Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Truck Stop Love - Stagnation 7"

Happy Boxing Day!!!

Rock and Roll from Manhattan, KS

Not sure when this was released or who released it, but I have a feeling it was a self release.

Like the b-side more so than Stagnation, but still not bad.


Brian Guy

Monday, December 24, 2012

Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos - Mick Foley (Illustrations by Jerry"the King"Lawler

A Christmas story by Mick Foley aka Cactus Jack aka Mankind aka Dude Love (did I forget any of his ring names?) Illustrated by Jerry"the King"Lawler.

First off I'm a big fan of Mick Foley and Jerry Lawler. I've read both of their autobiographies and found them wonderful.

Get well Jerry Lawler, sorry to hear about your heart-attack.

Now on to the book, poor Santa the elves don't respect him, the reindeer threaten to sue him and even Mrs Claus can't give him the time of day because "Raw is War," is on.

If was was Santa I'd have butchered the elves and made reindeer stew, but then again I guess I'm not a nice guy. Coal for me this year I guess.

So Mrs. Claus calls Vince McMahon and he sends up some wrestlers to straight everything out.

Nothing seems to be working to make Santa happy, he tries reading letters from kids and they are all a bunch of greedy bastards that want more and more, but then he finds a letter from a burn victim that really doesn't want anything from Santa except Santa. Santa feels rejuvenated and everything is right with Christmas again.

So, what did I think of this book? Well there is a lot of dropping of wrestlers names in the book, yeah I know shocking, but it's not that bad. Jerry Lawler is a hell of an artist and really makes the pictures come to live. The story is predictable with a happy ending. The names of some of the elves seemed a little weird like Tommy Top who runs around naked and Billy Bop the smallest elf. Sounds like something from porno. I'd say this is more of a book for young adults and adults than kids, but maybe that's just me.

Side note is the burn victim is a real person Antonio Freitas of Lawrence, MA.

Printed by Regan Books not sure when.


Brian Guy

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone

Merry Christmas Everybody, I planned on doing something completely different for Christmas, but I ran out of time so these two songs will have to do.


Brian Guy

Friday, December 21, 2012

Henrietta Collins and the Wifebeating Childhaters - Drive By Shooting 12" ep

Repost from Down Underground:

This was a Henry Rollins side project from 1986. I have always loved this ep. I don't think there is a bad song on this. Released on Texas Hotel in 1987.
I have re-taged the songs Enjoy.


Brian Guy

Tex Morton - Australian Ballads LP

Repost from Down Underground:
This is Robert William Lane aka Tex Morton who was born in Nelson, NZ and in the late 1930's emigrated to Australia. Tex was a pioneer in Australian country music and died in 1983. This is a little like Stompin' Tom in an abstract way, this album is basically just ballads. The Song Kevin Barrie has also been covered by Stompin Tom so I guess that's a little bit of a connection there. This is not for everyone and there's probably a lot of people wondering why the hell I would post this here, well all I have to say is I have a diverse interest in music, and I hope people give this a chance if it's not your cup of tea that's fine. This was released by Universal Record Club PTY LTD, Pyrmont, NSW in around 1965 or so.


Brian Guy

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reposting Links

I am currently trying to go thru and update any links that where lost when my mediafire account was shut off. If anyone has any request for stuff to be updated please leave me a message and we will see what I can do.

So far I have reposted the Honky Tonk Juke Box Special cd


Brian Guy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dead Kennedys The Unauthorized Version by Marian Kester

It was Christmas of 1991 when I was given this book as a present from a dear friend (Hello Michelle"Mitch"Walch hope all is okay in your life), all was well with the world, the Dead Kennedys hadn't fallen apart and became the joke that they would become years later.

I loved this book it was probably one of the best presents I have ever gotten. I have to admit that the Dead Kennedys along with Black Flag and the Circle Jerks really got me interested in punk from being the metal head I was at the time, so DKs really meant a lot to me.

Now about the book. It was written by Marian Kester and edited by F-stop Fitzgerald and covers the band up until 1990 which is when this edition was published.

This book covers a lot of ground from the individual band members, Jello's run for mayor of San Francisco, Jello's wedding to Therese Soder, the music behind DKs, plus a lot more.

Looking back at this book for the first time in a long time, it really brings back a lot of memories, back when punk meant something a lot different to me. It seemed pure it was the punks against the world, now I don't feel that way. I feel like punk has gone the same way as the hippies. We have become our own worst enemy and sold our souls and have became a marketing tool. When I hear punk songs of my youth being used to whore out products on TV it kind of makes me sick.

