Thursday, February 01, 2007


You've never had it so good. After that bumper blitzkreig of quality music, the tunes just keep coming!
For starters this time, we bring you the mighty fine sounds of Hampshire's very own Chinatown. This is the cd re-issue (now long gone) of their sole album from 1981, with both sides of their "Short & Sweet" 7" and their 2 tracks from the "Reading Rock" LP as bonus tracks. Their BBC Friday Rock Show session went down well recently, so this is for those who enjoyed that post. If you've yet to make their aquaintance, this is more at the Hard Rock end of the NWOBHM scale, excellent songs, commercial choruses, all delivered with style & a sly wink.

CHINATOWN - Play It To The Death (1981) UK

Pt 1

Pt 2

Staying with the NWOBHM for now, from 1980, here is Dragonfly's lone EP release. Lead off track "Silent Nights" is the weakest song of the four, but don't be put off, the other 3 are excellent inventive tracks which wouldn't sound out of place on the 1st Maiden LP. Some really creative guitar/bass interplay, especially on stand-out song, "Spacebound".

DRAGONFLY - Dragonfly EP (1980) UK

Another nice little EP release now, this is Heavy Metal Thunder of the rarest order. The one & only release from Manchester's Fireclown was this self-financed 10" EP. Pyrotechnic guitar abounds with a nice thudding rhythm section which pummels home every note. You're left wondering how they came to sound so professional on what must have been a tiny budget, and how it's possible that all this promise went unrewarded.

FIRECLOWN - Invasion EP (1983) UK

Rounding off the NWOBHM section for tonight is another one-off, the solitary 7" from Bollweevil. Nice anthemic Hard Rockin', not exactly distinctive, but delivered with aplomb. Sometimes being individual isn't nearly as important as being convincing. Let Bollweevil convince you.

BOLLWEEVIL - Rock Solid 7" (1981) UK

Two exquisite pieces of divine ugliness for your delight and disgust now.
Firstly, here's the Blatantly Offensive EP from Wayne County & The Electric Chairs. I won't even attempt to sum up Wayne/Jayne's career in a couple of lines, instead allow me to recommend the official website or the autobiography, "Man Enough To Be A Woman". This EP features the notorious "Fuck Off", and three more similarly skewed outsider anthems. Essential.

WAYNE COUNTY & THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS - Blatantly Offensive EP (1978) USA

And now, if the idea of Stiv Bators fronting The Misfits and covering Fear songs sounds entertaining to you, you really ought to treat yourself to the first 7" from New York's The Mad, "Eyeball". Apparently, their art/gore stage act was a gross-out hit round the fleshpits of the Rotten Apple in the late '70's, their music stands the test of time. If you enjoy this one, let me know & i'll up their follow up, "The Hell" EP too.

THE MAD - Eyeball 7" (1978) USA

Last up this time, we have some early 1980's Metal from the unlikely locale of Hawaii. Before he was in Megadeth, or indeed Hawaii (the band), Marty Friedman was guitar virtuoso in residence with the band Vixen. Not the all girl pop-rock band of the late '80's. this Vixen contributed a track to one of Shrapnel Records "US Metal" compilations, before recording this sole Mini LP for Azra Records in 1983.
The final track, "Beg For Mercy" is an absolute barnstormer, sounding a lot like "Metal On Metal" era Anvil, with incendiary leads all over it.

VIXEN - Made In Hawaii (Mini LP) (1983) USA

More goodies to come in the fullness of time, keep those requests & comments coming. We like to know what we're doing right, and also what we're doing wrong. It's all about pissing off Otis. ;)


Anonymous Rob said...

thanks a lot for all this great stuff-
by weird coincidence I was just reading about the Dragonfly single in the NWOBHM encyclopedia less than half an hour ago ,and now here it is for our downloading-queue "twilight zone " music!!
cheers !!

Thursday, February 01, 2007 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger bigfoot kit said...

It's a good little EP Rob, their main man Rudy Riviere later went on to play with pre-Thunder band Terraplane, but the style of music was waaaaay different to that of Dragonfly.
Glad to spook you out with the timeliness of the post.
All together now...

Thursday, February 01, 2007 6:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sc!F! said...

hi bigfoot. thanks for the NWOBHM stuff. real gems. do u have anything by Turbo, Genghis Khan, Gogmagog, Holocaust, Knightrider.

Friday, February 02, 2007 6:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bigfoot kit & co, rules!
Thanks so much for that Vixen Album!!
Do you have any Chumbi Album?, I mean if it ever existed one..?

Mr Varney keeps rockin'

Friday, February 02, 2007 6:37:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

Hmm, i did have the Gogmagog ep, but please beleive me, it was awful, one of the worst records it's ever been my misfortune to hear. How the people behind it managed to get such a stellar cast to record such drivel is beyond me.
That has to be the reason it's so rare, people smashing up their copies in disgust.
I know you'll want to hear it for yourself & good luck tracking it down,but please expect the worst.
Holocausts 2CD "Nightcomers" which includes 3 of their earliest 7"s & Eps on the 2nd disc is here already, amongst Tor-Eriks megapost from earlier in the week.
I don't think Chumbi ever released an album, or if they did i never found it.

Friday, February 02, 2007 7:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work there's some great stuff on hear. If I could make one request, I'd go with Keen Hue-Ogre King. I've been searching all over the place for this one. Thanks

Friday, February 02, 2007 8:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bigfoot.
Can you please post Samson - Before The STorm AND Don't Get Mad Get Even?
Looking forward to listening to these 2 abums.
Thanks for the great NWOBHM memories!

Friday, February 02, 2007 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfoot kit said...

I don't have the Keen Hue album i'm afraid, perhaps Bryon or Tor-Erik can help? Being a Scandinavian himself perhaps Tor-Erik has the inside track on the band.
I'll see what i can do about the Samson albums, i've never really given the Nicky Moore era albums a fair shake as i was such a big Bruce Bruce fan, maybe hearing them again now would cure me.

Friday, February 02, 2007 6:20:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

I've got the Gogmagog ep. I think it's called I Will Be There and was released in '84 or '85. Real snoozer but I'll get it posted. Just dug out a Genghis Khan ep a few minutes ago to post also.

As far as on my end, I haven't had the pleasure of hearing Keen Hue, maybe something will show up. One guy I trade with creeps in here to see what people are searching for and surprises me with them from time to time.

I also may have Before the Storm (Samson) tucked away somewhere but Don't Get Mad Get Even left a sour taste and I didn't hang onto it. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't good either, guess everybody has to make an album that just exists.

Saturday, February 03, 2007 2:49:00 AM  
Blogger Sc!F! said...

yup saw the holocaust upload. but it's on megaupload, n it's blocked here at work. :(

Saturday, February 03, 2007 8:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for Good Rats and Vixen. Great fem vocal and Marty just shreds.

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