4/18/2014

Looking For ...


Directed by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash), Looking For Johnny is the definitive documentary on New York legendary guitar player Johnny Thunders.
In 90 minutes, this film covers Johnny Thunders career from his beginning in the early 70's to his demise in New Orleans, where he died under mysterious circumstances in 1991.


Here's the first leg of Looking for Johnny promo screenings and film festivals, more dates will be added asap. See you on the road. LAMF!!!

MAY 3 - CHICAGO/ CIMM FESTIVAL
MAY 5 - NYC / ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
MAY 9 - TORONTO/ CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
MAY 11 - ARLINGTON, MA / THE REGENT THEATRE
MAY 15 - GLOUCESTER, MA/ CAPE ANN CINEMA
MAY 17 - WASHINGTON DC / GALA THEATRE
MAY 22 - NEW ORLEANS / ZEITGEIST
MAY 23 - DALLAS / TEXAS THEATRE
MAY 24 - LOS ANGELES / DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT
MAY 27 - SAN FRANCISCO / ROXIE THEATRE
JUNE 5 - LONDON/ PRINCE CHARLES CINEMA
JUNE 7/8 - STOCKHOLM / BIO RIO
JUNE 27 - MADRID / TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL
JULY 5 - BARCELONA / TRANSMISSIONS FESTIVAL

4/13/2014

THE JET BOYS - Larger Than Life


THE JET BOYS  Larger Than Life  LP/CD  1989
Jet Rollers / You Tell Me Lies / Blind's Night / You Talk Too Much / I'm A Lonesome Boy / The Story / Call Me Sister Midnight / Teenage Kicks / Like A Shooting Star / Untitled Ghost Track.
Produced by Si Freddi Di Angelo.

The Jet Boys: Freddy Lynxx: vocals, guitar / Poker Alice: bass, vocals / Nick Hell: drums, vocals / Vic Vixen: guitar, vocals + The 3/8: brass section / Paul Walfish: piano.

About The Jet boys
« Freddy Lynxx was playing in a band, the Aristochattes, when he first saw Thunders play in Paris in 1983. Lynxx left his band to start working as a roadie for Thunders then started a new band. When it came time to name the group, the top three choices were Jet Boys (the name of a Thunders song), Flying Pizza and Vendetta (Vixen/Alice’s choice). To settle it, Lynxx took his mates and the three names over to Thunders to ask him which was best. « How could he not choose the one after his own song? » Lynxx said. « I picked Jet Boys the way the Rolling Stones took their name from the Muddy Waters song. Going to Johnny Thunders for the name was like a little boy going to church and being given his church name ».
Scott McLennan Time Out 1994.


The Jet Boys – Year by Year
1984 - The Jet Boys took off after 3 weeks of rehearsals with a guy named John as their drummer, they were asked by Johnny Thunders to be his supporting act at the Gibus Club in Paris on September 26th & 27th. The second night, while playing « Can’t Keep My Eyes On You », a suitably impressed Johnny Thunders jumped on stage to grab the mic… that’s a double rock n roll confirmation of biblical proportions! They also played the Gibus club with the Flying Padovani’s in November & December as the word spread like napalm and the band moved up a gear. John was ejected from the drum stool and replaced by Phil Nodon in September 1985 and the next logical step was to get into the studio.
1986 - In January, the first demo is recorded with Johan Asherton, Mickey Blow and mixed by Dominique Laboubée (Dogs). The studio was so small that Phil had to use a drum machine. They later played the Gibus again with The Vibrators.


1987 - Phil left the band for unknown reasons and was replaced in 1988 by Nick Hell. They recorded their second demo in February and narrowly escaped death when a landslide destroyed part of the studio while Freddy was recording his guitar; the song « Like A Shooting Star » was born before the dust could settle.
1989 - From March 8th to 11th they returned for more shows at the Gibus club, again with Johnny Thunders. Then on April 4th they recorded the « Larger Than Life » album in 3 days at Mesa studio, on glorious 8 track, and after 2 days of mixing on 19/20th for a total cost of 6035 Francs (£920) including the master tapes, the deed was done. A month later a Debut single “Just Wanna Talk To You“ in pink vinyl is released on Sucksex Records (pronounced Success) and is quickly re-pressed in black vinyl in September when it sells out. Meanwhile, The Jet Boys keep busy touring and playing with The Del Lords, The Fleshtones, The Inmates and Dogs D’amour. October saw a release of a pink vinyl 12 » followed by the album in December. Heaps of great reviews in the worldwide music press followed, even without proper distribution; but it proves to be too little, too late, and believe it or not the band splits up because of Vic Vixen complaining about a missing credit on the inner sleeve! Only Nick Hell and Freddy remain, and quickly bring in Mad Engine on Bass and Fuzzfox on guitar.


