet they seldom receive the credit they deserve. As I prepared to write this review, I just could not figure out why they aren’t held in higher esteem by the public at large. Sure, us music guys love them to death but why do they get overlooked when people talk about [...]

By | August 15th, 2016|News|Comments Off on THE TURTLES – Spaz reviews the fab new reissues on Manifesto Records!

The Archies: Spaz Reviews SUGAR SUGAR: THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION box!

THE ARCHIES: Spaz reviews SUGAR SUGAR: THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION box! Gather ‘round, my friends and let me introduce you to the absolute best cure for your blues: sugar. Well, “Sugar Sugar” to be more precise. Yes, one spin of The Archies’ mega-hit “Sugar Sugar” can wipe away any negative vibe that is inhabiting your universe. Even if you aren’t a fan of ‘60s Bubblegum, you’ve probably heard this gloriously happy tune many times since [...]

By | August 3rd, 2016|News|Comments Off on The Archies: Spaz Reviews SUGAR SUGAR: THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION box!

SUBURBAN LAWNS – SPAZ reviews the expanded CD edition of their debut album!

  SUBURBAN LAWNS SUBURBAN LAWNS (Expanded CD Edition) (Also available on colored vinyl!) Available NOW! The first thing one notices about Suburban Lawns’ music is how timeless it is.  Quirky and odd, yes, but the songs on this expanded reissue of their debut album still sound fresh and exciting. Originally released in 1981, this SoCal band had been called New Wave and Post-Punk, yet they transcended those genres and created an odd mix of quirky pop that was [...]

By | December 9th, 2015|News|Comments Off on SUBURBAN LAWNS – SPAZ reviews the expanded CD edition of their debut album!

Spaz reviews the four CD box set MILLIONS LIKE US: THE STORY OF THE MOD REVIVAL

MILLIONS LIKE US:  THE STORY OF THE MOD REVIVAL (4CD/100 tracks) I was a Mod fan before you was a Mod fan! First off, let me be perfectly clear: I was never a Mod. I was never dapper or thin enough to look good in snappy clothes and ride a scooter.  Even when I was 16 back in ’79, I was too much of a dork to ever follow any type of fashion.  Besides, all of my money [...]

By | November 17th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Spaz reviews the four CD box set MILLIONS LIKE US: THE STORY OF THE MOD REVIVAL

SPAZ reviews EL TORO RECORDS’ latest releases!

El Toro Records is one of the most exciting labels in the world if you are a fan of early Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Hillbilly and Country music.  Their catalog consists of little-known classic music from the days when Rock ‘n’ Roll was in its infancy (ie: the ‘50s) as well as contemporary artists who magically capture that vintage sound in modern studios.  Sometimes, when I’m listening to one of their ‘new’ [...]

By | November 9th, 2014|AMPED™ Labels, News|Comments Off on SPAZ reviews EL TORO RECORDS’ latest releases!