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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VA - Pop Punk X-Mas - Hey Ho Ho Ho ... Let it Snow (2012)


Disc 1

01 Brainless Wonders - Revenge Of Santa
02 The Lolligaggers - A Lolligagger Christmas
03 Tied For Last - Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)
04 3 Prong Outlet - The Christmas Song
05 Flanders 72 - Christmas Is Coming
06 Jabberjaw - Rudolf The Punk Rock Reindeer
07 Johnny Madcap & The Distractions - A Very Merry Christmas
08 Oldie Hawn - Bag Of Rocks
09 Seasonal Men‘s Wear - White Christmas
10 The Bloody Muffs - We Wish We Were Drunk (For Christmas)
11 The Morgendorffers - Happy Holidays (Rot In Hell)
12 The Panic Beats - Silent Night, Deadly Night
13 The Wompydompies - Another X-Mas Song
14 The Prozacs - No Christmas This Year
15 The Renfields - Black Christmas
16 Toxic Candy Bars - Creepy Santa
17 The Lemonaids - (We Can't) Party At The Beach


Disc 2

01 Brainless Wonders - The Christmas Song
02 The Kobanes - Lonely Xmas (Sloppy Seconds Cover)
03 The Nimrods - A Nimrod Christmas
04 The Atoms - Merry Xmas (It's Almost Summer)
05 The Barbecuties - Rock'n'roll Christmas Party
06 The Clean Sheets - This Christmas
07 The Cock Blocks - Bad Santa
08 The Emersons - Merry Fuckin' Christmas Baby
09 The Vindictives - Nuttin For Christmas
10 The Hung Ups - A Christmas Story Marathon
11 The Halflings - A Kiss For Christmas
13 The Lemonaids - Summertime's Up
14 IDFK - Merry Christmas I Have Mono
15 The Mansfields - Broke On Christmas Again
16 The Real Quaid - Thank God It's Christmas
17 The Scutches - Christmas
18 The Torpedo Twisters - X-Mas-Song

This is a OFFICIAL Release ! Thanks to all bands who make this possible !!
Thanks for all your support

RTTB-11-12




Monday, December 15, 2014

The Hung Ups - Lovesick (2014)

  1. The Hung Ups - Katie is a Punker (2:12)
  2. The Hung Ups - Hannah (2:08)
  3. The Hung Ups - Red Eyed (1:19)
  4. The Hung Ups - Rewind (2:29)
  5. The Hung Ups - Neon Sign (2:13)
  6. The Hung Ups - Happy Thoughts (2:40)
  7. The Hung Ups - Dr. Sara (2:19)
  8. The Hung Ups - Sociopath (1:32)
  9. The Hung Ups - Waffle Stomper (2:12)
  10. The Hung Ups - Time to Leave (2:29)


Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Essence of the Pop Punk Equation

written by
Stephen Brookfield
for RTTB

Dudes, dudettes & pop punks everywhere

Last night I forgot to take my anti-depressants. The result? A night thrashing around in bed pondering such existential dilemmas as ‘why did my gorgeous, vibrant wife marry such a scruff?” (Short answer, I made her laugh), or, “why is it that my fave Canadian pop punk bands (Chixdiggitt, Hextalls, Riptides) haven’t taken over the world?” And I’m not even a Canuck! Of course I could have wondered, “why am I so magnificently endowed?” However, that’s for another post you lucky peeps.

But the biggest question festering in my fevered brain was one my daughter posed to me in the car a couple of days ago – “dad, what exactly is pop punk?” It’s embarrassing enough for a daughter to tell her friends that her dad plays in a band, but even worse when she can’t explain what style of music said band plays.

So I gave her Marc Ramohn’s definition: Buddy Holly + distortion = pop punk. That helped because she’s a huge Buddy fan. In fact one spring break our whole family decamped from Minnesota to Lubbock Texas so we could visit his grave. Also, The Crickets created an early punk model – 3 guys who wrote their own songs, played their own instruments, used 3 or 4 major chords and an occasional minor, never ventured over 3 minutes, and put a premium on catchy choruses, driving rhythm and melody.
But, being a scholarly sort of prick I couldn’t leave it at that. As any nasal or anal excavator will tell you, I had to dig deeper.

Dude, Punk Can’t Be Defined
That’s been my first response down the years to the question “is it punk?” In the 70’s I used to say that “punk is not following rules” or “punk’s whatever you make it”. Then I’d hear a hardcore thrash with some jerk screaming into the mike to represent his rage against the world and I realized that what I liked was POP punk. That I needed melody, choruses, catchy hooks, stupid lyrics about girls, cars, monsters, surfing ... and girls, cars, monsters and surfing. Basically, The Ramones version of California Sun – the big bang moment that created the pop punk universe.

