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Category: Punk

“Dick Clark”: Well-Engineered 45

Memory is a funny thing.  I can still picture myself standing at the checkout counter at School Kids Records in Columbus, Ohio having a chuckle with Curt Schieber over something – but was it a Great Plains 45 that had just been recorded?  Or was it over the delicious roasted

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Great Plains’ Presidential Punk

Remember Tom Newbold?  Before he became manager of The Ferns, Tom and I once had quite the shouting match over Birthday Party’s “Release the Bats” (as previously recounted in the Zero to 180 piece, “Winged Mammal Theme“).  At the time of the incident, I was convinced that ‘Newbs’ was merely

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"Pogo in Togo"
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“Pogo in Togo”: Circus Punk

A doff of the cap to Tom Hutton, who brought over all his Eastern European records and cassette tapes one day so we could put together a special mix of Balkan-related rock and pop.  One of the humorous highlights on this compilation is “Pogo in Togo” by German pop punksters,

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Godfrey Daniel: Punk Doowop Revivalists

I discovered Godfrey Daniel’s one and only album at the local library bookstore that sells donated materials, including record albums and 45s.  I was struck first by the label – Atlantic – and secondarily by the following somewhat cryptic text on the back cover: “Godfrey Daniel fans are a tough

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“City Slang”: Lost Supergroup’s Swansong

Paul Trynka‘s well-researched and highly-readable biography of Iggy Pop includes this related story about Sonic’s Rendezvous Band – an all-star assemblage of musicians from revered ’60s & ’70s Detroit rock groups: “Formed by the MC5’s guitarist, Fred ‘Sonic‘ Smith, and the Rationals’ singer, Scott Morgan, with Dum Dum Boy [and

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“Bear Cage”: Orphaned Art Punk

Non-album single, “Bear Cage” reached the UK Top 40 (#36) for The Stranglers in 1980: A 12-inch single version – the band’s first – containing extended mixes of both tracks was also released. Once famously dismissed by John Lydon as “hippies with short hair,” The Stranglers got considerably less ink

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July 1976: Meet the Ramones

One of my mom’s friends gave me two back issues of Rolling Stone, both dated July of 1976.  One issue in particular – the July 15th edition, with The Beatles on the cover, coincidentally enough (as you’ll later see) – is a time capsule rich in details, big and small:

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