1990 - Touring mostly in France and Spain and with new demos recorded in Lille attracting attention, the band is approached by Musidisc Records. In December, Johnny Thunders is playing an acoustic gig at the Gibus Club and Freddy brings him the tape of the album. Talking about project, Johnny tells Freddy he knows the people from Musidisc and would be interested in producing the album himself. Tragically, it will be the last time they speak.
April 1991 - and new demos for Musidisc , but the band has already planned to use 2 of the songs on a single in memory of Stiv Bators and the sleeve poster bag is already printed. During the mix on 23rd April, the phone rings and Marc Zermati tells them the sad news about Johnny Thunders… From that moment on everything goes wrong so they decide to mix in a different studio with Phil Sevin who was an assistant engineer during the last Stiv Bators studio sessions! Meanwhile, back from a Spanish tour, Musidisc don’t return their calls…
1992 - Mad Engine is leaving and is replaced by their roadie, Ian Dollz. They tour France, Belgium and Spain where they get a contract to release « Larger Than Life ». Marc Zermati asks Freddy Lynxx to help him produce a Johnny Thunders tribute album and secures a deal for « Larger Than Life » and the tribute album at the same time, on Meldac Records in Japan.
1993 - Ian Dollz and Nick Hell quit the band. A New York girl called Big G is recruited but it’s difficult to find a permanent drummer, with Jean-Lou Kalinowski (Shakin’ Street) sitting in for a while before Big G suggests they hire the drummer Yo, from her other band Loco Lizzards.


1994 - Freddy Lynxx asks Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, Rich Kids) and Julian Standen (who produced The Lemonheads and London Cowboys to name but two), if they are available to produce the Jet Boys. Live action continues with gigs at the Gibus club in June 4th and 5th with guest Rick Blaze & the Ballbusters from New York and results in some return gigs in the America. In August, touring in the United States with The Ballbusters, It appears Arista are interested in the band after they play up a storm at the Webster Hall in New York City. They even manage to secretly record a demo at Edison Recording Studio on 46th St while the big boss is on vacation. However, the relationship between Big G and Yo is becoming intolerable so it’s back to France, and Freddy calls it a day, bored of feel ling like a baby-sitter. Back at base he is soon busy with a Japanese split single with the band « The Golden Arms » released in the US on Jeff Dahl’s label Ultra Under Records, and another in the pipeline.
1998 - Freddy plans to re-release « Larger Than Life » and asks Jean Cataldo from Action Records to do some remixes. Something is in the air and by pure coincidence he’s then contacted by the US label Triple XXX (via Jeff Dahl’s connection) and offered a 3 album worldwide deal including The Jet Boys album! Since 1994 The Jet Boys have been in financial debt to Skydog manager Marc Zermati , when Marc asks Freddy to let him release « Larger Than Life Dusted » the debt is written off.


 In conclusion: The Jet Boys have never been a big success but sold something like 7000 copies of Larger Than Life with minimal, or bad distribution. You can find the « Dusted » version on Amazon but expect a « Producer’s Cut » one day, including all of the demos mentioned above. In my humble opinion, you are encouraged to seek any and all of the Jet Boys recorded output by regular searches on the www, e-Bay, Record fairs and the usual methods of tracking down the good stuff. A small caveat, dear reader, since the crash and burn of THE original Jet Boys there are a few bands out there who share the same name, but only the line-up with Freddy Lynxx carries the trademark of quality you can trust.
Finally, this page is dedicated to Nicolas Chante aka Nick Hell who was defenestrated in Costa Rica in 1998. May you be remember as « THE’ Jet Boys drummer!
Tom Crossley-Last.fm
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4/05/2014

DAVE KUSWORTH - Princess Thousand Beauty


DAVE KUSWORTH  Princess Thousand Beauty CD 1996
Princess Thousand Beauty / Temptress / Torn Pages / Strangers Together / All My Dreams About You / Always Be There For You / She Lives In A Movie / Just A Girl / False Promises / Fantasy Island
Produced by Dave Kusworth, Jeremy Thirlby &Terry Miles.


Dave Kusworth band: Dave Kusworth: guitar, vocals / Carl Eugene Picot: bass / Andy Bush: drums / Paul Caton: guitar / Jeremy Thirlby: slide guitar, harp, percussion / Glenn Tranter: guitar, backing vocals / Terry Miles: keyboards, backing vocals.