Back to the book. Another great thing about the book is the pictures just really capture a very special place in time.

I believe that this book is back in print. If you liked the DKs go out and get a copy or ask for it for Christmas.

Third Edition released by Last Gasp of San Francisco, CA.


Brian Guy

Son of Pete and the Automatic Band - Mankind 7"

Okay I have no information on this band, all I can say is this is the strangest thing I have ever heard in my life.

If anyone out there knows anything about this band, please let me know, I'd love to find out what kind of person would put this out.

When I first saw this in a record store I really didn't know what to make of it it kind of looked Oi!ish maybe country western I wasn't sure. Well, this is more like crazy drugged out hippy music.

Side one "Mankind," sounds like the chipmunks but I think the animal is supposed to be a duck, but not really sure.

Side two "Ms Nell tied to the rail road tracks and saved," I have to admit I pretty much blanked out on it. Very strange are the best words I can use to describe this record.

This was released on Beserkley records in 1976


Brian Guy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Elvis Costello by David Sheppard

This book is part of the "Kill Your Idols," series. I enjoyed this book for what it was and learned a lot about Declan MacManus aka Elvis Costello, but at the same time I really wanted more information. I guess I can sum it up this way,"There was a lot of meat but no gravy."

You get the basic information form his birth but very little about his childhood or anything that isn't music carrier related, which to me was kind of a let down. I don't need to hear everything about his live outside of music, but a little more information outside of his marriages would have been nice.

This book is divided into three parts: 1. The Story 2. The Music 3. The Legacy.

I really didn't get into Elvis Costello until about a year ago when I started picking up the odd single here and there and enjoyed what I heard and have be came more impressed with the more I listened to his music.

This book did clear up a few things and how his musical changed through out the years. Here is a guy who started out as part of punk, but incorporated Americana, Pop and a lot of other types of music now that's pretty cool. Also take into the fact a lot of the early punks became basically dead, burn outs, sell outs or jokes of there former selves, and Costello didn't do that.

So, If you are looking for a quick read this is a book for you.

Published on Thunder Mouth Press of New York and London in 2000.


Brian Guy

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Redneck Tug of War

Well, the Hanukah post are over so, lets have some redneck sporting events.
Watching this kind of makes me think of where I grew up. I think if any of us had thought of this we'd have done the same thing these guys did.


Brian Guy

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Stories from Jewish Portland by Polina Olsen

Okay it's the final day of Hanukkah hope you've enjoyed what I've done with the blog for the last eight days.

I have to admit that i am not Jewish. In fact I never even knew a Jewish person until I went to college and took history classes from Dr. Donald Epstein who was originally from Brooklyn, NY. He was a great instructor and I enjoyed his style of teaching.

My wife who is really the best thing that ever happened to me is however Jewish and this holiday of the oil celebration is for here and her loving parents who have accepted this agnostic as one of their own.

So, onto the book. This book has stories from Jews in Portland, Oregon. As a former Oregonian I have to say I found this pretty interesting, of course I like history.

There is so much in this book even though it's a pretty compact book. Seems like junk dealer and recyclers where a lot of common jobs of early Jews in Portland. Some became pretty successful. There where also Jewish Groceries, butchers and all other professions you could think of.

Basically if you are interested in the history of Jews in Portland, Oregon, pick this book up an enjoy some history.

Published by The History Press of Charleston, SC 2011


Brian Guy

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia & Anecdotal History by Peter S. Horvitz & Joachim Horvitz

Okay it's day seven and it's time for something different a book on Jewish Baseball players, umpires and what not.

Believe it or not Sandy Koufax was not the only Jew to play baseball. The first Jewish baseball player was Lipman Pike of the Troy, NY Haymakers and there have been many after him.

I was surprised by some of the players that are Jewish. Bo Belinsky (I don't even remember him talking about being Jewish in his autobiography, of course I read it back when I was a teenager), Jose Bautista, Lou Boudreau, Mike LaCross, Shawn Green to name a few.

There are also some other notable Jewish Players Hank Greenberg, Ron Bloomberg (if I remember right he was the first DH to actually come to bat in an AL game), Moe Berg and quite a few more.

The book is divided into ten chapters featuring anything from minor and major league players, umpires, Jewish league Officials and club executives and a lot more.

