Friday, January 31, 2014

Flash Friday again

Ah the US Postal service. Apparently this driver wants to see boobs.

Good luck pal.


Brian Guy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Red Simpson - Roll, Truck, Roll LP

This is a classic record for truck driving songs, no iffs ands or buts.

You have the classic "Truck Drivin' Man," " Roll Truck Roll," "Six Days on the Road," "Highway Man.

There is also a cover of The Willis Brothers, "Give Me Forty Acres," which is one of my all time favourite songs and "Nitro Express," is also on this album. Now just as a side note, there is a version of "Nitro Express" with Junior Brown and Red Simpson, which is really good floating around out there. If you can find it get it.

Red Simpson along with Red Sovine, Dave Dudley, the Willis Brothers and a lot more did a lot of truck driving songs during the 60's and 70's. Then it seemed like things pretty much stopped until the 90's with the "Rig Rock" series was released.

Red Simpson is still with us today as of this writing. He was born in Bakersfield, CA.

Released in 1966 on Capitol Records


Brian Guy

All American Truck Stops by Guy Kudlemeyer & Wayne Henderson

My wife got this book for me for Christmas and I have to admit I finished reading it a while ago, but have been to busy to post about it.

This book covers about every truck stop in the United States and even some in Canada.

The book is divided into five chapters:

1. Pre Interstate Highway America
This gives you a little history of the old mom and pop idea of truck stops, when they where not much more than a whole in the wall where maybe you could park your truck for the night.

2. One-Stops, Little America, and Iowa 80
This is pretty much the kind of truck stop I remember as a kid and traveling with my dad. I've been to Little America back in the mid-80's and remember it was so big I thought it was a town.

3. Oil Company-Branded Truck Stops: Profiles of Brands
I found this pretty interesting as it covers a lot of different brands, some of which I've never heard of because they were rationalised.

4. Truck Stop Operators
This was another fascinating part of the book. It covered a lot of different operators some of which I knew about like "Stuckey's," "Flying J, Loves, and a whole lot more.

5. Truck Stop Advertising
Let us just say there's a shit ton of advertisements form various truck stops of the past and present. If you like advertisements you are going to love this chapter.

I was in heaven reading this book there is a lot of information listed and both Kudlemeyer and Henderson really need to be commended for putting out a book like this. This gives you a very in depth history of everything truck stop.

The pictures and the history are amazing, if you are a trucker, or just a trucking buff like me this is a book for you.

Just one question. What exactly is a "Jobber Station?" Is this a truck stop that just uses diesel from anyone? I may have missed the answer in the book but, if you have the answer please let me know.

Released in 2011 by Iconografix of Hudson, WI


Brian Guy

The Detergents - Leader of the Laundromat 7"

Everyone that knows me and my musical taste knows that I love novelty music. I don't know why but a good parody really makes me happy.

I haven't heard this song in a long, long time. In fact when I bought it I wasn't even sure this was the right band or song but, the record gods where shining down on me that day because this is the song.

The Detergents were from New York, NY and recorded a handful of novelty 45s and I think one album. The only thing that I own of this band is this 45.

"Leader of the Laundromat," is you guessed it a parody of the song "Leader of the Pack." I find this song pretty funny for what it is.

The only thing I really hated was the flip side, "Ulcers which is just an instrumental. I've never understood having a really good song followed up by nothing more than filler. I've heard this on too many novelty records and it just really irritates me.

And another thing that draws me to this 45 is the lovely Mack on the cover.

However, if I had it to do all over again I'd still buy this little gem.


Brian Guy

Released in 1964 on the Roulette label of New York, NY

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Mike Ness - I'm in Love with My Car (video)

I've always bee a big fan of Social Distortion from the early stuff to the later alt. country feel of the band.

So when Mike Ness started doing his own thing which was very alt country I really took notice. I enjoy this kind of thing a lot and hopefully you do too.

I decided to post this song because I have a very good friend who is really in love with her car. Which is pretty cool, I hope the car keeps loving her back.


Brian Guy

Off to a slow start this year

I'm off to a very slow start this year. I have a lot of stuff in the pipe to get out to the masses but between work and life, I have not had the time to really do much with the blog as of late.

Hopefully things will be back to normal in the not too distant future.


Brian Guy

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Boomtown Rats - Mary of the 4th Form 7" (alternative version)

So here we have Ireland's Boomtown Rats. I have to admit I have not really listened to too much of their music, but that may have to change after listening to this little seven inch record.

The title track was just okay, but what really made me like this was the flip side "Do the Rat." Still not sure what exactly the rat is, but I really enjoyed the song a lot.

I guess I've always thought of the Boomtown Rats as more of a New Wave band than a Punk band, but to me this seemed to have a punk sense of humour to it which I really enjoyed.

There are a lot of sleeve variation for this seven inch, not really sure why, but there is.

Released in 1977 on Ensign Records.


Brian Guy

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bad Religion - Generator Demos 7"

Happy New Year and all that! I hope everyone had a good new years, I was asleep by 11 pm, that's what happens when you get old I guess.

For the first post of the new year we have a Bad Religion bootleg. I give you "Generator Demos," I really know nothing about it. It has no label information no inserts, nothing except the song titles on the back.

Never the less the sound quality is really good and this does sound like it was lifted from a demo.

Two songs "Generator" and "Atomic Garden," are featured on this Grey slab of vinyl. Like I said before both are excellent sound quality and even if I'm not the biggest Bad Religion fan on the planet I enjoyed this.


Brian Guy