Inspired by the raw power of the Stooges and the glam rock excess of the New York Dolls, Birmingham, England, native Dave Kusworth formed his first band (TV Eye) at the age of 16. Since then, the versatile singer/songwriter/guitarist has done time in the Hawks, Dogs D'Amour, the Jacobites (with ex-Swell Maps mastermind Nikki Sudden), the Bounty Hunters, and the Tenderhooks, as well as his own Dave Kusworth Group. His songs, gutter-bound tales of rock & roll heartache that bring to mind the Faces and the Rolling Stones, have been covered by Evan Dando and Mercury Rev and feted by the likes of Tom Waits, Chuck Prophet, and Peter Buck. Allmusic.com


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4/04/2014

3/27/2014

ROCK HARDI N° 45


ABONNEMENT ICI !!!

FLAMIN' GROOVIES 2014 FRENCH TOUR


10 / 06 | Caen - Le Cargö
12 / 06 | Paris - Le Trabendo (billeterie: FNAC - DIGITICK)
13 / 06 | Vandoeuvre - Parc des Expositions
14 / 06 | Limoges - Centre Culturel John Lennon
15 / 06 | Montbéliard - Atelier des Môles
17 / 06 | Saint Jean De Vedas - Secret Place

3/24/2014

THE BELLRAYS - Raw Collection


THE BELLRAYS ‎Raw Collection Vol. 1 & Vol. 2  2xCD 2005
CD1: You're Sorry Now / Nights In Venice / Half A Mind / Mind's Eye / Swastika / Gather Darkness / Pinball City  / Mother Pinball / Suicide Baby / Chemical / Tie Me Down / Say What You Mean / Rude Awakening / Lost The Feeling / The Same Way.
CD2: Swinging The Blade / Get It Right / Chain On You / I Got To Find My Baby / I’m A Lover / Destroy All Everything / Dream Police / If I Wanted To / Heat Cage / I Don’t Need No Doctor / Dark Horse Pigeon / High School / Good Thing / One For The Heart / Train, Train, Train.

The BellRays: Lisa Kekaula: vocals, tambourine / Tony Fate: guitar, vocals, (tracks: CD1-7): bass,  (tracks: CD1-2): organ / Bob Vennum: bass, vocals, percussion, (tracks: CD1-1, CD1-7, CD2-14, CD2-15): guitar, (tracks: CD1-4): organ / Ray Chin (tracks: CD1-1 to CD1-15, CD2-1, CD2-5 to CD2-14): drums / Ethan Halpern (tracks: CD1-1, CD2-14, CD2-15): bass / Todd Westover (tracks: CD1-13, CD2-2, CD2-3): drums / Eric Allgood (tracks: CD2-4): drums, vocals.

Vocalist Lisa Kekaula guitarist Bob Venuum formed the BellRays around 1990 in Riverside, CA. Originally, the duo leaned heavily on a vintage R&B sound flecked with smoky jazz overtones. But with the addition of guitarist Tony Fate and Venumm moving to bass, the sound soon began to mix Kekaula's alley cat soul vocals with a biting punk rock bottom end. The In the Light of the Sun cassette release appeared in 1993, followed by the "Wall of Soul" 7" two years later. the BellRays issued their debut full-length, "Let It Blast", in 1998 and supported it with an extensive tour that included a particularly fiery appearance at Austin's South by Southwest conference. By now, drummer Ray Chin had joined the fold, and the 'Rays were making waves with their furiously passionate sound. "The Grand Fury" LP dropped in 2001 from Los Angeles indie Upper Cut and was followed by a European release combining it with "Let It Blast".


Tours with notables like Rocket From the Crypt and Nashville Pussy continued to spread the word, and In Music We Trust reissued "In the Light of the Sun". 2003 saw the Upper Cut release of "Raw Collection", an odds 'n' sods compilation featuring B-sides, rarities, and vinyl-only material from 1995 through 2002. Red White and Black also arrived in 2003, and the band continued to crank out soulful garage-punk on 2006's "Have a Little Faith" 2008's "Hard, Sweet and Sticky" and 2010's "Black Lightning". Allmusic


Raw Collection is an odds 'n' sods collection that gathers up random BellRays vinyl and comp tracks from 1995 through 2002. It ranges from the street-level soul of "You're Sorry Now" to a fabulously dirty cover of the Saints' "Nights in Venice," and that's only the first two tracks! Elsewhere, Raw rocks with "Pinball City," which contains the classic lines "Burning up the rubber on my BMX/I can hear the quarter fallin' through the slot." The BellRays' genius is in their utter lack of pretension. They might know that their cross-breeding of soul and punk is not necessarily original, and at times can be a little amateurish. But since when has this music asked for anything more than a backbeat, bassline, and some catch phrases to sing or shout along to? This is what vocalist Lisa Kekaula and bassist/principal songwriter Bob Vennum understand. And besides, there's a sense of humor here, too. The funky stroll of "Mother Pinball" -- with its chorus of "Do the pinball, baby!" -- falls right next to the punk kid anthem "Pinball City." When it's all said and done, don't get any ideas that it's okay to bad mouth The BellRays.


