Sunday, January 20, 2008


Well, here we go again, lots more rare, obscure and long out of print rock music from yesteryear.
Up first, the sole album by Angry Anderson, Pete Wells & The Damn Fine Band. This little beauty got a limited release in Australia back in 2001, and i just had to bring it to a wider audience. Many of you will recognise Anderson & Wells' names as the linchpins of legendary Oz Rock'n'rollers ROSE TATTOO, and as the Damn Fine Band also includes Tatts bassist Steve King, and members of Pete Wells' solo band, i reckon you can already guess what this sounds like. What we have here is the Tatts side band which used to play 10 or so gigs a year in pubs back home, just for fun & the love of the music. The tracklist is made up entirely of covers, old blues songs, R&B, Motown, Rock'n'Roll standards, but they attack them with the same intensity that they brought to the Tatts, with great vocals from Angry and some of the late Pete Wells' finest recorded slidework. If this don't move you, you must have a couple of 'roos loose in the top paddock!


Next up, a vintage live set from ex-UFO alumni Pete Way, Paul Chapman & Andy Parker from back in 1984. This is the mighty Waysted, operating at the peak of their powers, supporting IRON MAIDEN on their "World Slavery" Tour at Cardiff's St David's Hall in Wales on the 7th October '84. They were promoting their self titled Mini LP at the time, so the bulk of the material played is from that and their debut LP "Vices", with a couple of UFO standards thrown in for good measure too. Vocalist Fin is in fine rabble rousing form here, and the rest of the band is tighter than the proverbial ducks arse. Live Rock doesn't get much better than this.

WAYSTED - You Won't Get Out Alive (1984) UK

Back to 1977 now for the second and final album from Tennessee Hard Rockers Target. The band is best known nowadays for being the first band of future COBRA & SURVIVOR vocalist JIMI JAMISON, but Target were a tougher and rootsier proposition than his later acts, tough enough to tour with KISS and SABBATH around the arenas of the US in fact. This is catchy, meaty 1970's US Hard Rock, with one foot in the blues, the other free to kick your ass. Enjoy.

TARGET - Captured (1977) USA

Back in time a little further now, back to 1970 in fact, for the debut album by Georgia's Eric Quincy Tate. Back then the boys hadn't quite nailed their Southern Rock sound down, so there's a little more experimentation than on the likes of "EQT", a little Blue eyed Soul, some horns and a whole lot more. It's a great little "up" album, ideal for Sunday mornings or kickin' back on y'porch, if you got one. I think you'll like it.


Much meatier fare for you now, this definitely ain't Sunday morning music, this is Virginia's legendary Pentagram and their mega rare 1979 45, "Livin' In A Ram's Head". This is great 1970's Heavy Rock with an early KISS groove, dark but much funkier than their later humourless Iommi worshipping. Flip it over (metaphorically), for "When The Screams Come", arguably their finest moment. God-like!

PENTAGRAM - Livin' In A Ram's Head 7" (1979) USA

Making this post a whole lot grimier is our next pick, New York's finest fuck-ups Fear, with their debut 7" from 1978, "Now Your Dead". The B-Side of this one is their anthem to Big Apple living, "I Love Livin' In The City", which in a sane & civilised world would have been adopted as some kind of anthem in the tri-state area. This version is different to the one which appeared on their "The Record" debut LP, it's slower, harsher, more angular, with bigger emphasis on the backing vocals. As the similarly excellent A-Side is also exclusive to this release, you can't afford to pass this one up. Go getcha.

FEAR - Now Your Dead 7" (1978) USA

Finally tonight, an overlooked gem from the NWOBHM, this is the 2nd and final release from Turbo, the "Charged For Glory" 7" on SRT Records from 1982. Anthemic and powerful mid tempo Trad Metal from a shamefully unsung band, a cut above.

TURBO - Charged For Glory 7" (1982) UK

That's your lot for tonight, hope there's something in this glittering heap of musical treasure to make your day, keep 'em peeled for more in the not too distant future.
Many thanks also to nwobhm00 for his contributions, which i'll add to the main page on the next post. It's much appreciated my friend.


Anonymous matt said...

Thanks Kit,
Nice batch of music in this post. I'm really looking forward to the FEAR & Damn Fine Band.

Sunday, January 20, 2008 5:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh lovely, I'm looking forward to hearing Turbo. Is there any chance you can upload "Bronz" the "taken by storm" album? i would be very grateful indeed. thanks.

Monday, January 21, 2008 8:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Dutchboy said...

Thanks for the Waysted album !

Monday, January 21, 2008 9:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to haer something from Eric Quincey Tate, a band which is abdsolutely unknown to me.
Thanks Kit!

Monday, January 21, 2008 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger Sadness said...

Hi Kit, thanks for Waysted, Target and angry..would you have any live stuff from a band called T.K.O or even target..great work mate..all best for 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 5:59:00 AM  
Anonymous nightsblood said...

