Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Ramones Kiss Ass

Well, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a Ramones Maniac. And this post is dedicated to the “greatest band” in the world. You can argue with me all day but that thing will stay. Any band Motorhead wrote a song for deserves this title.

On SPIN magazine’s February 2002 issue. The magazine featured “The 50 Greatest Bands”. Of course, the Beatles got the top spot, but surprisingly, the Number 2 spot went to Ramones (they’re still the greatest in my book). Here’s the complete write up of the Ramones:

No. 2 Ramones

“Punk exists because of the false assumption that the Ramones can be imitated. “1-2-3-4!” Three chords. “Second verse, same as the first.” Technically speaking, it’s simple. Legend has it that in every city where the Ramones played in support of their 1976 debut, a handful of punk kids started up bands, thinking that they could do it, too. But the Ramones’ loud-fast style masked a pop genius. Slow their tempos, and you’ve got Beach Boys melodies. Replace lyrics about sniffin’ glue and eating refried beans, and you’ve got the Ronettes. Give everyone matching leather jackets, and you’ve got the punk rock Beatles. Just four lads from Queens who birthed thousands of bands, then blew each one away. Like sharks, they didn’t evolve – they didn’t need to.” – Marc Spitz
By the way, the Ramones' complete discography is posted over at Punch Drunk, a great post from a great blog! Check it out!

The Queers - Rocket to Russia

Gabba Gabba Hey a Tribute to the Ramones

Other Ramones Covers


Toxic Reasons – Chinese Rocks
Sonic Youth – Loudmouth
Sonic Youth – I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
!Action Pact! – Rockaway Beach
Sonic Youth – Beat on the Brat
Sonic Youth – Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
Children of Bodom – Somebody Put Something in my Drink
Face to Face – The KKK Took my Baby Away
Husker Du – Sheena is a Punk Rocker
Motorhead – R.A.M.O.N.E.S
Poison Idea – Blitzkrieg Bop
Rancid – I’m Against It
Skid Row – Psychotherapy
Vandals – Judy is a Punk
Vandals – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

Friday, August 17, 2007

Dead Kennedys Live at the On Broadway

Well, here’s another live video. This time from the Dead Kennedys’ performance at On Broadway Theatre in San Francisco, California on June 16, 1984.

I’ve learned my lesson now the Minor Threat video I uploaded was the AVI file from the original disc. I was too lazy converting it to MPEG or DivX or any smaller formats that it caused problems. So now, I’ve converted it to DivX, so it’s smaller and fewer files.

Dead Kennedy’s Live On Broadway part 1

Dead Kennedy’s Live On Broadway part 2

Dead Kennedy’s Live On Broadway part 3

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Minor Threat Live!

This band needs no introduction, Minor Threat. This video was recorded in 9:30 Club in June 23, 1983. Enjoy!

Here are the NEW LINKS for those who had problems with the original post

Minor Threat Live – Part 1
Download URL: http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/-1099653490/AVSEQ01.part01.rar

Minor Threat Live – Part 2
Download URL: http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/-1099653489/AVSEQ01.part02.rar

Minor Threat Live – Part 3
Download URL: http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/-1099653488/AVSEQ01.part03.rar

Minor Threat Live – Part 4
Download URL: http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/-1099652837/AVSEQ01.part04.rar

Minor Threat Live – Part 5
Download URL: http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/-1099638241/AVSEQ01.part05.rar

Minor Threat Live – Part 6
Download URL: http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/-1099652835/AVSEQ01.part06.rar

***Download all the links before unzipping them.

Minor Threat Live - Part 1

Minor Threat Live - Part 2

Minor Threat Live - Part 3

Minor Threat Live - Part 4

Minor Threat Live - Part 5

Minor Threat Live - Part 6

* Download all the links before unzipping it.

Friday, August 3, 2007

This One’s For Dirk!!!

I can’t imagine Dirk’s gone. I thought he was recovering. He was so young. I’m so stomped. I don’t know what to say, except that he’s a loss to the blogging community. I’ve been dealing with “deaths” the last couple of posts, and now this one. You’ll definitely be missed.

I can’t fucking segue to my post with Dirk's death lingering on my mind. Fuck it, here it is. Proto Punks, bands and artists that in one way or another inspired punk rock.

There’s one artist/band that always comes to mind as the progenitors of punk, Iggy & the Stooges. The Ramones idolized them, Pistols and The Damned covered them. They’re live performances are way out there and Iggy’s the consummate frontman.

After recieving a beating from a Michigan gang member, Iggy went on air in a local radio station the next day and challenged the whole gang to watch their gig that evening and do they’re worst. The result was the legendary Live Album Metallic KO. The recording was lo-fi, but you can clearly here bottles crashing in the background and the constant taunting of Iggy. This is actually a cross between a concert and a riot! Totally awesome! And this one’s for you Dirk!!!

Iggy & the Stooges - Metallic KO

Next up is the Dictators. Steven Van Zandt called them "The connective tissue between the eras of The MC5, Stooges, NY Dolls, and the punk explosion of the mid to late 70's. They played pop/surf/punk/metal music, led by Pro Wrestler Handsome Dick Manitoba, guitarists Ross the Boss (who later founded Manowar). This still hold some occasional reunion shows up to this date.

The Dictators - Go Girl Crazy

New York Dolls was formed in 1971. They were lumped in the then glitter rock scene though their sound can be traced to Rolling Stones than T.Rex. It’s hard rock and some semblance of proto punk. They were cited along with Iggy and MC5 as progenitors of punk.

New York Dolls - Rock n Roll

Television started a tad earlier than the Ramones and their sound is not punk as we know it, though very creative. Television started out with Tom Verlain on guitars and vocals and Richard Hell (bass and vocals). Richard Hell went on to form the Heartbreakers with Johnny Thunders and the Voidoids. It also featured Richard Lloyd on guitars and Fred “Sonic’ Smith, formerly of MC5 replaced Hell.

Television - Marquee Moon

Television - Adventure

Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, were also cited as one of the Proto Punks. Though most of the bands they've influenced are more in the indie way, like Jesus and Marychain, Psychedelic Furs (they actually got their name from Venus in Furs) and so on. Here are some of the memorable solo efforts of Lou Reed:

Lou Reed - Rock n Roll Animal

Lou Reed - Transformer

I should have posted MC5, though most of their albums we’re already featured on other blogs. Likewise, the Stooges’ studio albums were already posted in Suburban Terror, and some Iggy’s live stuff in Punk not Profit. Check it out. By the way, special thanks to Terrorizer for helping me rip the Metallic KO album.