One listen to the tweeter-ripping screed "Say What You Mean" will kill off that vibe toot suite. It features some of Kekaula's best Tina Turner meets Joan Jett vocalisms, there are some classic "hey! hey!"s in the echoing background, and the absolutely ripping guitar riff is overdriven to cardiac arrest levels. When everything drops out and Kekaula screams, "Getting mighty tired of lookin' for something," that's when most listeners will realize what they've just found, and start trying to grow an afro to accessorize the motorcycle jacket. Allmusic
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The Incredible Flamin' Groovies: A documentary about the Flamin' Groovies !



A documentary about the Flamin' Groovies, a legendary rock band from the 1970s and their attempt at a comeback after 30 years.

From award-winning filmmakers William Tyler Smith and Kurt Feldhun comes a feature length rock 'n' roll documentary about the Flamin' Groovies, a colorful and highly influential rock band that had some big hits in the 70's, but met with an untimely and difficult break up in the early 80's.    


Although the Flamin' Groovies had all the makings for a successful career, life seemed to conspire against them and they never quite made it, although their songs, Slow Death, Shake Some Action and Teenage Head, have been heard on motion picture soundtracks such as Clueless and numerous CD compilations. They have been called the "Godfathers of Punk Rock" and many bands such as The Dictators have done Groovies' covers. Legend has it that the Groovies' album, Teenage Head (1971), was Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's favorite album at the time, and Jagger is purported to have said that the Groovies "did the R&B thing" better than the Rolling Stones did. They are often referred to as "the biggest band you've never heard of." 

Despite being highly regarded and respected in the music industry, and having diehard fans all over the world, most people have never even heard their music…until now.


Now 30 years later, they are embarking on a comeback tour and this time they are determined to get the notoriety that seemed to have eluded them. They're full of life, full of stories, and full of sh*t…

...and we're ready to capture it all on film.  


THE FILM

Our film will take the viewer on a fun and exciting journey through the world of the Flamin' Groovies with a behind the scenes and backstage portrayal of their comeback, the new recording sessions and each band member's personal lives. We will capture all of their antics, stories, and general madness. We'll cover the ins and outs, the ups and the downs of life with the Flamin' Groovies. And of course, we'll cover the Groovies' colorful history leading up to their difficult break up.

Cyril, Chris and George, all fascinating characters and well into their sixties, can still rock and roll. They're unpredictable and think they're in their early twenties. Who knows what's bound to happen? 

If you liked Anvil, Searching for Sugarman, and Spinal Tap you're gonna love this one!

NEWS FLASH!! NEWS FLASH!!

We recently spent two weeks shooting with the Groovies on tour in the Northeast and in San Francisco recording some of their new music tracks. We can definitely say that the footage is not only entertaining, but absolutely hysterical, insightful, surreal and inspiring. 

3/17/2014

SCOTT ASHETON


1949-2014

THE LAZY COWGIRLS - A Little Sex And Death


THE LAZY COWGIRLS  A Little Sex And Death CD 1997
Here Comes Trouble / The End Of The Line / A Little Sex And Death / Montana / I'll Tell You Why / World Up For The Grabs (Another Emergency) / Bad News / Can You Tell Me / Sweet Thing / Hittin' Bottom / The Big Restless / Your Charmed Life's Fadin' Fast.
Produced by Earle Mankey & The Lazy Cowgirls.

The Lazy Cowgirls: Pat Todd: vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion / Leonard Keringer: bass, vocals / Eric Chandler: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals / Bob Deagle: drums, percussion.

If The Ramones had been a road-tested biker gang instead of pop-obsessed cartoon speed merchants, they might have sounded something like The Lazy Cowgirls. Merging the buzzsaw roar of first-wave punk, the sneering attitude of '60's garage rock, the heart-on-your-sleeve honesty of honky-tonk, and the self-assured swagger of The Rolling Stones, The Lazy Cowgirls play raw, sweaty outlaw rock and roll at its most furiously passionate and physically intense; like a Harley gunned up to 95 mph, The Lazy Cowgirls may not sound safe, but they sure are fun.