Brian + Distortion = Pop Punk
So I started giving a definition similar to Marc’s: Brian Wilson + distortion = pop punk. Coming across The Queers in the 90’s covering Don’t Back Down, Hawaii, Salt Lake City and Little Honda – not to mention Joe’s love song Brian Wilson and his karaoke of God Only Knows – confirmed my wisdom. After all, it’s Joe’s world and we only live in it, right? (Aside – Is Darlington’s Joe Queer Sucks a tribute or critique? Discuss).

But What Does the POP Mean?
But the POP element in pop punk definitely added an inconvenient wrinkle. First, my studded leather jacket couldn’t have “Beach Boys” on it. Now that WOULD be lame, right? (So much for my independent, fuck you, punk streak). Plus, I’d have to clarify to myself what the word “Pop” added to the definition. Here’s what I came up with…

Johnny Ramone Guitar
This is the ground zero of pop punk. When I hear bands play clean it’s never quite punk enough for me. The ONLY exception I’ve found to that is the magnificent Even in Blackouts. The 99ers pay them the ultimate tribute of covering one of their songs but you’ll have to wait till our next album to find out what that is (there’s a clue in the last section). So John’s guitar sound came into being on the first day that God created the world. “Go forth and multiply,” she told her first Barre chord soaked in JCM 900 nectar.

Verse, Bridge, Chorus
Well, you can drop the bridge or chorus if you like. After all, Surfing Bird ain’t got neither. But then Surfing Bird is arguably a glorious one off. (BTW let me brag & say that two of the best gigs The 99ers have played have been opening for The Trashmen). So although there are honorable exceptions, you really gotta have two of the Holy Trinity of pop – verse, bridge & chorus. Nothing, but NOTHING, beats the utter orgasmic thrill of coming out of a Middle 8 and slamming into a catchy chorus.

But the chorus has to be killer. If the song sets you up and then the chorus is flaccid it’s pop punk erectile dysfunction, coitus interruptus, failure of the orgasm.

To repeat, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. One of my all time top five pop punk anthems – The Lillingtons I Saw the Apeman Walking on the Moon – actually doesn’t have a real chorus. Yet I’ve told my wife it’s so meaningful I want it played at my funeral. But in 90% of good pop punk you get two out of three elements.

Tunes
Somewhere in the late 80’s it seemed punk forgot melody. As someone who was there at the beginning – bought the EMI single of “Anarchy in the UK” before it was withdrawn, saw the Ramones, was the first in my family to wear a biker jacket, and wore my Janie Jones button with pride – I loved the tunefulness of Pretty Vacant, Career Opportunities, and Blitzkrieg Bop. Sure, those tunes were played with Iggy’s raw power but they were just that – TUNES. You could hum ‘em. Fuck, you could even get a Holiday Inn band to record instrumental versions of them for elevators and airports.

Hooks
You gotta have hooks baby! You gotta get a riff, a chorus line, or a chant that sticks in your head so bad that playing it over and over again is like mainlining on coke and snickers (thanks JFA). A good hook is the mysterious power that roars through pop punk. Sometimes the hook is the chorus itself and when that happens the clouds of depression part and beauty bathes the world. Think Riverdale Stomp.

Stupid Savant Lyrics

Maybe my fave line in the history of music is from Karen by The Surfaris – “She does her hair with great precision, it’s her favorite indoor sport”. The best lyrics smack you in the face with their sheer audacity – think “Now I guess I’ll have to tell ‘em, that I got no cerebellum”. “Tell ‘em” rhymed with “Cerebellum” - how DID Dee Dee do that?

Girls are maybe the top topic, the first focus, the main matter, of a good pop punk song. Which raises a bit of a problem for girl fronted pop punk bands. In the first version of The 99ers we had a fantastic girl singer and we were always wondering whether we should change the gender in any songs about girls we covered. Personally I’m a sucker for female-male vocal combinations; Teen Idols, Backstreet Virgins, Even in Blackouts, X etc. But since they’re the exception to the male band rule I’ll leave that discussion for another time. Darlington has built an amazing body of pop punk masterpieces pretty much singing almost exclusively about girls.

Summer
Summer is an idea, not a season. Summer is freedom, hedonism, no constraints, no responsibility and the unfettered pursuit of pleasure. So summer = sex really. Now I live in Minnesota, which sometimes seems like the coldest place on earth and I HATE winter. The way I get through it is writing songs about summer; sun, beach, surf, warmth and bikinis, these are all I think about in winter. I grew up in Liverpool, England and loved the city. But California Sun always presented the ultimate fantasy and irresponsibility. Summer is anti-work, pro-spontaneity (“Let’s go surfing dude!”), freedom, escape from routine. Basically it’s play. No wonder pop punk bands celebrate summer, even if they’re from Northern Europe.

