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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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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.
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!
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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.
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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The Sickidz: LSD / The Slickee Boys: Invisible People / The Viceroys: 7 Come 11 / The Shout: From Here / The Nomads: Have Love Will Travel / United States Of Existence: Shadows Of Rainbows / Fuzztones: Ward 81 / The Unclaimed: No Apology / The Point: All My Life / Plasticland: Elongation / The Miracle Workers: Infected With You / The Long Riders: And She Rides / The Last: What Is In There? / Three O'Clock: Lucifer Sam / True West: Lucifer Sam (cd bonus track).
Compiled By Charles P. Lamey.
In 1983, Sounds Interesting Records issued this compilation in the USA under a different cover (what you see here is the french cover by Lolitas Records). In 1992, Revenge Records released the cd version with a bonus track, another cover of "Lucifer Sam" by the great True West.
People discovered a lot of new bands with "The Rebel Kind" which was a perfect mix of 80's garage and psychedelic bands !
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