Tapping the Source Vocalist Pat Todd, guitarist D.D. Weekday (aka Doug Phillips), and bassist Keith Telligman left their hometown of Vincennes, Indiana in 1981 to move to California, hoping to get a rock band off the ground. In 1983, they finally settled on fellow Indiana refugee Allen Clark as a drummer, and began hitting the L.A. club circuit as The Lazy Cowgirls. After countless shows playing to "no one, and people from work" (according to Todd), the band caught the ear of Chris Desjardins (aka Chris D.), former leader of art-punks The Flesh Eaters. Desjardins got the band a deal with Restless Records, and produced their self-titled debut LP in 1984.


 The album didn't quite reflect the band's powerhouse live show, and they were soon dropped from the label. After two years of local shows and occasional touring, Bomp Records came to the rescue by releasing the band's second long-player, "Tapping The Source", which came much closer in capturing the fire of their live show on plastic, and merged fifth-gear originals like "Goddamn Bottle" and "Can't You Do Anything Right?" with stripped-down covers of "Justine" and "Heartache." The following year, the newly-founded indie label Sympathy For The Record Industry opened for business with "Radio Cowgirl", a souvenir of the band's high-octane live set at KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara.


Following yet another bout of long touring, the band cut the near-definitive "How It Looks-How It Is" in 1990, but years of hard work with little commercial reward began to take their toll, and at the end of 1991 Telligman and Clark quit the group. The Cowgirls' rhythm section became something of a revolving door for the next few years, and while The Lazy Cowgirls cut a handful of singles and EP's for various small labels, conventional wisdom had it that the band had called it quits. But in 1995, the Cowgirls re-emerged with a new album, the superb "Ragged Soul", and a seemingly stable lineup, with Todd and Weekday now joined by Michael Leigh on rhythm guitar, Ed Huerta on drums, and Leonard Keringer on bass.


The band toured the United States and Europe, but 1996 brought more personnel shake-ups, as D.D. Weekday and Ed Huerta both turned in their notices. Bob Deagle signed on as drummer in time for 1997's "A Little Sex and Death", with Eric Chandler sitting in on guitar. By 1999, Michael Leigh had rejoined the band on guitar, and almost 20 years after leaving Indiana, the indefatigable Pat Todd began pushing the The Lazy Cowgirls harder than ever, with the band spending plenty of time on the road and releasing two solid albums on Sympathy within six months of each other, "Rank Outsider" and "Somewhere Down The Line". "The live album, Here and Now: Live" was issued in summer 2001. 2004 found the band recording for a new label, Reservation Records, and releasing their strongest new album in years, the rootsy "I'm Going Out And Get Hurt Tonight".


For over twenty years, THE LAZY COWGIRLS were the undisputed kings of Los Angeles underground Rock 'n' Roll, releasing countless singles and albums for labels such as Sympathy For the Record Industry, Crypt, Bomp!, and Gearhead. The Cowgirls may be no more, but Pat Todd, has released his third full length album with his new band The Rankoutsiders. Entitled "14th & Nowhere…”, produced and engineered by former Sparks guitarist, Earle Mankey, the album reflects the diversity of American Rock 'n' Roll, from the opening track “Carryin’ A Torch” to heartfelt laments like "The Ambulance is Here"; love, hope, sex, death, betrayal, renewal- it’s all here. Pat Todd’s songwriting is an road map that leads back to the self- an existential longing to reside in the aesthetics of self-creation. Some call it art, others the blues, soul, country, rock ‘n’ roll- check it right now !


Following up the Lazy Cowgirls' masterful "Ragged Soul" was no easy task, especially after longtime guitarist D.D. Weekday hung up his Les Paul, causing "A Little Sex and Death" to suffer a bit by comparison. New axeman Eric Chandler delivers solid work and suits the band's style quite well, but he lacks Weekday's undertow of sloppy genius, and while the songs on "Ragged Soul" were pure meat, this disc seems to have a bit of filler here and there. But if "Ragged Soul" was a great album, "A Little Sex and Death" is a very good one, and Pat Todd, always one of rock's great bellowers, never sounds less than thoroughly committed throughout. If it isn't quite as good as the album that immediately preceded it, "A Little Sex and Death" is still a far stronger and more committed work than nearly any other band covering their territory has made in ages -- no small accomplishment after 14 years in the game. Allmusic
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