So there you have my equation of pop punk:

Pop Punk = JR guitar + Verse, Bridge, Chorus + Tunes + Hooks + Stupid, Savant Lyrics + Summer

Operationalize It Baby!
OK, so this is all theoretical right? What ACTUAL songs capture the elements of the equation I’m talking about?

In alphabetical order of bands – and allowing only one song per band, here we go…

Backseat Virgins - Can’t Take It
The Beach Boys - Fun, Fun, Fun
Beatnik Termites - How Many Times
Buddy Holly - Rave On
Chixdiggit - Spanish Fever
Darlington - Pajama Party
The Dazes - Be My Popsicle
Eddie Cochran - C’mon Everybody
Even in Blackouts - In a Letter Never Sent
Goin’ Places - The Only Way
Groovie Ghoulies - When the Kids Go Go Crazy
The Hawaiians - Vampire Girl
The Hextalls - Ramones T-Shirt
The Huntingtons - Bubblegum Girl
The Lillingtons - I Saw the Apeman Walking on the Moon
The Manges – I Will Always Do
The Ramones - California Sun
The Methadones - Easter Island
The Muffs - No Action
The Queers - Punk Rock Girls
The Riptides - Shit Outta Luck
The Riverdales - Riverdale Stomp
Rocket Jocks - She Ran Away to See the Huntingtons
The Scutches - Drive Into the Sea
Screeching Weasel - Cool Kids
Shonen Knife - Ramones Forever
The Spazzys - The Sunshine Drive
Teenage Bottlerocket - So Cool
Teen Idols - Midnight Picture Show
The Unlovables - I’ve Cried 4 You

Ok, now let the slaughter, disagreements, and abuse begin as you tell me why I’m full of shit! Let’s hear from ya.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Neon Bone - Year One (2014) *Stream*

01.Neon Bone - You're Alive (2:10)
02.Neon Bone - Will You Be There Tonight (2:06)
03.Neon Bone - Nothing I Would Rather Do (2:00)
04.Neon Bone - I Turn To You (2:31)
05.Neon Bone - Don't Give It Up Now (2:12)
06.Neon Bone - Did You Forget Me (2:02)

 Digital version from Neon Bone´s new Tape



Everybody Nose - Fuck yes! Get dumb! (2013)

1. Everybody Nose - Stoopid Valentine (2:12)
2. Everybody Nose - Drugs (1:07)
3. Everybody Nose - Hear You Say (1:38)
4. Everybody Nose - Sue Johannsen (1:59)
5. Everybody Nose - Don't Wanna Go To Bed (2:18)
6. Everybody Nose - The Girl For Me (1:58)
7. Everybody Nose - Suck My Nut (2:19)
8. Everybody Nose - Don't Wanna Be Dumb (1:46)
9. Everybody Nose - The One I Want (1:57)
10. Everybody Nose - A Boy Like You (2:36)

Rachel and Luke from Lipstick Homicide, Trevor from The Blendours, and Molly E from The ILLS



The Heebie Jeebies - Demo (2013)

1. The Heebie Jeebies - Weekend (1:59)
2. The Heebie Jeebies - History Lesson (2:15)
3. The Heebie Jeebies - The Argument (2:27)
4. The Heebie Jeebies - Stitching (1:55)
5. The Heebie Jeebies - Blah Blah Blah (1:58)
6. The Heebie Jeebies - 20 Below (2:17)
7. The Heebie Jeebies - Soupa Crouton (1:45)



The Clydesdales - You're So Lucky To Have This (2012)

1. The Clydesdales - Riding High In The Saddle (0:42)
2. The Clydesdales - Pubes In Your Mouth (1:39)
3. The Clydesdales - Say It Back Now (0:26)
4. The Clydesdales - Krazy Kitty Kat (2:28)
5. The Clydesdales - Wimpy/Rocket (1:07)
6. The Clydesdales - She's So Rad (1:52)
7. The Clydesdales - Van-Pire (1:43)
8. The Clydesdales - Drop The Gloves (2:44)
9. The Clydesdales - She's Sick (1:41)
10. The Clydesdales - Hey You!!! (1:00)
11. The Clydesdales - 3 Strikes You're Out (1:49)
12. The Clydesdales - I What I Want (1:50)




The Infamous Middle Finger