Released in 2001 by S.P.I Books of New York, NY


Brian Guy

Thursday, December 13, 2012

David Steinberg - Disguised as a Normal Person LP

Day Six brings us David Steinberg from Winnipeg, MB (You really didn't think I'd go thru this without including at least one Canadian did you?) .

I have to admit I had never heard of David Steinberg before I bought this record and I have to say that I really enjoyed this record even if some of the material like Richard Nixon is kind of dated, but it's still pretty funny.

of all the tracks the only one that I didn't like was the phone call which was a skit of someone calling in while they where recording the record, it just seemed out of place.

The rest of the record is fantastic and I would really recommend it.
Released on Elektra in 1970.


Brian Guy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Benny Bell - Jewish-American Novelty Tunes Kosher Comedy LP

Day Five brings us Benny Bell who I know nothing about at all.

These are some pretty good songs in both Yiddish and English. "Sammy from Miami," is probably the best song on this.


Brian Guy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Myron Cohen - America's Funniest Storyteller at His Best LP

Okay day four featuring Myron Cohen who was involved in the garment industry in New York City before he got into comedy.

To be quite honest, if he's America's Funniest Storyteller, I'd hate to hear the worst. There are a few funny stories on this album but for the most part I just wasn't really that impressed at all.

The best story is "Scissors Story." It makes the record the rest are just okay in my opinion.

Sorry Myron, I just didn't find you funny.

Released in 1960 on Audio Fidelity Inc. of NYC.


Brian Guy

Monday, December 10, 2012

Frank Gallop - Would You Believe - - Frank Gallop Sings LP

Okay third day and we are going to have some music by Frank Gallop who was born in 1900 in Boston, MA.

Frank Gallop is probably most well known for his song "The Ballad of Irving," which was played on Dr. Dementos show for many a year.

This Album does not feature that song, but it does have the sequel of the song "The Son of Irving," which is pretty funny, maybe not as good as the first song but still pretty good.

Other great songs are "Pittsburgh Penthouse," "The Man I Love," and "Cigarettes, Whiskey & Wild Wild Women," a song I swear that Benny Hill did.

The other songs on this are okay, but not really funny or anything special. Covers of "Impossible Dream," and the song "What a Man," are just boring to me.

Released on Musicor in 1966.


Brian Guy

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sam Moss - I am Curious (Jewish) LP

Happy 2nd day of Hanukkah!!!

Okay this is some truly funny stuff. Sam Moss from Baltimore, MD.

There is some risk ay stuff here, but most of it is for the whole family. All the short little tales are funny, some of them I've heard before others I have not, but this is worth having just for "the Rabbi and the House" and "Toilet Seat Cover" a lot of the other ones are funny too.

Released on Earth Records of New York, NY


Brian Guy

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dr. Murray Banks - Tells Jewish Stories MIT Psychology in English and Yiddish LP

So it's the first night of Hanukkah and I've decided to do a post for every night of the holiday. So, Happy Hanukkah for everyone who is celebrating the holiday.

Kicking things off with Dr. Murray Banks, who has been  professor in psychology at Long Beach University, and Pace College in New York City.

This would be a lot funnier if I actually knew Yiddish, but even at that it still has its funny moments.

Released on Murmill Associates New York, NY


Brian Guy

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Olyslager Auto Library: Wreckers & Recovery Vehicles - Compiled by Olyslager Organisation

An interesting little book covering the history of auto wreckers from the start of the history of automobiles thru the early 1970's.

Not surprisingly a lot of the first wreckers where basically cars being towed by other cars or model T pickups.

Doesn't seem like specialty wreckers really came into existence until after the first world war.

With heaver cars wreckers needed more power and stability, which meant a lot more heavy duty vehicles being made and used.

I enjoyed the couple of pictures of people converting regular sedans and pickups into wreckers, very interesting.

This book was researched by Denis N. Miller and edited by Bart H Vanderveen and was published by Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd. of London and New York in 1972

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Rockinbirds - Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad 7"

Countryfied music from London, England. I have to admit that when I think of country music, I generally don't think of England. When I think of England I think of Punk and Oi!

When I bought this seven inch record, I didn't know anything about the band that recorded it, I just had a pretty good idea that it was country or rockabilly.

Well, it's country and the band is from London, and apparently after a long hiatus is back together again.

Both songs are covers which I kind of have a great love of for some strange reason and both of these covers are excellent.

Released on Clawfist in 1991.


Brian Guy