Interesting stuff as always. I already have the Turbo and (killer) Pentagram singles, but I'm gonna check out that FEAR single!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the great VARIETY! That is why I always come back. Pentagram, Fear, Waysted, Target great mix of styles.


Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coolest stuff since the dawn of mankind! Keep up the good work, everytime it´s a privilege to visit your blog. Thanx, dudes!

Saturday, January 26, 2008 4:25:00 AM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Hey Kit, thanks for the Pentagram.

Here's a present for you if you don't have:
I'm sure there are a few The Organization fans that viist this killer blog. You know them guys Death Angel minus lead singer Mark Osegueda. Some dude that ran a Swarm site sent me this tape of The Past (acoustic Organization) and Rob Cavestany demos, just him and a guitar. Awesome stuff if your a fan. The version of Wonder is killer. When that organ kicks in, I love that shit, and Rob's solo is wicked too. Hell yeah. So check it out and let me know if ya dig it. Now I gotta tell ya. When I got this tape there were no song titles at all. So I did the best I could and if you know it, share it.

1.I'm Gone
2.We Almost Made It Through 3.Seeds of Inspiration
4.20 Years Later
5.Forever More
6.Destiny Is Callin'
7.Had A Long Today
-The Past
9.Faith In This One
10.Been Here Before
11.Got To Realize
12.What It Shall Be
13.Chip On Your Shoulder 14.Beyond The Sky
15.20 Years Later
-Rob Cavestany
16.I Need To Know -Live
17.Do It Again
-The Organization

Monday, January 28, 2008 2:43:00 AM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Wow, Kit, so much cool shit, so little time!! Nice batch this time round. Can't wait to hear the Fear single, I have somewhere (and may upload if I ever get my problems solved) an ep's worth of rare trax of theirs, notably Mengele from the defunct New Wave Theater program and the studio version of What Are Friends For, along with a few I forget at this time. Never heard that a side before on the single you posted!!

According to the American Hardcore book they are an L.A. band, believe it or not. Belushi got turned onto them while in his drug hazes in a bungalow in Hollywood. The fact their style fit the NY scene and they were certainly much more popular in NY than LA led a lot a folks (myself included) to the conclusion they from that scene, but I had forgotten they came up in that crop from the first Decline of Western Civilization, which were all pretty much L.A. and Hollywood bands.

But anyways, as I said, great batch o' goodies!!!


Wednesday, January 30, 2008 1:07:00 AM  
Anonymous gills said...

Fear were from LA. vocalist/guitarist Lee Ving was a film actor, and Fear started as bit of a comedy act to parody the Punk scene, but the difference they had on any parody was that they LIKED Punk & were VERY active members of the scene.THIS 45 SMOKES & is one of the top-5 rarest & highest priced Punk records ever.havent seen one sell in years, but 15 years ago it regularly traded hands for $500+ if it could ever even be found. theres a bootleg version thats been in pring for the last 10 years that includes their amazing 2nd 45 called "Fuck Christmas".

i dont recall any of the movies Lee Ving appeared in, but ive seen at least 3 of them over the years, almost always in the middle of the night on TV stations that most people dont know was actually pretty funny spoof of a rock hall's closing night & co-starred Ed Begley Jr, Lou Reed, Malcolm McDowell, etc. Mr Ving played a looney member of a ficticious band called "Nada"; which sounded VERY much like Fear.wish i could remember the name cos this movie was a hoot. released circa-1980. last one i ever saw was some vampire murder horror flick made for the ultra-cheesy & unintentionally low-brow USA network for american cable TV sometime about 1992.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:26:00 PM  
Anonymous gills said...

oh yeah. Fear also recorded a full LP-length session in 1978 (which this 45 was taken from). some of the tracks actually have John Belushi doing vocals on them, and doing them quite well!! if you dig thru the archives of the "Running Riot In 2007" blog...

...hes got about 75% of the demo available there. some rendom website had the ENTIRE demo posted about 2 years ago in PERFECT quality, but it got shut down within hours as theres been tons of legal BS over who owns the rights to these recordings since the day Mr Belushi died, which is why nobody will even bootleg it. too much heat involved even to this day...

ps- THANKS for the pentagram 45!!! always wanted to hear this slab!!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

As far as movies Lee Ving has been in, I remember Streets of Fire (he played a gang leader) and in Get Crazy he played a singer called Piggy and the whole band (Fear) do a twisted version of Hootchie Cootchie Man.

Monday, February 04, 2008 2:33:00 PM  
Anonymous gills said...

HEY!! THANKS!! "Get Crazy" is the movie im thinking of!! Lee Ving is the "Pet" of the singer of the band "Nada" & they keep him locked in the trunk of a car at all times!! when he escapes, thats when all hell breaks loose!! THANKS!!!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 11:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Blog and Ton's of Great Shares...Props to you and thanks for turning me on to some really
great music...thanks and thanks....

Sunday, April 06, 2008 6:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic Thank you !!!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008 1:13:00 PM  

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